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.

October

2nd to 29th October, 10 am to 5 pm – Apple Harvest, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Throughout the month there will be an apple display, trail, cider press demonstrations, with opportunities to taste – and buy – the fruits of our labour, apple talks and walks. Each week the programme has a different theme; it’s history and learning first; week two is set to get the creative juices flowing with art, live music and poetry; week three the taste buds tingling with cookery demonstrations; and four is health and wellbeing, after all an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Free event, admission charges apply.

13th October to 15th November, 10.30 am to 4.30 pm – Hooty’s Autumn Festival, Dunham Massey, Woodhouse Ln, Altrincham WA14 4SJ Follow Hooty the Owl’s special trail around the garden to find out all about his autumn festival. Solve the trail and collect your prize at the end! Free event but admission charges apply.

14th to 31st October, 9.30 am to 5.30 pm – Kenyon Hall Pumpkin Festival, Kenyon Hall Farm, Winwick Lane, Croft, Warrington ​WA3 7ED The 2017 Pumpkin Festival will run from 14th October until 31st October. Pick Your Own pumpkins (free entry to the pumpkin patch, pay for your pumpkin by size from £2 to £20), a range of ready-picked pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours (pay by size from £2 to £20), a carving area to carve your own pumpkin on the farm and leave the mess with us, plus a range of seasonal hot & cold food and drink, including hog roast and chocolate apples alongside a selection of pumpkin-themed merchandise.

20th to 21st October, 6.30 to 9.30 pm – Crocky Horror Show, Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester CH3 7PH The Crocky Trail is transformed over Halloween, with a shortened trail through the woods packed with zombies and monsters waiting to jump out at you, plus the Catacombs, the Crocky Dungeon and Ken and his Wall of Death bike show alongside the usual rides. This event usually comes with an age recommendation of 7+. Booking recommended.

FREE! 21st October, 12 pm onwards – Festival of Diwali Parade, Town Hall Square, Chester Parade starts at 12 noon, there is an Indian dance display on Eastgate Street at 12.30pm and Indian art and craft workshops will take place from 2pm – 3pm at the Unity Centre.

21st October, 1.30 to 3 pm – Drop in: Fossil making, Greenfield Valley Museum Heritage Park, Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Holywell, CH8 7GH Wales was once full of Volcanoes and once erupted made creates into Fossils. Come and make your own Fossil (without the need of Volcanoes) to take home. Free event, admission charges apply.

21st to 22nd October, 10 am to 5 pm – Crafty Halloween Weekend, Cheshire Craft Workshop, Blakemere Village, Chester Rd, Northwich CW8 2EB Come to CCW for some creative fun on 21 & 22 October and get ready for Halloween. Put on your scariest outfit and join us to paint one of our spooky Halloween pottery pieces. Leave it to be glazed and it will be ready just in time for your Trick or Treating! Lots to choose from and treats to be had! No need to book.

21st to 29th October, 10 am to 4 pm – Halloween Spooktacular 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. With spooky Zoo trails, and themed Halloween activities, not to mention that we decorate the Zoo to make it look SUPER SPOOKY; Halloween at the Zoo is not to be missed!

21st to 31st October – The Enchantment of Chester Zoo, Chester Zoo, Moston Road, Upton-by-Chester, Upton, Chester CH2 1EU Seek out the moths, sloths, giraffes and orangutans and gather clues from the incredible characters that you meet there, then head to Owl HQ and share everything you’ve learned. Together we’ll save the zoo and stop everyone here from falling asleep. Back for its second year and better than ever, The Enchantment of Chester Zoo is full of adventure, acrobatics, music and discovery, and you’ll learn lots about some of your favourite animals along the way. It’s a perfect half term treat with a sprinkle Halloween sorcery.  Free event, normal admission charges apply.

21st to 31st October (closed to the public on 23rd and 24th), 10 am to 4 pm – Malpas PYO Pumpkins & Spooktacular!, Ivy House Farm, Malpas SY13 4RB Come & pick your pumpkins down on the farm! Spooky maize maze, massive pumpkin patch, bouncy castle, mini diggers, children’s crafts & games, cafe & more. Maize entry £1 per person, pumpkins £3.50 each, castle, diggers £1.50, games & crafts from 50p/£1.00. No booking required. You will need wellingtons! Dogs welcome on leads.

21st to 31st October, 10 am to 5 pm – Halloween Trail & Ghoulish Gardens, Stonyford Cottage, Stonyford Lane, Oakmere, Northwich, CW8 2TF Great spooky family fun wandering around the halloween trail and working out the the clues that can be found in the ghoulish gardens. There will be lots of surprises for children to find and explore, and as dusk falls the gardens turn into a darker mysterious trail. Lots of fun to be had and suitable for all primary age groups. Prices: £3 adults £2.50 children (including quiz sheet & prizes). (Wellies/boots are a must as some areas are boggy!)

21st to 31st October – Witch’s Lair, Burleydam Garden Centre, Chester Road, Little Sutton CH66 1QW Do you dare to visit the creepy Witch’s Lair this Halloween? Those brave enough to risk it will enter at their own peril! If you make it to the other side, claim your devilish trick or treat from the witch’s cauldron. Some little tots may find our Witch’s Lair too spooky – parental discretion is advised. £4 per child plus accompanying adult or three for £10, additional adults £1 each.

21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 4.30 pm – Spooky Tree Trail, Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Man-eating plant horrors, talking trees and strange characters lurking in the garden. Trail costs £1 with chocolate treat, garden admission applies. Trail takes about an hour. There are also crafts on 25th, 27th, 30th October and 1st November, and a Dracula Show on 31st: see website for details.

21st October to 5th November, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm – Enchanted Speke: Hansel & Gretel, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD The next chapter of Enchanted Speke unfolds. Join us for a magical half term to explore the eerie woodland, solve the trail and see if you can spot the witch … Free event, normal admission charges apply.

21st October to 5th November, 11 am to 4 pm – Autumn Adventures, Beeston Castle, Chapel Lane, Beeston, Cheshire, CW6 9TX Set out on an autumn adventure to find the scarecrows hidden throughout Beeston’s 40 acre woodland park, before getting creative by making your own. Little explorers can join us for a seasonal quest, as well as enjoying an exciting tale each day from our storyteller. And the fun doesn’t stop there! Younger visitors who arrive in their Halloween fancy dress will get a medal, with the best dressed winning a special Halloween prize.

21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 5 pm – Zombie Pirate Treasure Trail, Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2EB Using your treasure map search high and low for Treasure Chest, Pumpkins and Pirate possessions left by the Zombie Pirates hundreds of years ago. A Prize for every Trail form completed. Purchase your trail form and treasure maps from the Main Office or Saffi Boutique 10am – 5pm, £2 per trail form.

22nd October, 10 to 11.30 am – Baby & Children’s Market, Queens Park High School, Queen’s Park Road, Chester CH4 7AE LOTS of stalls selling excellent quality nearly new baby & children’s items from birth to 8 yrs. Plus a small selection of unique businesses in the baby & children’s industry showcasing and selling their products & services all under one roof! Admission £1, children free.

22nd October, 2 to 4.30 pm – Paint Your Own Halloween Kitty Plate, Castle Park Arts Centre, Fountain Lane, Frodsham WA6 6SE Have fun creating a fabulous plate and learn the sponging, blending, colouring, lining and shading techniques that will create this stunning piece. Your plate will be glazed and fired ready for Halloween. You will have a useable spooktacular plate. The workshop costs £12.50 per person and includes all pottery, materials and firing costs. This workshop is suitable for ages 8+ (beginners are welcome). Due to very limited spaces advance booking is required (payment on booking). For space availability and bookings please PM Trudie or e-mail trudie@kraftynoon.co.uk. or text 07741465655 Bookings must be made by no later than 18th October 2017.

22nd October, 3.30 to 5.30 pm – Disney Princess Afternoon Tea Party, Booth Mansion, 30 Watergate St, Chester CH1 2LA Come and join Cinderella and Ariel for a magical afternoon tea in the Ballroom, including full Afternoon Tea, Disney Princess events, singalong, Crowning ceremony and goodie bag. Suitable for ages 3-8. Tickets cost £22.50 each, call 01244 310 473 or email boothsofchester@gmail.com to book.

23rd to 27th October, 9.30 to 10.30 am – Woodentots Christmas Decorations, Broomheath Plantation Bushcraft Academy, Broomheath Lane, Tarvin CH3 8HE Come and join Eric and Erica the elves on their run up to Christmas. We will be starting at 09:30 promptly and finishing fairly promptly at 10:30. The materials and tools will all be provided and will be produced from within the woodland with the exception of the acrylic paint. There will be a bit of drilling required using palm drills and a bit of sawing required using junior tools. The activities will be based out of the usual Woodentots shack at the end of the pink path or the old craft shack hidden away in the woods up the badger superhighway but we will start at the Woodentots shack. The cost will be £5 per child on a pay and play basis. No advanced booking required.

23rd to 24th October, 11 am to 4 pm – Witchcraft & Wizardry, Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX Halloween family fun for the October half term with potion making, trails and creepy crafts. Normal admission prices apply. Drop-in activities, no need to book.

23rd to 31st October, 10 am to 4 pm – Pumpkin Carving, Chirk Castle, Chirk LL14 5AF Pumpkins are £4 each and will be ready cleaned out, and then we have stencils, carving sets and tea lights to make your design. Help will be on hand to show you how to get started. Pumpkin carving will take place at Home Farm, and you can leave your pumpkin with us and collect it on your way home. Admission charges apply.

24th October, 9.30 to 11 am – Halloween Special Kids’ Cookery Club, Burleydam Garden Centre, Chester Road, Little Sutton, CH66 1QW Each session includes a healthy breakfast with orange or blackcurrant squash; demonstration and preparation of a Hallowe’en Orange Fruit Cauldron and a Chocolate Marshmallow Broomstick; a recipe sheet and their culinary creation to take away! Aprons and chefs hats will be provided and every child will receive a certificate to say they have completed a session. This is a pre-bookable event and places are limited. £6 per child per session.

25th October, 10.30 am and 12.30 pm – Pumpkin carving and painting, Grosvenor Garden Centre, Wrexham Road, Chester CH4 9EB The children will scoop the pulp and seeds from the pumpkin, then using cookie cutters and sharpened wooden dowel will make faces/patterns in the side of the pumpkin. To finish they will paint the pumpkin. Workshop runs from 10.30 am & 12.30 pm and lasts for 1 hour. Booking is essential as spaces are limited: please telephone 01244 625200. Fancy dress optional for children and grown ups.

25th October, 1 to 3 pm – Family Crafts, Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Make a spider’s web in the shape of a dream-catcher and create a leaf creature; plus while you’re there, why not take part in the Spooky Tree Trail (21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 4.30 pm, £1, see website for details). Garden admission applies.

26th to 27th October, 6 to 8 pm – Spooky Stories, Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX An evening of Halloween family fun, with pumpkin carving, potion making, live creepy crawlies and animal handling, and a led story walk through the woods! £5 per person. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01928 569 895 or email info@nortonpriory.org.

20th to 28th October, 6.30 to 9.30 pm – Crocky Horror Show, Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester CH3 7PH The Crocky Trail is transformed over Halloween, with a shortened trail through the woods packed with zombies and monsters waiting to jump out at you, plus the Catacombs, the Crocky Dungeon and Ken and his Wall of Death bike show alongside the usual rides. This event usually comes with an age recommendation of 7+. Booking recommended.

26th October, 5.30 to 7.30 pm – Halloween Evening, Burleydam Garden Centre, Chester Road, Little Sutton, CH66 1QW There’ll be some terrifyingly fun goings-on at Burleydam this Hallowe’en. Bring your most ghastly pumpkin creations and win a prize! Create a creepy biscuit … will you be brave enough to eat it?! Don’t forget to dress up! The most gruesome, chilling outfits will win a prize!

26th October, 7.30 pm – Ladies’ Fashion Show and Pop Up Shop, Education Centre, Countess of Chester Hospital, Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 1UL Come and join us for a fun filled evening all in aid of Bosom Buddies. Clothing will be available to try on and buy from M&S, Wallis, New Look, Oasis, Topshop, Next, all at 50% or more off! Payment will be accepted by cash, cheque and card (subject to mobile signal). Why not grab a bargain and treat yourself for a change instead of the kids! Tickets £5, which includes a glass of wine (or fruit juice).

27th October, 10.30 to 11.15 am – Super Spooooky Halloween Music Workshop, St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Broughton, Bretton, Chester CH4 0D Sing lots of spooky songs, listen to mysterious music, learn about music and music theory, discover plenty of sounds which go bump and bash in the night, explore classical music and jazz, dance and generally have lots of giggles!  Then a snack and drink is provided, before a meet the instruments session.  Your little one can meet and explore a range of musical instruments – and have a little play too! Each Minims and Melodies music workshop session is suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers up to 5 years of age.  The cost is just £7.50 with one additional sibling FREE of charge.

27th October, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm – Diddi Dance Halloween Party, Danielle’s Dance and Theatre School, Mollington Grange Business Park, Parkgate Rd, Mollington, Chester CH1 6NY Come along in your trick or treat costumes for our very special Halloween spook-tacular! Our special Halloween dance, party props, some messy play, dancing games with prizes and of course, a full party lunch will be provided, before ending with a disco! Tickets are £12 each and can be purchased direct from your diddi dance teacher. BOOK NOW to confirm your child’s space!

27th October, 1 to 3 pm – Family Crafts, Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Make a spider’s web in the shape of a dream-catcher and create a leaf creature; plus while you’re there, why not take part in the Spooky Tree Trail (21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 4.30 pm, £1, see website for details). Garden admission applies.

27th October, 5 to 7.30 pm – Kids’ Halloween Party, The Centurion Pub, Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LN Calling all the mini monsters and ghouls of Vicars Cross for party time at the Cenny!! On Friday 27th October we’ll be holding our annual Kids Halloween Disco so get those costumes at the ready and bring the little ones to the pub for a great evening of fun.

27th October, 5 to 6.30 pm – Kids’ Halloween Party, The White Horse at Churton, Chester Rd, Churton, Chester CH3 6LA Bring the kids along for a boogie and some fun games, and of course some delicious food! Tickets £5, available at the bar.

28th October, 10 am to 3 pm – Halloween Fun, Port Arcades, 54 Mercer Walk, Ellesmere Port CH65 0AP Join us at the Port Arcades Shopping Centre for our much loved family Halloween Safe Trick or Treating Event. Children can visit the Cursed Castle, dress up and trick or treat the shops, enjoy balloon modelling, face painting, glitter tattoos, enter our prize fancy dress competitions, meet our walkabout characters and carve a pumpkin.

28th October, 10.30 am to 3.30 pm – Drop in: Zoetropes, Greenfield Valley Museum Heritage Park, Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Holywell, CH8 7GH Join artist Juliet to celebrate The Big Draw and make your own moving images inspired by the Victorians. Free event, admission charges apply.

28th October, 2 to 4 pm – Crafty Halloween Party, Ruabon Village Hall, Maes-Y-LLan Lane, LL14 6AD Come along and make some Halloween crafts to take home! We’ll also have monster music, Halloween and glitter tattoos, refreshments and free games!

28th October, 4 to 7 pm – Kids’ Halloween Party, The Handbridge Pub, 66 Handbridge, Chester CH4 7JF Disco, fancy dress, party food, traditional games (bob apple duck apple to name a few), a tour of the haunted garden and a few surprises along the way! Prizes for the best and funniest costume (mum and dad can dress up too!). £5.00 per little ghoul.

28th October, 6 to 11.30 pm – Chester Lakes Halloween Kids’ Party, Chester Lakes, Church Road, Dodleston, Chester CH4 9LQ Chester Lakes are excited to be hosting a FABULOUS and spooky party. Join us for kids’ games, pumpkin competition (please prepare at home!), fancy dress competition and plus hot dog or burger included in the ticket. Tickets are available at Reception 8am-6pm or Chester Lakes Cafe 9am-2pm.
For all other enquiries please call Chester Lakes on 07860 133 133 or email info@chesterlakes.co.uk
. Doors open at 6pm.

28th to 29th October, 9.30 am to 4.30 pm – Halloween Weekend at the Ice Cream Farm, Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall CH3 9NE Join us at The Ice Cream Farm for a weekend of spooktacular Halloween fun, including The Creepy Crawly Show, Jon The Balloon Man, face painting, fancy dress competition and limited edition Shocky Road ice cream. The Creepy Crawly Show will be joining us on Saturday 28th October from 11am to 3pm; entry is £2 per person or £6 for a family of 4, play passes can also be used. We’ll also have lots of other surprises taking place across the weekend that you won’t want to miss. Dress to impress in your scariest Halloween outfit as we’ll be giving one lucky winner a £25 Play Pass and 10 runners up a £12 Play Passes.

**FREE! 28th to 31st October, various times – CH1 Spooktacular Halloween Happenings, citywide CH1ChesterBID have loads of brilliant FREE activities for children across the city centre this Halloween, including a Trick or Treat Trail, Halloween at Build-a-Bear Workshop, and the opportunity for lots of #SELFIEs with your favourite spooky characters – see the site for full details of what’s on when.

29th to 31st October, various times – Chester Wizard School, St Mary’s Creative Space, St Mary’s Hill, Chester CH1 2DW Back by populer demand. Chester’s very own Wizard School is opening its doors. Learn spells, make potions, practice duelling and meet magical creatures in this spellbinding immersive experience. Limited tickets remaining, click here to book.

29th October, 10 am to 12 noon – Pumpkin Carving Workshop, Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, Chester Road, Hawarden, Flintshire CH5 3FB Pick your own Estate grown pumpkin and carve it. Age 6 years and up (adult supervision required). £10 per person. Drop-in session, no need to book.

29th October, 10 am to 3 pm – Family Fun Day, Coffeetots Play Cafe, 2 Corbridge House, The Square, Seller Street, Chester CH1 3AN It’s our 1st birthday! We’ll have free face painting, free craft activities where the little ones can make bracelets & first birthday cards (the best ones will go in the window!), free play all day, and a free storytime session too! We’re also doing a raffle to win afternoon tea for two adults and a little one – tickets are £1 each, with all proceeds to the Babygrow Appeal.(There is no need to book tickets to this event – just come along!)

29th October, 11 am to 4 pm – Cholmondeley Pumpkin & Autumn Festival, Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas SY14 8AH Follow the trail around the garden to the backdrop of fabulous autumn colours and find our hidden pumpkins, plus seasonal crafts and activities including the Autumn treasure hunt. Our ever popular Tearoom will also have its usual themed menu at this time of year. Usual garden admissions apply, children who bring along their carved pumpkins to enter the pumpkin competition go free.

29th October, 1 to 3 pm – Family Fun Halloween Party, The Suburbs, 22 Charles Street, Chester CH2 3AZ Great daytime event for all things spookily sensational for the whole family. Fantastic entertainments such as face painting and arts / crafts will be alongside other ghoulishly great ways to start half term!

**FREE! 29th October, 4 to 6 pm – Kids’ Halloween Party, Carlton Tavern, 1 Hartington Street, Chester CH4 7BN Bring your little witches and goblins down for our annual kids’ Halloween party! We have a disco with DJ Gary Miller, games, sweets, hotdogs and prizes for the best costumes! FREE ENTRY FOR ALL! Dress to distress. 

30th to 31st October, 6.30 to 9.30 pm – Crocky Horror Show, Cotton Abbotts, Waverton, Chester CH3 7PH The Crocky Trail is transformed over Halloween, with a shortened trail through the woods packed with zombies and monsters waiting to jump out at you, plus the Catacombs, the Crocky Dungeon and Ken and his Wall of Death bike show alongside the usual rides. This event usually comes with an age recommendation of 7+. Booking recommended.

30th October, contact museum for times – Pumpkin Playtime, Greenfield Valley Museum Heritage Park, Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Holywell, CH8 7GH Bring your own pumpkin and carve out your very own creation. Spaces must be booked.

30th October to 3rd November, 9.30 to 10.30 am – Woodentots Christmas Decorations, Broomheath Plantation Bushcraft Academy, Broomheath Lane, Tarvin CH3 8HE Come and join Eric and Erica the elves on their run up to Christmas. We will be starting at 09:30 promptly and finishing fairly promptly at 10:30. The materials and tools will all be provided and will be produced from within the woodland with the exception of the acrylic paint. There will be a bit of drilling required using palm drills and a bit of sawing required using junior tools. The activities will be based out of the usual Woodentots shack at the end of the pink path or the old craft shack hidden away in the woods up the badger superhighway but we will start at the Woodentots shack. The cost will be £5 per child on a pay and play basis. No advanced booking required.

**FREE! 30th  October, 10 am to 1 pm – Manic Monday, Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Chester CH2 3AP Hobson’s will be open and we will be doing free craft activities in the main hall for children. Bring in carved pumpkins to be entered into our competition.

30th October, 10 am to 12 noon – Kids’ Halloween Decoupage Pumpkin Workshop, Ditzy Rose, Century House, High Street, Chester CH3 9PX Come and join us for some Spooktacular Halloween Crafting Fun  making decoupage papier mache pumpkins. Suitable for age 7+, £15 per child (sibling discount applies).

30th October, 1 to 3 pm – Family Crafts, Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Make a spider’s web in the shape of a dream-catcher and create a leaf creature; plus while you’re there, why not take part in the Spooky Tree Trail (21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 4.30 pm, £1, see website for details). Garden admission applies.

30th October, 2 to 4 pm – Spooky Poetry, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD The museum recently acquired a splendid portrait of Sybil, Lady Cholmondeley, who established the Cholmondeley Prize for poetry in 1966. The Prize has since been won by such notable poets as Philip Larkin, Stevie Smith, Kingsley Amis and Roger McGough. To celebrate this connection, join us to create some spooky poetry ready for Halloween. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

30th and 31st October, 6 to 8 pm – Spooky Stories, Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX An evening of Halloween family fun, with pumpkin carving, potion making, live creepy crawlies and animal handling, and a led story walk through the woods! £5 per person. Tickets must be booked in advance by calling 01928 569 895 or email info@nortonpriory.org.

31st October, 9.30 to 11 am – Halloween Special Kids’ Cookery Club, Burleydam Garden Centre, Chester Road, Little Sutton, CH66 1QW Each session includes a healthy breakfast with orange or blackcurrant squash; demonstration and preparation of a Hallowe’en Orange Fruit Cauldron and a Chocolate Marshmallow Broomstick; a recipe sheet and their culinary creation to take away! Aprons and chefs hats will be provided and every child will receive a certificate to say they have completed a session. This is a pre-bookable event and places are limited. £6 per child per session.

**FREE! 31st October, 10 am to 1 pm – Halloween at Hoole Community Centre, Westminster Road, Chester CH2 3AP Hobson’s Cafe will be open and we will be having Hallowe’en fun in the main hall with children’s crafts and activities. Wear your best spooky outfits!

31st October, 11 am to 1 pm and 2 to 4 pm – Too wit too woo, Burleydam Garden Centre, Chester Road, Little Sutton, CH66 1QW Meet and hold one of these beautiful owls. Photo opportunities available for £3.50.

31st October, 1, 1.45 and 2.30 pm – The Dracula Show, Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Count Cottonbud has lost his scare and needs some help to get it back. Can you help him? All shows will be held in Visitor Centre. £2 per child. Tickets on door. While you’re there, why not take part in the Spooky Tree Trail (21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 4.30 pm, £1, see website for details). Garden admission applies.

31st October, 2 to 4 pm – Halloween Hats and Masks, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD Make a witch or wizard hat or cat mask ready for tonight’s trick or treating. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

31st October, 11 am – Fairytales Gone Bad: Zombierella and Blood Red Hood, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 0BG An extra special Halloween treat – the grim and grisly tales behind your favourite fairy stories! Discover the true tale of Cinderella, where she dies and becomes a zombie and falls in love with a vampire prince. And of course, there’s the true tale of Little Red Riding Hood, the wolf-hunter who never leaves her home without her shield, axe and blood-red stained cloak. Suitable for ages 6+.

31st October, 2 to 3.30 pm – Halloween Pony Fun, Cheshire Pony Parties, Chester CH3 8NL Non scary Halloween pony fun for ages 2-6/petite 7. Pony grooming and decorating with a Halloween theme plus short ride for everyone. Halloween craft in one of the stables. £15 per child incl 1 adult, extra adults £5. Pre-booking essential.

31st October, 2 pm – Fairytales Gone Bad: Grannylocks and the Monstrous Duckling, Ellesmere Port Library, Civic Way, Ellesmere Port CH65 0BG An extra special Halloween treat – two gruesome re-tallings of classic fairy stories! Did you know that the ugly duckling was never ugly? He was truly monstrous! Or that Goldilocks was never a tale about a little girl. It was always a tale about a granny – a mean, thieving granny who has plans for something quite nasty. Join our poetic storyteller as he unwinds the true stories behind the happily ever afters and discover they’re maybe not as charming as you remember! Suitable for ages 6+.

31st October, 2 to 2.50 pm – Rumpelstiltskin, Greenfield Valley Museum Heritage Park, Greenfield Road, Greenfield, Holywell, CH8 7GH An enchanting, colourful production adapted from the original tale by the Brothers Grimm, with specially composed music and beautiful carved hand, rod and shadow puppets.

31st October, 4 to 6 pm – Halloween Craft Night, Cheryl’s Craft Studio, Unit 9, Moorcroft Mews, Saltney, Chester CH4 8SH Carve a pumpkin, create a craft, have your face painted and get a bag of sweets. Tickets £15, limited spaces so booking is essential – call 07964 223 978.

31st October, 6.30 to 7, 7.30 to 8 & 8.30 to 9 pm – Halloween Victorian Murder Mystery, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD Suitable for 12 years upwards. The Grosvenor Museum’s Youth Panel presents a murder mystery like no other! Join us, if you dare, and meet the characters who lived at No.20 Castle Street. Follow the clues and keep your eyes open to solve the crime. Refreshments available. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

31st October, 6.30 to 8 pm – Fancy Dress Halloween Party, Helsby Sports Club, Chester Road, Helsby, Frodsham WA6 0DL Entry £3.50, which includes disco and refreshments.

November

1st November, 9.30 and 11 am – Magic is for those who believe, Hoole URC, Hoole Road, Chester CH2 3NT You are invited to come and join in some post Halloween fun with these magical ‘Unicorn and Dragon’ themed crafty activities during half term! Family Fun Sessions are for toddlers of around 2 years through to children of 11. Each session is one hour and includes all paint, sparkles, overalls and your little ones makes for them to take away and be proud of! First child price is £6 per session and can be booked online, additional siblings are at a discounted rate of £4 per child – please email catherinescott@thecreationstation.co.uk to book.

1st November, 11 am to 4 pm – Up for the Cup, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD Come and discover Chester’s football heritage, the highs and the lows. Once inspired, create a ‘flick footballer’ to display your own silky skills and lead your team to victory! Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

**FREE! 1st November, 12 to 3 pm – Wacky Wednesday, Upton by Chester United Reformed Church, Heath Road, Upton by Chester, Chester CH2 1HX Free Family Fun: Come & join us for craft, games, laughter, lunch, madness & MESS! Following on from our Summer Fun events we are running a one day only fun day. Please message for more info, call our Children & Families Worker Terri on 07756 092779 or email urcchildrenandfamilies@gmail.com.

**FREE! 1st November, 12 to 3 pm – Minecraft Inspired Arts & Crafts, Blacon Library, Chester CH1 5QY Come and create your own real life Minecraft avatar that you will colour in yourself and that you can wear like a mask. Numbers are limited, so please pre-book early https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FDJLEE.

1st November, 1 to 3 pm – Family Crafts, Ness Botanic Gardens, Neston Road, Little Neston, Ness CH64 4AY Make a spider’s web in the shape of a dream-catcher and create a leaf creature; plus while you’re there, why not take part in the Spooky Tree Trail (21st October to 5th November, 10 am to 4.30 pm, £1, see website for details). Garden admission applies.

2nd November, 9.30 and 11 am – Magic is for those who believe, Upton Scout Hut, Weston Grove, Chester sCH2 1QJ You are invited to come and join in some post Halloween fun with these magical ‘Unicorn and Dragon’ themed crafty activities during half term! Family Fun Sessions are for toddlers of around 2 years through to children of 11. Each session is one hour and includes all paint, sparkles, overalls and your little ones makes for them to take away and be proud of! First child price is £6 per session and can be booked online, additional siblings are at a discounted rate of £4 per child – please email catherinescott@thecreationstation.co.uk to book.

2nd November, 10 to 11.15 am – Halloween Chocolate Fun for Kids, Ashton Hayes Sports and Recreation Association, Ashton Lane, Chester CH3 8AA Halloween themed chocolate workshop for ages 4 to teens including chocolate tasting, make spooky chocolate lollipops, dip and decorate handmade chocolates and decorate a cookie with chocolate and halloween themed decorations. £15 per child, pre booking essential.

2nd November, 2 to 4 pm – Pixelate, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD Inspired by the pixelated work in our Techne: Creating Art exhibition, make a pixelated version of one of the old oil paintings in the Art Gallery. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

3rd November, 10.30 to 11.15 am – Magical Music Autumn Half Term Workshop, St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Broughton, Bretton, Chester CH4 0D Sing lots of magical songs, listen to enchanting music, learn about music and music theory, and explore classical music and jazz, dance and generally have lots of giggles!  Then a snack and drink is provided, before a meet the instruments session.  Your little one can meet and explore a range of musical instruments – and have a little play too! Each Minims and Melodies music workshop session is suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers up to 5 years of age.  The cost is just £7.50 with one additional sibling FREE of charge.

3rd November, 2 to 4 pm – Paper Fireworks, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November’: come and make your very own paper firework in time for bonfire night. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

3rd November, 6 pm – Fireworks Display, Huntington School, Butterbache Road, Chester CH3 6DF

3rd November, 6.30 to 10.30 pm – Halloween Fancy Dress & Fireworks, Beechwood Community Centre, Beechwood Ave, Runcorn WA7 3HB Come along to our ever popular Halloween fancy dress and fireworks party. We will have a disco, games & entertainment and hotdogs and fairy cakes for the children. Call into the Centre or call us on 01928 565014.

3rd November, fireworks at 7.30 pm – Spectacular Musical Firework Display & Fairground, Helsby Sports Club, Chester Road, Helsby, Frodsham WA6 0DL Adults £3, children £2. Refreshments available. Free family disco.

4th November, 5 to 9 pm – Chester Lions Family Fireworks, Chester Racecourse, Chester CH1 2LY A fun and safe family fireworks event with live music and a funfair in support of local Lions charities. Gates open 5pm, live music and entertainment from 5.30pm. Toddler display at 6.45 pm. Main event 7.30 pm prompt. Tickets on the door are £6, children six and under go free.

4th November, 5 to 9 pm – Dodleston Bonfire & Firework Extravaganza, Chester Lakes, Church Road, Dodleston, Chester CH4 9LQ Dodleston will again be home to one of the biggest and best fireworks displays in the North West. Tickets will be available at Chapel Stores, Dodleston from the 13th of October.

4th November, gates at 6 pm – Bonfire & Firework Display, Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Sandiway, Northwich, CW8 2EB Family friendly event with refreshments available. Gates at 6 pm, bonfire lit at 6.30 pm, fireworks at 7.30 pm. Entrance fee applies.

**FREE! 4th November, 6.30 pm – Bonfire Night, The Centurion Pub, Oldfield Drive, Vicars Cross, Chester, CH3 5LN Uur Bonfire Night will be taking place on Saturday 4th November. It was a huge success last year with absolutely hundreds of the community turning out for our free bonfire and fireworks and we know that this year will be just as great.

13th November to 9th February, 10.30 am to 4 pm – Wildlife & Wellies, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD The Hall is wrapped up for winter but there’s still plenty to explore at Speke! Whether you’re 6 or 60, bring your wellies and go for a great winter walk with our self-guide map. Free event, normal admission charges apply.

**FREE! 16th November, early evening (see site for details nearer the time) – Christmas Lights Switch On Parade, Chester city centre (starts from the Forum shopping centre) Come along for the festivities of the Christmas Lights Switch on this November 16th. There will be costumes, elves, lanterns, music and even Santa may be spotted!! The parade starts from the The Forum Shopping Centre and will parade through the city.

24th November to 30 December – The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester Zoo, Moston Road, Upton-by-Chester, Upton, Chester CH2 1EU This Christmas, as twilight falls across Chester Zoo a magical Christmas sorting office comes to life. The zoo will be transformed into an enchanting world full of illumination and spellbinding theatrical adventure. You can post your own letters to Father Christmas and imagine what our precious animals might wish for too. Along the route you’ll see magnificent animal-inspired fairy tale scenes that will whisk you away to another world. With incredible lanterns, performance and a sprinkle of Chester Zoo magic, it’s a perfect, heart-warming and memorable festive event for all generations.

25th and 26th November, various times – Elf Adventure Challenge, Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NE Back by popular demand and bigger and better! With lots of different challenges to try and games to play, come and see if you’ve got what it takes to become an honorary member of santa’s squad of helpers. Challenges include: learning how to build toys, load the sleigh, play elf games and do the elf march, and all children will receive a free copy of the colour illustrated storybook to take home and continue their elf adventure. Each session lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 2-10 and their grown ups. Single tickets start at £12 per person and family tickets are also available.

25th to 26th November, 10.30 am to 4 pm – Victorian Christmas Weekends, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD Festive fun at Speke! Visit the Hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, enjoy lots of family activities including Christmas trails and sugar mice making, listen to carols and pay a call on Father Christmas. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Grotto must be booked in advance.

25th to 26th November, 10.45 am to 4 pm – Christmas Grotto, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD Father and Mrs Christmas will be here during our Victorian Christmas weekends. Visit them in the Grotto to receive a special present – don’t forget your list of Christmas wishes! Tickets must be booked in advance. Non-members will also need to pay for an entry ticket.

**FREE! 26th November to 7th January 2018 – Christmas Tree Festival, Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY From the end of November, Chester Cathedral cloisters will be filled with more than 40 majestic Christmas trees. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the festive period and lose yourself in our astonishing tree-lined winter walkways. Free event but donations gratefully accepted.

26th November, 11 am to 4 pm – Christmas Fair, Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX Stalls selling crafts, gifts and local produce throughout the museum and atmospheric medieval undercroft. Children’s activities and trails for families. Entry £3 per person. (Members & Community Pass holders free.)

December

**FREE! 1st December, early evening (TBC) – Lantern Parade, starts at the Forum shopping centre Chester city centre will be lit by hundreds of children as they parade through the streets carrying handmade lanterns for the annual Lantern Parade. The parade will leave from the Forum Shopping Centre, walking past the Cathedral along St Werburgh Street, turning into Eastgate Street, down Bridge Street, back up Northgate Street and ending at the Christmas Market in the Town Hall Square.

1st to 2nd December, various times – The Snowman, Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St, Chester CH1 2DY Carrot Productions are once again bringing their Snowman magic to Chester Cathedral. Hear some of the UK’s top musicians perform Howard Blake’s beautiful soundtrack in perfect synchronicity with the film shown on a giant screen. This extra special performance includes a rousing overture, a fun introduction to the orchestra, and a visit from our very own Snowman! *Very limited tickets remaining!*

**FREE! 1st to 31st December – Castle Street at Christmas, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD  Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and step back in time to the Christmas of yesteryear. Come and see our period rooms decked out in festive finery, and discover how the people of Chester have celebrated Christmas over the last 350 years.

1st December to 14th January 2018, various times – The Secret Seven, Storyhouse, Hunter St, Chester CH1 2AR Storyhouse are delighted to announce that they are to produce the world’s first ever stage adaption of Enid Blyton’s beloved The Secret Seven, in Chester this Christmas! In this, their first ever adventure, the Secret Seven are on the trail of strange clues which lead them, in disguise, through the snow, to the old house, and a mystery …

1st December to 9th February, 11 am to 4 pm – Enchanted Erddig Toy Box, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT We’ve delved into the archives to bring you a playful, curious and intriguing look at the Yorke family’s toy collection. Come and join us to discover the toys which have been scattered around the grounds of this beautiful property . From a giant working zoetrope to oversized babushka dolls visitors can explore surprising and fantastical installations. You’re never too old to be enchanted. Free event, admission charges apply.

2nd and 3rd December, various times – Elf Adventure Challenge, Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NE Back by popular demand and bigger and better! With lots of different challenges to try and games to play, come and see if you’ve got what it takes to become an honorary member of santa’s squad of helpers. Challenges include: learning how to build toys, load the sleigh, play elf games and do the elf march, and all children will receive a free copy of the colour illustrated storybook to take home and continue their elf adventure. Each session lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 2-10 and their grown ups. Single tickets start at £12 per person and family tickets are also available.

2nd December, 2 to 4 pm – Welcome to Winter, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD In the last of our seasonal habitat afternoons, we’ll be focusing on animals and how they get ready for winter. Learn what you can do to help wildlife during the cold season, and have a go at some winter animal crafts. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

2nd to 3rd December, 9.30 to 10.30 am – Breakfast with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for breakfast in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a full Welsh breakfast, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Join Jake, the (award-winning) story-telling elf and give a cheer to wake Father Christmas and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

2nd to 3rd December, 10 am to 4 pm – Christmas through the ages, Chirk Castle, Chirk LL14 5AF Chirk Castle’s courtyard will come to life on the first three weekends in December with a medieval feast for the senses, showing you some of the smells, sounds, sights and tastes of traditional festivities. This year meet medieval characters in the courtyard, with activities, crafts, including table centres, medieval food and drink, music, a jester and circus entertainments, and storytelling. Normal admission applies. National Trust members are free.

2nd to 3rd December, 10.30 am to 4 pm – Victorian Christmas Weekends, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD Festive fun at Speke! Visit the Hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, enjoy lots of family activities including Christmas trails and sugar mice making, listen to carols and pay a call on Father Christmas. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Grotto must be booked in advance.

2nd to 3rd December, 10.45 am to 4 pm – Christmas Grotto, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD Father and Mrs Christmas will be here during our Victorian Christmas weekends. Visit them in the Grotto to receive a special present – don’t forget your list of Christmas wishes! Tickets must be booked in advance. Non-members will also need to pay for an entry ticket.

2nd to 3rd December, 11 am to 4 pm – Reverse Grotto, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Enjoy the gift of giving by leaving a donation for our local Wrexham foodbank this Christmas. Come and say a quick hello to Father Christmas, who’ll be in our elves’ workshop at weekends to say thank you for your donation. The Elves and Father Christmas will be thrilled that you’re trying to help them in their quest to help the less fortunate this Christmas time. Free event, normal admission applies.

2nd to 3rd December, 4.30 to 6.30 pm – Supper with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for Christmas dinner in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a two course Christmas dinner, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Help Jake, the (award-winning) storytelling elf to find him. You’ll need to give a big cheer and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

3rd December, 10 am – Santa Dash, Chester city centre This family friendly festive event is now celebrating its 7th successful year. The dash is 3.3k in total and is perfect for families and little ones. This year, there will be live bands performing Christmas songs along the route with some festive surprises too. By signing up you will receive your own Santa costume and exclusive Chester Santa Dash medal when you cross the finish line. All proceeds to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and the Countess of Chester Hospital Charity.

**FREE! 7th December, early evening (TBC) – Winter Watch Parade, Chester city centre (starts at the Forum shopping centre) Karamba Samba as the Winter Watch parades through Chester City Centre, lead by the Lord of Misrule! The parade will start at the Forum Shopping Centre and will continue around the city, including: St Werburgh Street, Northgate Street and Bridge Street. There will be dancers, fire breathing and sword fights along the way.

8th to 14th December, 4.30 to 6.30 pm – Supper with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for Christmas dinner in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a two course Christmas dinner, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Help Jake, the (award-winning) storytelling elf to find him. You’ll need to give a big cheer and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

9th and 10th December, various times – Elf Adventure Challenge, Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NE Back by popular demand and bigger and better! With lots of different challenges to try and games to play, come and see if you’ve got what it takes to become an honorary member of santa’s squad of helpers. Challenges include: learning how to build toys, load the sleigh, play elf games and do the elf march, and all children will receive a free copy of the colour illustrated storybook to take home and continue their elf adventure. Each session lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 2-10 and their grown ups. Single tickets start at £12 per person and family tickets are also available.

9th December, 2-4pm, drop-in: 2-3pm, Newstead Gallery, prop making; 3 & 3.30pm, King’s Arms Kitchen, story-telling – Christmas Story-Telling with Morris the Mouse, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD Meet Morris, our little museum mouse, who has a very special Christmas tale to tell today. He needs help though, so join us at 2pm to make props in readiness for an interactive story experience at 3pm full of festive cheer. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

9th December, 4 to 6 pm – Christmas Carol Singing, Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX Get into the festive spirit with a fun round of Christmas carol singing with the Runcorn Community Choir in the atmospheric medieval undercroft at Norton Priory. Tickets must be purchased in advance. £5 per person.

9th to 10th December, 9.30 to 10.30 am – Breakfast with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for breakfast in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a full Welsh breakfast, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Join Jake, the (award-winning) story-telling elf and give a cheer to wake Father Christmas and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

9th to 10th December, 10 am to 4 pm – Christmas through the ages, Chirk Castle, Chirk LL14 5AF Chirk Castle’s courtyard will come to life on the first three weekends in December with a medieval feast for the senses, showing you some of the smells, sounds, sights and tastes of traditional festivities. This year meet medieval characters in the courtyard, with activities, crafts, including table centres, medieval food and drink, music, a jester and circus entertainments, and storytelling. Normal admission applies. National Trust members are free.

9th to 10th December, 10.30 am to 4 pm – Victorian Christmas Weekends, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD Festive fun at Speke! Visit the Hall, decorated for a traditional Victorian Christmas, enjoy lots of family activities including Christmas trails and sugar mice making, listen to carols and pay a call on Father Christmas. Free event, normal admission charges apply. Grotto must be booked in advance.

9th to 10th December, 10.45 am to 4 pm – Christmas Grotto, Speke Hall, The Walk, Speke L24 1XD Father and Mrs Christmas will be here during our Victorian Christmas weekends. Visit them in the Grotto to receive a special present – don’t forget your list of Christmas wishes! Tickets must be booked in advance. Non-members will also need to pay for an entry ticket.

9th to 10th December, 11 am to 4 pm – Reverse Grotto, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Enjoy the gift of giving by leaving a donation for our local Wrexham foodbank this Christmas. Come and say a quick hello to Father Christmas, who’ll be in our elves’ workshop at weekends to say thank you for your donation. The Elves and Father Christmas will be thrilled that you’re trying to help them in their quest to help the less fortunate this Christmas time. Free event, normal admission applies.

10th December, 4 to 6 pm – Christmas Carol Service, Norton Priory, Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn WA7 1SX Join us for a traditional Christmas carol service in the atmospheric medieval undercroft, led by the Vicar of Norton, Reverend Stephen Torr. Tickets must be purchased in advance. £5 per person.

14th December, 3 to 8 pm – Live Ice Carving & Festive Food Market, Wrexham Museum, Regent Street, Wrexham LL11 1RB Chill Out for Christmas and come and see fantastic live ice carving. Relax and enjoy your free complimentary drink in an ice glass, grab some festive grub from our café, do some Christmas shopping in our shop and if that’s not all – there’ll be free food tasting as well. Then you will be ready to watch the sensational live ice carving on the museum forecourt by Simon O’Rourke – Tree Carving. See if you can guess what the carving will be and get free bar of delicious chocolate. Tickets are £2.50 per adult or £5 for a family ( 2 adults and up to 3 children ) available from the Museum or online (www.thisiswrexham.co.uk from 16th Oct).

**FREE! 14th December, 7 pm – Winter Watch & Saturnalia Parade, Eastgate Street, Chester At 7pm from Eastgate Street you will be able to experience the special evening that merges two fantastic parades. The Saturnalia parade sees the Roman legion light up the streets with a torch-lit parade and the Winter Watch is a historic event when the city leaders would hand over the keys to the city watch.

16th December, 2 to 4 pm – Christmas Stockings, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD With Santa soon on his way, come and join us to make your very own festive felt Christmas stocking. Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

16th and 17th December, various times – Elf Adventure Challenge, Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NE Back by popular demand and bigger and better! With lots of different challenges to try and games to play, come and see if you’ve got what it takes to become an honorary member of santa’s squad of helpers. Challenges include: learning how to build toys, load the sleigh, play elf games and do the elf march, and all children will receive a free copy of the colour illustrated storybook to take home and continue their elf adventure. Each session lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 2-10 and their grown ups. Single tickets start at £12 per person and family tickets are also available.

16th and 17th December, 9.30 to 10.30 am – Breakfast with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for breakfast in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a full Welsh breakfast, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Join Jake, the (award-winning) story-telling elf and give a cheer to wake Father Christmas and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

16th to 17th December, 10 am to 4 pm – Christmas through the ages, Chirk Castle, Chirk LL14 5AF Chirk Castle’s courtyard will come to life on the first three weekends in December with a medieval feast for the senses, showing you some of the smells, sounds, sights and tastes of traditional festivities. This year meet medieval characters in the courtyard, with activities, crafts, including table centres, medieval food and drink, music, a jester and circus entertainments, and storytelling. Normal admission applies. National Trust members are free.

16th and 17th December, 11 am to 4 pm – Reverse Grotto, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Enjoy the gift of giving by leaving a donation for our local Wrexham foodbank this Christmas. Come and say a quick hello to Father Christmas, who’ll be in our elves’ workshop at weekends to say thank you for your donation. The Elves and Father Christmas will be thrilled that you’re trying to help them in their quest to help the less fortunate this Christmas time. Free event, normal admission applies.

16th to 23rd December, 4.30 to 6.30 pm – Supper with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for Christmas dinner in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a two course Christmas dinner, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Help Jake, the (award-winning) storytelling elf to find him. You’ll need to give a big cheer and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

23rd and 24th December, various times – Elf Adventure Challenge, Ice Cream Farm, Drumlan Hall Farm, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9NE Back by popular demand and bigger and better! With lots of different challenges to try and games to play, come and see if you’ve got what it takes to become an honorary member of santa’s squad of helpers. Challenges include: learning how to build toys, load the sleigh, play elf games and do the elf march, and all children will receive a free copy of the colour illustrated storybook to take home and continue their elf adventure. Each session lasts for 1 hour and is suitable for children aged 2-10 and their grown ups. Single tickets start at £12 per person and family tickets are also available.

23rd and 24th December, 9.30 to 10.30 am – Breakfast with Father Christmas, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Create some magical memories with your family and join Father Christmas for breakfast in our Hayloft restaurant. Mother Christmas has prepared a full Welsh breakfast, but Father Christmas is nowhere to be seen. Join Jake, the (award-winning) story-telling elf and give a cheer to wake Father Christmas and listen for the bells. With craft activity, songs, special story and a small gift for children, this memorable experience is guaranteed to fill everyone with festive cheer.

23rd and 24th December, 11 am to 4 pm – Reverse Grotto, Erddig, Marchwiel, Wrexham LL13 0YT Enjoy the gift of giving by leaving a donation for our local Wrexham foodbank this Christmas. Come and say a quick hello to Father Christmas, who’ll be in our elves’ workshop at weekends to say thank you for your donation. The Elves and Father Christmas will be thrilled that you’re trying to help them in their quest to help the less fortunate this Christmas time. Free event, normal admission applies.

January

3rd January, 2 to 4 pm – Design your own calendar, Grosvenor Museum, 27 Grosvenor St, Chester CH1 2DD Join us to make your very own spectacular 2018 balloon calendar to celebrate the 21st-century’s eighteenth birthday! Free event, suggested donation £1.50.

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