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It’s nearly here – a glorious 4 days off in a row which only comes once a year, the really loooong weekend that’s just crying out for some great activities to fill the four (count them) one, two, three, four – FOUR days off most of us will be getting this Easter weekend. Now the snow has gone and the threatened comeback has morphed into a mixed forecast of sun, showers and cloud; a typical array of March/April weather that’s suited to all kinds of activities to get out and about and enjoy our city and surroundings. Hold the DIY and gardening – here’s where you’ll most likely find Amblers this weekend:

All weekend

Nothing says Easter like …Gin! You have to hand it to Bar Lounge, regularly cited best bar in Chester and it’s largely because they look after us like this: A three day Barloun-gin weekend with a Gin-Paired 3 course lunch on Friday (£30pp), gin sampling and a special gin menu on Saturday and Bottomless gin themed brunch on Sunday (£25pp). I’m not sure you need to read any further but…

Chester Food and Drink Festival at the racecourse is a classic Easter treat, gates open 10am Saturday to 5pm Monday, to over 150 artisan food and drink stalls, celeb chefs, cooking classes and VIP area hosted by Bar Lounge. £8 on the door for a day ticket, £6 early bird online tickets are still available at time of writing, £20 for VIP.

Thursday 29th (‘cos all great weekends start the night before)

Kick off the weekend as you mean to go on as Commonhall Social hosts the first birthday party for Tortoise magazine from 6pm, expect sets from local DJs and the possibility of cake – also a chance to pick up the latest issue. Or sign up for a whiskey tasting at Chester Beer and Wine, from 7pm. Tickets £18.

If you need a chill before a hectic weekend, then Sound Healing Meditation might be just what the doctor ordered – for £9 (including a herbal tea). Starts 7.15pm at Oddfellows Lodge just outside the city in Saltney. You could also check out an introductory class to essential oils at All Saints’ Church in Hoole. Free and probably smells nice. Perhaps it’s wine ‘o’ clock and time to head to Moules a Go-Go for their Springtime in Paris Wine Tasting from 7pm. Tickets are £25.95 and include 2 courses and 5 wines.

Friday 30th

Bounce over to the 5k Bunny Dash at Delamere (9.30-11am) adult and family friendly, all finishers get a chocolate bunny. Dressing up welcomed. Entires £12 (adult) before 23.00 Wednesday 28th March. After all that effort fuel up at Meltdown for a limited edition resurrection of their infamous Cheesus Christ Toastie (turkey, sausage, cranberry, and gravy dipping pot). Later, local 90’s stars Space headline at the Live Rooms from 7pm with support from The Train Set. £15 plus booking fee from eventbrite.com.

Saturday 31st

Weather forecast isn’t bad so we might take our bikes and follow the new ‘tube map’ style bike route map of Chester. Fancy something funny – Our Rita’s Comedy Club at Storyhouse promises to be a riot (8pm, £12.50 tickets) and there’s still time to enter to win free tickets from us if you’re reading this on or before Friday. Get a tattoo! Or just celebrate the existence of them with Minerva Lodge Tattoo Club. Its their 4th birthday party and they’re taking it seriously with thai food and pop up bar from 9 Elephants and live music.

Sunday 1st April

If you’re an early bird, the regular Cars and Coffee returns over at Manley Mere from 8am-10am followed by Sunday lunch and live music. Why save all of the fun for children? Oddfellows god love ‘em have a Grown Up Easter Egg Hunt from 5-8pm with miniature treats hidden in and around the hotel and garden. Call to reserve a space or pop in to see them at Lower Bridge Street. Soul night with a Stevie Wonder tribute starts at 7.30pm at The Live Rooms til late if you have any energy left (tickets £11). Alternatively there’s an Open Mic night with Tom Durkin from 7pm at Telford’s Warehouse.

Zanzi-Bar are on their Spring Break – party starts from 8pm. Or enjoy dinner on the canal, hosted by the Mill Hotel. £25 gets you a four course meal as you take in the sights.

Monday 2nd April

Art in Chester are having a clay day – make and decorate Beatrix Potter clay figurines from 10 am. From £25. If you already feel the need to run off an indulgent weekend, jog over to Up & Running Chester for their weekly social run group. You’ll head off from 6:15pm for a 5k + run, all abilities are welcome.

Tuesday 3rd April

If you have a bank holiday hangover and still feel like carrying on the vibe with a cheeky Tuesday night out, try something different with Testify – a fun, friendly open mic spoken word poetry night at Storyhouse (7.30 pm start) Take your own work to perform or be entertained by Chester’s best in a small intimate setting. And if you’re bit skint after all the weekend shenanigans, it’s pay what you can afford (£3 suggested) Find out more here.