Free pre-school six week programme at Lion Salt Works Museum
For six weeks, starting from Friday 12th October, 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. 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 are being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Northwich. There is no cost to attend. Further information is available at www.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk
These sessions have been planned and developed by the Museum’s trained staff to encourage children to think actively about texture, hibernation and autumn colours through a program of art, exploratory and free play activities mixed in with fun and imaginative music, song and story sessions.
Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, said: ‘The Museum’s staff are passionate about engaging children and have put a lot of work into coming up with sessions that are about having fun and learning in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. Staff are also keen to make this an opportunity for parents and carers to meet up and have a good time too.
“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 and we hope that people will see this as a nice chance to drive to somewhere different and have an enjoyable morning with new people or as a good place to meet up with friends.”
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.