Annual pass gives a year of great days out at the Lion Salt Works Museum

Theatrical lighting, sound and film evoke the giant clouds of steam once produced by the Lion Salt Work’s huge salt-boiling pans. PHOTO SUPPLIED

THE award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum, based near Northwich in Cheshire, is offering a year of great days out plus discounts and other offers in a month-long promotion of its Annual Pass.

Located on the Trent & Mersey Canal close to the Anderton Boat Lift, the museum will be hosting an event in June which will feature historic canal boats.

Anyone buying an Adult Annual Pass or Family Annual Pass between Saturday January 14 until Valentine’s Day on Tuesday February 14 will be offered a 10% discount on the shop and café throughout the year, a free guide book on the Lion Salt Works (worth £5) and tokens for four free coffees from the Museum’s café.

Winner of the National Lottery Award’s top heritage award last year, the Museum tells the story of salt through fun and interactive displays (including a sound and light show) has won seven prestigious awards since re-opening after a four-year £10 million restoration in June 2015.

Owned by Cheshire West and Chester Council, its success has also been reflected in positive visitor feedback. The Museum’s action-packed programme of interesting and innovative activities throughout 2017 includes:

  • Hitting the top notes – a masterclass on how the City of Chester Brass Band rehearses for its winning performances
  • Super Salt Saturday – the Museum celebrates British Science Week with all sort of salt science experiments.
  • Half-term, Easter and Summer children’s activities will range from an Easter Eggstravaganza to nature-themed activities in the Butterfly Garden to salt and art-making events
  • A May Bank Holiday ‘Magic at the Museum’ event
  • In June, an ‘Age of Steam’ weekend will feature a steam traction engines and historic canal boats
  • An ‘Amazed by Science’ event will encourage visitors to embrace their inner Mad Scientist while a Murder Mystery evening will challenge ‘whodunnit’ fans
  • The annual Big Butterfly Count at the Museum’s established Butterfly Garden, that houses the Cheshire buddleia collection, will feature adult and children activities.
  • Talks and exhibitions throughout the year will range from children’s storytelling to geology
  • The Museum will host one of the UK’s top folk acts – Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
  • Imaginative and cutting edge plays appearing at the Lion Salt Works this year through the Cheshire Rural Touring Arts include Ventoux by 2MayPies (a story about the Tour de France, two cyclists and one of the most fearsome mountains on the route) and Gloriator by Spitz & Co – a funny take on the Hollywood blockbuster, Gladiator).
  • The year will round off a spectacular Dickensian Christmas


The Adult Annual Pass costs £18. A Family Annual Pass costs £50.00 and is available for either two adults and two children or one adult and three children. Both passes are valid for 12 months from the date of issue.

The Museum’s shop stocks a range of interesting books and items such as tapestry bags, salt tea-light holders, games for children and canal-themed items.  The Museum also sells unique jewellery, incorporating Cheshire salt.



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