‘Spirit Dolls, Axes and a Salt Mystery – Spooktacular Halloween half-term activities at the Lion Salt Works Museum
Parents looking for a fun-filled time for their ‘little monsters’ this half-term and Halloween, need go no further than the Lion Salt Works near Northwich. The new £10m Museum, which is already proving a big hit with visitors, has an exciting programme of activities.

On Friday 30 October, the Museum is holding a Spirit Doll Workshop – a fun workshop for adults and older children introducing basic doll-making skills using mixed media and stitch. The symbolism represented in the spirit dolls is both imaginative and creative. It is also informative, showing how other cultures use spirit doll in their everyday lives. The workshop costs £20 per person and to book call Development of the Arts in Northwich (DAN) on 01606 41597.

On Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October, Prehistoric Axes will be the subject of talks between 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 4pm. Children can discover how bronze was made and see and touch axes once welded by our pre-historic ancestors. In addition, children can have a go at making their own axe head. There is no need to book and the activity is free of charge.

For the finale of half-term, on Halloween, Saturday 31 October, the Museum is offering a Stolen Salt Mystery Session. When the salt workers wages are stolen with no sign of the culprit, there is a mystery to be solved. Only the audience of new Special Inspectors can help Mr Thompson, the salt manager, get to the bottom of the scandalous crime. There will be two sessions 10.30am – 12.30pm and 2pm-4pm and a suggested donation of £1.50 per person. To book e-mail lorna.kernahan@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Wellbeing, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “dark, rainy October half-terms can be a challenging time when it comes to keeping children entertained. I hope the fun, varied and educational activities at the Lion Salt Work will offer parents something a bit different. What’s more there is plenty to see and do at the museum and lots of space for the children to explore”.

The Lion Salt Works Museum is one of the last open-pan salt-making sites in the world. It tells the story of salt in a fresh and interesting way through fun and interactive displays, including a ‘subsiding house’ and a film and light show featuring a salt boiling pan that appears to billow giant clouds of steam. There is also a large, imaginatively-designed children’s play area, a café and a Butterfly Garden. Set next to the Trent & Mersey canal, there is also the added interest of children and adults being able to safely watch narrow boats pass by on the canal.