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What’s On in Cheshire during September

PUBLISHED: 00:00 31 August 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 01 September 2017

Guests enjoy watching the polo at Chester Racecourse

Guests enjoy watching the polo at Chester Racecourse

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

THEATRE

5th - 9th

Footloose: The Musical

Based on the 1984 cult movie starring Kevin Bacon, this musical tells the story of city boy Ren, who has to move to a rural backwater in America where dancing is banned. Cast will feature Maureen Nolan as Vi Moore and Joshua Dowen as Ren.

Storyhouse, Chester, 0844 815 7202

8th

The Band

This a new musical, produced by Take That, is about what it’s like to grow up with a boyband. It follows five 16 year-old friends in 1992, and then 25 years on, the now 40-something women, as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes. The Band will be played by the five winners of BBC’s Let It Shine.

Opera House, Manchester, 0844 871 3018

14th - October 14th

Our Town

Our Town tells the story of Emily and George, two unremarkable teenagers growing up in a small New Hampshire town at the turn of the last century. The audience is invited to eavesdrop on this tightly wound community as events unfold across the course of a decade.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833

21st - 24th

Last Train to Auschwitz

This play tells the story of a group of women’s journey into hell, where their final destination is the notorious concentration camp, Auschwitz. The emotional narrative is played out by Liverpool’s top acting talent including award-winning film actress, Crissy Rock.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

24th

TitanicDance

This Irish dance musical features the three times Irish Dancing World Champion, James Keegan, along with a cast of 30 award-winning dancers and traditional Irish musicians. It tells the story of the world’s most famous ship from its beginning in a Belfast shipyard to its tragic end in the Atlantic Ocean.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

23rd

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits Tour

Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. This new tour features the greatest material from his career in one show.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 
01925 442345

25th - 30th

Flashdance: The Musical

Returning to the UK for the first time since 2011, this performance will star Strictly favourite, Joanne Clifton, and singer-songwriter Ben Adams. It tells the story of 18-year-old Alex, a welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by night, who dreams of going to the prestigious Shipley Dance Academy.

The Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 0844 871 7649

26th - 30th

Son of a Preacher Man

X-factor finalist Diana Vickers will play the role of Kat in this heart-warming new musical. It features the soulful music of Dusty Springfield, with a book by Warner Brown and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

27th - 30th

All or Nothing

All Or Nothing tells the electrifying yet bittersweet tale of four young men who became 1960s band, The Small Faces. Rocketed into the big time, they then discover the path to fantastic success is paved with exploitation, betrayal and ultimately tragedy.

Storyhouse, Chester, 0844 815 7202

 

MUSIC

2nd

The Great British Prom

The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis, celebrate music from across the home nations. They will be joined by Classical Brit Award winning Welsh male vocal group, Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and a traditional piped band. The evening will close with a firework display.

Bolesworth Castle, Tattenhall, www.greatbritishprom.co.uk

7th

Richard Brasier: Evening Organ Recital

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, Richard has a reputation for his brilliant, inspiring performances - ‘one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation’. 
Refreshments are included in ticket price.

Adlington Hall & Gardens, Macclesfield, 01625 827595

14th

The Kosmos Ensemble

Expect an evening of sophisticated jazz, wild gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish music, and hot-blooded tango.

St. Wilfrid’s Church, Grappenhall, 01925 263183

16th

The Doors Alive

The no.1 tribute band to legendary rockers The Doors, are bringing the psychedelic sounds of the 1960s to Warrington. The band effortlessly re-create the sound, look, presence and feel of a real Doors concert, transporting the crowd back in time.

Pyramid, Warrington, 01925 442345

23rd

Halle: Classical Extravaganza

Trumpets herald the start of the Hallé Pops concerts with Copland’s Fanfare, Haydn’s famous concerto and a host of the world’s best-loved classics, including several which are part of the BBC’s Ten Pieces.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000

24th

Mahler: Symphony No. 3

The first concert of the BBC Philharmonic’s season, they open with Mahler’s Third Symphony - a colossal work that tore up the rulebook and rewrote it for a new century. Juanjo Mena will be joined by a vast ensemble of musicians and singers as he begins his final season as the BBC Philharmonic’s Chief Conductor.

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 
0161 907 9000

29th

Russian State Opera: Tosca

Originally set in Rome in 1800s, this opera tells the story of two idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, and the melodrama when love and politics collide, and murder takes place at the highest level.

Venue Cymru, Llandudno, 01492 872000

30th

Concert No 1: Leon McCawley

One of Britain’s foremost award-winning pianists, this concert will feature music from Beethoven, Debussy and Rachmaninov.

Holmes Chapel Leisure Centre, 
01477 689 552

 

DAYS OUT

1st - 3rd

Nantwich Food Festival

Staged in the heart of the town centre, the festival features a cooking theatre alongside over 200 food and drink exhibitors from all over the country. Great British Bake Off winner, Candice Brown, will be headlining, cooking up some home comfort classics with a twist.

Nantwich, www.nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

3rd

Clonter Fair

A day out for all the family, there will be a car boot sale, hand made craft and vintage clothes stalls, old fashioned fair games, live music and a fortune teller. Clonter will also be joining forces with the Congleton Beartown Classic Car Club, in aid of Cancer Research UK and Clonter Farm Music Trust where exactly half the proceeds will go to each charity.

Clonter Opera Theatre, Swettenham Heath, 01260 224514

7th - 10th

Heritage Open Days: The Courthouse

The Courthouse looks into the story of one of the most brilliant but tragic characters of British history, Alan Turing, who was tried at the former Sessions Court for homosexual acts 65 years ago. Art installations and performances will be featured, alongside talks and demonstrations from Robert ‘Judge’ Rinder, Paul Kellar MBE, Sir Dermot Turing and Jonathan Swinton.

The Courthouse, Knutsford, www.heritageopendays.org.uk

8th - 10th

Galloway Antiques Fair

Visit to browse a variety of nationally known dealers exhibiting a wide range of items to include town and country furniture, silver, jewellery, paintings, sculpture, glass, porcelain, antiquarian books and prints.

Arley Hall, Northwich, Stoke-on-Trent, 01565 777353

8th - 9th

Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup Polo Weekend

Watch the polo action pitch side with a picnic or browse the various outlets in the shopping village. For a special experience, book tickets for the hospitality marquee for a lunch before a front row seat.

Chester Racecourse, 
01244 304 600

9th - 10th

Heritage Open Days: Strawberry Studios

Step inside the building that housed the famous Strawberry Recording Studios from 1968 to 1993 and stand where famous artists recorded their music. See Strawberry’s vintage equipment placed in its original surroundings and learn about the studio’s history as it celebrates its fifty-year anniversary.

Stockport, www.heritageopendays.org.uk

9th

Audlem RNLI Festival and Boat Share Show

Saturday is party night with music, bar and barbecue. Sunday sees the return of the Dog Show presented by Leonard Brothers Vets, followed by a donkey derby and birds of prey demonstration.

Overwater Marina, Audlem, www.overwatermarina.co.uk

10th

The Big Whitegate Walk

The charity walk will be held in aid of two charities, St Luke’s Hospice and Cardiac Risk in the Young UK. It will start at The Plough at 11am.

The Plough, Whitegate, www.ploughwhitegate.com

10th

Moor Art Knutsford

11AM – 5PM

Local artist Louise Crawford is participating in the Knutsford community event, “Moor Art Knutsford”, in tandem with the national heritage open day. Louise is based in Knutsford and London, and has recently been progressing her style of work at the Slade School of Fine Art. Investigating colour relationships, materiality and character of colour -based on the affect colour can have on the viewer; Louise created work inspired by Van Gough’s paintings.

Currently taking commissions, the Moor Art event is an opportunity to come and talk to her in person, or contact www.louisecrawfordfineart.co.uk

15th - 17th

The Good Life Experience

This festival was founded by Cerys Matthews, Steve Abbott and Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. Expect local food, axe throwing, campfire cooking, craftspeople, comedy and music.

Hawarden Estate Farm Shop, 
01244 784122

17th

Woof festival 2017

The UK’s largest Frenchie, Pug, Boston Terrier & English Bulldog Event takes place in Cheshire which includes an attempt to break the world record for the largest single breed walk with 800 French Bulldogs.

Sutton Fields, Cheshire, WA7 3EY 10am-4pm www.wooffestival.co.uk

23rd - 24th

Great British Food Festival

This fantastic food festival is back with over 100 food stalls, Man Vs Food, live chef demos from Bake Off stars, kids cookery lessons, circus workshop and live music throughout the day.

Arley Hall, Northwich, www.greatbritishfoodfestival.com

 

FURTHER AFIELD

1st-3rd

Chatsworth Country Fair

This year’s Chatsworth Country Fair promises to be spectacular fun for all the family with three days of dazzling displays on horseback, daring motorcycle stunts, a human flight team and aerobatics. In the showground there’s something for everyone from fishing to falconry, wintage cars to hot air balloons.

Enjoy a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer. Sample the delicious fare on offer in the Fine Food Village and be inspired by cooking demonstrations by some of the country’s finest chefs including Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry CBE, John Torode and Lisa Faulkner.

www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk

 

FAB FOUR

1st - 3rd

Gladfest

Gladfest brings together internationally-renowned and new writers for a weekend. The 2017 lineup includes TV historian Diarmaid MacCulloch, award-winning author Sarah Perry and broadcaster Sally Magnusson. There will be food and drink, and Gladfest Market Place will be filled with local designers and contemporary crafts. Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, 01244 532350

18th - 22nd

Wirral Golf Classic

The 8th Wirral Golf Classic is a 72 hole Stableford competition for amateur golfers across four courses: Caldy, Heswall, Wallasey and Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake. Entrants will enjoy the beautiful locations. www.wirralgolfclassic.co.uk

27th

Stars and Stones

This new event offers a rare opportunity to explore The Blackden Trust and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre on the same day. Discover the science and stories that link these great sites and find out about the visionary people who have developed these magical places. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, Macclesfield, 01477 571 766

30th

Chester Races: Season Finale 2017

The final flutter of the year, this is the last opportunity to see horses race in spectacular fashion at Chester Racecourse as the season comes to a close. Chester Racecourse, 01244 304610

 

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