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10 things to do in Chester and Ellesmere Port this weekend

What's happening and where on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24

1. Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle

Medieval St George’s Day at Beeston Castle from 11am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Discover the legend of St George as his story is brought to life in the castle grounds. The whole family can enjoy the celebrations of this great British legend with a feast of medieval fun and games throughout the weekend. Adults £8, child 5-15 £4.80, concessions £7.20, family £20.80. Call 01829 260464.

2. Arley Hall

Arley Hall

Bluebell walk at Arley Hall and Gardens in Northwich at 11am, noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets £2.50-£1. Call 01565 777353.

3. Chester Phil

Guy Johnston

Music for St George’s Day at Chester Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday. Presented by Guy Johnston with the Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets £16-£9, concessions £5. Call 01244 324756 or visit www.chestercathedral.com.

4. Oulton Park

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Wirral 100 Club Bike Championships at Oulton Park on Saturday. A day of superb motorcycle racing action from the locally-based Wirral 100 organisation. Raceday admission ££15. Call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.oultonpark.org.uk.

5. Abigail's Party

The Forum Studio Theatre in Chester

Tip Top Productions presents Abigail’s Party by Mike Leigh at the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place at 7.30pm on Saturday. Classic play written and set in the 1970s. Beverly Moss invites her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, who moved into the road just two weeks ago, over for drinks. She has also invited her neighbour Susan (Sue), divorced for three years, whose 15-year-old daughter Abigail is holding a party at home. The gathering starts off in a stiff, insensitive, British middle class way as the virtual strangers tentatively gather, until Beverly and Laurence start sniping at each other. Within this simple framework, all of the obsessions, prejudices, fears and petty competitiveness of the protagonists are ruthlessly exposed. Tickets £11. Call 01244 341296 or visit www.tiptopproductions.co.uk.

6. Vintage fashion fair

New County Stand front elevation

Cheshire Vintage Fashion Fair at the County Grandstand, Chester Racecourse, from 10am-4pm on Sunday. With 50 stalls and traders from around the UK offering some of the finest vintage clothing from the 1920s-1970s together with jewellery, prints, textiles, linen and more. Tickets £3. Call 07809 236607.

7. Safehouse in concert


Safehouse 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. Tushingham Hall

Bluebell walk at Tushingham Hall from 2-5pm in aid of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and Tushingham Church on Sunday. Admission £5 including tea and scone. Cake, produce and bric-a-brac stalls. Childen free, dogs on lead welcome. Call 01948 860294.

9. Gardens open day

National Gardens Scheme open day at Briarfield Gardens at The Rake in Burton from 2-5pm. Admission £4, children free. Plant sale. Afternoon teas in St Nicholas Church. Proceeds of tea and cakes in aid of Claire House Childrens Hospice. Call 0151 336 2304 for details.

National Gardens Scheme open day at Briarfield Gardens at The Rake in Burton from 2-5pm on Sunday. Admission £4, children free. Plant sale. Afternoon teas in St Nicholas’ Church. Proceeds of tea and cakes in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice. Call 0151 336 2304 for details.

10. Food Festival

Shoppers at McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

Cook Street Mini Food Festival at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet on Saturday and Sunday. Shoppers can discover artisan food stalls selling everything from traditional pies to Prosecco. Call 0151 348 5600 or visit www.cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet.com.

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