11 things to do in Chester & Cheshire this Summer

We've compiled a list of the top 11 things to do in Chester and Cheshire this summer. There is everything from boats, cars and music to arts, films and family fun, and even predators made out of LEGO® bricks. See 11 of the best below:

1. Grosvenor Open Air Theatre

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

This summer we celebrate 10 years of Grosvenor Open Air Theatre with a brand-new version of The Borrowers, Shakespeare’s most outrageous romantic comedy Twelfth Night and Henry V, An exploration of Britain’s relationship with its European neighbours. Pack up a picnic and get the prosecco corks popping, summer under the stars awaits!

2. Moonlight Flicks

Moonlight Flicks

The popular summertime open-air cinema returns to Chester’s stunning Roman Gardens and features an eclectic mix of new classics and old favourites. Make sure you arrive early, bring something to sit on, something to munch on and enjoy an al fresco night at the movies.

3. ChesterBoat Sightseeing Cruises

ChesterBoat Sightseeing Cruises

ChesterBoat is set for summer, with half-hour and two-hour leisure cruises running daily and popular themed cruises every weekend. Set sail with ChesterBoat at the Groves and discover Chester’s rich roman, medieval and industrial past.

4. Rembrandt in Print

Rembrandt in Print
Until 15th September you can visit Lady Lever Art Gallery where you can see the newly opened Rembrandt in Print exhibition, which presents 50 of the finest etchings and drypoints by the world-famous Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), on loan from the celebrated collection of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. This exclusive selection of ‘the-best-of-the-best’ Rembrandt prints have never been displayed together and have been hand-picked to show the full scope of Rembrandt’s ability as a printer, in the year which also marks 350 years since the artists’ death, and Wirral’s Year of Culture.

5. Predators

Predators at Chester Zoo

This summer step back in time to meet the most FEARSOME creatures of the prehistoric world at Chester Zoo! Where a shark’s bite was three metres wide and GIANT snakes ate crocodiles for breakfast! Discover 13 life-sized animatronic PREDATORS. But beware…they’re still hungry!

6. Fun, Food and Designer Fashion for up to 60% less

Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
Trendsetters, foodies, social butterflies, it’s time to make some noise for the new and improved McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks. So what’s the latest? Well, MORE. There are more stores, more choice and much more to discover. They’ve upped their stylish offering by another 25 new designer and premium brands. Pay tribute to the late iconic designer at the Karl Lagerfeld store. Get a taste for Italian luxury at Furla or stock up on signature underwear and more at Calvin Klein. Check out Mint Velvet, must-have footwear at Dune, Tommy Hilfiger’s jeans, Kate Spade, and elevated basics at Police too. And if all that wasn’t enough, the coolest high-end streetwear awaits for you at Diesel.  Not to mention, your day out has been made even easier with 300 new parking spaces and free coach parking.

It doesn’t stop there! Discover the expanded community space with a Summer Social area which is bigger and better than before. Think a traditional carousel, think summer drinks alfresco-style, #thinkcheshireoaks.

7. The Deep at Chester Cathedral

The Deep at Chester Cathedral

Journey beneath the waves this Summer and experience - The Deep - at Chester Cathedral, an exhibition of magnificent hand-built statues made with LEGO® bricks. Come face-to-face with a fearsome Mako shark created with 80,000 bricks, a massive giant squid containing 120,000 bricks and over eighty other creatures!

8. Luna Cinema at Tatton Park

Luna Kids Cinema at Tatton Park

Is there anywhere finer to watch a blockbuster movie than in the glorious grounds of Tatton Park? On the bill are recent smash hits A Star Is Born, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and Bohemian Rhapsody, all shown on a giant screen surrounded by woodland near Tatton’s old stableyard.

Order pre-show drinks from the Luna Bar, serving everything from beer to bubbles, and gourmet snacks such as eco-friendly boxes of Comté, Bath Blue and Perl Wen from The Cheese Geek. Premium tickets include fast-track queues, a perfectly positioned director’s chair, and a complimentary drink. Movies start just as dusk descends over Tatton’s treetops, with the stars on screen mirrored by those – weather allowing – in the skies above.

9. Just So Festival

Just So Festival
There’s nothing like the Just So Festival for a fantastical family adventure. It’s the festival’s 10th year and promises to be the best yet, with an exciting agenda of midnight feasts, silent discos, and al-fresco theatre. Be sure to head to the new Fire Garden, make lanterns for parades, and learn bushcrafts in the Spellbound Forest. 

10. CH1ChesterBID Blooming Brilliant Summer Trail

CH1ChesterBID Blooming Brilliant Summer Trail

Go on a Blooming Brilliant adventure across Chester city centre this summer!  Teach your little nature lovers all about native bees, butterflies and the flowers they love. Fun facts are hidden inside over 50 shops and businesses from 25th July – 1st Sept.

11. Creamfields


Creamfields returns to Daresbury for August bank holiday weekend with an all star line up including Camelphat, Calvin Harris, deadmau5, The Chemical Brothers, Danny Howard and more.

Visit our website for more things to do in Chester & Cheshire this summer here.


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.

Just So Festival
Just So Festival

A Family Weekend Adventure Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. Just So Festival is an imaginative outdoor adventure for children and their families


The original and the best is back, this August Bank Holiday, here in Cheshire.



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