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8 Summer Events – not to be missed

Summer is coming (soon!) and the local area is brimming with exciting events not to be missed. Here are some of our favourites:

1. Bolesworth International, 6-16 June 2024

An equestrian summer festival full of international showjumping, live music, action, and family-friendly entertainment.

This event has grown over the years and is a destination for anyone looking to enjoy a day or two of fun, shopping and shows, equestrian fan or not. Set in the grounds of the stunning Bolesworth Castle, the ten-day festival features world-class horses and riders competing in eventing and puissance as well as a packed evening music line-up. There’s a great fashion and lifestyle shopping village to browse and a host of family-friendly activities to keep all ages entertained, from stunt shows to wildlife displays and hot air balloons.

20 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

15 mins from The Lion at Malpas

2. Chester Races, 14, 15, 29 June 2024

Established in 1539, Chester is the oldest racecourse still in operation in the world. The racecourse has consistently been awarded the Gold Standard Award by the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) since the award’s inception and it is a short walk from our favourite city of Chester, what’s more to love?

The natural amphitheatre of the course means that you are always close to the action, and there is a whole host of tickets and hospitality packages available to make it extra special.

25 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

30 mins from The Lion at Malpas

3. The Royal Cheshire Show, 18 & 19 June 2024

Now in its 185th year, The Royal Cheshire County Show offers two days of shows, fun and attractions, from live food demos from Cooking with the Stars winner Samia Longchambon and multi-Michelin star winner Jean Christophe Novelli to Monster Truck Rides, polo, a fairground and over 3,000 animals. There’s a whole host of competitions to enter too, from cheese making to showjumping!

30 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

50 mins from The Lion at Malpas

4. Delamere Forest, June 2024

Delamere Forest’s Forest Live open-air concerts are back for the summer and include Sting, Bryan Adams, Becky Hill, and Nile Rodgers. It’s an amazing concert experience in a natural bowl surrounded by forest and woodland which makes the view great from all distances and offers great acoustics. Stand or sit, but don’t forget to bring your own chairs and rugs as none are provided.

31 mins from The Lion at Malpas

10 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

5. Touring Cars and Gold Cup at Oulton Park, 22 June, and 26 July 2024

The 2024 Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship makes its popular summer diversion to the Northwest for a festival of tin top action on the Oulton Park Island circuit in June.

The full weekend programme from the BTCC includes Free Practice plus the all-new Quick Six Qualifying format, with competitors progressing through a series of knockout sessions to claim pole position.

And if you love a classic then The Gold Cup is for you, with an eclectic line up of race cars from Mini Coopers to historic Formula 3.

10 mins from The Swan at Tarporley 31 mins from The Lion at Malpas

6. The Nantwich Show, 31 July 2024

This one-day agricultural showcase is organized by the Nantwich Agricultural Society and offers a great day out for all family members. There’s over 250 stands and 1,000 competitions, from Shire horses to sheepdogs and crafts to laser pigeon shooting. If it’s the best of rural life you’re after, then this is the one for you.

20 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

28 mins from The Lion at Malpas

7. Beeston Castle, 27 August 2024

The Legendary Joust takes place every summer bank holiday at English Heritage’s Beeston Castle. Budding Lords and Ladies of every age can experience the sights, smells, and entertainments of an authentic 13th century celebration as the castle is brought to life, as four knights compete to prove their superior fighting prowess and chivalrous skills.

What’s more there’s food and activities, for all the family including testing your arm at archery, listening to the singing minstrels, or enjoying the mischief of Tom Fool.

10 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

20 mins from The Lion at Malpas

8. Nantwich Food Festival, 30 August to 1 September 2024

As foodies, we love the fact that we have one of the largest free to enter food festivals in the UK on our doorstep, taking over Nantwich with celebrity chefs, and all things food and drink related.

The festival takes place across three-days and the town is transformed into a haven for anyone interested in food or looking for a great day out. There will be cookalongs for kids and adults (pre-bookable), demonstrations, stalls, samples, and activities. And celebrity chefs confirmed this year include Simon Rimmer, Jack Stein and BBCs Best Home Cook judge Chris Bavin.

22 mins from The Swan at Tarporley

26 mins from The Lion at Malpas

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