Chester celebrates the arrival of spring with a wide range of free seasonal entertainment and activities.
Destination Chester has brought together organizations and businesses from across the city to create a packed calendar of events throughout March.
From kayaking and cocktail-making sessions to mindfulness walks and art exhibits, there’s something for everyone.
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Here are 15 events and activities to enjoy in Chester over the coming weeks:
Spring Blooms, downtown, through March 31 : Follow the trail of specially commissioned art installations by local and regional artists now visible across the city, with flowers and roots, birds and nocturnal animals among interpretations of re-emerging natural life.
Mini-Murals art trail, downtown, until March 31: Check out colorful nature-inspired murals that turn LV cabinets into works of art.
A taste of spring, across the city, until March 31: Sample the best local food and drink and follow the trails of cocktails and real ale using a new digital and printed map that leads to over 30 independent locations.
Kayaking sessions on the River Dee, from March 13 to 31: Explore the natural world from a kayak on the River Dee on a 90-minute tour that will give you a different perspective on the sights of spring.
Spring into Art, Watergate Street Gallery, until March 31: Outdoor viewing and raffle sessions, exhibitions featuring international artists and University of Chester students.
The Missing Building, CASC Gallery, until March 18: Discover interpretations of the cityscape created by local children and their families who have investigated the built environment and its possible reinterpretation.
Birdcage Stage Spring Celebration Weekend, All Chester, March 25-27: Acrobatic cats and dogs, singing cherubs and a duo of butterflies and flowers on stilts are some of the artists to admire on The Birdcage Stage, a giant golden structure that is also one of the installations of the Spring Blooms art trail .
Once A Desert, Chester Cathedral, until March 12: Step back to the Triassic Age, when the rock that created this cathedral formed and the land beneath us was part of the Sahara, during this sound and light show by artists Heinrich & Palmer.
The Rows – A journey through time, Chester Rows, March 12: Hear the thoughts of the Cestrians of the past – real and imagined – interpreted by current residents.
Enchanted Forest Festival, downtown, March 19-20: Hear enchanted trees recount their adventures in the forest, meet flower fairies as they perform magical moments, and listen to five-piece band The King Brasstards fill the streets with the sounds of New Orleans.
Saturday Girl About Town with Casey Orr, Watergate Street Gallery, March 12: Pose for a portrait in the pop-up studio of international photographer Casey – your image could be chosen for display in the city center later in March.
Reflective Art Walks for Families and Adults, Storyhouse, March 12, 15, 20, 28: Join local artist Lydia O’Hara on a city walk, take the Spring Blooms art trail, then create a work of art based on your experience.
Zero Waste Blooming Cocktails with Koji, March 19, 20, 26, 27: Learn how to make a zero-waste cocktail from micro-seasonal ingredients at Koji, the first all-natural cocktail and wine bar.
Springtime in Wellness, Storyhouse, March 16, 24, 30: Take a mindful walk with Lisa Rossetti through the city’s natural spaces, then put pen to paper during a creative writing session.
Roman Medicinal Garden Experience, Medicine Garden, March 27: A centurion will be your teacher of Roman medicine, plants and poison at the new Medicine Garden on Pierpoint Lane.
For details visit visitcheshire.com/chester/springblooms