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.

May

27th May to 4th June – Alice’s Half Term Wonderland, Storyhouse, Hunter Street, Chester This May half-term, Storyhouse will take you down the rabbit hole for a festival of kids’ treats, including super low-cost tickets for Alice in Wonderland, tea with the Mad Hatter, access all area passes, and dressing up. All tickets are an amazing £15, and there’s no limit to how many kids (and adults!) you can bring at that price – perfect for busy half-term parents. The best seats in the house are on a first-come basis, so now is the time to bag the best. Tickets are on sale now!

27th May to 4th June, 10 am to 5 pm (last entry at 3.30 pm) – Love your Zoo Week, 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. There will be themed activities on these dates.

27th May to 4th June, 10 am to 5 pm – Wildlife Week, Ness Gardens, Neston Rd, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY To help you have a fun-packed half term and to support #WildaboutGardens, the team at Ness Gardens have put together a few fun activities. The wildlife trail and the competition to spot all the creatures in a painting run all week from 10 am to 5 pm, while  you can find out all about bees on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. There are various other events on other days – click the link above for details or see individual day listings below.

27th May to 4th June, various times Mini ninja sushi making class, Yo Sushi, Bridge Street, Chester Keep the kids entertained this half term with the perfect hands-on activity! In one hour, they’ll get the chance to make three different dishes: Cucumber Maki, California Temaki and Salmon nigiri, with veggie options available. £15 per person.

June

1st to 4th June, 10.30 am to 4 pm – Enchanted Speke: A Giant Adventure, Speke Hall, The Walk, Liverpool L24 1XD Walk in the footsteps of Speke Hall’s very own giant on our Giant Childe Adventure Trail. Have a massive adventure and humongous fun! Admission charges apply.

3rd and 4th June – ParkgateFest, Marsh Nurseries Fields, Boathouse Lane, Parkgate, CH64 6RD Over two days, visitors to ParkgateFest will enjoy live music from new, established and tribute artistes; classic cars and steam engines; stalls run by traders from Parkgate and The Parade and beyond; exhibitors; competitions; a children’s entertainment area; Champagne, beer and gin marquee; street food stalls and much, much more.

4th June, 1 to 3 pm – Wildlife Week, Ness Gardens, Neston Rd, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY There are lots of activities at Ness Gardens this week. The wildlife trail and the competition to spot all the creatures in a painting run all week from 10 am to 5 pm, while  you can find out all about bees on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Plus Mini-beast Crafts –  Pop-in to the Coach House and make a replica mini-beast from pipe cleaners, pegs and other colourful materials or design a new species! Thurs 1st May and Sunday 4th June 1-3pm. Seed Sowing – Sow a seed or prick out some salad vegetables to take away and grow at home in your recycled paper pot. In the Coach House.  Sun 4th June 1-3pm.

**FREE! 9th June, 10.30 am – Bookstart Bear Treasure Hunt for Under 5s, Castle Park, Frodsham Meet at the conservatory in Castle Park and help Bookstart Bear find the treasures in the park. Afterwards we will walk back to Frodsham Library for stories and rhymes. Don’t forget to bring your teddy to help! Free. All welcome.

10th June, procession from 11.30 am, fete from 12 noon – Tarvin Village Fete, King George’s Playing Field and Tarvin Community Centre, Tarvin, CH3 8LY Tarvin Village Fete Fun Day including Procession and Stalls, Open air Concert, competitions,Donkey Rides, Rodeo Bull Ride, Fariground, Go Karts, Falconry Disply, Military Display, Dog Show, Wellie Throwing, Tub of War and much, much more.

12th June, 10 am to 2 pmToddler Day: Superheroes, Techniquest Glyndwr, Glyndwr University Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW Techniquest Glyndwr is pleased to offer special days for toddlers and playgroups with reduced entrance. Each day has its own theme with storytelling and make & take activities. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s time for the Toddler Day Superheroes! Children £5, adults free.

18th June, 10 am to 5 pm – Dads go free, Ness Gardens, Neston Rd, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Enjoy the spring delights of the garden with FREE entry to the Gardens for all dads. Take a stroll, spend some time with the family, play with the children…whatever takes your dad’s fancy!

**FREE! 24th and 25th June, 2 pm – Midsummer Watch Parade, Chester city centre The Midsummer Watch Parade returns to Chester on Saturday24th and Sunday 25th June to celebrate the summer solstice. One of the country’s oldest and most colourful street parades, it was first recorded in 1498 and disbanded in the 1670s before being revived in 1989. Featuring the family of Chester giants, the procession begins at 2pm on the Town Hall Square.

 24th and 25th June, 10 am to 5 pm (last entry at 3.30 pm) – Rabbit Awareness Week, 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. There will be rabbit-themed activities on these dates.

July

1oth July, 10 am to 2 pmToddler Day: The Seaside, Techniquest Glyndwr, Glyndwr University Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW Techniquest Glyndwr is pleased to offer special days for toddlers and playgroups with reduced entrance. Each day has its own theme with storytelling and make & take activities. Oh I do like to be beside the seaside! Come with us for an adventure down by the sea. Children £5, adults free.

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.

27th July, 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.

29th July, 11 am to 5 pm – Clash of Knights, Beeston Castle, Chapel Lane, Beeston CW6 9TX Experience this all-action contest as four teams of knights battle it out for victory armed only with clubs and shields, strength and skill. In this adrenalin-fuelled combat, only one team will triumph. Soak up the atmosphere in the medieval encampment as food cooks over an open fire, colourful banners flutter and the musicians play. There are battle drills for budding young knights so that they can also enjoy a moment of triumph. Admission charges plus a fee applies.

30th July, 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.

30th July, 11 am to 5 pm – Clash of Knights, Beeston Castle, Chapel Lane, Beeston CW6 9TX Experience this all-action contest as four teams of knights battle it out for victory armed only with clubs and shields, strength and skill. In this adrenalin-fuelled combat, only one team will triumph. Soak up the atmosphere in the medieval encampment as food cooks over an open fire, colourful banners flutter and the musicians play. There are battle drills for budding young knights so that they can also enjoy a moment of triumph. Admission charges plus a fee applies.

August

3rd 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.