April Happenings in Chester

April Happenings

in Chester



April 5

Cathedral at  Height- Viewing platform 200 plus steps at the top of the Chester Cathedral– opens today!!

Read reviews on the Chester Culture Blog

 Keep up to date with the latest from Cathedral at Height and enquire about bookings by emailingtower@chestercathedral.com



ON APRIL 12th at The Chester Cathedral: There will be a live Cathedral abseil event to celebrate the launch of the Cathedral at Height visitor attraction.

Come and see BBC Two’s Dr Jonathan Foyle, as he climbs the cathedral. There will also be a 30 minute talk whilst he is suspended 50 feet above the cathedral crossing- unlocking secrets of the Chester Cathedral’s history.

FREE EVENT 1:30pm Chester Cathedral Nave.


APRIL 13, The Royal Scots Dragoon of Chester will hold a musical parade from Bridge St to the Cathedral– Blaring their trumpets in celebration of 70 years since the Battle of Nunshigum. Celebrating their regiment. Please see their web page for more information



April 13. Telford’s Warehouse hosts a Vintage Arts and Craft Fair in support of Autism. Artisans for Autism.



The Underground Beer Club
April 14
Cellar Bar, City Road 


The Underground Beer Club- a new way to discover BEER of all varieties with good company and knowledgeable  hosts. Andy and Aki  get things rolling by introducing each beer. A short description and the tasting begins.

A unique way to try several new beers and discuss them with like minded people!

A fun informal night.

Tickets can be purchased or reserved in advance
at the Cellar
via FB,or Twitter.

£17, 50 in advance or £20 at the door

On the night everyone is asked to bring along a beer to swap with others- sharing one you love and taking one to try out at home! A beer to swap can also be purchased on the night from the Cellar Bar if you prefer.This magical event can also be booked for your home or office.

For event bookings please email Andy at andytabberer@gmail.com



See This review from Chester Beer Blog:


Face Book:  https://www.facebook.com/BeerClubTubed/info
twitter:  @BeerClubTubed

Town Hall Square Chester

Taste Chester Farmers Market:
12 April 2014 / 9.30am – 4.30pm / Free / All Ages
Chester Town Hall Square CH1 2HS 
Helen Cawsey – 
01244 405 615 – helen@scwirrel.com



19th to 21st April 2014 / Chester Racecourse CH1 2LY
An extravaganza of some of the counties finest food and drink. Cheese makers, cider makers, game sellers from Cumbria, dry cured meats from North wales, fine coffees, stone baked pizzas and children cooking with the Academy of Culinary Arts.
Info – 
01244 405 615
Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival




this group meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month, from 10 to 12 at The Cheshire Cat, to have coffee, meet other members and find out what events are coming up in the next few weeks. For more information, please see their blog




St George’s Day 

St George and the Dragon:
23rd April 2014 / 11am – 12.30pm / Free / All Ages
Cheshire West And Chester Council, The Forum Shopping Centre, Chester 



Thursday April 24, 7:30pm

Chester Micro Plays are proud to present:

Our next event on Thursday 24th April 7.30pm till 10pm.

And we’re out to make it Real.
This is our invite to all of you as aspiring writers, actors, producers, directors, theatre creators; we’re going to be mixing it up; thinking about the Art and the Mechanics of Theatre.

We’ll all be contributing and creating; both words and performance; working together.

Come join in the communal creativity, either as writer or performer or both!

We’ve a new venue for this one; we’re in Harrison’s Cocktail Bar upstairs at


We do need you to inbox us or email ChesterMicroPlays@gmail.com

to add your name to the throng!
RSVP by 17th April 2014 to reserve your place – because it’s only polite!

The group invites all creative minds to come along and join in.

The idea is for aspiring writers, actors and friends tofeel inspired and share that with the group.

Then perform live – creating short / mini plays from what has been written- in a relaxed atmosphere.

Check out their blog at ChesterMicroPlays.wordpress.com

or follow them on twitter @chestermicroply

Sunday April 27

The Cheshire Vintage Fashion Fair-Chester Racecourse

now in its 7th Year of delighting Vintage Lovers from all over North West and beyond

All our 50 fully booked stalls will be showcasing the finest the Vintage Fashion World has to offer with Vintage & Period Clothing dating from the 1860’s to the 1960’s, together with Jewellery, Prints, Traditional & Antique Textiles, Linen, Lace, Accessories and lots lots more.

Fair Details;

50 indoor Stalls

Live entertainment

2 Onsite restaurants

1 Cafe

Free Parking for fair goers

Entrance: All Adults £3, Students with I.D £2

Fair Open 10am-4pm


2014 Book Club Books and Meeting Dates:
Wednesdays, all at 7pm. Red Lion, Northgate St, Chester 

19th March: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
16th April: The Turn of the Screw, Henry James
21st May: The Grass Arena, John Healy 
18th June: The Country Girls, Edna O'Brien
16th July: Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi 20th August: White Teeth, Zadie
Smith 17th September: The Hours, Michael Cunningham 8th October: The
Sea, the Sea, Iris Murdoch 19th November: Love in the Time of Cholera,
Gabriel García Márquez10th December: A Perfectly Good Man, Patrick Gale

Come along as often or as infrequently as you wish. We'll be delighted
to see you.

We meet every 3rd Wednesday in the month (or 2nd Wednesday in October
and December). You don't even have to have read the book. Just turn up and make some new


Make Space CIC  is a developing community for people in the North West who are looking for more joy, fulfilment and soul-full-ness in their lives. A place where like-minded people can share inspiration, ideas and joy! There will be speakers, workshops, events, meditation and much more, and we launched in March!


See the link below for more information:





Not just for tourists:




Twitter: @civilwartours


German language Conversation Group

meet every 2nd Saturday at 11am in Katie’s Tea Room , Watergate St (uptairs)

Next Meeting is on April 12

find them also on MeetUp.com



Handel’s Court Gallery:

Northgate Street

 Show of Photography: Handel’s Gallery Northgate Street


David Brown, his show will be for one month and will run from the 15th March until the 15th April.


The Handel’s Court Gallery will be hosting an exhibition from 6th to 28th April 2014. The exhibition is called “Trash & Treasure” and explores themes of ownership and value in our world. HeatherLannin, is the conceptual artist behind the work; which features photography by Thomas Lloyd. The exbo is dedicated to SimonSait; the first ever photographer of the found tin shapes.


Exhibition: Memories of a Lost Shark
Photographs by: 
James Clifford Kent
Texts by:
 Edmundo Desnoes
Opening: Thursday 10th April 2014 at 7pm

Memories of a Lost Shark is a series of black and white photographs and texts. The correspondence between these invites the spectator to enter a conversation with both photographer and writer in an act of imaginative solidarity with the actors taking centre stage in each of these images – an engagement that allows still photographs to become as fluid as Cuban history.

This exhibition will be shown for the first time in Chester, following exhibitions at Oriel Colwyn (Colwyn Bay, North Wales), Galería Fayad Jamís (Havana, Cuba) and Instituto Cervantes (Manchester, England).

James Clifford Kent (London, England, 1983) is an independent documentary photographer and lecturer in Spanish and Visual Cultures at the University of Chester. He has taught at various institutions across the UK and abroad.

Edmundo Desnoes (Havana, Cuba, 1930) is a renowned Cuban writer and critic. He has published widely on the arts and is the author of the novel Memories of Underdevelopment, which was adapted into one of the most influential Latin American films of all time. In 2008, he published Memorias del desarrollo – a follow-up to his original novel, which was adapted into the film Memories of Overdevelopment (2010). He has lived in New York City since 1979.

Dr James Clifford Kent
Lecturer in Spanish
Department of Modern Languages
University of Chester


An exhibition of paintings by Hannah Wehbeh

Sketches in Oil

April 18- May 18th , 2014


This year Handel’s Court Gallery and The Northgate Quarter will be running an art market every Saturday through June till the second to last week of August get involved! and hang your work on the railings of Rufus Court. A starting price for stalls will be £5 subject to change in peak season.



Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2EF

Email: libraries@cheshirewestandchester. gov.uk Telephone: 01244 977 380 Fax: 01244 315 534

   APRIL 2—  Rosie Thomas at Chester Library  Rosie Thomas, award winning author and keen traveller will be talking about her new novel, The Illusionists, at Chester Library on 2 April at 1pm.  Her work has twice been awarded Romantic Novel of the Year.  Please contact Chester Library to book a £3 ticket

 Easter Children’s Stories and Crafts at Chester Library – 10 April 2:30pm ·  

      Easter Children’s Story and Rhyme Time at Malpas Library – 10 April 2pm·     

   A poetry workshop with Gill McEvoy and Judy Ugonna at Chester Library – 15 April 2:30pm·       

Children’s Cake Pop Decorating at Ellesmere Port Library – 16 April 11am·    

    A creative writing workshop for older children at Chester Library – 17 April 11am·       

Easter Children’s Stories and Crafts at Chester Library – 17 April 1:30pm·  

      A poetry performance by Dominic Berry, with special guests Gill McEvoy and Zach Roddis at Chester Library – 23 April 7pm


Grosvenor Museum Chester . free entry

see their web site for up to date info on exhibits



The Grosvenor Museum houses collections exploring the history of Chester, its art and silver heritage, and its natural history. 


The Long Art and Short Life of Randolph Caldecott-

Chester born Victorian illustrtaor

8 February- 5 May

Reverse Angle–Andy Hollingworth Photographic Portraits 2005-2014

1 February- 11 May


Chester History and Heritage

Chester History and Heritage is the first place to contact when you want to discover your Chester ancestors or find out about the history of Chester City and District.

Contact information and location–

as seen on the web site


Chester History and Heritage
St Michael’s Church
Bridge Street Row

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10am- 12noon and 1-4pm.


We have a variety of family and local history sources to help you in your search:

  • Free computer access including library ancestry edition.

  • Images of Chester – 1000s of photographs copies available at £5 and £2.50. Including the Chester Photographic Survey – a street by street documentation of Chester District from 1960s onwards.

  • Free microfilm sources – including Chester Parish Registers, Electoral Rolls, newspapers and Overleigh Cemetery.

  • Maps, trade directories and local history library.

  • Free family history advice service on Tuesdays and Fridays.

  • Changing programme of events and exhibitions.

  • Filmshows of Chester from the 1930s.

  • Visit the Cheshire Image Bank. The official collection of photographs, postcards, sketches and prints held by Cheshire West and Chester and Chester Easter Councils which holds over 21,000 images. Compiled from the previous ‘Chester Image Bank’ and ‘Picture Cheshire’ collections.


See Dan Schott’s site for the latest in the Chester Music Scene


Chester Music Society Concert:
2nd April 2014 / 7.30pm / All Ages
Tickets £13 includes wine and light refreshments
St Marys Centre St Marys Hill Chester 
Ben Holland – Violin
John Gough – Piano
J L Wishlade – 
01244 383455 – info@chestermusicsociety.org.uk


APRIL 12- Spring Festival Concert with The City Of Chester Male Voice Choir

Hoole All Saints Church 7:30pm

Tel 01244 349931


TELFORDS WAREHOUSE- for live music most nights of the week:

see their detailed web site for up to date info:


Highlights in April are:


3- Blues Rock Jam Night with A Schrewdness Of Apes

(contact charlie.goodfella@btopenworld.com to join in)

4- Chubby Knuckles:The Hummingbirds

15- Scott Matthews

25- The Lash

29- Krystle Warren

Telford’s also offer Open Mic Night on Sunday

Salsa Classes/ Latin Mania every Wed 8pm


Cross Keys, Lower Bridge Street

Irish Session on Wed April 9th 8:30pm (every 2nd Wednesday)


Raven Folk Club

The Bear and Billet, Lower Bridge Street Chester


Sundays at 8:30pm

Plan ahead: Chester FOLK FESTIVAL Friday May 23rd-Monday May 26th-

contact email: info@chesterfolk.org.uk




A Handbag of Harmonies

A choir of women from Chester-




Alexander’s at Rufus Court

see their web site for upcoming dates

Sundays – free Jazz and Tuesday Open Mic Night 8pm



Tip Top Productions

and The Forum Theatre present:

When We Are Married. April 3-12

J.B. Priestly’s traditional comedy about class and hypocrisy

Godspell  April 22-26

a production performed by schools from Mold and Wrexam

Fawlty Towers 2014 May 12-24th

One of the best known and most loved TV series comes to the stage

Dancing at Lughnasa July 9th-12th

a 1990 play by dramatist Brian Friel set in Ireland


Our box office is manned most days for a limited period and has 24 hour answer machine on 01244 341296. Any messages will be dealt with promptly and you will be contacted accordingly.

During a show week the theatre will be open from 6:30pm.



See also:


The Chester Theatre Club


The Lark by Jean Anouilh

The optimistic retelling of the story of Joan of Arc as a play within a play

Sat 10, Mon12-Sat 17 May, 2014


Minerva Arts-     A Youth Arts  Organisation.

Present ‘Broken Tales and Twisted Stories’

A Unique collaboration with two Chester based writers, Luke Moore and Rebecca Sowray Dixon.

  April 12. 2pm and 7:30pm at The Kingsway Buildings , University of Chester

Minerva Arts are  involved in The Chester Fringe Festival , taking place in October. Please see their web site for more information and discover  how to get involved!





**********Tickets on sale now for this summer Open Air Theatre in Grosvenor Park TICKETS AVAILABLE TO BUY AT the  CHESTER VISITOR CENTRE


4th July – 23rd August

The Secret Garden

11th July – 24th August

The Comedy of Errors

1st – 24th August



*******-  Chester Film Society


Providing the people of Chester and surrounding areas the chance to see some of the finer films of world cinema in a relaxing and appreciative atmosphere since 1970.

Chester Film Society is a member of the British Federation of Film Societies (BFFS), which has been representing the film society movement since 1925.

They  provide a selection of new releases and classics, with varying themes and genres, many of which have bypassed the North West of England, but always chosen to interest, intrigue and entertain.

Movies are shown in a variety of locations within Chester, such as the Steam Mill, The Little Theatre or St Mary’s Centre.

Doors open each night at 7.00pm, with films starting at 7.45pm. Refreshments are available to buy before the film starts.

If you are interested in Chester Film Society and want to find out more, please visit our website www.chesterfilmfans.co.uk


Movie Night

Every Wednesday night at Alexander’s 

Rufus Court 



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