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18 things to do in Chester and Ellesmere Port this weekend

What's happening and where on September 24-25

1. Chester Races Finale

Sallie Ehlen

Chester Races presents the Golden Square Shopping Centre Season Finale at Chester Racecourse on Saturday. The final race meeting of the year features six races with the first starting at 2.30pm. Gates open 11.30am. Tickets £55-£10. Call 01244 324880 or visit www.chester-races.co.uk.

2. Chester Duck Race

Chester annual duck race, sponsored by Hickory's Smokehouse, at The Groves by the River Dee at 3pm on Saturday. Ducks £2 each. Viewing of corporate ducks, children's colouring competition and the option to buy more ducks takes place from noon-2pm. Event being held in aid of the Babygrow Appeal at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Call 01244 366240.

3. Bear Grylls Survival Race

Ian Cooper Bear Grylls officially opens Pioneer Point Regatta Group Distribution Centre in Ellesmere Port

Bear Grylls Survival Race and Festival at Tatton Park in Knutsford on Saturday. Whether you're up for a new challenge or a top athlete, come and take on the BGSR and experience unique survival challenges. Tickets £15, children under 12 free. Call 01625 374400 or visit www.tattonpark.org.uk.

4. In All Its Glory

Rob Stratford Chester Cathedral

In All Its Glory exhibition at Chester Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday. An exhibition inspired by Chester Cathedral presented by Cheshire Artists Network. An eclectic exhibition of art produced by artists across Cheshire in celebration of the city's unique Cathedral and inspired by the fascinating fabric of the building. Call 01244 324756.

5. Outside Edge

Rehearsals for Outside Edge by Richard Harris

Chester Little Theatre presents Outside Edge by Richard Harris on Saturday. A play ostensibly about cricket with a cast of wonderfully recognisable comic characters, Harris’s play looks at obsession and how it can grip even the most reasonable person. The play can be seen at Chester Little Theatre, Gloucester Street at 7.30pm. Tickets £9.50, concessions £7.50; concessions on first Saturday, Monday and Tuesday evening. Book online at www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk or telephone TicketSource 0333 666 3366. Booking charges apply.

6. Antiques fair

Antiques fair at the Northgate Arena in Victoria Road in Chester from 9am-3.30pm on Saturday featuring up to 120 stalls.

7. So Far So Good

Paul Horton exhibition coming to Castle Galleries in Chester

Opening of exhibition by Paul Horton entitled So Far, So Good - The Farewell Tour at Castle Galleries in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre in Chester on Saturday. The exhibition will include a selection of his most popular works to date. The artist has also produced five new signed limited editions and two boutique pieces especially for the display, which will be Paul’s last collaboration with the UK’s leading fine art publishers, Washington Green.

8. The 39 Steps

Ally Goodman, Sally Diilon, Simon Kneale and Theo Spofforth in rehearsals for Tip Top Porductions staging of "The 39 Steps" at The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester

Tip Top Productions present The 39 Steps at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place in Chester at 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Saturday. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, brilliantly and hilariously recreated for the stage as the smash hit Olivier Award winning comedy. Follow the incredible adventures of our handsome hero Richard Hannay, complete with stiff-upper-lip, British gung-ho and pencil moustache as he encounters dastardly murders, double-crossing secret agents, and, of course, devastatingly beautiful women. This wonderfully inventive and gripping comedy thriller features four fearless actors, playing 130 roles in 100 minutes of fast-paced fun and thrilling action. Tickets £7. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.

9. Inside Out Bags

Abakhan in Chester

Ever tried to make Inside Out Bags using Liberty Fabrics? Why not find out more at the Abakhan Store in Frodsham Street in Chester on Saturday. Tutor Carolyn Buxton will hold the free workshop from 1pm to 4pm. For further details call 01244 323 640 or visit www.abakhan.co.uk

10. Food Festival

Great British Food Festival at Arley Hall and Gardens in Northwich from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Chef demos with top chefs from local restaurants, Men v Food challenges, Cake Off, a huge food marquee and live music. Tickets £40-£3.50. Call 01565 777353 or visit www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com.

11. Freak Out

The Freak Out Disco band are bringing back disco to Alexanders in Chester on October 24

Freak Out in concert at Alexander’s, Rufus Court in Chester on Saturday. Tickets £10 advance. Call 01244 401402 or visit www.alexanderslive.com.

12. Lennon

David Munn Lennon Through a Glass Onion

Lennon - Through A Glass Onion in the Anthony Hopkins Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 7.30pm on Saturday. Fresh from New York. Don’t miss this celebration of the genius and music of John Lennon. Part-concert and part-biography, West End star Daniel Taylor showcases 31 hits of Lennon and Lennon/McCartney including Imagine, Revolution and Jealous Guy in a kaleidoscope collage of song, word and emotion. Tickets £22, concessions £20. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

13. Nevermind

Chester Fringe present Nevermind at Telford’s Warehouse in Chester on Saturday. Call 01244 390090 or visit www.telfordswarehouse.com for details.

14. Insignificance

There's plenty of activities and events at Clwyd Theatr Cymru this month.

Insignificance by Terry Johnson in the Emlyn Williams Theatre at Theatr Clwyd in Mold at 7.45pm on Saturday. In a hotel room Albert Einstein and Marilyn Monroe talk about fame, her marriage to the baseball player Joe DiMaggio and relativity. But is the professor the smartest man in the room? Is her marriage as strong as it seems? And who exactly is Joseph McCarthy really chasing? A darkly funny play by acclaimed playwright Terry Johnson about fame, the universe and looking to the stars. Tickets £18-£11. Call 01352 701521 or visit www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk.

15. Cider Festival

Tarporley Cider Festival at the community centre from 6.30pm on Saturday. £5 entrance which includes a festival glass and entertainment (two live bands and a comedian) together with up to 16 ciders and perrys.

16. Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

The streets of Chester will be abuzz this Sunday with finely dressed gentlefolk on their classic and vintage style motorcycles. They will be meeting at Bill Smith Motors in Tarvin Road for the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a motorcycling charity event which shines a light upon the bikes, fashion and ideals of a bygone era. The event is in aid of The Movember Foundation – the world’s largest men’s health organisation which is committed to helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives.

17. Hoole Street Festival

Google Street View The Hoole May festival is on Sunday, May 1

Hoole Autumn Street Festival in Faulkner Street, Charles Street and Hoole Community Centre on Sunday. As well as many of the local businesses which will be open, there are 42 stalls booked including South African, Jamaican, vegan food and crafts for the children. Visitors will be kept refreshed not only by the open bars but by pop-up bars from Chester Beer and Wine and Deva Craft Brewery. Live entertainment will include live bands, dancers and buskers.

18. Pets in the Park

Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre
Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre

Pets in the Park from 10am at Kelsall Hill Equestrian Centre on Organsdale Farm on Sunday featuring a series of fashion shows organised by Lynn Spruce. The animal extravaganza is being organised by the independently-owned Willows Veterinary Group. There will be a fun dog show, an exotics tent where children can come face to face with tarantulas and snakes, ferret racing, training and agility displays and lots of pet related stalls.



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