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Five great events coming up in and around Chester

As autumn approaches and the chill in the air becomes a little more determined, sunbathing in the local parks and enjoying picnics on the banks of the River Dee does not seem quite so appealing. However, there is still a great deal going in and around Chester as the summer draws to a close. Here are just five great events coming up in Chester over the next few weeks.

1. Chester Races

Perhaps the only starting point for autumn events is the Races, with which the city has been linked for more than 450 years. After another successful season of horses thundering down to the final furlong, it all comes to an end this month though.

The Chester Finale takes pace this year on September 28 with a full day of races and a host of other great entertainment. With local music, food and drink all on offer, it is a great way to celebrate the final races of the season with friends and all of the family.

2. The Cheshire Food Festival

Even closer on the agenda, this weekend (September 21 – 22) sees the Cheshire round of the Great British Food Festival. This year, the event is being hosted at Arley Hall, near Northwich, which is always a great place to visit whatever the time of the year.

For the food festival, however, it really is going the extra mile. It is the perfect place to head for anyone who loves their grub – whether eating it or making it – and there is plenty of opportunity to take part.

Taking a cue from the popular Bake Off series on the BBC, the festival has its very own Cake Off. There is also a great competition just for men, with the Men vs Food competition. Seeing men of any age face a range of eating challenges, it is sure to be a great watch.

With kids’ events, live music from local bands and acts and demonstrations from top chefs too, the festival is the place to get those autumn cooking juices flowing.

3. Goosfest

Another great way to experience local food and local entertainment is at Goosfest, which celebrates everything that is great about the great Cheshire village of Goostrey. A week-long celebration in October, fans of comedy, classical music, crafts and many other arts are well catered for here.

4. Bugs! at Chester Zoo

With a great summer behind it, the Bugs! at Chester Zoo event continues right through until November. A great chance for kids of any age to get up close and personal with ladybirds, spiders, scorpions and creepy things altogether more scary, they can learn fun and disgusting facts about the critters under theirfeet.

5. Chester Marathon

One of the country’s favourite regional marathons returns this year, with the fast course through the city expected to attract fun runners and elite athletes alike. Taking in the River Dee too, the course has been improved and the event made even better than previous years, ensuring a world class event for all on October 6.