The beautiful village of Christleton is located just south of Chester and with its lovely homes, greenery and close community is the quintessential British village.
Although just two miles away from the city centre, Christleton is a world away from the busy and eventful Chester, offering a peaceful haven for those who enjoy living life at a leisurely pace. With a church, pond and canal running through the village, this tranquil area is extremely popular with families; from those who are retired to those who want an escape from the city after a long day at work.
Offering a range of schools with low class numbers but high performing results, the village is a sought-after postcode for families with young children. With picture-perfect scenery, quiet roads and village events, it is a great place to raise children, in a way similar to the childhoods of residents gone by.
Lifestyle & Activities
The lifestyle in Christleton is what you would expect from a quiet village, although there may be very few things to do in terms of paid-for activities, the green spaces offer a free, blank canvas for the imaginations of children to run free and a perfect place for a quiet spot of exercise for adults.
Despite the fact that there few businesses in the village that offer entertainment and activities, this is what attracts many to Christleton. It is the slow pace lifestyle and the lack of commercialisation which is welcomed by those who live here.
With a strong and close community, events are often held in the parish church of St James Church of England, which hosts a range of clubs including the Christleton Luncheon Club and the Christleton Women’s Institute. The clubs gather each month so for newbies to the area, it is a great way to meet new people.
Christleton Sports Centre is at the heart of the community, offering a variety of equipment and activities to keep residents fit and healthy. The centre is home to a gym, squash courts, dance studio and AstroTurf pitch. In the sports hall, guests can take part in a wide range of exciting activities and classes, including Zumba, Yoga and Body Pump. Its swimming pool offers members the chance to take part in aqua classes, swimming lessons or simply just enjoy a swim in the water.
With baby swimming lessons and junior sports classes, the centre is a great place for children to be entertained and kept fit. For those who enjoy dance, the centre offers Dance Fever and Cheerleading classes. The Beth Tweddle Gym Stars, which was set up by the Olympic gymnast, allows young children to learn the basics of gymnastics.
With only two schools located within the village, it would be expected that parents would be underwhelmed by choice. However, both the primary and secondary school are excellent choices and are sought-after for the parents of Christleton and beyond.
In its most recent Ofsted inspection, Christleton Primary School received a rating of ‘Outstanding’ in every area of focus including Achievement of Pupils, Quality of Teaching and Leadership and Management. The school, which teaches children from reception up to year 6 delivers the curriculum which inspires the students to learn.
As a welcomed addition to the curriculum, Christleton Primary has added another dimension to teaching through Forest School, where the children get to explore the outside educational area. Not only does this benefit the physical and mental health of the children, but it also encourages team building and problem-solving in unfamiliar situations.
Many older children from the village attend the Christleton High School, on Village Road. The school is co-educational and accepts students from Year 7 right through to Sixth Form. Similarly, to the local primary school, the high school was also rated as ‘Outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted inspection.
The curriculum is varied, with the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science leading the way in teaching across all educational years. Alongside the core subjects, children in the older years are able to choose their options of study to help focus their education on the careers that they are preparing for.
Bars & Restaurants
The Cheshire Cat
With its rustic interior and beautiful beer garden area, The Cheshire Cat offers everything guests seek when searching for a good British pub. Based on Whitchurch Road, the pub leads onto the Shropshire Union Canal Main Line, offering a peaceful setting to enjoy a fresh cask ale or lunch dish on a summers afternoon. The restaurant is said to be built on the site of a battle between the Cavaliers and Roundheads, so the staff at the pub have many stories to tell of its history.
Address - The Cheshire Cat,Whitchurch Rd, Christleton, Chester CH3 6AE
Telephone - 01244 332200
Ring O’ Bells
Ring O’ Bells is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the area. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the Glass House at the rear of the pub offers an elegant and airy place to dine, especially in summer when the bi-folding doors open onto the decking area. The restaurant offers a vast menu of some beautiful dishes including Smoked Haddock Risotto, Halloumi Salad and the super healthy Buddha Bowls. For those who are less adventurous, the Ring O’ Bells also offers traditional British classics such as Fish and Chips and the delicious Rump Steak.
Address - Ring O’ Bells , Village Rd, Christleton, Chester CH3 7AS
Telephone - 01244 335422
The Old Trouper
Although it may have changed names over its time, The Old Trouper has been a core part of Christleton’s social scene for decades. Most recently, it was part of the Harvester restaurant chain before it changed ownership. As a large pub, this is where you can find many local families enjoying a bite to eat from the traditional pub menu. With a great children’s menu that offers build-your-own options, The Old Trouper is a great place to take the family.
Address - The Old Trouper , Whitchurch Rd, Christleton, Chester CH3 6AE
Telephone - 01244 335784
The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn is based on the outskirts of Christleton and like many village pubs, offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. As a former farmhouse, the interior of the pub may be small, however, outside boasts a large garden where you can find many parents enjoying a drink as their children play on the slides and swings. A real country pub, The Plough Inn is at the heart of the community and hosts many offers that attract the local residents including Steak Night and Sunday Roasts.
Address - The Plough Inn,Plough Ln, Christleton, Chester CH3 7PT