What’s on this weekend – 1st and 2nd April 2017

What’s on for families in Chester this weekend

The school holidays kick off in England this weekend, which means a start to loads of Easter trails – plan it right and you can do one every day between now and Easter. You can find a list of local trails here.

Both the circus and a funfair are in town this weekend – find Planet Circus at Chester FC on both Saturday and Sunday (get a family ticket for £25 on Groupon here), while there’s a Family Funfair at Whitby Park in Ellesmere Park from 30th March to 9th April.

Plus find out what else is on this weekend, as well as this week’s cheap cinema listings below.

Saturday 1st April

nctcraftBefore I had kids, one of the things I believed, as well as the fact that my kids would behave perfectly (due to my firm but fair approach), eat well (due to my delicious homecooked meals) and sleep well (because why wouldn’t they?), was that I would love doing craft with them. Wrong! The mess, the arguing, the glitter, the glitter … All our craft is now definitely done outside the house, so NCT Chester’s Easter-themed craft event on Saturday sounds fab. Come along to make either an egg-shaped ceramic trinket box or a wooden basket filled with chocolate, with paints, glitter, and sparkles provided; there will also be colouring in for little ones, and much needed hot drinks for the big ones. The event takes place at the Vicar’s Cross Scout Hut, off Thackery Drive, Chester CH3 from 10 am to 1 pm. Tickets cost £4 each – click here for details and to book.

**FREE! Dragonfest 2017 arrives at Wrexham Museum for one day only to celebrate 2017 Wales Year of Legends. Meet Dewi the Dragon and greet the Dragon Keeper to ride on Hemlock – entrance is free but anyone who donates more than £2 gets a free bar of dragon chocolate. There will also be dragon-themed dishes available at the museum cafe (dragon sausages anyone?), plus dragon shield making (£1) and a dragon egg trail for just 50p. Dragonfest is at Wrexham Museum, Wrexham LL11 1RB from 10 am to 6 pm – click here for details.


**FREE! Who needs Pokemon Go? The start of April sees the grand opening of the Gruffalo Spotter’s Trail at Delamere. Download the app before you visit and point it at the trail markers to bring the characters to life! The trail is aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy following clues and collecting evidence. You can find the start of the trail at Forest Centre and it is about 1.8 miles in length. The trail is free but you pay for parking, and can also buy an activity pack for £3. The trail is at Delamere Forest, Northwich CW8 2JD – click here for more information.

If you’re looking for a non-Eastery trail, there are three which start today at Burleydam Garden Centre, Chirk Castle and Erddig respectively. At Burleydam, follow the Bird Spotting Trail and win some Fat Snax, while at Chirk, young nature lovers can take part in a nature-themed trail and discover the different types of wildflowers, birds and bugs that live there throughout the year. Finally, at Erddig, find the wooden sheep on the Spring Trail (please note there is no prize for the latter two trails other than the quiet joy of completing them). Burleydam Garden Centre is at Chester Road, Little Sutton CH66 1QW and the trail runs until 14th April –  click here for details. Chirk Castle is at Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5AF and the trail runs until 23rd April – click here for details. Erddig is at Wrexham LL13 0YT and the Spring Trail also runs until 23rd April – click here for details. The National Trust trails are free but admission charges apply.

Animal lovers should head over to the Wirral Animal Sanctuary for their Easter Animal Meet & Greet Fun Day for the opportunity to meet a skunk, a ferret, dogs and more. There will also be an Easter egg tombola, cakes, crafts and lots more. Admission is free. The event takes place at Wirral Animal Sanctuary, Carsgoe Road, Wirral CH47 4FE – click here for details.

Explorers are needed for the Greenfield Valley Scrapbook Challenge at Greenfield Valley Museum Heritage Park. Grab an explorer’s bag and start your adventure by defeating the new tunnel maze, plus lots more challenges to complete. Greenfield Valley Museum Heritage Park is at Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Holywell CH8 7GH and the Scrapbook Challenge is on from 10 am to 4. 30 pm – click here for details.

Sunday 2nd April

reaseheath.jpgThe emphasis today is really on the aforementioned Easter egg hunts and trails, but if you’re looking for something different to do, today is the first day of Reaseheath Zoo’s Easter holiday stint. A small training zoo attached to Reaseheath College, it’s a fraction of the size of the mighty Chester Zoo, but it makes for a nice change and is arguably more intimate and easier for little legs than its larger counterpart. You can expect to see porcupines, lemurs, monkeys, meercats, a giant tortoise and others amongst more domesticated animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs and horses, plus there’s lots of space for picnics and often activities on over the holidays too. Plus you literally go past the door of Snugbury’s Ice Cream Farm, so there’s really no reason not to stop there too. Reaseheath Zoo is at Reaseheath College, Nantwich CW5 6DF and is open from 10 am to 5 pm – click here for more information.

This weekend’s cheap cinema screenings

Vue Cheshire Oaks

  • Moana (PG) – every day from Saturday 1st April to Sunday 23rd April at 10 am, with an extra subtitled showing on Sunday 9th April at 10.15 am
  • Ballerina (U) – Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
  • Monster Trucks (PG) – Saturday and Sunday at 10.15 am

Cineworld Broughton

  • Monster Trucks (PG) – Saturday 1st to Thursday 6th April at 10 am

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