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 and Not A Reading Group 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.

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
Tomorrow 9am; Tue 9am; Wed 9am; Thu 9am; Fri 9am; Sat 9am + 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 Cheshire Print Fair
Garret Theatre, The Kitchen

The Cheshire Print Fair returns … now at Storyhouse. Come join us and bag yourself some affordable and unique prints at the Cheshire Print Fair.

Activities Dahl’s Delights
The Den

Autumn is here and in celebration of The BFG exhibition at the Grosvenor Museum in Chester, Storyhouse Library are dedicating weekend crafts to the one and only Roald Dahl and his fantastic illustrator Quentin Blake.

Activities Not a Reading Group
Tomorrow 6pm + more times
The Kitchen

At Storyhouse Library we think that escaping into the world of books is a very good way to spend an hour. So if you agree, come and join us for book talk, whatever your preferred genre.

Activities Language and Culture Café
Tomorrow 7pm + more times
The Kitchen

This event is all about meeting new people, getting to know other international communities living in Chester, or you might want to come along to practice a language you are learning. 

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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 Rhymetime
The Kitchen

Join us in the Kitchen at Storyhouse for some fun rhymes and stories with the library team. Suitable for younger children and toddlers.

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 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 English Conversation Meet-Up
Meeting Room

A meet up to practice your English! This monthly event is for people who are learning English at college/school and wants more practice in an informal environment.

Activities Chatter and Natter
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 Digital Buddies
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 German Stories & Meet Up for Families
Storytelling Room

A relaxed and casual storytelling meet up for German speaking families in and around Chester to make new friends.

Activities Shared Reading with The Reader
Meeting Room

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

Activities The Friday Uplift Group
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
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 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.

Cinema Moonlight Flicks: Hocus Pocus (PG)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 35 | Teenager Max accidentally awakens a coven of witches and unless he can steal their book of spells there will be trouble ahead.

Cinema Moonlight Flicks: The Craft (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 38 | A Catholic school newcomer falls in with a clique of teen witches who wield their powers against all who dare to cross them.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: The Lost Boys (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 31 | This 1980s grown up take on the ‘Lost Boys’ featuring bad-boy teenage vampires on motorbikes shaking up a sleepy Californian town became an instant cult classic.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: What We Do In The Shadows (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 23 | Vampire housemates try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster some of the perks of being undead.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: Night of The Living Dead (15)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 35 | George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead is a story of corpses rising from their graves, possessed by taste for human flesh.

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Cinema Moonlight Flicks: Twilight (12)
Carriage Shed

1 hr 58 | When Bella Swan moves to a small town in the Pacific Northwest, she falls in love with Edward Cullen, a mysterious classmate who reveals himself to be a 108-year-old vampire.

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Cinema Triangle of Sadness (TBC) – London Film Festival Preview

2 hr 20 | After taking on the art world in The Square, Ostlund turns his attention to high fashion and the super-rich in Triangle of Sadness.

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Cinema Decision To Leave (15) – London Film Festival Preview

2 hr 18 | An essential masterwork from the legendary Park Chan-wook, infused with elegance, ingenuity and a knife-edge precision that truly cannot be matched.

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Cinema Call Jane (TBC) – London Film Festival Preview

2 hr 1 | Chicago, 1968. When suburban housewife Joy’s pregnancy leads to a life-threatening condition, she must navigate a medical establishment unwilling to help.

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On Stage Lunchtime Lectures – Stories of the Past: Viewing History through Fiction
Garret Theatre

Dr Chris Green discusses how works of classic fiction, through their depictions of past worlds, can provide a resource for historical study of the period in which the fiction is set.