As the summer is slowly coming to a close and temperatures are beginning to drop, we’ve turned our attention to the end of an ‘interesting’ but difficult year. Here at Residential Estates, we’re trying to remain optimistic so we’ve decided to compile the top 10 winter events (that will hopefully go ahead as planned) so that we can aim to end 2020 on a positive note and surrounded by family and friends (COVID-permitting).
Magical Woodland, Blakemere Village
10 October - 1 November 2020
Step into the enchanting ‘Magical Woodland’ this Autumn and enjoy a spectacular light show experience. Embark on a journey through the mystical woodland starting at the Fire Garden and finishing at the Amber Wood. Hot food and drinks will be available in the Heart of the Woodland, but it should be noted that the walking tour has a natural path with uneven patches and some steep inclines. Each type of weather adds a new magical element unique to each show, but be sure to dress appropriately, bring plenty of hand sanitiser and remember to practice social distancing. With tickets available from 10th October to the 1st November, this show is very popular and nearly sold out.
Book your tickets here: Magical Woodland
Taste Cheshire Farmers Market, Chester Town Hall
17 October 2020
Starting on the 17th October the Taste Cheshire Farmers Market is arriving in Chester and returning every 3rd Saturday of the month. Wander through numerous stalls managed by over 25 Cheshire independent food and drink companies. Browse and buy a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, and other delicious items that will be sure to leave you craving for more. Some of the best local food to expect from the market includes sausages, pies, cheeses, preserves, crafts and much more.
To discover more information or contact the event organisers visit the Taste Cheshire Website.
Family 'Pick a Pumpkin', Tatton Park
24 October - 25 October 2020
Autumn has arrived at Tatton Park Farm and the pumpkins will soon be ready for picking! Take a trip down to the farm to select and hand-pick your own pumpkins ready for carving. While you’re at the park, why not say hello to Tatton Park’s range of farm animals including pigs, sheep, cows, horses and donkeys, goats and even Dancer the reindeer. Enjoy some fresh pumpkin juice and a yummy pumpkin muffin afterwards and learn how to make a warming pumpkin soup in the Clydesdale Barn. However, be aware that the Pumpkin Patch and Farm entry is limited so be sure to book your tickets online before you go!
Book your tickets here: The Pumpkin Patch
Spooky Beeston Castle, Beeston Castle
24 October - 1 November 2020
With the uncertainty of a traditional Halloween this year, why not try something different and take your family on a fun trip to the medieval Beeston Castle. Surrounded by spectacular countryside views and quaint villages, Beeston is the perfect place to take your family for the day. Dress up in your scariest outfit for a chance to win the daily fancy dress competition and venture along the trail to solve creepy clues and to listen to spooky stories. To help reduce the risk of COVID, English Heritage is limiting the number of visitors and requiring everyone to pre-book tickets through their online systems. To enjoy this exclusive, spooky event, be sure to book an event day (24th October to the 1st November).
Book your tickets now: Spooky Beeston Castle
Dragon Trail at the Farm, Tatton Park
24 October - 1 November 2020
Digby the Dragon has lost his eggs and he needs your help to find them! Keep track of your progress so that you can collect your reward at the end of the trail. The farm staff are encouraging you all to come dressed up in your spookiest outfit - you might spot the odd ghost or ghoul hiding along the trail as well. You might come across Digby along the woodland trail searching for his eggs. Be sure to say hello and take a friendly, distanced selfie with him; don't worry, he doesn't bite! Once you've completed the trail and found all of Digby's missing eggs, collect your chocolate egg reward at the Farm exit (subject availability). Be sure to prebook your tickets in order to avoid any disappointment from your little one.
Book your tickets now: Dragon Trail at the Farm
Curious About Chester - Heritage Walks, Chester City Centre
25 October 2020 - 27 March 2021
Explore Chester city centre in a way you’ve never seen it before. Follow the two self-guided heritage walks and discover Chester’s ‘hidden treasures’, looping around the better-known sights as well as Chester’s more quirky spots. Voted as the 5th prettiest city by the USA, Chester is well-known for its natural beauty, oldest racecourse in the UK, largest Roman Amphitheatre, and of course, the famous Roman walls that surround the city centre. This activity is perfect for any outdoor-lovers or anyone wanting to keep their days active and exciting. You’ll get all the help you need including a detailed map, clues, directions, clues, and snippets of information about the city.
Buy in booklet or instant download format: Curious about Chester
Use the code VisitChester20 for a 20% discount
Halloween Ghost Tours, Chester Visitor Information Centre
31 October 2020
If you’re seeking a more spine-tingling experience this Halloween, why not book a place on one of Chester’s famous Ghost Tours? You’ll be taken on a twilight walk around the spooky haunts of Chester’s mysterious past and most haunted locations. Listen to haunting tales of ghosts, ghouls, phantoms, and other frightening figures. But beware, there is limited availability with a tour capacity of only 8 people per group and you must pre-book. Be sure to bring your facemask, hand sanitiser and always practice social distancing.
Book your tickets now: Ghost City
Chester Zoo Lanterns, Chester Zoo
13 November - 23 December 2020
The Chester Zoo Lanterns experience is one of Chester’s most engaging and memorable events of the winter season. Chester Zoo has been sure to plan this year’s event to ensure your safety. Funds raised by the event will support the zoo’s conservation mission to prevent extinction and help to keep it open during these uncertain days. Enter the zoo and follow the set trail under the stars until you see the vibrant glow of the breath-taking wildlife lanterns. Making a return this year will be the hugely popular underwater world which takes you into the depths of the ocean to explore their unusual inhabitants.
Book your tickets now to ensure your place in this extraordinary experience: The Lanterns
A Christmas Carol, Storyhouse
1 November - 20 December 2020
Charles Dicken’s most loved story is coming to the Storyhouse Theatre this winter. With a limit of only 200 audience members (40% capacity) to reduce the risks of Covid-19, Storyhouse is proud to announce the launch of the Christmas show. Storyhouse will be one of the tiny handful of venues across the UK lucky enough to be able to run Christmas shows this year, so be sure to book your tickets for this exclusive event. Following the venue’s successful summer of open-air theatre, the running of this show is critical for preserving jobs and saving Storyhouse.
To support Chester’s Theatre, Cinema and Library, book your tickets for this high-demand event: A Christmas Carol
Christmas at Dunham Massey, Dunham Massey
20 November - 31 December 2020
Enjoy an after-dark stroll through a well-lit trail that winds through the Dunham Massey deer park and formal gardens. Reopening for the fourth year, this largely popular experience lets you wander beneath stunning tree canopies, bouncing light shows and luminescent sculptures that stretch into the night sky. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate or festive mulled wine and wrap up warm in your best Christmas jumper. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of Father Christmas along the way. This event is perfect to go to with your significant other, friends or family.
Be sure to book tickets ahead to secure a place: Christmas at Dunham Massey
Book your accommodation
If you’re visiting Chester this holiday season, take a look at our selection of short term accommodation located in Chester city centre. These luxury, self-contained apartments are perfect for any individual, family or friends wanting to stay in Chester over the Christmas season.
View our properties at www.residential-estates.co.uk/short-term-lets/chester
To book your accommodation or to check availability, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01244 343 355.