Chester Heritage Festival 2019 - Telling the story of our city and its people

7 June 2019

The Chester Heritage Festival returns to the streets, buildings and open spaces of the city during a week-long celebration of Chester’s incredible heritage from the 21 to the 29 June. 

Now in its fifth year, Chester Heritage Festival is going from strength to strength, there is so much to show and so many stories to tell. The festival is co-ordinated by Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council, in close collaboration with many other groups and organisations  such as the Guild of Tour Guides, Chester Race Company, the Grosvenor Museum, Storyhouse and Marketing Cheshire.  

Over 60 events will put the spotlight on Chester’s 2000 year history and heritage. Walks, talks, performances, exhibitions, storytelling, special activities for young people and the Midsummer Watch Parades come together to bring Chester and its heritage to life.  The streets, the Rows, the Walls, the waterways and  historic buildings provide the backdrop for the stories to be told.  

Stephen Langtree,  Vice-President of Chester Civic Trust said: “This year, as last, our programme embraces the spectacular Midsummer Watch parades as well as a host of city tours, Roman patrols, and character led entertainment.  The festival also has a waterways theme for many of the events, such as canal and riverside walks, boat trips on the River Dee and stories about Chester’s role as a major medieval port and the chance of a `heritage swim` at Chester’s historic City Baths.”  

The festival will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of Chester’s first conservation area, the centenary of a local walking club, the 150th anniversary of the city’s Town Hall and the Grosvenor Rowing Club, the 170th anniversary of the Chester Archaeological Society and 480 years of horse racing in Chester at the Roodee. 

Thanks to the festival’s sponsors, this year’s week-long celebration is preceded by a new and exciting Education Programme for local school children.  

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “Once again the Council is proud to be a partner of the Chester Heritage Festival and it’s great to see the festival grow and develop from year to year. Working alongside the growing number of partners and sponsors for this year’s festival reinforces the significance the Council attaches to working across all sectors. The festival provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the city’s amazing heritage to residents and visitors alike.” 

The Festival was successfully launched on the 25 May at Chester Racecourse’s Roman Day amongst much pomp and ceremony with the Chester Heritage Festival Fillies Handicap Stakes as one of seven races on the day’s card. Lots of activities around the racecourse throughout the day made sure that the City’s heritage was given a high profile with a great deal more insight and fun to come during the Festival itself. 

Whether resident or visitor, young or old, there is something of interest to all. Everyone is invited to come and see how the rich tapestry of Chester’s past frames it’s present and will benefit its future. 

Full details of the Chester Heritage Festival 2019 programme of events and activities are available at: and in a booklet available from various outlets now.

Follow the festival on Twitter @Chesterherifest.


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