Chester Heritage Festival 19 – 28 June 2020

Annually Chester Civic Trust and Cheshire West and Chester Council partner with other organisations to tell the story of our city and its people.  This year the Heritage Festival will offer over 80 events and activities for residents and visitors of all ages.

Stories will unfold on the streets, along the waterways, around the walls, in libraries, at the racecourse, in Bishop Lloyd’s Palace and in other historic buildings.  We are also asking you to tell your stories and memories of Chester.

Enjoy a programme of walks, talks, exhibitions, children’s activities, street entertainment and more, including the Midsummer Watch parades, Chester Archaeology Society’s Conference, and Archfest at the Grosvenor Museum.

Learn more about the Festival on Roman Day, Saturday 23 May, at Chester Races, when a colourful parade will launch the Festival.  Then join us on the Open Course for a preview of festival events and activities for young people.

Look out for the festival booklet which will be available in May, or find further details as they are published on Meanwhile follow us on social media @chesterherifest.

Chester Civic Trust Diamond Jubilee

Chester Civic Trust is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee in 2020.

Eastgate Clock

The inaugural meeting of Chester Civic Trust was held on the 7th January 1960 in the Blossoms Hotel. A group of concerned local residents had held a series of informal meetings during 1959 to discuss the major changes that were proposed for Chester. These included the construction of the Inner Ring Road, the demolition of the 1862 Market Hall, the development of the Grosvenor Precinct and the disrepair of many historic buildings in Lower Bridge Street and King Street.

The immediate catalysts for setting up a civic amenity society in Chester were two particular proposals by the City Council. The first was to approve plans to demolish the 15th century Bluebell Inn in order to widen Northgate Street and the second was to support the proposal for an eight-storey office building on Frodsham Street that would obscure views of the Cathedral and the City Walls.

In 1960 the nascent Civic Trust successfully campaigned and harnessed public opinion against both proposals.  This eventually led to the City Council abandoning the plans. Over the ensuing 60 years, the Trust has continued to be an influential voice in Chester, lobbying for high standards of design in new developments, the protection of both the natural and built environment and the preservation and sympathetic re-use of historic buildings.

LOUISE PALOMBA, Associate Partner with Rogers Stirk Harbour, shortlisted architects for the 2019 Stirling Prize for the Macallan Distillery and Visitor Centre in Moray, pays a return visit and will talk about examples of a sustainable approach

Lectures are held on Wednesday evenings at 1930 in the Grosvenor Museum lecture Theatre.

Lectures are free to members of Chester Civic Trust and guests are welcome: £5 on the door.