To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Snake this weekend, Cheshire Oaks' Blue Planet Aquarium will show more than half a dozen different snakes.
Visitors will be allowed to 'pet' a python and 'cuddle' a six-foot-long boa constrictor as part of the event.
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Workers on Arriva Rail North are to stage another 24-hour strike on Friday in a row about driver-only trains.