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

Three highlights in Chester this spring

Visiting Chester at any time of year always makes for an excellent day out, whether you tour the historic walls of the city, enjoy meeting the animals at the world famous zoo or gear up for a day’s shopping in the Grosvenor Shopping Centre or nearby Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

Spring, however, is a particularly good time to take a stroll alongside the River Dee or

through one of the city’s many public parks. There’s always an action-packed calendar in April and May too, and we’ve selected three premier events that could make a trip to the walled city especially worthwhile:

1. Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival – April 4 – 6

The Easter weekend in Chester means that locals are treated to a smorgasbord of food and drink offerings from all around the world at the Chester Racecourse.

Lasting three days, attendees are invited to take in the sights, smells and most importantly tastes of local and world fare. It’s an event with the kids in mind too, as youngsters are shown that it’s never too early to become handy in the kitchen with a selection of cooking classes just for them.

2. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) – April 16 – 25

Also in April, the Forum Studio Theatre in Hamilton Place takes a diverse look at the full works of the most famous playwright who ever lived, which will be somewhat different to the texts you studied at schools.

In a little over an hour and a half, the actors blitz through all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays, and his collection of 154 sonnets too. It’s a rather unorthodox take on the bard’s repertoire that, depending on your view of his work, you will probably find either hilarious or horrifying.

Plays take a different guise completely, with the tragedy Othello performed as a rap and the cannibalistic Titus Andronicus transformed into a cookery programme. If you’re a fan of Shakespeare, or appreciative of text transformation and genre-switching in general, this might be worth setting time aside for.

3. The LDF International Polo Weekend – May 22 – 23

Chester is well-known for its sport, whether it’s the regular meetings at Chester Racecourse, the top-flight basketball team Cheshire Phoenix, the resurgent and supporter-owned Chester F.C. or the rowing and kayaking that takes place in the River Dee. This May, Chester hosts a premier event in an altogether different sport.

Held at the Racecourse, this is the main yearly event for the local polo club and is a glamourous affair, but it needn’t be an expensive one, with admission on May 22 being free of charge.

Though traditionally thought of as an upper-class pastime, polo attracts a diverse audience today and this event will likely act as an excellent introduction to the sport if you are not familiar with it. Alternatively, if you’re already a big polo fan, you might recognise some of the world stars attracted to the event by the £10,000 prize pot.

Further information on these events, including how to book tickets, can be found by heading to VisitChester.com