We’re taking art and creativity outside this summer with five fantastic days of free arty activity for young people and aspiring adult artists right in the heart of Chester. Use textiles, sculpture, crafts, writing and illustration to create your own amazing artworks. The pieces you produce will be taken by the professional artists and turned into a fabulous, collaborative larger work to be displayed at Storyhouse.

Six talented professional artists will lead the Create Art With an Artist open air sessions in Town Hall Square on Thursdays and Sundays during July and August, with each session based on the idea of looking forward after the pandemic.

Thursday, 29 July
Join graphic designer and animator Carol Hanson to create a collaged flower or fruit for a front room made from paper products.

Sunday, 8 August
Illustrator Nikki Pinder will guide you to draw your feelings about the pandemic to decorate a giant robot face.

Thursday, 12 August
Textile artist and printmaker Clare Owens will be creating an enormous pair of hospital scrubs alongside pomander bags.

Sunday, 22 August
Make and decorate your own bugs with arts collective Art in the Place.

Thursday, 26 August
Express your lockdown emotions in a piece of art guided by community art Neuza Morais.

All sessions are free and run from 11am to 5pm

This project has been funded by Destination Chester – a local network led by Chester’s top attractions and businesses – which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, and will enable Chester and the wider area to be taken forward and grow its status as a ‘go-to’ tourist destination throughout the summer and autumn.

Cinema Kings of The Road (18)

2 hr 55 | A film about friendship between Bruno, who repairs film projectors and travels along the inner-German border in his truck, and the psychologist Robert, who is fleeing from his own past.

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Cinema The American Friend (12A)

2 hr 6 | Jonathan Zimmermann believes that he will soon die of leukemia. The unscrupulous American Tom Ripley, learns of this and exploits Zimmermann’s illness for his own purposes.

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Cinema Wings of Desire (12A)

2 hr 8 | Guardian angels listen to mortals and attempt to comfort them but one of them wishes to become human after he falls in love with the beautiful trapeze artist.

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Cinema Paris, Texas (12A)

2 hr 28 | The story of Travis, a man who wanders out of Mexico and into Texas one day, in the blazing heat of the “Big Bend”.

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Cinema ROH Live: Il Trovatore (TBC)

3 hrs 25 | A devastating curse rises from the ashes in Verdi’s monumental tale of superstition and rivalry.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Sleeping Beauty (TBC)

3 hr 25 | Magic and fairytale characters are brought to life through ballet in this well-known family favourite.

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Cinema ROH Live: The Marriage of Figaro (TBC)

4 hrs | Director David McVicar brings out the revolutionary elements in Mozart’s great comic opera of intrigue, misunderstanding and forgiveness.

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Cinema ROH Live: Cinderella (TBC)

3 hrs | A new production of the much-loved Royal Ballet fairytale classic.

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Cinema ROH Live: Turandot (TBC)

3 hr 20 | Puccini’s final opera is a glorious pageant of rich colour, dance and drama in Andrei Serban’s classic staging.

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Cinema ROH Live: Like Water For Chocolate (TBC)

3 hr 10 | Christopher Wheeldon’s new full-length ballet brings the magic realism of this famous modern Mexican novel to The Royal Ballet.

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