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Festivals and Events

Apr - Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival
Grub, grog, stalls, campervans and 25,000 hungry festival-goers take over Chester Racecourse for 3 days of feasting and merriment on a gargantuan scale. Also boasts its own mini beer fest. Top nod to Chester Food and Drink!

May - Chester Beer Fest
Well there’s beer and... THERE’S BEER! 3 days, 130+ beers, ciders, perries and wines, top live sets, mammoth servings of meaty fare and a chunk of the proceeds winging their way to charity makes for a cracking event on Chester’s summer calendar.

May – Chester Races (Boodles May Fair)
Chester Racecourse gets suited and booted for the annual three day May Fest and racing season opener. If you want to take in the action from the best seats in the house, give us the nod and we’ll line you up with tickets to the top fixtures and a suitably blinged-up limo to deliver the lads in style.

Jun - Chester Rocks
It does indeed, chaps. But to be frank it’s more likely to pull on its denim partying pants and do the Macarena when June’s music fest lands in town. Headliners past and present include the likes of Dizzee Rascal, The Hoosiers, Labrinth, Razorlight and…er… A1 and 5ive, so if you’re a bunch who like your mainstream tunes served with a hint of cheese, then this is without doubt the gig for you.

Jun - Chester Regatta
Catch the annual nautical face-off as crews battle it out for global domination (or, you know, a trophy) in the choppy waters of the River Dee.

Jun – Midsummer Watch Parade
Everything you’d expect to see on your usual lads’ weekend away; giants, unicorns, angels, devils, pirate ships, aliens, a camel and of course, cupid riding an elephant.

Jun - Cholmondeley Pageant of Power
Man and machine take over Cholmondeley Castle for three days of motorised madness, with powerboats, air displays, world super bikes, and the likes of Maserati, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti pulling the crowds in their thousands. With beer, curry and cracking live gigs for afters it’s a must-see for motor fans.

Jun-Aug - Grosvenor Park open air theatre
Take in some mighty fine productions with Chester’s annual open-air nod to Bill the Bard.

Jul – Chester Raft Race
Round up the troops and head back to the water for the city’s annual charity raft race on the Dee. We’re talking home-made rafts, fancy dress and a bunch of rules that allow teams to lob pretty much anything they like at each other in a bid for nautical supremacy. Sounds fair enough to us.

Jul - Forest Live
Finds Delamere Forest transformed into a massive outdoor arena when the likes of Simply Red, Paul Weller, Plan B, the Zootons, Blondie and Will Young (?) take to the stage.

Aug - Creamfields
You know the score on this one. 3 days, 2 stages, badass lasers, pyrotechnics and FX, and the likes of Pete Tong, Fatboy Slim, Armin Van Buuren, The Prodigy and Zane Lowe rocking the crowds. ‘Nuff said.

Oct – Chester Marathon
Up for a raw macho challenge? How does 26 miles and a quick jog into fair Welsh land sound? Marvellous. Sign the lads up here.

Nov – Hell Runner’s Hell up North trail run
If mere road running sounds far too easy for your finely honed crew, there’s always the blood, sweat and tears that is the 10 mile off-road slog through rivers, fields, mud, the infamous Bog of Doom and daunting Hills of Hell. In the middle of winter. Steely of nerve and mad of mind can sign souls and sanity away here.

Getting there

By Car
The city’s easily accessible by car, with a good selection of main roads feeding in from the M6, M56 and M3.

Average journeys;
London - 3hrs 38mins
Edinburgh - 4hrs 18mins
Cardiff - 3hrs 20mins
Exeter - 3hrs 59mins
Bristol - 2hrs 50mins
Birmingham - 1hr 40mins
Liverpool - 36mins
Manchester - 57mins

By Coach
National Express run regular services from most major cities across the UK.

By Rail
If you’re not up for a tour of the UK’s tarmac and finest in Little Chef offerings, Virgin and Arriva Trains run regular high speed services into Chester from major cities across the UK. Catch the free shuttle bus into the city centre Mon-Sat, or nab a PlusBus ticket if you book through National Rail for unlimited use of the city’s public transport (and a free ride from station to town centre with either Stagecoach or Arriva buses if you luck out on the shuttle).

By Air
Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon are the nearest airports for groups heading in by plane, with flights serving major cities across the UK. You’re looking at a further 40 minutes on the road to get to base, although Manchester offers a regular rail service (roughly every 20mins) with direct links to Chester city centre. Find details and book tickets here.

By Sea
Stena Line, P&O and Irish Ferries operate to and from Belfast, Dublin and the Isle of Man. Holyhead and Liverpool are your local ports of call, with roughly a 40min transfer to base by road or rail.

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