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PUBLISHED: 00:00 30 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:38 04 April 2018

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams hits the stage at Chester's Storyhouse (credit: Mark Douet)

Gangsta Granny by David Walliams hits the stage at Chester's Storyhouse (credit: Mark Douet)

Photo by Mark Douet

Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire during April

THEATRE AND DANCE

3rd - 7th

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em

Joe Pasquale stars in this favourite 1970s classic TV comedy as accident-prone Frank Spencer. With Sarah Earnshaw as his long-suffering wife Betty and Susie Blake as his disapproving mother-in-law Mrs Fisher, audiences will remember all of the catchphrases.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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3rd - 7th

Birdsong

A mesmerising story of love and courage, before and during the war. In pre-war France, a young Englishman, Stephen Wraysford, embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their worlds upside down.

The Lowry Theatre, Salford, 0843 208 6000

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4th

You’ve Got A Friend

Celebrate the music of songwriters James Taylor and Carole King, including I Feel The Earth Move, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) and the beautiful You’ve Got A Friend.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360

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9th - 14th

Of Mice and Men

Written by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck and based on his own experiences in the twenties, Of Mice and Men tells the story of George and Lennie, two migrant ranch workers who dream of owning their own ranch.

Manchester Opera House, 0844 871 3018

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11th

Jason Manford: Muddle Class

The comedian presents a wealth of new material about Jason’s life growing up working class, then finding that as he’s got older, part of him has become middle class.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345

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11th - 14th

Gangsta Granny

David Walliams’s best-selling story is brought to life in this colourful production. Ben thinks staying with granny will be boring, but what he doesn’t know is that she has a secret which results in an exciting adventure.

Storyhouse Chester, 01244 409 113

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11th - 15th

Disney On Ice: Worlds of Enchantment

This action-packed ice spectacular takes audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations, including Cars, Toy Story 3, The Little Mermaid and Frozen, as told by Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

Echo Arena Liverpool, www.disneyonice.co.uk

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11th - 21st

A Midsummer Night’s Dream/
Romeo and Juliet

Liverpool born Daniel Taylor immersive production of Shakespeare`s classic comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream returns as part of an alternating repertoire, along with the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.

The Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 0844 888 4411

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17th - 21st

Evita

After 10 years in the UK and two West End seasons, Evita comes to Chester. Bill Kenwright’s production follows an ordinary woman’s journey from humble beginnings through to extraordinary power and iconic status.

Storyhouse Chester, 01244 409 113

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21st - 22nd

Dear Zoo

The classic and timeless children’s book Dear Zoo is making its stage premiere. Perfect for children aged 2+ and their families, this production will delight all with engaging puppets, music and audience interaction.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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20th

Jason Robinson OBE

Former international rugby league and rugby union player Jason Robinson OBE takes centre stage in an access-all-areas talk about his rise to fame.

Pyramid, Warrington, 01925 442345

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24th - May 5th

Lennon’s Banjo

The fascinating and touching story behind the beginning of legendary singer, songwriter, musician, peace campaigner John Lennon’s musical journey, influenced by his mother Julia.

Epstein Theatre, 0844 888 4411

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27th

Mother’s Ruin

An hilarious musical extravaganza all about gin which takes its audience on a spellbinding journey to follow the rise of Britain’s top tipple.

Pyramid, Warrington, 01925 442345

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MUSIC AND CONCERTS

 

6th

The South

This line up features former members of The Beautiful South including singer Alison Wheeler and lifelong sax player Gaz Birtles. They play the songs made famous by the original band and bring back the full flavour and excitement with the nine piece live band.

Club Academy, Manchester, 0161 832 1111

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7th

Celebrating Quincy Jones

The Halle present a concert celebrating the phenomenal success of the legendary composer, arranger, record producer, instrumentalist, film and television producer and actor, Quincy Jones.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 237 7008

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13th

Tom Paxton and the Donjuans

Music from seasoned American singer songwriter Tom Paxton, who is currently touring the UK. The singer was honoured by the BBC Folk Awards, with a Lifetime Achievement in Songwriting.

Capstone Theatre, Liverpool Hope University, www.thecapstonetheatre.com

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14th

The Christians

The classic Liverpool band are renowned for an endless string of soulful yet socially aware hits such as Forgotten Town, Ideal World, Born Again, Harvest for the World as well as the Hillsborough charity number one single Ferry Across The Mersey.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 
www.thechristianslive.co.uk

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19th

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

Celebrating 40 years of the iconic Rumours album, the world’s finest tribute personally endorsed by Mick Fleetwood returns to the stage for another outstanding performance.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242

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22nd

Heather Small

As Part of M People, Heather achieved massive worldwide success with hits such as Moving On Up, One Night In Heaven and Search For The Hero.

Academy 2, Manchester, 0333 321 9990

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27th

You Win Again

Immerse yourself in the Gibb brothers’ music through the sixties, seventies and eighties with famous tracks such as Night Fever, More Than A Woman, How Deep Is Your Love and many more.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242#

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COUNTY DAYS OUT & CHARITY EVENTS

 

From 1st

Sea Life and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester

Inspire and educate little ones with these two new features: The Lair of The Giant Crab experience – a captivating voyage of discovery in the Pacific Ocean, and Space Mission – an interactive experience where you can build Lego rockets and explore weird alien landscapes.

Sea Life Manchester and Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, 
www.visitsealife.com/manchester

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7th - May 26th

Cynefin: Contemporary Quilted Textiles by Cwilt Cymru

Cwilt Cymru is a group of individual quilt artists, all living in or with a connection to Wales. Each artist has interpreted the theme of Cynefin, which loosely translated, means ‘a place or time where we instinctively feel we belong or feel most connected’.

The Silk Museum, Macclesfield, 01625 612045

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14th - 15th

The Walton Gardens Food Festival

The festival, which was last held in 2013, is back bigger than ever with more than 70 traders, hot food, entertainment and bars in the historic gardens. The free family friendly event will include live music on the band stand and the petting zoo, kids corner and crazy golf will all be open.

Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington, www.cheshirefoodfestival.com

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20th - 28th

2018 Spring Exhibition

Well-known and talented artists will be exhibiting, including Sue Campion, Jo Taylor, Dame Elizabeth Frink RA, Michael Rothenstein RA plus many young up and coming artists. The exhibition will be supporting Clatterbridge Cancer Charity and Tarporley War Memorial Hospital.

Sicily Oak Gallery, Cholmondeley, www.britishartportfolio.co.uk

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22nd

Plant Hunters’ Fair

This plant fair will bring you some of the country’s most highly respected specialist nurseries including RHS medallists each with a brilliant range of plants. The Plant Fair is also a fund-raising event for special projects at the hall.

Bramall Hall, Bramhall, 
www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

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28th - 29th

Liverpool Spring Festival

A fun packed weekend for all ages. The outdoor event features a whole raft of interactive workshops, producers’ market, vintage fairground and DJ sets, as well as a wide range of mouth-watering food and drink.

Sefton Park, Liverpool, 
www.liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

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Until May 13th

Association of Animal Artists

The Association returns for its much celebrated annual exhibition with animal art to inspire and amaze. All artwork is for sale and a percentage of all sales will be donated to charity partner for 2018, the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.

Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, 01928 735832

 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

We’ve all taken an aimless Sunday stroll in Lyme Park, but this month we take a more purposeful ramble around this old favourite, writes Howard Bradbury

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Hills with stunning views, beautiful woodland and the famous Sandstone Trail are all easily accessible to this Cheshire market town.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A Knutsford horsewoman who has Russian Cossack blood in her veins, says her job specialising in equine law is just perfect, writes Mairead Mahon.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Coffee and croissants in a buzzing local deli on a lazy Saturday morning give way to the sights and sounds of the weekend street market. A stroll through a secluded square leads to a chance find in a neighbourhood art gallery. A long lunch follows in an old, wooden-timbered pub before a wander through a centuries-old churchyard and a scour of the blue badges showcasing famous former residents. Finally, a spot of retail therapy across a clutch of smart boutiques then it’s back to unload and unwind in the sanctuary of your chic hotel…. bliss.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Nick Rowles from Cheshire Wildlife Trust on the work being done to encourage young people to be passionate about their environment.

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