Ultimate Guide

MarketingCheshire

Chester

&

Cheshire

Summer/

Autumn

2019

The

Ultimate

Guide

Issue 07

SUMMER /

AUTUMN

2019

Featuring:

Plus:

WHERE SCIENCE

MEETS NATURE

An arts and culture

celebration

YOUNG EYES ON

THE SKIES

Out with the family

at Jodrell Bank

FROM FIELD TO

FORK VIA THE PUB

The tastiest

home-grown

flavours

ON THE

WATERFRONT

Exploring the

county’s rivers

and canals

Dinner at The Bridge +

Meet the new editor of

Cheshire Life +

Win a copy of

Slow Travel Cheshire


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It’s a bumper summer and autumn in Cheshire,

with a packed calendar of events. Top of the bill

is the anniversary of the Moon Landings, and

Jodrell Bank (p8), Cheshire’s eye on the sky. It will

be at the forefront of celebrations in the UK on

the anniversary weekend in July with the bluedot

festival of science, music and cosmic culture, as

well as a host of other experiences.

The Forestry Commission lights the

birthday candles as it turns 100, another

landmark moment that casts a

spotlight not only on the beautiful

woodlands at Delamere but

on Cheshire’s rich natural

landscape. These special

scientific and natural assets will

be the subject of an exciting new

arts and culture celebration

(p6-7) that will run throughout

the year.

Cheshire Foodie Month [P26-27) in

July promises a real taste of field-tofork

flavours fresh from the land. Our

restaurant review comes from The Bridge in

Prestbury (P32-33), an old favourite that’s been

given a new lease of life.

Now’s the time to embrace the county’s canals and

rivers [P15), on and off the water. Plus we catch up

on the news (P10). And grab your chance to win a

copy of the first comprehensive guide to the county,

Slow Travel Cheshire [P15]. It could land on your

doormat just in time to make even more of what

promises to be a fun-filled summer and autumn.

This guide has been put together by

Marketing Cheshire and was made

possible with the help of our co-editors

Kate Simon and Simone Kane, and with

the invaluable support, ideas and reality

checks of Marketing Cheshire’s Leanne

Eaton. Thanks also to our interviewees and

contributors, including David Atkinson and

Suzanne King.

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Street Markets

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and 3.30pm) throughout the year. You will find this

bustling market held on the High Street and through to

Daniel Owen Square.

You are able to find 70+ traders waiting to entice you with

a great bargain, something different or just take in the

atmosphere of the busiest street market in North Wales.

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heart of Daniel Owen Precinct.

Open from 9am to 5pm Monday

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Freshly produced food, drink &

crafts all locally sourced. Held at

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from 9am to 2pm on the first and

third Saturday of the month.

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The county’s role in the story of science and

its remarkable natural landscape are the

subjects of an exciting new arts and culture

celebration, writes Kate Simon

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LEFT: BLUEDOT

FESTIVAL /

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Cheshire:

Where Science

Meets Nature

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Cheshire goes under the

spotlight in this year of the

50th anniversary of the Moon

Landings and the Forestry

Commission’s 100th birthday.

This is the home of Jodrell

Bank, the world-leading

observatory that captured

the first images of Apollo 11

touching down on the moon

in 1969. It’s also the location

of one of Britain’s oldest

forests, Delamere, a remnant

of Mara and Mondrem, the

medieval hunting grounds of

the Norman Earls of Chester.

To mark the county’s

special relationship with

the world of science and

the great outdoors, an

exciting celebration of

both, viewed through the

prism of arts and culture,

was being unveiled as The

Ultimate Guide went to press.

Here are just some of the

highlights to look forward to

during the coming months.

The giant white dish of

the Lovell Telescope,

an iconic sight on the

Cheshire Plain, provides

the dramatic backdrop for

bluedot, four days of ‘music,

science, cosmic culture and

more’. This year’s literally

stellar line-up includes

performances by Kraftwerk

3-D, New Order and The

Hallé, and science and

culture events with Helen

Sharman, James Burke and

Tom Shakespeare among

others. Luke Jerram’s

‘Museum of the Moon’

installation will be on

display. And listen out for

the familiar swanee-whistle

call of the Clangers, who’ll

be making an appearance

with screenings, storytelling

sessions – and knitting

workshops.

Go to discoverthebluedot.com


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TOP LEFT: GROSVENOR PARK

OPEN AIR THEATRE /

LEFT: MOONLIGHT FLICKS /

ABOVE: LUNA CINEMA

TATTON PARK /

BELOW: ROMAN GARDENS

Delamere Forest provides

a stunning backdrop for

this year’s headliners at

Forest Live, which offers a

unique way to experience

these precious woodlands.

Tears for Fears, Paul Weller

and Jess Glynne are the

superstars who will perform

live beneath the canopy to

thousands of fans over the

weekend of 21 to 23 June.

As the Forestry Commission

was set up in 1919 to restore

the nation’s woods and

forests following the First

World War, it’s good to know

that your ticket money will

help fund the Commission’s

ongoing work.

Go to forestryengland.uk/

music

Grosvenor Park Open

Air Theatre in Chester

celebrates 10 years of

al-fresco performances

this summer with a new

production of The Borrowers

(13 July-25 August). Mary

Norton’s classic tale about

the little people who live

beneath the floorboards and

borrow to survive will be

produced by the nationally

acclaimed theatre company

at Storyhouse, Chester’s

award-winning cultural

centre. Pack a picnic – and

a cushion – and take your

seat in the audience at this

theatre-in-the-round in the

city’s premier green space.

This summer’s triple bill

also includes Shakespeare’s

Twelfth Night (5 July-24

August) and Henry V

(26 July-25 August).

Go to grosvenorparkopenair

theatre.co.uk

The hunt is on for ways to

describe the natural world

this year at Lyme Park,

Dunham Massey and, in

2020, Quarry Bank, as they

host the National Trust’s

new family trail, The Lost

Words. Inspired by the spell

book of the same name

by Robert Macfarlane and

Jackie Morris, it’s time to

reclaim the language, with

words such as ‘bramble’

disappearing from the Oxford

Junior Dictionary in favour of

the likes of ‘broadband’.

Go to nationaltrust.org.uk/

features/the-lost-wordsfamily-trail

Tatton Park provides the

grandest of arenas this

summer for The Luna

Cinema (thelunacinema.

com/tatton-park). Watch

A Star is Born, Mamma

Mia! Here We Go Again or

Bohemian Rhapsody

(23-25 August) on the giant

screen under the stars.

No need to bring a picnic

here, there’ll be a bar and

gourmet food stalls to

keep you fed and watered.

Meanwhile, Moonlight

Flicks (moonlightflicks.

co.uk) returns to Chester’s

Roman Gardens (3 July-27

August), with a choice of

movies that is scheduled to

include Stanley Kubrick’s

cult classic, 2001: A Space

Odyssey.

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Young eyes on

the skies

Could a family day out at Jodrell Bank turn two young girls

into science fans? David Atkinson reports

My two daughters are not natural

science boffins – Maya and Olivia

run screaming from the tyranny

of balancing chemical equations.

But a fun family day out at Jodrell

Bank Discovery Centre might have

marked a turning point, a chance

to inspire young minds about the

wonders of the universe.

We started by getting hands-on

at the Planet Pavilion, the girls

cranking the handle of a working

scale model of our own solar

system to see the planets orbiting

the Sun. Then the Space Pavilion

introduced us to the sounds of the

Big Bang before the girls settled

down in the film pod to learn

more about the outer space that

Cheshire’s all-seeing eye has

been exploring since the 1950s.

After lunch at the Planet Pavilion

Café, we headed outside to

join a free walking tour around

the base of the Grade I-listed

telescope, necks craning up at

the 76.2m-diameter bowl that

gathers incoming radio waves. We

finished the afternoon exploring

the Galaxy Gardens, breathing in

fresh air with views across the

Cheshire landscape. Olivia, who

08

is primary-school age, especially

loved sharing secret messages

via the whispering dishes, an

outdoor exhibit that illustrates

the importance of the telescope’s

distinctive shape.

The upcoming First Light project,

due for completion in 2021, will

create a new exhibition space

to celebrate Jodrell Bank’s

pioneering role in British

scientific history. But, before that,

I’ll be back to catch New Order

headlining this summer’s bluedot

festival of electronic music. Maya,

who is older than Olivia, fancies

the Girls Night Out, a forthcoming

event to celebrate women in

STEM, hosted by planetary

scientist Dr Katie Joy from the

University of Manchester.

A family day at Jodrell Bank

proved enough to convert two

school-age science sceptics.

Now that really is one giant leap

for womankind.

Find out more at jodrellbank.net

David Atkinson is an award-winning

travel writer and author of

Inside Fatherhood (BRF, £6.99).

Jodrell Bank

goes global

Could it be a double celebration for

Jodrell Bank in 2019? As well as

marking the 50th anniversary of the

Moon Landings, this year could see the

world-leading observatory become a

Unesco World Heritage Site.

Hopes were high, at time of writing,

that Unesco would confirm in July

that Jodrell Bank had made the list.

Proposed by the UK Government in

January 2018 in recognition of its

international, historic and scientific

significance, the radio astronomy

observatory could soon sit alongside

the likes of the Taj Mahal, Grand

Canyon and Statue of Liberty as a site

of global importance.

Established by The University of

Manchester in 1945 and renowned

for the iconic Lovell Telescope that

dominates the Cheshire Plain, Jodrell

Bank is the earliest site of its kind

still in existence and continues to play

a formidable role in expanding our

understanding of the universe.


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A fantastic day

out for all the family

Enjoy a gentle cruise on the picturesque River Weaver, take a boat

trip into the lift itself, go behind the scenes on a ‘Walking The Lift’

tour or simply explore with FREE ENTRY into the treetop coffee shop,

interactive exhibition, gift shop and beautifully landscaped grounds.

Events all year round, visit website for more details.

andertonboatlift.co.uk


In the news

Check out Chester’s latest visitor

attraction, Chester: A Life Story

(chesterlifestory.co.uk), which

focuses on the often-overlooked

stories of ordinary people, using

multi-sensory interpretation to

highlight the folk who have shaped

Cheshire over the past 2,000 years.

Based at St Michael’s Church on

Bridge Street, this latest initiative

by Big Heritage (bigheritage.

co.uk) includes sections on crime

and punishment and health and

medicine, telling human stories

from Roman Chester to the present

day via the Middle Ages. While

you’re travelling back in time,

don’t miss the Chester Heritage

Festival (visitcheshire.com/

chesterheritagefestival) 21-29 June.

Carden Park Hotel, near Broxton,

unveils its new spa, The Spa at

Carden (cardenpark.co.uk/spa), in

August. Open to guests and nonresidents,

the new complex will

include 14 treatment rooms and

three relaxation spaces, featuring

British natural-based products.

There’ll also be an indulgent

Champagne bar and outdoor

Jacuzzi with countryside views.

A new display of ancient

Egyptian treasures is now

open at Macclesfield Museums

(macclesfieldmuseums.co.uk),

exploring the connection between

the town’s silk industry and the

19th-century travels of Marianne

Brocklehurst, the daughter of silk

manufacturer John Brocklehurst,

Macclesfield’s first MP. Items to

admire include a ring belonging to

Tutankhamun.

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Combermere Abbey

(combermereabbey.co.uk), near

Whitchurch, is celebrating 100

years of the guardianship of the

estate by the Crossley family. A

Centenary Garden Open Afternoon

on 14 May is the first of four

during the summer, alongside

a host of other events including

house and garden tours.

The elaborate costumed ball

held by the Egertons of Tatton

Park (tattonpark.org.uk) on 10

December 1897 is the intriguing

subject of ‘The Tatton Ball’

exhibition, which runs until 3

November. ‘The Gathering’, a

complementary installation by the

textile artist Susie MacMurray (28

June to 6 October), is inspired by

the spectacle of the ball. Created

from red silk, it’s a striking piece

referencing the crimson velvet

dress worn by the Countess at

the ball. Tatton is also the place

for dog lovers this summer.

The historic country estate will

host DogFest (dog-fest.co.uk/

Cheshire), 15-16 June, with dog

displays, learning events and

family activities.

Meet the new

Editor of

‘Cheshire Life’

Katie Mulloy, the former Editor of

Women’s Health, became Editor of

Cheshire Life earlier this year.

Katie tells us about her new life in

the county.

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What attracted you to move north to

LEFT:

Cheshire? STORYHOUSE

(BALLETBOYZ)

My husband, ABOVE: James, QUENTIN grew up in

BLAKE & JOHN

Cheshire and we’ve always loved

YEOMAN, 50 YEARS

coming here. OF We’re CHILDREN’S both country folk

at heart, but BOOKS I like / the sophistication of

ABOVE: TASTE

the city, too, CHESHIRE going out FOOD to buzzing bars

and restaurants AND DRINK now and again, and

Cheshire offers FESTIVAL a great mix of both.

Manchester is on our doorstep and

yet we are surrounded by beautiful

countryside, with pockets of cool towns,

such as Knutsford.

Which parts of Cheshire are becoming

favourite haunts?

I really like Rode Hall, with its hidden

Italian garden, and Tatton is a favourite

for walks. I love a good high street and

Tarporley is a favourite of mine with

its independent boutiques, restaurants

and bars.

What are your plans for Cheshire Life?

Cheshire is a very unique county, with

its country heritage and forward-facing

aspirations and I think we can reflect

that more in the magazine. Cheshire

Life is a luxe lifestyle magazine with a

local heart; a beautiful, weighty product

that’s a pleasure to read. We can push

that to the next level.

Read the full interview at

marketingcheshire.co.uk/katiemulloy


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An extraordinary

year of special events

centred around the

theme of water

PROGRAMME

OF EVENTS

Friday 12 April – Monday 20 May

Two Twisted by David Mach

David Mach RA returns to to debut an enormous,

gravity defying live art installation in the south transept.

Thursday 9 May

Waves lecture: ‘Baptism in a Missional Church’

with the Dean of Chester | 6.30pm

Tuesday 4 June – Sunday 30 June

‘River of Life’ and ‘On The Edge Of’

dual textile exhibition

Thursday 6 June

Waves Organ Recital with Philip Rushforth | 1.10pm

Join us for an epic recital of organ music that reflects the

theme of water. With superb works by Bach, Handel and

even a piece commemorating the sinking of the Titanic.

Tuesday 16 July – Saturday 7 September

the DEEP – A WORLD PREMIERE BRICK EXHIBITION

This summer, journey beneath the waves with our world

premier exhibition – The Deep – made with LEGO® bricks.

waves

For full details, and to discover many more waves events

taking place this year, click to chestercathedral.com

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acres of gardens and arboretum, Planet

Pavilion Cafe and gift shop, playground and

picnic areas, and a year-round programme

of family events and activities

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SUMMER CONCERTS

AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL

MANCHESTER

SATURDAY 8 JUNE, 7.30PM

THE LARK ASCENDING

SATURDAY 22 JUNE, 7.30PM

CLARE TEAL SINGS ...

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK

SUNDAY 30 JUNE, 3PM

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME

SATURDAY 6 JULY, 7.30PM

MUSICALS ROCK

FRIDAY 12 JULY, 6PM

THANK HALLÉ IT’S FRIDAY!

SATURDAY 13 JULY, 7.30PM

THE MUSIC OF JAMES BOND

SATURDAY 27 JULY, 7.30PM

THE LAST NIGHT OF THE HALLÉ PROMS

www.halle.co.uk/summer

0161 907 9000


On the

waterfront

The county’s canals and rivers offer

up historic sights, lively events and

some delightful pit stops along the

way, says Simone Kane

1 Ride the Anderton Boat Lift

Ride ‘the Cathedral of the Canals’, aka the Anderton Boat

Lift. This fine example of high Victorian engineering was

built in 1875 to enable barges to scale the 50ft-high gap

between the Trent & Mersey Canal and Weaver Navigation.

Today, you can take a boat ride through the lift and climb to

its summit for a look at the inner workings.

Go to canalrivertrust.org.uk/Anderton

2 Join a canal-side festival

Middlewich comes alive in summer for the FAB Festival

(13-16 June), an annual celebration of music and canal life.

There’s a packed programme of concerts and events, as well

as a floating market, at this watery junction where three

canals converge. Live music is performed on the canal-side

stage – previous headliners include Peter Hook, formerly of

New Order – as well as events around town.

Go to middlewich.org.uk/middlewich-fab-festival

3 Admire three engineering marvels

Locks, lifts, bridges and aqueducts – some serious

innovation was required to get the best out of Cheshire’s

waterways. At Audlem see the ladder of 15 locks that

allows the Shropshire Union Canal to descend 93 feet to the

Cheshire Plain. The Northgate Locks at Chester Basin – the

deepest in the UK, carved from sandstone – once delivered

barges from the Chester Canal onto the River Dee. And, the

meeting point of the River Goyt and the Macclesfield and

Peak Forest Canals is dominated by the magnificent Marple

Aqueduct. A flight of 16 locks (one of the steepest in the

country) leads to this 18th-century engineering feat, a 100fthigh

structure that carries the canal over the river.

© Mike Carter

4 Sail on a steam ship

Take a cruise on the last surviving steam-powered tug

built on the Mersey, The Danny, with its recreated Art Deco

interiors, from mid-May to early September, along the

River Weaver – you can even bring a picnic. Built in 1903

in Birkenhead, The Danny was once the flagship of the

Manchester Ship Canal Company and was saved from the

scrapyard by volunteers who restored it to its former glory.

Go to thedanny.co.uk

FROM TOP

ANDERTON BOAT LIFT /

FESTIVAL BOATS /

THE DANNY

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FROM TOP

RIGHT:

THE BOATHOUSE /

BELOW:

THE DUSTY MILLER

5 Drink in waterfront views

Pop in for a pint at the recently refurbished Leigh

Arms (leigharms.co.uk), with views of the Acton

swing bridge and the Grade II-listed Dutton Horse

Bridge, a rare example of a laminated timber

arch bridge, which celebrates its centenary this

year. Pull up a chair in the floating beer garden,

overlooking the River Dee, at The Boathouse

(theboathousechester.co.uk) in the heart of

Chester. Parkgate on Wirral is home to The Ship

(the-shiphotel.co.uk), a coaching inn with views

over the Dee Estuary. And watch the narrowboats

go by from the beer garden of The Dusty Miller

(robinsonsbrewery.com/dustymiller), a converted

18th-century corn mill on the banks of the

Llangollen Canal in Wrenbury.

6 Get behind the tiller

Hire a narrowboat and cruise the Cheshire

Ring. This 97-mile route crosses no fewer than

six canals – Ashton, Macclesfield, Peak Forest,

Rochdale, Trent & Mersey and the first to be built

in the modern era, James Brindley’s Bridgewater

Canal. Go to canalrivertrust.org.uk

NWM goes back

to its roots

This year, the National Waterways

Museum in Ellesmere Port is

transporting visitors back to the

days when this hub was a working

canal town, with events and

activities about its history and the

lives of the people who lived and

worked here.

Go to canalrivertrust.org.uk/nwm

WIN: ‘Slow Travel Cheshire’

We’re giving away three signed copies of the first comprehensive

guidebook to the county, Slow Travel Cheshire (Bradt, £12.99). This

latest addition to Bradt’s award-winning collection of guides to the

UK’s regions takes a fresh look at Cheshire, seeking out lesserknown

places, celebrating the landscape and community, and

championing all things local.

To enter, send your name and postal address on an email to

info@traveltappers.co.uk by 12 noon on Friday 28 June 2019.

For full rules, terms and conditions go to visitcheshire.com/win

Good luck!

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Eaton Hall Gardens

Charity Open Days 2019

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Sunday 26 May

Sunday 25 August

£8 Adults/£2 Children /£18 Family

Family – two adults & two children. Cash only.

Gates open 10.30am to 5pm

Eaton Park, Eccleston, Chester CH4 9ET

Telephone 01244 684400

For details on changes to our regular

programme due to scheduled maintenance

work visit www.eatonestate.co.uk

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Event

Guide

Summer/

Autumn

2019

June - August

CHESTER TOWN

CRIER – PUBLIC

PROCLAMATIONS

The High Cross, Chester

City Centre

Chester is the only place in

Britain to have retained the

historic tradition of regular

midday proclamations from

a fixed point. It’s free, fun

and totally unforgettable.

Proclamations take place

Tuesday to Saturday at

12noon (11am on Chester

race days)

12 April – 20 May

TWO TWISTED BY

DAVID MACH

David Mach RA returns

to Chester Cathedral

to debut an enormous

one-off, gravity defying

live art installation in the

south transept. Speaking

about Two Twisted, David

says “We’ll bring the

outside world into the

cathedral and activate it in

a different way layering the

material rhythmically in a

performance that almost

becomes like a dance

repeating again and again

the action that sees the

work to existence.”

www.chestercathedral.com

4 & 5 May

ROOM ON THE

BROOM

Jump on board the

broom in Tall Stories’

fun-filled adaptation by

Julia Donaldson and Axel

Scheffler. The witch and

her cat are travelling on

their broomstick when they

pick up some hitch-hikers

– a friendly dog, a beautiful

green bird and a

frantic frog.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

8 May

CHESTER RACES -

BOODLES CITY DAY

The 2019 season opener is

City Day, the inaugural day

of the Boodles May Festival

and an exciting one at that.

www.chester-races.co.uk

9 May

CHESTER RACES –

BOODLES LADIES

DAY

A day of competitive

handicaps and top-class

group races, contrasting

with the vibrancy, colour and

atmosphere of Ladies Day.

www.chester-races.co.uk

10 May

CHESTER RACES -

BOODLES CHESTER

CUP DAY

The final day of the Boodles

May Festival culminates

with the highest profile

race of the three days, the

Chester Cup - the most

valuable race in Chester’s

calendar of fixtures.

www.chester-races.co.uk

10 May – 2 June

LITTLE SHOP OF

HORRORS

The perennial cult-favourite

sci-fi musical has devoured

the hearts of audiences

around the world for more

than 30 years, following

the story of floral assistant

Seymour who stumbles

across a new breed of

carnivorous plant that

promises to grant him

fame, fortune and all his

desires, as long as the

blood keeps flowing.

www.storyhouse.com

14 – 18 May

THE PICTURE OF

DORIAN GRAY

Jonathan Wrather

(Emmerdale) stars in a bold

new production of Oscar

Wilde’s classic novel. “What

does it profit a man if he

gains the whole world and

loses his soul?” In a society

obsessed with youth and

beauty, Dorian Gray is given

the chance to keep his looks

forever. But at what cost?

This new staging will keep

you on the edge of your

seats right up until the final

scene of the play.

www.crewelyceum.co.uk

18 & 19 May

THE TATTON PARK

COUNTRY FAIR

Returning for the 6th

year, this family country

fair will have something

for everyone. Arena

entertainment will include

Equestrienne Horse Stunt

Team Wild West Show,

birds of prey flying displays,

terrier racing, children’s

entertainer Mario Magic

and lots more for a great

day out.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

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25 May - 8 September

PREDATORS AT

CHESTER ZOO

This summer at Chester

Zoo, step back in time to

meet the most fearsome

creatures of the prehistoric

world. You won’t believe your

eyes! Get ready to encounter

larger-than-life animatronic

creatures, as Predators - a

world first, is brought to you

at Chester Zoo!

www.chesterzoo.org/

predators

24 – 27 May

GERONIMO FAMILY

FESTIVAL

Geronimo has a kids’

field like no other festival,

catering solely to children

and allowing families to

connect for a fairy-tale

weekend of madness. Line

up includes Katy Ashworth,

Cook and Line from

Swashbuckle, Sam Nixon and

Mark Rhodes, best-known

for presenting Sam & Mark’s

Big Friday Wind Up (CBBC),

Mr Yipadee and lots more!

www.geronimofest.com

25 May

CHESTER RACES -

MBNA ROMAN DAY

MBNA’s Roman Day is

always a regal affair. Enjoy

an unforgettable afternoon,

with non-stop racing action

alongside family friendly

Roman themed activities for

younger racegoers. Spot the

Roman foot soldiers walking

about the course - they’ll be

happy to pose for a photo!

www.chester-races.co.uk

26 May & 25 August

EATON HALL OPEN

GARDENS

88 acres of gardens to

explore with charity stalls,

sheepdog displays, gun dog

displays, Carriage Museum,

Eaton Chapel and more. Dogs

welcome but must be kept on

a lead. Entrance via Belgrave/

Eccleston/Aldford Gates.

www.eatonestate.co.uk

1 & 2 June

THE TATTON PARK

CLASSIC CAR

SPECTACULAR

With Giant Cheshire Auto

Jumble. Around 2,000

classic and performance

cars are on display including

nearly eighty of Britain’s top

classic and performance

car clubs including Jaguar,

Lotus, Jensen, MG, Triumph,

BMW and all the classics of

yesteryear. With around 200

stalls, light entertainment

with children’s rides,

refreshments and bar.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

4 - 30 June

‘RIVER OF LIFE’

AND ‘ON THE EDGE

OF’ DUAL TEXTILE

EXHIBITION

Small waves will be visible in

this double act, ‘The River of

Life’ by textile artist Jacqui

Frost from her ‘threads

through life and faith’ series

alongside the work of local

artist group, Textile 21,

which covers such diverse

aspects as species on the

verge of extinction, refugees

coming by the sea to the UK

and other concerns related

to the sea.

www.chestercathedral.com

6 June

WAVES ORGAN

RECITAL WITH

PHILIP RUSHFORTH

Philip Rushforth performs

an epic recital of music that

reflects the theme of water.

With superb works by Bach,

Handel and even a piece

commemorating the sinking

of the Titanic, the glorious

cathedral organ will be put

through its paces with an

eclectic mix of music.

www.chestercathedral.com

11 June

MARGOT FONTEYN

- CENTENARY

CELEBRATION

Join Ballet Theatre UK as

they mark the centenary of

the great ballet icon with a

celebration of her greatest

moments in the classical

ballet repertoire, including

highlights from Swan Lake,

The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle

and many more. The evening

promises to be a spectacular

homage to Fonteyn, from her

first steps in the ballet studio

to her final curtain call.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

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Bus Route

& Stops

Chester

Railway Station

Outside Town Crier

Public House

St Johns Church,

Vicars Lane

Roman Amphitheatre

- Coach Pick Up/Set

Down

The Groves

Bus and River Boat

Connecting Point

Pepper Street

Grosvenor Shopping

Precinct

Castle Drive

River Dee and Castle

Roodee Coach

& Car Park

Handbridge

St. Mary’s Church

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

15 City Road

Opposite Premier Inn

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13

12

11

10

9

8

Foregate Street

Old Queens Head Inn

St Werburgh Street

(Sundays Only)

Cathedral & Town Hall

Chester Bus

Interchange

Princess Street

(not on Sundays)

Forum Centre

Race Course,

Old Port Area

Outside Holiday Inn

Grosvenor Street

Grosvenor Museum

Lower Bridge Street

Ye Olde Kings Head

Dewa Roman Experience

50p off Adult, senior & student

administration

speak to your bus driver for more information

Family ticket

from just...

£25

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5 July - 25 August

GROSVENOR PARK OPEN AIR

THEATRE

Celebrating 10 Years this summer!

Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy

Twelfth Night will be staged in rep with

Henry V and a brand-new version of

Mary Norton’s The Borrowers.

www.storyhouse.com

12 – 16 June

THE EQUERRY

BOLESWORTH

INTERNATIONAL

HORSE SHOW

The Bolesworth

International plays host

to world-class, 4-star

equestrian sporting action;

and plenty of family friendly

attractions and activities,

guaranteeing a fabulous day

out for the whole family to

enjoy. With a packed line-up

of competition featuring

many of the leading riders

from home and abroad, the

show provides a feast of

equestrian sport at the very

highest level.

www.bolesworth

international.com

15 June

CHESTER RACES -

SUMMER SATURDAY

Summer has arrived!

Attracting crowds of

enthusiastic racing fans and

those looking to up the style

stakes, racegoers flock from

around the country to cheer

on the contenders and enjoy

an afternoon of sunshine.

www.chester-races.co.uk

15 & 16 June

DOGFEST

The ultimate dogs day out

is returning! Join special

guests Professor Noel

Fitzpatrick and Clare Balding

for another amazing year,

jam-packed with tons of

have-a-go activities for you

and your dog to get involved

in!

www.dog-fest.co.uk/

cheshire

15 & 16 June

MEDIEVAL FAYRE

With hundreds of reenactors

and many authentic

traders and artisans, the

fayre is one of the most

atmospheric events in the

living history calendar. Good

food, ale and mead will

refresh the visitor and revive

battle weary troops while

music will stir the soul.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

18 & 19 June

THE ROYAL

CHESHIRE COUNTY

SHOW

If you want to experience

and celebrate all that is

great and good about the

countryside then this is

the only place to be, as it

brings together the many

interesting and fascinating

aspects of farming and rural

life in the beautiful and

unique county of Cheshire.

www.royalcheshireshow.org

20 & 29 June

JIMMY CARR

Jimmy’s brand-new show

contains jokes about all

kinds of terrible things.

Terrible things that might

have affected you or the

people you know. But

they’re just jokes, they’re

not terrible things. Having

political correctness at a

comedy show is like having

health and safety at a rodeo.

www.crewelyceum.co.uk

21 – 29 June

CHESTER HERITAGE

FESTIVAL

The Festival tells the story

of our city and its people,

how the past shapes Chester

today. The city is the stage

for over 60 walks, talks,

films, exhibitions, workshops

and more bringing Chester

and its heritage to life.

https://www.visitcheshire.

com/chesterheritagefestival

22 & 23 June

MIDSUMMER WATCH

PARADE

One of the oldest and

most colourful events in

the country with 500 local

participants including

angels, devils, green men

and mythical beasts rub

shoulders with Romans,

St Werburgh, elephants and

camels in a parade full of

colour and music that dates

back to the late 1400s.

www.midsummerwatch.co.uk

29 June

CHESTER RACES –

SUMMER FESTIVAL

Champagne on the lawn and

enjoy exciting racing action

in the height of summer.

www.chester-races.co.uk

July and August

MOONLIGHT FLICKS

Chester’s only open-air

cinema returns to the

picturesque Roman Gardens

this summer with a new

programme of handpicked

film favourites to enjoy

under the stars! A taster

of the line-up includes

musicals Mamma Mia! Here

we go again, The Greatest

Showman and Bohemian

Rhapsody, alongside 80s

classics Dirty Dancing,

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and

more. Plus, to mark the 50th

anniversary of the Moon

Landing 2001 Space Odyssey.

www.storyhouse.com

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Marcus Miller

Laid Black Tour

Friday 24 May 7.30pm

Part of

Manchester

Jazz Festival

And In The End

A Celebration of 50 Years of

Abbey Road & Let It Be

With The Bootleg Beatles &

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Neil Innes presenter | Richard Balcombe conductor

Arrangements by Ian Stephens

Sunday 29 September 7.30pm | The Bridgewater Hall

Experience two of the Beatles’ most iconic albums performed

with a classical twist and beautiful arrangements of timeless classics

such as Here Comes The Sun, Come Together and The Long and

Winding Road.

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

The Bridgewater Hall International Concert Series 18|19

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Margaret Faultless violin/director | Lisa Beznosiuk flute

Friday 10 May 7.30pm

Bach’s four Orchestral Suites

The Planets: An HD Odyssey

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Nick Davies conductor

Wednesday 5 June 7.30pm

In a programme of music associated with space travel, Holst’s

The Planets is accompanied by stunning images of the cosmos

provided by NASA.

Chineke!

Wayne Marshall conductor | Stewart Goodyear piano

Sunday 16 June 4.00pm

Coleridge-Taylor Ballade in A minor

Stewart Goodyear Callaloo – Caribbean Suite for piano & orchestra

Dvořák Symphony No.7 in D minor

International Concert Series 19|20

On Sale Tuesday 7 May

Please see our website for full details

The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage

Harry Christophers conductor

Monday 8 July 7.30pm

A programme of old and new, mixing Sheppard, Wilkinson

and Fayrfax with works by John Tavener, Eric Whitacre and

Gabriel Jackson

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk


16 July – 7 September

THE DEEP - A WORLD PREMIERE

BRICK EXHIBITION

This summer journey beneath the waves at

Chester Cathedral’s world premiere - The Deep

- made with LEGO® bricks. Come face-to-face

with a 1.75 metre yellow tuna fish - made of

13,000 bricks; a fearsome Mako Shark created

with 80,000 bricks and a massive giant squid

containing 120,000 bricks which is 2.7 metres tall.

An event not to be missed!

www.chestercathedral.com

6 & 7 July

THE TATTON PARK

STARS & STRIPES

AMERICAN CAR

SHOW

The UK’s premier event

for lovers of all things

American! Huge fins `n’

chrome cars from the

1950’s and 1960’s. American

Muscle cars from the late

1960’s, 1970’s & 1980’s, up

to and including the very

latest models! Live music,

`Wild West Shoot Out’ and

lots more entertainment for

all the family.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

8 – 13 July

THE LADY VANISHES

Husband and wife Juliet

Mills and Maxwell Cauldfield

take the lead in the classic

Hitchcock thriller, The

Lady Vanishes. When

Socialite Iris’ travelling

companion disappears, she’s

bewildered to find that fellow

passengers deny having

seen her. But with the help

of musician Max, they turn

detective to try to solve the

perplexing mystery. Don’t

miss this quick-witted and

devilishly fun thriller.

www.crewelyceum.co.uk

12 July

CHESTER RACES

- LADIES & GENTS

EVENING

Start the weekend with an

evening to remember at

Ladies & Gents Evening!

www.chester-races.co.uk

12 – 14 July

TATTON PARK

FOODIES FESTIVAL

With a mouth-watering

summer festival, live music,

workshops, masterclasses,

top chefs, tea tent, drinks

theatre, artisan market and

lots more!

www.tattonpark.org.uk

13 July

CHESTER RACES –

CITY PLATE DAY

One of the most popular

days of the season, with an

atmosphere impossible to

describe. Watch present

and future stars of the track

battle it out to take home a

converted first place finish.

www.chester-races.co.uk

15 July

LIVE IN THE PARK

Live music concert at the

stunning Arley Hall &

Gardens, where you can

bring a picnic before you’re

entertained by tributes to

some of the greatest acts of

all time. Headlining this year

is the incredible Mod Revue;

a fantastic three-piece

tribute with hits from the

’60s through to the late ’70s

and early ’80s. All proceeds

go to the Neuromuscular

Centre, Winsford.

www.nmcentre.com

17 – 21 July

RHS FLOWER SHOW

TATTON PARK

Set in magnificent

parklands, this is a

celebration of the best in

gardening with a vibrant

carnival atmosphere. A

spectacular day out, not

just for plant lovers, but for

friends and family too.

www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events

18 – 21 July

BLUEDOT FESTIVAL

A four-day spectacular

combining music, science,

cosmic culture and

more beneath the Lovell

Telescope. Headliners

include Kraftwerk 3-D,

New Order and Hot Chip,

ground-breaking sets from

the Grammy-nominated

likes of Jon Hopkins and

Tokimonsta, science and

culture talk from Liz Bonnin

and Helen Pankhurst plus

much more, including

the full moon landings

celebration line up.

www.discoverthebluedot.com

23 July – 3 August

STORYHOUSE MUSIC

FESTIVAL

Modern-classical music

festival staged at Storyhouse

this summer. Highlight

concerts include Manchester

Camerata Orchestra, Gran

Café Venezia and some of

the world’s most exciting and

brightest classical music stars.

www.storyhouse.com

26 July

RHYTHM OF THE

DANCE

A fully live show that

celebrates Irish culture

through music and dance,

featuring world champion

dancers, a traditional Irish

band, singers, a most gifted

cast who have been wowing

audiences all over the world.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

26 – 28 July

CARFEST NORTH

A fabulous weekend of music,

cars and family fun. The lineup

includes Beverley Knight,

The Jacksons, Tony Christie,

All Saints, Jools Holland,

Clean Bandit, Tom Odell,

Texas and more!

www.carfest.org

27 July

CHESTER RACES

- STELLA ARTOIS

MIDSUMMER

MEETING

Lap up the sunshine and

all that a day at the races

has to offer. Sunshine and

racing making for a winning

combination, an unmissable

experience to be had.

www.chester-races.co.uk

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RHS FLOWER SHOW

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Inspirational gardens,

plants and floral displays

Expert talks | Workshops

Unique shopping | Family fun

Delicious food and drink

17–21 July 2019

RHS Members’ Day 17 July

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23 - 25 August

LUNA CINEMA

Enjoy three nights of classic films, with

the Tatton parkland providing a stunning

backdrop, all combining to make a truly

memorable open air cinema experience.

There will be gourmet food stalls to keep

you fed and watered.

www.thelunacinema.com/tattonpark

31 July

NANTWICH SHOW

AND INTERNATIONAL

CHEESE AWARDS

Held in the beautiful parkland

setting on the edge of the

historic market town of

Nantwich, with celebrity

chef demos, the largest

cheese show in the world,

showcasing over 5,500 entries

of cheese, over 450 trade

stands and The Shopping &

Craft Marquee and Food Hall

offering a all that is best to

taste and purchase.

www.nantwichshow.co.uk

3 August & 4 – 5 August

THE TIGER WHO

CAME TO TEA

A musical play based on the

classic tale by Judith Kerr.

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in

this delightful show packed

with oodles of magic, sing-along

songs and clumsy chaos.

www.crewelyceum.co.uk

4 August

VOLKSWAGEN NORTH

WEST CAR SHOW

The largest gathering of

Volkswagens, both air and

water-cooled, in the North

of England. From Beetles

to Golfs, Beach Buggies to

Camper Vans. Hundreds

of specialist trade stands,

auto-jumble, Concours

d’elegance with massive car

club displays & huge VWs

For Sale area. Children’s

rides and entertainment plus

much more on the day.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

24 – 26 August

TRADITIONAL

COUNTRY WEEKEND

AT THE FARM

A terrific celebration of

country life. Take part in

the egg and spoon race or

show your strength in the

Farm’s tug-of-war. There’ll

be Morris dancing, and on

Sunday only there will be

sheepdog demonstrations.

Traditional stalls include

local ice-cream and

cheeses, old-fashioned

sweets and Tatton’s own

produce. A great day out!

www.tattonpark.org.uk

10 – 14 September

SATURDAY NIGHT

FEVER

The fever is back in a big

new production! Marking

40 years since its famous

UK cinema release,

Saturday Night Fever is

spectacularly re-imagined in

a big new music and dance

extravaganza featuring

the Bee Gees greatest hits

including Stayin’ Alive, How

Deep Is Your Love, Night

Fever, Tragedy and many

more.

www.storyhouse.com

17 – 21 September

JOSEPH AND

THE AMAZING

TECHNICOLOR

DREAMCOAT

Retelling the biblical

story of Joseph and the

coat of many colours, this

magical musical is full

of unforgettable songs

including Go, Go, Go Joseph,

Any Dream Will Do, Close

Every Door to me and more.

Seen by 26 million people,

Joseph continues to enthrall

audiences everywhere.

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24 – 28 September

CABARET

Bill Kenwright presents

the multi award-winning

production of Kander and

Ebb’s landmark musical,

Cabaret. Featuring showstopping

choreography,

dazzling costumes and

iconic songs Money makes

the world go round, Maybe

this time, Cabaret and more.

www.storyhouse.com

1 & 2 October

ED BYRNE

Join Ed as he takes a long

hard look at himself and

tries to decide if he has any

traits that are worth passing

on to his children. A TV

household name, in the past

year Ed has appeared on Live

at the Apollo (Host, BBC),

Mock the Week (BBC), The

Pilgrimage (BBC), Top Gear

(BBC) and QI (BBC).

www.thebrindley.org.uk

26 & 27 October

FOOD & GIFT FAIR

Want to tickle your taste

buds? Do not miss mini

shops filled with specialist

retailers from the northwest

and artisan food producers

with tempting treats. You will

find everything from art to

fashion.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

29 October – 2 November

CALENDAR GIRLS

THE MUSICAL

By Gary Barlow and Tim

Firth, this award-winning

production is based on the

true story of the calendar

girls – a group of ordinary

ladies who achieved

something extraordinary.

This marvellous musical

comedy which received

fantastic five-star reviews

in London’s West End now

comes to Storyhouse.

www.storyhouse.com

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From field to fork

via the pub

You’ll never go hungry or thirsty in Cheshire.

From ice cream to sparkling wine, there’s plenty to

tickle your tastebuds, writes David Atkinson

IMAGES

LEFT: THE ICE

CREAM FARM,

TATTENHALL /

RIGHT: THE CHEESE

SHOP, CHESTER

Till the cows come home

Say Cheshire, think cheese

because this is dairy-farming

country. Start sampling at

Chester’s The Cheese Shop

(chestercheeseshop.co.uk),

perhaps with a wedge of

Smoked Cheshire made in

Malpas from organic cows’

milk. This year they have

been nominated as one of

the finalists for the Farm

Shop and Deli awards

2019 and are in the top 6

finalists for Cheesemongers

nationally. There are

also local cheeses and

cured meats, plus regular

wine tastings, at Whitmore

& White (whitmoreandwhite.

co.uk), with branches

in Chester, Frodsham

and Heswall.

Some studies suggest raw

milk can boost the immune

system. Head to Chance

Hall Farm near Congleton

(haltonmilkshack.co.uk) or

Peckforton Farm Dairy near

Tarporley (Manor Farm,

Peckforton Hall Lane) to find

vending machines selling

unpasteurised milk. At

Clotton Hall Dairy at Clotton

(clottonhalldairy.co.uk) they

even make clotted cream.

More famous are Cheshire’s

family-friendly ice-cream

makers. At The Ice

Cream Farm at Tattenhall

(theicecreamfarm.co.uk)

choose from 50-plus

flavours of homemade

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream,

while your little ones run

off steam in the theme

park. Backford Belles near

Backford (backfordbelles.

com) uses milk from its herd

of Jerseys. While Snugburys

(snugburys.co.uk), which

first started making ice

cream in a farmhouse

kitchen near Nantwich,

where you’ll find its shop,

has just opened Snugburys

on the River in Chester.

Five a day

Winwick Farm Shop

near Warrington

(winwickfarmshop.com) is

the place to pick up tasty

Cheshire potatoes. Close by,

Grappenhall Heys Walled

Garden (ghwalledgarden.

org.uk) holds impromptu sales

of surplus vegetables from its

Victorian glasshouses.

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IMAGES

LEFT: WIRRAL GIN

/ ABOVE: HOLLIES

FARM SHOP /

RIGHT: HYPHA

The Dunham Massey

estate near Altrincham

(nationaltrust.org.uk/

dunham-massey) is ripe

with orchards, the fruit from

which creates the organic

juices and cider made by

Dunham Massey Apple Juice

(dunhammasseyapplejuice.

com). Norton Priory Museum

and Gardens near Runcorn

(nortonpriory.org), home of

the national collection of

quince, hosts regular days

celebrating the fruit and

apples, too, selling fresh

produce left over from

making delicious Norton

Priory chutney.

Whatever you’re after, the

twin Hollies Farm Shops

(theholliesfarmshop.co.uk),

in Little Budworth and

Lower Stretton, sell goodies

from 70 local producers –

stock up for the ultimate

Cheshire picnic.

Aprons on

Baking fans will find plenty

to tempt them at Nantwichbased

Chatwins

(chatwins.co.uk), which uses

local milk and cheese for

freshly baked treats at 20

branches across the county.

Or go back to the source

at Walk Mill in Waverton

(walkmillflour.co.uk), for

a tour of this traditional

mill with its working

waterwheel, then lunch at

The Miller’s Kitchen (pick

up a bag of stone-ground

flour to take home).

Raise a glass

A Cheshire food odyssey

can be a thirsty business.

The Spitting Feathers

Brewery near Waverton

(spittingfeathers.org) led

Cheshire’s microbrewery

revolution with its range

of beers – mine’s a pint of

Empire IPA. Join one of the

Brewbarn Saturday sessions

for tours, farm food and

live music, or sup at its own

The Brewery Tap in Chester

(the-tap.co.uk). Other pubs

across the county feature

these ales, too.

The unquenchable thirst

for gin is provided for by

artisan distillers such as

The Wirral Distillery in

Spital (wirraldistillery.com),

which uses local botanicals

in its Wirral Gin. Check

out the menu of 366 gins,

too, at The Cholmondeley

Arms near Wrenbury

(cholmondeleyarms.co.uk).

Finally, the vineyard

at Carden Park Hotel

(cardenpark.co.uk) is

Cheshire’s only such

commercial enterprise,

producing 6,000 bottles of

sparkling wine each year

from the Pinot Noir grapes

grown on site. Sip a

glass with dinner at The

Vines restaurant.

Tasty times

Keeping up with the times,

Chester’s Jaunty Goat

Coffee (jauntygoatcoffee.

co.uk) has launched a

second branch dedicated

to vegan food. Meanwhile,

Hypha

(hypha.restaurant) is the

city’s first plant-based

restaurant.

Local markets are

revamping as hubs

for artisan producers.

Stockport Market hosts

Foodie Friday each month

(skfoodiefriday.co.uk),

with pop-up stalls, and

the revitalised Chester

Market (chester.market) is

championing the rise of the

city’s independent foodies,

such as the bakery Crustum.

The Royal Cheshire County

Show (royalcheshireshow.

org) celebrates the

best of the region each

summer with more than 25

Cheshire-based producers.

And the new Deva Fest

(devafest.co.uk), coming to

Dodleston in September,

will include demonstrations

by local chefs. The

Taste Cheshire Food

& Drink Festival

(tastecheshire.com) is a

major foodie celebration not

to be missed each Easter at

Chester Racecourse.

With such a wealth of

diverse flavours, it’s official:

there’s more to Cheshire

than cheese.

Cheshire

Foodie Month

Cheshire’s producers

have been invited to sell

their wares at London’s

Borough Market in

June, and an exciting

celebration of local food

and drink, ‘Cheshire

Foodie Month’, will

take place across the

county in July. Go to

visitcheshire.com

for updates.

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Visit Lyme this summer and set your own pace

with a gentle stroll through historical gardens in

bloom, or a hike through ancient landscapes

with dramatic views.

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1 Amazed by Science

(not on map)

2 Mold Markets

3 Anderton Boat Lift

4 Chester Cathedral

5 The Mere Resort

6 Tabley House

Collection

7 Jodrell Bank

Discovery Centre

8 The Halle

9 Chester Boat

10 Eaton Hall Gardens

11 Hack Green Secret

Nuclear Bunker

12 City Sightseeing

Chester

13 The Bridgewater Hall

14 RHS Flower Show

Tatton Park

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16 Cheshire Game &

Country Fair

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18 Crewe Lyceum Theatre

19 Chester Zoo

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Centre (i)

21 Storyhouse

22 Cheshire Oaks

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The

Bridge

A Cheshire institution is back and

Suzanne King thinks the dining

experience is better than ever

On arrival at The Bridge in

Prestbury, it was sobering

to reflect that the last few

times I ate here weren’t

mere years but whole

decades ago. A friend’s

18th in the late 1970s,

my father’s 60th birthday

dinner in the early 1990s.

It was that kind of place

back then. A Steak Diane

and Lobster Thermidor

kind of place; somewhere

posh to celebrate landmark

moments, good exam

results and passed driving

tests. When main courses

arrived, waistcoated staff

would gather round for

a ceremonial raising of

cloches; for pud, there’d be

a dessert trolley laden with

gateaux and a tableside

flambéeing of Crêpes

Suzette.

It was a Cheshire institution,

so there was shock all

round when, in autumn

2017, The Bridge went into

administration. This was

swiftly followed by cheers

last year when along came

Flat Cap Hotels, which is

making a habit of rescuing

local landmarks fallen on

hard times. First the team

renovated The Vicarage, a

17th-century inn in Holmes

Chapel, then it breathed new

life into The Courthouse

in Knutsford. Now it’s The

Bridge’s turn for a 21stcentury

makeover.

From the outside, little has

changed. The building sits

at the heart of Prestbury

village, between the pretty

churchyard of St Peter’s and

the clear waters of the River

Bollin. With its white-painted

render, casement windows

and Kerridge slate roof, its

origins as a row of 17thcentury

cottages are still

clear to see.

Inside, though, it’s all

change. The lovely old

bones are still there but

everything’s been lightened

and brightened. Statement

modern chandeliers hang

between mighty old roof

timbers stripped back to

their natural wood colour,

and chairs are upholstered

in plush velvets and

botanical prints.

The menu manages a

similar mix of contemporary

and classic, and doesn’t

shy away from piling on

the flavours. My partner’s

prettily plated starter of

venison carpaccio came

with Jerusalem artichokes,

pickled wild mushrooms,

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Three more

restaurants in

Cheshire villages

Cornichon at the

Gunnery, Tarvin

Behind its Georgian façade, this

brasserie has retained the original

shop fittings from when it was a corn

merchant’s and grocer’s. Today, it’s

an award-winning restaurant with a

seasonal menu of excellent modern

British food that has earned rave

reviews.

Price: ££

Address: 71 High St, Tarvin,

Chester CH3 8JA

Tel/Web: 01829 741391;

cornichonrestaurant.co.uk

toasted hazelnuts and

plums, while my own dish

of pale-green pea mousse

was topped with chunks of

salty goat’s cheese, slivers

of confit lemon, black olive

croutes and, star of the

show, a crispy risotto ball.

His main course was a

modern take on coq au vin,

with skin-on chicken, potato

rosti and dinky braised

onions surrounded by swirls

of mushroom ketchup and

red-wine jus. I went for the

roast salmon fillet, which sat

on a silky-smooth spinach

puree alongside a smoked

salmon fish cake, crunchy

fennel and keta caviar in a

delicate dill oil cream.

Portions are generous,

so pudding could prove

a challenge too far. But

temptation is there in the

form of a regularly changing

selection that might include

sticky toffee pudding, panna

cotta or chocolate delice. Go

for it. You can always work it

off afterwards with a stroll

along Prestbury’s handsome

high street, with its old

stocks, flower-filled planters

and plenty of wooden

benches where you can sit

and watch the wealthy world

go by.

Suzanne King is co-author of

Slow Travel Cheshire (Bradt

Guides, £12.99).

Price: ££

Address: The Village,

Prestbury, Macclesfield

SK10 4DQ

Tel/web: 01625 829326;

thebridgecheshire.com

La Popote, Marton

It may be a regular in The Good Food

Guide but this little Francophile

restaurant still feels like an in-theknow

local secret. Expect classic

Gallic dishes such as canard a

l’orange, and allow time to visit the

neighbouring church of St James &

St Paul.

Price: £££

Address: Manchester Road,

Marton SK11 9HF

Tel/Web: 01260 224785;

la-popote.co.uk

The Church Green, Lymm

By the lake in lovely Lymm, this

gastro pub serves homely classics

(fish and chips, cottage pie, etc) in

the lounge or fancier fine dining in

the restaurant. It’s owned by Aiden

Byrne, ex-Dorchester Hotel and a

familiar face on TV cookery shows.

Price: ££

Address: Higher Lane, Lymm,

Warrington WA13 0AP

Tel/Web: 01925 752068;

aidenbyrne.co.uk

Average price of a three-course

dinner excluding drinks

£......................................under £20

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££££........................................ £60+

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