CSL’s guide to a summer in Chester

You’ve handed in all your assignments and sat your exams, now what? If you’re planning to stay in Chester over the summer then check out our summer guide, we promise you’ll never run out of things to do.

Work experience

If you have a few weeks spare, one thing to consider is work experience. Despite the fact you may not get paid, gaining as much experience as you can now will be most beneficial when you graduate and are competing for jobs – CVs are everything.

If you have more free time, an internship may be something to consider. These are usually paid, spanning over a few months  and are a great way of earning some extra money over summer.

You can find work experience adverts online, but the university also offers work shadowing days and a few paid internships. Check out their Careers and Employability page for more information.

As a larger city, there are a variety of placements available in Liverpool throughout the year, so if you’re willing to travel this could be another option for you to consider.


One thing you must do is go to the races. A day at the races is something special, especially if it is your first time going. There’s nothing better than putting on your best frock or suit, having a few drinks in the sunshine whilst getting caught up in the excitement of the race.

There are plenty of events on over the summer, including Ladies and Gents day, (July 8th) and the Stella Artois festival (July 23rd) to name a few. The booking process is easy, you pick your area of choice to stand and collect your tickets the next day from reception via your confirmation email.

If it’s your first time going to the races, the ‘open course’ or the ‘Dee enclosure’ are the cheaper areas located in the middle of the racecourse. From this area you are able to view the race as it comes towards the end. This is perfect if you are going with a group of friends and just want to experience the atmosphere. The better the stall, the higher the price, so its best to decide what you want to get out of the races before you book.

Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in Britain, and one of the most popular.  It won two awards in 2015, one for the  Best Tourism Marketing Project of the Year (via islands project) and the other for the largest Attraction of the Year Award.

The zoo hosts over 20,000  animals of over 500 different species including some of the most endangered in the world. In 2015, Chester Zoo underwent under a £40m  extension, introducing ‘islands’ an area showcasing the zoo’s act for wildlife conservation. Visitors can navigate their way through mangroves, swamps, bamboo and tropical forests either on foot or take the 15-minute lazy boat ride.

With so much to explore it isn’t a surprise that Chester Zoo is named the best in the UK.   If you have a day free this summer, check out the zoo for yourself, you won’t regret it.

Retail and leisure outlets

Calling all shoppers! If you have a passion for clothes and an even bigger passion for discounts then Cheshire Oaks is the place for you.

Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest Designer Outlet, with a quarter-million square foot of retail space, comprising more than 145 boutiques offering discounted prices as well as restaurants and cafés.

Set out in a village style, the designer outlet is easy to navigate (which doesn’t bode well for our bank accounts). With all designer stores next to each other, it is definitely every shopper’s dream.

Adjacent to the designer outlet is the ‘Coliseum Leisure Park’ this makes for the perfect day or night out. Compromising of some of the top high street shops such as Boots, Topshop, Lipsy, Game etc. There is also a wide variety of entertainment including the Vue Cinema, Laser-Quest, mini golf and bowling.

A variety of restaurants are located around the entertainment venues including Frankie & Benny’s, Nandos, Prezzo, and also a Costa and Starbucks – definitely something for everyone. Whether it’s a date or just heading out with your friends, the Coliseum Leisure Park & Cheshire Oaks should keep you entertained for hours!

Open Air Theatre

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is a purpose-built venue with an eight-week annual summer repertory season. This award-winning theatre is considered to be the finest open air theatre outside London.

Produced by Storyhouse, the 2016 season runs from July 1st – August 21st with productions of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ and ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’, as well as a major new adaptation of the children’s classic Stig of the Dump.

This makes for a brilliant day or night out and gives you the chance to experience something new in the beautiful surrounds of the Grosvenor Park! Tickets are available from the Grovesnor Park website.

Tourist attractions

If you’re a current student and by some miracle you haven’t seen the historical elements of Chester city centre, take the opportunity over summer to go explore.

Chester’s history is grounded in the Roman empire, with its historical walls and cathedral gardens, it makes for some stunning stunning photography whilst offering a unique shopping experience on the world famous rows.

The Eastgate Clock is the 2nd most visited clock in the UK, (runner-up to Big Ben of course). At night, the clock is lit up beautifully.

Many selfie-sticked tourists hover around this spot, so if you have time, make sure you walk along the walls and see the spectacular views of Eastgate Street.

There are also guided walks and bus tours around the city, so when the sun is shining make sure you get involved and see all that Chester has to offer.

If you are staying in Chester over the summer and are a fully managed tenant with us, check out our website see what discounted offers are available to you. A little something from us to make your summer extra special, and say thanks for being an awesome tenant.





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