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Making the most of Chester this year

Chester is a popular tourist location throughout the year, with people coming from all over the world to see its impressive Roman architecture and hunt for quirky items in the famous shopping rows. The city does, however, really come alive when the sun comes out. The area’s continental feel combines well with the wide range of outdoor attractions to make it one of the UK’s top summer destinations.

Chester Racecourse

One thing many people associate with Chester is horse racing. The city’s popular Racecourse, which is officially the oldest still in use in England, is a big draw for tourists and locals alike, with big race days known to attract more than 20,000 people – when the sun shines, of course. The track’s summer season kicks off around May but it runs right through until the nicer days begin to dry up in September, with races taking place two or three times a month. The finale, which is a great experience for first-time race-goers, takes place on September 28th, with gates opening at 11:30am.

The Mystery Plays

Taking place every five years, Chester’s Mystery Plays are a massive draw for theatre fans from around the world. The run of shows, which lasts for two weeks, sees some of the area’s most talented actors and actresses relay iconic stories to the watching masses. This year will see the return of the Plays, and 2013 is a particularly special year; with a new script, the actors will, for the first time, be performing with the fantastic backdrop of Chester Cathedral. The entertainment kicks off tomorrow (June 26th) and runs until July 13th – more information can be found on the theatre group’s official website, where tickets can also be purchased.

Chester Zoo

While the iconic bible stories of the Mystery Plays provide great entertainment for children, the biggest summer hotspot for younger tourists (as well as older ones), is undoubtedly Chester Zoo. With 111 acres of animal enclosures, it is one of the UK’s biggest zoological parks, and is home to 11,000 of the world’s most fascinating creatures, including Sumatran orangutans, Asian elephants, Humboldt penguins and even Komodo Dragons. As well as the regular animal talks taking place every day, Chester’s zookeepers have a lot planned for the summer. In July, for example, the park is set to unveil its new robotic bug exhibition, which will be included in the standard ticket price.

On August 21st, young visitors to the park will have the chance to learn a bit about wildlife imagery as National Geographic’s award-winning photographer Sue Flood visits the park to take children on an educational camera tour of the park. Places on the course, of which there are only 15, cost £50 and can be arranged on the Zoo’s official website.

There’s a lot going on in Chester this summer, but that’s not to say it’s not a hive of activity every year. With such a wide range of attractions, the city rarely has trouble attracting visitors from all over the UK and even further afield, most of whom will leave extremely satisfied with their choice of holiday location.

Posted by Ryan
June 25, 2013

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