MidSummer Watch Parade

MidSummer Watch Parade

Celebrating the summer solstice, the Midsummer Watch Parade returns to Chester on Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25.

Featuring the family of Chester giants, the procession begins at 2pm on the Town Hall Square.

 One of the country’s oldest and most colourful street parades, it was first recorded in 1498.

The summer watch was originally staged by the City Guilds at Midsummer and was disbanded in the 1670’s before being revived in 1989.

Schools across the borough will come together following a series of workshops run by Chester artist Russell Kirk to make new characters to play in the parades.