Celebrating the first year – event 4 and 5 June

On Saturday 4 June and Sunday 5 June, the six-times award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum will celebrate its first anniversary, in style, with a free science-themed birthday party running from 10.30am – 4pm. The restoration and renovation of the Museum was made possible thanks to a £5m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Coinciding with the Cheshire-wide ‘Amazed by Science’ festival, the first birthday weekend will feature lots of free family fun, including an imaginative Science Ceilidh on Saturday afternoon.

Admission charges to the Museum will still apply during the weekend but all activities will be free of charge and will not require entry to the museum to be enjoyed. Events include:

  • A chance to explore ‘Saturn’, an historic narrowboat moored adjoining the Museum
  • Guided walks with Northwich Woodlands through the salt landscape and by the canal (10.30am/1.30pm)
  • Bug hunt and other activities with Butterfly Conservation in the Museum’s Butterfly Garden
  • Salt-making demonstrations by the Lion Salt Works Trustees
  • Activities staged by the Catalyst Discovery Centre in Warrington
  • A free family-friendly Science Ceilidh between 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • Craft activities run by Museum staff running throughout the day
  • Badge-making and nature-related activities with amongst others Saltscape and Cheshire Wildlife Trust.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “Six awards in less than a year is a really magnificent achievement and something to really celebrate at this fantastic first anniversary event. Key to the Museum’s success has been engagement with local and regional audiences, though an imaginative and varied programme of events. From WWI and WWII oral history programmes to talks, educational programmes, touring plays and steam traction and historic boat events, the Museum’s energetic staff have drawn a wide variety of groups and ‘non-Museum’ audiences to the site.

“On a wider scale, I am delighted to see the emergence of a Northwich tourist ‘salt hub’ comprising the Lion Salt Works, the well-established and historic Anderton Boat Lift and the 1000-acre Northwich Woodland, which is also the location of the town’s first salt mine. Featuring ‘flashes’, unique salt-loving plants, picnic spots, footpaths and cycle trails, this saltscape is a wonderful area for visitors to relax and unwind. Added to this mix, are the attractions of Northwich’s independent shops, artisan markets, attractive river location and its soon-to-be opened Barons Quay project. I believe that what we have is a winning tourist ‘salt hub’ that will delight visitors.”

The Museum tells the story of salt through fun and interactive displays, including a light and sound show that imitates the large steaming salt pans. In March this year, the Museum won the UK’s top conservation award from the Civic Trust. The Museum hosts an exciting year-long programme of activities and more details can be found at westcheshiremuseums.co.uk.

On 18 March, the Lion Salt Works Museum won the national Heritage + Museum Award for Excellence for conservation and restoration.