29 Aug 2019 10:07
Published by: Daniel Almond


For fourteen weeks, starting from Friday 13 September – 20 December, Cheshire’s award- winning Lion Salt Works Museum in Northwich, will be hosting innovative and fun activity sessions aimed specifically at pre-school children aged between 2 and 4 years, with younger siblings welcome too. There is a charge of £3 for the Little Lions Explorer Club and information can be found at www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk by phoning the Museum on 01606 275066.


Designed to encourage children to explore, investigate and learn through fun and absorbing activities, the sessions will take place at the Lion Salt Works and last for an hour and a half starting at 9.30am. Parents/carers will also have an opportunity to meet up with other adults in a welcoming and interesting environment.


These sessions have been planned and developed by the Museum’s trained staff to encourage children to think actively about texture and autumn colours through a program of art, exploratory and free play activities mixed in with fun and imaginative music, song and story sessions. Parents are advised to dress their children in old clothes as some of the activities will be messy.


Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said:‘Little Lions Explorers Club has been a great success and we welcome new children to join this exciting group with their parents and carers. The activities are held in the large, sun-filled, historic Thompson Suite within the Museum - a wonderful informal and relaxed learning space for children and for parents and carers to meet new people.” 


The Museum hopes to engage people and children in Northwich and beyond to come along to the sessions. The Museum is within easy striking distance of Manchester, Warrington, Chester and Wirral.

The Museum has free parking and access to an imaginative industrially-themed play area. There is a bright café and a well-stocked shop. Staff are knowledgeable and welcoming.  There is also free access to the Museum’s outdoor butterfly garden. 


Lion Salt Works tells the story of salt through fun, interactive displays including an impressive sound and light show, ‘subsiding house’ and automaton. One of the last open-pan, salt-making sites in the world, the Museum is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument with the same status as Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. The Museum has won nine awards since its four-year, £10m restoration in 2015, including winning 2016’s National Lottery’s ‘Best Heritage Project 2016’ after a public vote and the Sandford Award for teaching excellence. The Museum is also a Children’s University Learning Destination.


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