Chester Heritage Festival leaflet 2019

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A partnership led by Chester Civic Trust

and Cheshire West & Chester Council

www.visitchester.com/chesterheritagefestival


Welcome to

Telling the story of

our city and its people

Now in its fifth year, Chester Heritage Festival is gathering

momentum and going from strength to strength: we have

so much to show you and so many stories to tell.

This year, as last, our programme embraces the spectacular

Midsummer Watch parades as well as a host of city tours,

Roman patrols, and character-led entertainment – any excuse

to dress up! The Festival also has a waterways theme for many

of the events, such as canal and riverside walks, boat trips on the

River Dee and stories about Chester’s role as a major medieval

port … and the chance of a `heritage swim` at Chester’s historic

City Baths.

We will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chester’s

first conservation area, the centenary of a local walking club,

the 150th anniversary of our Town Hall and of Grosvenor Rowing

Club, the 170th anniversary of the Archaeological Society and

480 years of racing in Chester.

Thanks to our sponsors, all the above is preceded by a new

and exciting Education Programme for local school children.

We hope they, and you, will enjoy this year’s Festival and learn

more about the 2000-year history of our beautiful city.

Stephen Langtree MBE, Festival Chairman


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Festival Launch 25 May

The Festival is introduced on Roman Day at Chester Racecourse.

Join us on the Open Course to learn more about the Festival

and Chester’s amazing heritage. Younger racegoers: can become

Celts and try to defeat the Romans (also known as the Grosvenor

Museum Youth Panel!) defending their fortress; take part in

other activities; as well as witness jousting and chariot displays

between races.

Education Programme

Between the launch and Festival, school classes are taking part

in the Festival’s first Education Programme with the Grosvenor

Museum Education Team and Chester Race Company.

Events include heritage activities, storytelling sessions and

a `River, Romans and Racing’ study day offered free of charge

through the support of the Earl of Chester’s Fund.

Chester Midsummer Watch 22 - 23 June

Over 500 years in the making, Chester’s Midsummer Watch is the

oldest and most colourful parade in the UK. Since its first outing

in 1498, the Watch has become a major part of Chester’s Cultural

Heritage with links to the Cathedral and the Chester Mystery Plays.

Over 400 local people are involved in this moving portrait

of historical events, local legends, biblical and other mythical

characters. Musicians, giants, dragons and pirates deliver colour,

spectacle and excitement. The parade begins on both days

in the Town Hall Square at 2:00pm. For further information visit:

www.midsummerwatch.co.uk.


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Throughout the Festival

Exhibitions and More

Festival Exhibition at the Wesley

Wesley Church Centre, St John Street, Chester.

Open: Monday to Friday 9:30am to 3:30pm;

Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Chester’s Waterways and Bridges

The history of the River Dee and the Chester Canal features

in many events during this year's Festival. This exhibition by

Chester Photographic Survey illustrates the stories that will

unfold. The exhibition will include other displays that reflect

the Festival. Visit the festival website for more details.

Festival Exhibition at Lache Library

Lache Library, Lache Park Avenue, Lache, Chester.

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday 9:30am

to 1:00pm; also Monday & Thursday 2:00pm to 7:00pm

and Tuesday & Friday 2:00pm to 5:00pm.

Chester at Work

The story of work and industry in Chester: a spotlight on an often

overlooked aspect of the city’s history and its legacy, curated

by Lache and Westminster Local History Group and the Library.

Chester: A Life Story Experience

St Michael’s Church, Bridge Street, Chester

Open: daily 10:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets: £8.50 adults,

£7 concessions (age 5-21 & over 65), £25 families

(2 adults + 3 children).

Stories of people who have called Chester home over the last

2,000 years: stories shared in unexpected ways: stories to

explore and experience: witches’ cats, half eaten rats, a flying

latrine and a dance machine.


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Exhibitions at The Grosvenor Museum

27, Grosvenor Street, Chester.

Open: Monday – Saturday 10:30am to 5:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm

to 4:00pm. Visit: www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk

Going the Distance

Celebrating 480 years of racing at the Roodee, this exhibition

presents objects and images from the Chester Race Company

and Grosvenor Museum to explore the origins and heritage

of the oldest racecourse still in operation in Great Britain.

WonderFull

Showcasing unseen marvels from the Museum stores wonders

in the tradition of the earliest museums; `cabinets of curiosities`

provide a varied assortment of intellectually stimulating items.

Unexpected Elegance

Displaying female fashion from the 1970s; mini, midis and maxis;

cotton, corduroy, polyester and fake leopard-skin; and designs

by Ossie Clark, Givenchy and Zandra Rhodes.

The Grosvenor’s 13th Open Art Exhibition

Discover the wealth of local creative talent in this diverse and

inspiring exhibition selected from hundreds of entries in open

competition. Enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours and styles, a wide

range of techniques and materials, and a rich variety of subjects

and moods. There will be things you will love, and maybe

a few you will hate: come and vote for your favourite!


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Visit Chester

Cathedral

Open: Monday - Saturday

9:00am - 5:00pm;

Sunday 11:45am - 4:00pm

Dual Textile Exhibition

Encounter ‘The River of Life’, work of textile artist Jacqui Frost will be

on display alongside the work of local artist group, Textile 21. Their

‘On The Edge Of’ explores what ‘The Sea’ means to each of them.

Cathedral in Lego

Discover a growing replica of the cathedral, which will eventually

contain 350,000 bricks! Place your own brick (or two) for just

£1 per brick.

Cathedral at Height: family tower tour

Embark on your very own family adventure, climbing 216 steps

to the very top of the cathedral!

Visit Chester Market

Accessed from Town Hall Square

via the Forum Shopping Centre.

Open: Monday - Thursday &

Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm;

Friday 8:00am to 9:00pm.

Chester in Lego

A not-to-be-missed display of Chester landmarks, with a hint

of life in Chester in 2019.

Children’s Activity Sheet

Available wherever children’s activities are taking place.

Spot the difference on maps of Chester from past times.

Explore to find some of Chester’s heritage. Solve the quiz.

A Race around the City

A family-friendly treasure hunt around Chester exploring the

480-year-old story of Chester Racecourse. Saddle-up for

some fun, solve some tricky clues and you can enter a prize

draw for some exclusive Chester Racecourse prizes.

Find out more at www.chester-races.com

Self-Guided Pub Trail

Available on the festival

website from 19 to 29 June.

Use this self-guided tour to visit

eight of Chester’s oldest buildings

and discover their origins as town

houses and coaching inns.


Daily Events

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City Cruises –

with discount

This tranquil half-hour River Dee

cruise from The Groves goes

upstream, under the suspension

bridge, past Grosvenor Park,

and around the long sweep of

the Meadows to the city limits,

before returning to The Groves.

Sailings are twice-hourly from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

From Monday 24 June to Friday 28 June, receive a £1 discount on

the standard quayside prices of £7.50 adults and £7 concessions

(students & 60+), on production of this booklet. This offer is valid

for groups of up to eight.

Roman Tours

A 90-minute, factual and fun,

journey through Chester led

by an authentic Roman soldier,

giving an insight into life in

Roman Britain and showing you

some astounding sights from

the amphitheatre to remains

hidden away in the basements

of high street shops.

The tours run daily at noon and again at 3:00pm, and noon

on Sundays, starting at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC)

at Chester Town Hall, Northgate St. Adults pay £8, children £4,

and families (2 adults + 2 children) £20. Advance booking

is recommended at http://romantoursuk.com/.

The Chester Tour –

with a View of the River

Twice daily at 10:30am and 2:00pm, this 90-minute tour is

a perfect way to hear the 2000-year story of Chester. Discover

how the river dominated the development of the city: from

being the border bridging point of the country’s largest

Roman Fortress; then growing into a busy medieval trading port;

before, with the silting of the Dee, Chester re-emerged as a

gentrified city in the Georgian and Victorian eras. Take in all the

main sights along the way.

Meet your Tour Guide at the VIC. See Note B on page 27 for

payment details.


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Calendar of Events

Some events are walk-in events, within the venues' capacities.

Others require advanced booking, including some that are

free, as numbers are limited. Payment arrangements also

vary. Please read the event details carefully and refer to the

appropriate Booking Note at the back of this booklet, page 27.

Some entries refer to the VIC, the Visitor Information Centre,

at Chester Town Hall, Northgate Street.

FRIDAY 21 JUNE

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in

to Storyhouse library, where

a member of Cheshire Family

History Society offers one-toone

help to those new to

family history and those

needing fresh eyes or

suggestions to continue their

research. It’s first come first

served: please let the volunteer

know if you are waiting.

Step Back in Time

11:00am to 12:45pm

and 1:45pm to 4:00pm

Drop in to the History Hub

at the Grosvenor Museum

where experts from Cheshire

Family History Society offer

a research service to discover

your family’s past. Whether

you are just beginning this

fascinating journey or have

hit a brick wall in your

research, help is at hand.

Chester Racecourse

10:30am Tour around the site

of a Roman port and Chester

racecourse, founded in 1539.

This entertaining tour is full

of stories of local history and

racing. Meet Chris Clayton

outside the Holiday Inn Express,

New Crane Street, for this

90-minute tour which includes

steps. Tickets cost £5, to be

bought in advance: see note A.

Oyez – The Author

Noon Chester’s Town Crier

announces the start of

the Festival at The Cross.

After his declarations, join

him on his way to Town Hall

Square and the VIC. Here he

presents his book, ‘The Word

on the Street’ in the first

Meet the Author event.


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Chester At Work

2:30pm Walk looking at

the remains of the industrial

heritage in the canal side

area: corn mills, warehouses,

remains of the lead works and

hydraulic engineering. Meet

Stewart Shuttleworth outside

the Lock Keeper Pub, Canal

Side, Frodsham Street for this

free 90-minute walk. Book

in advance: see Note A.

Chester Ghost Tour

7:30pm Walk: a frightfully

good evening, exploring many

haunted places in the 2000-

year-old city, from the Rows

to the River. See Note C for

booking, cost and meeting

details.

Chester Earl’s Eye

Meadows

5:30pm Walk introducing

the history of The Meadows,

purchased in 1929 for Chester

citizens and now protected

by Friends of the Meadows

for future generations. Meet

Julie Savory at The Meadows

entrance, Lower Park Road,

for this free one-hour walk.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Chester’s Water Supply

7:30pm Talk by Tim Ackerley at

Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Watergate

Row, looking at the history, since

Roman times, of drinking water

in Chester and the importance

of the River Dee in its provision.

Drinks served after the talk.

Tickets cost £6, to be bought

in advance: see note A.

SATURDAY 22 JUNE

Chester’s Town Halls

10:00am Tour celebrating

the 150th anniversary of

Chester Town Hall. Visit the

Town Hall and the site of

its antecedents, learn about

the history of democracy

in Chester and see some

treasures from the past.

Meet Tour Guide, Lyn Hand,

at the VIC for this 90-minute

walk, which includes steps.

See Note B for costs and

booking arrangements.


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE CONT.

Riverside Museum

Open 10:00am to 4:00pm.

View curiosities from

medicine, nursing, midwifery

and social work; a First World

War exhibition: Returning

Home; and a new display on

the influenza epidemic of

1918–1919 and its effects on

Cheshire. The museum is at

University of Chester Riverside

Campus, (opposite the River

Dee), in Castle Drive.

Lens on Landscape

10:00am and 11:00am

For the curious, time-travel

Town Hall Square to glimpse

Chester’s multi-layered

cityscape. Join Julie Smalley

for a half-hour of familyfriendly

fun in landscape

history detection. Meet at

the VIC for this free event.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Medieval Times -

Minstrels’ Court

10:00am to 4:00pm at

St John’s Church, Vicar’s Lane,

re-enactors and musicians

show how medieval people

lived and worked. In a

tradition dating back to 1204,

the minstrels will parade

through the streets of Chester

returning to St John’s around

1:00pm to receive their

Licence to play in Chester.

Lego: building the city

10:00am, 11:00am and noon

at Storyhouse (and close

to the planned Northgate

Development) join Cheshire

Society of Architects to build

what you think the city

needs. Three, free, one-hour

sessions; book in advance

at www.storyhouse.com.

Heritage Crafts

10:00am to noon at Upton

and Great Boughton Libraries

children of four years and over

can explore Chester’s heritage

through craft activities.

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.


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King Charles 1

Return of a king to Chester

to greet his loyal citizens,

before escaping again.

News of his expected arrival

in Chester will appear on the

festival website by 21 June.

Medieval Trade

11:30am to 1:00pm Family

activities run by Grosvenor

Museum’s Youth Panel

to bring back to life the

Medieval Trade Guilds. Dropin

to the Newstead Gallery at

the Museum to explore the

role of the Guilds in Chester’s

trade and social life. Try some

of the crafts of the time,

consider the importance of

the Dee to transport goods,

and dress up and dance in

the style of the Mystery Plays.

History of Wesley’s

Church and Organ

12:15pm Talk by the

church organist, Brian Heald,

followed at 12:45 by an

organ recital, at the Wesley.

There will be a retiring

collection after the recital

by Philip Rushforth, from

Chester Cathedral, playing

Bach, Rheinberger and Widor.

Chester Station

Heritage Tour

2:00pm Tour telling the

story of the station from

construction by Thomas

Brassey to today and looking

at historic features. Meet

John Whittingham in the

station concourse to pay £3

for this 90-minute tour. See

Note A for booking details.

Roman Storytime

11:30am and 3:15pm Myths

and legends at Dewa Roman

Experience, Pierpoint Lane:

free, half-hour session. Book

in advance: see Note A.

Victorian Brass Band

2:00pm to 4:00pm Music at

the bandstand on The Groves,

will transport the audience

back in time, with thanks to

Macclesfield Brass, who will

be dressed for the occasion.


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SATURDAY 22 JUNE CONT.

Midsummer Watch

Parade starts at 2:00pm,

see page 3.

Victorians at Leisure

4:00pm to 5:00pm Family

activity at the bandstand

on The Groves. Dressed in

Victorian finest, the Youth

Panel offer the chance to

handle (and play with!) toys,

games and accessories that

would have been popular

for a day by the river, in

Victorian Chester.

Children’s Ghost Tour

5:00pm Walk for children

under twelve, accompanied

by an adult. Not a scary tour:

Chester’s ghosts are friendly.

Meet your Tour Guide, Ann

Coward, at the VIC for this

90-minute tour, which does

include steps. Children go free:

up to two with a responsible

adult. Book and purchase

adult tickets, at £8, in

advance: see note A.

Chester Ghost Tour

7:30pm Walk, see Friday

21 June and Note C.

SUNDAY 23 JUNE

Medieval Storytime

11:00am to 1:00pm Pop-up.

Viking myths and stories about

Chester in the early medieval

period. A medieval storyteller

travels through time to recount

her tales.

Chester’s River

11:00am Walk to tell the story

of Chester’s history through

the River Dee: the bridging

point of Romans, the route

of King Edgar to St Johns, the

source of power for industries,

and a place of leisure for

Victorians. Meet Tour Guide,

Peter Allman, outside the Bear

& Billet, Lower Bridge Street

for this 90-minute walk, which

includes steps.

See Note B for costs and

booking arrangements.

Roman Storytime

11:30am Myths and legends

at Dewa Roman Experience,

Pierpoint Lane: free,

half-hour session.

Book in advance: see Note A.


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Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Mike

Royden, introducing his book

`Chester at War` in the VIC.

After his 15-minute talk,

Mike will answer questions

and sign copies of his book.

Midsummer Watch

Parade starts at 2:00pm,

see page 3.

Roman Soldier Patrol

3:15pm March as a young

Roman soldier through

Chester or follow as an

accompanying adult at a

festival price of £2 per head.

Assemble at Dewa Roman

Experience, Pierpoint Lane,

for this one-hour patrol.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Historic Pub Walk

6:30pm Join historian, Eileen

Willshaw, and Chair of Chester

CAMRA, Brian Vardy, to explore

the architecture and social

history of Chester’s historic

pubs. This free walk includes

steps, is for adults only and

finishes at 9:00pm. Meet at

the Pied Bull, Northgate Street.

Book in advance: see Note A.

St. John’s Concert

7:30pm St John’s Festival

Orchestra play Haydn’s

Drumroll Symphony and

Brahms’s Piano Concerto

in E flat at St John’s Church,

Vicar’s Lane. Tickets, on the

door, £12 (concessions £10).

MONDAY 24 JUNE

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

Watergate Street

Past & Present

10:00am Walk between

the city and its former port

exploring the street which

embraces much of Chester’s

heritage. Meet Stephen

Langtree outside St Peter’s

Church at the Cross for this

free 90-minute journey.

Book in advance: see Note A.


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MONDAY 24 JUNE CONT.

Storyhouse Tour

10:00am. Be guided through

this 1936 Odeon building,

now extended and renovated

into two theatres, a cinema,

library, restaurant and bars.

Meet inside the main

entrance to Storyhouse five

minutes before the start

of this free one-hour tour.

Book in advance at

www.storyhouse.com.

Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Roger

Stephens, introducing his book

`The Little Cheshire Book` in

the VIC. After his 15-minute

talk, Roger will answer

questions and sign copies

of his book.

A Crack Through Time

1:00pm each day this week

in 'The Kitchen' at Storyhouse.

Come and hear stories from

the people of Chester’s

past. These ten-minute

monologues, a different

one each day spanning two

thousand years, will feature

professional actors and

students from the University

of Chester. Written by Clare

Dudman and directed by

Zoe Smith.

Heritage Cruise

Noon Sailing. During this

special two-hour trip Tour

Guide, Liz Roberts, will provide

a live commentary about the

importance of the River Dee

to Chester’s 2000-year history.

Sail from The Groves upstream

out of the city, through the

Eaton Estate and up to Aldford

Iron Bridge, before returning

to Chester. Book through

www.chesterboat.co.uk

to save £1 on quayside

prices of £16 adults and

£15 concessions.


What the Medieval

Guilds did for Chester

2:30pm Walk to look at the

buildings and consider the

events that are associated

with Chester’s Guilds’ 800-

year history. Meet your guide

from the Guilds outside St

Peter’s Church at the Cross

for the free 90-minute tour

that includes steps.

Book in advance: see Note A.

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TUESDAY 25 JUNE

Archaeological Finds

9:30am to 5:00pm Drop-in

to the Grosvenor Park Activity

Zone where archaeologists and

volunteers clean the finds from

the annual excavation for

archaeology students. Cheshire

West and Chester Council’s

archaeologists, in partnership

with the University of Chester,

run a training excavation for

archaeology students in

Grosvenor Park each May.

During June and July, the finds

from the dig are cleaned in the

park’s activity hut. Come and

see what they are doing, what

they reveal.

Waterways’ Ramble

6:30pm 4½ mile exploration

of the River Dee and canal,

in celebration of Chester

Rambling and Hill Walking

Club’s centenary. Wear

comfortable shoes, bring water:

the walk is expected to finish

at 9:00pm, with a chance of

a drink at the Boat House

on The Groves. Meet leaders,

Maria and John Owen, at

the Propylaeum, entrance

to the Castle Carpark.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Charles Kingsley

Exhibition & Talks

Open 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Christian Socialist and Natural

Historian, Charles Kingsley,

was born in 1819 and

appointed Canon at

Chester Cathedral in 1869.

This exhibition in Chester

Cathedral Library looks at his

contributions to national and

local debates. The exhibition

curator will give short

presentations at 10:30am,

11:30am, 2:00pm and 3:00pm.


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TUESDAY 25 JUNE CONT.

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

This drop-in session, takes

place every Tuesday in the

Storyhouse library, when a

member of Cheshire Family

History Society offers one-toone

help with research.

Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Mary Ann

Cameron, introducing her book

`City of Ghosts` in the VIC.

After her 15-minute talk,

Mary Ann will answer questions

and sign copies of her book.

Step Back in Time

11:00am to 12:45pm and

1:45pm to 4:00pm Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

The King’s Shilling

11:00 am Walk through

Chester focusing on places

relevant to WW1 including

the Town Hall, Cathedral,

Roodee and Castle, finishing

at the Albion Inn, to look

at the display there of WW1

memorabilia. Meet Tour Guide,

Lyn Hand, at the VIC for this

90-minute walk.

See Note B for costs and

booking arrangements.

A Crack Through Time

1:00pm, see Monday 24 June.

The Port of Chester

2:30pm Walk through the sites

of the Roman and Medieval

harbours, the later Old Port

area and lastly the Canal

Basin to unravel the story

of Chester’s Port. Meet

Tour Guide, Marie Layng, in

Nuns Rd at the entrance to

1539, the Racecourse

restaurant, for this 90-minute

walk, which includes steps.

See Note B for costs and

booking arrangements.


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Secrets of the Wall

5:30pm Walk to explore the

lesser known aspects of the

city walls, sometimes on the

walls, sometimes off, from

within or without. Meet Tom

Welsh by the river at the

bottom entrance to Little

Roodee Carpark, Castle Drive,

for this free 90-minute walk.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Churches & Chapels

10:00am Walk to city centre

churches and chapels, past

and present. Meet Stephen

Langtree outside the gate of

former church, St Mary-onthe-Hill,

near Chester Castle,

for this free two-hour walk.

Book in advance: see Note A.

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE

Archaeological Finds

9:30am to 5:00pm Drop-in,

see Tuesday 25 June.

Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Ann Marie

Curtis, introducing a chapter

of the St Werburgh’s book

`A War-Torn Parish` in the VIC.

After her 15-minute talk on

Belgians, Australians and

Americans in Chester, Ann

Marie will answer questions.

Storyhouse Tour

10:00am, see Monday 24 June:

book in advance at

www.storyhouse.com

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

A Crack Through Time

1:00pm, see Monday 24 June.


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WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE CONT.

St John’s Recital

1:00pm The Nowotarski String

Quartet plays works by Haydn

and Borodin at St. John’s

Church, Vicar’s Lane:

refreshments on sale and

retiring collection.

Literary Walk

2:30pm Walk between the

North Wall and River Dee

with many stops. At each stop

Tour Guide, John Wolfenden,

will read what famous visitors

to Chester have written about

the city: writers from Daniel

Defoe to Henry James. Meet

John at the VIC for this twohour

walk, which includes

steps. See Note B for costs

and booking arrangements.

The Amphitheatre:

prequel & afterlife

2:00pm Tour telling Chester’s

history in a nutshell. Catch up

with the latest ideas about

the amphitheatre and its

surroundings. Meet Peter

Carrington at the amphitheatre

entrance adjacent to Souter’s

Lane for this free 90-minute

tour. Book in advance: see

Note A.


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River Dee Records

5:00pm to 6:30pm Drop in

to Cheshire Record Office,

Duke Street, where Collections’

experts offer help to navigate

the unique and original records

that tell the story of Chester

and its river.

The Heritage of

Christleton Village

6:30pm Walk through a village,

which predates the Domesday

Book, and to the Shropshire

Union Canal telling the stories

of buildings, the pond,

boatyards, education and a

Civil War battle. Meet David

Cummings for this free twohour

walk at St James’ Church,

Pepper Street, Christleton.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Oscar Deutsch

Entertains Chester

6:00pm Talk by Roger Shannon

in Storyhouse cinema, built

originally in 1936 as an

Odeon cinema by the chain’s

proprietor Oscar Deutsch.

Book £4 tickets at

www.storyhouse.com.

Grosvenor Rowing

Club Heritage Quiz

7:30pm - doors open.

An evening to celebrate the

Club’s 150th Anniversary at

its club house on The Groves.

A short talk about our host’s

illustrious history precedes

an opportunity to test

your knowledge of the city

and rowing in Chester!

Refreshments will be on sale.

Tickets cost £5, to be bought

in advance: see note A.


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THURSDAY 27 JUNE

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

The Heritage of

Christleton Village

10.00am Walk, see

Wednesday 26 June &

booking Note A.

Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Gerard Tighe,

introducing a chapter of the St

Werburgh’s book `A War-Torn

Parish` in the VIC. After his 15-

minute talk on Chester in 1914,

Gerard will answer questions.

A Crack Through Time

1:00pm, see Monday 24 June.

Chester’s Canal

10:00am Walk introducing

the history of the Ellesmere

and Chester Canal and its

successors and looking at

surviving installations in

Chester. Meet John Herson

at the top of Northgate Locks,

for this free two-hour walk.

Book in advance: see Note A.

The Amphitheatre:

prequel & afterlife

10:30am Tour, see Wednesday

26 June & booking Note A.

Archaeological Finds

1:00pm to 5:00pm Drop-in,

see Tuesday 25 June.

Dewa Experience

3:00pm Tour, for adults only,

of the archaeological remains

in Dewa Roman Experience,

Pierpoint Lane. View the

remains of the legionary

fortress discovered by

archaeologists in 1991 during

this free half-hour guided tour.

Book in advance: see Note A.


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Chester’s Bridges

7:30pm Talk by Paul Tudor,

at the Wesley Church Centre,

about the history and

conservation of Chester’s

bridges, illustrated by some

of the exhibits in the Festival

Exhibition. Tickets cost £5, to be

bought in advance: see note A.

The Rows Revealed

11:00am Walk. Explore the

world-famous medieval

shopping galleries, built at

the time of the great Port of

Chester and modernised by

the Georgians and Victorians.

Descend steps into Roman and

medieval cellars. Meet Tour

Guide, Peggy Grimshaw, at the

VIC for this 90-minute tour.

See Note B for costs and

booking arrangements.

FRIDAY 28 JUNE

Storyhouse Tour

10:00am, see Monday 24 June:

book in advance at

www.storyhouse.com

Step Back in Time

11:00am to 12:45pm and

1:45pm to 4:00pm Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

Heritage Craft Skills

11:00am to 16:00. Drop-in

to practice your stonemasonry

abilities outside the main

West door of Chester

Cathedral. Watch the experts

demonstrate their skills before

they ask you to have a go.

Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Geoff Pickard,

introducing his book `Chester

Leadworks` in the VIC. After

his 15-minute talk, Geoff will

answer questions and sign

copies of his book.

A Crack Through Time

1:00pm, see Monday 24 June.


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FRIDAY 28 JUNE CONT.

‘For All the Saints’

2:00pm Walk from St Paul’s

Church, Boughton, visiting

St Werburgh’s Church, and

arriving at St John the Baptist

Church by 3:30pm. Meet

Stephen Langtree outside

St Paul’s for this free walk.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Treaty of Versailles

7:30pm Centenary Event at

the Albion Inn, Park Street, to

commemorate the signing of

the treaty that formally ended

the state of war after WW1

on 28 June 1919. Details

and tickets available from the

Albion, tel. 01244 340 345.

Chester Ghost Tour

7:30pm Walk, see Friday

21 June and Note C.

History of St John’s

3:30pm Talk by Revd David

Chesters at the Church of

St John the Baptist, Vicar’s

Lane: Cathedral of Chester

from 1075 until 1541.

Refreshments available.

Archaeological

Conference

7:00pm and continues

Saturday. See page 25.

SATURDAY 29 JUNE

Discover My Roots

10:00am to noon Drop-in,

see Friday 21 June.

City Baths Tours

10:00am to 5:00pm Drop-in

for a guided tour of this

building designed by Chester

architect John Douglas,

accessed via steps from

Union Street.


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Heritage Crafts

10:00am to noon at Blacon

and Lache Libraries children

of four years and over can

explore Chester’s heritage

through craft activities.

Archaeological

Conference

10:00am to 4:00pm,

see page 25.

Chester ArchFest

10:30am to 5:00pm Drop in

for lots of fun at the Grosvenor

Museum. Join archaeologists,

local societies, and re-enactors

for tours, demonstrations,

displays and archaeological

activities. Please see the

festival website for more

details and note these activities

continue on Sunday from

1:00pm to 4:00pm.

Roman Storytime

11:30am and 3:15pm Myths

and legends at Dewa Roman

Experience, Pierpoint Lane:

free, half-hour sessions, which

are also repeated on Sunday.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Heritage Swim

Noon to 3:00pm Swim in

Chester’s 1901 Victorian Baths,

Union Street, at historic prices

of £1.90 or £0.65 if under

eight years old.

Medieval Storytime

Pop-in to ArchFest. A Medieval

storyteller travels through

time to join budding young

archaeologists to recount tales

of Viking myths and stories

about Chester in the early

medieval period.

Meet the Author

12:15pm Talk by Mike Royden,

introducing his book `A-Z

of Chester: People - Places -

History` in the VIC. After his

10-minute talk, Mike will

answer questions and sign

copies of his book.


24 Chester Heritage Festival

SATURDAY 29 JUNE CONT.

A Crack Through Time

1:00pm, see Monday 24 June.

Chester Ghost Tour

7:30pm Walk, see Friday

21 June and Note C.

Roman Soldier Patrol

2:00pm March as a young

Roman soldier through Chester

or follow as an accompanying

adult at a festival price of £2 per

head. Assemble at Dewa Roman

Experience, Pierpoint Lane,

for this one-hour patrol, which

is also repeated on Sunday.

Book in advance: see Note A.

Festival Encore

The following events will be

repeated on Sunday, for those

who missed them on Saturday.

Festival Finale

River Cruise

7:00pm Join us for this end

of Festival Blues Cruise aboard

the Lady Diana which sails up

the Dee from The Groves at

7:30pm. Tickets, priced £24,

include a buffet supper and

live music by the Terry Burgin

Blues Band and should be

bought in advance: see note A.

Roman Storytime

At Dewa Roman

Experience: 11:30am

and 3:15pm

Chester ArchFest

At the Grosvenor Museum:

1:00pm to 4:00pm

Roman Soldier Patrol

From Dewa Roman

Experience: 2:00pm


And More

Chester Heritage Festival 25

Chester Rotary Charity Raft Race

This annual event takes place on the River Dee from the Meadows

to the Recorder’s Steps, on The Groves. This year’s theme is Chester’s

Heritage and Transport through the Ages. The fun and action begin

on Sunday 30 June at 10:15am on The Groves and the race starts at

10:30am.

Archaeological Conference

For the second time Chester Archaeological Society’s

Conference takes place during the Festival on Friday evening,

28 and all day Saturday, 29 June in the lecture theatre of the

Grosvenor Museum. The Society celebrates its 170th anniversary

this year and the conference programme looks back at some of

the major themes and projects undertaken by the Society

over its long history, as well as looking forward.

Entrance by reservation only. To book send a cheque

for £18, payable to Chester Archaeological Society, to

Ian Candlin, 6 Fox Lane, Waverton, Chester CH3 7PQ.

Pop-up Events and More

Full details of pop-up events are not included in the Calendar.

They will be added to the festival website, along with any

additional pop-up events and activities to pursue throughout

the Festival. Perhaps the Mockbeggar Ladies’ Morris dance

side will visit Chester on Thursday 27 June. We hope to see

Conservation in Action at Chester Castle.

Please check the website and follow us on Twitter to learn more

of what will be happening.


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Festival on the Web

All events in this booklet can also be found on the

festival website, generally with further detail: visit

http://www.visitcheshire.com/chesterheritagefestival.

Should changes become necessary these too will be posted

to the website. Follow us on Twitter@Chesterherifest for all

the latest news.

Festival Office

The History Hub @ The Grosvenor Museum is providing

enquiry and booking services for the Festival. The Hub is

open from 10:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday:

telephone 01244 972115.

Accessibility

Walks around Chester typically include steps and uneven

surfaces. However, guides can modify the route of some walks

to enable wheelchair users to participate in the walk. Please

contact the festival office at least two full working days before

the event for further details.

Venues for many events are in historic buildings and some can

only be accessed by stairs, these include Bishop Lloyd’s Palace,

the Cathedral Library and Grosvenor Rowing Club. The main

entrance to the Riverside Museum is via stairs: with advanced

notice alternative access can be arranged.

Children’s Activities

All children should be accompanied by a responsible adult,

whether drop-in events or bookable events, whatever the

booking arrangements.

Chester Park and Ride

Enjoy exploring the city this summer with the Park and Ride

bus services.

Kids go free ( under 16’s travelling with a paying adult ) and

you can save on parking fees with all day ticket only £2 .

Services run regularly during the day time from four sites:

Boughton Heath - off A41, CH3 5QD; Sealand Road - on A548

opposite car dealerships, CH1 4LD; Upton - Chester Zoo, CH2 4BA;

Wrexham Road - off A483 opposite Business Park, CH4 9DQ.

For more information visit cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/parkand-ride.


Booking Notes

Feedback

Chester Heritage Festival 27

Please check the event details to see which of the following

Notes apply.

A. Unless otherwise stated in the event details, where bookings

or pre-payments are necessary, these can be made via the

festival website or office. Card payments can only be made

through the festival website. The festival office accept only

cheques, payable to Chester Civic Trust, and cash.

B. Cost of walking tours led by the Guild of Chester Tour Guides:

£8 adult, £7 concession (in full-time education, retired) and

£20 family (2 adults and 2 children under 16). Meet your guide

in the VIC (Visitor Information Centre at Chester Town Hall,

Northgate Street), or where otherwise stated in the event

calendar, about 15 minutes before the stated start time to buy

your ticket. These tours, except the twice daily Chester Tour,

should be booked in advance via the festival website or hub.

C. Cost of Chester Ghost Tours at 7:30pm: £10 adult; £9 child,

student and senior; £25 family. Tickets booked and paid

in advance at www.ghostcity.co.uk or in person at the VIC,

during opening hours. Meet your guide from The Guild of

GhostHunters Ltd outside the VIC.

We welcome your opinion about the Festival and the events in which

you participate. There will be a link to a short survey on the festival

website from 21 June to provide feedback.

Acknowledgements

Chester Civic Trust, Cheshire West and Chester Council, and others

in the Festival partnership would like to thank all those who have

contributed so generously to make this Festival happen: Chester

Race Company for sponsoring the launch; the Earl of Chester’s Fund,

sponsors of the main event in the Education Programme; the

Gerrard and Audrey Couch Charitable Trust and Paul Quellyn Roberts.

Last, but not least, we are indebted to the many organisations and

individuals who are volunteering their time and expertise to deliver

this programme. Our grateful thanks go to you all!

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