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Dave Thackeray's Easter weekend watch (April 1-5)

Oriental orchestrations, Chester mastications and toe-tapping temptations as the end of Lent lends us a bumper edyfications

Published on April 1st 2010.


Dave Thackeray's Easter weekend watch (April 1-5)

Bulge, burp and bubbles
Drenched. It's a virtual guarantee on this wettest of weekends that boots will be spoiled, hairdos ruined by even the most spartan of al fresco indulgences.

Thanks then to the crew at the Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival, for they have concocted a cunning plan.

Step 1: Head directly for the BeerFest where splodges of rain will only serve to recharge your tankard frothing with one of at least 40 real ales on tap, ready for troughing.

Step 2: Nicely warmed and immune to climatic uncertainty, aim your eyes and inevitably sodden steps towards the Champagne Bar and an abundance of food stalls ranging through world cuisine with the esprit of Fat Git on Supermarket Sweep.

Step 3: Thrust uncertainly into the hidden corners of your waistcoat pocket for the keys to your Vee Dub, parked in the confines of the world's first Chester CamperFest. Dripping with rain, drenched with euphoria, you are sated.

Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival: done.

*Chester Food, Drink and Lifestyle Festival (http://www.chesterfoodanddrink.com/), Thursday to Monday, April 1 to 5, Chester Racecourse. Tickets £6, CamperFest £30 for the weekend.

Me old China
Since the great days of the docks we've become used to fine feasts of fun from folks fraternising (that's enough alliteration, ed) on our doorstep from all corners of the globe.

A rambunctious reminder of our cosmopolitan community (right, that's it, ed) hits home on Saturday, courtesy of the incredible crew from the Chinese History Dance Show.

Through dance, music and dazzling effects our troupe of troubadours from China Pearl will sashay their way through the history of China, from Prehistoric times right through to the modern day. In half an hour.

Just like your favourite Oriental restaurant treats, the Chinese History Dance Show will leave you hungry for more.

* Chinese History Dance Show (www.myspace.com), Saturday April 3, Treasure House Theatre, World Museums Liverpool, William Brown Street, L1. 3pm (free, pick up a ticket from reception before the show).

Get cracking
In the history of family-friendly endeavours, trailing Easter eggs is always placed podium. The thrill of the chase, and Duncan Norvelle mysteriously absent.

What are very much in situ, however, are The Walker Art Gallery, The Bluecoat, FACT and Tate Liverpool hosting myriad fun challenges which they would like you to solve as the annual Crackin' Easter Trail hits town.

Snap up a free Crackin' Easter Trail leaflet from one of the venues and take a tour of interactive puzzles across the city to earn stamps. The more you see, the closer you get to the grand prize of £500.

Who knows - it might even take tiny minds off the sticky sensation of chocolate on gob and garb.

*Crackin' Easter Egg Trail, from Saturday to Saturday, April 3 to 10, multiple venues across Liverpool.

Aural aftermath
You've got chocolate round your mouth and your only hope of conquering calorie carnage is fresh air and a cheeky boogie to shake those arteries back into shape.

So here we are on Bank Holiday Monday at LEAF Tea Shop & Bar bearing witness to five staggeringly talented acts spanning the sonic spectrum.

Rarely has a precise definition of 'kaleidoscopic' been so deliciously espoused on one musical stage at any given time.

Liverpool wunderkind Nik Glover, frontman of The Seal Club Clubbing Club, signed straight up for what promises to be a blinding solo acoustic set.

Dawn Chorus (seen here) much acclaimed by acclimatised tunesmith Steve Lamacq, pledge great things and tight tracks as they stop off on a national tour.

Like British Sea Power? The B of the Bang are electric, pulsating with vocal vibrance and a “deliciously evil waltz”, if Planet Sound are to be believed.

Liverpool's other reverberating representatives Revere and Super Cannes also feature..

*Lazy Genius Easter Special, Monday April 5, LEAF Tea Shop & Bar, 27 Parliament Street, L8. From 6pm, £5 on the door.

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