Four Days in Chester: The Best Things to See and Do This Easter Bank Holiday Weekend
Chester is a vibrant, dynamic and architecturally rich city with many charming quirks and an abundance of things to see and do. If you happen to be visiting this gorgeous city over the Easter bank holiday weekend, you’ll be in for a treat. Chester really comes alive in the Spring, making it the perfect time to explore this thriving hub of culture, art, shopping and family fun.
Food & Drink Festival
The highlight of Easter weekend in Chester is the famous Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival. Taking place from the 15th to the 17th of April on Chester Racecourse, it also incorporates Art Fest and Camper Fest. Over 155 exhibitors come from far and wide to showcase their culinary delights, and the restaurant village holds Cheshire’s finest, serving up food from all over the world. There are chef demonstrations, Taste Cheshire Young Chef of the Year finals, cookery classes for kids, bake-offs and all sorts of family friendly events.
Visit the majestic Chester Cathedral, founded as a monastery over 900 ago. On Good Friday, thousands of people gather to witness an outdoor performance of Christ’s journey to the cross through the city – the journey starts at the Eastgate Street clock and concludes at the West Door of the beautiful cathedral. Whilst there, take on the Cathedral at Height Tour. This award-winning experience includes exploring the bell ringing chamber and the galleries, observing the fourteenth century quire stalls from above, and of course appreciating incredible views over the city from the roof. After all the walking, enjoying a peaceful boat cruise along the River Dee will allow you to take in some lovely scenery, including a view of the stunning Eaton Estate, which is home to the Duke of Westminster.
Saturday 15th of April
The Chester Food & Drink festival opens at 10am and continues until Monday. If you’re not venturing to the racecourse for this event, then spending your Easter Saturday in Chester sampling the shopping delights of the city offers a fantastic alternative. Chester is famous for its incredible boutique shopping and quirky shopping area – the famous Chester Rows are two-tiered galleries lining the four main shopping streets in the city centre. They house both well-known high street stores and quaint independent shops and cafes, which makes Chester’s retail experience very unique. If you are in a serious shopping mood and don’t mind taking a 45-minute drive out of the city, the Easter Shopping Fair is on at Tatton Park in Knutsford from the 14th to the 17th of April. Tatton Park is a beautiful national trust estate with a large deer park, rare breed farm, neo-classical mansion and the Old Hall, which is open for costumed guided tours. The shopping fair takes place in the tenants’ hall and will house 40 exhibitors of food, crafts and gifts. The park also has an adventure playground and den building area so it’s a brilliant day out for the kids.
Start your Easter Sunday off with Chester Heritage Tours, an extra special guided tour of the city in a classical open top omnibus. The famous bus starts its journey at the town hall and will take you around all the important architectural and historical sites in Chester. You’ll learn all about the city’s history from charming and knowledgeable Barbara, who will probably also be in vintage costume! After this, take a trip over to Eaton Hall Gardens Charity Open Day. Here, you can explore gorgeous historical gardens, which open to the public just four times a year to raise money and awareness for local charities. The gardens are beautifully kept and impressively landscaped by renowned garden designer, Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Towards the end of the day, it’ll be time to settle somewhere warm and cosy to enjoy a traditional Sunday roast. Check out this ultimate Sunday lunch guide for recommendations of the best roasts the city of Chester has to offer.
The award-winning Chester Zoo is the UK’s most visited attraction outside London and one of the world’s best zoos. Famous for its conservation projects and breeding programmes, Chester Zoo houses over 15,000 exotic and endangered animals from all over the world across 125 acres of gardens. It’s a wonderful day out for all the family and offers lots of opportunities to learn about wildlife and conservation.
Accommodation in Chester
Hallmark Inn Chester is situated right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect place to stay when you visit. The hotel building itself is a very pretty mixture of red brick plus the black and white revival detailing that Chester is so famous for. Just a short walk away from Chester’s best shops, restaurants and museums, the Hallmark Inn Chester offers excellent value for money accommodation with all the modern comforts to help you relax after a weekend’s exploring. You can also save up to 35% booking a short break in the Spring – please see here for details of this limited offer.
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