1. Chester WayWord Festival
Chester WayWord Festival starts on Saturday and Sunday at various venues. An inspiring programme of events made for families, children and young adults, providing fun and exciting opportunities for reading, writing and sharing through adventure and exploration. Visit www.wayword.co.uk for details of events and ticket prices.
2. Chester Antiques Show
The Chester Antiques Show at the County Grandstand at Chester Racecourse from 10.30am-5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring about 50 dealers from across the UK. A vast range of period and 20th century antiques, fine art and collectors’ pieces will be on sale. All exhibits are vetted for quality and authenticity. Tickets £5. Call 01886 833091 or visit www.penmanfairs.co.uk.
3. Chester Music Society Choir
Chester Music Society Choir open day at The King’s School in Wrexham Road, Chester, at 10am on Saturday. Come and sing Carmina Burana with conductor Graham Jordan Ellis. Call 0151 336 5088.
Tip Top Productions present Rent - Schools Edition at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place, Chester, at 7.30pm on Saturday. Book, music and lyrics by Johnathan Larson. Pulitzer-prize winning Broadway musical based loosely on Puccini’s opera La Bohème. It follows a year in the lives of seven friends living the disappearing Bohemian lifestyle in New York’s East Village. AIDS and both its physical and emotional complications pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel; Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble; Benjamin has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends; and Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general, always behind the camera recording the events but never playing a part. Adults £10, concessions £9, family ticket £34. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.
5. The Reads
The Reads in concert at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on Saturday. Free before 10pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.
6. Scarecrow Festival
Scarecrow Festival at Tatton Park in Knutsford on Saturday and Sunday. The festival takes place in the gardens and at the farm. More than 30 scarecrows will be resident in the gardens. Find the farmyard scarecrows and have a go at making your own. Normal attraction entry prices apply. Car park entry charge £5. Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk.
7. Potato Day
Potato Day organised by Plant Heritage (North Wales Group) at The Church Hall, King Street, in Mold from 9am-1pm on Saturday. Admission free. There will be over 80 varieties of seed potatoes, onion sets, garlic, vegetable seeds and plants, herbs and soft fruit. Enquiries 07940 227742 or 0151 739 9857.
8. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof by Tennesee Williams in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. Catrin Stewart, who played Jenny Flint in Doctor Who, and Gareth David-Lloyd, who played Ianto Jones in Torchwood, come together in this new production of the American stage classic. The story is set in a plantation-owner’s mansion on an airless Mississippi night, where faded golden boy Brick and his beautiful but frustrated wife Maggie have gathered with the rest of the family to celebrate Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. Tickets £25-£10. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.
9. Snowdrop walk
Snowdrop walks at Ness Botanic Gardens at 3pm on Saturday. Enjoy a guided tour of the snowdrops and other plants of winer interest at Ness. Normal gardens admission price applies. Call 0845 030 4063 or visit www.nessgardens.org.uk.
10. Coffee morning
Monthly coffee morning at the United Reformed Church from 10.30am-noon on Saturday with bacon butties, toasted teacakes with tea, coffee or hot chocolate. There will be cakes for sale together with greeting cards and a raffle will be held, the draw for which will take place before the close at noon.
11. Open mic session
Open mic session with Bean at Telford’s Warehouse in Tower Wharf in Chester on Sunday. Free entry. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.