With all the GO Fest news, the Chester Heritage Festival went a bit under the radar, although it was a spectacle of history and Pokémon GO alike.

Big Heritage, the mastermind behind the entire Festival, has done an amazing job with the event, launching Pokémon GO players on a trip through time in order to fill their PastPort and learn about Chester’s history.

In contrast to the GO Fest, the the Chester event has been hailed a massive success with organisers estimating it brought £3m spending power to the city.

The event spanned over the majority of the city, and every corner of Chester appeared to be packed with hundreds of Pokémon Trainers. 120 PokéStops were added at key historic sites in order to provide incentive to Pokémon GO players. These stops were all created by the Big Heritage organisation and later on imported by Niantic.

The city went absolutely crazy for Pokémon GO, best depicted by the Pokémon GO Chester Twitter account:

In addition to the well organised and well coordinated event, the Big Heritage ensured that every visitor has access to a sleeve of amazing memorabilia, maps and pins. They even prepared a great Facebook FAQ that covers literally everything you need to know if you’re attending the event (parking, getting around, maps, accommodation, food, safety, etc).

And the results are astonishing and they stand strong as a testament to how a successful Pokémon GO events should look like. Chester showed how wonderful Pokémon GO players can be, as the Big Heritage published the following statement in regards to incidents and police:

On another note, Cheshire Police have contacted us to say how amazed they were to have such a massive event without one single police incident. You were an absolute credit to yourselves and the city of Chester loves you for it. Well done guys.

And yes, Legendary Pokémon (both Lugia and Articuno) appeared to a massive success:

  • Antonio Mercurio

    did this happen right after the go fest? if so , go fest would and should be a one off

    • This was happening almost at the same time

      • James Oliff

        Chester was 7 hours head of chicago, we got to capture the birds all day on Sunday as they became active overnight

        • Antonio Mercurio

          ‘the birds’ does this refer to Lugia And Articuno

          • James Oliff

            Yes it does. find it hard to think what else became active overnight.

  • Alaska Stark

    Wow, that’s nice

  • James Oliff

    I travelled 300 miles, leaving at 3:30am on the Saturday and left Chester 5pm on the Sunday, arriving home at 10:30pm. I can say with confidence that in my 20 years as a gamer and having attended dozens of events this was top of my list. Had some issues with connectivity but a quick stop to a “3” store and a new data sim proved to be the solution.

  • Dan

    Whatever was done here that wasn’t done at Go Fest should be duplicated for future events. I understand that the biggest issue, network connectivity, wasn’t Niantic’s fault, but this clearly worked so much better than Chicago.

  • Christopher


    • Paul Davies

      Are you trying to correct the spelling in the article?
      Bear in mind it was written about an event in England and we actually spell things properly over here.

  • Francis Anderson

    A huge thank you to Big Heritage for organising this. While there was a few connectivity issues for some network providers, and I think the Pokemon Go app struggle a bit with quite so many Pokestops and Gyms in such a short space of each other, the entire city was part of the event. What’s more, for those of us who completed the history trail, we get a chance to pick a Pokestop ourselves as long as it has some historical connection. (I’ve been trying to find a battle in my garden, without much luck as yet 😉 )

  • Dale Robinson

    I was there, I didn’t do the pastport thing as I got there at 3 on Sunday and didn’t think id have enough time. I do slightly regret that, but only slightly. I did two Articuno raids whilst I was there I tagged onto a team of fellow Valour players and we smashed the Articunos. I didn’t manage to catch either though, but one of the group said that he`d gotten his 5th for that day which made me slightly jealous to say the least. After the group and I parted ways later on I was doing a Lugia raid with randoms in the town centre and after 3 failed, connectivity failing, glitchy attempts I gave it up as a bad job and on my way back I saw the same group as before just completing their raid successfully. Although I didn’t get anything significant out of the day apart from a ton of exp plus raid items I did enjoy it.
    I would say that there were an absolute ton of pokestops in the centre though and with all of them being lured plus the pokemon appearing it did make the frame rate chug quite considerably.
    Niantic should make an option to switch these lure module effects ect off like you can toggle vibrations imo.
    Also on a side note, to anyone wanting to partake in these kind of events in the future I`d suggest going with a medium sized group, like 10-12 because its always easy to find people who will want to join in your private raid group so it goes from taking a boss down to easily taking it down. I didn’t go as a group but ill definitely look online and join a group before I go next time. Also take a few spare battery packs instead of just one and get there early.

  • Jigglypoke

    It was an amazing weekend in Chester! Got there for 9am Saturday and have only just got home. Stayed an extra day to grind out some extra XP and was rewarded with a few more legendaries and an Unown in the grounds of Chester University this morning. Big Thanks to Big Heritage for such a well organized event and bringing so many Pokémon players together. Met some amazing people from around the world. I will always have the images of 500 people squeezing onto one corner of the city wall for a Tyranitar raid and the size of the crowds at the legendary raids on Sunday. My favorite memory of the weekend is the 50+ year old man running for the Unown this morning and dropping all his bags and wallet and just leaving everything scattered across the road until he had caught it! 🤣🤣🤣

    • Phil Mauds

      I was there at the university with you, took this pic of the guy you mentioned going back to collect his stuff after dropping it all as the Unown was in its final minute, was an amazing weekend, well organised and we met some really friendly people, caught both legendaries (3 out of 8 attempts) and the unown, thank you for organising the event, enjoyed the Pastport part to it, it was so well organised, thank you, now to apply for a new Pokestop 😁 ❤️❤️ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e61c4cbe20e5180c91ebbdf04d31f59397c1349b4d044105d99eff068642aa8d.jpg