10 things to see and do in Cheshire in August

halal food festival

The Halal Food Festival over the August bank holiday weekend - Credit: Lewis Buncher

A look ahead to the month's best things to see and do in Cheshire and beyond

JULY 23–SEPTEMBER 7 
A FAIRY-TALE TRAIL 
At the heart of Dunham’s fairy tales programme lies a self-led family trail of discovery and imagination. Whether you’re a climber like Jack and the beanstalk, or a carer like Red Riding Hood, join some of the characters from best-loved fairy tales in considering the morals and meanings connected to nature. From stringed-musical happenings on the lawn to cosy literature-laden children’s stories in the Orangery, the daily activities and events will add plenty of sparkle to your summer holiday plans. 
Dunham Massey, Altrincham  
nationaltrust.org.uk 
 
JULY 23–OCTOBER 2 
THE BFG IN PICTURES 
Enjoy all the whizz-popping wonderfulness of Roald Dahl’s iconic giant tale in this exhibition of the work of Quentin Blake. One of the country’s best-loved illustrators, Blake has curated a display of many of his illustrations from The BFG, including some early and unknown work. Plus, there will be free activities about dreams, giants and the power of the imagination, including film shows.  
Grosvenor Museum, Cheshire 
westcheshiremuseums.co.uk 

THROUGHOUT AUGUST 
SUMMER AT QUARRY BANK 
This summer the National Trust property is hosting a wide variety of fun events. These include a Nature Superhero Obstacle Course for little ones (July 31-September 4), an Explorer Dome filled with natural habitats of the earth (August 7 and 20), the opportunity to create Storytelling Artwork (August 13 and 21) and a hands-on Working Science event about renewable energy (August 6). There’s plenty for the whole family to get involved with. 
Quarry Bank, Styal 
nationaltrust.org.uk/quarry-bank 
 

Man holding child with dinosaurs at fun event

Footballer Jesse Lingard is one of many celebrities enjoying this summer's Tatton Pop Up and its wide variety of events - Credit: Barbara Idasiak

UNTIL AUGUST 7 
TATTON PARK POP-UP FESTIVAL 
This festival is designed to create memorable experiences in one of the county’s best-loved parklands. Featuring everything from evening DJ sets to daytime dinosaur shows, this year’s schedule has been designed to offer variety, but all against the same epic, lakeside backdrop where guests can expect a champagne-style festival experience. Highlights in August include the Princess Party (August 4), Martin Kemp’s 80s experience (August 4) and Proms in the Park (August 7).  
Tatton Park, Knutsford 
tattonparkpopupfestival.co.uk 
 
AUGUST 12 
THE GIANT BALLOON SHOW 
The Giant Balloon Show will have the audiences in stitches and in awe simultaneously. Expect feverous balloon sculptures, high-energy comic performance and of course the all-important giant balloon. Take everything you know about balloons, twist that into a theatrical experience, add an award-winning clown and an 80s soundtrack and you have The Giant Balloon Show. It’s sure to provide thrills and giggles for the whole family. 
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Cheshire 
storyhouse.com 
 
AUGUST 13 
KNUTSFORD FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL 
This brand new one-day fiesta will celebrate things food and drink – think tasters, food markets, live music, street food, competitions and more. Knutsford is home to many exciting restaurants, bars, pubs and cafés, butchers, bakers, chocolatiers and more. The event will aim to celebrate this vibrant culinary culture within the town. For foodies in the area, this is a lovely way to explore the local culinary scene.  
Multiple venues across Knutsford 
knutsfordtowncouncil.gov.uk 
 
AUGUST 19 
DIG! 
As the sun comes up on a new day, the garden wakes up. Join Storyhouse for a gentle first theatre experience, perfect for the very young with music, rhythm and singing. The story brings to life a world of growing plants, busy bugs, wriggling worms and ever-changing weather. There are performances at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2pm, so you can pop along to whichever one suits you and your little ones best. 
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Cheshire 
storyhouse.com 
 

halal food festival

The Halal Food Festival over the August bank holiday weekend - Credit: Lewis Buncher

AUGUST 27-28 
THE HALAL FOOD FESTIVAL 
With more than 100 exhibitors, street food vendors, four indoor arenas and an outdoor fun fair, The Halal Food Festival is sure to make the bank holiday weekend extra tasty. As well as delicious food to eat, there will be live cooking demonstrations, artisan markets, and outdoor activities for the children. Manchester is known for its diverse food culture, and this new festival aims to celebrate that. Be sure to arrive with an empty stomach! 
Bowles Exhibition Centre, Manchester 
thehalalfoodfestival.com 
 

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See the graffiti art of Boogie Moli at ICE Gallery, Wilmslow - Credit: Boogie Moli

UNTIL AUGUST 31 
BLAZE: BOOGIE MOLI 
Boogie Moli is a graffiti artist and former semi-pro footballer whose work will be on show at the BLAZE exhibition. He uses many different mediums including wheat paste to apply paper to canvas, acrylics paint and spray paint and has created artwork for a variety of world-class athletes, including Raheem Sterling, Lewis Hamilton, Deontay Wilder, Luke Shaw and Andre Gray. ICE Gallery, Wilmslow 
icegalleries.com/boogie-moli 
 

Rape field with chimneys in background

An image by photographer Lee Harrison whose exhibition with artist Shaun Smyth marks 50 years of the Fiddler’s Ferry power station - Credit: Lee Harrison

UNTIL OCTOBER 2 
FIDDLER’S FERRY: THE CLOUD FACTORY 
Learn about the area’s industrial heritage in this exhibition by artist Shaun Smyth and photographer Lee Harrison, marking 50 years of Fiddler’s Ferry. The two artists gained access to the site during the decommissioning process and through Harrison’s photography and Smyth’s large-scale paintings, this exhibition attempts to convey the physical enormity of the site as well as its significance to the region. This also aims to create a visual historical archive for future generations before the factory disappears.  
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery 
culturewarrington.org