Free, fun-packed 'Salt Sunday' celebrates the Salt of the Earth with science, talks and performance on Sunday 13 May at Cheshire's award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum

16 April 2018

Families can enjoy an imaginative, free, fun-filled afternoon on Sunday 13 May when Cheshire’s award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum, based in Northwich, joins forces with the Salt of the Earth network for another exciting Salt Sunday. A celebration of Cheshire’s huge natural reserves of salt, this event will explore salt’s rich heritage with interactive drama and ingenious science experiments. This year’s programme will also include contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead, Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, as well as a series of ‘taster talks’ from interesting experts ranging from the engineer of the floating Antarctic laboratory to why salt has a connection with Northwich’s outstanding terracotta reredos. The afternoon runs between 12:30-4pm in the Museum’s café, grounds and historic Thompson suite. For more information contact 01606 275037 or visit

During the afternoon visitors can enjoy:
  • At 1.40pm, 2.20pm and 3.00pm, Becky Musto, actress and storyteller, will enchant audiences with her interactive and imaginative performances.
  • Messy science - take part in ingenious experiments, including some exciting activities from Catalyst’s new Operation Earth
  • Marvel as ‘wild brine’ is transformed into salt crystals over a boiling open-pan thanks to Lion Salt Work Trustees
  • A programme of interesting 15-minute ‘taster talks’ 
  • 1.50pm Talk on Northwich’s extraordinary terracotta reredos of the Last Supper
  • 2.15pm Curating Spaces of Hope: A call to action by Matthew Barber
  • 2.40pm  Cammell Laird’s Principal Engineer, Mike Eldridge talks about building  ‘The Sir David Attenborough’, the floating  Antarctic laboratory.
  • 3.05pm ‘Living with Cancer: Professional and Pastoral Experience by Priest and Lecturer in Radiotherapy Physics, Mike Kirby
  • Enjoy pausing for thought during contemporary worship with the Bishop of Birkenhead, the Rt Rev Keith Sinclair at 3:30pm outside in the sunshine, including the traditional “blessing of the brine” 
  • Enjoy over a dozen stalls from 1.30pm onwards
  • Join a guided tour of the Salt Works after the worship time (admission charges apply for entry but not for the tour)
Lisa Harris, Director of Place Strategy, Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Last year’s Salt Sunday was a great success and we are delighted that the Bishop of Birkenhead and Salt Sunday are coming ‘home’ to the Lion Salt Works. Cheshire enjoys a thriving chemical industry because salt was a natural catalyst for the early chemical industry and salt is also a key ingredient in our famous Cheshire cheese.

For centuries jobs and prosperity have resulted from open-pan, salt-making and salt mining and this legacy continues with numerous salt and salt-related industries still providing employment. Salt Sunday is a great way of celebrating salt this versatile resource.” 

Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead, said: “Salt is a wonderful God-given resource for the North-West and Salt Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the benefits it has brought everyone. This is a fun, vibrant and joyful event and I look forward to welcoming people from across the county and the beyond.” 

The Museum is the last open-pan salt-making site in Cheshire and one of the last in the World. It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument with the same protection status as Stonehenge and Hardrian’s Wall. Owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, its £10m four-year restoration was made possible thanks to Heritage Lottery funding. The Museum tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays, including a ‘subsiding house’ and a sound and light show that simulates the steam from the boiling salt pans.

The Museum has won nine awards since opening, including two national restoration awards and ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’ from the National Lottery, following a national vote.

There is free parking and free access to the shop, café, play area and butterfly garden.

Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead discussing Salt Sunday with Kate Harland, Senior Learning & Operations Manager, Cheshire West & Chester Council
Rt Rev Keith Sinclair, Bishop of Birkenhead discussing Salt Sunday with Kate Harland, Senior Learning & Operations Manager, Cheshire West & Chester Council 

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