FANCY a day trip to Chester?

A free parking scheme introduced by CH1ChesterBID and Chester Racecourse in 2017 is being brought back to the city as part of a continued effort to boost city centre visitor numbers.

Starting on Sunday 28th January, visitors to Chester will be able to take advantage of free parking at the 450 capacity Chester Racecourse car park between 10am and 5pm.

The offer will continue on the last Sunday of every month until the 2018 race season gets underway in May, at which time free parking will be made available every Sunday that follows a Saturday race day.

The scheme will then return to the last Sunday of every month for the remainder of 2018 when the race season concludes at the end of September.

Carl Critchlow, BID Manager at CH1ChesterBID – the city’s Business Improvement District – said: “It’s fantastic that we’re once again able to work in partnership with Chester Racecourse to reinstate this free parking initiative that proved to be a real success in 2017.

“Shoppers have told us that the offer of free parking gives them a genuine incentive to visit the city centre on race day weekends and we know that our 500-strong members – Chester city centre’s bars, shops and restaurants – value this scheme because it encourages more shoppers into our city centre.

“With the popular Free After 3 car parking initiative set to be removed over the next few months, it’s become even more important that we do everything we can to make parking in the city centre as accessible as possible."

The full list of free parking days at Chester Racecourse are as follows: Sunday 28th January

Sunday 25th February

Sunday 25th March

Sunday 29th April

Sunday 27th May

Sunday 1st July

Sunday 15th July 

Sunday 29th July

Sunday 2nd September

Sunday 16th September

Sunday 30th September

Sunday 28th October

Sunday 25th November

Sunday 30th December

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