A mini-guide to the best summer fairs and festivals in Cheshire

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Cheshire County Show - Credit: Archant

There are plenty of country fairs and festivals throughout the county this summer, come rain or shine


4th-28th Sale Festival Annual festival celebrating local talent with events including a photographic competition, Irish Heritage Celebration Day, music, film and more. Waterside Arts Centre, www.watersideartscentre.co.uk

3rd-13th MBNA Chester Music Festival 11 days of intimate chamber recitals and impressive orchestral concerts staged in Chester’s gothic town hall and splendid cathedral. The Ensemble Deva musicians return for the third year to perform across the festival. Chester Town Hall and Cathedral, www.chestermusicfestival.co.uk

7th Wirral Folk Festival Annual festival of folk and acoustic music, dance, poetry and storytelling. Whitby Sports & Social Club, Ellesmere Port, 0151 678 9902

12th-14th Cholmondeley Pageant of Power Track action will include an ‘over 1000bhp’ race and over 120 of the country’s most valuable and iconic cars and bikes will battle it out for a place on the podium. Dragster demonstrations, stunts and displays on the track and on the water. Cholmondeley Castle, Malpas, 01829 772432

13th-14th Medieval Fayre at the Old Hall Hundreds of re-enactors and over 40 authentic traders re-create a Medieval setting at the Old Hall, in association with Plantagenet Events. Music, food, drink along with things to buy reflective of the time period. Tatton Park, Knutsford, 01625 374400

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14th Congleton Food and Drink Festival Top quality local and regional produce and a fantastic range of global street food. Congleton Town Centre, 01260 291156

14th Dogfest Hosted by Channel 4’s Supervet Noel Fitzpatrick and sponsored by Natural Instinct, DogFest is the paw-fect day out for dogs and their owners nationwide. With amazing action displays, have a go sessions and some excellent shopping, dogs are welcomed to DogFest with open arms, with plenty on offer for owners and dogs alike Arley Hall & Gardens, www.dog-fest.co.uk

19th-21st Middlewich Folk and Boat Festival A fabulous weekend of folk and roots music with up to 15 venues hosting music and dance. On the canalside and in the town centre, artists from around the UK will perform to visitors each day. Middlewich, 01606 833434

20th-21st Arley Garden Festival Visitors can enjoy displays in the Floral Marquee as well as crafts, a food fair and the sounds of brass and jazz bands. Gardening experts will be answering questions and there will be tours of Arley’s award-winning gardens by Lord Ashbrook and head gardener, Gordon Baillie. Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, www.arleyhallandgardens.com

23rd-24th Cheshire County Show A celebration of all that is great about farming and rural life in Cheshire with attractions including thousands of horses, cattle and dogs in competition events, vintage machinery, farmers’ market and birds of prey and more. Cheshire Showground, Knutsford, 01565 650200


2nd-5th Stockton Heath Festival Four days of community based arts, events and entertainment showcasing both professional and local talents. Activities include an art exhibition, drama, live music, poetry, comedy night, magicians, local history, canal boat trips and more with local trader scarecrows adorning the village in the pre-Festival week moving to the main site. QE II Diamond Jubilee Field, Stockton Heath, www.stocktonheathfestival.co.uk 

4th-5th Stars and Stripes American Car Show The UK’s premier event for car lovers of all things American. Over 100 memorabilla, American lifestyle and general trade stands. Tatton Park, Knutsford, 01625 374400

12th Altrincham French Festival A free, family celebration of French culture and food. A wide range of sumptuous French food and drink, a range of entertainment for children and families including vintage French cars, French storytelling, and a junior rugby tournament in celebration of the Rugby World Cup. Stamford Park, Altrincham, www.altyfrenchfestival.co.uk 

22nd-26th RHS Flower Show A celebration of the best in gardening with a vibrant carnival atmosphere. Tatton Park, Knutsford, 01625 374400


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