1. Festival of Diwali
The Festival of Diwali Parade through Chester city centre starting at Town Hall Square at noon on Saturday. The Hindu Festival of Lights is celebrated each year in Chester with a colourful parade followed by traditional Indian dance displays. To read more click here.
2. Chester Antiques Show
The Chester Antiques Show at Chester Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday. The show was established in 1989 and will again host a broad range of exhibits including clocks, fine furniture, exotic bronze statues and contemporary paintings. Also on offer will be jewellery, designer watches and vintage cocktail dresses. Promising prices from less than £25 to more than £25,000, the fair offers choice to those hoping to pick up an investment or buying for themselves. Admission to the County Grandstand will be £5, for more information visit www.penman-fairs.co.uk.
3. China Crisis
China Crisis in concert at The Tivoli, Brunswick Road in Buckley on Saturday. Tickets £16. Call 01244 546201 or visit www.tivolivenue.com.
4. Love Story
Tip Top Productions present Love Story by Howard Goodall and Stephen Clark at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place in Chester at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. Inspired by Erich Segal’s best-selling iconic novel, and one of the most romantic films of all time, this life-affirming musical will have you remembering the first time you fell in love. When Oliver Barrett IV wanders into a library in search of a book, he discovers Jenny Cavilleri. They came from different worlds. He was a Harvard man, she was Radcliffe. He was rich, she was poor. They fell in love. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk. To read more click here.
5. Revolutionary Ballads
Revolutionary Ballads featuring Frankie Armstrong and the Chalk Circle Collective in an evening of music and song by or inspired by Bertolt Brecht at St Mary’s - A Creative Space in Chester at 7pm on Saturday. Tickets £12, £10. Visit www.eventbrite.com.
6. Comedy Live!
7. Lewis Hamilton Band
The Lewis Hamilton Band in concert at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on Saturday. Free before 9pm, £4 thereafter. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.
8. North West Food Lovers Festival
North West Food Lovers Festival at Tatton Park from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Meet some of the North West’s finest food and drink producers and experience a mecca of taste sensations. With a top line-up once again for the chef demonstration stage including a few favourites from TV as well as numerous activities for children. Adults £8, under 12s free, concessions £4.
9. Charity beer festival
Middlewich Charity Beer Festival at Middlewich British Legion in Lewin Street. A social occasion raising funds for the Poppy Appeal and local causes featuring a range of real ales, ciders and English wines. Admission includes a souvenir glass.
10. Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. A 1950s sci-fi spoof musical with a hilarious and fearsome plot and a collection of great songs – and lots of foliage! The musical score, 1960s rock ‘n’ roll and early Motown, is by Alan Menken, Oscar-winning composer known for a string of Disney film scores which include The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Seymour Krelborn is a struggling assistant in Mushnik’s Florists, with a secret passion for his colleague Audrey. When he brings in an exotic plant its unique qualities bring him instant fame. Will Audrey love him now? But the plant’s sinister and murderous feeding habits become more and more demanding. Directed by Tim Baker, Clwyd Theatr Cymru’s award-winning associate artistic director. Tickets £18-£10. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk. To read more click here.
National Theatre Live presents Hamlet by William Shakespeare starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the Film Theatre at Clwyd Theatr Cymru at 4pm on Saturday. Tickets £15, concessions £13. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.
12. Zombie Pirate Treasure Trail
Zombie Pirate Treasure Trail at Blakemere Village from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Follow the Blakemere Spooky Trail to discover the hidden items left by zombie pirate many years ago. Join in the fun by dressing up as a pirate to do the trail. Post your picture on the Blakemere Facebook page and you could win two tickets to the Christmas experience in the woods. Call 01606 883261 or visit www.www.blakemere.co.uk.
13. Blues Jam
Blues Jam at Alexander’s, Rufus Court on Sunday evening. A set list will be issued every month, choose a song from the set list, tell the venue what instrument, let them know by email or on the night. All standards welcome but you must be able to get all the way through a song. Please bring your own personal instrument, amps/drums provided. Some slots available for full bands. Admission £3. Lasy Sunday of each month. Call 01244 340005 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.