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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. Just So Festival

    Scholar Green

    There’s nothing like the Just So Festival for a fantastical family adventure.

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    The three-day celebration of outlandish arts in the outdoors takes 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. The exciting agenda promises midnight feasts, silent discos, and al-fresco theatre. Get down with ‘riotously odd’ musical outfits such as Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers; hear storytellers regale campfire tales; and exercise your chuckle muscles to the ripe punchlines of comedians. Make lanterns for parades, learn bushcrafts and join in competitive larks at the Ministry of Games.

     

    Contact Details:

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

    Tel:

    0121 472 6688

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Pride and Prejudice - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

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    To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.

    The glorious world of Jane Austen is brought to life in Grosvenor Park in full technicolour in this major new costume drama. Possibly the greatest love story in the English language and a tale of comedy, unbearable passion, and endless dancing…

    I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.

    Love’s going cheap. It’s finding a husband that will really take it out of you.

    There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.

    Contact Details:

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

    Tel:

    0844 815 7202

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Magical Woodland

    Northwich

    If you go down in the woods in autumn you’re sure of a big surprise. Here, in the heart of Cheshire, they come alive with choreographed sound-and-light shows, interactive illuminations, and luminous pieces of performance art.

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    There are dazzling displays under cathedral canopies of fairy lights, showers of glow-in-the-dark stars, and dancing tunnels of borealis-style lasers. The sky fills with 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. The trail of the 15-acre copse can be looped as many times as you can muster the energy, fuelling up with hot drinks and snacks in the Heart of the Woodland. And never mind the weather: 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

  4. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    From Saturday, March 21 the zoo is closed to visitors following Government advice on social distancing.

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    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

    **From Saturday, March 21 the zoo will be closed to visitors following Government advice on social distancing.**

    **Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award Winner 2019**

    We are Chester Zoo

    With over 35,000 animals and 125 acres of zoological gardens to EXPLORE, you will NEVER be bored at Chester Zoo! We are the most visited zoo in the UK AND a conservation and education charity committed to PREVENTING EXTINCTION.

    You will be transported to some of the most REMOTE corners of the world, to experience the critically endangered ORANGUTANS from the RAINFORESTS of south east Asia, to the bouncing ring-tailed LEMURS of MADAGASCAR, to the ROARSOME lions of the savannah plains, to name a few!

    Whether you’re a budding conservationist, or wanting a MEMORABLE family day out, or just LOVE seeing thousands of our exotic species, there is something for EVERYONE at Chester Zoo!

    Book online  

    You’ll always find our best prices online. Book more than 7 days in advance and you’ll SAVE UP TO £4 PER TICKET compared with the price you’ll pay at the zoo on the day. Hoorah!

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    Join the zoo family

    You can visit us all year round, as many times as you like, by becoming a member!

    Join our zoo family and you’ll get a whole year of FREE unlimited entry plus lots of other great benefits!

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    The Oakfield

    Once the home of the Mottershead family who founded Chester Zoo, The Oakfield is a truly unique contemporary British pub. Steeped in history and lovingly restored, it boasts views of our incredible award winning gardens, set in the stunning grounds of the zoo. Serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits 7 days a week, The Oakfield is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, entertaining, or to simply re-fuel during your trip to the zoo!*

    *Usual zoo admission fees apply but our members can visit as often as they wish.

    Explore the Oakfield

    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.

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

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    Contact Details:

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
Just So Festival (53.10955,-2.28536)Pride and Prejudice - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19195,-2.89214)37.39
Pride and Prejudice - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19195,-2.89214)Magical Woodland (53.22793,-2.60225)17.77
Magical Woodland (53.22793,-2.60225)Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)16.52
Total Distance *71.65 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.31 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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