The clocks have sprung forward, the warmer weather is (slowly but surely) setting in and we have our next bank holiday to look forward to very soon. But don’t be thinking your social calendar will be looking sparse until Easter – because although small, the historic city of Chester has some big events to look forward to over April.
If the warmer weather has got you reminiscing about your last getaway and dreaming of the upcoming summer with those well-deserved holiday breaks, then be sure to visit the Chester Travel Connection event. In partnership with The Grosvenor Shopping Centre, they have organised a four day event until the 2nd April to inspire future holiday goers with information on the latest must-see destinations and cruises.
For the couples whose budget won’t stretch as far as a holiday because it’s gathering in the wedding fund pot – don’t worry! At the beginning of April, Chester’s largest wedding event will be returning to the city once more. With free entry, parking, a complimentary glass of fizz and a goody bag for all brides, what’s not to love?! With over eighty exhibitors, an inflatable pub and live music, it’s an enjoyable day out for the entire wedding party. So, if you’re a bride and/or groom-to-be, make sure you start April in the right way, with a trip down Newton Lane, Chester!
For the foodie fans, Chester will be hosting the giant Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle festival over the Easter weekend – perfect for those who don’t want to spend the bank holiday surrounded by chocolate and only chocolate! Sample some of Cheshire’s finest ciders and cheeses at the Pavilion on the Racecourse, as well as dry cured meats from our Welsh neighbours. Outside, an array of stone-baked pizzas and coffee will be available, whilst the Academy of Culinary Arts assists children in mastering the art of cooking.
The festival also features a ‘restaurant village’, where visitors can take a trip into almost every culture, with delicious Thai, Japanese, Italian and Mongolian dishes ready to be enjoyed. Or, if you much prefer the taste of home, make your way to the Taste Cheshire Village, before heading to the lifestyle section where you will find art, cooking demonstrations and drink exhibitors.
For an evening of food, be sure to pay a visit to the newly refurbed restaurants of Chester, which includes the Parisian styled Côte Brasserie, the Slug and Lettuce and Piccolino’s – which is now home to a Prosecco bar (amazing!), complete with cicchetti savoury snacks.
If, however, you are after a chocolatey weekend over Easter, head to the city to give the Easter egg hunt a go! With thirty businesses, including Lush, Matt Hatters and the Old Sweet Shop all in on the hunt, it’s a great day out for the kids (adults too – we’re sure no one would judge you if you went along child-free). Prizes are also on the cards, including two Build-a-Bear Easter rabbits – although this one may be more suitable for the children! Get involved anytime between the 1st April and the 23rd.
Finally, for the theatre fanatics amongst us, Chester will be introducing ‘The Lost Boy’, a heart-warming story of a refugee who changed an English town forever, at St Mary’s Creative Space towards the end of April. Grab some popcorn and some tickets and enjoy an evening out.
The city will be vibrant with culture and community across April as the upcoming events take place. There truly is something for everyone, so make the most of the planned activities as the warm weather finally arrives in the UK.