English heritage has always played an important part in our country’s dignity and pride. Chester is one of the few places left in Britain that acts as a window to the past. The sandstone city walls and medieval rows make Chester one of the most unique cities in the UK, so it’s only natural that it’s been named the 5th prettiest city in Europe, beating other iconic destinations such as Prague, Venice and Rome. As a marvellous place to live or visit, it’s certainly understandable why this city hosts a whole variety of events all year round.
We’ve selected the top seven events happening in Chester over the next couple of months that showcase what this great city has to offer.
For the collectors - Chester Antique, Collectors & Vintage Fair
25th January & 7th March (and at various points throughout the year)
Easy to find at The Northgate Arena and appearing most months, this fair is one of Chester’s most revered events. With up to 120 tables of exemplary variety, you are sure to find at least one hidden, vintage treasure. It is one of the most highly respected antiques & collectors fairs in the UK, with traders assembling from all over the country.
The monthly fair is rapidly becoming even more renowned since Shepherd & Williams took control in 2012. Whether you’re looking for antique furniture to complement your home, vintage clothing to boost your wardrobe, or you wish to add traditional items to your personal collection, this regular fair is a must-go when you visit Chester.
For more information, visit: www.swfairs.co.uk
For the performers - Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet: Swan Lake
30th January - 1st February
For a limited time only, the Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet will be returning to Chester’s Storyhouse with the incredible production of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. The acclaimed company combines classical training and technique with outstanding soloists to entertain audiences in a breath-taking style. A full live orchestra perfectly complements the purity of the dancing and traditional staging.
The story of Prince Siegfried and the Swan Princess, Odette, is arguably one of the greatest tragic tales of love that triumphs over evil. The stunning dancing is brought to life with Tchaikovsky’s genius score performed by a live orchestra.
To book your tickets, visit: www.storyhouse.com/event/swan-lake
For the artists - Made in Chester: Art by Nicky Thompson
9th November 2019 - 15th March 2020
Artist Nicky Thomson achieved international success with his 1930s inspired rail posters for the Marvellous Days Out campaign in 2017. His unique style is certainly distinguishable – the cartoonish design perfectly captures the charm of each location he depicts.
Following his huge success, he is returning back to Chester where his first design studio, Lemondrop Creative, was based. In November 2019, Thompson launched his first solo show, ‘Made in Chester’ which is currently exhibited at the Chester Grosvenor Museum. His work evokes the golden age of travel through holiday posters to entice and inspire the exploration of Britain.
His work is able to buy at www.nickythompsonart.co.uk
Visit the Chester Grosvenor Museum: www.grosvenormuseum.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
For the comedians - Josh Widdicombe: Bit Much
Josh Widdicombe is best known for his participation in the multi-award-winning Channel 4 series, The Last Leg. Over the last decade, Josh has been performing stand up with multiple appearances on QI, Mock of the Week, Would I Lie to You, Taskmaster and many more.
This year, Josh is back on tour with his brand-new stand-up show, Bit Much. This spring, he will be performing in the Storyhouse for one night only. It’ll be a fun night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto and the closing time of his local park.
To book your tickets, visit: www.storyhouse.com/event/josh-widdicombe (Tickets selling fast)
For the poets - Hollie McNish
With fans ranging from Emma Watson, Pink and Benjamin Zephaniah, Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish is a poet whose readings are not to be missed. She has garnered millions of YouTube views for her online poetry readings and was the first poet to record at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.
Hollie tours continuously all over the UK and Europe and beyond and this March will be performing in Chester’s Storyhouse Theatre. With a book signing after the event, you will be able to purchase your own copy (if you don’t already own one) and have time to meet her!
To find out more and book your tickets, visit: www.storyhouse.com/event/hollie-mcnish-2020
For the musicians - BBC Big Band: The Music of James Bond ... and Beyond!
The internationally acclaimed BBC Big Band are joined by special guest vocalists, Emer McParland and Iain Mackenzie, to celebrate the music of the world’s arguably most iconic movie franchise, James Bond.
The concert will feature the most famous and classic hits, naturally including John Barry’s iconic ‘James Bond Theme’. But that’s not all! The BBC Big Band will also be performing a selection of other numbers inspired by the same film genre, including ‘Mission Impossible’, ‘Austin Powers’ and many more. This is a must-go event, so book your tickets now to avoid missing the one-night-only performance by one of the world’s finest jazz orchestras.
To book your tickets, visit: www.storyhouse.com/event/bbc-big-band
For the foodies - Chester Food & Drink Festival
11th - 13th April (Easter Weekend)
Celebrate Easter weekend the right way –tasting lots of delicious food and drink! Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Festival are celebrating their 20th birthday this year and will be coming to the award-winning Chester Racecourse to bring the best chefs right to your doorstep.
With 30,000 expected visitors and a selection of celebrity chefs attending, this event is arguably the best Easter food festival in the UK. Over 150 exhibitors are in place, showcasing the best of their produce and culinary excellence from all across the UK – it will certainly be a tasty experience! With adult tickets from only £8, concessions available for students and over 65s, and kids go free, what’s not to love about this ‘foodie fest’!
To book your tickets and find out more, visit: www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk
Book your accommodation
If you are visiting Chester, be sure to check out our short term let apartments as an accommodation option. We have a selection of luxury apartments available in the heart of Chester for low prices. Choose quality for less.
To view our range of short term lets, visit: www.residential-estates.co.uk/short-term-lets/chester