What’s on for kids in Chester this weekend – 28th and 29th July
It’s the middle of summer and the school break is in full swing – it’s just a shame no one’s told the weather (don’t forget we have lots of rainy day ideas here).
**FREE! There are free drop in weekend arts & crafts at Chester Library on both Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm with the Storyhouse library team. This week’s Parent & Family Screening is Swallows & Amazons, so expect plenty of treasure map and pirate themed crafty fun (free arts and crafts continue all week during the school holidays – for more information, and lots more free entertainment to boot, click here). Storyhouse is at Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR.
If that all sounds a bit sedate, head over to Beeston Castle, where four teams of knights will be battling it out for victory armed only with clubs and shields, strength and skill in Clash of Knights. While you’re there, you can soak up the atmosphere in the medieval encampment while budding young knights take part in battle drills. Clash of Knights is on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Beeston Castle is at Chapel Lane, Beeston CW6 9TX. Admission charges plus a fee applies.
Another option in case of rain is Baby Ballet’s Teddy Bear Picnics, which run on both Saturday and Sunday in sensibly indoor locations. Tickets cost £10, and activities include glitter tattoos, wand making, an appearance from Twinkle the bear, and picnic bags for children plus refreshments for adults. Saturday events are from 11 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 to 3 pm at Vicars Cross Community Centre, Thackery Drive, Chester CH3 5LU, while on Sunday the picnic is from 11 am to 12.30 pm at St John’s Church, 160 Borras Road, Wrexham LL13 9ER.
Finally, if the sun does shine, there’s a fab festival all weekend at Ellesmere Port’s Summer Jam, which boasts a varied line up of live music, comedy and live pro wrestling, plus lots of family entertainment including inflatable attractions, glitter tattoos, face painting, zorb football, children’s TV characters, crafts, and much more. Ellesmere Port’s Summer Jam is at Whitby Park, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AF on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8.45 pm. Tickets are available on the gate (adults £6, children £3, cash only).
**FREE! If the weather’s fine, head to the beach and celebrate the start of National Marine Week by exploring the wildlife of West Kirby with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust’s Red Rocks Discovery event. Activities will include beach clean and beach art activities, a butterfly hunt, guided bird and natterjack toad walks, and a plants of Red Rocks walk. Free event, donations welcome. The event runs from 10.30 am to 2 pm at Stanley Road, Hoylake, West Kirby CH47 1HN.
**FREE! Meanwhile, closer to home, you can meet children’s author Tom Palmer, who has written three series of football books called Football Academy, Foul Play and The Squad and is considered by The Guardian to be “One of the best football writers of our time”. He’ll be visiting Storyhouse from 1 to 2 pm to talk about his brand new series, Defenders. This is a free event, but places must be booked online via the Storyhouse website. Part of the Summer Reading Challenge – click here for more information about what’s on as part of this great free initiative.
Finally, the fantastical Lost Carnival is taking up residence at Dunham Massey for the whole of August (click here for details – free entry to National Trust members, admission charges apply for non-members), but you can join the Ingenue and Bird families on the evenings of Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July for two special evenings of acrobatics, music and intrigue as they shake off the dust of the road and make themselves at home. The Lost Carnival is the smaller sibling of the brilliant Just So festival which takes place in east Cheshire in August, and a firm favourite with KiC – we can’t wait to don our sequins and feather boas and see what this year’s carnival is all about.
One of the four yearly Eaton Hall Garden Open Days takes place on Sunday, with sheepdog and falconry displays, live music, charity stalls, and rides on Katie the steam engine (additional charge applies) alongside 88 acres of beautiful gardens to explore. You are welcome to bring a picnic, though refreshments are also available. Eaton Hall Gardens are at Eaton Park, Eccleston, Chester, CH4 9ET. Entrance costs £8 for adults, £2 for children or £18 for a family (cash only), with all proceeds going to local charities. Gates are open from 10.30 am to 5 pm.
Reduced price cinema showings
As well as Swallows & Amazons at Storyhouse, as mentioned above, the weekend’s cheap cinema showings are as follows:
Vue Cheshire Oaks: A Dog’s Purpose (PG) – showing on Saturday and Sunday at 10 am.
- A Dog’s Purpose (PG) – showing on Saturday and Sunday at 10.10 am.
- Monster Island (PG) – showing on Saturday and Sunday at 10.20 am.
Have a great weekend, and don’t forget to keep an eye on our What’s On page for everything that’s on for kids in Chester!