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January


A Year in Cheshire 2013 April


26th Holly Holy Day Nantwich Spectacular ‘Sealed Knot’ re-enactment celebrating the 1644 Civil War Battle of Nantwich. www.battleofnantwich.com


February


Feb - Oct Warrington Wolves Engage Super League XVI www.warringtonwolves.com


2nd Feb-12th March Snowdrop Walks Rode Hall & Gardens, Congleton Discover over 40 varieties of snowdrops. www.rodehall.co.uk


8th & 27th Bangor-on-Dee Races www.bangorondeeraces.co.uk


March


March-October Motor Racing Oulton Park, near Tarporley www.motorsportvision.co.uk


2nd-12th Chester International Film Festival www.chesterfilmfans.co.uk


14th-24th Rogues Galleries A free performance, art and digital media festival taking place in empty shops around Chester city centre www.chesterperforms.com


23rd March-1st September Beatrix Potter at Tatton Tatton Park celebrates Beatrix Potter this summer with an enchanting programme of family events and activities. Look out for characters and scenes from her stories and follow trails in the mansion, farm and gardens. Enjoy a rare opportunity to see an exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s original watercolors and drawings on loan from the National Trust collection. www.tattonpark.org.uk


23rd Bangor-on-Dee Races www.bangorondeeraces.co.uk


28th March-1st April Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival www.nantwichjazz.com


30th March-1st April Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival Chester Racecourse, Chester www.chesterfoodanddrink.com


30th March-1st April Beatrix Potter Easter Tatton Park www.tattonpark.org.uk


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20th Bangor-on-Dee Races www.bangorondeeraces.co.uk


21st Sandbach Transport Festival www.sandbachtransportfestival.co.uk


22nd - 5th May Bluebell Walks Bluebell Cottage Gardens Guided tours around the garden. www.lodgelanenursery.co.uk


Bluebell Festival Capesthorne Hall Explore the six acre Woodland Walk. www.capesthorne.com


April & May Bluebell Festival Cheshire’s Gardens of Distinction - Bluebell Cottage Gardens, Capesthorne Hall, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, Adlington Hall, Quarry Bank Mill, Arley Hall and Gardens www.visitcheshire.com/gardens


May


May - August Chester Town Crier public proclamations The High Cross, Chester 12 noon Tues-Sat (10.30am on race days) www.chestertowncriers.com


3rd (eve) & 18th Bangor-on-Dee Races www.bangorondeeraces.co.uk


8th-10th, 25th May Chester Races Chester Racecourse, Chester www.chester-races.co.uk


17th-19th May Foodies Festival Tatton Park www.tattonpark.org.uk


24th-27th May Chester Folk Festival Kelsall, Nr Chester Concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, sing-arounds, sessions, displays, craft fair, family events & children’s entertainment. www.chesterfolk.org.uk


26th-27th May Great British Food Festival Walton Hall, Warrington www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com


27th May Warrington Horse Show Daresbury www.warringtonhorseshow.co.uk


30th May-2nd June Bolesworth Showjumping Classic Bolesworth Castle near Tattenhall The UK’s most innovative and entertaining equestrian event featuring the world’s top competitors plus family entertainment. www.bolesworthclassic.co.uk


31st May-1st June Coutts International Polo Weekend Chester Racecourse www.chester-races.co.uk


June


1st-14th The Chester Music Festival City Centre For music lovers, casual listeners, the young, the old, the curious…. Now in its 24th year, the festival returns to various venues across the City. www.chesterperforms.com


8th, 28th (eve) & 29th Chester Races Chester Racecourse, Chester www.chester-races.co.uk


Dates tbc Wirral International Kite Festival New Brighton Wirral www.visitwirral.com


14th-16th Chester Rocks Chester Racecourse A brand new two day music festival www.chester-rocks.co.uk


14th-16th Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas Enjoy some of the world’s best marques racing around the track at Cholmondeley, power boats, and fantastic aerial displays. www.cpop.co.uk


14th-16th Middlewich Folk & Boat Festival Middlewich (various locations) This delightful festival is a medley of boats, folk music and entertainment with the stunning backdrop of the canal. www.midfest.org.uk


14th-30th Barnaby Festival Macclesfield A modern revival of the town’s unique Barnaby tradition, celebrating all things arts and culture, with a healthy dose of good old fashioned fun. www.barnabyfestival.org.uk


15th Chester Regatta www.chesterregatta.org


16th Congleton Food & Drink Festival www.foodanddrinkfestival.net


18th & 19th Cheshire County Show Tabley, Knutsford Large equestrian section, farm livestock classes, dog shows, flowers, a superb food hall, cheese, crafts, shoppers mews and country pursuits. www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk


22nd-23rd Midsummer Watch Parade Chester City Centre A colourful re-enactment of a traditional medieval celebration marking the summer solstice featuring a colourful cavalcade of characters including the Festival of Giants. www.midsummerwatch.co.uk


22nd World Worm Charming Championship Willaston, Nantwich Worm charmers come from around the world to employ various methods of charming worms from the soil! www.wormcharming.com


22nd-23rd Arley Garden Festival Arley Hall & Gardens One of the highlights of the horticultural year in the North West. www.arleyhallandgardens.com


26th June-13th July Chester Mystery Plays Chester Cathedral Enjoy the spectacle of Britain’s oldest and most complete cycle of mystery plays dating from the Middle Ages that bring stories from The Bible dramatically to life.They’re performed every 5 years - and indoors for the first time ever! www.chestermysterplays.com


July-October BUGS! Chester Zoo www.chesterzoo.org


July


July - August Open Air Theatre Gawsworth Hall, near Macclesfield Outdoor entertainment takes centre stage in the grounds of the stately home featuring the best from the world of comedy and music. www.gawsworthhall.com


26th June-13th July Chester Mystery Plays Chester Cathedral www.chestermysterplays.com


4th July- 18th August Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre Grosvenor Park, Chester Enjoy theatre in the great outdoors - bring a picnic, blanket and all the family! www.grosvenorparkopenair theatre.co.uk


5th-7th July Forest Tour Delamere Forest Outdoor concerts in a woodland setting featuring pop and rock artistes. www.forestry.gov.uk/music


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