Chester & Cheshire: Ultimate Guide - Winter/Spring Edition

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Chester

&

Cheshire

Winter/

Spring

2019/20

The

Ultimate

Guide

Issue 08

WINTER /

SPRING

2019/20

Featuring:

Plus:

2020 HERE

WE COME

Exciting news from

Cheshire’s

world-class

attractions

SO HERE IT IS,

MERRY

CHRISTMAS…

and there’s lots

of festive fun

to enjoy

PUT THE

SPA-KLE BACK

Our pick of the

slickest spas and

state-of-the-art

wellness centres

LUNCH AT WOOD

CHESTER

We put the

MasterChef winner’s

new restaurant to

the test

News from around

the county


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© Peter Robinson

As the old

year ends,

embrace

the new

IMAGES

ABOVE: LUMEN /

BELOW: CHESTER

CHRISTMAS MARKET /

WOOD CHESTER

The dark nights are upon us, but that’s no reason

to despair. Rejoice in the changing seasons as the

dying days of autumn turn to crisp winter days

and the first blossoms of spring show their faces

to the sun.

Celebrate the arrival of Christmas by filling your

diary with fun festive days – and evenings – out

across the county (p14-15). And don’t worry about

over-indulging this Yuletide, you can restore

the body beautiful at the new spa at

Carden Park or one of the many other

luxurious local pampering parlours

offering to polish skin, buff nails

and ease weary muscles (p26-27).

There’s lots to look forward to

in the coming year. We catch

up with the latest news (p10)

and find out about upcoming

developments at Cheshire’s

world-class attractions, including

Beeston Castle’s Bronze Age

Roundhouse. Plus arts and culture go

under the spotlight once more, as Visit

Cheshire’s new initiative Cheshire: Where

Science Meets Nature rolls out more entertaining

diversions for the year ahead.

Our restaurant review comes from WOOD Chester

(p32-33), the city’s latest dining space, just open

at the new Hotel Indigo, with MasterChef 2015

winner Simon Wood at the helm. Get a flavour of

what’s on the menu as you tuck into our preview

of what to do and see around the county during

winter and spring.

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, Suzanne King and

Helen Warwick.

Designed in Cheshire by

Lemondrop Creative.

Produced by Crofton Print.

Supported by

Editorial and advertising:

Leanne Eaton

l.eaton@marketingcheshire.co.uk

Ashley Shacklady

a.shacklady@marketingcheshire.co.uk

Front Cover Image:

Chester Zoo

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2020 here we come

(plus the best of what’s

left in 2019)

Exciting new developments are afoot at

Cheshire’s world-class attractions.

Kate Simon reports

Few youngsters (or even

screen-fixated adults)

will need to be persuaded

to put away their phones

and nurture their creative

spirit when BeWILDerwood

(bewilderwood.co.uk) opens

at Cholmondeley Castle

near Malpas in spring 2020.

The £5 million attraction,

at a 70-acre site in the

castle’s vast grounds, will

be only the second to open

in England. It’s based on the

original and unique theme

park in Norfolk, created by

Tom Blofeld, author of A

Boggle at BeWILDerwood,

which revels in traditional,

imaginative and healthy

outdoor play. The setting is a

mystical forest with magical

treehouses and a cast of

intriguing characters. Facepainting,

storytelling, and

arts and crafts are among

the fun to be had.

The Asiatic lions at Chester

Zoo (chesterzoo.org) are

packing their bags and

moving to a new lair inspired

by the Gir National Park

in India, home to their last

surviving relatives in the

wild. It’s been quite a feat to

recreate the arid landscape

of dry forest and savannah

on Cheshire’s wet clay soil

and plants such as the

hardy Japanese pagoda

tree have been specially

selected to survive the

local weather. The pride’s

new des-res features a

water hole and cave-like

shelter, plus mounds on

which they can slumber

and survey their kingdom.

There’ll be a mound for you

to stand on, too, offering a

unique perspective of these

magnificent beasts in

their den.

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IMAGES

LEFT & TOP: BEWILDERWOOD IN NORFOLK

ABOVE & RIGHT: CHESTER ZOO

Keep an eye out for news of

the zoo reopening Monsoon

Forest in 2020, following

its devastation by fire in

December 2018. The UK’s

largest tropical house is

a steamy recreation of

South East Asia habitats,

where carnivorous pitcher

plants and Sunda gharial

crocodiles thrive. Just like

its predecessor, the new

space promises to be hot,

humid – and refreshed by

the occasional outbreak of

monsoon rains.

You’ll be able to stay the

night in Delamere Forest

(forestryengland.uk/

delamere-forest) for the

very first time in 2020.

Forest Holidays and Forestry

England have come up with

a great new way to embrace

Delamere, establishing a

cluster of 67 eco-sensitive

cabins amid the trees. It’s

good to know that your

money will go towards

supporting the future of

these precious woodlands.

The new holiday spot is just

one of the developments

taking place in 2020 at

the UK’s second-busiest

forest – did you know some

750,000 of us drop by here

each year? A new Forestry

England visitor welcome

area is due to open mid-

2020. There’ll be a bigger

café, larger car park,

and improved washroom

facilities, plus upgrades to

trails and bridleways. Don’t

worry, while all this building

is going on, the forest’s trails

and activities will still be

open for everyone to enjoy.

ABOVE

AN EXISTING FOREST

HOLIDAYS CABIN AT

SHERWOOD FOREST

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IMAGES

BELOW TOP: TATTON PARK /

BELOW BOTTOM: BEESTON

CASTLE’S NEW ROUNDHOUSE

IMAGES

LEFT: LUMEN /

BELOW: BLUEDOT

© Tatton Park

© Peter Robinson

Cheshire:

Where Science

Meets Nature

Tatton Park (tattonpark.org.uk) will smooth your

way to its multiple attractions when it opens a

new welcome centre for visitors in 2020. After

all, it’s important to get your bearings if you’re

going to check out the 18th-century mansion,

historic working farm, medieval Old Hall, glorious

gardens and vast parkland. Improved facilities in

the stableyard, where the shops and restaurants

are located, will follow, with plans to make it

the go-to place for live entertainment, new

exhibitions and events.

Travel back in time 4,000 years at Beeston

Castle’s new Roundhouse. The reconstruction

of this Bronze Age dwelling has been a labour of

love for English Heritage and a team of more than

60 volunteers, who’ve amassed archaeological

evidence and even used authentic tools and

building methods. People lived on this rocky

crag high above the plain long before the first

stone was laid for the medieval castle we’re so

familiar with on the skyline. The first traces of

this thatched, wattle-and-daub structure were

first uncovered in the 1970s, along with axes and

knives from the time, revealing it was a welldefended

metalworking centre.

It’s been a bumper year for

Cheshire: Where Science

Meets Nature (visitcheshire.

com/science-meets-nature),

a new initiative promoting

the county’s rich natural and

scientific assets through

arts and culture. A trio of

online themed itineraries,

with suggestions for days

out and short breaks, have

inspired many – locals and

those from further afield – to

sample the county’s fantastic

events and attractions.

Pick of the winter and

early-spring programme

includes LUMEN – Crewe’s

Night of Lights, a thrilling

evening of illuminated

street performances and

son et lumière displays

on 29 November. Artist

Sven Werner’s audiovisual

dreamscape, Poulson Arc

Dream Radio, remains

available to experience at

Storyhouse in Chester until

17 May.

The Lost Words, a new

children’s trail featuring

art installations, continues

at Dunham Massey until 3

April, before moving on to

Quarry Bank from 6 April.

Based on the spellbook

of the same name, The

Lost Words is all about

youngsters reclaiming a

vanishing natural vocabulary,

as words such as ‘chat room’

are better understood than

‘conkers’.

The new year will see more

events roll out, too,

including a new summer

programme of performances

at the Grosvenor Park

Open-Air Theatre.

Meanwhile, bookings are

already open for returning

favourites, such as the

international festival of

music, science and cosmic

culture, bluedot, at Jodrell

Bank in July, and the

creative family romp, Just

So, at Rode Hall in August.

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Hiromi

Friday 1 November 7.30pm

The Bridgewater Hall

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

Max Raabe

& Palast Orchester

Friday 6 March 7.30pm

Dream a little dream with Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

from Berlin, luxuriate in the high style and musical glory

of the 20s and 30s with a cool contemporary twist.

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Box Box Office: Office: 0161 0161 907 9079000

9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk

The Bridgewater Hall International Concert Series 19|20

The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra

Monteverdi’s Vespers

Harry Christophers conductor

Friday 15 November 2019 7.30pm

Tenebrae

A Hymn of Heavenly Beauty

Nigel Short conductor

Tuesday 18 February 2019 7.30pm

Swedish Philharmonia

Jaime Martin conductor

Viktoria Mullova violin

Monday 9 March 2020 7.30pm

Tchaikovsky The Tempest

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2

Sibelius Symphony No.5

Siberian Symphony

Dmitri Vasiliev conductor

Freddy Kempf piano

Wednesday 15 April 2020 7.30pm

Shostakovich Festive Overture

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3

Rimsky Korsakov Scheherazade

Royal Stockholm

Philharmonic Orchestra

Sakari Oramo conductor

Nicola Benedetti violin

Tuesday 28 April 2020 7.30pm

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1

Sibelius Symphony No.2

Emma Johnson & Friends

Introduced by John Suchet

Friday 20 March 2020 7.30pm

A programme of 19th century Vienna, including

Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms and the Strauss family.

Box Office: 0161 907 9000

www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk


In the news

IMAGES

LEFT TOP: JODRELL BANK DISCOVERY CENTRE/

LEFT BOTTOM: WILD SHORE DELAMERE/

MIDDLE TOP: WYCHWOOD/

MIDDLE BOTTOM: CHURCHE’S MANSION/

RIGHT: CHESHIRE OAKS

Cheshire’s Jodrell Bank

Observatory (jodrellbank.net)

joined the likes of Hadrian’s Wall

and the Taj Mahal this summer

when it received UNESCO

World Heritage Site status. The

home of the Lovell Telescope,

which captured the first shots

of Apollo 11 landing on the

moon in July 1969, has been

recognised for its important role

in advancing our understanding

of the Universe. Jodrell Bank’s

Discovery Centre, which recently

hosted events to mark the

50th anniversary of the Moon

Landings, is due to complete

the First Light project, a major

new exhibition space celebrating

its pioneering role in British

scientific history, in 2021.

A new watersports adventure

park has opened in a former

quarry at Delamere Lake.

Wild Shore Delamere

(wildshoredelamere.co.uk)

offers a range of watery

fun, including an obstacle

course, tubing and standup

paddleboarding. The

new adventure hub from

the company that runs the

Adventure Dock in Liverpool,

is aimed at ages six and above.

Now closed for winter, it’s due to

reopen in March and has plans

for additional facilities and a

year-round sailing academy in

2020. Prices start from £16 per

person for a one-hour obstacle

session. Watersports courses

start from £25 per person,

including wetsuit hire.

Chester Racecourse (chesterraces.com)

has been recognised

as the “oldest racecourse still

in operation” in the world. The

official Guinness World Record

title marks 480 years of horse

racing at the Roodee, which was

established as a racecourse

in 1539 under decree of Mayor

Henry Gee. Richard Thomas,

CEO of Chester Race Company,

said: “We are proud of the

engaging, immersive experience

we provide each race day

at Chester.” Chester Races

recently announced its fixtures

for the 2020 season, starting

with the May Festival on

5 May with the Season Finale

on 26 September.

A raft of new accommodation

is expanding Cheshire’s appeal

as a place to work, rest and tie

the knot. Hotel Indigo (chester.

hotelindigo.com) opened its

doors in Chester this summer

with 75 rooms and an all-day

dining venue, WOOD Chester,

by the 2015 MasterChef

champion Simon Wood (see our

review on page 32). The hotel’s

design takes inspiration from

the city with three individually

styled rooms based on Chester

icons – the Races, Eastgate

Clock and Chester Rows.

Cheshire wedding venue

Capesthorne Hall

(capesthorne.com) has opened

new accommodation for up to

20 guests in contemporary pods

within the grounds. The stately

home, located at the heart of a

100-acre estate in Siddington,

has unveiled six of the innovative

new lodges for wedding guests

to stay in.

Wychwood Park Hotel and

Golf Club (legacy-hotels.co.uk)

has completed a £3 million

refurbishment of its bedrooms,

bar and restaurant. The final

phase at the hotel near Crewe

added a new-look atrium for

natural light. The hotel and

function suite is set in 200 acres

of Cheshire countryside and

features a PGA European Tourstandard

18-hole golf course.

On the food and drink scene,

Visit Cheshire has launched The

Foodie Guide to show the way

to some of the best producers

and providers to visit across

the county. There’s a handy

map plotting places where

our food is grown, reared and

made, and lots of suggestions

for pubs, cafes, tea rooms,

bistros and restaurants to call

by, as well as where to stay the

night. Butchers, greengrocers,

delis, farm shops, farmers’

markets and special events are

highlighted, plus there’s info

on where to enjoy wine tastings

and cookery masterclasses. The

online guide can be browsed

at visitcheshire.com/visitorinformation/maps-and-guides.

Nantwich’s Tudor landmark,

Churche’s Mansion

(churchesmansion.co.uk) has

reopened its doors as a fish

restaurant. The ground floor

of the half-timbered hall has

been reinterpreted as three

dining rooms and a bar, with

glamorous contemporary

furnishings giving the original

wood interiors a little pizzazz.

Burnt Truffle (burnttruffle.

net), the Heswall restaurant

from Cheshire-based chef Gary

Usher, has been awarded two

AA rosettes. The chef also runs

The Sticky Walnut in Chester as

part of his Elite Bistros group.

Shoppers will spot some

changes at Cheshire Oaks

Designer Outlet (mcarthurglen.

com). Following a £40m

expansion of the Ellesmere

Port complex, it now has 25

new designer-brand stores and

eateries, 300 parking spaces,

and a new welcome centre.

Congratulations to

J Melville of Wirral,

L Smith of Lancashire and

H MacDonald of Flintshire.

They each won a copy of the

county’s first comprehensive

travel guide, Slow Travel

Cheshire (Bradt 2018,

£12.99), in our competition

in the Summer/Autumn 2019

edition of the Ultimate Guide.

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UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Image: Craig Strong

Open Monday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Explore the Wonders of the Universe at

Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre

Including: Interactive exhibits and displays,

arboretum and grounds, picnic areas and daily

Telescope Walking Tours. Plus, don’t miss The

Planet Cafe and Jodrell Bank gift shop!


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November 2019 - April 2020

Highlights

New winter brochure

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25 MINS FROM CHESTER, 35 MINS FROM LIVERPOOL, 45 MINS FROM MANCHESTER


So here it is,

Merry Christmas…

…Everybody will be having fun in Cheshire this

festive season, says Simone Kane

The air will be filled with

spicy aromas as Chester

is transformed into a

Gingerbread Wonderland.

Seek out the sculptures crafted

from our favourite seasonal

biscuit: pop over to Mad

Hatters Tearooms to marvel

at the model of the Eastgate

Clock (see our interview) or

call by The Chester Grosvenor

to see a mini-version of this

iconic property. Meanwhile,

there’ll be craft and

storytelling sessions for big

and little kids to join in at the

Gingerbread Hub.

Step into a fantastical world

of exotic illuminations at The

Lanterns at Chester Zoo

(22 Nov-23 Dec; chesterzoo.

org). Admire 50 fabulous

firs in the cloisters of

Chester Cathedral at the

Christmas Tree Festival and

catch a screening of The

Snowman (30 Nov-5 Jan;

chestercathedral.com/the

Snowman, 20 & 21 Dec).

Meanwhile, outside the

Town Hall, more than 50

gourmet producers and

craftspeople will set out

their stalls at the Chester

Christmas Market (16

Nov-22 Dec; visitcheshire.

com). And be sure to catch a

performance of Peter Pan at

Storyhouse (6 Dec-12 Jan;

storyhouse.com).

Santa will be busy popping

into grottos and events

countywide this festive

season. But how about

catching him aboard a

Santa Cruise at Northwich’s

Anderton Boat Lift (30

Nov-24 Dec; canalrivertrust.

org.uk) or visit him at

the Victorian Christmas

experience at the

nearby Lion Salt Works

Museum (14 & 15 Dec;

canalrivertrust.org.uk)

The halls will be decked

and filled with festive music

at Cheshire’s fine stately

homes. Arley Hall & Gardens

will be positively blooming

for its Christmas Floral

Extravaganza, with rooms

individually decorated by

floristry experts, and flowerarranging

demonstrations

to book (30 Nov-5 Dec;

arleyhallandgardens.

com). During Christmas at

Dunham Massey, a magical

illuminated trail will return

to light up the luscious

planting in the gardens (22

Nov-30 Dec; nationaltrust.

org.uk). Meanwhile, Fairy

Tale Christmas Mansion

comes to Tatton Park,

alongside its Winter Deer

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IMAGES

FAR LEFT: CHESTER

CHRISTMAS MARKET/

LEFT TOP: CHESTER

CROSS/

LEFT BOTTOM:

ZOO LANTERNS/

LEFT: TATTON

PARK CHRISTMAS

MANSION/

BELOW: CHESTER

CATHEDRAL

Ghoulies, ghosties and

Roman centurions

A very special event takes to the

streets of Chester as the sun sets on

12 December, when the city comes

alive with the annual Saturnalia and

Winter Watch revelries.

The Winter Watch

Christmas

ceremony

dates from the

15th-century,

recalling

a time

where the

city leaders

would hand

over the keys

to Chester to the

watch, its early police

force. And in a nod to the city’s Roman

heritage, Saturnalia, the torchlit parade

of centurions from the XX Legion,

founders of the city, are joined in a

riotous romp by the Lord of Misrule,

with fantastical ghoulish characters

dancing to the beat of the drums.

Feed and Trailer Rides (26

Nov-5 Jan; tattonpark.org.

uk), while an Edwardian

Christmas is on offer

at Lyme (From 23 Nov;

nationaltrust.org.uk), and

visitors to Quarry Bank can

travel further back in time to

enjoy a Georgian Christmas

or take a Reindeer Winter

Walk (27 Nov-5 Jan;

nationaltrust.org.uk).

Head outdoors for Yuletide

with Greenwood Growth,

run by Cheshire East

Countryside Rangers at

Tegg’s Nose Reservoir,

where families can

create wreaths, food and

decorations from foraged

materials out in the middle

of the woods (21 Dec;

cheshireeast.gov.uk).

Towns and villages will

accompany lights switchons

with festive fun days

and seasonal markets.

Look out for: Congleton’s

fun day and lantern parade

(23 Nov); Alsager’s lights

on and family market (24

Nov); Macclesfield’s Treacle

Christmas Market (24

Nov & 22 Dec) and Father

Christmas parade and lights

(30 Nov); and Knutsford’s

Santa parade and lights

(30 Nov) and a large market

(30 Nov & 1 Dec).

Tick tock, the

gingerbread clock

A model of Chester’s Eastgate Clock,

crafted from gingerbread,

will be displayed in the

window of the Mad Hatters

Tearooms in the town

centre in December.

We asked its creators,

owners Ann and Kerri,

what it’s all about…

What made you choose

the Eastgate Clock for

your model?

It is such a landmark in Chester

and, with so much detail, a real challenge

for us to do. It will also be a working

clock – so it could be the largest working

gingerbread clock in the world.

How big will the model clock be?

The clock will be as tall as our assistant

manager – just over five feet high.

What amount of ingredients will

it need to complete?

We are vegan, so we will be making it from

a vegan gingerbread. But we’re not sure

yet about the amount of ingredients we’ll

need. It will be a lot, so we will just keep

making gingerbread until we’re done…

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Discover Chester Cathedral

FORTHCOMING EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2019 - SUNDAY

5 JANUARY 2020

The Christmas Tree Festival

Join us for a delightful family event where, from

the end of November, the cathedral cloisters

are filled with more than 50 majestic Christmas

trees - which for our year of waves - have a

theme of sustainability - recycling and re-using

all in support of Stick ‘n’ Step and Adoption

Matters.

Free entry - donations welcome.

SATURDAY 7 & SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER

Candlelit Carols Concert | 7.30pm

As the cathedral shimmers by candlelight, the

Chester Cathedral Choir, directed by Philip

Rushforth, sing a selection of traditional carols

for all to enjoy. There will also be seasonal

readings and a chance for all to join in and sing

some festive songs and carols.

Tickets £5 - £20

Tickets from the Cathedral Welcome Desk,

by calling 01244 500959 or clicking to:

chestercathedral.com/events

FRIDAY 20 & SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER

The Snowman

The Snowman, accompanied by a live orchestra;

a heart-warming experience that brings more

than a snowman to life, and featuring the

much-loved classic ‘Walking in the Air’. A festive

favourite for the whole family. The event also

features a second animation, The Nutcracker

Suite.

Tickets £12 - £28

Tickets from the Cathedral Welcome Desk,

by calling 01244 500959 or clicking to:

chestercathedral.com/events

CHRISTMAS EVE & CHRISTMAS DAY

Christmas Services

For details of our Christmas Eve and Christmas

Day services, click to:

chestercathedral.com/visitus/christmas

For tickets, call 01244 500 959 or click to: chestercathedral.com/events


Event

Guide

Winter/

Spring

2019/20

22 November – 30 December

CHRISTMAS AT DUNHAM MASSEY

It’s definitely the most wonderful time of

the year when the after-dark, illuminated

trail lights up for its third year and winds

magically through the formal gardens and

deer park of Dunham Massey. Along the

2019 route you’ll notice all-new installations.

Enter a grand avenue replanted with gigantic

flowers with the house brought to life by

festive projections. Walk through the dynamic,

glowing Vortex Tunnels and stroll towards

the mesmerising reflections made by Fire on

Water. Watch out as lights seem to tumble

from the undergrowth and light up trees like

fizzing fireworks and take time to pause at the

delicate carpet of colour-changing blooms.

A must visit this Christmas!

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey

9 – 10 November

CHRISTMAS

SHOPPING SHOW

Featuring another 45

exhibitors selected from

all over the country. Inside

the Tenants Hall - a wing of

the stately mansion house.

Free entry to the event -

normal Tatton Park car

entry applies on arrival

www.tattonpark.org.uk

15 – 17 November

TATTON PARK

CHRISTMAS

FOODIES FESTIVAL

Get top Christmas recipe

tips and sample the best of

festive fare at the Foodies

Festival. See Michelinstarred

and top chefs whip

up amazing dishes in the

Chef’s Theatre, alongside

the stars of Great British

Bake Off in the Cake and

Bake Theatre.

Enjoy a festive masterclass

with cupcake decorating,

Xmas cocktails, and orange

garland making in the

Festive Workshop. Keep

in the Christmas spirit

throughout the day with

vintage style singers and

Christmas carollers, plus

fun competitions including

mince pie & chilli eating

contests and lots more!

www.foodiesfestival.com

16 November –

22 December

CHESTER

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Shoppers are in for a

magical time at Chester

Christmas Market, with

over 70 traditional wooden

chalets situated in the heart

of Chester, all wrapped

around a sparkling

Christmas tree.

There will be an abundance

of festive treats and

gifts on offer, including

quality local and regional

products, crafts, clothing,

accessories, jewellery,

unique gifts and stocking

fillers which are sure to

make the perfect present!

www.visitcheshire.com/

christmas

22 – 24 November

CHRISTMAS AT

CAPESTHORNE

During the normally

closed Winter period,

discover the warmth and

ambience of Christmas

at Capesthorne. The visit

allows a glimpse through

the doors of a family-owned

stately home decorated for

Christmas. Whilst walking

around the house you will

be entertained by local

musicians, school choirs

and there will be an extra

special visit from Santa.

www.capesthorne.com

22 November –

23 December

THE LANTERNS AT

CHESTER ZOO

This Christmas, Chester

Zoo is turning into a

magical festive wonderland

as The Lanterns returns.

This year the updated route

will take you on a journey

through new worlds that

will have your imagination

running wild. You’ll be

transported to the bottom

of the sea in Underwater

where you’ll need to dodge

the jellyfish and fish before

coming face to face with

a HUGE octopus! Then

make your way through

Tropical Dreams which will

be a dramatic centrepiece,

complete with new beautiful

lanterns. Then suspend

belief as you take the Night

Sky Adventure and travel

through the clouds and

stars, under the moonlight.

www.chesterzoo.org/

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26 November – 5 January

A FAIRYTALE

CHRISTMAS

MANSION

Enter a magical Christmas

Mansion themed with all

of your favourite fairy tales

and decorated with special

lighting and stunning

decorations. Seasonal

music adds to the festive

atmosphere as you work

your way through enchanting

rooms - from the grandeur

of the state rooms through

to the servants’ quarters.

There’s a special festive

treat awaiting you at the end!

www.tattonpark.org.uk

25 November –

24 December

CHRISTMAS LUNCH

IN THE OAKFIELD

Start your festive countdown

in the stunning surroundings

of The Oakfield at Chester

Zoo by treating yourself

to a delicious Christmas

lunch with your nearest and

dearest.

With a range of indulgent

wines, refreshing Prosecco

and a well-stocked bar of

over 170 tipples for you to

try…it is Christmas after all!

www.theoakfield.org/

christmas-lunch

27 November

COUNT ARTHUR

STRONG

As well as being the allround

entertainer we all

know and love from the

telly, Count Arthur Strong

is also a lifelong fan of

astronomy, since having

been given a microscope

for Christmas when he was

a small precocious baby.

In his brand-new show,

he seamlessly combines

the very best showbiz

entertainment you’ll

currently find, in the world,

possibly!

www.thebrindley.org.uk

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29 November

LUMEN: CREWE’S

NIGHT OF LIGHTS

Head to Memorial and

Lyceum Squares to see

breath-taking contemporary

light installations whirl

around the urban landscape.

Take little ones on a lantern

procession and see their

jaws drop at the spectacle

of giant walkabout puppets,

while fireworks crackle

and bang, showering stars

overhead. If there’s a chill in

the air, grab a hot chocolate

in the winter market and

take a rousing ride on the

funfair.

www.crewetowncouncil.

gov.uk

30 November

G4 CHRISTMAS

Experience sumptuous

harmonies in an idyllic,

festive setting. With a series

of 28 shows in beautiful

venues nationwide, join

Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and

Duncan as they recall the

musical experiences of

their childhoods. Expect

to hear timeless classics

such as When A Child is

Born, Silent Night and All I

Want for Christmas, as well

as delightful medleys to

evoke the Christmas spirit,

all delivered exquisitely in

some of the UK’s most iconic

historical venues.

www.chestercathedral.com

30 November –

23 December

CHRISTMAS

WOODLAND AT

BLAKEMERE

Don’t miss this sell out

unique theatrical experience

to find Father Christmas

taking place every Saturday

and Sunday on the run up to

Christmas.

www.christmaswoodland.

co.uk

30 November –

24 December

SANTA CRUISES AT

ANDERTON BOAT

LIFT

Weekends throughout

December, come and join

Santa and his helpers on

the Edwin Clark trip boat

for a festive cruise on the

River Weaver Navigation.

Storytelling, songs and a

special present for each child.

www.andertonboatlift.co.uk

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CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

A delightful annual family event where

the cathedral cloisters are filled with

more than fifty majestic Christmas

trees decorated by local schools and

businesses to reflect the thematic year

– ‘waves’ - a celebration of water, and

in support of the Adoption Matters and

Stick ‘n’ Step.

Follow the Nativity Trail around the

trees and cathedral, and don’t forget to

vote for your favourite tree!

www.chestercathedral.com

2 – 4 December

ARLEY CHRISTMAS

FLORAL

EXTRAVAGANZA

Visit the Hall daily and see

each room decorated with

hundreds of fresh flowers

and foliage from the Arley

Gardens. Floristry colleges

and florists each decorate

a room in the hall in a

traditional and stunning

style. The Chapel is also

decorated, and local schools

have been invited to each

decorate a Christmas tree

which will be on display in

the Cruck Barn, make sure

you vote for your favourite!

www.arleyhallandgardens.com

6 – 8 December

TATTON CHRISTMAS

SHOPPING FAIR

You’re sure to find that

perfect gift with over 40

stalls in the Tenants’ Hall

offering a wide range of

present ideas, food and drink

and Christmas essentials.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

6 December – 12 January

PETER PAN

Coming to Storyhouse

this Christmas, after the

sensational The Wizard of

Oz. Journey to Neverland

for a high-flying adventure

you’ll never forget. The

forever-young Peter Pan

sails through the skies

to bring Wendy and the

Darling children to the Lost

Children’s enchanted island

where the fearsome Captain

Hook rules over the high

seas. Based on the timeless

book by JM Barrie.

www.storyhouse.com

7 & 14 December

CANDLELIT CAROLS

CONCERT

As the cathedral shimmers

by candlelight, the Chester

Cathedral Choir, directed

by Philip Rushforth, sing

a selection of traditional

carols for all to enjoy.

There will also be seasonal

readings and a chance for

all to join in and sing some

festive songs and carols.

www.chestercathedral.com

7 – 29 December

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Venue Cymru has announced

that this year’s sensational

family pantomime Sleeping

Beauty will star Sherrie

Hewson, Kieran Powell and

Friends and Nigel Ellacott

in an all-new spectacular

production. Packed with all

of the traditional pantomime

ingredients North Wales’

audiences have come to

expect, Sleeping Beauty will

be spectacularly brought to

life with an abundance of

jaw-dropping dance, sidesplitting

comedy, sensational

song and plenty of festive

magic.

www.venuecymru.co.uk

11 December - 12 January

SNOW WHITE & THE

SEVEN DWARFS

Starring Brindley Panto

favourites Rebecca Lake

as Snow White, Andrew

Curphey as Muddles, Charlie

Griffiths as Fairy and Chris

Pym as the Prince. With

stars of stage, screen and TV

shows such as Brookside,

Coronation Street and The

Royal it’s sure to have the

usual spectacular scenery,

dazzling costumes, hilarious

jokes, singalong songs and

fun for all the family!

www.thebrindley.org.uk

14 - 15 December

CHRISTMAS FESTIVE

WEEKEND AT NESS

Meet Father Christmas,

design your own wreath,

family arts and crafts,

Christmas Market and

Festive music. A great family

day out.

www.liverpool.ac.uk/nessgardens

20 & 21 December

THE SNOWMAN TOUR

Make it a magical

Christmas… Immerse

yourself in the irresistible

animated tale The Snowman,

accompanied by a live

orchestra. A heart-warming

experience that brings more

than a snowman to life and

featuring the much-loved

classic ‘Walking in the Air’.

A festive favourite for the

whole family.

www.chestercathedral.com

23 December

FESTIVE FIREWORKS

AT GULLIVER’S

WORLD

Light up your Christmas

with this Festive Fireworks

Night! Enjoy a brilliant

family day out exploring their

huge selection of rides and

attractions. There will be

some magical Christmas

shows running throughout

the day.

www.gulliversfun.co.uk/

events/festive-fireworks

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1 - 2 February

BRIDE: THE WEDDING SHOW

Plan your perfect day at the North’s premier

bridal exhibition in the spectacular marquee

packed with more than 150 of the region’s finest

wedding suppliers. There will be sensational

choreographed catwalk shows, live music, a

dressed marquee showcase, a Champagne bar

and much more.

www.tattonpark.org.uk

28 – 31 December

THE THERAPLATE

UK LIVERPOOL

INTERNATIONAL

HORSE SHOW

An exciting end to 2019

the show will be packed

with fun filled thrilling

performances for everyone

to enjoy. Including a feast of

world-class show-jumping

and dressage, family

entertainment including

Motocross Freestyle displays

and live music culminating

in the North West’s largest

indoor firework celebration.

www.liverpoolhorseshow.com

21 January

DIRTY DUSTING

Starring Crissy Rock

(Benidorm, I’m a Celebrity),

Leah Bell, Dolores Porretta

and Andrew Green. Treat

yourself to an evening of

pure theatrical Viagra. This

is a heart-warming, feel

good comedy which will

have you rolling in the aisles

and smiling every time you

answer the phone.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

21 – 26 January

PETER PAN GOES

WRONG

Following their multi awardwinning

success with The

Play That Goes Wrong and

The Comedy About A Bank

Robbery, Mischief Theatre

return to Storyhouse with

their riotous spin on a

timeless classic, the West

End smash hit Peter Pan

Goes Wrong.

www.storyhouse.com

25 January

THE BATTLE OF

NANTWICH

For over 40 years the faithful

troops of The Sealed Knot

have gathered in the historic

town of Nantwich, Cheshire

to re-enact the bloody battle

that took place in 1644,

marking the end of the

siege of the town during the

English Civil War.

www.battleofnantwich.org

1 February – 1 March

SNOWDROP WALKS

One of the finest displays

of snowdrops in the North

West. Tearooms are also

open serving homemade

light lunches and cream teas

complete with roaring wood

burner.

www.rodehall.co.uk

2 February

GET READY – THE

ULTIMATE SOUL &

MOTOWN PARTY

Take a trip back to 1960s

Detroit with the brand-new,

celebrated stage show

featuring the music of the

Temptations, Four Tops,

Supremes, Jackson 5, Stevie

Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

Velvet vocals from a stellar

cast of critically-acclaimed

performers combine with

divinely-gifted musicians, to

authentically recreate the

sound responsible for lifting

an entire generation to its

dancing feet.

www.thebrindley.org.uk

8 February – 14 March

THE SUICIDE

Part of Storyhouse’s season

11 of original drama, made

in Chester. A classic Russian

comedy, banned by Stalin,

very possibly for being too

funny.

www.storyhouse.com

12 February

JOHN

SHUTTLEWORTH

‘John Shuttleworth’s Back’...

is giving him trouble. Years

of strenuous DIY, not to

mention playing his organ

whilst perched upon a multi

pack of Diet Sprite with

no lumber support, has

taken its toll. But - ever the

trouper - John returns to

regale audiences with an

evening of his classic songs

(plus new ones and hilarious

‘back’ stories), pausing only

to reapply his deep heat rub!

www.thebrindley.org.uk

14 February – 15 March

BLUE STOCKINGS

Part of Storyhouse’s season

11 of original drama, made

in Chester. Four defiant

young women battle the

cruelty of class divides, the

distractions of love and the

men ready to do anything

to stop them, as they fight

to change the future of

education.

www.storyhouse.com

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made with the National Trust

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Step into the gardens at Quarry Bank to discover the

glasshouse twinkling under the winter sun. Escape to

Lyme's peaceful moorland with views across Cheshire

or take in the UK's largest winter garden as carpets of

colour spring up at Dunham Massey.

These are the places that make us.

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11 -13 April

TASTE CHESHIRE FOOD AND

DRINK FESTIVAL

A wonderful culinary experience with

over 150 exhibitors highlighting the

best the county, region and country

has to offer. Now, in its twentieth

year, there will be a fabulous line up

of celebrity and local chefs and free

children’s cooking classes turning your

little ones in to mini Masterchef’s.

As well as a whole host of

entertainment for the adults who

can sample and purchase from the

offering of the food drink and lifestyle

exhibitors. A great family day out!

www.chesterfoodanddrink.co.uk

15 – 23 February

FEBRUARY HALF

TERM

Get the kids off the sofa

and away from screens and

adventure down to Ness this

half term. Family Snowdrop

trail. Admission to the

garden applies.

www.liverpool.ac.uk/nessgardens

20 February – 13 March

MISS JULIE

Part of Storyhouse’s season

11 of original drama, made

in Chester. A new adaptation

of Strindberg’s thrilling

psychological drama,

newly politically-charged

in Amy Ng’s adaptation for

Storyhouse.

www.storyhouse.com

9 – 14 March

WE WILL ROCK YOU

The worldwide smash hit

musical by Queen and Ben

Elton returns to the UK and

is coming to Venue Cymru

in March 2020. The multimillion-pound

show dazzles

all the senses in breathtaking

style. Guaranteed to

blow your mind, this musical

phenomenon is not to be

missed!

www.venuecymru.co.uk

14 March

FAMILY SCIENCE

FAIR

Join in for some free, handson,

science-based activities

for all those budding

brainiacs. Free activities in

the Visitor Centre.

15 March

PLANT HUNTERS’

FAIR

Have a browse at unusual

plants from a selection of

specialist nurseries. Free

activities in the Visitor

Centre.

www.liverpool.ac.uk/nessgardens

www.liverpool.ac.uk/nessgardens

30 March – 7 April

CHESHIRE

RESIDENTS’

FESTIVAL

To mark English Tourism

Week and celebrate all that

our lovely county has to

offer, residents of Cheshire

can explore what’s on their

doorstop for FREE for one

week only! Several fantastic

attractions will be offering

free and discounted entry,

free tours and other exciting

opportunities for local

residents to discover more

about the county we live in

and the fantastic ‘hidden

gems’ in the area.

www.visitcheshire.com

9 – 13 April

NANTWICH JAZZ,

BLUES & MUSIC

FESTIVAL

The Nantwich Jazz, Blues

and Music Festival sees

the historic market town

of Nantwich transformed

into a charismatic lively

atmosphere of beer and

blues. This is an annual

festival, with many local

pubs and destinations

hosting famous jazz and

blues performers. This

festival remains one of

Cheshire’s biggest events -

not to be missed!

www.nantwichjazz.com

14 – 18 April

BEAUTIFUL

Beautiful – The Carole

King Musical, the Olivier

award-winning West End and

Broadway show is coming to

Llandudno!

www.venuecymru.co.uk

21 April

REMEMBERING THE

OSCARS

Fresh from their sellout

tour with their highly

entertaining and innovative

Remembering The Movies,

Aljaz and Janette, will be

returning with their brand

new show Remembering

The Oscars. Get ready to

celebrate the Oscar winning

songs in this exhilarating

new dance spectacular with

Strictly’s favourite couple,

Aljaz and Janette.

www.venuecymru.co.uk

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When it comes to downtime, Cheshire has some

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PARK / RIGHT TOP &

BOTTOM: THE MERE

RESORT

Fresh on the Cheshire

scene this winter is the

hotly anticipated new spa at

Carden Park, near Chester,

opening after months in the

making and a whopping cash

injection of £10 million. And

the crew behind it harbour

big ambitions. They want

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space one of the UK’s top

destination spas, having

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Herbology – a brand that’ll

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The 14 treatment rooms

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pool, a Champagne bar,

squishy day beds and

tufts of herbs that will be

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The biggest draws at the

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and the steaming outdoor

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treatments on offer, but

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can’t decide which one to

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Chester Grosvenor offers

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the sort of space you’ll

want to hide away in for

hours. But this place isn’t

short on facilities: there’s

a pool, Jacuzzi, sauna,

steam room, gym and

tennis courts, and plenty of

supercharging treatments,

plus a raft of anti-ageing

procedures from nonsurgical

brand, Caci. Go to

spabykasia.co.uk.

Make time for a dip in the

pool at Mottram Hall near

Wilmslow – that and its

hydrotherapy whirlpool

are the centrepiece. You

could while away a whole

day here, doing a few laps,

perching in the sauna and

working your way through

the Elemis treatments. The

dynamic resurfacing facial

is one of its highlights. Go to

mottramhall.com/Spa-andhealth-club.

Lording it up on Chester’s

outskirts, Rowton Hall

has a garden-side pool,

sauna and steam room. But

what makes it even more

interesting is its range of

Elemis face technology

treatments, energising skin

with micro-current pulses

and smoothing complexions

with ultrasonic peels. Go to

rowtonhallhotel.co.uk/thespa/spa-facilities-rowtonspa-cheshire.

For pick-me-up treatments

with results, Crewe Hall’s

spa focuses on pampering

stalwarts – spas, facials and

massages by ESPA. There

are some very reasonable

spa packages that can be

combined with afternoon

tea and bubbly, plus full

use of the pool, Jacuzzi,

sauna and steam room. Go

to crewehallcheshire.co.uk/

spa-health-club/spa.

Rookery Hall near Nantwich

is one countryside bolthole

that’s all about switching

off in style. The glassroofed

pool is light-filled

and airy, there are dozens

of reinvigorating Elemis

treatments, and a mud

chamber for two. There’s

also Touch Therapy,

designed specifically for

cancer patients. Go to

handpickedhotels.co.uk/

rookeryhall/spa.

Canalside urban retreat

Mill Hotel in Chester has

a large pool dotted with

marble pillars, a sauna,

steam room and Jacuzzi,

and the gym overlooks the

Shropshire Union Canal.

On the treatment menu are

Elemis’ trademark facials

and massages, and many of

The Mill’s bargain spa days

include fizz and fine-dining.

Go to millhotel.com/spa/

spa-treatments.

Helen Warwick is an

award-winning travel writer.

She was deputy editor

of National Geographic

Traveller (UK) for many

years and now contributes

to leading titles including

The Guardian and Daily Mail.

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WOOD Chester

A former winner of MasterChef has opened a new

restaurant in Chester – more evidence that the city’s

becoming a foodie destination, writes Suzanne King

Chester foodies have never

had it so good. The city’s

restaurant scene has

turned positively exciting in

recent years, thanks to the

arrival of lively independent

ventures. Eating-out options

now include everything from

Michelin-starred fine-dining

at Simon Radley at The

Chester Grosvenor to streetfood

fun at Chester Market’s

Foodie Fridays.

One welcome new arrival

opened in June; WOOD

Chester is the latest venture

of 2015 MasterChef winner

Simon Wood. Carrying off

the title sparked a career

change for the former data

manager, who opened

his first restaurant in

Manchester in 2017, which

quickly won a Michelin

recommendation and a

couple of AA rosettes. Now

he’s recreated this winning

formula at his restaurant

in the new Hotel Indigo

Chester.

Before my companion and

I had picked up our knives

and forks, the restaurant

was clocking up brownie

points. Running late for

our lunchtime booking, we

arrived out of breath and

flushed of face. WOOD’s

philosophy, though, is

“unintimidating fine

dining” and it lived up to

that promise. Despite our

dishevelled appearance,

the welcome was warm, the

atmosphere relaxed and

no sooner had we sat down

than glasses of iced water

appeared, courtesy of a

smiley waiter who went on

to deliver faultless service

throughout.

The menu gives little away,

each dish listing a few key

ingredients with no detail

of how they’re cooked. It’s

not short of options, though,

offering everything from a

quick pre-theatre meal to

a full-on mystery tasting

menu, where you trust the

chef to deliver whatever

seems best on the day.

Judging by our à la carte

lunch, it would be a leap of

faith worth making. Tasty

amuse-bouches got us

off to a flying start – one a

mini pastry filled with duck

leg and rabbit, the other

smoked eel mousse in a

crispy charcoal cracker. My

first course revealed Wood’s

artistic eye for plating;

citrus-cured mackerel

sitting prettily on top of

discs of pickled beetroot,

dotted with rosettes of goat’s

cheese, spheres of orange

gel and red-veined sorrel

leaves.

“Anjou squab, bacon butty

bread sauce, radicchio,

thyme” was the deceptively

simple title of my partner’s

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Three more

eateries in

Chester

Hypha

A first for Chester, this lovely little

restaurant on top of the city walls

serves an entirely plant-based menu

of small-plate dishes. The cooking

is creative and clever, with flavourpacked

food that even has dedicated

carnivores singing its praises. Just

don’t go without your card – because

of animal fats in bank notes, the

restaurant doesn’t accept cash.

Price: ££

Address: 5 City Walls,

Chester CH1 2JG

Tel/Web: 01244 312490;

hypha.restaurant

main course. The more

complex reality was

delicately gamey squab

breasts, paired with petals

of radicchio, burnt shallot

and a silky-smooth sauce

whose depth of flavour came

from onions and thyme

sautéed in bacon fat then

blitzed with breadcrumbs

and cream. My choice,

“Jacket potato, morels, white

asparagus, black truffle”,

turned out to be a winner

of a vegetarian dish, with

elements including confit

white beetroot, a mashed

potato foam, crispy potato

skin bits, nettle salsa verde

and just the right amount of

shaved truffle.

Puddings continued the

good work. I managed to

snaffle one spoonful of my

partner’s perfectly wobbly

panna cotta before he swiftly

Price: £££

Address: Hotel Indigo,

Grosvenor Park Road,

Chester CH1 1QQ

Tel/web: 01244 735765;

woodrestaurantgroup.com

polished off the rest. My own

lemon posset was equally

delicious, with chargrilled

grapefruit pieces and teeny

meringues adding perfect

pops of citrus and texture to

the creamy base.

Plates cleared, we were

sampling a honeyed glass

of mead (the drinks list has

a dedicated mead page),

when along came one final

flourish: violet and Vimto

macarons. My other half

being a macaron-phobe, I

happily marked them down

as mine, all mine. Sadly,

having enjoyed every dish

so far, he threw caution to

the wind and tried one. And

loved it. Curses. Just the one

for me, then...

Suzanne King is co-author of

Slow Travel Cheshire (Bradt

Guides, £12.99).

The Jaunty Goat

Also flying the vegan flag (and also

card-only) is the second branch

of Jaunty Goat, which opened in

January. Like its older sibling, you can

expect cut-above coffee and cakes

and a hipsterish menu of breakfast,

brunch and lunch favourites (granola,

smashed avocado on sourdough

toast, etc). This time, though,

everything’s meat-and dairy-free.

Price: £

Address: 128 Northgate Street,

Chester CH1 2HT

Tel/Web: 01244 421492;

facebook.com/jauntygoat

Covino

The venture itself isn’t new, but a

recent move to larger premises has

allowed this much-loved independent

wine bar to expand its food offering.

You can drop in for a glass of

interesting wine and bar snacks or

tuck into a selection of beautifully

executed seasonal small-plate dishes.

Price: ££

Address: 118 Northgate Street,

Chester CH1 2HT

Tel/Web: 01244 347727;

facebook.com/covinochester

Average price of a three-course

dinner excluding drinks

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

££.......................................£20-£40

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From January to June 2020,

Manchester’s symphony orchestras,

the Hallé and BBC Philharmonic,

celebrate the 250th anniversary

of Beethoven’s birth with a complete

cycle of the composer’s symphonies

at The Bridgewater Hall.

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY, 7.30PM

BEETHOVEN’S ODE TO JOY

Beethoven

Symphony No.9, ‘Choral’

Leonore Overture No.3

Elegischer Gesang

The Ruins of Athens: Overture

Christ on the Mount of Olives: Angel’s Chorus

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With 15 fixtures throughout the season and a variety of offers,

enclosures and hospitality packages to choose from,

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