CHESTIVAL organisers have described the city as being like a mini Edinburgh at the city’s first Vaudeville Festival.

Street entertainment, matinees and evening shows with magicians, contortionists and international music hall stars gave the impression of Chester’s very own fringe festival at the weekend.

Neil Kendall, of Goldust Productions, who organised the event, said: “It’s been a magical and wonderful experience to see the city streets full of entertainers and original acts. I hope this has sown the seed for the festival to come back bigger and better next year.”

Sideshows took place throughout the town, at the town hall, Chester Cross and Eastgate Street before cabaret-style events at The Guildhall and Chester Town Hall.

Acts included magicians Paul Dabek and Romany Diva, contortionists Chris Cross and Yvette du Sol and Frayed Knot Circus.

Theatre in the Quarter’s Jigsaw Music Theatre heralded the opening of an insect circus museum in Town Hall Square with its original musical play The Insect Circus.