A grand market hall and the world premiere of a musical are among the attractions opening in Cheshire this autumn. Plus there are lots of seasonal events and activities taking place across the county for all ages.


Buy buy buy at Chester Market 

Chester Market
Chester Market moves to a new multimillion-pound venue in the heart of Northgate in late autumn. As well as shopping, locals and visitors will be able to meet and eat, listen to live music, go to the cinema, and view heritage exhibitions. Chester has had a market since it was granted a charter in 1159 and the new trading place stands on a spot once occupied by the Roman barracks and stores. The history of the site through the centuries and the stories of Cestrians who worked here will be told at the new market hall, including in murals by artist Graham Boyd that decorate the staircases in the multi-storey car park. A zero-waste refill store, vintage clothes shop, and an optician are just a few of the diverse vendors who will be selling their wares alongside food and drink producers and providers and a global variety of street food. Go to https://newchester.market.

See a world premiere at Storyhouse

The Time Traveller's Wife
The world premiere of the musical of The Time Traveller’s Wife will take place at Chester's arts hub Storyhouse this autumn. Lauren Gunderson’s bestselling novel, also a hit film, has been brought to the stage with music and lyrics by global superstar Joss Stone and multi-Grammy winner Dave Stewart. Starring Joanna Woodward and David Hunter as Clare and Henry, the show runs from 30 September-15 October before transferring to London's West End. Go to www.storyhouse.com/event/the-time-travellers-wife 

Go glamping at Blakemere 

Glamping at Blakemere Village
New luxurious glamping accommodation opens at Blakemere Village this autumn. The family friendly attraction near Northwich, which features shops, activities and dining, is opening 12 new pods in a secluded meadow in the adjacent Holiday Park. Nine of the rural cabins sleep four, while three larger hideaways sleep five, and they will be open year-round. All have en-suite bathrooms and private outdoor hot tubs, comfy king-sized beds, Smart TVs, and top-quality bed linen. From £495 for a two-night midweek stay and £570 for a two-night weekend break, based on four sharing. Go to www.blakemerevillage.com.

Tie the knot at The Manor

The Manor at Greasby Wirral
Nelson Hotels & Inns is opening a luxury wedding barn at its new development The Manor at Greasby on Wirral. The impressive timber-framed structure, illuminated by beaded chandeliers, will host between 80 and 100 guests and is offered with a selection of packages that can be tailored to suit all tastes. The Barn at the Manor will be available to book from 1 December. Go to https://nelsonhotels.co.uk 

You're never too young or old at Storyhouse 

Storyhouse, Chester
New festival Storyhouse Elders, 10-22 October, will prove it’s never too late to try something new, return to a creative passion, or experience and celebrate the work of older artists. Special inter-generational events with children will include theatre, discos, art sessions and more. Meanwhile, young imaginations will be fired up at the WayWord Festival, 24-30 October. Poet in residence Benjamin Zephaniah (above left) will be joined by former children’s laureate Dame Jacqueline Wilson and others for events at Storyhouse and libraries across Cheshire West and Chester. Chester Literature Festival also returns, 10-25 November, with special guests including Graham Norton, David Harewood, and Kit de Waal. Go to www.storyhouse.com


Lights fantastic at Magical Woodland 

Magical Woodland
Magical Woodland, near Northwich, returns this autumn, with a Halloween theme – and a few roaming dinosaurs. Garlands of twinkling lights, dancing tunnels of borealis-style lasers, and flying lanterns will light the way through the trees, 7-31 October. Plus, new interactive features will allow everyone to take part in creating the spectacle. Go to https://www.magicalwoodland.com

All the clues are at Chester Zoo 

Luna's Lost Spell at Chester Zoo
A lost spell using powerful natural poisons provides the perfect excuse for an adventure around some of the indoor habitats at Chester Zoo, 1-31 October. The Halloween Trail will reveal interesting facts about six different species along the way, including spiders and reptiles, with a little help from augmented reality on phones or tablets. Go to https://www.chesterzoo.org/lunas-lost-spell/ 

Pumpkin picking at Bolesworth 

Pumpkin Picking at Bolesworth Estate
Bolesworth Castle, near Tattenhall, will be getting in the Halloween spirit with a spookily themed Maize Maze. There’ll also be craft sessions to make wish-catchers and bubble wands and the possibility of picking pumpkins to eat or carve, too. Open on selected dates, 8-30 October. Go to https://bolesworth.com/pumpkin_picking

Cat-like tread at Dunham Massey 

Dunham Massey (NT)
Mog the Forgetful Cat returns to Dunham Massey, near Altrincham, 24 September-16 November, leading the way through the grounds of this historic property to teach little ones about the creatures who live here. The favourite feline, created by the late Judith Kerr, will show cat-like ways for youngsters to keep a keen eye on the fallow deer and ears alert to music in the gardens. Go to nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

By the river at Quarry Bank 

Quarry Bank
The relationship between Quarry Bank and the River Bollin, which prompted Samuel Greg to build his cotton mill at this spot near Styal in the late 18th Century, is investigated by artist Jen Southern. Her specially commissioned artwork, ‘Gathering Downstream’, on display from 19 September, takes the form of five films embedded in a river-style installation. It explores historic relationships between nature, industry and human life and poses questions about climate change. Go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank 

Wizard times at Tatton Park 

Halloween at Tatton Park
The ancient Old Hall at Tatton Park, near Knutsford, will be the assembly point for wizards on 27 October. They’ll be teaching young ones spells and giving lessons in how to ride a broomstick, as well as battling the evil sorcerer Dimitri. Go to www.tattonpark.org.uk

Glowing at BeWILDerwood  

Glowing lanterns at BeWILDerwood
The woodland at BeWILDerwood, near Malpas, will glow with colour at twilight when lanterns mark a trail through the trees, 15-31 October. Visitors will be invited to make a Boggle Bindle Lantern to help light their way and encounter fantastical characters as they go, including a tiara-wearing Crocklebog, and Snagglefang the bat. Go to https://cheshire.bewilderwood.co.uk/events/the-glorious-glowing-lantern-parade/
Little monsters at Beeston Castle 

Halloween at Beeston Castle
tearaways Dennis and Gnasher will be solving creepy clues at Beeston Castle, near Tarporley, 22-30 October. Families can follow the spooky trail through the grounds and hear costumed performers tell tall tales about strange, supernatural and silly goings-on. Go to www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/beeston-halloween-22-30-oct-2022

Sacred secrets at Chester Cathedral 

Heritage Discovery Day at Chester Cathedral
The secrets of Chester’s medieval cathedral will be revealed at Heritage Discovery Day, 22 October. Behind-the-scenes sessions, the chance to view ancient treasures, and demonstrations of heritage skills will be among the family friendly activities. Go to https://chestercathedral.com/event/heritage-discovery-day  

Bringing in the harvest at Stretton Water Mill
Stretton Watermill
The apple is king at Stretton Watermill, one of the country's best preserved water-powered corn mills, on 24-25 September. Visitors are invited to bring apples to press this harvest time and there'll be seasonal Victorian crafts and a display of vintage bicycles. Meanwhile, West Cheshire Museums is hosting an array of activities from 25-31 October, from making Halloween skeletons to a sustainability clothing swap, at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester and Weaver Hall Museum and Lion Salt Works in Northwich. Go to https://westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
Spellbound at Arley Hall  

Forbidden Forest Experience
When the sun goes down, the woods light up at Arley Hall, near Northwich, to play host to magical creatures and some awesome wizardry. Using sound, light and special effects, the world of Harry Potter will be brought to life on this nighttime trail, from 15 October, revealing scenes and characters, including the Centaurs and Hippogriff, from the famous films. Go to https://hpforbiddenforestexperience.com/cheshire/



The Time Traveller's Wife
The Time Traveller's Wife

The Time Traveller’s Wife will have a world premiere at Storyhouse before moving to the West End.

Blakemere Touring & Holiday Park
Camping & Caravan Site
Blakemere Touring & Holiday Park

Offering a warm, friendly welcome and great facilities, you will love Blakemere at any time of year. There is nothing better than pitching up so that you can then sit back, spend time together and just relax.

The Art Deco exterior of Storyhouse

​​​​​​​Storyhouse is Chester’s multi award-winning £37m theatre, library, restaurant and cinema.

Magical Woodland
Family Friendly
Magical Woodland

A spooktacular, Magical Woodland Experience. Featuring BRAND NEW themes to guarantee you an evening of Halloween family fun!

Chester Zoo
Animal Collection
Giraffes, Chester Zoo

A visit to Cheshire isn’t complete without a trip to the UK’s number one zoo. Chester Zoo is home to over 27,000 endangered and exotic animals based in beautiful, award-winning zoological gardens.

Pumpkin Picking Patch and Halloween Maze
Participatory Event
Pumpkin Picking Patch and Halloween Maze

Enjoy frightfully fun Halloween adventures at Bolesworth’s pumpkin picking patch and Halloween maize maze in the heart of Cheshire from October 8 to October 30 2022!

Dunham Massey (NT)
Dog Friendly
Dunham Massey (NT)

A garden for all seasons, an ancient deer park and a house filled with treasures and stories.

Quarry Bank (NT)
Water Mill
The opposing Mill at Quarry Bank (NT)

Quarry Bank is one of Britain's greatest industrial heritage sites, showing how a complete industrial community lived. Here you can discover the story of mill workers, mill owners and how the Industrial Revolution changed our world forever.

The Sorcerer Returns for a Wizards Gathering this Halloween
Family Friendly
The Wizards' Gathering

This Halloween, The Old Hall at Tatton Park will host an immersive, open-air family-friendly Halloween quest which combines a self-led trail, fun activities, and interactive theatre to create a unique, unmissable, and memorable experience.

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade
Family Friendly
The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade

It’s the most fantastical time of the year, as BeWILDerwood’s famous Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade is back 15th – 31st October, with a sparkly new story!

Beeston Castle and Woodland Park
Heritage / Visitor Centre
Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage

Set 350 feet above the Cheshire Plain on the sheer rocky crags Beeston Castle is a magical site with something for everyone.

Chester Cathedral
Cathedral / Minister
Stunning exterior of Chester Cathedral

Chester Cathedral is many things to many people: a vibrant community of worship, an ancient abbey, an archaeological treasure, a cultural hub, a centre of musical excellence, a unique blend of modern and medieval history.

Stretton Watermill
Water Mill
Stretton Watermill

Step back in time and visit one of the country’s best preserved water powered corn mills.

Half Term Halloween at Arley Hall
Family Friendly
Half Term Halloween at Arley Hall

Mysterious sightings have been reported within the grounds at Arley Hall & Gardens. An expert team of paranormal scientists have been summoned to investigate… but they need YOUR help!

Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience
Harry Potter: A Forbidden Forest Experience

A nighttime woodland trail experience filled with magical creatures and wizarding wonders from the Harry Potter™ and Fantastic Beasts™ films.

Halloween Half Term
Halloween Half Term

Gather your little monsters for a ghoulishly good day out at Beeston Castle this half term. Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and gather round to listen to spooky stories.



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