#Chester50 – 50 things that make Chester a city of culture

We asked the twitter community to suggest ’50 things that prove Chester is a city of culture’ on the hashtag #Chester50.  They were full of praise for what Chester has to offer, and out-did our challenge by shouting out well over 50 culture offerings.  Here they are in alphabetical order….

1. Adam Walton

twitter @adamwalton cracklingvinyl.tumblr.com/

2. Albion inn

www.albioninnchester.co.uk/

3. Alexanders Live

alexanderslive.com/

4. Group Captain  Leonard Cheshire VC

Chester was his birthplace. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_Cheshire

5. Back Alley Music

www.backalleymusic.co.uk/index.html

6. Blacon Adventure Playground

Details online here

7. Blue and White CFC

@BlueandWhiteCFC

theblueandwhitefanzine.co.uk/

8. Boat Trips (on the River Dee)

http://www.chesterboat.co.uk

There are also rowing boats, pedalos and motor boats available to hire too.

10. Capoeira Cordão de Ouro, Chester

www.rastrosnoar.co.uk

11. Chester Bach Singers

http://www.chesterbachsingers.org.uk/

12. Chester Castle

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Castle

13. Chester Cathedral

www.chestercathedral.com

14. Chester Culture

You are here! 🙂

15. Chester Film Society

www.chesterfilmfans.co.uk/

16. Chester Fringe

@ChesterFringe

17. Chester Giants

www.thegiants.org.uk/

18. Chester Guild of Musicians

www.chesterguildofmagicians.org.uk

19. Chester Ladies Choir

www.chesterladieschoir.co.uk/

20. Chester Literary Festival

www.chesterliteraturefestival.co.uk/

21. Chester Little Theatre

www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk/

22. Cheshire Military Museum, Chester

twitter:@ChesMilMuseum

www.cheshiremilitarymuseum.co.uk/

23. Chester Music Festival

www.chestermusicfestival.co.uk/

24. Chester Mystery Plays

www.chestermysteryplays.com/

25. Chester Operatic Society

www.chesteroperatic.co.uk/

26. Chester People to People Association

www.chestermusic.co.uk/

27. Chester Performs

www.chesterperforms.com/

28. Chester Philharmonic Orchestra

www.chesterphilorchestra.co.uk/

29. Cheshire Phoenix, Chester

www.cheshirephoenix.co.uk/

30. Chester Poets

chesterpoets.webs.com/

31. Chester Pride

chesterpride.co.uk/

32. Chester pubs “we have some pubs older than countries”

Which is Chester’s oldest pub?Let us know and we’ll give them a mention history fans! UPDATE @Chestertweets told us “@TheBlueBell1494 was first licensed to sell ale 1494″ Could this be the one? Do you know any older ones?

33. Chester Rows

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_Rows

34. Chester St Cecilia Singers

www.stcecilia.co.uk/

35. Chester Town Hall

www.chestertownhall.co.uk/

36. Chester Tweets

@chestertweetsuk

37. Chester Vikings

@ChesterVikings

38. Chester Wind Band

www.chesterwindband.com/wordpress

39. Chester Writers

chesterwriters.blogspot.co.uk/

40. Chester Zoo

www.chesterzoo.org/

41. Chilling Chester

www.chillingchester.co.uk/

42. City of Chester Brass Band

www.chesterbrass.co.uk/

43. City Walls

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chester_city_walls

44. City Wall Books

citywallsbooksandmusic.webs.com/

45. Civil War Tours

www.chestercivilwartours.com/

46. The Compass

thecompasschester.com/

47. Dawsons

www.dawsons.co.uk/

48. Eastgate Clock

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastgate_and_Eastgate_Clock

49. Edgars Field & Minerva Shrine

http://edgarsfield.weebly.com/

50. Funky Aardvark

www.funkyaardvark.co.uk/

51. Family Saturdays

www.mbnaguide.co.uk/familysaturdays/

52. Garden Quarter

@GardenQuarter

53. Goldust productions

goldustshows.com/

54. Grey n Pink records

@greynpinkrecord

greynpinkrecords.com/

55. Grosvenor Park

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grosvenor_Park,_Chester

56. The Groves (River Dee)

57. Grosvenor Arts Society

www.grosvenorarts.org.uk/

58. Grovesnor Museum

www.cheshirewestmuseums.org/?page_id=58

59. A Handbag of Harmonies

www.handbagofharmonies.co.uk/

60. Handel Court Gallery

www.hcgallery.co.uk/

61. Jigsaw Music Theatre

The young peoples branch of theatreinthequarter.co.uk/

62. Live Rooms

theliverooms.com/

63. Mad Hatters Tearoom

madhatterstearooms.co.uk/

64. Matt Baker

@mattbakerMD

65. The Meadows

www.friendsofthemeadows.org.uk/

66. Midsummer and Winter watch parades

www.midsummerwatch.co.uk/html/winter_watch.html

67. Minerva Arts

www.minervaarts.com/

68. Moonlight Flicks

www.moonlightflicks.co.uk/

69. Northgate Arena; Leasure & Fairs – (Antiques, Vintage & more)

www.brioleisure.org/

70. Northgate Quarter

twitter: @NGQuarter

71. Open Air Theatre

www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk/

72. Rogues Galleries

www.roguesgalleries.co.uk/

73. Roman Tours

www.romantoursuk.com/

74. Rosies

www.rosieschester.co.uk/

75. Saint John’s Church

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John_the_Baptist’s_Church,_Chester

76. Saint Mary’s Church

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_John_the_Baptist’s_Church,_Chester

77. Sally’s Secret Garden

www.facebook.com/pages/Sallys-Secret-Garden/297126007018984

78.  Schotts List

thedanschott.wordpress.com/

79. Sir John Vanburg

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Vanbrugh

80. Story Café

www.facebook.com/TheStoryCafe

81. Telfords

www.telfordswarehousechester.com/

82. The City of Chester Male Voice Choir

www.chestermalevoice.com/

83. The Core

twitter: @TheCoreMusic

84. The Harmonettes

www.chestermusictheatre.com/mainsite/events/harmonettes/

85. The Jan Modelski Community Orchestera

http://www.thejanmodelskiorchestra.co.uk/

86. @TheWordThing

twitter: @TheWordThing

87. Theatre in the Quarter

theatreinthequarter.co.uk/

88. Thomas De Quincey

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_De_Quincey

89. Thor Brown

thedanschott.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/thor-guide/

90. Tip Tip Productions / Forum Theatre

http://www.tiptopproductions.co.uk/

91. University of Chester Performing Arts

@UCArts

92. Zest Poetry

zestatchester.blogspot.co.uk/

If you think we’ve missed a cultural gem in Chester, let us know! This is your list, so keep them coming, we will keep adding them!Comment below, email chesterculture@gmail.com, tweet us on @chesterculture or on Facebook

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10 thoughts on “#Chester50 – 50 things that make Chester a city of culture

  1. So obvious we forgot: The walls, the rows and Chester Castle! The Groves and Grosvenor Park. Boat trips. The Meadows, Edgar’s Field and the Minerva Shrine (OK, technically that’s Handbridge!) St John’s church, St Mary’s. The antiques fairs (and cat shows and vintage fairs etc) at the Northgate Arena. Sally’s Secret Garden. The market. Also I’d like to nominate that couple with the three big poodles who sit outside Cafe Rouge because their dogs make me smile 😉

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    1. Thanks for all the suggestions, all great! I’ll add them in on Monday, along with any others that come in. I think we’re heading for a Chester 100 at this rate – brilliant! 🙂

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  2. An excellent idea for a list, however I can’t help feel that one or two liberties have been taken to extend the list. Culture is part of the very fabric of any city, and I believe that adding things like Rosie’s, a fanzine; yes I am a Chester F.C. supporter and even Blacon Adventure Playground, means this type of list can lose substance quite quickly. Culture is about something unique to that City and Chester is awash with uniqueness. There things on that list I would personally consider to be Chester’s biggest selling points, well ahead of a certain nightclub with a not so good reputation these days; The Mystery Plays, Open Air Theatre, Theatre in the Quarter, City of Giants, Chester Literature Festival, Chester Philharmonic Orchestra, Tip Top Productions, Northgate Quarter, Chester Film Society, Chester Little Theatre, The Independent Quarter, Moonlight Flicks. All these offer something our city can be proud of and something I believe can grow and grow. In my opinion the powers that be, should develop and build on this list and use it as a marketing tool and poster. Created in a way that makes people want to read it, learn about it, visit it. Use it at railway stations in the wider region, get it in the newspapers and magazines circulated within the region. Tell people why they should visit Chester and not Liverpool or Manchester. Chester needs to offer itself as a unique attraction that doesn’t try to follow others, or just become a generic type shopping destination that relies on big name chains all of the time.

    How about to celebrate the re-opening of the Grosvenor Park in the Spring, a weekend celebration, featuring local musicians? One day could be dedicated to the Philharmonic Orchestra playing, the next something dedicated to bands and singers to showcase theirs and the city’s talents. Chester has massive potential and the current lack of a large indoor working space need not hinder that. Chester is awash with smaller scale performance halls. How many Cestrians now that the Gateway Theatre is still open in some context?

    A greater integration of the various festivals and groups. Expansion of things like the Chester Film Festival, greater exposure and use of areas like the river and park. Town Hall square should become an even bigger focal point for events. All those involved need to be working together to present a clear and cohesive message to residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately the general attitude of people is things should go to them, and that is going to be the only way the culture of Chester is exploited to it’s full potential.

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    1. Hi Alan, thanks for your feedback and comments. I’m pleased you liked the list. The list did quickly exceeded 50 which I hadn’t anticipated, but once you begin to think of everything on offer locally it’s easy to see why it did. You’re not the first to criticise Rosies’ as an entry. I suspect it was a suggestion made with tongue in cheek, but we are inclusive and it is a venue where many of our community meet to socialise and enjoy music, so it is in my eyes a cultural space in Chester. In fact to me all of the entries on the list are genuinely part of Chester’s cultural life and I would’ve questioned the suggestion to include anything I didn’t deem ‘cultural’ The process of gathering this list has been great, there is so much good will in Chester, and so many people who, like you, want to see Chester noted for its culture, arts and individuality. Thanks again for your input 🙂

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  3. Hi – bit of a belated contribution but I don’t think you have Chester Folk Festival, I know it’s held in Kelsall but the Folk Club meets in Chester and most of the organisers are Cestrians. http://www.chesterfolk.org.uk/festival.html

    Also a shout out for a friend of mine who, as well as being a great commercial photographer from Chester has his own art project; to photograph all of the cities in the UK http://www.apphotos.co.uk/#!/portfolio/G00004ib.c2IHl2Q

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