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What’s On in Cheshire during August

PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 August 2017

The MBNA Family Funday at Chester Racecourse

The MBNA Family Funday at Chester Racecourse


Cheshire Life’s guide to the best events in and around the county this month. Compiled by Rebekka O’Grady.



Pride and Prejudice

This is a special indoor performace of Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s take on one of Jane Austen’s most loved books. Meet heroine Elizabeth Bennet in this brand-new adaptation that also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the author’s death.

Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, www.chapterhouse.org

7th - 12th

The Wizard of Oz

Former Eastenders’ actress Cheryl Fergison will return to play the Wicked Witch of the West in this exciting performance of a classic tale. Charlotte Gallagher returns to the role of Dorothy, joining Toto and all her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road to The Emerald City.

Stockport Plaza, 0161 477 7779

7th - 19th

Funny Girl

This critically acclaimed and record-breaking theatre production returns to Manchester in August to complete its national tour. Sheridan Smith reprises her smash hit performance in the role of Fanny Brice, and playing opposite her is Darius Campbell as Nick Arnstein.

Manchester Palace Theatre, 0844 871 3019


Twelfth Night

The Folksy Theatre returns to Port Sunlight to perform more outdoor Shakespeare, filled with live music, bold characters and audience interaction. Twin siblings, Viola and Sebastian, are separated in a shipwreck and Viola takes on the appearance of a man to be accepted to work in Duke Orsino’s household. Bring along picnics, blankets and folding chairs to enjoy the open-air performance.

The Dell, Port Sunlight, www.portsunlightvillage.com

10th - 12th

Our House

From the writer of Calendar Girls and Kinky Boots comes this Olivier award-winning Madness musical. On the night of Joe’s 16th birthday, a split-second decision forces him to choose between himself and his heart. As two very different paths unfold before him, the consequences of that choice will change his life forever.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368 242


Peter Pan

Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, J.M.Barrie’s timeless classic is brought to life in this brand new adaptation in an outdoor performance.

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, www.chapterhouse.org

14th - 19th


The original high-school musical, it features all of the unforgettable songs from the hit movie and stars boy band member, The Wanted, Tom Parker, as Danny, Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Sandy and EastEnders’ and Strictly Come Dancing’s Louisa Lytton as Rizzo.

Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 01492 872000

16th - 18th

Trial By Jury

Lovehistory return to St George’s Hall with a brand new case to solve. This compelling and immersive theatre production puts the audience in the driving seat, giving you the power to decide the fate of those on trial.

St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 0844 800 0410

August 25th until September 23rd


The Tony a ward-winning performance, directed by Jonathan O’Boyle and co-produced by Guy James, tells the story of a young prince, the heir to a throne, and his journey to find meaning to life - only to discover true happiness is more complicated than he thought.

Hope Mill Theatre, Ancoats, www.hopemilltheatre.co.uk


July 28 - August 6

Manchester Jazz Festival

Celebrating its 22nd festival in 2017, this event is accessible to all and mostly free. The festival features 10 days of contemporary jazz from the North West, around the UK and abroad with national premières of original work and international debuts.

Various Manchester venues, www.manchesterjazz.com


G4: Under the Stars

The multi-platinum selling vocal harmony group make their debut at Gawsworth as part of their garden theatre programme. The four-piece, plus band, string section and guests, will perform their classic releases of Bohemian Rhapsody, My Way and Nessun Dorma. There will also be support from the Macclesfield Male Voice Choir.

Gawsworth Hall, 01260 223456

5th - 6th

Liverpool Loves

This feel-good festival showcases all the fantastic things that Liverpool has to offer, with a wide array of live entertainment, food and drink and activities and attractions. The city centre will come alive with the sounds of some of the best buzz-bands and rising local artists on the main stage in Derby Square.

Derby Square, Liverpool, www.liverpoolloves.co.uk


Toots and the Maytals

Ska and reggae legends, Toots and the Maytals, return to touring after a three year break. Formed in the early 1960s, the band were key figures in popularizing reggae music and will perform a number of classics from across their back catalogue.

Olympia, Liverpool, 0844 561 7672 561


Joe McElderry

The 2009 X Factor winner is back on a nationwide live tour, The Gloria Tour, where he will perform an exciting mix of up-tempo songs and powerful ballads.

Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent, 0844 871 7627

18th - 19th

Summer ‘Lift Off’ Music Festival

Internationally-acclaimed Brotherhood of Man and Bobby G’s Bucks Fizz headline this family-friendly festival. A bar will be available each night along with fresh food.

Anderton Boat Life, Northwich, 01606 786 777

26th - 27th

Goose Green Summer Festival

The festival expands to take place over two days as part of Altrincham Soundbites festival. Expect local bands and singers to Goose Green, plus street food and family-focused activities.

Goose Green, Altrincham, www.altrinchamunlimited.co.uk



MBNA Family Funday

Whether it’s watching competitive horse racing or the children enjoying entertainment (including donkey rides, inflatables and beach games), there’s something for all the family here.

Chester Racecourse, 01244 304 600

7th - 13th

PGA Europro Tour

Some of the finest young professional golfers in the country will be fighting it out for a place in the Tour Championships. During the week-long event at Wychwood Park, over 100 professionals are expected to take to the tee, with 500 expected in attendance.

Wychwood Park, Crewe, 0871 222 4830

12th - 13th

Astle Park Traction Engine Rally

Steam engines, fairground organs, classic cars, vintage tractors and motorcycles and stationary engines, food marquee, fairground and performances from Stannage International Stunt Show. There is also a Saturday night firework display.

Astle Park, Chelford, 


Berkeley Group Pony Club Championships

The event will host some of the most talented Pony Club Members in the UK, competing against each other for the 2017 titles.

Cholmondeley Castle, 01485 210070



An exciting afternoon of free family fun. Expect entertainment, workshops and attractions. The children’s festival was first launched in 2015 to honour the short life of James Bulger who was cruelly murdered in 1993 at the age of two.

Stanley Park, Liverpool, www.forjames.org

25th - 26th

Gin Festival

Big Lush Events present theginfestival.co.uk at Birkenhead Town Hall. Expect plenty of drinks to try, from those created overseas to some crafted locally, plus a cocktail bar. A swing band will also perform.

Birkenhead Town Hall, www.bigtimegin.co.uk

26th - 28th

Cheshire Game and Country Show

With three main arenas, displaying everything from horse boarding to terrier racing, this event showcases many countryside activities. The show, now into its 10th year, also hosts the 13th English Open Chainsaw Carving competition, featuring carvers from around the world.

Tabley Showground, Knutsford, www.cheshiregameandcountryfair.co.uk


Cheshire Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

This established classic vehicle event attracts 400-500 display vehicles in a picturesque settings. The courtyard directly outside Capesthorne Hall will also be filled with stunning vehicles from the Mercedes Benz Owners Club.

Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, 01484 667776

27th - 28th

Plant Hunters’ Fair

Simply something for every plant lover. Explore the 12 acre garden and enjoy the tearoom’s home-baking on the terrace lawn before finding some lovely plants and getting expert advice from enthusiastic nurserymen.

The Dorothy Clive Garden, Willoughbridge, www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

31st until September 3

Buxton Comedy Festival

This inaugural event is the brainchild of Buxton Opera House. Many of the events will take place here and at the Pavilion Arts Centre, including Friday night’s fusion of comedy and music from Lancashire Hotpot, I’m a Celebrity star Joel Domett on the main stage Saturday and comedian Jimmy Carr headlining Sunday.

Buxton, www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk


1st until September 2nd

Manchester Open Air Theatre

Five classic tales will be brought to life in a pop-up 500 seat outdoor theatre this summer. Presented by Northern Rep, Manchester Open Air Theatre will stage Macbeth, The Jungle Book, The Importance of Being Earnest, Peter Pan and Hamlet, presented in rep over five weeks. The same core company of actors, stage managers, designers and director will create and perform all the of the shows.

Chorlton Park, www.manchesteropenairtheatre.com

4th - 6th

Rewind north

The world’s biggest 80s music festival returns for the fourth year. Rewind North promises fantastic performances from the Village People, Sister Sledge and rockers Status Quo, plus a host of other artists including The Farm’s Peter Hooton, Level 42, Kim Wilde, Peter Hook and The Light.

Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, www.rewindfestival.com

18th - 20th

Just So

This weekend-long festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and escape into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together.

Rode Hall, Scholar Green, www.justsofestival.org.uk


Poynton Show

This community agricultural and horticultural show features a variety of competitive classes, equestrian, trade stands and a food market. Entertainment this year includes Titan the Robot and the Melton Mowbray Toy Soliders, and there’s also a pet show where you can enter your dog on the day.

Poynton Showground, www.poyntonshow.co.uk

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