First details of the Pokemon GO at Chester Heritage Festival

July 11, 2017

We are pleased to release some more information relating to Pokémon GO happenings at the Chester Heritage Festival on 22-23rd July.

The event celebrates history and heritage in a 2000 year old city, with lots of activities happening across across the week.

Specifically related to Pokemon GO, we can confirm the following taking place between 10am-4pm across Chester on 22-23rd July:


  • Opening of Chester Castle for the first time to the public in 20 years - with Norman soldiers, a fully working medieval field kitchen, arms and archery demos and hands-on activities. The Castle will also home to more than one Pokémon Gym and a number of Pokéstops, meaning trainers will be able to enjoy some digital raids, alongside some historic ones!
  • Pokémon GO PastPort - Visit four historic camps across the city (to be revealed on the day) to find characters from across the city's history. They'll be ready to stamp your limited edition Pokemon GO Pastport which will be given out to trainers on the day. This is the only event in the world where Pokemon GO PastPorts are available!
  • Pokémon GO Map Trail - use the game to help you navigate around the city to find 10 specific Pokéstops and find the answer to questions on a special Pokémon GO explorers map. Complete all 10 and hand your map into a series of hubs across the city to be rewarded with a limited edition official Pokémon GO History Explorer certificate.
  • Free Pokémon Go facepainters, musicians, birds of prey, odd characters will be dotted around the city and free entry for under 16s at the Sick to Death attraction (also a gym!).
  • Free film screenings and craft activities at the Grosvenor Museum throughout the weekend.

We know that a lot of the above appeals to a family audience, and we are aware that people want to know what is happening within the game itself for the festival. We are currently working out this detail with Niantic Inc, but can already confirm the following:

  • Over 120 new Pokéstops and gyms across the city, (we think Chester will have the highest concentration of gyms in any city!)
  • Lure-mania - there are going to be more lures across the city than you'll have ever seen before.
  • Raid Radio - we want maximum participants at raids, which is no easy task given the amount of gyms. We will be helping to share radio info live via the Facebook event page and broadcasting live on Facebook throughout the weekend. Make sure you're following our page  to keep updated.
  • Chance to help us create your own in-game Pokéstop - As part of our partnership with Niantic Inc, we are aiming to hugely increase Pokéstops and gyms at historic sites across the UK. We will be asking players over the festival to nominate historic sites or places in their own local area (not just Chester) and adding these into the game (conditions apply!).

We will be confirming further details (both live and in-game) later this week as things develop. This is just the start!

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