Storyhouse Elders

A festival celebrating ageing creatively
  • £2 - £7.75
    Plus lots of free events
  • Storyhouse, Garret Theatre, The Kitchen, Storytelling Room

What's happening in Storyhouse Elders?

Join us for a week-long festival at Storyhouse celebrating ageing creatively. 

There will be special intergenerational events with children, live music, theatre performances, discos, storytelling and a marketplace, plus a chance to get involved with creative workshops, art sessions and more.

Storyhouse Elders explores and challenges the societal perceptions of age and ageing and the impact of creating and experiencing art in later life.   

At Storyhouse we believe everyone is an artist and it is never too late to try something new, to return to a creative passion or to experience and celebrate the work of older artists.  As a society we have much to learn from the older members of our community and creativity is the perfect vehicle to share and connect.

Lots of events are completely free, but some of those still need you to book a ticket. None of the events cost more than £8. 

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 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 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 Shared Reading with The Reader
Meeting Room

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

Activities Create a Bath Bomb
The Kitchen

Creating art isn’t just about painting pictures. In this workshop join local artist Estelle Woolley where she will be teaching you how to make a seaside inspired bath bomb.

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Activities Card Craft Workshop
The Kitchen

A workshop inspired by the seaside and holidays. Design and make a set of greetings cards using materials found on the beach.

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Activities Mindful Pebble Painting
The Kitchen

Join Katie from the library team for a session of mindful pebble painting where you will create and execute designs for your stones using acrylic paint. 

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Activities The Pick ‘n’ Mix Book Group
Meeting Room

2-4pm, The Meeting Room. Free to attend. We are a friendly group of people who would welcome some new members….

Cinema Seaside Memories on Screen

Members of Blacon based social group Here and Now will be premiering their series of digital stories, inspired by their holidays and seaside memories. 

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On Stage Digital Buddies Environmental Digital Stories

Digital Buddies meet at Storyhouse every Friday to learn and share digital skills. Regular members have been researching current climate change matters and will be sharing their findings.

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On Stage Live Jazz Performance
The Kitchen

A live music performance by two of Chester’s “oldest” Buskers expect to hear songs by Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Jerry Roll Martin and King Oliver. 

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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 Childhood Stories Read Aloud
Storytelling Room

In this unique event we will be celebrating the simple but most incredible positive impact that intergenerational reading aloud has on both the reader and the listener.

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Cinema Storyhouse Elders: A Film Special

As voted for by the Storyhouse Elders Focus Group todays film will be West Side Story (1961). This screening will Relaxed.

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On Stage Keep on Dancing
Garret Theatre

Over 50s dance groups from across Cheshire will come together for the first time to share, devise and to dance! 

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On Stage Haylo Theatre Presents: Spice of Life
Garret Theatre

Halo Theatre present a funny, thought-provoking piece of storytelling that challenges society’s approach to old age.

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Activities Workshop: Spice of Life
Garret Theatre

A storytelling workshop led by Haylo Theatre for anyone who loves to tell stories, meet new people and get creative.

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Activities Tour of Storyhouse
Storyhouse

See backstage, learn more about the poems that adorn Storyhouse’s spaces, and discover how best to use the building and its facilities. Part of Storyhouse Elders.

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On Stage Live Music from The Gelatos
The Kitchen

The Gelatos are a high energy all live, all singing jazz trio, playing popular songs from the 40s & 50s with an Italian twist. Sit and listen or grab a partner and dance the afternoon away!

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Gallery

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.