Lion at Chester Zoo

If you’re looking for some inspiration for what’s happening in Chester & Cheshire this week, look no further as we have put together a selection of our top picks for this week. From late night zoo adventures and space exploration to family festivals and sumptuous food and drink, as always there’s a lot going on so why not enjoy these brilliant things to do this week.

Experience Chester Zoo like never before

This Friday and Saturday from 4-8pm Chester Zoo are keeping their gates open into the night. This extra special event gives guests a chance to see the zoo like never before and explore the grounds during the evening. But the fun doesn’t stop there. There will be extra special themed food like kebabs and Indonesian noodles and drinks including gin sorbet cocktails made from Chester Zoo’s very own signature gin. Plus, there will be exciting entertainment with everything from enchanting puppeteers to Annapurna Indian Dancers. Tickets cost just £15 for adults and £10 for children and this is not one to be missed!

Explore the mysteries of space

How far away is Mars? What does the planet smell like? Could you grow things there? Find out the answers to these questions, hear about the latest plans for space exploration and watch a rocket launch in an action-packed Science Show at Catalyst Discovery Centre. Great for budding space explorers, the Destination Space Show is running twice daily at 11am and 2pm until 4 September.

Go to your happy place (with Fearne Cotton)

With the stresses and strains of everyday life, it’s more important than ever to embrace wellness in all its forms. Luckily, Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place Festival is coming to Tatton Park this weekend (3-4 September). Focussing on wellness, the festival promises immersive experience from talks, workshops, meditation and yoga classes to arts and crafts, massages and a variety of fitness classes and taster sessions. And for the kids there’s hands-on craft workshops, storytelling, festival face painting and lots more.

Join in the fun at Funtopia

Looking for some last-minute fun before the kids go back to school? Funtopia returns to Northwich this weekend and it promises to be action-packed. This family festival is home to all kinds of fun including bouncy castles, obstacle courses, inflatable slide, bungee run, human wrecking ball, kids construction zone, kids role-play hairdressers, inflata-bull, nerf wars, driving school, circus skills, sumo suits, giant games, space hopper races, crafty corner and more. Funtopia is designed especially for younger visitors (Up to 10 years of age) but the grown ups are encouraged to play too!

Satisfy those tastebuds at Nantwich Food and Drink Festival

Hungry? Thirsty? Curious about all things cuisine? Then the Nantwich Food and Drink Festival is a sure-fire way to indulge this weekend (2 – 4 September). There’s a jam-packed programme of demonstrations, exhibitors, performances, music and a lot of tasty food and drink. It’s a welcome return for the festival with the last edition being held in 2019, and this year’s programme is certainly making up for lost time. Expect expert chefs, artisanal food and drink, a lot of local produce (and pride!) and a sublimely tasty weekend. Best of all, it’s FREE to enter! So make sure to stop off in lovely Nantwich this weekend.

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