Welcome to the 2018 season

Our website will shortly be updated so that you can book and pay for your paddling online. Until then, reach us by phone, or by email at enquiries@chesterkayakhire.co.uk, where there will always be a prompt and friendly reply. See you on the river soon!

Tel: 01244 422007

Chester Literature Festival brings culture to the city

If you like a little culture with your kayaking in Chester, then you should be sure to check out the Chester Literature Festival – a festival which has been taking place in the city since 1989.

The festival is a 15-day celebration of all things literature, which takes place at various locations across the city between 15-25 October. During this time, a number of wonderful events will be laid on for the people of Chester and the many people who visit the city to participate in this unique event each year.


This year’s Chester Literature Festival is on course to be one of the best, with a number of high profile guests and enchanting events, which will really captivate audiences and get them thinking more about the literature they consume.

Unlike many other similar events, which can be dry affairs, The Chester Literature Festival really tries to bring literature to life and make it as engaging as possible. Here are just some of the ways they will try to do this in 2015:

The Devil’s Violin: The Forbidden Door

Taking place on 20th October, this event will see a dynamic mix of music and storytelling weaved together for a visceral literary experienced that will invoke a wide range of emotions and linger in the mind for weeks to come.

Brian Blessed

Gordon’s Alive! Mr. Brian Blessed himself will be in Chester in October. Known for his loud personality and even louder voice. Brian is a treasure trove of stories that will entertain and inspire as he reads from his new autobiography ‘Absolute Pandemonium.’

Simon Armitage: Walking Away

Another highlight of the festival is set to be a talk by Simon Armitage, who will be discussing the events which are recorded in his hiking memoir Walking Away.