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Your Ultimate Open-Air Chester Staycation: Family Edition

Your Ultimate Open-Air Chester Staycation: Family Edition

Make the most of the (hopefully) luscious weather with an open-air staycation in Chester this summer. Our magnificent city offers an unparalleled selection of activities catering to everyone from our youngest to most experienced explorers, and unbeatable restaurants and accommodation offerings to match. Learn more about Chester’s outdoor experiences perfect for the whole family below:

The Main Event

City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Running between 9.30am and 5.30pm daily, a 24 or 48-hour ticket for the Hop-On Hop-Off sightseeing tour makes for a convenient, panoramic way to marvel at the wonders of Chester at a pace and rhythm which suits you and your family. There are 12 stops on the route, introducing the city’s iconic walls, gothic cathedral, and stunning roman amphitheatre amongst others. The views speak for themselves, but those interested in learning more can do so through the insightful pre-recorded or live commentary guides onboard. Plus, each purchase comes with a free booklet full of deals and discounts to use throughout the city, perfect for those bargain lovers!

We know plans sometimes change, and so it is great to know that your City Sightseeing tickets can be activated at any time within one year of purchase. Additionally, the company offers free cancellation up to 24 hours before your chosen travel date!

In terms of accessibility, the buses can generally cater for wheelchairs and pushchairs, although there is a chance you will have to wait for a later service (if the onboard wheelchair spaces are already filled).

Grosvenor Park Tree Trail and Play

Home to over 650 trees aged between 5 and 150 years old, the Tree Trail at Grosvenor Park looks to be an exciting walk which everyone will enjoy. Beginning at the Vicar’s Lane entrance, this self-guided trail takes you throughout the 20-acre park, learning about new tree specimens and taking rubbings (rubbing a crayon over designated metal plaques) of notable ones. After completing the trail, which will take approximately 60 minutes, be sure to enjoy the rest of the Grade II registered, Green Flag Award park’s amenities including the miniature railway and playpark! The park has toilets on-site, and is generally wheelchair accessible throughout. 

A Session on the Dee with Chester Boat Hire

Flowing through the city of Chester is the gorgeous River Dee, meaning a range of watersports is available in our patch! For families, we highly recommend renting a boat from Chester Boat Hire and exploring the Dee for yourselves! The company boasts a wide variety of vessels which are suitable for all from complete beginners through to seasoned experts, from the economical rowing boat (£15 for 45 minutes with a £15 deposit) to the luxurious motorboat for £25 per 30 minutes with a £25 deposit.

Subject to suitable weather and river conditions, the hiring centre is open from 10.30am all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Easter until the end of September. Closing times vary daily.

The Ice Cream Farm

Boasting over 50 flavours of decadent ice cream, countless food-themed play zones and a Guinness World Record, the Ice Cream Farm has to be part of your Chester itinerary! The site’s ice cream choices are predominately dairy-based, featuring milk from nearby cows, although countless sorbets and vegan alternatives are available too, meaning there is likely an option that caters to both your dietary needs and taste preferences!

In terms of playing, be sure to visit Strawberry Falls to engage in a competitive game of minigolf, then buzz over to Honeycomb Canyon to explore the sand and water play area. SIlverCone offers your youngest members a race car driving experience, and the Marshmallow Mound’s trampolines allow them to hop, jump and bounce high into the sky!

Except for The Loft and the site’s party rooms, the Ice Cream Farm is fully accessible. Disabled car parking spaces are available, but are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wheelchairs can be hired on-site with a £20 refundable deposit.

Chester Zoo

Situated a short drive or bus journey away from the city centre is our world-famous attraction Chester Zoo. Whether you’re passionate about penguins, mad about monkeys or in awe of alligators, the 20,000+ animals situated across 128 acres of land promise a great day out for all! Plus, being a major animal welfare charity, you can enjoy yourself knowing that your money will be reinvested into improving the lives of animals worldwide!

With so many animals to see, a visit to Chester Zoo will easily take up most of the day, but rest assured that there are plenty of toilets, plus dining establishments to please all taste buds offering dishes from fragrant Asian fusions to classic fast food! Also, there are kiosks dotted throughout Chester Zoo, allowing for the perfect pick-me-up snack and drink. Those on a budget, or simply preferring their own food, can bring a packed lunch to enjoy on one of the plentiful picnic benches.

Need a rest but not hungry? Why not embark on a Lazy River Boat Trip around Sumba Island? Alternatively, relax in the spectacular award-winning botanical gardens and admire the rare flora species around you. Your youngest members may enjoy creating a Handimal, having their face painted, or even facing their fears on the on-site low-ropes course!

Before leaving, be sure to visit the Chester Zoo gift shop to purchase souvenirs to remember your visit!

Parking at Chester Zoo is free of charge and plentiful. For those with wheelchairs and limited mobility, disabled parking is available at the main entrance, and almost all park pathways and exhibits are accessible. Accessible toilets are also available across the site. Those bringing registered Assistance Dogs are welcome, although should contact the zoo in advance.

Please note that pre-booking is essential at the time of writing. Book your tickets here.

Spy Mission Treasure Trail

Fancy becoming Spies for the day in Chester? Thought so. This experience, courtesy of Treasure Trail, allows you to do just that. Available to download online (for a fee), the Spy Mission takes you on a 1.2-mile-long loop of the city, solving sneaky clues on buildings, monuments and features to crack cryptic codes. The reward? A sense of satisfaction and a chance to be entered into the monthly prize draw!

Whilst there is no time limit on your mission, you can expect to spend approximately 90 minutes on it. Please also note that this Spy Mission is, sadly, not suitable for those in wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Roman Tours

Interested in learning about Chester’s Roman history? Who better to learn from than an authentic soldier of that era?! Departing daily from Chester Visitor Information Centre, meet your appointed soldier who will guide you throughout the city, sharing good, bad, and ugly tales of life in the Deva Victrix! We have been told that these particular soldiers have excellent senses of humour too (suitable for all ages), so you can be assured an entertaining tour, not exclusively a history lecture!

Roman Tours are accessible. Learn more about the offering here.

The Jungle Book at the Grosvenor Park Open-air Theatre

Swing into summer with a live-action performance of The Jungle Book in the heart of Grosvenor Park! Featuring all of your favourite characters including Baloo, Mowgli and Shere Khan, this 75-minute performance is certain to provide outstanding entertainment for your whole family! The show is available between 5th June and 30th August 2021, so you have ample time to view it – but be quick, as tickets are selling fast! Book your tickets here.

The nearest car park to Grosvenor Park is the NCP at Pepper Street, where audiences will receive a 25% discount on the standard tariff if arriving before 6pm, and a 50% if parking after 6pm – only if using the NCP app and using the SaverID code ST4HXE. Disabled parking is available.

The theatre itself is fully accessible, with appropriate toilets on-site. However, prams cannot be taken into the theatre itself, but simply left in the on-site Pram Park. Free Essential Companion tickets are available. Additional requirements may be catered for if you contact ticketing@storyhouse.com.

Movie Night with Moonlight Flicks

Bring your blankets, pillows, teddies and chairs with you for an open-air showing of family favourite films in the heart of Chester Cathedral! On 28th July and August 6th, catch Little Women (U), transport yourself to Isla Nublar with Jurassic Park (PG) viewing on 12th August, and scour the Pride Lands of The Lion King (2019, PG) on 18th and 21st August. Other firm choices include Mamma Mia and its sequel (PG, 1st and 9th July and 23rd and 29th July (caption subtitled) respectively), Grease (PG, 4th August), The Princess Bride (PG, 14th and 19th August), and The Secret Garden (2020, PG, 26th August).

Make your night even cosier by pre-ordering a wood-fired pizza or classic cinema snack box to enjoy alongside the movie! Alternatively, bringing your own snacks is equally permitted!

If your screening is cancelled due to poor weather, you will be able to switch to a different one or get a refund. The Dean’s Field at Chester Cathedral is accessible for wheelchair users. The Lion King viewing on 18th August caters for those needing Audio Describe headphones, just let a team member know upon your arrival.

CarFest North

Taking place between 23rd and 25th July 2021, CarFest North promises a weekend full of classic vehicles, spectacular music, and delicious food, all alongside fundraising for a number of great causes! Headliners include Rag’N’Bone Man, Tom Grennan, and McFly, but there are so many more fantastic acts to watch and listen to! Plus, the music line-up is joined by renowned TV chefs, leading DJs, and a host of stars chatting onstage. When not taking in the bustling CarFest North atmosphere, be sure to explore the event’s venue, the famous Bolesworth Estate, known for hosting one of the country’s top show jumping events, housing numerous small businesses, and boasting an impressive backdrop of lakes, rolling hills and trees.

Family Funday at Chester Racecourse

Hosted at our world-famous racecourse, Family Funday on 1st August promises an excellent start to the Summer Holidays! Alongside the hugely anticipated action on the flat, the Open Course will be transformed into an extensive realm of fun, free activities, and entertainment for the site’s youngest racegoers. Gates are scheduled to open at 11.30am, with the first race provisionally starting at 2pm, and the final race at 5.20pm, so you have heaps of time to enjoy the event! Further details will be confirmed nearer to the time.

Chester Heritage Festival Trail

The team at Chester Visitor Information Centre has been working hard to create a series of city walking guides. Of particular interest is the Heritage Festival Trail rendition, a self-guided 4km tour taking you and your family around the city’s key points of historic interest. We don’t want to give too much away, so you will have to take the tour yourselves, but we will at least tell you where you can access it. Either visit the Visitor Information Centre and pick up a £1 physical copy (plus some souvenirs) or click here for a free digital version.

Interested in Chester Heritage Festival itself? Visit this page for the latest updates, and view the full website here.

A Side of Food

After all those activities, a bite to eat is a must! Fortunately for you, we have rounded up our top three family-friendly al fresco choices in the city.

Hickory’s Smokehouse

Located in the heart of Chester’s bustling area called The Groves stands Hickory’s Smokehouse, a stylish restaurant serving delicious southern-style dishes all day in its delightful outdoor seating area! The restaurant has a dedicated menu for its youngest diners, known as VIKs, featuring yummy dishes such as ‘Home run hot dogs’ and ‘Grilled chicken burgers’ in portions perfect for those with smaller tummies. For the older diners, choose from a mouth-watering selection of Smokehouse goods including ribs, steak, and burgers, or maybe opt for a healthier option with a Caesar salad! The chain restaurant offers unique fro-co, aka frozen custard for both groups too, and it is a must try!

Whilst Chester’s Hickory’s does not have its own play garden, it has an on-site cinema room (please check whether open to avoid disappointment), and it is just a short walk away from Grosvenor Park, meaning its VIKs will still have plenty of room to run wild and have fun!

ChesterBoat Fish & Chip Fridays

Taking a British classic on a unique twist, ChesterBoat offers a tasty fish and chips dinner onboard a gorgeous vessel and transports its guests from Chester to Aldford Iron Bridge and back. As well as great food, you will hear an interesting and informative sightseeing commentary, and try your hands at bingo with some exciting prizes to be won! These cruises take place on the first Friday of every month and depart at 7pm sharp unless stated otherwise.

In terms of tickets, purchasing online allows you to save money! Online prices are £20 per adult, and £10 per child, making your Fish & Chip Friday a bargain family night out!

Please note that no animals are permitted except guide/service animals and that, although the boat is wheelchair accessible, the toilet facilities are not.

Wild Goose

Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and partially surrounded by lakes, the Wild Goose has a location second to none! Their al fresco offer features Beach Huts overlooking the beautiful surroundings whilst keeping you shaded from the sun. If for some reason it is cooler on your visit, take advantage of the warm, cosy blankets on the house!

The restaurant’s Little Goslings offer features a selection of light bites to peck at, followed by classic children’s menu items including fish fingers and fries and chocolate brownies. Adults, or those with larger appetites, can dine off either the Set Menu or the Main Menu, both serving traditional English dishes with international twists. Visit on a Sunday, and there is a separate menu entirely, more akin to a classic Sunday fayre, but nonetheless impressive.

A Comfy Place to Spend the Night  

You’ll certainly need a great place to recharge after all of those activities. See below our top Chester accommodation picks for families (don’t worry, they are not all in the open-air)!

Mercure Chester Abbots Well

Boasting two acres of stunningly landscaped gardens and being located just 2 miles away from Chester City Centre (and within walking distance of the city’s Park and Ride service), the 4* Mercure Chester Abbots Well is a strong accommodation contender for any family!

The hotel boasts a number of Classic Family Rooms, all featuring modern décor, a spacious en-suite bathroom, a HD television, and, alongside a plush double bed, either one or two single bed(s). You can choose to upgrade to a package including breakfast, which features both continental and traditional delights, meaning a huge choice for all!

Aside from breakfast, the main dining affair is The Brasserie, a glamorous dining area with an equally spectacular menu to match. Also on-site is an outdoor terrace, perfect for enjoying a tasty lunch or relaxing in the evening and enjoying the fresh air!

Please note that the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel will not be reopened until 30th June. There is an on-site Health Club, although this is closed until further notice (at the time of writing).

Manor Wood Country Caravan Park

Nestled in the Chester countryside, Manor Wood Country Caravan Park offers the perfect mix between the classic, relaxing camping experience, and exciting leisure facilities including tennis, a play area, and swimming to enjoy for days! Plus, the site allows barbeques (not campfires), dogs, and also features a shower and toilet block alongside a washing-up area. For those wanting a taste of home, be sure to connect to the on-site Wi-Fi and dine in the restaurant/café or grab a local takeaway.

Choose from three types of pitches, some suitable for tents, and others campervans, all featuring electricity as standard. Maybe you could add one of the site’s Bell tents (one double bed only) to your pitches for a spot of glamping on the side!

Disabled facilities are available on-site, but please enquire directly to find out more.

Baker’s Cottage

Nestled in the quaint neighbourhood of Handbridge, just across the River Dee and away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the classic Baker’s Cottage makes for the ideal base after a busy day of exploring.

Baker’s Cottage sleeps up to four guests across two bedrooms (king size and twin), and features a bathroom, private parking, and free Wi-Fi; perfect for checking VisitCheshire.com for more inspiration on what to do on your visit. The cottage also boasts a small private yard, perfect for a bite to eat, an afternoon play, or simply making the most of the serene surroundings.

Have we inspired you and your family to take a staycation to Chester to enjoy the open-air? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to tag us on Instagram in your photos using #Chester!

Product Information

  1. City Sightseeing Open Top Tour

    Chester

    Discover the rich history of Chester with City Sightseeing open top bus tour.

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    City Sightseeing Foregate St
    City Sightseeing Foregate St

    Discover the rich history of Chester with City Sightseeing.

    Chester was founded in the year 79 AD by the Roman Legio I Adiutrixm, making Chester's main roads, Eastgate, Northgate, Watergate and Bridge almost 2,000 years old.

    Chester is one of the most archaelogically rich cities in Britain full of architectural treasures such as the city Walls, the Cathedral, Roman amphitheatre and other things to do in the city that the City Sightseeing Chester Tour will introduce you to.

    You can:

    -wander along the River Dee or catch a river cruise  – buy a combined bus and river ticket from our driver!

    -take at tour at Chester Cathedral  or just absorb the atmosphere

    -discover the site of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre 

    -visit the award winning Dewa Roman Experience 

    -find historical exhibits at the Grosvenor Museum  or the Cheshire Military Museum 

    -stroll through Grosvenor Park or book a show in the open-air theatre 

    -hop off at the Racecourse or County Castle

    Shopaholics can stop off at Frodsham Street and find the Mall and Grosvenor Shopping centre. Unwind in the evening in Chester’s many chic and trendy bars, restaurants, bistros, clubs or even go ten-pin bowling!  Let City Sightseeing highlight all there is to see and help you plan your stay in the city.  

    Contact Details:

    Chester

    Tel:

    01244 381461

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Grosvenor Park

    Chester

    Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp.

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    View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    View of the River Dee from Grosvenor Park. Photo credit Jeff Buck
    Family fun on Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway
    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to 1867 covering 20 acres. It's the main ornamental park in Chester whose layout was designed by Edward Kemp. It is extremely popular with residents and visitors to the city alike. Situated just outside the city walls and overlooking the River Dee its one of the finest examples of Victorian parks in the UK. With formal avenues lined with trees, statues, large sweeping lawns surrounded with ornamental shrub beds and display bedding, for which the park has become well known. The bedding displays are planted twice yearly to provide a spectacular and colourful display throughout the Spring and Summer months. There are a number of restored, newly introduced and Grade II* listed features to explore all year round including the Second Marquess of Westminster Statue, Billy Hobby’s Well Community Garden, St Mary’s Nunnery Arch, the Quarry Garden and more. 

    The park is a great place to visit with the kids as its home to the popular miniature railway and a great play area. Enjoy a fun filled train ride, open during weekends, public holidays and school holidays Feb to Nov and weekends Dec to Jan. Summer: 10.30am to 5pm. Winter: 11.00am to 4pm. The play area is in a fully accessible area providing play and exploration for everyone. It was designed by local artist, Andrew Small using a range of natural materials.

    The park is home to the Lodge, now the Lodge Cafe, set in landscaped grounds offering light lunches, refreshments and even afternoon tea. Open Monday – Friday: 9am – 4.30pm and Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm. 

    Every summer the team behind Storyhouse bring their performances to the park with Grosvenor Park Open Theatre. The sounds of popping corks, picnics unpacked and happy audiences are now the defining sounds of Chester's summer. And a great way to experience the park.

    However, despite this annual frenzy of activity, Grosvenor Park continues to retain its peaceful character and charm with visitors enjoying more informal activities in this attractive setting.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    0300 123 7026

    Website

    Web Site

  3. Chester Boat Hire

    Chester

    Chester Boat Hire is located on the banks of the River Dee at Chester, only a five minute walk from the city centre.

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    Chester Boat Hire

    Chester Boat Hire is located on the banks of the River Dee at Chester, only a five minute walk from the city centre.

    We are open from 10.30am all weekends, bank holidays and school holidays from Easter to the end of September. Also all weekdays June, July and August. [all subject to suitable weather and River conditions].

    Contact Details:

    The Groves, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SD

    Tel:

    01244 340027
  4. The Ice Cream Farm

    Tattenhall

    Set in the picturesque location between Beeston and Peckforton Castle, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing over 800,000 visitors a year.

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    The Ice Cream Tree at The Ice Cream Farm
    So much to see and do for all ages at The Ice Cream Farm
    Indoor sand and water play area at The Ice Cream Farm
    Outdoor play area at The Ice Cream Farm
    The Ice Cream Tree at The Ice Cream Farm
    So much to see and do for all ages at The Ice Cream Farm
    Indoor sand and water play area at The Ice Cream Farm
    Outdoor play area at The Ice Cream Farm

    Set in the picturesque location between Beeston and Peckforton Castle, The Ice Cream Farm is the tastiest trip you will ever take, enticing over 800,000 visitors a year.

    From the delights of over 50 award-winning and irresistible Cheshire Farm Ice Cream and sorbets to an amazing indoor adventure play barn, Daisy's Garden, Strawberry Falls Mini Golf, Silvercone racetrack and much more, there's something for everyone at The Ice Cream Farm. Visit their Drive In for a menu full of tasty treats from sundaes to hot puddings or use their recently launched Click & Collect service for ice cream on-the-go.

    An Award Winning Ice Cream Farm:

     -Family Business Award of Excellence, High Sheriff Awards for Enterprise 2019

    - Large Food Producer, Taste Cheshire 2019

    - Best Ice Cream Parlour in the UK, Big 7 2019

    - Cheshire Business Awards, Businessman of the Year 2018 

    - High Sherriff Award for Enterprise, Mornflake Oats Award for Innovation 2017 

    - One of the UK’s most visited free-to-enter attractions by Visit England 2017 

    - British Farming Awards, Digital Innovation, 2016

    - Trinity Mirror Business Awards, Business of the Year 2016 

    - Marketing Cheshire Awards, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, 2016 

    - High Sherriff Award for Enterprise, Outstanding Cheshire and Warrington Business Leader Award 2015/16

    Contact Details:

    Drumlan Hall, Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9NE

    Tel:

    01829 770446

    Website

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  5. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    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.

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    Chester Zoo Experiences
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Tree Top Play at Chester Zoo
    The Oakfield Pub, Chester Zoo
    Chester Zoo Experiences
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Love It For Longer - a new exhibition made from waste and rubbish - has opened at Chester Zoo
    Tree Top Play at Chester Zoo
    The Oakfield Pub, 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. With over 500 different animal species in our 125 acres, you’re sure to have great day out full of adventure - discovering and learning more about our incredible animals and plants.

    There’s always something new at Chester Zoo and this summer is no exception. Join us for a completely utterly incredibly absolutely, gobsmackingly, amazing exhibition that is 100% total utter trash. We’ll be revolutionising our rubbish and learning to LOVE IT FOR LONGER!

    We’ve also been busy transforming our current flamingo habitat into an INCREDIBLE NEW INTERACTIVE habitat space – a thriving, diverse Latin American walk through aviary which will allow you to walk side-by-side with some of South and Central America’s most colourful, spectacular bird species – and view them in full flight! Come and experience a truly immersive experience.

    Visiting the zoo can be hungry work so why not make a meal of your visit and stop for a bite at one of the many restaurants, cafes and kiosks located throughout the zoo. From classic family friendly dishes, to tasty street food and authentic South East Asian inspired dishes.

    Looking for something a little more special? The Oakfield is a contemporary British pub at the heart of the zoo serving freshly prepared locally sourced food and hand-picked beers, wines and spirits. Explore our extensive seasonal menu, with popular roast dinners served every Sunday.*

    BRAND NEW for 2021 our experiences will get you closer than EVER before to our INCREDIBLE animals and plants, PLUS meet our experts! From breakfast with the lions to getting up close and personal to a HUGE lizard, we have experiences that will EXCITE and DELIGHT any animal lover.

    We hope to welcome you soon!

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

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

    Contact Details:

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Website

    Web Site

  6. The Chester Treasure Hunt Trail

    Chester

    The Chester Treasure Hunt Trail is a self-guided Treasure Hunt which will get you exploring around this historical city. If you’re looking for things to do with family and friends when visiting Chester then this is the activity for you!

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    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail
    Treasure Hunt Trail

    The Chester Treasure Hunt Trail is a self guided Treasure Hunt which will get you exploring around this historical city. If you’re looking for things to do with family and friends when visiting Chester then this is the activity for you! Can you follow the route and solve the sneaky clues?

    Your Trail adventure starts in the city centre at “The Cross” and along the 2 mile circular Trail route you’ll explore Chester’s quaint streets and old Roman walls. The Trail then takes you down to the River Dee and around the famous Eastgate Clock and Cathedral grounds before finishing at The Rows.  You’ll certainly discover some of Chester’s hidden gems along this Trail route!

    Along the Trail we’ve set the clue answers on permanent features such as historical buildings, monuments and quirky signs, so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to crack this Treasure Hunt.

    This unique way to explore Chester is suitable for both children and adults from the age 6 years and up, so everyone can get involved with following the route and solving the clues.

    Download and print your Trail booklet from the Treasure Trails website for £9.99. Or get a copy posted to you by 1st class post for £11.48. One Trail booklet can be shared between 4-5 people making it a great value and enjoyable way to explore Chester.

    For more information about the Chester Treasure Hunt Trail click on the “visit website” button above.

    Happy Trailing!

    Contact Details:

    Watergate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LE

    Tel:

    01872 263692

    Website

    Web Site

  7. The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    This summer swinging into Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre: The Jungle Book!
    This vivid new version features all your favourite characters including Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan as they guide man-cub Mowgli through the laws of the jungle.

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    The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre
    The Jungle Book at Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    A mancub has no place with the Pack This summer swinging into Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre: The Jungle Book! This vivid new version features all your favourite characters including Baloo, Bagheera and Shere Khan as they guide man-cub Mowgli through the laws of the jungle.

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is back! Pop the prosecco and come together again, finally, for an extended summer of joyful theatre in the park.

    Storyhouse have announced that its multi award-winning Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is to go on immediate sale.

    Following the news of the government’s road map, Storyhouse have wasted no time in announcing plans for an extended season – meaning the theatre will open Saturday 29 May until Monday 30 August with 110 shows between the late May and August bank holiday.

    Children’s classic The Jungle Book (29 May – 30 August) and Shakespeare’s farce The Merry Wives of Windsor (4 June – 30 August) will be performed alongside Jane Austen’s romantic comedy Pride and Prejudice (9 July – 30 August). 

    Alex Clifton, artistic director at Storyhouse, said:

    “We are promising another barn-raising summer of joy as we emerge into the summer! Merry Wives is a show which demands that you just turn off, sit back and giggle – it’s what we all need this year! Pride and Prejudice will hit all the sweet spots – as a romance and as a narrative. Jane Austen’s classic sense of humour is so delicious and still feels very potent. Whilst for kids and the young at heart The Jungle Book will be full of music, full of heart and a great homecoming story.”

    The season opens on Saturday 29 May with Glyn Maxwell’s adaptation of the Kipling classic The Jungle Book. Maxwell also adapted Grosvenor Park favourites Alice in Wonderland, Wind in the Willows and Cyrano de Bergerac. British – Indian director Gitika Buttoo will direct. Playwright Deborah McAndrew has adapted Pride and Prejudice, Conrad Nelson will direct. John Young will direct Merry Wives of Windsor. Design by Jessica Curtis.

    Tickets are on sale to Storyhouse Card members until Easter Monday. Prices for Members start from £26.50 and for general release at £28. Membership is £4 a month, and cancellable at any time.

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre staged one of the only full-sized theatre show in the UK last summer, which saw A Comedy of Errors sell all its tickets in a week.  Organisers are expecting a similar rush for tickets this year and have doubled the length of the season to cope with demand and reduced capacities.

    Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is sponsored by MBNA.

    To find out more and book visit grosvenorpark.co.uk.

    Contact Details:

    Grosvenor Park Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QQ

    Tel:

    01244 409113

    Website

    Web Site

  8. Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field

    Chester

    Storyhouse’s Moonlight Flicks returns this summer with the largest and longest open-air season of cinema to date. 

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    Moonlight Flicks at The Dean's Field

    Storyhouse’s Moonlight Flicks returns this summer with the largest and longest open-air season of cinema to date. 

    The extended 2021 programme of big screen entertainment opens on the late May Bank Holiday weekend and will take place at three venues across the region. 

    Open-air cinema is back in the stunning setting of Chester Cathedral’s Dean’s Field for a second year, as well as at Claremont Farm in Wirral where there was a sell-out season of screenings last October. 

    And this year there is a new addition to the summer season with Snugburys Ice Cream at Park Farm near Nantwich joining the Moonlight Flicks film family. It will host cinematic favourites on Saturday evenings from 3 July to 28 August. 

    Almost 70 separate screenings are taking place between May and September with more dates and titles set to be added in coming weeks. Films start as the sun sets. 

    Moonlight Flicks opens on Saturday, 29 May with Dean’s Field the venue for a special 25th anniversary screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and Claremont Farm hosting Wonder Woman 1984. 

    Other big screen treats planned over the summer months include family, cult, comedy and blockbuster film favourites. 

    Along with Romeo & Juliet, there will also be anniversary showings of Bridget Jones’s Diary and Trainspotting.  

    Films for all the family include The Lion King, The Greatest Showman, The Secret Garden, Jurassic Park and Guardians of the Galaxy. 

    Musical favourites Grease and Mamma Mia are also among the line-up, while there are a host of irresistible 80s classics including Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, The Princess Bride and Karate Kid.  

    The films are shown on Storyhouse’s giant 30ft Airscreen, and each location will have refreshments on offer including delicious pre-ordered pizzas available at Dean’s Field.

    Contact Details:

    The Dean's Field, Chester Cathedral, Chester, Cheshire, CH12DY

    Website

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  9. CarFest North

    Tattenhall

    CarFest is the UK's Biggest Family Fundraising Festival, with a mission to bring the true spirit of family to life.

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    CarFest is the UK's Biggest Family Fundraising Festival, with a mission to bring the true spirit of family to life. This year CarFest, the brainchild of radio presenter Chris Evans, is celebrating its 10th anniversary! Packed to the brim with activities for every member of the family, the festivals promise family fun, with the best music, the fastest and loudest cars, and the brightest stars! Come and join us! CarFest North will be held at Bolesworth Estate from 23rd – 25th July 2021. Across the weekend, the Main Stage will play host to a fabulous line-up of acts joining forces to celebrate CarFest's 10th birthday, including All Saints, Basement Jaxx , McFly, Tom Grennan aswell as The CarFest Supergoup featuring The Feeling, Roger Daltrey Freya Ridings, and Beverley Knight. As well as a great music line-up, CarFest also brings together some of the most popular and familiar TV chefs at the Napoleon Kitchen Stage including Melissa Hemsley, Jose Pizarro, Ching-He Huang, and Atul Kochar, leading DJs at the Club CarFest stage and a host of stars chatting intimately on the StarFest stage. The festival site is packed with entertainment and activities for the whole family including four daily track shows featuring a breath-taking collection of cars, a host of interactive stands and features, shopping and loads to eat and drink! Since CarFest was born, its sole purpose has been to raise funds for UK's Charities and has successfully raised over £16.5 million for BBC Children in Need and its other partner charities. The festival will continue to #DoMoreGood to raise funds for UK Charities in 2021 and all profits will go directly to our charity partners: BBC Children in Need, Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children's Foundation, and Teenage Cancer Trust. CarFest will be carefully designed to ensure the whole site, including staff and visitors meet with the latest government guidelines around Covid-19. For further information about CarFest, visit www.carfest.org. Camping and day tickets for CarFest North and CarFest South, will be released on 1st April at 8am! Make sure you check out our all new Retro CarFest too at www.carfest.org/retro-carfest/ We are confident that our CarFest festivals will go ahead. However, in the unlikely event that we can't, refunds will be available.

    Contact Details:

    Bolesworth Castle, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9HQ

    Website

    Web Site

  10. Family Funday

    Chester

    Kick start the Summer Holidays with a day of family fun at Chester Racecourse.

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    Children with painted faces
    Horse racing at Chester Racecourse
    Children with painted faces
    Horse racing at Chester Racecourse

    Kick start the Summer Holidays with a day of family fun at Chester Racecourse.

    With action on the flat and fun free activities for younger racegoers on the Open Course, there’s fun on the Roodee for all the family.

    The Open Course will host its usual run of free activities for children and live entertainment and more information on the specific activities available will be made clear closer to the day.

    Updates regarding tickets and availability will be released on our website and social media channels in due course. If you would like to be among the first to receive information about 2021 tickets and packages, please sign up to our newsletter.

    Contact Details:

    Chester Racecourse, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2LY

    Tel:

    01244 304 600

    Website

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  11. Chester Heritage Festival Trail

    Northgate Street, Chester

    Chester's history often is not neat and tidy. You are in a city where Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian & Victorian influences jostle for position along streets nearly 2000 years old - sometimes these influences happily rub shoulders in the same building.

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    Chester Heritage Festival Trail

    “One of a series of friendly trails written and illustrated during lockdown by the team here at the Visitor Information Centre to give you a warm welcome to our much-loved City of Chester”

    Chester's history often is not neat and tidy. You are in a city where Roman, Medieval, Tudor, Stuart, Georgian & Victorian influences jostle for position along streets nearly 2000 years old - sometimes these influences happily rub shoulders in the same building. This short guide really mixes it up, but we hope that at the end of your walk you will have a little more of an understanding of how the largest fortress in Roman Britain became the city we know and love, spending several hundred years as one of the most important ports on the west coast along the way.

    Your walk starts at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC), located in the Town Hall (more of which later, when we finish our tour). The walk is a little over 2.5 miles (4km) long.

    DOWNLOAD THE FULL TRAIL ROUTE HERE.

    Contact Details:

    Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ

    Tel:

    01244 405340
  12. Hickory's Smokehouse

    Chester

    Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

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    Hickory's Smokehouse
    Hickory's Smokehouse

    Hickory’s Smokehouse is an authentic American BBQ restaurant set on the banks of the River Dee.

    At 'Hicks', enjoy a traditional style of cooking that has its roots in the US, but just as popular in the UK With their own geniune smoker, Hickory's is the place to experience American BBQ in food! The menu is all about finger licking, sticky and slow cooked American BBQ. There's popcorn in five flavours, the hottest buffalo wings you've ever tasted, skewers with a range of marinades, ribs slowly cooked in their Amercian smoker, salads for the summer and authentic American desserts. You'll also find 17 wide screens around the restaurant showing up to 17 different types of international sport, so you wont miss a second of the game.

     

    Contact Details:

    Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SD

    Tel:

    01244 404000

    Website

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  13. Fish & Chips Fridays

    The Groves, Chester

    Touring the stunning Cheshire countryside by river cruise whilst indulging in fish and chips - what could be better?

    Fish and chips

    Touring the stunning Cheshire countryside by river cruise whilst indulging in fish and chips - what could be better?

    Contact Details:

    The Boating Station, Souters Lane, The Groves, Chester, CH1 1SZ

    Tel:

    01244 325 394

    Website

    Web Site

  14. Wild Goose

    Chester

    Wild Goose Lakeside Bar & Restaurant is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes on the fringe of Chester, serving locally seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

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    Terrace at WIld Goose

    Wild Goose Lakeside Bar & Restaurant is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes on the fringe of Chester, serving locally seasonal food in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

    We serve a delicious, traditional English menu with an international twist.

    Our bar has a selection of Cheshire ales and more familiar beers while our wine selection brings together quality wines from small independent vineyards.

    Contact Details:

    Church Rd, Chester, Cheshire, CH4 9LQ

    Tel:

    01244 661858
  15. Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel

    Chester

    Welcome to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well, a modern hotel boasting 126 bedrooms including Family rooms, adapted rooms and suites.

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    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, less than two miles from Chester City Centre
    Go for a swim in the pool at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    A Family Room at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    The restaurant at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    We're Good to Go
    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel, less than two miles from Chester City Centre
    Go for a swim in the pool at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    A Family Room at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    The restaurant at the Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel
    We're Good to Go

    Welcome to the Mercure Chester Abbots Well, a modern hotel boasting 126 bedrooms including Family rooms, adapted rooms and suites.

    There are 160 complimentary car parking spaces on site with the hotel ideally located 1.5 miles from Chester’s beautiful historic city, we are also a short 10 minute drive to the delights of Chester Zoo and Cheshire Oaks designer outlet boasting over 140 designer brands. The park and ride facility is located next door to the hotel.

    As part of Mercure Hotels, you are assured of friendly, welcoming staff and excellent facilities associated with an international brand.

    Guests have complimentary use of the FeelGood Leisure Club including a fully equipped gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

    and enjoy the convenience of Arts Bar and Restaurant where you can relax in contemporary surroundings.

    Enjoy a drink on the terrace or an exquisite afternoon tea overlooking the landscaped gardens. A range of exciting menu options are on offer, including the Brasserie menu, Lounge Menu and Chef’s menu featuring special signature dishes and fresh produce.

    160 Free car parking spaces including dedicated coach drop off and parking.

    Group Rates from £36 - £54

    Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel is a dog-friendly hotel. They welcome small dogs if they're well behaved and quiet.

     

    Contact Details:

    Whitchurch Road, Christleton, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 5QL

    Tel:

    08448159001

    Website

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  16. Manor Wood Country Caravan Park

    Chester

    Manor Wood welcome you and your family to their award winning park to enjoy exceptional facilities and explore the unspoilt countryside.

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    Manor Wood Country Caravan Park, an award winning park.
    The pool at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Children's play area at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Shower block at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Manor Wood Country Caravan Park, an award winning park.
    The pool at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Children's play area at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park
    Shower block at Manor Wood Country Caravan Park

    Manor Wood welcome you and your family to their award winning park to enjoy exceptional facilities and explore the unspoilt countryside.

    Just 11 miles from Chester, it is the perfect base for visiting local tourist attractions; The Ice Cream Farm and Stretton Water Mill.

    The park has 5 stars from both the AA and Visit Britain with first class facilities for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents in an exceptional area of beauty and tranquillity.

    The modern toilet and shower block are of high standard and free to use with plenty of hot showers! There are two family rooms; one situated in the ladies and the other in the gents with two showers, a baby changing mat and a baby bath on request.

    There are also on site course fishing lakes with a David Bellamy GOLD award recognising commitment to the environment.

    The tree-lined Roman bridleway borders the Park and offers easy walking and cycling, allowing the Cheshire countryside to be accessible to all. There is a play area and sand pit for the younger children or a games room and tennis court for the older children. The outside heated swimming pool is open seasonally. Wi-Fi is included and available in the vicinity of the reception and games room.

    The pub, within walking distance, serves excellent food and ale, and is next door to the bus stop with buses going to either Chester or Whitchurch.

    Dogs welcome!

    Contact Details:

    Coddington, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 9EN

    Tel:

    01829782990

    Website

    Web Site

  17. Bakers Court

    Chester

    Located between the River Dee and the Shropshire Canal, this spacious townhouse is a popular choice for guests wanting accommodation in the most popular part of Chester city centre.

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    Located between the River Dee and the Shropshire Canal, this spacious townhouse is a popular choice for guests wanting accommodation in the most popular part of Chester city centre. This idyllic location offers an abundance of walks and outdoor spaces to enjoy, including Grosvenor Park, and Chester’s main tourist attractions are all within easy walking distance.

    The property’s central location makes it perfect for visitors to the city needing short-term accommodation minutes away from the city centre. Alternatively, these apartments can provide a home from home for business travellers wanting medium- to long-term accommodation, with quick access to the city and easily accessible commuting options to multiple locations including Liverpool, Manchester and London.

    Bakers Court is located within a complex with a main point of entry and has secure parking in sight of the property.

     

    Contact Details:

    1875 Bakers Court, Steam Mill Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH3 5AD

    Tel:

    01244 343355

    Website

    Web Site

Itinerary Distances

FromToDistance * (metric)
City Sightseeing Open Top Tour (53.19047,-2.88896)Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)0.36
Grosvenor Park (53.19052,-2.88297)Chester Boat Hire (53.18919,-2.88123)0.17
Chester Boat Hire (53.18919,-2.88123)The Ice Cream Farm (53.13241,-2.75059)9.69
The Ice Cream Farm (53.13241,-2.75059)Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)12.05
Chester Zoo (53.22551,-2.87758)The Chester Treasure Hunt Trail (53.18926,-2.89209)3.74
The Chester Treasure Hunt Trail (53.18926,-2.89209)The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19092,-2.88092)0.69
The Jungle Book - Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre (53.19092,-2.88092)Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field (53.19126,-2.89026)0.56
Moonlight Flicks at Dean's Field (53.19126,-2.89026)CarFest North (53.09761,-2.75427)12.44
CarFest North (53.09761,-2.75427)Family Funday (53.18887,-2.8976)12.56
Family Funday (53.18887,-2.8976)Chester Heritage Festival Trail (53.19173,-2.89272)0.41
Chester Heritage Festival Trail (53.19173,-2.89272)Hickory's Smokehouse (53.1878,-2.88704)0.52
Hickory's Smokehouse (53.1878,-2.88704)Wild Goose (53.1537,-2.9399)4.66
Wild Goose (53.1537,-2.9399)Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (53.1851,-2.84829)6.34
Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (53.1851,-2.84829)Manor Wood Country Caravan Park (53.08908,-2.81983)9.77
Manor Wood Country Caravan Park (53.08908,-2.81983)Bakers Court (53.19204,-2.88017)10.94
Total Distance *84.89 miles
Estimated Journey Time2.73 hours

* Approximate distance by road

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