What’s on

 Find local family-friendly events in the Chester area here. If you have something to add, whether it’s an event you’re running or something we’ve missed, please do get in touch. While we do our best to ensure that details are up to date, please confirm events are taking place before making a special journey.

June

Until end of September – Wild Worlds, Chester Zoo, Moston Rd, Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1EU Wild Worlds is launching this half term as part of the Amazed by Science festival. There’s absolutely loads on, far too much to list here, from talking armchairs to an audio-visual sensory safari through the secret sounds of plants. Click here for full details of everything that’s on. Events are free but zoo admission applies.

1st to 30th June (then at the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre until 26th August) – Swallows and Amazons, Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR Endless summer days, pirates and treasure maps. Captain John and his crew; Susan, Tatty and Ship’s Boy Roger, set sail for Wild Cat Island to do battle and find adventure on the lakes. A major new adaptation by the Tony Award-nominated Bryony Lavery (Treasure Island for National Theatre, Frozen for National Theatre and Broadway).

10th June – Open Farm Sunday, country wide On Sunday 5th June, hundreds of farms across the country will be opening their gates to welcome the public for Open Farm Sunday. This annual event, organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), offers a fantastic way for people to find out more about where their food comes from, talk to the farmers who produce it and get up close and personal with the countryside. Click here for more information about what’s on in the Chester area.

 

16th & 17th June, 11 am to 5 pm – Kite Festival, Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX See the skies awash with colour this summer. Learn the art of kite flying, marvel at expert flyers, and let the kids make their own kite to fly. Free event, admission price applies.

16th June, 2 pm – Whitby Hall Free Family Film Club, Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AE Bring the family along to Whitby Hall for an afternoon of fun on the third Saturday of each month. Grab a chair (or a bean bag!), help yourself to drinks and popcorn and enjoy a ‘U’-rated movie. Plus there’ll be themed colouring and crafts each month. A great way to enjoy a family movie together in a relaxed environment. Family Film Club has always been free to enter and enjoy. We’re so grateful for all the donations we receive, which enable local young people to enjoy the arts and unlock their potential through Action Transport Theatre. Right now, whatever you donate will be matched by Arts Council England funding. So if you give £1, it becomes £2. All we ask is that you come along and enjoy yourself. Then after the movie you can pay what you decide. It could be a little, it could be a lot, or it could be nothing at all.

17th June, 11 am to 5 pm – Father’s Day Beer and Barbecue in Wolf’s Den, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Families can enjoy the obstacles, climbing equipment and den building in the natural play area while dads can enjoy a cold beer and some freshly grilled food on our BBQ in Big Wood.

17th June, 11.45 am to 2.15 pm – Father’s Day Out, National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port CH65 4FW Float along the Shropshire Union Canal and learn about Ellesmere Port’s rich industrial past on this family friendly cruise. The afternoon will end with a delicious lunch in our Boat Yard Café. Afterwards you are welcome to go off and explore the rest of the museum and historic docks.
Annual pass holders: £5 for an adult and £5 for a child. Non annual pass holders: £15 for an adult, £11 for a child: this price includes an annual pass. Call 0151 355 5017 to book a space. Booking essential.

18th June, 10 to 11 am – Grosvenor Museum Explorers, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Join us for these exciting sessions based in our new Natural Cheshire gallery, aimed at ages 2-4 years (younger siblings welcome). We’ll be exploring nature’s changing seasons and discovering lots of surprising things from the past through play, crafts, stories and songs.

July

16th July, 10 to 11 am – Grosvenor Museum Explorers, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Join us for these exciting sessions based in our new Natural Cheshire gallery, aimed at ages 2-4 years (younger siblings welcome). We’ll be exploring nature’s changing seasons and discovering lots of surprising things from the past through play, crafts, stories and songs.

20th July to 5th September, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm – Midnight Garden, Dunham Massey, Woodhouse Lane, Altrincham WA14 4SJ Families dream big this summer and see where your imagination takes you with a trail every day and changing activities. From storytelling and dressing up, to creating a giant picnic for midnight animals … the Midnight Garden awaits. Booking not needed. Free event (admission applies).

21st July, 2 pm – Whitby Hall Free Family Film Club, Whitby Hall, Stanney Lane, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AE Bring the family along to Whitby Hall for an afternoon of fun on the third Saturday of each month. Grab a chair (or a bean bag!), help yourself to drinks and popcorn and enjoy a ‘U’-rated movie. Plus there’ll be themed colouring and crafts each month. A great way to enjoy a family movie together in a relaxed environment. Family Film Club has always been free to enter and enjoy. We’re so grateful for all the donations we receive, which enable local young people to enjoy the arts and unlock their potential through Action Transport Theatre. Right now, whatever you donate will be matched by Arts Council England funding. So if you give £1, it becomes £2. All we ask is that you come along and enjoy yourself. Then after the movie you can pay what you decide. It could be a little, it could be a lot, or it could be nothing at all.

29th July, 10.30 am to 5 pm – Open Day at Eaton Park, Eccleston, Chester CH4 9ET Eaton Hall gardens are open to the public four times a year in order to raise funds for local charities. Activities during the day usually include live music, falconry displays, rides on Katie the Steam Engine and more. Picnics are welcome and refreshments are also available. Adults £8, children £2, family ticket £18 (cash only, no card payments).

August

4th & 5th August, 11 am to 5 pm – Knights’ Tournament, Beeston Castle and Woodland Park, Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX Marvel at our noble knights as they compete in a medieval contest. Swords will be wielded, archery skills tested and helmets battered as these skilled men are put to the test in each nail-biting round. Soak up the sights and sounds of daily life in a medieval encampment and smell the food cooked on an open fire. Let your little knights feel the weight of real armour and burn off energy in battle drills. Buy tickets for this event online before Friday 27 July and receive 10% off! Free event, admission price applies.

5th August, 11.30 am – MBNA Family Funday, Chester Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY Stuck for things to do over the school holidays? Look no further than Chester Racecourse’s MBNA Family Funday. We have plenty of free entertainment to keep the kids busy throughout the day. Pack your picnics and gazebos (£10 fee on the gate), we can’t wait to see you! It’s the only place to be in Chester this Summer. For families and racegoers alike, it is fantastic value for a family day out. Children under 17 are eligible to attend completely free of charge and it’s just £12 grown-ups on the Open Course!

7th August, 2 to 3 pm – The Princess & The Giant – outdoor theatre in the garden, Chirk Castle, Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AF Princess Sophie is fed up. She’s EXHAUSTED and it’s all because the grumpy old giant can’t sleep – his stomps and stamps keep everyone awake ALL night. But Princess Sophie is a resourceful sort of girl and, as she reads her favourite book of fairy tales, she wonders if she might just have the answer. Filled with music, puppetry and wonderful characters, this family show is one not to be missed! Based on the Children’s book by Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton.

15th August, 5.30 pm – Peter Pan, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX Get ready to think happy thoughts and fly high as the mischievous Peter embarks on an awfully big adventure, introducing the Darling children to the lost boys, the cheeky Tinkerbell, the hilarious Smee, and a host of other exciting characters before facing the most feared villain of them all, the infamous Captain Hook! Filled with catchy music, heaps of audience interaction, a laugh-a-minute script, and the opportunity to meet the characters after the show, this hilarious and exciting musical of the boy who never grew up promises to have every member of the family entertained throughout… You’ll be HOOKED!

17th to 19th August – Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Church Lane, Scholar Green, Cheshire ST7 3QP A family weekend adventure beyond your wildest dreams.

26th August, 10.30 am to 5 pm – Open Day at Eaton Park, Eccleston, Chester CH4 9ET Eaton Hall gardens are open to the public four times a year in order to raise funds for local charities. Activities during the day usually include live music, falconry displays, rides on Katie the Steam Engine and more. Picnics are welcome and refreshments are also available. Adults £8, children £2, family ticket £18 (cash only, no card payments).

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