Chester

Industrial Heritage 3

Our group members arrange visits to current and former locations linked to a wide range of industrial activities. Some sites require the ability to walk a considerable distance over rough terrain; suitable clothing and footwear are needed. Some visits last all day, others are shorter. We normally have lunch at a suitable establishment in the vicinity. Our visits generally take place on the 1st Wednesday each month and most members meet at Halford’s car park (near Sainsburys, Caldy Valley) to share cars.

Contact Sheila Young for further information.

Visit to Bidston Lighthouse & the Observatory on 4th March. Bidston Lighthouse
Did you know that the lighthouse on top of Bidston hill is the farthest from the sea in the world? It has a very interesting history which our guide Stephen extolled as we saw the exhibits on each floor before taking in the panoramic view from lantern room at the top. The view stretches from the Dee estuary along N Wales coast to the Great Orme & then from Formby Point south to Liverpool and the Mersey estuary. After coffee & excellent homemade cakes we moved on to the Observatory, another building with an interesting history from the domes on the roof to seismic experiments in the cellars. Thank you to Annette & Paul for organising an excellent day.

Visit to Theatr Clwyd on 6th February
A fascinating tour of Theatr Clwyd around the front of house, back stage and even on stage gave us a real insight into the many facets of staging a production. We saw the wardrobe department and some of their amazing stores, the studio theatre, the Emlyn Williams theatre set up for an amateur production, the workshop where props are made & backcloths painted and then the main Anthony Hopkins theatre including underneath the stage and the flying gallery. All the way round the staff described how lighting, sound, props, costumes etc. are setup and operated during productions. A few photos show parts of the tour. Our thanks to Jane Smith for arranging this and all the Theatr Clwyd staff who gave their time.
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