What’s on for kids in Chester this weekend – 22nd and 23rd July
This weekend kicks off the long summer break for some, and is dominated by weekend-long events, many of which are free.
Chester Heritage Festival
It’s hard to avoid Chester’s historical past, littered as the city is with fascinating artefacts from the Romans onwards; and it’s celebrated this weekend with the Chester Heritage Festival, with a busy schedule of events – find full details here.
Family-friendly events include a Child Friendly Ghost Tour on Friday evening, when the brave can hear spine tingling tales of Chester’s dark and murky past and present, and a Roman Mosaic craft session at the Grosvenor Museum on Saturday afternoon; while you’re there, you can also take part in the special festival trail around the museum.
Ghost tours start at the Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Square, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ at 4 and 5.30 pm on 21st July. Booking is essential, call 01244 972210. Adults £7, concessions £6, families £16. The Roman mosaic craft is a drop in session from 2 to 4 pm on 22nd July at the Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD.
Possibly the biggest draw of the festival for kids though is Pokemon GO – Chester which will run over the weekend with events across Chester, including activities based at Chester Castle, which will be open to the public for the first time in 20 years. Attendees will be able to take part in a number of fun trail activities, with in-game and real-world surprises for Pokémon GO players.
Great British Tennis Weekend
This weekend is also a Great British Tennis Weekend, which means that hundreds of venues across the country will be opening their doors for free tennis coaching sessions suitable for all the family, whether you’re looking for lessons, hoping to get fit, or just want to enjoy a knockabout with the kids. Our favourite venues are the David Lloyd Clubs at Cheshire Oaks and Speke, where you can make use of the facilities for the afternoon, including the family-friendly cafe and fabulous swimming pools. Click here for more details.
There are FREE weekend arts & crafts at the gorgeous new Chester Library at Storyhouse in the city centre. This is a free drop in event on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm, suitable for all ages.
For more free entertainment on Saturday, head over to Grosvenor Park for Dial West Cheshire’s FunABILITY Day, featuring a sponsored Walk ‘n’ Wheel around Grosvenor Gardens, live entertainment, stalls, hook a duck, barbecue, face painting and much more, while Chester Market is celebrating its 50th Birthday with live music, a free children’s treasure hunt and a free balloon for every child. The FunABILITY Day runs from 11 am to 2.30 pm at Grosvenor Park. Chester Market’s 50th Birthday takes place in the market from 11 am to 3 pm.
Also on Saturday, Boughton Heath Academy are holding their Summer Fete, with lots of fabulous family fun including music and entertainment, a Pimms and prosecco bar, traditional games and sport, a barbecue and cake stall and surprise guests. Boughton Heath Academy is at Becketts Lane, Chester CH3 5RW and the fete is on Saturday from 1.30 to 4 pm. Adults £1.50, children £1, family of four £5.
Further afield, celebrate everything the countryside has to offer at Blakemere Village’s Countryside Fair, with demonstrations and shows, a small funfair, donkey rides, fun dog show, falconry displays, trade stalls and much more. Blakemere Village is at Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2EB and the fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am ot 5 pm. Entry fee applies.
Finally, round off your weekend with a relaxed game of rounders in the beautiful surroundings of Delamere Forest and their free Rounders Evening, from 5 to 7 pm on Sunday evening. Meet at the Old Pale car park, all welcome.
Kids’ cinema clubs
If that all sounds far too energetic, head to one of the cheap cinema showings and snooze quietly in the darkness.
Parent & Family Screenings at Storyhouse
- Beauty and the Beast (PG) In the aftermath of WWI, a young German woman, Anna, grieves the death of her fiancé in France. However, her mourning is lifted with the arrival of a Frenchman, Adrien who claims to be a friend of her late fiancé. – Showing on Saturday and Sunday at 11 am.
Movies for Juniors at Cineworld Broughton
- Monster Island (PG) When young Lucas finds out he’s not really a human; the news changes his whole world. His search for Monster Island and his real roots takes him on a fabulously scary journey that puts him face to face with more tentacles, fangs and far-out situations than he can shake one of his new wings at. – Showing from Friday 21st to Thursday 27th July at 10 am.
- The Boss Baby (U) The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. – Showing from Friday 21st to Thursday 27th July at 10.20 am.