Chester’s Dee House Amphitheatre Working Group is inviting residents to a special event in the city on 4 July to hear the facts it has learned about the historic site.  

The group’s role is to help find options for a long term solution for the derelict building, which will influence the Council’s final decision on the best way forward. 

Specialists have been helping the group come to a fully informed collective viewpoint by presenting expert knowledge at its monthly meetings.

Residents will be able to hear this evidence first hand when the experts share their findings again at the special public event at Grosvenor Museum Lecture Theatre, 6-8.30pm.

Chair of the group Andy Foster, on behalf of the Chester Growth Partnership, said: “Since the group first met late last year, we have learned a great deal about Dee House and the amphitheatre on which it sits. The facts we have discovered continue to inform and shape our opinions about the building’s future.

“It is important that residents are also able to hear the facts and join this debate. This event is an opportunity for the people of Chester to hear the facts themselves and reach their own informed conclusions.”

Renowned archaeologists Tony Wilmott of Historic England and Professor Stewart Ainsworth from the University of Chester, from Channel Four’s Time Team and formerly of English Heritage will be speaking at the event.

Other speakers at the event include Una Meehan from Chester University  and Chris Matheson MP will be in attendance.

Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Culture and Heritage, Councillor Louise Gittins, said: “What the future holds for Dee House is a question close to many people’s hearts. The working group has come to the end of its fact finding phase and we want the public to come along and hear what the group has discovered.

“The event will focus on the facts that have been learned so far about the site. Discussions and proposals about the building’s future will not feature in this event. This will be the basis of the next phase in the group’s meetings in the summer.

“The group expects to hold a second public event at the end of the full process, when its recommendations on the building’s future will be presented.”

Residents who are unable to attend the 4 July event can watch it on a live online stream via the Council’s website

To book your ticket for the public event in July please visit