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.

August

24th July to 28th August, 10 am to 5 pm (last entry at 3.30 pm) – Summer Opening at Reaseheath Zoo, Reaseheath College, Nantwich CW5 6DF Reaseheath Zoo is a small zoo which is part of Reaseheath College and contains species such as porcupines, monkeys, meercats, lemurs, otters and more, as well as small animals such as guinea pigs and rabbits. It is open to the public on selected dates only.

 

 

**FREE! 9th August, 10 am to 12 noon – Topsy Tumble & Crafts, Frodsham Leisure Centre, Princeway, Frodsham WA6 6RX Stay and play for all the family at Frodsham Leisure Centre, with Summer Reading Challenge crafts from Frodsham Library.

**FREE! 9th August, 1.30 pm – Chester Zoo Safari Rangers, Chester Library Fun, hands-on, interactive and using an incredible collection of artefacts, this is a fun show with no live animals. Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (younger children are welcome to attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are limited so please book your place in advance.​ Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

**FREE! 10th August, 10.30 am – Animals Take Over, Blacon Library A lovely chance to meet exotic animals with a chance to touch them (if you’re brave enough!) Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are strictly limited so please book. The choice of animal varies so not suitable for anyone with animal phobias. Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

**FREE! 10th August, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1 to 3 pm – Wildplay, Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AF Do you love playing outdoors? Then come and join us at our Wild Play events for families. You will find something for everyone, from bush craft to muddy play, wild art to campfire cooking. Children have great fun outdoors doing plenty of activities with a nature theme out in the fresh air. The sessions are free of charge and are aimed at families with children. Children must be supervised by an adult. No booking required. Possible activities could include minibeast hunting, pond dipping, arts and crafts, story telling, den building and much more.

10th August, 11 am to 3 pm – Ranger Thursdays, Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT Join our Rangers on Thursdays in the summer holidays to tick off more of your ’50 Things’ activities. Swing by Wolf’s Den, have a go and collect your sticker. Occupy the young explorers with lots of activities on offer at Erddig! Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 10th August, 2 to 4 pm – Portrait Studio, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Welcome to the Grosvenor Museum Photographic Studio! Style your own costume and accessories, then pose for your very own fashionable portrait – just like Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, the subject of the museum’s newly acquired painting. Please bring your own camera, camera phone or selfie stick. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 10th August, 2.30 pm – Animals Take Over, Upton Library A lovely chance to meet exotic animals with a chance to touch them (if you’re brave enough!) Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are strictly limited so please book. The choice of animal varies so not suitable for anyone with animal phobias. Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

**FREE! 11th August, 10.30 am – Animals Take Over, Lache Library A lovely chance to meet exotic animals with a chance to touch them (if you’re brave enough!) Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are strictly limited so please book. The choice of animal varies so not suitable for anyone with animal phobias. Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

13th August – Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, Cheshire
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The popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic returns to Cholmondeley Castle Gardens. There will be lots of fun and activities so why not bring a picnic and of course Teddy and have a wonderful day out and support a fantastic charity. Once again, this year’s chosen charity is The Wingate Centre – find out more information and to purchase tickets in advance by visiting www.thewingatecentre.co.uk/news/upcoming-events. Tickets also available on the day for £7.00 adults, £4.00 children, under 3s and teddies go free.

14th August, 11 am to 4 pmArrest that Wolf!, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX (use address, not postcode, with satnav) Help Detective Inspector Red Riding Hood gather evidence from the woodland to build a case against the Big Bad Wolf. Go undercover and make a wolf disguise, plus make fairy-tale finger puppets and paper picnic baskets in the classroom. Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 14th August, 2.30 pm – Animals Take Over, Hoole Library A lovely chance to meet exotic animals with a chance to touch them (if you’re brave enough!) Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are strictly limited so please book. The choice of animal varies so not suitable for anyone with animal phobias. Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

15th August, 10 am to 12 noon – Really Wild Summer School, Bickley Hall Farm, Bickley, Malpas SY14 8EF Discover and learn about wildlife on your doorstep. Activities may include exploring the wildlife on the farm, discovering moths, natural arts, pond dipping, mini beasts, camp fires, and outdoor cooking. Only £3.00 for children and £2 for adults. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult; older children may be left by arrangement.

15th August, 11 am to 4 pmArrest that Wolf!, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX (use address, not postcode, with satnav) Help Detective Inspector Red Riding Hood gather evidence from the woodland to build a case against the Big Bad Wolf. Go undercover and make a wolf disguise, plus make fairy-tale finger puppets and paper picnic baskets in the classroom. Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 15th August, 2 to 4 pm – Watercolour Forest, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Make a beautiful landscape picture inspired by the Forest section of our new Natural History Gallery, using watercolours, sponges and straws! Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 16th August, 10 am to 12 noon – Brio Sports Day, Frodsham Leisure Centre, Princeway, Frodsham WA6 6RX Take part in a fun sports day for children aged 0-11, then head to the library to do some fun sporty Summer Reading Challenge crafts.

**FREE! 16th August, 11 am to 4 pm – All Things “Alice”!, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD We are celebrating all things ‘Alice’ to complement the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre production of Alice in Wonderland (15 July – 20 August).  Join us for a game of flamingo croquet, make a Cheshire cat, have your photo taken dressed in an assortment of Wonderland accessories, and listen to the Queen of Hearts as she reads from Lewis Carroll’s magical story book. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 16th August, 11 am – Fun Science, Blacon Library Wacky science fun with Molecular Marty. Simple and fun experiments. Limited numbers can attend so book as soon as you can. Best for ages 6 to 12. Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

**FREE! 16th August, 1.30 pm – Chester Zoo Safari Rangers, Chester Library Fun, hands-on, interactive and using an incredible collection of artefacts, this is a fun show with no live animals. Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (younger children are welcome to attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are limited so please book your place in advance.​ Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

**FREE! 17th August, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1 to 3 pm – Wildplay, Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AF Do you love playing outdoors? Then come and join us at our Wild Play events for families. You will find something for everyone, from bush craft to muddy play, wild art to campfire cooking. Children have great fun outdoors doing plenty of activities with a nature theme out in the fresh air. The sessions are free of charge and are aimed at families with children. Children must be supervised by an adult. No booking required. Possible activities could include minibeast hunting, pond dipping, arts and crafts, story telling, den building and much more.

17th August, 11 am to 3 pm – Ranger Thursdays, Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT Join our Rangers on Thursdays in the summer holidays to tick off more of your ’50 Things’ activities. Swing by Wolf’s Den, have a go and collect your sticker. Occupy the young explorers with lots of activities on offer at Erddig! Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 17th August, 2 to 4 pm – World War II Planes, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Inspired by the World War II airfield at Poulton, make a plane that really flies, and see if you can land it accurately on our runway. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 19th August, 12 to 7 pm – Chester Pride, Castle Square, Castle Street, Chester Chester Pride is a free event and we are celebrating 5 years of Chester Pride on August 19 2017. There will be three stages of entertainment, information in our Health Life and Wellbeing zone, market stalls, and activities for children in our children’s zone. Parade starts at 12 from Castle Square.

21st August, 11 am to 4 pmCatch the Gingerbread Man, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX (use address, not postcode, with satnav) The Gingerbread Man is on the run! Help to catch him before he gets eaten! Fun storywalk and lots of crafts including decorate a gingerbread man treat. Admission charges apply.

21st August, 5.30 pmThe Wind in the Willows, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX (use address, not postcode, with satnav) Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters from the company that brought you last year’s smash hit The Wizard of Oz!

22nd August, 10 am to 12 noon – Really Wild Summer School, Bickley Hall Farm, Bickley, Malpas SY14 8EF Discover and learn about wildlife on your doorstep. Activities may include exploring the wildlife on the farm, discovering moths, natural arts, pond dipping, mini beasts, camp fires, and outdoor cooking. Only £3.00 for children and £2 for adults. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult; older children may be left by arrangement.

22nd August, 11 am to 4 pmCatch the Gingerbread Man, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX (use address, not postcode, with satnav) The Gingerbread Man is on the run! Help to catch him before he gets eaten! Fun storywalk and lots of crafts including decorate a gingerbread man treat. Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 22nd August, 2 to 4 pm – Design Art Deco stationery, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Our newly acquired portrait of Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, shows the glamour of the 1920s. Take inspiration from the geometric elegance of the period’s Art Deco style and design your own decorative stationery to take home. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 23rd August, 10 am to 12 noon – Animal Disco, Frodsham Leisure Centre, Princeway, Frodsham WA6 6RX Fun for all the family with an animal themed disco. Dress up as your favourite animal, then head to the library for Summer Reading Challenge crafts.

**FREE! 23rd August, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm – Cheshire Nature Day, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD For this summer’s Cheshire Nature Day, we’ll be exploring the Sandstone Ridge, one of the county’s most famous features. Investigate the significance of this unique habitat to both people and wildlife. You can handle some of our geology collection, and make a fossil-style bracelet to take home. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 23rd August, 1.30 pm – Chester Zoo Safari Rangers, Chester Library Fun, hands-on, interactive and using an incredible collection of artefacts, this is a fun show with no live animals. Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (younger children are welcome to attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are limited so please book your place in advance.​ Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

23rd August – Summer Kids’ Gardening Club, Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, SY14 8AH The Cholmondeley Kids Gardening Club offers little gardeners a chance to learn about the growing of vegetables and flowers.  Our session today will give children the opportunity to take part in and learn about activities such as seed sowing, planting, harvesting vegetables, and growing and picking flowers, as well as learning about the importance of encouraging wildlife into the garden. There is no charge for children taking part in the Garden Club, but normal garden entry fees apply. Limited spaces so booking is essential.

24th August, from 10 am – Tree Climbing with the Great Big Tree Company, Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT The Great Big Tree Climbing Company is back at Erddig! Join our tree climbing experts, who will guide you up Erddig’s trees using ropes and harnesses. Booking is essential. For ages six and above only. Admission charges apply plus £18.50 per person.

**FREE! 24th August, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1 to 3 pm – Wildplay, Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AF Do you love playing outdoors? Then come and join us at our Wild Play events for families. You will find something for everyone, from bush craft to muddy play, wild art to campfire cooking. Children have great fun outdoors doing plenty of activities with a nature theme out in the fresh air. The sessions are free of charge and are aimed at families with children. Children must be supervised by an adult. No booking required. Possible activities could include minibeast hunting, pond dipping, arts and crafts, story telling, den building and much more.

**FREE! 24th August, 2 to 4 pm – String Art, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD The 1970s were full of bright colours, bold prints, and string art! Join us to make a colourful string art card to give to someone special, and afterwards choose your favourite outfit from the 1970s fashion display in our Costume Gallery. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 24th August, 2.30 and 3.30 pm – Chester Zoo Safari Rangers, Blacon Library Fun, hands-on, interactive and using an incredible collection of artefacts, this is a fun show with no live animals. Suitable for 6 to 12 year olds (Younger can attend with close parental supervision). Numbers are limited so please book your place in advance.​Part of the Summer Reading Challenge.

27th August, 10.30 am to 5 pm – Eaton Hall Garden Open Day, 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 usually include live music, falconry and duck herding displays, and rides on Katie the steam engine (additional charge applies); refreshments are also available though you can take a picnic. Entrance costs £8 for adults, £2 for children or £18 for a family – cash only, no card payments.

28th August, 11 am to 4 pmShipwrecked, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX (use address, not postcode, with satnav) Pesky pirates are after Norton Priory’s treasure chest – family fun with storywalks and crafts – make a buccaneer disguise or ‘grass’ skirt, create a sea turtle friend and other crafts. Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 29th August, 2 to 4 pm – Chester’s Civil War, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD See 17th-century armour worn by soldiers from the Civil War and the weapons they used, including a sword and musket balls. Have a go at making your own replica sword to take home. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

29th August, 10 am to 12 noon – Really Wild Summer School, Bickley Hall Farm, Bickley, Malpas SY14 8EF Discover and learn about wildlife on your doorstep. Activities may include exploring the wildlife on the farm, discovering moths, natural arts, pond dipping, mini beasts, camp fires, and outdoor cooking. Only £3.00 for children and £2 for adults. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult; older children may be left by arrangement.

**FREE! 30th August, 10 am to 12 noon – End of Summer Celebration, Castle Park, Frodsham End of summer celebration at Castle Park, Frodsham with treasure hunt and crafts.

**FREE! 30th August, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm – Glamour Day, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD To celebrate the acquisition of our portrait of Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, we are stepping back in time to the glamorous, high society world of the 1920s and ’30s. Make flapper headdresses and dapper bow ties, design costumes for paper dolls, and explore fabulously fashionable clothing and accessories from our handling collection. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.

**FREE! 31st August, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm and 1 to 3 pm – Wildplay, Whitby Park, Ellesmere Port CH65 9AF Do you love playing outdoors? Then come and join us at our Wild Play events for families. You will find something for everyone, from bush craft to muddy play, wild art to campfire cooking. Children have great fun outdoors doing plenty of activities with a nature theme out in the fresh air. The sessions are free of charge and are aimed at families with children. Children must be supervised by an adult. No booking required. Possible activities could include minibeast hunting, pond dipping, arts and crafts, story telling, den building and much more.

31st August, 11 am to 3 pm – Ranger Thursdays, Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YT Join our Rangers on Thursdays in the summer holidays to tick off more of your ’50 Things’ activities. Swing by Wolf’s Den, have a go and collect your sticker. Occupy the young explorers with lots of activities on offer at Erddig! Admission charges apply.

**FREE! 31st August, 2 to 4 pm – Autumn Discovery Day, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD In the third of our seasonal habitat afternoons we’re looking ahead to autumn. We’ll be focussing on plants and why they change so much throughout the year. Make some leaf sun catchers, and help transform our oak tree with a burst of autumnal colour. Drop in. This is a free event but there is a suggested donation of £1.50.