On the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd of July, events will be staged across Chester, including activities based at Chester Castle. Visitors to the city will be able to take part in a number of fun trail activities, with in-game and real-world surprises for Pokémon GO players. The weekend of events coincides with the annual Chester Heritage Festival, which celebrates the heritage of one of the world’s most historic cities.
Chester will play host to Pokémon GO Trainers visiting the UK from around the world, turning historical sites into PokéStops that players can interact with. Big Heritage will also be working with schools across the Cheshire and Merseyside regions as part of an initiative to encourage young people to explore and learn about their local area by playing Pokémon GO together.
Get involved – use the hashtag #PokemonGO and let us know if you planning to join the festival by “attending” the event on the Big Heritage facebook page.
What’s new in the Game
For the festival there are a significant number of increased Pokéstops in Chester (these are real landmarks which are located in the Game by the GPS position), Player “spin these” to get valuable items. The density of Pokéstops and gyms (which are virtual places again located in the real world by GPS where Pokémon “fight”) will mean that there are a lot of Pokémon for you to catch. You will all of this on your App.
You will most likely be interested in “rare” Pokémon and also Gyms where you can now do “raids” which are collaborative events involving multiple players or “trainers”.
What happening in Chester
There will be 4 physical “camps” where visitors call collect the PastPorts and get them stamped:
PASTPORTS COLLECTED FROM: Town Hall Square Camp, VIC (Visitor Information Centre), Watergate Rows Mobile Camp, Chester Castle Camp, Roman Amphitheatre Camp, Grosvenor Museum.
PASTPORTS CAN BE STAMPED: Town Hall Square Camp, Watergate Rows Mobile Camp, Chester Castle Camp, Roman Amphitheatre Camp.
You can also collect the MAP/QUIZ card which you can redeem at the Museum or VIC for a certificate. This is a two sided document with a map on one side and quiz on the other.
COLLECTED FROM: Town Hall Square Camp, VIC, Watergate Rows Mobile Camp, Chester Castle Camp, Roman Amphitheatre Camp, Grosvenor Museum
MAP/QUIZ can be handed in at Grosvenor Museum and VIC, where they can get a certificate and a code to access online survey to submit their idea for a CURATED POKESTOP.
Museum staff and VIC staff will write the name in and also give you a unique number that will allow you to log on next week to nominate a Pokéstops.
Nominate a Pokéstops
Go online with your unique ID and nominate a Pokéstop which has heritage significance for you. This is subject to approval.
CHARGING POINTS FOR YOUR PHONE:
You Must Bring your own plug and charging cable please! Businesses who have kindly offered to allow charging of phones are:
Chester Indoor Market (Town Hall Square)
Storyhouse (Town Hall Square)
Starbucks (Northgate Street)
Central City (Upper Watergate row)
The Works (Grosvenor Centre)
Grosvenor Shopping Centre – Central Atrium area
All charging points are used are at owners risk