What’s on this weekend – 13th and 14th May

What’s on for families in Chester this weekend

We’re really hoping that this amazing weather sticks around for the weekend – if it does, we’ve got ten great ideas for sunny days here (though – whisper it – we’ve got lots of ideas here for rainy days too).

tennis1**FREE! The big event this weekend is the Great British Tennis Weekend, which promises FREE tennis fun for you and the kids, plus related activities including barbecues and free swimming at David Lloyd – click here for more information.

**FREE! If tennis isn’t your thing, how about hanging out with some Vikings instead? The Chester International Living History Fayre returns this weekend from 10 am to 5 pm on both Saturday and Sunday, with Viking Chester there for at least some of the time recreating a living Viking camp. Details are a little sketchy, but it promises interactive exhibits and a great day out for all ages, and it’s FREE entry too. The Fayre takes place at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Vicar’s Lane/Little St John Street, Chester CH1 1SN. Click here for (slightly) more information.

**FREE! This is clearly the weekend for Vikings, because they’ve taken over Anderton Boat Lift as well. Activities over the weekend include a living Viking camp, musicians, crafts, warrior training, weapon demonstrations and a chance to try on Viking armour, culminating in a Viking battle at the end of each day. Anderton Boat Lift is at Lift Lane, Anderton, Northwich CW9 6FW and the event runs from 10 am to 3.30 pm on both days. Click here for Anderton Boat Lift’s website and here for the Facebook event page.

Saturday 13th May

playinaday**FREE! Saturday is a great day for creative kids! If yours are in Year 2 or above, head over to the King’s School in Chester for a fun-packed day during which they’ll put on a Play in a Day. Kids can choose whether to get involved with drama, dance or the technical side of the performance, or if that doesn’t appeal, they can also spend the day producing some fantastic art work; the art will be on display at the end of the day, when families return to watch the play. The event runs from 9 am to 3 pm and is free, though you need to book in advance. The King’s School is at Wrexham Road, Chester CH4 7QL – click here for more information and to book.

**FREE! The amazing new library at Storyhouse is now open, with a dedicated children’s area with a storytelling den. Usual library activities will resume next week, but on Saturday there will be special craft activities from 10 am to 3 pm, plus Storytime sessions at 10.30 am, 2 pm and 3.30 pm. Chester Library is at Hunter Street, Chester CH1 2AR.

Sunday 14th May

reaseheathfest2Reaseheath College has their annual Family Festival today, with loads of activities including including a walking and talking giant robot, and  Team Extreme, a display team of the UK’s top BMXers and skateboarders. 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 College is at Nantwich CW5 6DF and the festival is from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets cost just £15 for a family of five – click here for more information.

**FREE! Closer to home, Friends of the Earth Chester & District are running a Wildlife Garden Family Fun & Planting Event at Water Tower Gardens, helping to create wildlife friendly areas and to protect bees and other local creatures. Bring a picnic plus gloves and tools if you have them. The event is at Water Tower Gardens, Tower Road, Chester CH1 2HS from 12 to 3 pm – click here for details.

cholmondeleyThere’s also traditional entertainment from Professor Humo’s Punch & Judy this afternoon at Cholmondeley Castle, where kids can also walk the nature trail, play in not one but two play areas, hang out in natural playground The Den, and enjoy some cake in the tea room. Cholmondeley Castle is at Malpas SY14 8AH and there are Punch & Judy shows at 1 and 3 pm. Admission charges apply. Click here for more information.

This weekend’s cheap cinema screenings

Vue Cheshire Oaks

  • Moana (PG) – Saturday and Sunday at 9.45 am
  • Sing (U) – Saturday at 10 am and Sunday at 10 am and 10.15 am (10.15 am showing is subtitled)
  • The Lego Batman Movie (U) – Saturday and Sunday at 10.15 am

Cineworld Broughton

  • The Secret Life of Pets (U) – Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
  • Sing (U) – Saturday and Sunday at 10.10 am

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