Top 10 Free Things To Do In Chester This Summer

Here at Air Broadband, we love learning about the amazing communities and local areas that can connect to our incredible broadband. And we’ve fallen in love with our newest service location: Chester.

Having amazingly fast and reliable broadband means that you have more time to enjoy the outdoors, rather than stare at a screen. So with the summer holidays quickly approaching, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best things you can see and do in this beautiful cathedral city this summer… and they’re all free!

1. Chester Roman Gardens

Chester Roman Gardens

Chester Roman Gardens are the perfect place for a walk or a picnic this summer!

Bordered by ancient Roman city walls and featuring parts of Roman fortresses, the gardens were built in 1949 and offer a beautiful and fascinating glimpse into the city’s origins as the Roman legionary fortress and town, Deva Victrix.

2. Chester Roman Amphitheatre

Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Image courtesy of: english-heritage.co.uk

Dating back to the 3rd century, the Roman amphitheatre lay undiscovered for almost 1700 years before being uncovered and excavated in the 1950s. It’s the largest Roman amphitheatre in Britain, and regular military re-enactments are held there in summer so you can take a trip back in time!

3. Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum
Image courtesy of: naturallycurious.co.uk

If you would prefer to explore the history of Chester in a more traditional way, why not visit Grosvenor Museum

Admission is free, and the museum boasts interactive exhibits showcasing the natural history of the region, as well as reconstructions of period homes through time, complete with original decor and furnishings. Though as lovely as the original decor is, we must say it’s a shame they didn’t have broadband back then!

4. Countess of Chester Country Park

Countess of Chester Country Park
Image courtesy of: The Land Trust

The natural scenery in Chester is stunning, and what better place to spend a sunny day than surrounded by the idyllic greenery, woodlands and wetlands of the Countess of Chester Country Park?

Birdwatchers will have the chance to spot many of Chester’s winged inhabitants here, including Kingfishers, Herons, Woodpeckers and several species of bird of prey. Dreamy!

5. Eastgate Clock

Eastgate Clock

With the Queen celebrating her Platinum Jubilee this year, it’s the perfect time to visit the Eastgate Clock, which began ticking 123 years ago in 1899 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria!

The clock is an iconic landmark in Chester, and is said to be the second most photographed clock in the world (after Big Ben in London, of course). Given how magnificent it looks at any given time of day, we can see why!

6. Explore The Groves

Explore The Groves
Image courtesy of: Flickr

The Groves, running alongside the River Dee, start at the Old Dee Bridge and include the Suspension Bridge, leading to the Queen’s Park area.

There is plenty going on along the Groves during the summer months, including local businesses offering everything from real dairy ice cream to local artwork. You might even catch some live music at the bandstand!

7. Watch The Chester Raft Race

Watch The Chester Raft Race
Images courtesy of: Chester Standard (left), chesterraftrace.org.uk (top right, bottom right)

Every July, the Rotary Club of Chester organise a charity raft race, where teams dress up, build their own rafts and take on a 400m race on the River Dee. 

Last year’s race was sadly cancelled due to the pandemic, but this year it’s back! It will be taking place on the 3rd July, and is no doubt set to be as hilarious and action-packed as ever. Don’t miss it!

8. Sandy Lane Aqua Park

Sandy Lane Aqua Park
Image courtesy of: letsgowiththechildren.co.uk

Raft race got you in the mood to do some splashing around of your own? Head down to Sandy Lane Aqua Park! The kids (and kids at heart) can enjoy 10 different pieces of water equipment, operated by sensory touch pads, such as sprinklers, jet sprays, a tipping bucket and more.

If they don’t want to get wet, don’t let that put you off: there is also a play park featuring a sandy area, swings and a large play boat.

9. Blacon Adventure Playground and City Farm

Blacon Adventure Playground and City Farm
Images courtesy of: Blacon Adventure Playground

Blacon Adventure Playground and City Farm is the perfect place for a family day out!

It is surrounded by wild woodland and boasts an array of farmyard animals such as donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and ducks, as well as a fully staffed playground with amazing play structures!

There is also an Environmental Play Area, intended to foster interest in the wide variety of wildlife in the area. It also provides a safe space for children of all ages to play, build dens and create their own trails.

10. Chester in LEGO

Chester in LEGO
Image Source: Visit Cheshire

Finally, once you’ve seen Chester, why not see it again in Lego form?

This impressive recreation features many of the landmarks of the city, including the Eastgate Clock and the Roman city walls, and is regularly updated.

It is the project of anonymous Chester blogger Sh*tChester, and can be seen in Chester Market Hall, open Monday – Saturday.

Chester is the Best(er)!

…sorry. But the residents of Chester truly are lucky to live in a place so vibrant with heritage and culture, and we hope our list will help locals and visitors alike to make the most of it. 

We are excited to help the local community in Chester connect and grow to continue outshining the bigger cities in the region by improving internet quality and speeds across the city!

Chester resident? Check and see if you can benefit from better broadband today.