A CHESTER city centre street is ready to party this Saturday (August 17), thanks to the support of dozens of businesses.

Taking place between 11am-4pm, the now-annual Watergate Street Festival will see free activities and giveaways being held in the city centre. Organised by the city’s Business Improvement District, CH1ChesterBID, more than 40 local businesses are involved in the popular street party.

Designed with local residents and visitors in mind, live music, food and drink samples, face painting, toy testing and a children’s treasure hunt on The Rows will all be available throughout the day. Fun wildlife workshops delivered by the knowledgeable team from Chester Zoo will also be offered.

Once again, some of Watergate Street’s most popular stores are supporting the campaign, including Weasel and The Bug, Alison Bradley Gallery, Bar Lounge and Warhammer, with free giveaways, carnival games and competitions.

Emily Ghazarian, events manager at CH1ChesterBID, said: “It is great that we have so many dedicated businesses on Watergate Street and they’re all excited to come together once again to showcase the unique charm of Chester.

“The festival promises to be a great day out, with a range of entertainment for the whole family and a few surprises on the day. We hope to see lots of Cestrians and visitors to the city join in with the celebrations as we enjoy our fantastic city centre and the brilliant range of stores it has to offer.”

City centre visitors on the day will also be able to enjoy the Taste Cheshire Farmers Market at Town Hall Square.

Emily added: “Having the Taste Cheshire Farmers Market on the same day gives visitors a real taste of what is on offer in the region and provides shoppers with another reason to head into the city centre.

“The Watergate Street Festival is part of CH1ChesterBID’s ongoing Summer in the City programme, which has been incredibly successful so far.

"As a BID, bringing visitors into the city is a key priority of ours and we are continuously encouraging our businesses to be involved in exciting events such as this, which help to set us apart from other North West cities.”

  • For more information about the Watergate Street Festival or other Summer in the City events and activities, visit www.experiencechester.co.uk/event/watergate-street-festival or follow @CH1Chester on Twitter.