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Chester weekly News update #4

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Model railway exhibition Making Tracks opens at the Cathedral on Friday. Running until September the event sponsored by Chester Model Centre showcases the model railway of legendary record producer and railway fan Peter Waterman OBE. The 74ft display features the West Coast Mainline and the work of Thomas Brassey. Tickets cost £2.50. For more details visit Making Tracks – Discover the West Coast Main Line – Chester Cathedral

It’s opening long delayed by the pandemic, Inflatabubble are opening their doors from the 23rd July. The new inflatable family theme park based at Catholic High School, Handbridge was originally scheduled to open in March 2020. The  new attraction offers slides, obstacle courses, bounce spaces and more, and is the creation of  local husband and wife team Jamie & Steph Hall and their two young children Isaac and Gracie.

Fore more information visit :Inflatabubble | Chester’s Inflatable Theme Park & Family Play Centre

Installation of CCTV cameras to protect Chester’s historic Rows to start: 10 new CCTV cameras are to be installed by the council. The project has been made possible with support from Cheshire West and Chester Community Safety Partnership, the Council’s Housing Team, Aberdeen Standard Investments and CH1Chester BID. Said, Deputy Leader Karen Shore “The CCTV cameras will be used for the benefit of residents, local businesses and visitors, by helping to deter and detect crime and public disorder. The cameras will also contribute to the city’s Purple Flag Status.

“The extended coverage will also help protect the timber structures of the Rows from damage.”The camera locations have been chosen to provide coverage of areas where individuals and groups choose to congregate and engage in anti-social behaviour. Images from the cameras will be relayed using a secure network to the Council’s CCTV control centre in Chester. The cameras are an extension to the Council’s existing CCTV system. The installation work is not expected to cause any disruption for local businesses or residents.

Chester Bandstand are appealing to the creative community to share performances/work for this years Virtual Bandstand programme. The first set of performers will be revealed soon. Previous performers can be viewed on the Chester Bandstand’s YouTube channel Chester Bandstand – YouTube

In this week’s local music news, there’s still a handful of tickets available for Chester record label Mai 68 Records’ Live Cruise. “After a tumultuous eighteen months we are delighted to confirm the rescheduled return of our waterside adventures…We are hitting the River Dee on the somewhat spooky October 30th and we are excited to announce that this event now includes the River Dee cruise gig and also the return to live music at Telford’s Warehouse on the same evening. As the dates for this have been changed over time, so too have the line-ups and we are excited to present you with the following: Saturday October 30th Diana Showboat Chester – Sailing from Souters Lane 18:30-21:30 Live performances from: Sunstack Jones Ennio the Little Brother Anna Jane Houghton Followed by Free Entry to Telford’s Warehouse With Campfire Social live at 22:30 & Mai 68 DJs till late. All original tickets, whether purchased from seetickets or via bandcamp are still valid for both events. Should you not be able to make the date for any reason at all a full refund will be available from point of purchase and you will be receiving an email to advise officially. More info to follow about logistics as we get closer, any questions please email us at mai68records@gmail.com Really hope you can join us” More details & ticket links can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/839614260223939

Chester BID are hosting the free outdoor Bepuzzled Treasure Trail. The trail is designed to encourage children to walk, get engaged and most importantly, have a lot of fun and is positioned around the city centre with 10 ‘steamtabulous’ vehicles to find. Families will follow Ollie the fox and Izzy the bunny on a globe-trotting, puzzle-solving voyage around the world as they search for the ultimate treasure. The trail takes about an hour to complete but can be completed in more than one visit. It’s completely free for families and groups to take part in and they win an e-book at the end that concludes the story. When families in Chester scan each vehicle’s unique QR code they’ll learn more of the story and find a riddle to solve. They’ll also be able to take a unique selfie with each vehicle for a special keepsake. Younger children will enjoy spotting the colourful characters and vehicles in shop windows and older kids, and grown-up ones, will engage by reading the stories.

The Urban Geisha exhibition opens at The Watergate Street Gallery on Saturday. Between 11 and 2 Gareth Tristan Evans will be hosting a “Meet the artist” event with free tickets available from Gareth Tristan Evans “Urban Geisha” Exhibition Launch – July 2021 Tickets, Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM | Eventbrite “The exhibition features new pieces from the artist’s much sought-after Urban Geisha series, Gareth combines digital and traditional design to create truly unique contemporary artwork with vintage influences; a fantastic juxtaposition of the old and the new.”

Also on Saturday Extinction Rebellion Cheshire (” promoting non violent direct action to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis”) are hosting a Punch and Judy Climate change special. The event takes place at 11am by the Old Dee bridge. Meanwhile, completely unrelated the Taste Cheshire Farmers Market returns to Town Hall square 9.30- 4.30. The market includes around 25 Cheshire based local produce traders including sausages, pies, cheese, preserves, crafts and more.

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