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May half-term: Things to do in and around Chester

Visit some dinosaurs, hunt for fairies and enjoy a family festival this May half-term

Are you looking for something to do this May half-term to keep the kids entertained?

There are many events being held in the Chester area so we've put together a handy guide for you to easily get an idea of what's on and when.

Tatton Park

Jacob Preece enjoying Danny the Champion of the World in the gardens

Treat the kids this May Half Term with a host of activities taking place at Tatton Park.

The fun includes a brand new scrumptious menu in the Stables Restaurant, Phizz-Wizzing trails in the parkland, mansion, gardens and farm and Cover to Cover , a fascinating exhibition of Roald Dahl book covers from around the world.

Visit the very special, Cover to Cover: Roald Dahl Around the World exhibition, which showcases a fascinating selection of book jackets from across the world and throughout time, until October 30.

Featuring 50 famous Roald Dahl covers and loaned from the collection at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire, the exhibition includes a choice of covers which are visually very different and in a number of languages including French, Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese.

The book covers also feature artwork from famous illustrators across the globe, from the iconic Quentin Blake to Jill Bennett, Nancy Exholm Burkert and Emma Chichester Clark.

For more information about Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures, click here.

Chester Zoo

A dinsosaur at Chester Zoo(Image: Steve Rawlins)

May 28 - September 4.

Spookily lifelike dinosaurs will return to stalk Chester Zoo, where visitors will be free to roam among both giant predators and their prey.

The zoo is open from 10am - 5pm daily.

For more information, click here.

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Amazed by Science

Amazed by Science event

May 28 - June 5

Marketing Cheshire and The University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre have come together once again this year to deliver the third Amazed by Science Festival.

Fascinating subjects as wide-ranging as energy to electricity and soap to outer space will spring to life during Amazed by Science, a week-long festival linking a range of venues across Cheshire.

The festival aims to capture the imagination of children and excite families about science in Cheshire.

Events will be taking place at various venues such as Chester Zoo, Cheshire Oaks, Chester Town Hall, Lion Salt Works and Tatton Park.

For a full list of events, click here.

Blue Planet Aquarium

Giant Lemon shark at Blue Planet Aquarium in Ellesmere Port (Image: Blue Planet Aquarium )

May 28 - June 5

Super-sized Shark Week will put the spotlight on these mysterious aquatic creatures at Blue Planet Aquarium, Cheshire Oaks.

Click here to book tickets online.

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Lion Salt Works Museum

The Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Girl

May 28

The museum is to host it's first musical 'Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl' which is part of the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts Spring Programme.

The hour-long performance is suitable for children aged nine years or over and starts at 7.30pm

Determined to use her vocational skills, Joanie turns her local coffee shop upside down when she decides to report on the 'creatures' (customers) of the shop as if she were Jane Goodall herself, bushwhacking through the African jungle to study the chimpanzees.

In her very own "Coffee Shop Jungle", hilarity ensues, with jazzy tunes, co-worker showdowns, and even a little romance.

A one-woman show, she plays more than 20 characters and uses five different styles of singing in the same show.

Tickets are £8 for adults at £6 for under 16s and can be purchased at www.ticketsource.co.uk/cheshireruraltouringarts or call the Lion Salt Works on 01606 275040.

Chester Folk Festival

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr

May 27 - 30

Chester Folk Festival will take place in Kelsall and once again the organisers will be putting on a celebration of all that’s best in traditional and acoustic music.

This family festival mixes showcase concerts, featuring some of the biggest names around, with more informal events such as ceilidhs, dance displays, sessions, workshops, a craft fair and a full programme of children’s entertainment, including things like circus skills and Punch and Judy, provided by Panic Circus.

Day and evening tickets as well as full weekend tickets are available and can be purchased on site by going to the festival office which is located near the Lord Binning pub.

Click here to buy tickets in advance and for more information.

Related story: Chester Folk Festival reveals 2016 line-up

Geronimo Festival

Geronimo festival

May 29 - 30

Amazing experiences, spellbinding acts and exciting adventures - including den building, high rope courses and encounters with giant tortoises -

are promised with the return of the stimulating Geronimo festival for all the family at Tatton Park.

Tickets are priced from £18.50.

Click here for more details.

Delamere Forest

Delamere forest

May 31 - June 3

There are lots of outdoor-based events happening at Delamere Forest over the May half-term such as den building, exploring, marshmallow toasting, hunting for fairies and obstacle courses.

For a full list of events and prices, click here.

Grosvenor Museum

The front of the museum, largely unchanged since 1886

May 31

Celebrate the museum's Gothic exhibition in style with a feast at 2.00 - 4.00pm.

There will be all sorts of interesting, and sometimes unusual, medieval food to see and smell.

Plus music, costume, entertainment, and children’s crafts.

A £1.50 donation is suggested.

Beeston Castle

Siege attack at Beeston Castle

June 4 - 5

11.00am - 5.00pm

See armoured knights clash and mighty siege machines in action as the Welsh rebels attempt to take the castle from Ranulf, Earl of Chester at Beeston Castle's 'Siege Attack.'

Meet a host of medieval characters as the two armies set up camp in the castle grounds, enjoy music from the time and find out more about the armour and weaponry used in combat.

There will also be fun, hands-on activities for the kids and an action-packed programme of entertainment throughout the weekend.

An adult ticket is £8 and a child ticket is £4.80 (adult member ticket is £1.30, child member ticket is £0.80.)

Click here to buy tickets.

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