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There is more to Chester than just history and heritage. Chester’s fiesta of festivals includes film, music, literature and folk.
Many traditional favourites return year on year including the hugely popular Chester Races, and Bolesworth International, so much more than just showjumping.
There are plenty of outdoor events throughout the year too including Chester Rocks at the Racecourse, open air theatre performances in Grosvenor Park and Moonlight flicks, an outdoor cinematic experience.
Chester is known for its parades and the city hosts them both in the Summer months and also later in the year as part of their Christmas celebrations.
Not forgetting the Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival and sporting events such as the Regatta and marathon, voted the UK’s number 1 road marathon in 2013, to name a few.
See below to find out more about Chester’s calendar of events, use the box on the right to search for what's on during the dates of your stay or download your FREE copy of our monthly What's On Guide for more!
Join us on a magical journey through the woods to discover Father Christmas hidden in his hide away. Fascinating characters in this theatrical...
The exhibition has 300 paintings for sale at very reasonable prices running from Saturday 10th October to Sunday 18th October Open daily from 10am to...
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The Chester Literature Festival will welcome some of the literary world’s greatest talent to the city between October 10 and October 25. With a packed programme of talks, workshops and lectures, it’s the perfect event for any book lover.
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The Event Emporium - Chester Wedding Show - Sunday 11th October - 11am - 3pm - Chester Racecourse - Pavillion Suite. Catwak shows, wedding workshops, live music and the largest display of local suppliers.
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Thursday to Saturday 10.30 - 5.30 / Sunday 10.30 - 5pm
Chester Antiques Show offers 40-45 stands of antiques and art extending over 3 floors of the County Grandstand.
Father Christmas will be reading stories in our beautiful Oakfield House during the day before our Lantern Magic event in the evening.
He’ll be helping your little ones make a gift for local wildlife, plus every child will get a gift to take home.
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Chester’s Christmas Market aims to bring a traditional, high quality market to the city centre, with focus on local traders, crafts people and food and drink producers. Admission is FREE! 19th November until 20th December
Take a stroll around Chester Zoo after dark for Lantern Magic and you will enjoy all the night time sounds, the beautiful lantern-lit gardens and lots of larger than life animal lanterns.
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Saturday 5 December - 12.00, 14.00 and 19.00 - THE SNOWMAN
This Christmas, The Snowman is making a return visit to the majestic setting of Chester Cathedral, following on from the acclaimed sell-out performances last year.