Monday, 1 August 2011

The Groves in Chester

I decided that on Sunday we would visit the historic Roman city of Chester. Not realising it was race day, we were quite hot and sticky by the time we eventually found a parking spot and Little Bird had woken up fussing. The streets were full of glamorous, mega high heeled wearing ladies, walking ankle breakingly across the city and some trussed up so much that it was almost freakish. I really wanted to take some photos but you know, being caught out and all that would have been embarrassing.

Stepping down from the Chester Walls you will find The Groves, a bustling promenade along the River Dee.
Come here for a river walk, a river cruise or perhaps hire a little boat for a while. It's just as much fun to sit on a bench and watch the activity along here too.

motor boats
Rowing boats
Boating

Some are more adventurous like this man heading towards the weir!

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Artists sell their paintings at the foot of the wall, alongside bright stripy wrapped trees and ice cream kiosks. During the Summer months, at the weekend, a brass band will be playing in the Edwardian band stand. We were treated to the accompaniment of well known film music as we ambled along.

Band stand
Play the music


There are plenty of pubs and cafes for some refreshments, including the Blue Moon cafe for some retro loving where we stopped for milk shakes and watched a little bit of Flash Gordon whilst listening to The Righteous Brothers! The area attracts a lot of bikers and you couldn't miss these gorgeous scooters parked up.

Neon
Waitress
Scooters

Of course you could also cross the bridge to explore and look at beautiful houses and gardens.

Bridge
Riverside house
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And there is always some entertaining people watching to be done.

On the run
Couple
All sorts of boats
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Onto the park for some open air theatre, a ride on a choo-choo or picnic in lovely gardens. I saw a hen party picnic - what a great idea, how civilised.

Grosvenor Park Lodge
Nightmareish
O ye

Most importantly take a deep breath and taking in all the scenery....

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5 comments:

greenthumb said...

Looks like you had a great day out. Love all your photos.

nicsnotebook.com said...

Wow it looks lovely - we are not far from Chester but have only ever been shopping in the centre! Must take a trip here :)

Tabiboo said...

Great pictures - I really love the way you've caputured your day out. It looks wonderful.

Nina xxx

PhotoPuddle said...

Looks like a lovely place. Chester is definitely on my "To Visit" list.

Hanna said...

I have fond memories of Chester, and getting lost in Chester, and being unable to find the train station, and falling asleep back on the train to Holyhead. . . I love your images! Such nice photos!

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