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What’s Chester & Cheshire April 2010

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival | Sandbach Transport Festival Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival | Chester Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair Capesthorne Hall Bluebell Festival | National Waterways Museum: Easter Boat Gathering Win tickets for Tatton Park Biennial and The Perfect Night with Roger Sanchez

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April Showers... Our forecast for the month is for showers of entertainment, gales of laughter, a flurry of festivals and a drizzle of delicious delights.

Next month, we bring you our Magnificent Seven for May:

Tickets available from Town Hall Visitor Information Centre Special Offer Competitions - We publish several prize draws every month. The winners are chosen at random. We publish the names of the winners as soon as we can online at www.visitchester.com. Only e-mail entries are accepted.

Here’s our Six of the Best for April!

5th-7th May: Chester Races www.chester-races.co.uk

1st-5th April: Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival www.nantwichjazz.com

8th May-26th September: Tatton Park Biennial www.tattonparkbiennial.com

Editorial/Pictures: Gerald Tattum Tel: 01244 405634 Fax: 01244 405601 Email: g.tattum@visitchesterandcheshire.co.uk

8th-9th May: The Thundersprint www.thundersprint.com

Design and Artwork: Nick Thompson at Lemondrop Creative (01244 344666) www.lemondropcreative.co.uk

2nd-5th April: National Waterways Museum: Easter Boat Gathering www.nwm.org.uk 3rd-5th April: Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, Chester Racecourse www.chesterfoodanddrink.com

27th-31st May: Audlem Festival www.audlemfestival.com

17th-18th April: Sandbach Transport Festival www.sandbachtransportfestival.co.uk

28th-31st May: Chester Folk Festival www.chesterfolk.org

18th April: Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair, Chester Racecourse www.decorativefairs.co.uk

29th May-5th June: Screen Deva www.chesterperforms.com

25th-26th April: Capesthorne Hall Bluebell Festival www.capesthorne.com

31st May: Warrington Horse Show www.warringtonhorseshow.co.uk

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Seeking Slinger A hotel manager is appealing for information about his greatgrandfather who invented a key mechanism in old cameras. Mark Slinger wants to find out more about his relative, Frank Slinger, who grew up in Sale and worked at Thornton-Pickard. Patents for Frank’s camera inventions still hang in the library at Mark’s hotel, The Alexandra Court Hotel in Congleton. “If nobody had invented digital cameras these would be worth millions and I’d be sunning myself on a beach somewhere right now,” joked Mark. “I know he invented the firing mechanism for an old style shutter camera back in 1912, but I don’t know a lot more about him. I’m hoping people in Sale will be able to fill in the gaps.” “It is amazing to think that these massive cameras now fit into our phones,” said Mark. “I am very proud of the library that we have in the hotel. It really is a snapshot of history and I would love to find out more about the heritage of the camera and my family.” If you can help Mark with information about his great grandfather call 01260 297871 or email: info@thealexandracourt.com

Planet Fear... Dozens of the animal kingdom’s most dangerous creatures are now at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks as part of a deadly new attraction. Venom will feature everything from black widow spiders and venomous lionfish to stinging jellyfish and vipers in a series of innovative new displays – including ‘Tarantula Tower’ where visitors will be able to step inside a Perspex tower surrounded by more than 50 giant spiders. The new feature contains so many potentially deadly creatures that their staff have had to undergo emergency first aid training and bring in life-saving anti-venom kits. Venom will contain one of the highest concentrations of venoms, toxins and poisons anywhere in the UK. Every member of their zoological team who will come into contact with the animals has undergone specialist training and will wear protective clothing to ensure their safety.

A number of the new arrivals are deemed so dangerous that Blue Planet Aquarium have had to notify officials at each local authority through which they were transported en route to the aquarium. Venom is divided into three sections featuring marine creatures, spiders and insects, and reptiles. Other displays will be home to stonefish – considered to be one of the marine world’s most lethal fish, venomous vipers including the eyelash viper and white lipped tree viper, scorpions, giant tarantulas, golden web spinning spiders, assassin bugs and a whole host of other venomous creatures. Blue Planet is open daily from 10am (except Christmas Day). Want to know more? Visit www.blueplanetaquarium.co.uk or call 0151 357 8804


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Beeston Bonanza Cheshire’s sky-high citadel – Beeston Castle – kicks off a spectacular season of exhilarating events – with an Easter Family Fun Knights Trail. English Heritage have stocked up on thousands of chocolate Easter Bunnies as yummy prizes to give to children after they track down the mini-knights - so make sure you don’t miss out! To find out more about spring days out and events at Beeston Castle, that includes trails for adventurous children, re-enactments for the history buffs, and special tours for those who want to find out the gory details of how people used to live, visit www.englishheritage.org.uk/beeston By the way, our readers can enjoy 10% off the entry fee to Beeston Castle. The special offer is valid for up to 2 adults and 2 children but cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or discounts. The offer is valid until 28th May 2010, excluding 24th & 25th April. The discount is only available on production of this edition of What’s On, and is for single use only.

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Alfresco Art Leviathan-sized lily pads, a collapsing tree house, a giant doll’s house, a ‘fossilisation machine’ and a twotonne block of ice carried from Greenland are just a taste of a number of artworks envisioned for Tatton Park Biennial 2010. This unique contemporary art event returns to the Cheshire stately home 8th May-26th September with over 20 emerging and internationally recognised artists creating new works inspired by and for the Mansion, Parkland and Gardens. These diverse and dynamic works have been specially commissioned for Tatton Park Biennial 2010 and will have their world premieres at the historic estate in rural East Cheshire.

One of the most breathtaking creations will be developed by renowned environmental artist, Steve Messam, who will create a beautiful trail of bright red lily pads across Tatton Mere. Measuring 5 metres across, they will be large and striking enough to be seen from aeroplanes on Manchester Airport’s flight path. Want to know more? Visit www.tattonparkbiennial.org Want to win tickets for the Tatton Park Biennial?

Tatton Park Biennial 2010 will take a sitespecific theme of ‘Framing Identity’.

We’ve got 5 family tickets for the gardens and mansion to give away for the following weekends, when events will be taking place:

Artists and writers will develop works which will examine the site as a living and evolving subject, exploring our ‘sense of place’ and what roots the individual to a particular location.

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The artworks will take a diverse number of forms including large scale installations, experimental film works, comic, performance and the written word.

To enter our prize draw, just send an e-mail with your full contact details to whatson@visitchesterandcheshire.co.uk before 13th May.


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Vibe Tribe House music pioneer Roger Sanchez, who continues to rock the dance floors across the globe, touches down at Chester Racecourse on Saturday 1st May to bring his ‘Perfect Night’ tour to the City. The award-winning artist from New York has chosen ‘The Beginning Of A New Era’ as the 2010 theme. This year Roger celebrates 10 years of incredible house music, and the beginning of a new decade filled with innovative beats and mind blowing performances. Born to Dominican Parents in Queens, New York in 1969, Roger spent his younger years soaking up the musical influences that were the lifeblood of his home town. It was the diversity of these influences, from salsa, blues and soul to disco, rock and hip-hop, that solidified Roger's dedication to representing this spectrum of musical styles. Roger has remixed superstars such as Chic, Daft Punk, Diana Ross and The Police and contributed to the soundtrack of Hollywood movie Blade. To book tickets, call 07827 473349. Doors open at 9pm. To find out more, visit www.theperfectnight.co.uk We’ve got 2 pairs of tickets to give away. Just send an e-mail with your full contact details before 23rd April to whatson@visitchesterandcheshire.co.uk

Rock and Folk Folk aficionados and rock lovers are in for a real treat this month thanks to The Brindley at Runcorn. The popular entertainment venue hosts one of the county's most talented folk stars on Friday 16th April when the multiaward winning Cara Dillon appears on stage.

This juicily gothic piece of music theatre that muses on the idea of perfection and perfectability is presented by Fittings Multimedia Arts, Sounds of Progress and the Tron Theatre using the music of the great maverick. The play starts at 7.30pm.

The singer has just won Album of the Year for Hill of Thieves at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Ian Dury’s life-story has recently been enjoyed by a whole new generation since the hit movie Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll hit the cinemas this year.

She also won Best Female Singer and Best Traditional Song at the 2010 Spiral Awards.

It’s also showing at The Brindley on Saturday 10th April at 7.30pm.

Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer.

Tickets for the play are available priced £10, £8 concessions. Purchase a ticket for the film and get £1 off the play. Tickets for the film are £3.50, £3 concessions.

The show starts at 8pm, tickets are £15, £13 concessions. The life and times of legendary Blockhead Ian Dury are also celebrated at The Brindley on Tuesday 27th April, with a production of ‘Raspberry’ written by Garry Robson with music by Leigh Stirling.

Book online at www.thebrindley.org.uk or call 0151 907 8360. We’ve got a pair of tickets for Raspberry to give away to one lucky reader. To enter our prize draw, just send an e-mail with your full contact details to whatson@visitchesterandcheshire.co.uk before 20th April.


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What’s On Annual Favourite Preparations are now well underway to bring you, once again, a fantastic Cheshire County Show in 2010. This year’s show takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday, 22nd and 23rd June. The show which is held at Tabley near Knutsford and is all about appreciating the fabulous sights, characters and flavours of Cheshire saw a record number of visitors in 2009 with crowds reaching more than 80,000 over the two days.

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Visitors will be in good company at the show this year with guests including Charles Collingwood and Julie Bennett, stars of hit BBC radio soap The Archers and The Bolddog Lings – a freestyle motocross team who will wow crowds with their extreme stunts. Attractions include the culinary delights of the Roberts Bakery Food Hall, a stunning display from Gauntlet birds of prey and the most important attractions of all – hundreds of animals competing for coveted titles. Full details of the show can be found at www.cheshirecountyshow.org.uk

music magic Connie Fisher will star as ‘Maria’ in the smash hit production of the legendary Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music at Venue Cymru, Llandudno Tuesday 11th - Saturday 29th May 2010. Connie was due to end her contract when the show finishes its Edinburgh Playhouse run, but the opportunity to play Llandudno’s Venue Cymru proved too irresistible to miss! Connie will star opposite the previously announced Michael Praed as ‘Captain Von Trapp’. Connie Fisher won BBC 1’s “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?” and played the role at the London Palladium for 15 months, to critical acclaim. Michael Praed’s musical theatre credits include leading roles in the West End productions of ‘Aspects of Love’, ‘Copacabana’, Susan Stroman’s ‘Contact’ and ‘Beautiful and Damned’. Visit www.venuecymru.co.uk for details.

Fantastic Forum Chester’s Forum Theatre continues to stage some fabulous drama from its base in Hamilton Place and lovers of John Godber’s work will be delighted with their production of Up ‘n’ Under, 8th-15th May, which revolves around a bet on a rugby league match… To find out more about Up ‘n’ Under and their other forthcoming productions, visit www.chestertheatre.co.uk The good news is that the Forum Theatre is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. Visit www.chestertheatre.co.uk for more information. To enter their prize draw, just send your full contact details to The Forum Studio Theatre (What’s On competition), Hamilton Place Chester CH1 2BH before 30th April 2010.


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Events for 2010 AT BEESTON CASTLE AND WOODLAND PARK Fri 2 – Mon 5 April

Knights Family Fun Trail & Dressing Up Sat 24 – Sun 25 April

Medieval Pageant for St George Sat 1 – Mon 3 May

Fairy Family Fun Trail Sat 29 – Mon 3 May

Civil War Weekend For more information call 01829 260464 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/ beeston

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Teddy Bear Easter Festival Great family fun. Join in the hunt for the honey pots. Visit the Teddytastic Mansion. Meet the farm's lambs, pigs, donkeys and friends. Have teddy’s temperature checked at the teddy hospital. Watch the marvellous magic show

Lunchtime Lecture Summoned by Bells Call 01625 374428 to book

PLUS EASTER CRAFTS AND COUNTRY SHOPPING FAIR Normal opening times and prices apply.

April 17th to 23rd Lambing Week at the Farm Normal opening times and prices apply May 1st to 3rd Design Weekend Home and Gardens Exhibition 10am to 5pm. Tel 01244 346347

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Paw Prize A Cheshire gastro inn has been nominated for a top industry award less than a year after opening. The five star Bear’s Paw in Warmingham, Sandbach, has been nominated in the Best Newcomer category at this year’s Northern Hospitality Awards. The Bear’s Paw opened last May following a £2m restoration project after a devastating fire destroyed much of the 19th century building.

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Within two months it had been awarded an AA Dining Award and a five star rating, in recognition of its outstanding food and accommodation. Visit www.thebearspaw.co.uk or call 01270 526 317

Cooks up a storm Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival to be staged at the racecourse 3rd-5th April is one of the highlights of Cheshire’s gastronomic calendar. The new festival still features all of the wonderful food and drink stalls but now appeals to an even wider audience by introducing a lifestyle show and camper van event to its line up. Over 150 food, drink, homes and gardens stalls will showcase the very best products and produce from the region. The foodie favourite features a melange of delicious delights from award winning sausages and delicious home grown vegetables to home interiors, art galleries and furniture stores, as well as a champagne tent and a beer tasting marquee. Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival offers 3 jam-packed days of exciting activities including the ever popular celebrity chef demonstrations.

Famous faces taking part in this year’s culinary celebration are Simon Rimmer, Michael Caines, Andrew Nutter and Thomasina Miers – and children need not feel left out, as there is a dedicated Children’s Cookery Marquee where children can join in making pasta, cakes and bread all to take home. To find out more, visit www.chesterfoodanddrink.com or call 01244 355374

Tea Treat Port Sunlight Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its Edwardian Tea Rooms recreating the atmosphere, service and taste of the era. The authentic refreshment venue features waitresses in period costume serving a superb selection of fantastic home-made cakes to visitors - look out for the elegant 'Afternoon Tea' offer on their daily menu board! The Edwardian Tea Rooms at Port Sunlight Museum are open daily 10.30am - 4pm. Call 0151 644 6466 for details.


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Adorable Allisons Allisons, the delightful gift shop in Godstall Lane have just taken delivery of a stunning new jewellery range. It’s called ‘Flower Jewellery’ handmade and set in sterling silver using real flowers, freshly picked & set in acrylic resin. This careful process preserves the natural beauty of each flower, captured to be enjoyed for years. Each piece is as unique as a finger print, and a timeless classic. The collection uses real flowers such as daisies, poppies, roses, forget-me-nots & even four leaf clovers making the essential gift for any flower lover. To find out more, visit www.allisonsofchester.co.uk

Perfect Pelle Put a spring in your step this season? Favourite footwear boutique brand Moda in Pelle has unveiled the first styles from its brand new spring summer 2010 collection, which once again sees the brand taking inspiration from some of next year’s hottest trends.

Amazing Artroom The Artroom Gallery at Parkgate always features a magical range of work. Their new exhibition entitled ‘Seascape Dreams’ featuring highly representational new paintings by collectable international artist Alexander Slatter runs until 2nd May.

Flat sandals are a must for any summer wardrobe. Keep it glam with on-trend metallics sprinkled with diamante details.

This season Moda in Pelle has injected a point of difference to the collection, keeping the signature looks but with a more modern edge.

His style can be described as contemporary romanticism, drawing on the tradition of European landscape painting. To find out more, visit www.artroom.uk.com

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Theatre Until 3rd April, 7.30pm & Sat Matinee 2.30pm

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9th April, 7.30pm Arley Hall & Gardens, Northwich. Tel: 01565 777353

Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

FAWLTY TOWERS COMEDY SHOW

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Be welcomed by Basil Fawlty, Sybil Fawlty & Manuel and enjoy a night of entertainment the moment they walk through the door! Experience classic sketches as you dine and laugh right through the evening!

By Sebastian Barry.

Tickets: £19, £16, £13, Concs £2 off top two ticket prices (excluding Sat Eve) Until 3rd April, 7.45pm & Sat Matinee 2.45pm

Tickets: £42

Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

9th – 11th April, 7.30pm

SHAKESPEARE’S WILL By Vern Thiessen.

Tickets: £12, Gallery £10, Concs £2 off top two ticket prices (excluding Sat Eve) 4th April, 7.30pm Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Tel: 01492 872000 www.venuecymru.co.uk

THE COMEDY WORKS The Comedy Works presents a season of the circuit’s best comedians.

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8th April, 7.30pm Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

POTTY POLITICIANS, LOONY LETTERS AND WONDERFUL WINES An entertaining and amusing evening of political observation and insight with Simon Hoggart, recognised as one of the most astute commentators on the British political scene.

The Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, Chester. Tel: 01244 341296 www.tiptopproductions.co.uk

THE WOMAN WHO COOKED HER HUSBAND Kenneth and Hilary have been married for nearly twenty years when he begins an affair with another woman.

Tickets: £6

Tickets: £14, Concs £12 9th April, 7.30pm Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

MORSE AND ME An evening with Colin Dexter. Author Colin Dexter will talk about his best-known creation, Inspector Morse. He will explain how Morse was adapted for TV and tell us what John Thaw was really like.

Tickets: £14, Concs £12

10th April, 3.30pm Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold, Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

7th April, 7.30pm Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe. Tel: 01270 537333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

AFTERNOON TEA WITH WENDY COPE

FREDDIE STARR

In an ambience akin to a cosy fireside reading Wendy charms and amuses her audience with her wry, ironic poetry.

Tickets: £19.50

Tickets: £12, Concs £10

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Chester Boat Half-hour cruises every weekend and daily from March to November. 2-hour cruise through Eaton Estate, home of the Duke of Westminster, to the Iron Bridge, departs 12 noon & 2.30pm daily during the season, telephone to check availability. Themed BBQ cruises Saturday evenings 7.30-10.30pm – selected dates throughout the summer. Showboats for private charter. Open: Apr to Oct 11am-5pm daily; Nov-Mar 11am-4pm weekends only.

15 Souters Lane, The Groves Chester CH1 2SD Tel: 01244 325394 Fax: 01244 325396 www.chesterboat.co.uk

Chester Heritage Tours Departs Chester Visitor Centre by the Roman Amphitheatre, Mon-Sat 10am – 4pm (excluding Friday) and from the Cathedral, St. Werburgh Street on Sunday 10am-4pm. Welcome aboard a 1920s style open-top bus, to see all the city’s sights in a unique way with live commentary by a professional guide.

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Tel: 0870 765840 or 077 757 51546 www.chesterheritagetours.co.uk

Departs Chester Visitor Centre by the Roman Amphitheatre. Mon-Sat 10am-4pm (excluding Friday) and from Cathedral, St Werburgh St on Sunday 10am-4pm

History Hunter Tour, 10.30am Daily

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Drumlan Hall Farm Newton Lane, Tattenhall, Newton, Cheshire CH3 9NE Tel: 01829 770 446 www.cheshirefarmicecream.co.uk

Guided Walks Ghost Hunter Departs Sat Only (Nov – May) 7.30pm Tickets available from the Shropshire Arms on the night. Subject to availability.

The cathedral is an extraordinary mixture of old and new. History has happened here over 1,000 years, reflected in magnificent architecture, artwork and 14th c. woodcarvings. Take a tour followed by afternoon tea in the Monk’s Refectory, with wonderful gifts and souvenirs in the Cathedral Shop. Concerts and events take place all year round.

St Werburgh Street Tel: 01244 324756 www.chestercathedral.com

Dewa Roman Experience Discover what life was like in Roman Britain. Step aboard a Roman galley and stroll along a reconstructed street, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of Roman Chester. Explore at first hand the Roman fortress in the 3 metre deep excavations and handle ‘dig’ discoveries in our ‘finds’ room.

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Pierpoint Lane, Bridge Street, Chester Tel: 01244 343407 www.dewaromanexperience.co.uk

Open: Daily 9am-5pm (last admission). Dec & Jan 10-4pm every day

Cheshire Farm Ice Cream From the delights of over 30 award winning and irresistible real dairy ice creams & sorbets to ‘Crazy Daisy’s’ amazing indoor Adventure Play Barn, The Ice Cream Farm has everything you will need for a fun day out in Cheshire. But the fun doesn’t stop there… the farm also includes; outdoor play areas, Animal Corner, the Country Kitchen Café, gift shops and even a viewing area where you can watch the cows being milked. Come rain or shine, we’ve got plenty to entertain you at Cheshire’s tastiest tourist attraction!

Chester Cathedral

21 Departs from TIC Town Hall. All tours: Adults: £5, Concs £4 Tel: 0845 647 7868 www.visitchester.com

Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway Come and have a ride on Chester’s own miniature railway, set in the beautiful surroundings of Grosvenor Park. Travel through the park, over the viaduct and round the pond, before stopping to browse through our range of Thomas the Tank souvenirs. Steam trains on some Sundays. Fun for all the family. Open: April to Oct weekends and school holidays. 10.30am to 5pm. Winter Sundays only 11am to 4pm weather permitting.

Grosvenor Park, Chester Tel: 07813 709674 www.gpmr.co.uk

The Chester Tour 1 hour circular tour • Live guide or recorded commentary • Tickets valid 24 or 48 hours • Hop on hop off • Frequent departures • See 2,000 years of history • Combined bus and river tour available Operates daily April - September, Weekends in October. Regular departures up to every 15 minutes in main summer season

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ions Telfords Warehouse ‘Chester Food and Drink Festival’ Bar of the Year 2009 • Stunning Georgian warehouse superbly located on the canal basin • Many original features with high ceiling, exposed timbers and brick walls housing industrial artefacts • Feature glass frontage provides tranquil scene overlooking the water • ‘CAMRA Good Beer Guide’ listed for 10 consecutive years • Internationally renowned live music venue • Upstairs ‘Gallery Restaurant’ serving freshly prepared homemede food to order • Open daily from 12 midday

25 Alexander's Rufus Court, Chester Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexandersjazz.com

Taking History off the page and breathing life into it for Tourists, families, schools, organisations and events. Let us show you a perspective on history that perhaps you haven’t considered before. Touring Chester with a real Roman for your family or group. Guided on a light-hearted journey through the Roman heritage of Chester, it’s just a phone call away.

24 23 Grosvenor Street, Chester Tel 01978 761264 Mobile 07885 403485 info@romantoursuk.com www.romantoursuk.com

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• North Wales Adventure • Love Liverpool • Lake District Uncut • Wales Wanders • Ghost Bus • Also available for private hire, transfers & holidays

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27 Grosvenor Street, Chester CH1 2DD Tel: 01244 402033 www.grosvenormuseum.co.uk

Cheshire Military Museum The museum’s displays and collections tell the story of Cheshire’s military history. We use computers, tableaux and hands-on exhibits to show you the life of the soldier and his family through 300 years of history. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Admission Charge

Roman Tours

Tours available Mon – Fri at 3pm (7 days a week during the summer). Tickets: Adult £5, Chils/Concs £4 and Family £14 Departing from the Roman tours Shop at the Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum Bringing Chester to life! Something for everyone! Chester’s Roman Heritage, Natural and Social History of the area, Costume, Fine and Decorative Art… and a programme of exciting special exhibitions, activities and events throughout the year. Admission free.

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Tower Wharf, Chester CH1 4EZ Tel: 01244 390090 www.telfordswarehouse.com

Alexander’s Continental-style café bar by day, top Northwest venue by night • Fine wines, real ales & fair-trade teas & coffees • Food – light meals to fixed price banquets • Live music featuring jazz, rock, world & blues • Alexander’s is famous for the alternative comedy nights every Saturday Open: Mon - Sat 11am to 2am, Sun 12 to 12.30am

Chester never fails to amaze, with an array of astonishing attractions, from the alfresco to the aquatic, that will amuse and entertain adults and children of all ages around the clock. www.visitchester.com

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The Castle, Chester CH1 2DN Tel: 01244 327617 www.chester.ac.uk/ militarymusuem

Grosvenor Shopping Centre 28 The shopping centre is located in the heart of historic Chester and is open 7 days a week. With over 70 stores, it offers an exciting mixture, from high street names like River Island, Monsoon and H&M, to smaller, specialist retailers.

Eastgate Street, Chester Tel: 01244 353065 for more details www.thegrosvenorcentre.co.uk

Mill Hotel & Spa Restaurant Cruiser A unique dining experience. The Broad Beam cruiser negotiates 2 locks on a 2 1⁄2 hour Lunch or Dinner Cruise, serving a 4-Course Meal. Also available Roman High Tea Cruises; a 1 hour cruise, with narrative DVD, serving a selection of sandwiches and cakes only £10pp.

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A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS By Alan Ayckbourn

Director: Terry Hands Set: Max Jones, Costume: Debbie Knight “A PIECE OF UPROARIOUS FUN” Daily Mail

Cast includes Robert Blythe

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Pieces By Hywel John

Director: KATE WASSERBERG Designer: MARK BAILEY

A moving play about love and loss 15 – 16 April

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18th April, 7.30pm Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

MORECAMBE Direct from the West End, Bob Golding's extraordinary portrayal commemorates the 25th anniversary of Eric Morecambe's untimely final curtain, celebrating the wonderful life of Britain's best-loved comic.

Tickets: £16, Concs £14 15th – 16th April, 7.30pm Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

NATIONAL DANCE COMPANY WALES Ten hand-picked international dancers, two new life-enhancing dances - one evening of entertaining dance.

Tickets: £16, £13, Concs £2 off 15th – 17th April, 7.30pm The Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, Chester. Tel: 01244 341296 www.tiptopproductions.co.uk

‘SLASHER’ KINCADE There's 80 minutes to go before the big speech at the trade convention. But if Robert's new business and his very survival depend on it being a success, why has he asked terminally nervous Daniel to deliver it for him?

17th April, 7.30pm Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Tel: 01492 872000 www.venuecymru.co.uk

THE NEARLY NAKED CHEF HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI This celebrated broadcaster, raconteur, writer and cook combines comedy with inventive cuisine in a wonderfully funny, laid back evening's entertainment.

Tickets: £16 - £18

Tickets: £10, £8

19th – 24th April, 7.30pm, Thur & Sat Matinee 2.30pm Clwyd Theatre Cymru, Mold. Tel: 0845 330 3565 www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk

17th April, 8pm Winsford Lifestyle Centre, Winsford. Tel: 01606 867539

THE ESSENCE OF IRELAND Fans of Irish dancing and music get a chance to enjoy the true spirit of the Emerald Isle in this enchanting show.

Tickets: £18, Concs £17.50

THE HISTORY BOYS One of the great plays of the decade, set in a school in the North of England where a boisterous bunch of bright, funny sixth-form boys are attempting to gain entrance to Oxford & Cambridge whilst fending off the distractions of sport and sex.

Tickets: £19, £16, £13, Concs £2 off top 2 ticket prices

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Chester Visitor Information Centre Chester Tourist Information Centre has been temporarily relocated to the former Cash Hall behind the Town Hall. It’s accessible via the Forum Shopping Centre. A new Visitor Information Centre will open at the Town Hall in late April.

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Accommodation • Tickets • Maps • Publications Souvenirs • Chester Festivals Box Office

Open: Mon to Sat - 9am to 5pm Sun - 10am to 5pm

GUIDED TOURS (Adults £5, Concs £4) Ghost Hunter Tour, 7.30pm Sat History Hunter Tour, 10.30am Daily Depart from Town Hall, Northgate Street, Chester CH1 2HJ

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23rd – 25th April, 7.30pm The Forum Studio Theatre, Hamilton Place, Chester. Tel: 01244341296 www.tiptopproductions.co.uk

GOOD WILL Would you lie for your daughter? Would you ask your mother to lie for you? That is the dilemma facing Margaret and Clare. Good Will is a story about the priorities in life.

Tickets: £10, £8 24th April, 7.30pm Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Tel: 01492 872000 www.venuecymru.co.uk

JIM DAVIDSON - IF I RULED THE WORLD Tickets: £16 - £18

19th – 24th April, 7.30pm & 2.30pm Sat Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe. Tel: 01270 537333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

NIGHTMARE ‘THE FRIGHT OF YOUR LIFE’

27th - 28 April, 7.30pm Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe. Tel: 01270 537333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

ROY CHUBBY BROWN Tickets: £20

Frank & Jenny think they have found their dream home, a converted chapel in a quiet country village. The dream soon turns into a nightmare as they are attacked by intruders who seem to be only interested in the contents of the deep freezer.

Tickets: £9.50 - £17.50

ALEXANDERS COMEDY CLUB

The European Arts Company invites you on a trip down the smoggy, gas lit alleyways of Victorian London to hear ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

Rufus Court, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com 3rd April: Performances by Andy Watson and Ben Lawes. 10th April: Performances by Parrot, Joseph Wilson and Phil Chapman 17th April: Performances by Paul B. Edwards, Vince Atta and Anna Keirle 24th April: Performances by Rob Heeney, James Cook and Sam Harland

Tickets: £12, Concs £10

Doors: 8pm, Tickets: £10

20th April, 7.30pm William Aston Hall, Glyndwr University, Mold Road, Wrexham. Tel: 01978 292015

THE STRANGE CASE OF JEKYLL AND HYDE

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Welcome Spring 2010 at Crewe Lyceum

Wed 7th Apr 7.30pm Freddie Starr Price(s): £19.50 Mon 19th - Sat 24th Apr 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat Mat) Nightfright - The Nightmare of your Life CA Price(s): £9.50 to £17.50

Fri 14th May 8pm Magic of Motown Price(s): £19.00 CA

Sat 15th May 7.30pm An Evening with Henry Blofeld Price(s): £16.00 Sat 10th Apr 7.30pm The Real Diamond Price(s): £16.00 CA

Tues 27th - Wed 28th Apr 7.30pm Roy Chubby Brown Price(s): £20.00

Thur 29th Apr 7.30pm Waterloo - A Night of Abba Price(s): From £17.50

Fri 16th Apr 2.30pm We’ll Meet Again Price(s): £12.00

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Sun 18th Apr 7.30pm The Barron Knights Price(s): From £15.50

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Wed 12th May 7.30pm Rockin’ on Heaven’s Door Price(s): From £17.00

Tue 18th - Sat 22nd May 7.30pm (2.30pm Sat Mat) Columbo Starring Dirk Benedict Price(s): £9.50 to £19.00

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Tues 25th May 7.30pm Joe Power - Psychic Price(s): £15.00

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10th April, 7.30pm Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe. Tel: 01270 537333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

2nd April, 7.30pm Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Tel: 01492 872000 www.venuecymru.co.uk

JAKE & ELWOOD – THE BEST BLUES BROTHERS SHOW 4th April

THE CITY OF CHESTER MALE VOICE CHOIR

As co-founder of legendary Liverpool band Groundpig, John O'Connell over the past 27 years has had his name indelibly written in to the tapestry of Liverpool's music scene.

Tickets: £5 8th April Alexanders, Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com

THE ELLA AND OSCAR TRIBUTE SHOW This tribute show has thrilled audiences and critics alike the entire length and breadth of the country.

Tickets: £10, Adv £8 1st – 4th April, various times Various venues around Nantwich. Tel: 01270 625283

10th April, 7.30pm Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 500959

JOHN O'CONNELL

Alexanders, Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com

Tickets: £16, Concs £1.50 off

Tickets: £17.50 - £21.50

Alexanders, Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com

1st April

REAL DIAMOND STARRING JOHN HYLTON

KATE THRELFALL Inspired by legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Minnie Riperton and Aretha Franklin, Kate brings a love of jazz, soul, R&B and few other things into her heartfelt and funky songs.

Tickets: £7, Adv £5

123rd Festival Concert in support of HELP FOR HEROES featuring The Band of the Prince of Wales Division.

Tickets: Reserved £15, Unreserved (restricted view) £10 11th April Alexanders, Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com

QUATTRO FORMAGGI Great young Czech jazz fusion quartet on its first visit to the UK.

Tickets: £6, Adv £4 16th April, Thu 6pm, Fri 10am & 1.30pm, Sat 3pm & 6pm Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe. Tel: 01270 537333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

WE’LL MEET AGAIN Audience’s can relive the spirit of the Forties in a wonderful afternoon performance of hits from the Blitz, with lots of sing-a-long tunes that will bring back warm memories.

Tickets: £12

THE 14TH NANTWICH JAZZ, BLUES & MUSIC FESTIVAL With over 90 fantastic gigs around the town including Snake Davis, a Northern Soul night along with a full band and top DJ’s. Other acts includes the Blockheads, Nearly Dan, Rumours of Fleetwood Mac & many more.

Various ticket prices

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17th April, 7pm Clonter Opera Theatre, Swettenham Heath, Congleton. Tel: 01260 224514

OPERA SHOWCASE Tickets: £35, £30 & £25

23rd April Alexanders, Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com

SUPERBAD 18th April, 7.30pm Lyceum Theatre, Heath Street, Crewe. Tel: 01270 537333 www.lyceumtheatre.net

Buff up the wigs & slide into the spandex. Put on the shades & rock to Superbad and their sounds of the 70s.

Tickets: £7

25th April Alexanders, Rufus Court, Off Northgate Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 340005 www.alexanderslive.com

THE BARRON KNIGHTS

LAURA CORTESE

Their claims to fame are too many. In 1960 they inspired Bill Wyman to buy a guitar, they are the only group to tour with the Beatles and the Stones, and they play Soul, Blues, Rock and Roll as well as show off their famous comedy songs.

Laura Cortese boldly delivers original and traditional songs with the unusual combination of fiddle, drums and voice.

Tickets: £8, Adv £6

TELFORDS WAREHOUSE

Tickets: £15.50 19th April, 8.15pm Depart from The Mill Hotel, Milton Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 677065 www.millhotel.com

JAZZ NIGHT WITH RESIDENT WALL CITY JAZZ BAND With guest artist Irene Martin.

Free

24th April, 7.30pm - 9.30pm Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh Street, Chester. Tel: 0151 6321633/01244 402111 www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk

CHESTER PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA CONCERT 21st April, 7.30pm St Mary's Centre, St Marys Hill, Chester. Tel: 0151 339 7326 www.chestermusicsociety.org.uk

THE PIANO FUNDRAISER: NESTOR BAYONA PIFARRE A wonderful programme of music written for piano by Bach, Ravel, Chopin and Schumann. The concert is to celebrate the recently refurbished Chester Festivals piano and to help raise money for the important second stage of its refurbishment.

Tickets: £15, £12 Students/Unemployed

Beethoven – Excerpts from The Creatures of Prometheus Op 43, HAYDN - Cello Concerto No. 1 in C, Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A Op 92. Conductor: Richard Howarth. Soloist: Mikhail Nemtsov (cello).

Tickets: £8, £10, £12, £15, Schoolchildren & Students £5. 25th April, 7.30pm Venue Cymru, Llandudno. Tel: 01492 872000 www.venuecymru.co.uk

TASMIN LITTLE VIOLIN RECITAL Tickets: £15

Tower Wharf, Chester. Tel: 01244 390090 www.telfordswarehouse.com 1st April: Polly Mackey & The Pleasure Principle, Free 2nd April: The Suns, £4 after 9pm 3rd April: Drymbago, £4 after 10pm 4th April: Open Mic Session with Mark Henderson, Free 7th April: Mancuban Latin Night, £2 8th April: Carnival Of Fools, £3 9th April: Lord Scotland, £4 after 9pm 10th April: Jon Amor, £4 after 10pm 11th April: Open Mic Session Rusty Mahone, Free 12th April: King Creosote, £10 14th April: Mancuban Latin Night, £2 15th April: Everybody Wants Peace Records present, Free 16th April: Willie & The Bandits, £4 after 9pm 17th April: Race Horses, £4 after 10pm 18th April: Open Mic Session with Oscar South, Free 21st April: Mancuban Latin Night, £2 22nd April: Silicon Fish presents…,Free 23rd April: Arthur Rigby & The Baskervilles, £4 after 9pm 24th April: Mankala, Evening, £4 after 10pm 25th April: Open Mic Session with Fran & Josh, Free 28th April: Mancuban Latin Night, £2 29th April: Doodleplanet, Free 30th April: Rose Ellinor Dougall, £4 after 9pm

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3rd – 5th April, From 10am Tatton Park, Knutsford. Tel: 01625 374400 www.tattonpark.org.uk

TEDDY BEAR EASTER FESTIVAL Join in the hunt for the honey pots. Complete the challenges to take you to the honey bear. Visit the Teddytastic Mansion. Follow the teddy quiz. Meet the farm's animals & more!

Normal Adm Charges 3rd – 5th April, 10.30am - 5pm Tatton Park, Knutsford. Tel: 01509 217 444 www.tattonpark.org.uk

EASTER CRAFTS AND COUNTRY SHOPPING FAIR 2nd – 5th April, 10am - 5pm Beeston Castle, Beeston, Tarporley. Tel: 0870 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk/beeston

2nd – 4th April, Normal Adm Times Chester Zoo, Upton By Chester. Tel: 01244 380280 www.chesterzoo.org

BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNIES A fun Easter egg hunt which is free with your admission ticket. Children will be able to follow a trail and work out the clues to find an egg surprise!

Packed with home décor and furnishing ideas, arts and crafts and gifts for the family. Normal entry charges. Craft fair free.

KNIGHTS FAMILY FUN TRAIL & DRESSING UP FOR CHILDREN

4th April, 1.30pm - 5.30pm

The Queen has asked you to invite the mini model English Heritage knights and squires to a banquet. Can you find them and deliver this invitation in time? You'll be royally rewarded with a fun sticker.

EATON HALL GARDEN OPEN DAY

Tickets: Adults £5.30, Children £2.70, Concs £4.50

Normal Adm Charges

Eaton Hall, Eccleston, Chester. Tel: 01244 684400

All proceeds to local charities.

Tickets: Adults £5, Children £1 4th – 5th April, 10am - 4pm Ness Gardens, Ness, Neston. Tel: 0151 353 0123 www.nessgardens.org.uk

NESS EASTER TRAIL Adm to Gardens 17th – 18th April, 10am-4pm Various venues throughout Sandbach. Tel: 01270 765497

SANDBACH TRANSPORT FESTIVAL 2010 Saturday: Carnival and Steam Rally with lots of entertainment. Sunday: Vintage and new vehicle parade incorporating a huge variety of old and new vehicles. Free

17th – 23rd April, Normal opening times Tatton Park, Knutsford. Tel: 01625 374400 www.tattonpark.org.uk

LAMBING WEEK AT THE FARM 2nd – 5th April, Normal Adm Times National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. Tel: 0151 355 5017 www.nwm.org.uk

EASTER BOAT GATHERING Historic and modern narrowboats will be converging for a colourful celebration of canal life.

Normal Adm Charges

3rd – 5th April, 10am-5pm Chester Racecourse, The Roodee, Chester. Tel: 01244 355474 www.chesterfoodanddrink.com

Perhaps you will be lucky enough to see our lambs being born. Informative talks throughout the week and live viewing via our webcam. CLOSED MONDAY.

Normal Adm Charges

CHESTER FOOD, DRINK AND LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL A festival for all those who love food, drink, homes and gardens. Not to be missed!

Tickets: £6 adult, £4 children

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Wirral Events 2010 Highlights June

Hoylake RNLI Open Day 30th August ‘Kites Over The Mersey’ Featuring air displays, sideshows, stalls Wirral International Kite Festival and funfair on the promenade at Hoylake. 12th & 13th June - Free admission. Details 0151 666 3188 Two day festival featuring spectacular displays of inflatable kites, stunt kites & art www.visitwirral.com kites with UK and International kite flyers. The Dips, New Brighton. Wirral Golf Classic Details 0151 691 8269 13th - 17th September www.visitwirrral.com Amateur golf tournament staged on the four challenging courses of Caldy, Heswall, Wallasey and Royal Liverpool. Port Sunlight Village Festival Details 0151 625 9994 25th July www.wirralgolfclassic.co.uk Stalls, fun fair, dog show & entertainment Birkenhead Festival of Transport throughout the day in the lovely 19th & 20th September surroundings of Port Sunlight Village. A two day festival celebrating historic Details 0151 644 6466 vehicles and transport of all kinds. www.portsunlightvillage.com Birkenhead Park, Birkenhead Details 0151 652 5197 www.visitwirral.com Wirral Food & Drink Festival 29th & 30th August This is just a selection of the many A foodies paradise featuring food stalls, events that take place in Wirral, for a free copy of the Wirral Events 2010 chef demos and refreshments at Claremont telephone 0151 666 3188, Farm, Old Clatterbridge Road, Bebington. e-mail touristinfo@wirral.gov.uk Details 07877 921 276 or visit www.visitwirral.com www.wirralfoodfestival.co.uk

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17th April, 7am - 9am

27th April, 10.30am - 12noon

Ness Gardens, Ness, Neston. Tel: 0151 353 0123 www.nessgardens.org.uk

Ness Gardens, Ness, Neston. Tel: 0151 353 0123 www.nessgardens.org.uk

UP WITH THE LARK WITH THE RSPB

'NESS THROUGH THE SEASONS' Monthly guided walk. Pre-booking essential.

Tickets: Adult £4 plus adm to Gardens (Friends of Ness Gardens £3).

Guided tour with the RSPB followed by breakfast. Pre-booking essential.

Tickets: £7.95

24th – 25th April, From 11am Beeston Castle, Beeston, Tarporley. Tel: 0870 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk/beeston

MEDIEVAL PAGEANT FOR ST GEORGE

18th April, 10am - 4pm Chester Racecourse, The Roodee, Chester. Tel: 07809 236607

CHESTER VINTAGE FASHION & TEXTILES FAIR

We invite you to hear the castle echo! Drums and fanfares herald the splendours of the medieval nobility's pastimes when The Lion Rampant presents a day full of fascination and fun.

Tickets: Adults £6, Children £3.50, Concs £5.50

28th April, 10am - 6pm (last entry 5pm)

The largest fair of its kind in Cheshire.

Tatton Park, Knutsford. Tel: 01477 537698 www.tattonpark.org.uk

Tickets: £3

NATIONAL GARDEN SCHEME All garden entries and donations will be given to the National Garden Scheme which helps charities such as the Queen's Nursing Institute.

21st April, 7.15pm The Mill Hotel, Milton Street, Chester. Tel: 01244 350035 www.millhotel.com

Normal Adm Charges

QUEEN MARY CROWN CRUISE CHESTER BOAT

Including Champagne reception, 6 course meal with wines and liqueur flamed coffees. Dress: Black Tie or Lounge Suit.

Tickets: £49pp 23rd April, Drinks 7.30pm

The Groves, Chester. Tel: 01244 325394 www.chesterboat.co.uk 3rd April: 60’s 70’s 80’s Rewind Cruise 17th April: Mamma Mia Cruise These fun packed theme cruises suitable for all ages include a reception drink, BBQ supper, and disco. All theme cruises also play all the popular disco hits to get everyone dancing.

The Long Room, Chester Racecourse, Chester. Tel: 07973 657470

25th – 26th April, Open daily

THE BIG FIVE-0 LEUKAEMIA & LYMPHOMA CHARITY AUCTION AND DINNER

BLUEBELL FESTIVAL

Disco Cruises £26.50 - Live Band cruise £26.50

With reception drinks, 3 course dinner, coffee, chocolates and entertainment. Dress code: Smart casual. Mr Vince Earl will host the auction on the evening.

Fairy folk across Cheshire will be dusting off their fairy wings as Capesthorne Hall launches their 'Fairies Go Free' policy to celebrate the arrival of the dramatic displays of Bluebells.

May – Aug, Every Tue-Sat, 12noon (except race days) The Cross, Chester. Tel: 01244 311736

Tickets: £40

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TOWN CRIER PROCLAMATIONS

Capesthorne Hall, Siddington, Macclesfield. Tel: 01744 750606

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A garden for all seasons Join us at Ness, one of Cheshire’s leading Gardens of Distinction set on the banks of the River Dee with breathtaking views across to North Wales. Ness is truly a garden for all seasons offering an amazing collection of seasonal flowers, shrubs and trees. Ness Botanische – a new award-winning garden designed by garden designer and TV presenter, Chris Beardshaw. Opening Spring 2010

tVisitor Centre with Four Seasons café (licensed) tserving wholesome meals and drop-in coffee shop tGift shop with a wide selection of garden and gift tideas with extensive plant sales tToddlers’ play area and self-guided children’s trails tExciting events programme throughout the year tFunction rooms for hire, catering for small family tcelebrations tStunning wedding venue tOpen daily – 10 miles North West of Chester off tthe A540.

www.nessgardens.org.uk Ness Botanic Gardens, Ness, Neston, Cheshire CH64 4AY

Email: nessgdns@liverpool.ac.uk

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BANGOR ON DEE RACECOURSE

JONES COACH TOURS

Nr Wrexham. Tel: 01244 304610 www.bangorondeeraces.co.uk 17th April: April Saturday Meeting, First Race 2.10pm 23rd April: April Evening Meeting, First Race 5.35pm 30th April: Wynnstay Hunt Evening, First Race 5.50pm

Tel: 01352 733292 www.jonesholidays.co.uk 2nd April: Good Friday Special, £9.50, £6.50 3rd April: City of Lichfield & Staffordshire Country Tour, £14, £10 3rd April: Salford Quays, Lowry Centre, Imperial War Museum free adm, £10, £8 4th April: Springtime in Snowdonia, £12, £9 6th April: Moreton in the Marsh & Bourton on the Water, £14, £10 7th April: Pwllheli & Llyn Peninsula, £12, £9 8th April: Llandudno, £10, £8

Tickets: £7 - £18

CHESHIRE JETS Northgate Arena, Victoria Road, Chester. Tel: 01244 380444 3rd April: Cheshire Jets v Leicester Riders, 5.30pm 18th April: Cheshire Jets v Essex Pirates

Tickets: £10, Concs £8, U16 £6, Family £28 3rd – 5th April, from 9am Oulton Park, Little Budworth, Tarporley. Tel: 0870 950 9000

Coach Tours

COOPER TIRES BRITISH F3 AND AVON TYRES BRITISH GT Tickets: Online Raceday ticket: £17, Adv Raceday £18, Adult Gate £21 10th April, from 9am Oulton Park, Little Budworth, Tarporley. Tel: 0870 950 9000

WIRRAL 100 CLUB BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS Tickets: Online & Adv Raceday £10, Child Under 12 Free, Adult Gate £12 17th April, from 9am Oulton Park, Little Budworth, Tarporley. Tel: 0870 950 9000

BMCRC BIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS Tickets: Online & Adv Raceday £10, Child Under 12 Free, Adult Gate £12 24th April, from 9am Oulton Park, Little Budworth, Tarporley. Tel: 0870 950 9000

Leaving from Chester Visitor Centre, Vicars Lane, Chester. Tel: 08708 741800 www.busybus.co.uk

NORTH WALES ADVENTURE TOURS 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th April, 9.30am – 5.30pm Adventure through North Wales with your driver and tour escort keeping you informed about points of interest and knowledge of the ever changing panoramic views.

Tickets: Adult £29, Concs £26, Child £15

WALES WANDERS 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th April, 10.30am – 3pm A tour over the border in to North Wales.

MODIFIED LIVE

Tickets: Adult £22, Concs £18, Child £12

Tickets: Online Raceday £15, Adv Raceday £16, Adult Gate £20, Child under 12 free

LAKE DISTRICT UNCUT

WARRINGTON WOLVES Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, Tel: 01925 248888 2nd April: Warrington Wolves v Salford City Reds, 3pm 25th April: Warrington Wolves v Catalans Dragons, 3pm

Tickets: £24 - £10

10th April: Southport, £12, £9.50 11th April: Springtime in the Derbyshire Dales, £12, £9.50 14th April: Buxton & Chatsworth House in adm, £23, £18 15th April: Roof Top of Wales Tour, £13, £9.75 17th April: Thirsk & Yorkshire Dales, £13, £9.75

25th April, 8am – 7pm Tickets: Adult £32, Concs £28, Child £18

LOVE LIVERPOOL Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9am – 6pm Discover Liverpool with busybus on a fully guided daytrip. All transport and entry fees to a selection of major attractions included.

Tickets: Adult £35, Child £28

18th April: Blossom Tour of the Vale of Evesham with local guide, £16, £12 20th April: Settle Market & The Dales, £13, £9.75 23rd April: St George's Day Special, Quiz & Raffle, £10, £8 24th April: Creative Stitch & Hobbycraft Aintree inc adm, £14, £12 24th April: Harrogate Spring Flower Show in ad, £27 25th April: Cotswolds in Springtime, £19, £15.50 27th April: Gardeners Special Bridgemere & Stapeley, £12, £9 29th April: Holmfirth & Summer Wine Country Tour, £15, £12

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Cruise the river Dee RELAX, ENJOY OR CELEBRATE

Take the 30 minute cruise beneath the historic

Suspension Bridge, past spectacular houses and tranquil meadows, whilst listening to informative commentary. Sailing every 30 minutes 11.00am till 5.00pm.

A relaxing two hour cruise explores the magical riverscape teeming with wildlife and breathtaking views. Sailing 12.00 noon & 2.30pm Whit week, weekends June & September and daily July & August. Chester by Boat and Bus

See all of the famous sights, buy a joint saver ticket onboard for a 30 minute Guided River Cruise and an Open Top Bus Tour. Make the most of your visit to Chester. MASSIVE SAVINGS if you buy your combined ticket on the boat.

Themed cruises every Saturday night with disco & BBQ supper onboard. Choose from Mamma Mia, Saturday Night Fever or 60's, 70's & 80's rewind. Booking is essential. Celebration charter cruise,

a unique nautical venue for your special occasion, with entertainment and food.

All cruises sail from the boating station on The Groves, Chester.

Telephone: 01244 325394

www.chesterboat.co.uk

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READY FOR A GIANT ADVENTURE?

Explore 110 acres of award-winning gardens, packed with 7,000 animals and over 400 different species! Arriving soon in 2010, come and see our group of Giant Anteaters, Giant Otters and African Painted Dogs! • Walk through the free flight aviary, Tsavo National Park Bird Safari • See the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah, from the new ‘Bats’ Bridge’ • Immerse yourself in the Butterfly Journey, home to up to 30 different species of exotic and native species • Challenge your friends and family to a round of Conservation Mini Golf, the new 9-hole all weather course • Enjoy a coffee in our new Jaguar Coffee House, proudly serving Costa Coffee • See our youngsters including Bella, the giraffe and Asani, the Eastern black rhino calf, the first to be born at Chester Zoo for 10 years!

Tel:01244 380280 Registered Charity No. 306077

www.chesterzoo.org

Reach us from the M56 Jt 14, or M53 Jt 12. Follow the brown signs! Open daily from 10am FREE PARKING


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