Moonlight Flicks – Storyhouse – 5th July to 27th August 2016 – #chesterculture

UntitledFilm fans can once again watch a movie during the popular Moonlight Flicks season at Chester’s Roman Garden from July 5th until August 27th, with over 35 screenings of 9 different films, 5 evenings a week.

Programmed by Storyhouse, the city based arts organisation who will run the cultural centre of the same name, currently under construction on Northgate Street.

The line up with everything from 80s classic Dirty Dancing to post-apocalyptic sci-fi Mad Max Fury Road.

Also in the bill is animated Oscar winner Inside Out, cult hit of 2015 Birdman, romantic drama Brooklyn, iconic road movie Thelma and Louise, tear jerker The Artist, all-time rom-com classic Philadelphia Story and action adventure Jurassic World.

Alex Clifton, Artistic Director of Storyhouse said: “Moonlight Flicks has quickly established itself as a firm favourite in the borough’s summer event calendar. It’s one of those wonderful events that welcomes a real cross section of audiences; families, groups of friends, couples and film buffs. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming movie-goers to the charming Roman Garden once again.

As in previous years Moonlight Flick’s will use wireless headphones to ensure maximum sound quality. Based on last year’s successful season it is expected that over 5000 people will attend the popular outdoor cinema.

Movies are screened from dusk and times vary.

Find out more by clicking here.

Keep your eyes peeled for previews and exact dates and times coming here imminently.imagesCAADBIIJ

Moonlight Flicks
presented by Storyhouse
The Roman Gardens
July 5th until August 27th 2016

#ChesterCulture – Preview: Alexander’s Saturday 2nd April 2016

This afternoon sees Chester’s own Ashley Fayth returning with her weekly residency.

This evening sees local troubadours Macca, who some of you may recognise from previous bands, fusing the sounds of Bristish 60’s pop with Americana on stage at Alexander’s.


Ashley Fayth
Free Entry

£4 advance. £5 on the door


#ChesterCulture – Preview: Tankus The Henge at Telfords

Tonight sees the fantastic Tankus the Henge bring their unique steampunk/steamcrunk strangeness to Telford’s Warehouse.

A 6 piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time Fairgrounds to modern day Circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.

We love them. One not to be missed!

Tankus the Henge
Telfords Warehouse
Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter.

#ChesterCulture – Carriage Shed: A New Venue for Chester

Excitement is building as a new public space sets to open outside Chester Railway Station this coming weekend, marking the gateway to the city’s £100m Central Business Quarter.
Designed by urbanism specialists Broadway Malyan and built by MPH Construction, the Grade II listed ‘Carriage Shed’ next to the station has undergone a transformation and will now provide city commuters, residents and visitors with a new space.

Carriage Shed, which will also be used as an outdoor events space, links to Muse Developments’ recently launched 70,000 sq ft office building One City Place and across the Shropshire Union Canal to the £20m Waitrose store and other shops in Boughton.

More than £1.5m has been invested into the new public realm by Cheshire West and Chester Council supported with a grant of £617,550 from the European Regional Development Fund. The transformation includes the renovation of the Coach House, construction of a new Arriva Trains Wales store, a new glass roof, ‘living’ wall, planting and paving.

Carriage Shed will have a dedicated events team and yearly events programme, as it looks to create an alternative venue for Chester’s entertainment. It will showcase everything from live theatre performances to themed monthly markets, which will be open to all residents of Chester as well as providing a unique venue to hire.

To celebrate the start of the events programme and officially launch the space, the public are invited to visit Carriage Shed on Friday 1st April- Saturday 2nd April for a series of events.

Talented North West willow weaver and basketmaker, Cherry Chung will visit Carriage Shed to unveil a one of a kind art installation which will be showcased over a four week period.

Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure said: “Not only does the Carriage Shed provide a new sheltered walkway, it will also be available as a performance and activity space. The first activity takes place at the beginning of April when we’ll be welcoming artist Cherry Chung plus food stalls for a family event over three days.”

On Saturday 2nd April the space will feature street food stalls from local traders including Woody’s Pizza, What’s Your Beef?, Cheshire Ice Cream and  Coffee Vintage Co alongside workshops where you can try your hand at weaving.

Over the next 15 years, it is estimated that the Central Business Quarter will create 3,500 jobs, provide 200 new homes and exciting retail opportunities, as well as a new hotel and leisure facilities.

A full list of events can be found on the Carriage Shed website or follow Carriage Shed on Twitter @CarriageShed, Facebook: /CarriageShed and on Instagram: @CarriageShed for more information.

Carriage Shed, next to Chester Station
Opens 1st April 2016

LitWatch: Events this week

Interested in writing, literature and theatre? Looking for something to do this week in Chester city centre? Then read on, folks, as LitWatch brings you some important dates for your diary…

Chester Dead Poets Society: Monday August 31st

Where? The Bandstand at the River Dee

When? 7pm until approx 9pm

Why? After two successful and enjoyable meetings this summer already, the cheerful and welcoming folk of Chester Dead Poets are meeting again to appreciate their favourite verses. Bring your favourite tipple and some of your favourite poems to enjoy a cool summer evening filled with readings, discussion and inevitable tangents of fun and frolic. (N.B. Not all poets have to be dead to be appreciated.)

Useful link: Chester Dead Poets Facebook Group


Chester Theatre Club New Writing Workshop: Thursday September 3rd

Where? Chester Little Theatre, Gloucester Street

When? 7pm onward

Why? The CTC is launching a new drive to find more original writing this year, with three opportunities for budding playwrights to showcase their work on the cards already this season. This is the very first writer’s workshop, where you can come along and discuss your ideas for scripts and monologues, meet other writers and find out about future workshops and classes that the Little Theatre is running for the autumn and winter.

Useful link: CTC New Writing Facebook Group


Fragmentia Variety Show: Thursday September 3rd

Where? Telford’s Warehouse, Tower Wharf

When? 7.30pm until 10:30pm

Why? If you’d rather be watching theatre than writing it, why not spend your Thursday night at this very unique variety performance from Influx Arts. Mixing lots of different community projects together, you can expect short theatre pieces, music and performance art from a wide variety of local talent.

Useful link: Facebook event page


Open Mic Night (Formerly Harvest Moon Open Mic): Sunday September 6th

Where? The Commercial Bar & Hotel, St Peter’s Courtyard, Northgate Street

When? 5pm until 8pm

Why? Owing to the sudden sale and closure of the much beloved Harvest Moon espresso bar, the open mic event has moved to the Cocktail Room upstairs in the Commercial. Come along to hear poets, storytellers, acoustic musicians and other creatives express their multitude of talents. A superb night of laid-back entertainment is always guaranteed.

Useful link: Facebook event page


And finally, if you’re looking to step out of Chester for the weekend…

Gladfest: Friday September 4th to Sunday September 6th

Where? Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire

When? Various events held all day across the three days

Why? Gladfest 2015 brings literature to life with a selection of esteemed author guests, some of whom are not only hosting talks, but running creative workshops for other writers to glean experience and new skills. In addition to this there are plenty of events for young people, a craft fair and a chance to look around the beautiful library itself.

Useful link: Gladfest 2015 Website

Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School Chester: Night of the Living Dolls

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art school returns to Chester on 30th October with “Night of the Living Dolls” at their new venue, The Commercial Bar & Hotel.

If you’ve not been to a Dr Sketchy’s night then you’re missing out! It’s a cool and interesting take on a drawing class for draw-ers and non-draw-ers alike to be inspired and get stuck into some sketching. There’s a theme for each event, always quirky, weird, wonderful and glamorous. The nights are a feast for the eyes; full of colour, texture and often a large dose of glitter to feed your creativity. Led beautifully by “Madame-Ex” whose style brings together great drawing exercises that loosen you up and give you loads of great ways into drawing, while managing to make it all feel like a bit of fun, with a cheeky twist.

If you’re looking for an unusual way to spend an evening, give it a try, whether you think of yourself as arty or not, I think you’ll have a good time.  For your £10 ticket all materials are included, so you don’t need to bring anything and the doors open at 7.30pm.

“Night of the Living Dolls” promises to be as theatrical as ever as they say…

“On the eve of Hallows Eve dollys everywhere turn wicked… know their tricks, know their sorcery…
Don’t be fooled by pretty painted face….
They’ll be coming for you.”

Oh I can’t wait!


Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School North Wales & Chester

Facebook page

Facebook event page



Zoot Serious

Spend an evening dancing the night away at Alexander’s in Chester with Zoot Serious and the Bellyful of Bop for a swinging evening.

The Chester-based band are an 11 piece band performing high energy rhythm and blues.

From blues to jump jive, from contemporary sounds to modern swing and classic soul, Zoot are extremely versatile and have a play list ranging from The Blues Brothers to James Brown, Colin James and Cab Calloway.

In their time, Zoot have played with many of the greats including King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Snake Davies and Jim Diamond, Kiki Dee, Chrissy Hynde and The Pretenders, The Yardbirds and The Real Thing.

The band has released two albums: Serious in 1998, and the aptly named Zoot Serious and the Bellyfull of Pop in 2006 and boast a five piece rhythm section and six piece brass section.

Zoot Serious are at Alexander’s in Chester on Friday, October 10. Tickets £7. Visit or call 01244 340 005.

Ken Nicol World Tour makes stop in Chester

Gui­tarist, singer, song­writer and pro­ducer Ken Nicol is bringing his world tour to Chester. Ken was a mem­ber of the leg­endary Albion Band from 1997 until Sep­tem­ber 2001 when he left in order to spend more time on other projects.

In Decem­ber 2002, he suc­cess­fully joined forces with Steel­eye Span, work­ing with the band for eight years, most recently on their 2009 40th Anniver­sary Tour, vis­it­ing the USA and Aus­tralia. Dur­ing his time with Steel­eye he recorded four albums with the band: ‘They Called Her Baby­lon’, ‘Win­ter’, ‘Bloody Men’ and ‘Cogs, Wheels and Lovers’. Ken left the band in 2010.

His music cov­ers the spec­trum from blues to rock, and effort­lessly takes in folk, jazz, rag­time, bal­lads and more along the way.

Ken Nicol performs live at Alexander’s in Chester on Thursday, November 27. Tickets are £13 Call 01244 340005 or visit

Theatre in the quarter present “Bantams”

BANTAMS from Rob Johnston on Vimeo.

Theatre in the Quarter (TIQ) and Cheshire Rural Touring Arts are sponsoring a performance of Hyde Festival Theatre’s Bantams – the moving story of the men who could have stayed out of the Great War, but chose not to.    In return, Hyde Festival Theatre will host TIQ’s production of Silent Night in November. Bantams is on Thursday 16 October, 7.30pm at St Mary’s Centre Chester.  To book tickets for this performance, call 0845 2417868 or contact Claire: 0772 0032546 /

Jazz singer Connie Lush coming to Alexanders

Connie Lush, one of the UK’s most respected and recognised Blues singers is coming back to Alexander’s in Chester. After a blistering outdoor concert on Abbey Green back in the summer, she’s back for a more intimate affair inside the famous Jazz Theatre.

Winning five times, “Best Female Vocalist UK” earning a place in the gallery of greats, alongside Alexis Corner and Eric Clapton to name just two, Connie is a voice you need to hear.

In recent years, Connie has performed in over 30 countries.  She has played at some of Europe’s largest and most prestigious festivals, including Glastonbury Festival 2011 and wowing audiences in Moscow, New York and LA , recording in “The Cotton Row Studios” in Memphis and of course singing at BB Kings, Beale St….Connie also toured with BB King through the UK, finishing at  The Royal Albert Hall London.

Connie Lush comes to Chester’s Alexander’s Jazz Theatre on the Thursday 11th December from Doors are 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12/£10 advance or £26.95 with 3 course Christmas meal. Visit for more info and to purchase tickets.