It will be full steam ahead at Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum’s third free Transport Festival on Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June. The multi award-winning industrial heritage museum, one of the foremost in the country, is located in Northwich, Cheshire. The action-packed weekend of free family fun will include historic narrow boats (located on the Trent & Mersey canal next to the Museum), up to four large steam traction engines and 12 miniature steam engines. There will also be a selection of vintage cars and commercial vehicles as well as maypole dancing, a vintage fairground organ, and a series of themed children’s activities. Throughout the weekend there will be live music, a bar and freshly-produced food. Most of these activities are free and there is no charge to visit the café, play area or butterfly garden. The event will run from 10.30am – 4.30pm.
Steam engines on display during the two-day event will include two 4” scale Burrell double crank compound Road Locos, “Lady Louisa’ and “Alexander” as well as ‘Bessie’ a 3” scale Marshall traction engine, “Endurance” a 4” scale Tasker A2 Tractor and “Tommy” a 3” scale Burrell traction engine. Children will be able to ride on some of the mini traction engines at a cost of £1 per child. These engines come courtesy of Clive Hearsay and other local steam enthusiasts.
At the festival will be a number of historic boats from the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. These will include the ‘Saturn’*, a 70-foot narrowboat built in 1906 and one of the last horse-drawn Shropshire Union Canal Flyboats in the World. The fully-restored boat, originally built to travel non-stop – day and night – transported good such as Cheshire cheese, salt and other precious cargoes. It is now used to educate future generations about the fascinating but hard lives of the waterways men, their boats and horses.
The Lion Salt Works Museum is one of the foremost industrial heritage sites in the UK. It is one of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the World and is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays and has won nine awards since opening in June 2015, after a four-year £10m refurbishment, including the National Lottery’s ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’. The restoration by Cheshire West and Chester Council was made possible thanks to a £5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
*Saturn is owned and run by the Shropshire Union Fly Boat Restoration Society Limited as a registered charity, with the aim of bringing alive the history and working lives of the Victorian fly boatmen.
Free access to Café, Gift Shop, Butterfly Garden, Play Area and Car Park
Cheshire West and Chester Council is grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for awarding a grant of £5.29 million under its Heritage Grants scheme, making the Lion Salt Works one of the largest heritage schemes being undertaken with their support in the North West. .English Heritage has also contributed £300,000 to the award-winning restoration.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)
From archaeology to historic parks and buildings and from collections to rare wildlife, HLF uses National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.