What’s On in Cheshire during July

Crowds enjoying the food and sunshine at Foodies Festival (credit: Mike Page)

Crowds enjoying the food and sunshine at Foodies Festival (credit: Mike Page) - Credit: Archant

Cheshire Life’s guide to the best events in and around the county this month. Compiled by Rebekka O’Grady.


1st - 22nd


Created by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens, Fatherland is a bold, ambitious show about contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 0161 833 9833


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Pride and Prejudice

Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine, in this open-air performance. The new adaptation also celebrates the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.

Gawsworth Hall Garden Theatre, Macclesfield, www.chapterhouse.org

3rd - 5th

Strictly Murder

It’s April in 1939, and an English couple, Peter and Suzy, are living in Provence in idyllic isolation. However their peace is shattered from within when Suzy discovers she has been betrayed; Peter is not the man he claims to be.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Part of Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s open-air garden theatre tour, be whisked away on a thrilling journey to the most magical of forests and meet star-crossed lovers, playful fairies and hilarious travelling players in this Shakespearian classic.

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, www.chapterhouse.org

13th - 15th, 20th - 22nd

As You Like It

Local amateur company, Alsager Community Theatre, perform Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy in the courtyard of the beautiful Elizabethan venue, Little Moreton Hall. Audience members can picnic on the lawns beforehand and there is a marquee for performances in the event of wet weather.

Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, 01260 276165


Il Ballo è Vita

Watch Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice shake and salsa on his UK tour. He will be joined by Strictly troupe dancer Luba Mushtuk and a team of fellow dancing professionals from the show, which has been directed and choreographed by BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing creative director, Jason Gilkison.

Stockport Plaza, 0161 477 7779

24th - 29th

Sister Act

An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy, starring Alexandra Burke and directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood.

Palace Theatre, Manchester, 0844 871 3019

27th - 30th

Peter Pan

A magical production and musical adaptation of J. M Barrie’s timeless classic, starring Janet Cowley. Young actors from Cheshire will also be on stage to support the cast, under the direction of composer and producer, Anne Dalton.

The Brindley, Runcorn, 0151 907 8360


Rhythm of the Dance

Featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, Young Irish Tenors and a talented supporting cast, this is a performance that has wowed audiences across the world.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242


Milkshake! Live

Family favourite Milkshake! Live returns with a brand new show, The Magic Story Book. Set inside Milkshake’s magical bookcase, children will see all their favourite characters sing songs and share stories.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345



Tom Jones

The living legend has announced a concert as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission where acts perform in spectacular woodland locations across the country.

Delamere Forest, Northwich, 03000 680400

6th - 8th

RNCM StudentFest

RNCM students take over the College to present a jam-packed programme of events. Every single element of this event has been planned and managed by the students – from programming to marketing to event management, and it will feature a diverse spectrum of musical concepts.

Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, www.rncm.ac.uk

7th – 9th

Bluedot Festival

After a hugely successful inaugural event last summer, Bluedot returns with headliners Alt-J, Pixies and Orbital. There’s a programme of exciting performances from across the musical spectrum, spectacular scientific happenings and a mind-expanding programme of arts and culture. Suitable for all ages.

Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield, www.discoverthebluedot.com


O for the Wings of a Dove

Frodsham and District Choral Society present their latest concert, which will feature soprano Jennifer Rust.

St Laurence’s Church, Frodsham, www.fdcs.org.uk


Alsager Music Festival

The festival returns with a huge line-up of live music that includes headliners UK Björn, an Alsager-based Abba tribute, and local bands Release and Bonsai and The Helsby Mountain String Band. There will be four stages, live music in several pubs and a dance stage alongside food, ales and activities.

Milton Park, Alsager, www.alsagermusicfestival.co.uk


Summertime Festival

The best of blues festival will be headlined by Joanne Shaw Taylor, a blues/rock sensation currently taking the world by storm. Also on the bill will be Stevie Nimmo, Bad Touch, and Xander and the Peace Pirates.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345


Last Night of the Hallé Proms

To bring their summer season to a close, the Hallé will celebrate in traditional style with this annual and ever popular event.

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 0161 907 9000


The Illegal Eagles

Often acclaimed as the world’s official no.1 Eagles tribute, the band return to the stage for their special 20th anniversary tour and will perform all of the classic Eagles hits including Hotel California and Take It Easy.

Crewe Lyceum, 01270 368242


Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel’s

Rock icon and original Cockney Rebel Steve Harley is back on tour. Harley, who has written and recorded 11 albums in a prolific career spanning four decades, recently returned to the public eye for re-releasing former number one hit, Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me), following the tragic murder of MP Jo Cox.

Parr Hall, Warrington, 01925 442345


June 29th - July 16th

Manchester International Festival

Staged every two years, the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events returns. Expect a spectrum of performing arts, visual arts , music and popular culture staged around the city in theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks.

Manchester, www.mif.co.uk

8th - 9th

TrAction in Crewe

This event celebrates the local history of transport, travel and motion. Experience amazing flying astronauts, free runners and inspirational arts and performance activities, as well as hundreds of exclusive cars and motorbikes around the town centre.

Market Street, Crewe, www.facebook.com/TrActionCrewe


Plant Hunters’ Fair

This plant fair features a range of highly respected specialist nurseries and a great mix of plants and specialities. There is also plenty to see and enjoy in the six acres of gardens, which are divided into separate garden areas each with its own distinctive character and themed planting.

Abbeywood Gardens, Delamere, www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

14th - 16th

Foodies Festival

Foodie fans can look forward to a celebrity and Michelin-starred chef line-up at this year’s festival, as well as tasty delights on Street Food Avenue, an Artisan Producers’ Market, Kids’ Zone and Kids’ Cookery School, plus live music, restaurant tents and pop-up bars.

Tatton Park, Knutsford, www.foodiesfestival.com


Wilmslow Antiques Valuation Day

Dig out any hidden treasures and antiques at home and come along for a free valuation from experts from Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers, in return for a donation to Francis House Children’s Hospice.

The Coach & Four, Wilmslow, www.francishouse.org.uk

21st - 30th


This new ten day summer programme is bursting with experiential performance, music and events to challenge visitors of all ages to see things differently. Highlights include performances inside a giant bird’s nest and inspirational theatre on a trampoline, thought-provoking shows inside a static caravan and interactive gaming on a mega scale.

Sale Waterside Arts Centre, 0161 912 5616


A Sanctuary for the Soul

Relax at this Ladies’ Day Retreat in aid of the Children’s Adventure Farm Trust. Enjoy activities such as pilates, meditation and workshops while raising money for a local charity. Clinic Equilibrium, Bowdon, www.clinicequilibrium.com


Carden Party

The ultimate Garden Party set on Cheshire’s Country Estate spanning over 1000 acres. You can look forward to a whole days’ worth of family entertainment with live music, inflatable lawn games, outdoor bar, market stalls, Hog Roast and a huge 24 foot outdoor cinema.

Free Entry

Carden Park 01829 731007 www.cardenpark.co.uk

23rd - 1st September

Dinosaurs at Carden Park

Carden Park are going Jurassic crazy this Summer with a full list of amazing activities running from 10 and 2 every day. Activities include Mega Monsters whichs includes the high Kong Ropes, Mega Ziposaurus and Segway Safari.

Little Lizards includes Junior Ropes with Ziposaurus and the Fossil Find adventure.

Carden Park 01829 731500 www.cardenpark.co.uk


Afternoon Tea at Arley Hall

Enjoy a tour of the stunning Arley Hall, followed by afternoon tea in their Library accompanied by a glass of fizz or soft drink, scrumptious sandwiches, bakes and sweet pastries.

Arley Hall, Northwich, 01565 777 353

29th – 30th

Liverpool Pride

The theme for Liverpool Pride 2017 is International Love, and across the weekend a programme will offer an exciting and diverse line-up, featuring music styles from around the world to celebrate international LGBT culture.

Liverpool, www.liverpoolpride.co.uk

Throughout July

Sub Zero Challenge

A new offer by Chill Factore enables visitors to experience The Snow Park for just £10 per person throughout the summer holidays. Experience the adventure playground on REAL snow. Activities include Downhill Donuts, Luge Slip ‘N’ Slide and Sledge ‘O’ Mania.

Chill Factore 0161 413 2010