Free activities and events

All of the free events and activities at Storyhouse in one place!
  • Library, The Kitchen, Storyhouse, Garret Theatre, Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre

Storyhouse is and always will be completely free to visit. We are open 8am-11pm each day (from 9.30am on Sundays).

Below are all of the activities and events that you can come and enjoy at Storyhouse for free. With activities ranging from kids’ crafts to the Language and Culture Cafe, we hope that there is something for everyone. Come and visit Storyhouse without spending a penny. This house is your house.

Health and Wellbeing week 23 – 29 January – To celebrate Health and Wellbeing week, Storyhouse is hosting a number of FREE activities to support or improve mental and physical well-being. You can find out more here.

Aged 16-25? All Young Storyhouse (except Young Company) groups are also completely free. Find out more here.

Want to join the library? It’s free to use the Wifi, desk spaces and computers as well as take out books in the building and access audiobooks and ebooks from home. We’ll also recommend books you’ll love, give digital support to help you use computers, as well as our Telephone Befriending Service.  Head here to join and find out more.

Activities Newspapers on Microfilm
Today 1pm; Tomorrow 1pm; Sat 1pm; Sun 1pm; Mon 1pm; Tue 1pm; Wed 1pm + more times
Reading Room

We have over 274 years’ worth of Cheshire newspapers on microfilm. Our collection starts at 1733 and ends at 2009.

Activities Chatter and Natter
Today 2pm + more times
The Kitchen

A space for people to talk whether its for five minutes while you have a brew, or for an hour of good conversation.

Activities Reel Talk
Today 6pm + more times
The Kitchen

Reel Talk is a new monthly meet-up & discussion group led by Storyhouse Cinema team.

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Activities Fusion Choir
The Den

Fusion is a community choir that sings both modern pop and folk music, with a focus on creating our own harmonies.

Activities Digital Buddies
Tomorrow 11am + more times
Meeting Room, The Kitchen

A digital support group run by Here and Now Chester, a Blacon-based social enterprise which is dedicated helping older people learn to use new technology.

Activities Shared Reading with The Reader
Tomorrow 2pm + more times
Meeting Room

A weekly shared reading group, bringing people together and stories and poems to life.

Activities The Friday Uplift Group
Tomorrow 3.30pm + more times
Meeting Room

A peer led confidence, health and well-being group that’s open to all.

Activities Spanish Storytelling
Storytelling Room

Join Sofia from the library team for storytelling in Spanish. Suitable for children and families, all welcome.

Activities Italian Storytelling for Children
Storytelling Room

Join Daniela (member of the community) for storytelling in Italian. Suitable for children and families, all welcome.

Activities Chester Boardgamers
Garret Bar

Come along and play new and traditional board and table top games in an informal sociable setting. Everyone welcome, suitable for all abilities.

Activities Poetry Breakfast
Meeting Room

For just one hour on the first Monday of each month we ‘wallow’ in poetry on a chosen theme. Bring a favourite poem, or one you have written yourself or just come and listen.

Activities Youth Vibe 18+
Meeting Room

Youth Vibe over 18s is a group for D/deaf, Hearing loss or CODA people ages 18-25 to meet like-minded friends and have fun.

Activities Family History Buddy
Mezzanine

Drop in to the library for help with family history research. A Storyhouse volunteer can help you discover your family’s past.

Activities Triple Spiral Storytellers
Meeting Room

An informal, monthly, oral storytelling group to share traditional stories, folk tales, myths and legends all told from the heart, not read from a book.

Activities Storyhouse Teachers’ Network Event
Tue 6.30pm
Garret Bar

An opportunity for local educators to come together with each other and the Young Storyhouse department, take part in creative conversations and build partnerships.

Activities Gay and Bi + Women’s Group
Meeting Room

Our meetings are a great opportunity to meet and make friends and to share experiences with others, with our staff and volunteers on hand to help.

Activities Scrabble Club
The Kitchen

Whether you’re a beginner or a Scrabble pro, test out your wordplay skills with Storyhouse’s Scrabble Club.

Activities Bereavement Help Point
Meeting Room

A volunteer-led peer support drop-in session, open to anyone who is bereaved or is supporting someone who is bereaved.

Activities Left Field Creatives
Meeting Room

A brand new group for scriptwriters, artists, theatre, radio and film lovers. You don’t need any experience, just come along and meet some like-minded creative people for inspiration, discussion and encouragement.

Activities Kaleidoscope: Monthly Open Mic
Garret Theatre

A monthly inclusive and accessible open-mic night celebrating the talents of people living in Chester and the surrounding areas living with a disability, learning disability or with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Activities Queer Stories
Board Room

Looking to queer figures and their stories as our stimulus and inspiration, this celebratory workshop will focus on both writing and performing spoken word poetry.

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Activities Storyhouse Secret Spies Training Academy
Garret Theatre

Learn new skills, perfect existing ones, earn your Secret Spy badge, make new friends and have lots of fun this February half-term!

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On Stage Dr Amir Khan: Doctor In The House
Storyhouse Theatre

Join everyone’s favourite family doctor, Dr Amir Khan, for a fascinating, heart-warming, and frequently hilarious evening.

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Activities Youth Vibe 18+
Meeting Room

Youth Vibe over 18s is a group for D/deaf, Hearing loss or CODA people ages 18-25 to meet like-minded friends and have fun.

On Stage PopVox Choir Performance
The Kitchen

PopVox Choir is a contemporary fun and friendly choir for adults. They will be performing at Storyhouse as part of Storyhouse women.

On Stage Student Nurses Sing for Health
The Kitchen

Student nurses from Chester University will be showcasing their newly formed choir at Storyhouse.

Past event
Cinema Tori and Lokita (15)

1 hr 29 | A young boy and an adolescent girl, who have travelled to Belgium from Africa, pit their invincible friendship against the cruel conditions of their exile.

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Cinema Preview: Sick of Myself (Cert: TBC)

1 hr 35 | A darkly comic film about terrible people. Signe and Thomas are in an unhealthy competitive relationship that takes a vicious turn

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Cinema Prayers For The Stolen (15)

1 hr 51 | The complex, subtle, tender and heart-rending story of a young girl’s journey to adolescence in a village menaced by drug cartels and people traffickers.

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Cinema Preview: Lunana A Yak In The Classroom (PG)

1 hr 49 | A teacher struggling for inspiration is sent to the remotest school in the world. It takes being so far away to understand the importance of his work.

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