Forests, Festivals & Family Days

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  1. 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.

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    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.

    Address

    Lyme, Dunham Massey & Quarry Bank, SK12 2NR

    Tel:

    01663 762023

    Dates

    From:
    7 Sept 2019to3 Apr 2020
    From:
    6 Apr 2020to31 Aug 2020

    Website

    Web Site

  2. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

    Chester

    It’s been a stellar 10th anniversary year for Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre, with the premiere of a brand-new version of The Borrowers by the award-winning playwright Bryony Lavery, alongside other great productions, including Henry V.

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    This theatre-in-the-round in Chester’s elegant Victorian park is the place to spread out a picnic blanket and pop open a bottle of fizz (soda or Champers). 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 open-air theatre is the most creative of Britain’s outdoor spaces.

    Address

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

    Tel:

    0844 815 7202

    Website

    Web Site

  3. 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.

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    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.

    Address

    Various Locations, Northwich, Cheshire

    Dates

    From:
    5 Oct 2019

    Website

    Web Site

  4. Beeston Roundhouse

    Tarporley

    A Bronze Age roundhouse is emerging on the rocky crag at Beeston once more.

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    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage
    Beeston Castle and Bridge - English Heritage
    Glorious views from Beeston Castle - English Heritage

    Some 4,000 years after the original structure disappeared from view, more than 60 English Heritage volunteers have rolled up their sleeves to piece together archaeological evidence, gather authentic tools and school themselves in ancient construction methods to recreate the ancient thatched wattle-and-daub dwelling that stood here long before the familiar stones of the 13th-century castle. 

    Once Beeston was the place to travel through time from its  glory days as a medieval fortress to its ultimate decline in the Civil War as well as to enjoy its natural woodland setting and spectacular views. Now this new labour of love, due to open to the public in October, will enable us to venture even further back to better appreciate the life and times of our distant ancestors.

    Address

    Chapel Lane, Beeston, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TX

    Tel:

    01829 260464

    Dates

    From:
    15 Apr 2019to30 Sept 2019Open 10:00 - 18:00
    From:
    1 Oct 2019to3 Nov 2019Open 10:00 - 17:00
    From:
    4 Nov 2019to22 Dec 2019Various Opening Times
    From:
    26 Dec 2019to31 Dec 2019Open 10:00 - 16:00
    From:
    10 Apr 2020to14 Apr 2020

    Website

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  5. 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.

     

    Address

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

    Tel:

    0121 472 6688

    Dates

    From:
    21 Aug 2020to23 Aug 2020

    Website

    Web Site

  6. Delamere Forest

    Northwich

    One of Britain’s favourite green spaces, Delamere Forest is a popular place to mix art and nature.

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    Tranquility at Delamere Forest
    Explore Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland
    Tranquility at Delamere Forest
    Explore Delamere Forest, Cheshire's largest area of woodland

    This has been the scene of several Forest Live gigs, with Paul Weller and Jess Glynne among the superstars who’ve appeared here, as well as child-friendly trails featuring well-loved characters such as the Gruffalo (you’ll still find him hiding in the trees near Blakemere Moss). But there are major changes afoot in the forest this year. Work is underway for a new welcome centre, a bigger café with terrace, and other visitor facilities, all due to be unveiled mid-2020. Plus, Delamere will be the latest location for Forest Holidays, with a cluster of light-footprint cabins opening to holidaymakers in autumn, making it possible to stay overnight in these woods for the first time. While there won’t be any special events taking place here in the near future, Delamere will remain open. So walkers, cyclists and horse-riders can continue to enjoy the trails beneath the canopy of English oak, common beech, sweet chestnut, larch and Scots pine, around the 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. 

    Address

    Linmere, Delamere, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 2JD

    Tel:

    0300 067 4340

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2019to31 Dec 2019Open 08:00 - 19:00

    Website

    Web Site

  7. Chester Zoo

    Chester

    A wave of the wand and The Lanterns will transform this haven for wildlife into a magical wonderland at Christmas.

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

    Intrepid explorers can step on The Great Christmas Expedition to encounter exotic illuminated animal characters in nine new fantastical worlds. Journey to the bottom of the sea in ‘Underwater’ to meet a huge octopus, then soar up to the heavens for a Night Sky Adventure, frolicking among the clouds and stars in the moonlight.

    There’s always something new to do and learn at Chester Zoo. Whether you’re greeting 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. Meet the zoo’s feathered friends at the lunchtime bird feeds, and drop in for Science at the Zoo or Discover sessions to hear the latest conservation updates. The UK’s leading zoo is home to more than 500 species of endangered and exotic animals and it’s also the HQ of a team whose efforts to preserve biodiversity span the globe, with initiatives such as the award-winning Act For Wildlife campaign, in which you, too, can become a wildlife champion.

    Address

    Upton by Chester, Chester, Cheshire, CH2 1EU

    Tel:

    01244 380280

    Dates

    From:
    22 Nov 2019to23 Dec 2019

    Website

    Web Site

  8. 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.

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    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.

    Address

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

    Tel:

    01606 882223

    Dates

    From:
    12 Oct 2019to3 Nov 2019

    Website

    Web Site

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