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Forests, Festivals & Family Days

Forests, Festivals & Family Days

Sing along with a superstar beneath the trees at Delamere Forest, and spread out a rug at Chester’s open-air theatre to watch Bryony Lavery’s brand-new adaptation of The Borrowers. Encourage little imaginations to soar in the creative chaos of Rode Hall’s annual lakeside rumpus, and go on an art-fuelled hunt for a vanishing vocabulary of natural words at the stately home at Lyme. The great outdoors provides a stunning setting for these events and more.

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  1. Forest Live

    Northwich

    You might just see some very big stars at Delamere Forest this summer. A trio of performances by Tears for Fears, Paul Weller, and Jess Glynne, will take place beneath the canopy of Cheshire’s ancient woodland.

    They’re part of the programme of national outdoor music gigs Forest Live – just some of the events planned for the 100th anniversary year of the Forestry Commission. This medieval hunting ground – a swathe of woodland, wetland and heath – is a great place to fill your lungs with fresh air, too.

    Walk, cycle or run among English oak, common beech, sweet chestnut, larch and Scots pine, around meres and mosses, and along sandstone paths that climb to the summit of Old Pale hill for sublime views across Cheshire and the counties beyond. 

    Contact Details:

    Delamere Forest, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    03000 680400
  2. Just So Festival

    Scholar Green

    The three-day celebration of outlandish arts in the outdoors will take place in the leafy, lakeside grounds of Georgian country house Rode Hall – come for the day or pitch up at the campsite for the whole weekend.

    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. Get down with ‘riotously odd’ musical outfit Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers; hear storyteller Ian Douglas regale campfire tales; and exercise your chuckle muscles to the ripe punchlines of comedian James Campbell. Be sure to head to the new Fire Garden, make lanterns for parades, and learn bushcrafts in the Spellbound Forest. There’ll be competitive larks at the Ministry of Games and bonkers trials at the Tribal Tournament, too.

    Contact Details:

    Rode Hall Estate, Scholar Green, Cheshire, ST7 3QT

    Tel:

    0121 472 6688

    Website

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  3. The Borrowers - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    This summer, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre will premiere a brand-new version of The Borrowers by the award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery.

    Once again, Arietty, Pod and Homily Clock will leave their home beneath the floorboards to bravely explore the giant world above. This summer, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre will premiere a brand-new version of The Borrowers by the award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery. Mary Norton’s beloved children’s story tells a tale of Lilliputian-like people who, in their struggle to survive, borrow from befuddled humans. Spread out your picnic blanket and pop open a bottle of fizz (soda or champers) at this theatre-in-the-round in Chester’s elegant Victorian park. Conceived by the city’s pioneering cultural centre, Storyhouse – home to the UK’s largest resident theatre company outside the RSC and National Theatre – The Borrowers promises to bring some celebratory sparkle to the 10th anniversary year of this most creative of outdoor spaces.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park, Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    0844 815 7202

    Website

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  4. The Lost Words

    Your quest at this mansion house dating from the 16th century will be to search for ‘dandelion’, ‘fern’ and other words that are too quickly disappearing from the Oxford Junior Dictionary.

    Join the hunt for lost words through the house and grounds of the Lyme estate.

    Inspired by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris's spell book, The Lost Words, the National Trust’s fun new trail with art installations conjures up a vanishing natural vocabulary that is being lost as children spend less time outdoors. Yet, it seems, all is not lost; young explorers can pick up a booklet to create spells to bring nature’s language back to life. Keep your eyes peeled, there are hidden words everywhere, at the spinning zoetrope in the Orangery, the willow sculptures by the Reflection Lake, even etched on an old stump. And those endangered terms will pop up elsewhere later this year and next, at Quarry Bank and Dunham Massey.

    Contact Details:

    Lyme, Dunham Massey & Quarry Bank, SK12 2NR

    Tel:

    01663 762023

    Website

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  5. Now Northwich

    Northwich

    Get set for surprises around every corner in Northwich as the hugely successful family-friendly international dance and street art festival returns for a second year.

    From Weaver Way to Witton Street and Barons Quay, the streets of this old salt town will transform for a day into a stage on which a cast of thrilling local and global artists will perform alongside talented community groups and schools.

    Feel the energy erupt as dancers, acrobats and street performers bring the town centre to life with a real treat for the eyes and ears. Whether you choose to stand and stare at super-sized puppets, sit and watch performers taking over the streets, move to mesmerising music, or play a role in a magical world, this colourful extravaganza of sound and movement will let you spectate and participate in equal measure.

    As night falls, the climax approaches: join the dancing crowds accompanying a procession through the town. Last year the centrepiece was a herd of life-sized dinosaurs. This year – you’ll have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, expect the unexpected.

    Contact Details:

    Various Locations, Northwich, Cheshire

    Website

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  6. Magical Woodland

    Northwich

    Step out this autumn in the magical woods in the heart of Cheshire. Follow this woodland trail as it comes alive with choreographed sound-and-light shows, interactive illuminations, and luminous pieces of performance art.

    Watch dazzling displays under cathedral canopies of fairy lights, showers of glow-in-the-dark stars, and dancing tunnels of borealis-style lasers. Wander beneath mysteriously floating umbrellas and clouds of flying lanterns, while shiny baubles bounce to a magician’s command and DJs conduct sparkling jets of water to the beat of ethereal tunes.

    Circle the looped trail of the 15-acre copse as many times as you can muster the energy, fuelling up with hot drinks and snacks in the Heart of the Woodland. And don’t let the weather put you off: the whims of Mother Nature and the magic of the lights mean no two shows are the same.

    Contact Details:

    Blakemere Village, Chester Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2EB

    Tel:

    01606 882223

    Website

    Web Site

  7. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    There’s always something new to do at Chester Zoo. Whether you’re greeting new arrivals, such as a baby black lemur, or finding out how many bones there are in a giraffe’s neck at one of the daily animal talks, hands-on fun is guaranteed.

    Family of Lemurs at Chester Zoo
    Sumatran tiger Kasarna at Chester Zoo
    African painted dog pups at Chester Zoo
    Giraffe Calf at Chester Zoo
    Family of Lemurs at Chester Zoo
    Sumatran tiger Kasarna at Chester Zoo
    African painted dog pups at Chester Zoo
    Giraffe Calf at Chester Zoo

    The UK’s leading zoo is home to more than 500 species of endangered animals and it’s also the HQ of a team whose efforts to preserve biodiversity spans the globe, with initiatives such as the award-winning Act For Wildlife campaign, which helps you to get involved.

    Learn how to support bees, butterflies and hedgehogs, how to defend the natural world from invasive non-native species, and how to help create safe spaces for our threatened wildlife. On a trip to Chester Zoo you, too, can become a wildlife champion.

    Meet the animals at Chester Zoo 

    Download a map of Chester Zoo to see where you can find the various animals. The zoo has sections that home:

    - Mammals - Air breathing animals, characterised by having hair or fur, such as big Cats, Elephants, hoofed animals, Monkeys & Apes, Bears and other mammals. - Birds - There are over 1000 birds at the zoo many of them endangered species. - Reptiles - There are over 50 types of reptile at the zoo including the world's largest lizard. - Amphibians - Amphibians are a weird and wonderful collection of animals that include three main groups; frogs & toads, salamanders and caecilians. - Fish - There are so many different fish in the world, at least 30,000 species, with new species discovered all the time (several hundred a year!). - Invertebrates - Invertebrates are animals without backbones and there are many different types, including insects, spiders, sponges, snails, octopuses, clams, squid, jellyfish, anemones, corals, starfish, sea urchins, worms - that's just the short list!.

    Conservation and education are at the heart of everything we do at Chester Zoo. We are committed to providing the highest standards of care for our animals, as well as protecting native and international wildlife. Our team of expert and knowledgeable staff work hard to care for our animals and support conservation, but are also passionate about connecting our visitors to the natural world. We have a variety of tours and hands-on experiences, as well as daily animal talks to guarantee your day is full of animal adventure.

    Stop for a snack at one of our many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo or let the kids run wild in one of our adventure play areas. We’re a huge zoo, but we’ve got plenty of options for getting around including our Zoofari Monorail and our Lazy River Boat Trip. Don’t forget to stop in at the gift shop on your way out for a souvenir of your trip.

    Chester Zoo Membership

    Join the Chester Zoo family by becoming a member and you'll get a whole year of FREE unlimited entry plus lots of other great benefits. Memberships can be bought for yourself or for someone else as a gift.

    Membership packages start from £50 and include:

    - Unlimited FREE entry for 12 months (during normal opening hours) - Beat the queues with Fast Track entry - 10% members' discount in our shops and cafes* - Free entry to other zoos and attractions (terms apply) - Our quarterly members' magazine, Z - Two Members’ Days where you can bring up to twelve guests each for half price - Access to Junior members’ events and days out (age restrictions and additional charges) - Chester Zoo car sticker -Invitations to our special Members' Talks

    Book your Chester Zoo Tickets here.

    For information about opening times and prices, please visit our website (prices and opening times vary throughout the year).

    Click here to see Groups information

    Contact Details:

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Forest Live (53.22843,-2.67716)Just So Festival (53.10955,-2.28536)26.38
Just So Festival (53.10955,-2.28536)The Borrowers - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19195,-2.89214)37.39
The Borrowers - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19195,-2.89214)The Lost Words (53.3535,-2.05409)52.76
The Lost Words (53.3535,-2.05409)Now Northwich (53.25839,-2.51825)29.38
Now Northwich (53.25839,-2.51825)Magical Woodland (53.22793,-2.60225)5.89
Magical Woodland (53.22793,-2.60225)Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)16.52
Total Distance *168.28 miles
Estimated Journey Time5.42 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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