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If you want to get close to the country, in the heart of north Liverpool, Croxteth Country Park won’t disappoint. This wooded, semi-natural parkland is so large it even holds orienteering events.

So make sure you don’t get lost when you amble through its wildflower meadows, bluebell woods and historic collection of farm buildings, walled gardens and adventure playgrounds.

Part stately home, park country park, there’s always something going on at Croxteth – with summer fun days, craft workshops, horse riding lessons and open air concerts. It’s a 500-acre slice of country living, right in the heart of Croxteth. The hall itself is the country estate and ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton.

Society figures and royalty frequently came to stay for country house parties, particularly in the Edwardian era – and rooms reflect the family’s taste in opulence, with paintings, tapestries and furnishings from all corners of the globe.