Cheshire is an area of tremendous natural beauty, with rolling countryside abound. But it’s also an area that’s conveniently located, offering easy access to Liverpool and Manchester via the nearby M6. As well as offering an enormous amount of historical and natural intrigue, with plenty of old buildings to look at and rural landscapes to walk through, the county also offers its fair share of culture. Let’s take a look at what’s going on there between now and the end of the year.
Swan Lake, Crewe Lyceum Theatre
This November, Crewe will play host to a performance of one of Tchaikovsky’s most iconic ballets (with ‘the nutcracker’ perhaps being it’s only rival). The music is instantly recognisable, from the famous overture to other famous sections like the Dance of the Little Swans and everything in between.
The plot of the ballet is perhaps not as well-known as the score itself (perhaps because it cannot be heard and remembered in a matter of seconds). It sees a princess named Odette transformed into a swan by a curse that can only be broken, naturally, by the love of a handsome prince. Fortunately, just such a prince happens to arrive on the scene – but then matters are complicated by an evil sorcerer who uses more black magic to trick the handsome prince into falling in love with another woman.
If you’re in the area, then you should be sure not to miss this performance of this classic (and tragic) love story. The performance takes place on the 28th, and tickets are £30 each, with discounts available for dance schools. There is limited space available, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Chester Literature Festival
Chester Literature festival will be returning this year between the 8th and 23rd of October. Visitors will have the privilege of seeing an enormous number of authors, poets, novelists and journalists across the course of sixty different events. The cast of famous faces will include Ranulph Fiennes, Alexi Sayle and Sara Pascoe – along with many, many more.
Among the most eyebrow-raising inclusions is a day dedicated to celebrating the life and work of David Bowie, on October 10th. This will include contributions from journalist Paul Morley, who will talk about the man’s art and its impact, and a more personal reflection from Bowie’s long-time friend Lesley Ann Jones.
For a more fulsome list of what’s going on, be sure to check out this introduction from the festival’s artistic director, Alex Clifton.
Christmas Concerts at Tatton Park
Tatton park is one of the largest historic sites in the county. It’s also among the most complete, with a thousand acres of beautiful parkland to explore, a lavishly-maintained neoclassical mansion, immaculate gardens, and an old tudor hall. At any time of the year, it offers plenty to hold the interest of those interested in history – and even those who’d just like to go for a bracing stroll while taking in the sights!
This year has seen the grounds play host to a number of Roald Dahl-themed activities and events, to mark a hundred years since the great author’s birth. At Christmas time, this celebration will come to a climax, with the annual Christmas concert rolling around again. There’s a slight twist to proceedings this time, however, as the concerts and decorations will come with a distinct hint of Dahlian magic. Santa Claus will be paying the mansion a visit during the early portion of December – but it’s later in the month, on Sunday the 18th of December, that the live choir performance will take place in the Stableyard. Visitors will be able to join the King Edward Musical Society Band and Choir in a number of Christmas favourites – so get practicing now! An entrance fee of £6 will apply to cars.
Where can I stay?
If you’re looking to enjoy some of what’s on offer in Cheshire this winter, and you’re travelling from afar in order to do so, then you’ll want to secure yourself some appropriate accommodation. Fortunately, there is no shortage of hotels in Chester and the surrounding area to put you up for the night. Perhaps the most attractive of these is Carden Park, which offers a comprehensive list of amenities. It’s home to two golf courses, two restaurants, two bars, a swimming pool and a spa. What’s more, it’s also perfect for those looking for a Christmas party venue near Cheshire, too.
So, if you’re looking to take a mini-break (or perhaps a longer one), then be sure to consider Cheshire – it’s a county with plenty to offer!