Love bugs and stained glass hearts imaginative half-term fun

stained glassLove is in the air at the award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum this half-term with two days of ‘Love Bugs and Stained Glass Hearts’ activity sessions for children. The drop-in sessions are free of charge (although a donation of £1.50 is suggested) and will be held on Tuesday 16 February and Wednesday 17 February from 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2-4pm.

The Museum’s beautiful Butterfly Garden, a feature of the recently reopened £10m Museum, is the inspiration behind the Museum’s ‘love bugs’ activity. The garden, which is free to enter and was designed by an award-winning designer, houses the Cheshire buddleia collection and is run by committed volunteers from Butterfly Conservation. Each year, children take part in Butterfly Conservation’s annual Big Butterfly Count.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing said: “I think small visitors will love making love bugs and stained glass hearts. I hope they also take this opportunity to go around our butterfly garden before letting off steam in the imaginatively-themed playground, made possible thanks to a £54,000 grant from WREN.”

There is no charge for Museum visitors to see the Butterfly Garden, playground, shop and café and there is plenty of free parking. The café overlooks the playground.

The Museum tells the story of salt through fun, interactive and imaginative educational visits, including a walk-in ‘subsiding house’. Theatrical lighting, sound and film also evokes the giant clouds of steam once produced by the site’s huge salt-boiling pans.