There are lots of ways to be brought up awesome: Batman and Aristotle were orphans; Superman and Marie Curie were foundlings; Spiderman and Nelson Mandela were adopted. But we’re all children to parents somewhere.
Some of us one day choose to become parents ourselves. Some of us don’t choose it, but turn into parents anyway. Some of us want it but face grief and loss in pursuit of it. Even those of us that choose it, don’t have a clue what it really means until a new life explodes normal into nonsense.

Having children, not having children, adopting, fostering, child loss, breastfeeding, nutrition, sex after childbirth, sexual health – and the mental health consequences of it all… Blink creates safe spaces to learn about, confront and honestly share the highs and lows of parenting.

A co-curated community festival in partnership with Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Mothers’ Mental Health Matters (#MMhM) and Breast Feeding Friendly Chester.

All events will be relaxed and meet the needs of breastfeeding mothers, however not all events are child friendly so please check online or at the festival hub in Storyhouse throughout the weekend before booking.

Buy a wristband for either day, or for the whole weekend. Children go free, but please note that events may have age restrictions due to content and suitability.

Transferable ticket for care givers which means you can take it in turns to attend. Wristbands will guarantee entry to all events in the Garret Theatre (except the performance of A Dad’s Guide to Losing a Child).

Places on workshops, talks and take part activities will be allocated on a first come first served basis

Book your Blink Festival wristband here

Activities Blink Festival
Storyhouse

A two festival exploring the highs and lows of becoming a parent. Blink and you’ll miss it…

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Activities Blink: Buggy Burn & Firm
Storyhouse

Instructor lead guided walks, interspersed with a range of cardio and strength building exercises, for parents with babies & toddlers in their pushchair. Led by Brio Leisure.

Activities Blink: How to survive the mental pressures of being a new parent?
Garret Theatre

Founder of MummyYoga based in Chester, Rehana Jawadwala is on a mission to build a community which will help and support parents through the issues we face with our mental health.

Activities Blink: Sound Healing Taster Workshop
The Kitchen

Enjoy a session of sound healing using mantra (vocal toning), to help release and re-balance energy, and can aid with pain, anxiety, depression and other diseases.

Activities Blink: BYOB Recording Booth
Cinema Foyer

“Bring your own birth stories – #BYOBs” to contribute to a bank of audio, video and written experiences of women talking about their journeys to becoming mothers. The recording booth will be in the secret room in the cinema foyer all day.

Activities Blink: Baby Brahms
The Den

This is a live classical music concert for babies, toddlers and their grown ups.

The Wizard of Oz

Storyhouse’s 2018 Christmas show! A major new stage production of the classic MGM musical motion picture, featuring all the favourite songs, including Somewhere Over The Rainbow and We’re Off To See The Wizard.

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Season Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre 2018
Tomorrow 7.30pm; Thu 2.15pm, 7.30pm; Fri 7.30pm; Sat 2.15pm, 7.30pm Sun 12pm, 4.30pm + more times

Prepare your picnic and pop the prosecco, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre returns to captivate audiences for its ninth year…