What’s on in Cheshire during August 2020

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 08:03 04 August 2020

Say hello to the friendly animals at Tatton Park Farm

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

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

ESCAPE TO FREIGHT ISLAND

Experience this cutting-edge street food market with an intimate festival vibe and restaurant quality eats, imaginative bars, secret dens, music, immersive art and daytime family entertainment. Platform 15 is the first glimpse: a 600-capacity open-air venue, split into different spaces and specifically designed with social distance in mind.

Depot Mayfield, Manchester, escapetofreightisland.com

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WELCOME BACK TO THE ICE CREAM FARM

From Strawberry Falls adventure golf to the Silvercone racing track and Rocky Road to Gemstone Cove, the Ice Cream Farm is back with fun for all the family and its delicious award-winning ice cream. And if you don’t fancy getting out of the car just yet, check out the brand-new ice-cream drive thru.

Newton Lane, Tattenhall, book a three-hour time slot at theicecreamfarm.co.uk

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NANTWICH FOOD FESTIVAL

The usual September event can’t go ahead this year, but many of the Nantwich Food Festival’s exhibitors and local businesses are open, trading online or offering takeaway and delivery services.

nantwichfoodfestival.co.uk

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August 6th

#FARM24

Join farmers across the UK in a ‘day in the life of’ as they tell the farm-to-fork story through their social media channels with photos, videos and the hashtag #farm24.

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TO THE OUTDOORS

WARRINGTON MARKET

The award-winning Warrington Market has a contemporary new home as part of the town’s £140 million Time Square scheme – and there’s an all-new Cookhouse (with 14 independent food and drink retailers) that comes with it.

2 Time Square, Warrington, warrington.gov.uk/market

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From July 8th

IT'S A FARM LIFE

Tatton Park has re-opened its farm, which during lockdown has welcomed 38 lambs, one pedigree Jersey calf, 18 piglets and numerous chicks. The farm’s 10 Red Poll cows are beginning to calve and Molly, the farm’s rare Middle White pig, is expecting piglets.

tattonpark.org.uk

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From July 14th

MOONLIGHT FLICKS

Storyhouse has teamed up with Moonlight Flicks to showcase a collection of hit films from Chester Cathedral’s stunning Dean’s Field. Whether it’s date night, a summer holiday treat with the kids or an evening with friends, there’s a flick for everyone.

Chester Cathedral, moonlightflicks.co.uk

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Every Sunday from July 19th

THE TATTON SOCIAL

Cheshire’s Ashley Hall is home a new series of events, The Tatton Social, with a weekly family-packed day of music, entertainment, food, drink and country walks across the estate.

tattonsocial.co.uk

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CANAL CRUISIN’

Get ready for a boat trip on the Shropshire Union Canal as Anglo Welsh has restarted its day boat hire. Cruise through the countryside, watch wildlife along the way and stop off for towpath walks and waterside picnics. 

anglowelsh.co.uk

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August 5th

DRIVE-IN CINEMA

The Luna Drive-in Cinema is coming to Tatton Park with a pick of 20 films from matinée performances of Back To The Future to singalong renditions of Bohemian Rhapsody and The Greatest Showman, all complete with food hamper options and state-of-the-art sound and screens.

lunadriveincinema.com/tatton-park

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EVENTS FOR HEROES AND ALL

From July 8th

THANK YOU, NHS

Warrington Museum & Art Gallery is back with all the precautions in place to show off its addition to Derek Dick’s popular exhibition Undivinable, which pays tribute to the heroic efforts of the NHS during Covid-19. There’ll also be exhibitions including Not All Who Wander Are Lost, from Creative Remedies, and 10,000 Steps by Jan Newhouse, as well as two new exhibitions: one from Priestley College and the other from internationally-renowned artist Susan Stockwell. 

wmag.culturewarrington.org

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TRY TO ESCAPE...

Escape Hunt Manchester has unlocked its doors and is offering a free game for nominated and randomly selected NHS heroes and local businesses who have served their community throughout the pandemic. You can nominate someone via its Manchester Facebook page (facebook.com/escapehuntmanchester).

Corn Exchange, Manchester, escapehunt.com/uk/manchester

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July 28th

A PLAY WITH GAIL YOUNG

Chester and Wrexham-based 

Tip Top Productions is continuing its lockdown season of virtual events with a read-through of extracts from Waiting, a new play by Chester-based playwright 

Gail Young, before a Q&A with Gail herself. 

chestertheatre.co.uk

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SUNDAY SERVICE

Chester Cathedral has re-opened for socially distanced eucharist and worship. Visitors are asked to pre-book tickets online – or if you’d rather watch from home, the service will be live-streamed.

Chester Cathedral, chestercathedral.com

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Entries until midday August 10th

WIN BIG WITH WARRINGTON CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL

Celebrating 10 years of exceptional art, the Warrington Contemporary Arts Festival is taking things to the next level with the chance to win either a £1,000 cash prize, £1,000 fees towards a solo show as part of the 2021 Arts Festival or a residency at Pyramid Arts Centre in 2021. Applications are welcome from the whole spectrum of contemporary arts, including dance, spoken word, installation art, film, visual arts, photography and more.

wcaf.culturewarrington.org/whats-on/wcaf-2020-open-submissions 

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