Spring 2024 events in your region - North West and Wales

We have scoured the internet to bring together a few of the very best events, large and small, in our region. Events for grown-ups, couples, singletons and families alike.

There’s something for everyone at Chester Farmers Market, which takes place monthly outside Chester Town Hall. The next few dates are 20th April, 18th May, and 15th June. https://tastecheshire.com/events/taste-cheshire-farmers-market-2/

Expect an abundance of the North Wests finest makers, bakers and creators at Chester Makers Market located at Exchange Square from 10am – 4pm. The next dates are 4th May and 1st June. https://www.themakersmarket.co.uk/pages/chester-makers-market

For ten days between 6th and 16th June the equestrian extravaganza that is Bolesworth International Show takes place at Bolesworth Castle, Tattenhall, with international showjumping, live music, action and family-friendly entertainment with onsite camping and exclusive ringside hospitality. https://bolesworth.com/international/

Another great, and free, day out in June, Chester Regatta (10th June) provides a lovely day out the family and well-behaved dogs are welcome too. There is no admission cost for spectators. Predating the Henley Regatta by over 100 years and, older than the Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race, rowing clubs from across the country race on a 700m stretch of the River Dee near the Red House past the hosts Chester Sailing Club, past Sandy Lane Park and onto to the finish near the Earls Eye. https://www.chesterregatta.org/spectators.html

The North's + UK’s biggest fashion week outside London comes to Chester Cathedral from 13th – 15th June. A global fashion week founded in 2018, it ‘s led by CEO and regional director Claire Namukolo Raven from Chester, who draws inspiration from the global big four fashion weeks, Milan, London, Paris, and New York. https://cheshirefashionweek.com/

Your canine companions need not miss out, with a show dedicated to them at Dog Fest, Tatton Park from 15th- 16th June. With two days of thrilling dog action, you will find world-class displays from top canine athletes; free expert advice and workshops; have-a-go activities to take part in, shopping, treats plus plenty of play! https://www.dogfest.co.uk/cheshire

Wirral & Merseyside
Linghams Book Shop, Heswall – Events – various dates The independent bookshops have a wonderful selection of celebrities and authors visiting to sign and take part in Q&A sessions. https://linghams.co.uk/events/

The Wirral Viking festival is an immersive, inclusive, family friendly event that celebrates the Norse heritage of the Wirral peninsula and takes place on 25th and 26th May at Leasowe Castle on Wirral peninsula. https://www.thewirralvikingfestival.co.uk/

With some tribute acts of big-name artists including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Artic Monkeys, Stereophonics and Elton John Wirral Family Festival on the 11th May looks like a fantastic family day out. https://www.wirralfest.co.uk/

With all proceeds going to Claire House Hospice, the Mowgli Dog Show from 1st to 2nd June at Claremont Farm will have your pampered pooches perfectly catered for. https://mowglitrust.com/dog-show-2024/

Over nine days and 19 routes, the Wirral Walking Festival highlights the variety of walks that take place in Wirral during Spring/Summer each year. The Wirral Walking Festival includes short strolls, long-distance treks, Nordic walking, mixed ability running, and much more! Wirral Walking Festival takes place between 3rd and 31st May. https://walkingfestivals.org/events/wirral-walking-festival/

At the Lock & Keys, the Sausage and Real Ale Festival is on from 4th to 6th May and promises plenty of real ales, guest ciders and craft lagers and a variety of sausages to soak up the session! https://www.visitliverpool.com/event/sausage-%26-real-ale-festival/59154101/

Immerse yourself in the work of Van Gogh as his work comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces, and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Witness over 300 masterpieces, including instantly recognizable classics freed from their frames. Beyond Van Gogh runs from 27th June to 24th July at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. https://www.exhibitioncentreliverpool.com/whats-on/beyond-van-gogh/

Cunard Naming Ceremony, Queen Anne –takes place in Liverpool on 3rd June, with incredible views of the ship whilst berthed at the cruise terminal can be seen from Princes Parade and the Pier Head for members of the public throughout the whole day. https://www.visitliverpool.com/whats-on/cunard-queen-anne-naming-ceremony/

North Wales & Anglesey
Love a train? The UK’s newest premier model garden railway event, Llangollen Garden Railway Festival, takes place on 11th May, and will be a great day for families and kids as well as hobbyists and enthusiasts! https://www.lgrf.co.uk/

More walking, but this time as part of Snowdonia’s premier walking festival. Trefriw Walking Festival takes place from 17th to 19th May and there are still places available. https://www.trefriwwalkingfestival.co.uk/

Chirk Carnival brings you an action-packed affordable family day out, with live entertainment, music and family activities on 3rd June. https://chirkcarnival.co.uk/

Anglesey Vintage Equipment Society's show is now believed to be one of the largest of its type in North Wales and provides fun for the whole family. It takes place at Anglesey Agricultural Showground from 18th to 19th May. https://www.steamheritage.co.uk/steam-rallies-and-events/event/anglesey-vintage-rally

Brum, brum… the Welsh Classic Motorcycle Festival track sessions take place at Anglesey Circuit Saturday 25th Sunday 26th May 2024. https://www.classicbiketrackdays.com/webshop/trackdays/welsh-classic-motorcycle-festival-anglesey-25-26-may-2024/

Gen X will love this open-air rave festival ‘Save and Rave’ at Anglesey Showground on 29th June. Glowsticks are the ready…and get your tribute on for 30th June’s LookaLike tribute festival at the same venue. https://www.lookalikefestival.com/

Ye Olde Camp Severn Kids Festival takes place from 4th to 5th May. Dive into an enchanting realm where medieval wonders and mythical fantasies come to life! This all-inclusive festival promises a weekend packed with family-friendly entertainment at West Mid Showground, Shrewsbury. https://www.visitshropshire.co.uk/whats-on/ye-olde-camp-severn-kids-festival/

For the boating fans, the 2024 RBC Brew Dolphin Shrewsbury Regatta is happening on 11th and 12th May. Races will take place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury between English Bridge and the boathouses opposite the Quarry. https://originalshrewsbury.co.uk/events/the-2024-rbc-brewin-dolphin-shrewsbury-regatta

The annual Shropshire County Show is the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society’s main event - with a history dating back more than 125 years, and takes place at West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury on 24th May. https://originalshrewsbury.co.uk/events/shropshire-county-agricultural-show