What's on in Cheshire and Chester in August

PUBLISHED: 08:33 01 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 20 February 2013

What's on in Cheshire and Chester in August

What's on in Cheshire and Chester in August

COMPILED BY Amanda Griffiths

Theatre and Dance


Until 1st Nantwich Live. A host of stars from Britain's Got Talent and X-Factor are coming to Nantwich in a two day event at Dorfold Hall, Nantwich, www.nantwichlive.co.uk
2nd-7th Monty Python's Spamalot, telling this legendary story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, will have audiences roaring with laughter at The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent, 0844 871769
Until 7th Charleys Aunt. Misunderstandings and misdemeanours spiral out of control in this show, one of the most successful farces ever staged. The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 98833
10th-21st Les Miserables. The 25th anniversary production of the worlds longest running musical, starring John Owen Jones (hailed as the best Jean Valjean since Colm Wilkinson), Earl Carpenter and Gareth Gates comes to The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, 0843 208 6000
10th Heritage Opera present Madame Butterfly by Puccini at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, 01772 451991
13th Rain or Shine Theatre Company present The Importance of Being Earnest at Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, 01829 720383
18th Chapterhouse Theatre Company present Beauty and the Beast in the open air at Bodnant Garden, Tal-y- Cafn, near Colwyn Bay, Conwy, 01492 650460
20th-21st The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road as The Plaza Summer Youth Theatre present this magical show at The Plaza Theatre, Stockport, 0161 477 7779


Music and concerts


1st Party with Will Young at the Tatton Park Picnic Concerts with a fabulous firework finale. Tatton Park, Knutsford, 0844 847 1554, www.tattonparkconcerts.com
5th Summer lunchtime concert celebrating the 200th birthday of Chopin and Schumann at St Mary's Parish Church, Nantwich, 01270 625268
19th The Beautiful South perform their huge hits at Gawsworth open air theatre, 01260 223456, www.gawsworthhall.com
21st Cheshire Life sponsor this new production of Cosi fan Tutte at Gawsworth Hall Open Air Theatre, 01260 223456, www.gawsworthhall.com
30th Jazz in the Temple Gardens at Cholmondeley Castle. The Robin Joinery Quartet performs standards from their jazz and Latin repertoire including music by Gershwin, Cole Porter, Mancini and Jobim. Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, 01829 720383


Fairs, festivals, country days out and charity events


1st The fifth Sports Car Sunday including Cheshire Car Kit Day and the second North West Mini Show at Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, 01484 452002
4th The One Show's gardening expert Christine Walkden appears at Gawsworth Hall's open air theatre, talking about all things horticultural, 01260 223456, www.gawsworthhall.com
7th-8th Gruesome Tudors. Discover the head chopping antics of King Henry VIII with a light hearted performance of 'Top of the Chops' plus meet the executioner and the Barber Surgeon at Beeston Castle, Tarporley, 01829 260464
7th-8th Mind, Body and Spirit event with talks, demonstrations, psychic artist, aura photography and spiritual healing at Knutsford Civic Centre, www.rosemarydouglas.com
8th Garden and Eco Festival. A marquee packed with plant and flower stall, gardeners question time, art exhibition, workshops, craft stall and family fun at Congleton Park, 01260 291156
13th Fundraising ball with Pimms on arrival and a three course dinner in aid of oesophagal diseases and disorders at the Worsley Marriot, Manchester, tickets 45, 07870 354655
14th-15th Victorian Weekend at Biddulph Grange. Entertainment includes Victorian dancers, sweet stalls, craft demonstrations, Victorian games, activities and more, 01782 517999
21st Frodsham Food and Craft Fayre at Gleaves Home and Garden Centre, Frodsham, 01928 735713
21st Alsager Farmers Market. Taste and buy locally produced fresh seasonal vegetables, rare breed meats, Cheshire and Staffordshire cheese, jams, chutneys and more. Alsager Civic Centre, 01270 884200
21st Fashion show and entertainment evening at the Cinnamon Club, Bowdon, Altrincham in aid of Cancer Research and specifically bowel cancer awareness, tickets 35 available from 0161 962 3222
22nd Wirral Food and Drink Festival, in its fourth year, with chef demonstrations, children's workshops and live entertainment from local bands as well as the best local produce. Claremont Farm, near Bebington, www.wirralfoodfestival.co.uk
22nd The Children's Adventure Farm Trust Annual Open Day and Family Fun Day, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the children's charity. CAFT, Millington, 01565 830053, www.caft.co.uk
28th Poynton Show. One of the largest one day tented shows in the North West with trade stands, delicatessen, craft fair and charity stalls with entertainment in the main ring and horse jumping in the two equestrian rings. Poynton Park, 01625 872065


Whats on in Chester


Theatre, performance and dance


As You Like It
August 5th Join the Off The Ground theatre company as they present Shakespeare's 'As You Like It' as part of their 15th summer tour. Alexander's Live, Rufus Court, 01244 340005


Grosvenor Park open air theatre
Until August 8th One for all the family; pack a picnic and get ready to enjoy Shakespeare's comedy Much Ado About Nothing and a new play, Hercules. Grosvenor Park, 0843 208 0500


Beowulf
August 14th A costume performance centred on an old English poem. Brought to life by Peter Carrington Porter, the performance depicts the adventures of the great Scandinavian warrior in the sixth century. Grosvenor Museum, 01244 402005


Professor Newstead puppet show
August 17th Enjoy the children's tale of the missing Delamere Horn, brought to life by Puppet Professor Newstead. Grosvenor Museum, 01244 402033


Fairs, festivals and days out


Family fun day at Chester Races
August 1st Bring the whole family along for a fun-packed day of fairground rides, games, face painting and horse racing action. Chester Racecourse, Chester, 01244 304610


Chester local producers market
August 4th Enjoy fine local produce on offer including fruit, vegetables, fish, dairy and meat. Town Hall Square, 01244 603822


Restoration of the Walls
August 4th A guided walk through the famous city streets, learning more about the city walls and the history of the towers and gateways. Chester History and Heritage, 01244 402110


Ghost hunter
August 7th Spend an evening delving into Chester's mysterious past. Take a guided journey around eerie haunts and hear chilling tales of ghosts. Town Hall Square, 01244 405626


Secret Chester guided tour
August 8th Experience some of Chester's fascinating architecture; explore ancient buildings and towers on the city walls, some of which aren't usually open to the public. Town Hall Square, 01244 405626


Totesport summer festival
August 21st This year's summer festival comprises of competitive racing with the listed Chester Stakes and Heritage Handicap Stakes. Dress glamorous and expect an electric atmosphere. Chester Racecourse, 01244 304610


Amulet antiques fair
August 30th The touring Amulet Antiques fair comes to Chester - take a look around the stands selling an array of coins, stamps, postcards, books, jewellery, glass and porcelain. Northgate Arena, 01234 567890


Rhino Mania
Until mid-September Grab your camera and rhino map and follow the trail of up to 70 rhino sculptures though the city of Chester. Each one is specially designed to showcase Chester's heritage, architecture, regeneration and art scene. Chester Visitor Centre, 01244 402040, www.rhinomania.co.uk


Music and concerts


St Werburgh's Church organ recitals
August 10th Spend an afternoon listening to the melodious organ recital given by visiting organist, Bob Owens, of All Saints' Church in Daresbury. St Werburgh's Church, Grosvenor Park Road, 01244 350236


Goodfellas
August 20th Enjoy delicious food while being serenaded by soul singers the Goodfellas. Visit www.alexanderslive.co.uk or call 01244 34005 for tickets.


The Houghton Weavers
August 26th An evening of folk music, song and humour encompassing the talents of Tony Berry, David Littler and Steve Millington. The group have produced 25 albums and have even had their own BBC television series. The Forum Studio Theatre, 01244 341296

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