The Lion Salt Works will be hosting action-packed fun for children this Summer. Each week will feature a different theme for two-days of creative ‘drop in’ workshops. For instance, during ‘Canal’ week, children will have the chance to create traditional ‘Roses & Castles’ canal art and during ‘Crime’ week, become a detective to solve the mystery of a Roman skeleton. In addition, there will special one-off events during the Summer such as the ‘Scandal at the Salt Works’ and the ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’. 

Visitors will also have the chance of seeing the newly-returned salt wagon which was returned to the Museum after a £27,000 restoration earlier this month.

Events during the Summer comprise:

Week 1   Amazing Animals –  Adaptions & Flower Bombs (26-27 July)

               Go Wild at the Works (30 July)

Week 2   Crime Week at the Lion Salt Works – Cops & Robbers (2-3 August)

               Scandal at the Lion Salt Works (6-7 August)

Week 3   Canal Week (9-10 August)

               Canal Capers (13 August)

Week 4  Mad Hatters Week (16-17 August)

               Mad Hatter’s Tea Party (20 August)  (12 noon – 3pm)

Week 5  Around the World (23 August) Indian Bell Totas

                Colourful African Fabrics craft activity (24 August)

                Around the World Weekend (27-28 August)

All events take place from 10.30am – 4pm with the exception of the Mad Hatter’s tea party (noon – 3pm). Participation in the events is free but a donation of £1.50 for each event is suggested. Drop-in activities are suitable for young visitors aged up to 11.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Parents looking for fun, action-packed and educational activities over the long Summer holiday need look no further than the list of varied and creative activities at the Lion Salt Works. The award-winning Museum is not only fascinating but is interestingly located next to the Trent & Mersey canal and the Northwich woodlands. It is the perfect location to come for the day with friends and family.”

Throughout the Summer, visitors to the Museum can check out the new Explorer Packs. These packs are available free-of-charge to visitors aged 3-7 years old and contain maps, magnifying glasses, children-friendly maps and literature and games. Designed to enhance young children’s appreciation of the museum and its grounds, the packs are returned to the museum at the end of the visit.

The Museum’s free geo-caching trail is a hunt for clues around the grounds of the Museum. Using the GPS available on most mobile phones, geocachers navigate around a specific set of co-ordinates to find secret containers.  For information on how to find the co-ordinates, register with www.geocaching.com and enter “Lion Salt Works Museum”

The Lion Salt Works features not only fun and interactive displays about the story of salt and its impact on the landscape, people and industries of Cheshire but also a child-friendly café, butterfly garden and imaginatively themed play area. There is plenty of free parking.

There is a full events programme across all of the West Cheshire Museums