A highly inspirational setting, Cheshire adds its own vibrancy to England's artistic heritage. With numerous art centres and regular cultural events, this side of Cheshire is well worth exploring.

Those who are curious for a glimpse of local visual arts can find galleries and museums all over the county, displaying works such as those of painter Frederick Kenset, who left behind impressive immortalisations of English sceneries. A diverse range of paintings can also be seen at the Marburae Gallery in Macclesfield, which features photography exhibitions, the Warrington Museum and Art Gallery and the Halle Road Fine Paintings Gallery in Altrincham. Among the most visited remains the Grosvenor Museum n Chester, which also organises an open art exhibition?

In spite of the prevalence of digital entertainment, performing arts have maintained a devoted public and are not likely to ever fade into oblivion. Among the many performance venues in Cheshire, the Axis Centre (located in Crewe and formerly known as the Alsager Art Centre) stands out, as it hosts a broad array of acts including contemporary dance, theatre, performance writing and live art. Another remarkable venue is The Brindley, located in Runcorn, which, besides classic arts supports comedians and exhibitions.

Cheshire also holds a respectable place in English literature, as the birthplace of writers such as Joan Bakewell, born in 1933 in Stockport, novelist and playwright Hall Caine (1953 - 19310) from Runcorn, whose works are deemed illustrative of Victorian life in the Isle of Man, and Lewis Carroll (1832- 1898), born in Daresbury, who besides his work as a mathematician wrote a number of children's books, the most famous being Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, hence the legendary Cheshire Cat. Also, writer and suffragist May Sinclair (1863 - 1946), who left behind valued poetry and prose, originated from Rock Ferry, a village on the River Mersey.