What to expect

As the Festival of Ideas is a programme of free and accessible public events on a wide range of themes in and around Chester, co-created by the University of Chester and external stakeholders and city partners, you can expect events to include; speakers, discussion panels, theatre, pop-up exhibitions, interactive events, music, readings, guided walks and many more!

Our hub for the Festival will be in Chester Town Hall. Some festival events will be held here and you can also access information, guides and programmes on the festival.

We will also be holding events in other locations around the city.

Our programme of events will be formally announced in May 2024 and you will be able to book onto events, free of charge through out website! Date, time and location of the event will be sent to you then, but you can also use this website to plan your visit.

Sensory Backpacks

We have sensory backpacks available for Festival goers who wish to use them, for both children and adults. Our sensory backpacks includes resources that provide support with engaging with the festival events.

They include headphones, sunglasses, fidget toys and sensory aids. They are free to use and are available at the main festival desk inside the entrance to Chester Town Hall.


All levels of Chester Town Hall are accessible. There is lift access to the different floors which is available through a side entrance to the Town Hall via Princess Street.

Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us if you require any further accessibility arrangements for the festival, we are happy to help.