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Arts and culture take centre stage in Cheshire this summer

By on August 3, 2019

Cheshire is hosting a packed programme of arts and culture for all the family this summer, part of its new celebration of the county’s rich natural and scientific assets, Cheshire: Where Science Meets Nature.

Among the highlights are:

  • Jodrell Bank – the UK’s brand-new Unesco World Heritage Site, announced this month, offers a thrilling journey through space exploration from the past to the future (pictured above centre).
  • Just So Festival – it’s party time as the fun family romp in the grounds of Rode Hall, near Congleton, celebrates its 10th birthday (pictured top left, 16-18 Aug).
  • The Borrowers – the world premiere of Bryony Lavery’s production of this well-loved children’s tale takes to the stage of the Grosvenor Park Open-Air Theatre in Chester (31 Jul-25 Aug).
  • The Lost Words and Told in Gold at Lyme – kids can rediscover the language of nature on this trail based on the spellbook, The Lost Words, and take part in a new outdoor theatrical experience Told In Gold (pictured, top right, 20-24 Aug) in the stately home’s parkland.
  • The Luna Cinema at Tatton Park (23-25 Aug) and Moonlight Flicks at Chester Roman Garden (until 26 Aug) – favourite movies are shown under the stars at these open-air cinema events.
  • Chance & Control – Chester Visual Arts has brought the V&A’s major retrospective of digital art to Chester’s Old Library (until 7 Sept) for its first outing outside London, while neighbouring Storyhouse hosts Sven Verner’s new art installation Poulsen Arc Dream Radio (until 2020).

Plus Cheshire is filled with world-class attractions that also feature on the programme, including Chester Zoo, Lion Salt Works, Silk Museum, Tatton Park, National Waterways Museum and the Anderton Boat Lift.

The exciting county-wide programme champions Cheshire’s special role in two landmark moments – the 50th anniversary year of the Lunar Landings and 100th birthday of the Forestry Commission. Cheshire is home to Jodrell Bank, a world-leading observatory exploring space, and Delamere Forest, one the oldest woodlands in Britain, managed by the Forestry Commission.

Visitors to will be able to pick and choose from three inspiring itineraries of events and attractions – Forests, Festivals & Family Days; Moons, Movies & Memory Making; and Inventions, Ideas & Imaginative Outings – which have been designed to appeal to all ages. Users browsing online can add events and attractions to an editable, downloadable planner, which generates a list, handy map and advice on journey times and distances.

The experiences are staged in intriguing spaces across the urban and rural landscape, a combination that promises an unforgettable experience only to be found in Cheshire and will continue into 2020 and beyond. Cheshire: Where Science Meets Nature has been funded by the Cultural Destinations programme, a partnership between Arts Council England (ACE) and VisitEngland, the national tourist board. The aim of the partnership is to provide the means for the cultural and tourism sectors to develop their offer and their ambitions in order to make a contribution to economic growth.

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