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St Mary’s Creative Space

People literally gasp when they enter this stunning venue, housed in a delightfully atmospheric corner of Chester. Whether international cabaret, exciting and intimate theatre, exquisite folk or classical music, film or comedy, St Mary’s Creative Space is the perfect setting for performance arts activity. With a year round exciting cultural offer, there truly is something for everyone.

Open: Available to hire Mon-Sun till 11pm. Check our website for events.

Address: St Mary’s Hill, Chester CH1 2DW

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Originally the building was St Mary’s-on-the-hill, a sandstone church dating back to the 14th and 15th century (although there are records of a church on site dating back as far as 1153).  The name originated as a result of its location on the steepest street in Chester, and arguably, England.  On this site, it has been suggested that witches were tried and even rolled down the hill in barrels (a feat that only a witch could survive).  Three witches were buried in the ground of St Mary’s Creative Space in 1656, whilst still a church, and the interior also houses the effigies of the Philip Oldfield, a prominent barrister, and the Gamul family. The space is also blessed with beautiful vibrantly decorated stained glass windows.  St Mary’s Hill is also rumoured to be haunted by a herd of ghostly cattle – although thankfully they have not yet disturbed a performance.

This picturesque hidden gem is now a stunning hub for cultural activity, both indoor and out, close to Chester Castle, and a stone’s throw from the River Dee. There is ample parking at the nearby Castle Square and Little Roodee Car Parks.  Professional artists dovetail with community events to ensure a truly inclusive and cohesive take on cultural planning.

St Mary’s Creative Space is currently being culturally programmed by professional arts organisation Theatre in the Quarter in partnership with many cultural users and Cheshire West and Chester Council. The venue is equipped with adaptable seating and staging to suit the needs of the event, whether it is tiered seating for theatre, a raised stage and tables for cabaret performances, or a complete open space for workshops.

Host to many small scale festivals bringing local artists and communities together with performers from across the country and internationally. These include Christmas at St Mary’s; an eclectic mix of choirs, cabaret, touring theatre or dance, and Chester International Music Week during which St Mary’s played host to choirs, dancers and performers from as far away as China, Zimbabwe, USA and Spain.

St Mary’s, in addition to its established classical concert series curated by Chester Music Society, is also earning a growing reputation for internationally renowned acoustic and singer/songwriter live music, with local promotors Roman Candle and Soundbox attracting artists from across the world.  Recent events have included sets from Michael Chapman (as seen on BBC’s Later with Jools Holland) and Steve Pilgrim (drummer with Paul Waller).

St Mary’s Creative Space is the ideal quirky venue for your next event – our in house team will support at every stage of the process. The space is open for events year round – if you would like to visit and want to ensure that it will be open please call 07494 943606 and speak to a member of our team, who will be more than happy to assist.


The venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users.. There are baby-changing facilities. There is no induction loop. There will soon be Wifi available. The venue is fully licensed to serve alcohol. St Mary’s Creative Space has been described as a very ‘relaxed and informal’ space.

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