It will be full steam ahead at Cheshire’s Lion Salt Works Museum’s third free Transport Festival on Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 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 narrrowboats (located on the canal next to the Museum), up to four large steam traction engines and 12 miniature steam engines and as well as a selection of vintage cars. In addition to live music outdoors performed by local groups, there will also be a series of children’s craft activities.
All these activities are free (though donations are gratefully received) and there is no charge to visit the café, play area or butterfly garden. The event will run from 10.30am – 4.30pm. For more information, contact: www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk or call 01606 275066.
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. These engines come courtesy of Clive Hearsay and other local steam enthusiasts.
At the festival will be two historic boats. ‘Shad’ a Northwich-built Yarwoods narrowboat built in 1936 will be coming from the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. In addition, there will be ‘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.
Live and local music, organised by local music promoter, Iain Stead, will play on a small outdoor throughout the weekend featuring local bands playing a variety of music as well as a bar. There will also be craft activities for children.
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.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “This action-packed and fun event is fast becoming a firm favourite in the Museum’s varied calendar and what’s more it is completely free. There is no need to pay to go into the Museum to enjoy the weekend activities or enjoy the industrially-themed playground, café, shop or lovely butterfly garden. Parking is also free. The Transport Weekend has something for everyone and is an event well worth pencilling into the diary.”
Visitor Admission prices to Lion Salt Works Museum
Annual pass: £18
Family annual pass: £50.00 (2+2 or 1+3)
Family ticket (adult and two children) £16.40
Other family and concessionary prices available
Free access to Café, Gift Shop, Butterfly Garden, Play Area and Car Park
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