Like any other morning, I’m walking to my university campus in Handbridge. The sun is shining which instantly puts me in a good mood. As I walk through Grosvenor Park, I’m greeted by several squirrels playing in the grass nearby. Crossing the river via Queen’s Park Bridge, I stop to take in the calm and peaceful surroundings thinking about how lucky I am to study here. The only noises I can hear are the tweeting of the birds and the quiet chatter of couples strolling along the groves. What a perfect start to motivate me for the day ahead.

As I come and go throughout the day, Chester Boat tours are rolling up and down the Dee every half an hour showcasing the most perfect views of the city. On a hot summer day, who wouldn’t want to sit back with a cold beer or glass of wine whilst exploring all the reasons why Chester is perfect?

If you’re a foodie like me, you will be thinking about the best place to eat after spending your afternoon on the river Dee. There are countless options but Hickory’s Smokehouse is a personal favourite of mine where you can experience authentic American dining the right way. You certainly won’t leave hungry with complimentary popcorn whilst you’re choosing and a menu bursting with nachos, chicken wings, ribs, burgers and steak cooked to perfection. To wash it all down, Hickory’s famous shakes, sodas and cocktails will not disappoint.

For those of you that are looking for something totally different, Chester Boat themed party nights are the perfect alternative to your typical Friday or Saturday night in a bar. Personally, I love nothing more than letting my hair down so find me with a Bacardi and coke dancing to Britney and the Spice Girls at Hits of the 90’s. However, if this doesn’t float your boat there are a range of themes from Mamma Mia to Motown; an opportunity to make perfect memories.

On the 9th September, Chester Boat will host their Race Day Prosecco Brunch with prosecco on arrival, music and a selection of classy nibbles from smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels to blinis. The boat departs at 11am and returns at 1pm in perfect time for all you ladies to totter over to Chester Racecourse in your finery.


Grosvenor Park
Municipal Park
Grosvenor Park

Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp.

ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire
Boat Trip
The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester

Enjoy a different side of Chester - the riverside!  Sail with us along the beautiful River Dee.

The River Dee
Natural Feature
The River Dee

The river is 70 miles long and stretches through Wales and Chester. On the bank of the river is the 'Groves', a paved promenade complete with bandstand, cafés, restaurants and public houses.

Hickory's Smokehouse
Hickory's Smokehouse

Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

Chester Racecourse
Event Venue
Race fixtures throughout the year at Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse is the oldest Racecourse in Britain.



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