The Good Life Experience – 16th, 17th and 18th September 2016 – #chesterculture

tgle-2015-photos-nenad-obradovic-IMG_2085The Good Life Experience presents an impressive and eclectic line-up for the three day festival –now in its third year- from 16th to 18th September 2016 on the Hawarden Estate in Flintshire.

The music and poetry programme is entirely hand-picked by co-founders singer, author and broadcaster Cerys Matthews and music manager Steve Abbot.

Festival goers can look forward to a mix of the very best music with everything from DJ Gilles Peterson, Canadians Gordie Mackeeman + His Rhythm Boys to Saturday night headliners Romanian Gypsy band Fanfare Ciocarlia – which Cerys has described as her favourite live performance of all time – poets John Cooper Clarke + Mike Garry (with his band), The Booka Brass Band from Dublin, Mari Samuelsen + The 12 Ensemble’s performance of Max Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed, a DJ set from Mercury Rev, Cerys herself performing and much more.

On top of the music, there are some wonderful speakers lined up, including adventurer Ben Fogle, broadcaster Jeremy Vine and multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo.

There will be an exciting array of world class chefs, all of whom have been challenged to cook over the campfire, from Bill Granger, to Thomasina Miers, Valentine Warner, Welsh barbecuers Hang Fire Smokehouse, Fabulous Baker Tom Herbert, Petersham Nurseries’ Head Chef Damian Clisby, Anna Jones, forager Roger Phillips and many more.

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As founders of homewares brand Pedlars, the Hawarden Estate Farm Shop and award-winning pub The Glynne Arms, co-founders Charlie and Caroline Gladstone know something about hosting a brilliant party. Together with, Cerys and Steve they have created an atmosphere of warmth and inclusion for all ages.

Join the party this year for a weekend celebrating family, friends, dogs, music, talks, adventure, workshops, good food and good drink and The Great Outdoors.

There will be around 40 workshops with traditional craftspeople for all ages, from spoon carving to paddle making, henna art, blacksmithing, axe workshops and more. Almost all these workshops and other activities are free, including axe throwing, archery, tree climbing, tai chi and abseiling to name just a few.

And last but not least there is a wonderful 1930s Vintage Fairground, where all rides are free, running all weekend.

The Good Life Experience
16th, 17th and 18th September 2016
Hawarden Estate
To buy tickets click here
Adults: £69 Non-camping, £99 Camping
12-17 years: £34.50 Non-camping. £64.50 Camping
Under 11s: Free
More information at


Chester Beer & Co – North West Beer Tasting at Chester Beer and Wine, Hoole – Thursday 30th June 2016 – #chesterculture

Thursday 30th June sees the return of Chester Beer & Co‘s  ever popular beer tasting events.

img_0850This beer tasting will feature the best beers from the North West UK paired with some glorious, traditional grub crafted by Chester Beer and Co’s resident head chef, Tom Knox.

Hosted at the award winning Chester Beer & Wine shop in Hoole, you can also enjoy a 10% discount on any extra beers purchased on the night.

But remember, places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

Chester Beer & Co presents North West Beer Tasting
Thursday 30th June 2016 – 7pm
Chester Beer and Wine, Hoole
Tickets £18 – click here to book


#chesterculture – The Iranian Feast – 7th & 10th April 2016

Following their first successful UK tour in 2014, Farnham Maltings Theatre Company are delighted to return to Cheshire with their highly acclaimed theatre production with an exciting fusion of theatre and persian cuisine to two Chester venues this week.

iranianThe Iranian Feast, written by Kevin Dyer – who is very well known in the borough for his nationally acclaimed work with Action Transport and other companies –  features traditional Persian food prepared by Abbas, his wife and daughter with help from their friends and neighbours.

Part thriller, part cookery lesson this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future. One that is surprising, uplifting and a celebration of being alive. Going in the pot are fresh herbs, spices, sweet vegetables and Eli’s mother’s secret ingredient.

The Iranian Feast is played out in the midst of the audience and offers up tricky moral questions whilst exploring how repressions of the state are mirrored by repressions within the family.

Matt Baker, artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter is delighted to be hosting a performance at St Mary’s Creative Space and had this to say about it: The Iranian Feast is a contemporary piece of British theatre – with delicious food – set in modern day Tehran. This company were only here a few weeks ago where they brought their theatre adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life which sold out.  The company fell in love with the delightful space, and they even reported back that it was their number one venue of the Christmas tour!
I am very confident that audiences will love Iranian Feast either in the sumptuous surroundings of St Mary’s Creative Space or in the wonderfully intimate surroundings of Mollington Village Hall.  This is not the first time Iranian Feast has toured to Chester; we hosted it in the Garden Quarter in 2014 and the audience feedback was so incredible that I did not hesitate to bring it back.”

The Iranian Feast forms part of the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts spring programme bringing a rich array of dance, theatre and music to venues all over the city and county.

The Iranian Feast – Farnham Maltings Company

7th April 2016
St Marys Centre, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DW
Book here or by calling 07747 110933

10 April, 2016 7:30pm
Mollington and Backford Village Hall, Chester CH1 6NJ
Book by calling 01244 851045