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About the Chester Heritage Festival

​Telling the story of our city and its people

Welcome / Croeso / Bienvenue / Herzlich willkommen / Bienvenido / Benvenuta / Kalos Irthate / Yokoso / Huanying / Khush Aamdeed…to Chester Heritage Festival

Several English cities have Roman origins, some with archaeological remains and parts of a fortress wall or a 2000 year old street pattern, but very few have all of these and an amphitheatre. Most cities have a variety of historic buildings, some have city walls but none as complete as those in Chester. Many cities have a cathedral but none except Chester also has two-tiered shopping streets called the Rows. Finally, many towns and cities have a racecourse, riverside promenade or canal corridor, but nowhere else has all three so close together and in such a beautiful setting.

The Chester Heritage Festival aims to bring all of this to life for today’s world and to tell the stories that have accumulated over two millennia.

From humble beginnings as ‘Chester Heritage Week’ in 2015, the event has grown year-on-year and is now a partnership led by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester Civic Trust, Marketing Cheshire, Chester Cathedral and others. The Festival is becoming well-established as an annual feature of the City’s cultural calendar.

The varied programme of events and activities that take place across the City during the Festival is supported by where you can explore Chester’s fascinating Heritage on-line from your own home wherever you are in the world. From virtual tours, talks and lectures to exhibitions, ghost stories and character monologues…it’s all just a couple of ‘clicks’ away with new material added as the Festival continues to breathe throughout the year.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming back previous festival goers and friends alongside new visitors for Chester Heritage Festival 2022 between 17th-27th June next year. If you can’t join us on the streets of our great City then please join us on the worldwide web…or do both!

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