Chester’s heritage is arguably its most valuable asset. It makes the city a great place in which to live and work, and a wonderful place to visit. Whether you are a resident or a visitor you will find plenty to interest you in the Festival programme.
Please take full advantage of this opportunity to immerse yourselves in 2000 years of history and heritage.
Please note that many events must be booked in advance by calling 01244 972210
The Chester Tour: Guided Walks are daily from 20th July – 25th July, 10.30am and 2.00pm. An introduction to the city’s heritage led by a member of the Guild of Tour Guides. Meet you Guide in the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall for the start of the tour. The standard prices for walks lead by the Guild of Chester Tour Guides are; Adults £7, concessions £6, families £16. Please pay the Guide on arrival. Booking not necessary.
Saturday 22nd July 2017:
Tour of The Amphitheatre & Roman Gardens
Explore these adjacent sites with Peter Carrington of the Chester Archaeological Society. The tour lasts 2 hours, starting at 10.30am and is repeated at 2.30pm. Meet at the Amphitheatre entrance nearest to Souters Lane. Booking essential.
Unlocking the Past:
Turn the key, step back in time and discover your family history. Drop-in for a workshop at Chester History & Heritage, Bridge Street anytime between 11.00am and 4.00pm. Booking not necessary.
Secret Chester Castle Tour:
Visit the Inner Bailey of Chester’s Norman castle with Margaret Osborn of the Guild of Chester Tour Guides. Meet at 11.30am outside the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre. The standard prices for walks lead by the Guild of Chester Tour Guides are; Adults £7, concessions £6, families £16. Please pay the Guide on arrival. Booking essential.
Join Poulton Research Trust’s archaeologist for a fascinating and informative guided tour around the archaeological site at Poulton. Enjoy this chance to see the latest work being conducted on site and get close to the finds coming out of the ground. 1.30pm at Poulton (5 miles south of Chester). Booking essential.
Make your own Mosaic:
Join the staff at the Grosvenor Museum to make your own Roman mosaic. This event is aimed at 4 to 12 year olds, who must be accompanied by an adult. Meet in the Newstead Gallery at 2pm, Booking essential.
The Artist in the Streets of Chester:
Join Peter Boughton, Keeper of Art at the Grosvenor Museum, to explore the delights of England’s most picturesque city. The streets of Chester have inspired artists for more than four centuries, with their unique Rows, charming Tudor and Stuart half-timbered houses, and the spectacular buildings of the Victorian and Edwardian black and white revival. 2pm in the Grosvenor Museum lecture theatre. Booking not necessary.
Chester Ghost Tour:
Explore Chester’s haunted history on a walking tour led by the Guild of Chester Tour Guides. Meet 7.30pm outside the Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall. The standard prices for walks lead by the Guild of Chester Tour Guides are; Adults £7, concessions £6, families £16. Please pay the Guide on arrival. Booking essential.
Medieval Music Concert:
At St John the Baptist Church, preceded at 7.00pm by a short talk about the fascinating history of the church. Concert tickets available from St John’s Church, Vicars Lane or on the door.