What’s on in Cheshire during April 2020

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:13 03 April 2020

Important Notice regarding COVID-19

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Our guide to the best events in and around Cheshire this month

The government advice regarding COVID-19 on March 16th recommended that we should avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.

This is very likely to impact the events listed here and those printed in our April issue which went to print before this announcement.

We recommend you check the website or social media of the organisers or venue for more details about cancellations, postponements and possible refunds.

We will resume updating this article when the government advice allows events involving large numbers of people to resume again.

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THEATRE & DANCE 

4TH-7TH 

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S SWAN LAKE 

By a moonlit lake, a grieving prince witnesses the transformation of a swan into a beautiful princess. Compelled by an evil spell to spend her days in the form of a bird, she can only be saved by the power of love. 

The Lowry, Salford, thelowry.com 

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14TH-15TH 

HELEN FORRESTER'S BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL 

The brand-new stage play adaption is set in the 1930s after Helen's father went bankrupt during the Depression and the family were forced to leave behind their comfortable middle-class life in the south west of England for a new life in Liverpool. By The Waters of Liverpool has sold over one million books. 

Warrington Parr Hall, parrhall.culturewarrington.org/whats-on 

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24TH-28TH 

HOLES 

Born into a family cursed with bad luck, it comes as no surprise when Stanley Yelnats finds himself accused of a crime he didn't commit. The inventive and creative new stage show is based on the multi-award winning novel and Hollywood blockbuster. 

Liverpool Everyman Theatre, everymanplayhouse.com

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26TH-29TH 

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS MAGICAL ICE FESTIVAL 

Join fearless way-finder Moana, journey alongside royal sisters Anna and Elsa, and dive under the sea with Ariel. You'll get tangled up with rowdy residents when they get a visit from Rapunzel - plus, get swept away by Beauty and the Beast. 

M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, mandsbankarena.com 

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28TH 

HOLLIE MCNISH 

Funny and frank award-winning poet Hollie McNish returns to Storyhouse to read from and chat about her latest collections. She has three poetry collections: Paper, Cherry Pie and Plum, as well as one poetic memoir on politics and parenthood, Nobody Told Me. 

Storyhouse Theatre, Chester, storyhouse.com

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30TH 

HELEN FIELDING: LIFE LESSONS FROM BRIDGET JONES 

Join Helen Fielding as she delves into the diaries of her brainchild Bridget Jones for an evening of everything she's learned from the UK's favourite singleton. Bridget Jones' Diary became a global phenomenon 25 years ago and continues to capture the hearts of young women as she ventures as a single woman balancing life and love in London. 

Storyhouse Theatre, Chester, storyhouse.com

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31ST 

ADVENTURES OF THE YORKSHIRE SHEPHERDESS 

Hear how Amanda Owen juggles life as a shepherdess, home renovator and mother to nine children, with life as a best-selling author and star of Channel 5 series 'Our Yorkshire Farm'. 

Lancaster Grand, lancastergrand.co.uk 

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31ST 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE: A PROMENADE PERFORMANCE 

Lyme becomes Pemberley once again in this adaption of Jane Austen's classic novel. As part of the park's celebrations, students from the Royal Northern College of Music will perform scenes around the house at Lyme. 

Lyme Park, nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme 

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MUSIC & CONCERTS 

2ND-3RD 

LEWIS CAPALDI 

Continuing to break records and capture the nation, Lewis Capaldi is kicking off his huge UK headline arena tour this month. 

O2 Apollo, Manchester, academymusicgroup.com/o2apollomanchester 

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5TH 

UGNIUS PAULIUKONIS 

The only student to be awarded the prestigious Gold Medal at the Royal Northern College of Music's 2013 competition, Lithuiania-born Ugnius Pauliukonis will recite piano pieces by Haydn, Chopin and Ravel. As a solo pianist, he has performed with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, Kaunis State Symphony and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Lecture Theatre, Clitheroe Royal Grammar School Sixth Form Centre, clitheroeconcerts.org 

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7TH 

MICHAEL KIWANUKA 

BRIT and Mercury Music Prize nominated Michael Kiwanuka returns with his third album KIWANUKA, written straight from the heart and taking listeners on a journey of fuzzy instrumentation. 

O2 Apollo, Manchester, academymusicgroup.com/o2apollomanchester

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11TH 

SUSAN BOYLE 

Singing sensation Susan Boyle returns to the stage with her dazzling new show, part of the TEN Tour, celebrating an incredible decade in the music industry. 

Palace Theatre, Manchester, palacetheatremanchester.net 

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12TH 

JON BODEN 

The winner of 11 BBC Radio Folk Awards and former Bellowhead member, some herald Jon Boden with reinventing big band folk, bringing a traditional genre to mainstream audience. 

Waterside Arts, Sale, watersidearts.org 

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16TH 

THE WHO 

TOUR POSTPONED - dates will be rescheduled for later in the year


Following their return to Wembley Stadium in July last year, The Who are back for 2020 with a brand new studio album - their first in 13 years. 

Manchester Arena, manchester-arena.com 

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19TH 

MANCHESTER COLLECTIVE: THE BIRDS 

CANCELLED - DETAILS HERE


A love song to birds through music. An intimate performance by the critically acclaimed Manchester Collective as they take on Messiaen's Catalogue of the Birds, set against music by electronic wunderkind Erland Cooper. 

Great Hall, Lancaster University, lancasterarts.org 

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29TH 

LEYLAND BAND 

Leyland Band, Lancashire's top brass band, have performed all over the world since they were formed in 1946, but this will be their debut in Clitheroe. Expect a varied repertoire and top-class performances. 

The Grand, Clitheroe, thegrandvenue.co.uk

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COUNTY DAYS OUT 

1ST-25TH 

THE LANDING: THE LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF ARTISTS 

The exhibition for The Liverpool School's fourth major Landing Exhibition presents work focused on the urban scene, often geometric and abstract, but always challenging. 

The Atkinson, Southport, theatkinson.co.uk 

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7TH-15TH 

MANCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL 

Manchester Film Festival will open with German film Traumfabrik, a luscious romance set in 1961 Berlin, and close with a special preview screening of documentary Billie, about the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. Enjoy a dazzling selection of the best in film from 2019.

Odeon Manchester Great Northern, maniff.com 

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8th

WEDDING OPEN DAY

The dedicated wedding team are always on hand to make sure your dream day is everything you have ever wanted and our AA rosette award winning kitchen will ensure your menu impresses all.

Mere Court Hotel & Conference Centre, Warrington Road, Mere, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0RW

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15TH 

SPRING PLANT HUNTERS' FAIR 

Find something new, unusual and exciting to revamp your beds and borders or perk up a dull corner at Ness Botanic Gardens, with plants and flowers grown by small specialist nurseries. 

The Herb Garden, Ness Botanic Gardens, planthuntersfairs.co.uk 

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16th-22nd

MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS IN CHESTER

Sustainably wrapped, brown boxes and bags will be placed by significant landmarks around the city on the week running up to Mother’s Day decorated with ‘Spoil your Mum’ labels. CH1ChesterBIDs social media channels will report on the locations to make sure followers know where to be in order to secure a gift. Whilst gifts will be appearing throughout the week, most gifts and fresh flowers will be available on the Saturday preceding Mother’s Day, in order that children can come to the city centre and find a present for the next day.

Around Chester www.experiencechester.co.uk

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21ST 

FIZZ 'N' FLAPPERS 1920S CHARITY CHAMPAGNE TASTING EVENING 

The red carpet will be pulled out for an evening of drinks, a two-course dinner and live jazz music before champagne tasting, raffle and an auction. All proceeds will be split between Women V Cancer and Claire House Children's Hospice.  

The Chester Grosvenor, chestergrosvenor.com

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22ND 

MOTHER'S DAY LUNCH 

Treat your mum to a Mother's Day lunch at the lovely Alderley Edge Hotel and be entertained by its resident pianist. All mums receive a free gift. 

Alderley Edge Hotel, alderleyedgehotel.com 

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27TH-23RD AUGUST 

SUZANNE LACY: WE ARE HERE 

Suzanne Lacy is an American artist who works across photography, film, performance, installation, public practice and writing. Her work is centred around conversations with people about social themes and political urgencies, addressing issues such as gender, labour, class, violence and race through a feminist lens. 

Manchester Art Gallery, manchesterartgallery.org 

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27TH-28TH 

THE GIN AND RUM FESTIVAL: UK TOUR 2020 

The Gin and Rum Festival brings not only unique spirits from all around the world, but a great selection of some of the best entertainment and food from around the UK. 

Manchester Cathedral, ginandrumfestival.com 

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28TH 

MAKERS MARKET 

The Makers Market brings local food and drink, arts and crafts, homeware, and vintage stalls to Congleton. 

themakersmarket.co.uk 

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28TH-29TH 

THREE WRENS DISTILLERY TOUR 

Meet the distiller and owner of Three Wrens Gin and hear the history of gin, see a live demo of gin being made and enjoy a taster afternoon, including a cocktail masterclass. 

Three Wrens Gin Distillery, Cholmondeley,

threewrensgin.com 

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29TH 

WOOF MUDDER 2020 

St Luke's Cheshire Hospice is proud to bring back another and 'even better' Woof Mudder course at new venue Dorford Hall. All money raised through registration and sponsorship will support the hospice. 

slhospice.co.uk/events/woofmudder 

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