About Salt Fest
Droitwich Spa Salt Fest started in 2006 to celebrate the town’s unique salt heritage. Since then the event has grown considerably taking place across the whole town centre and attracting thousands of visitors. Whilst the salt heritage and Romans are still important aspects, the event has now become a showcase for the town, businesses and community. Many local groups take part running stalls and organising activities whilst the music showcase features young and up and coming local performers. Salt Fest is a great day out for all the family.
This year’s event will take place on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.
Plans are progressing for this year’s event.
To understand what to expect at the event, take a look at what occurred in 2017:
To download the 2017 festival programme, click here.
Please note some timings are subject to change.
Town History and Salt Heritage
Probus 87 is trailblazing…..once more! Visit their stand on the Saturday and watch them make salt from Droitwich brine by the traditional open-pan evaporation method again this year: a technique employed for over 2,000 years, until refrigeration reduced the need for salt to preserve food and new methods of manufacture closed the Town’s salt factories in 1922.
There will be a 10-15 min. talk – on the hour throughout the day – about the properties of salt and its importance in the town’s history, followed by a number of specially-created experiments. The ‘buoyancy effect’ of the high density of salt in the brine (only the waters of the Dead Sea are as concentrated) will be demonstrated by showing how a model narrow-boat sinks in fresh water but not in brine. In addition, onlookers will be able to experience its healing properties by immersing a hand in aerated-brine; a method of treatment not only used in a variety of skin conditions, but for systemic disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Last year, one lady with knobbly arthritic fingers was delighted at her increased mobility! Others went away able to write better, and play the piano faster! One young lad skipped away thinking he could now do his homework better!
They promise you that your visit will not only be educative but entertaining. So….come and join them.
- Roman and Living History Re-enactment
- Salt Museum – Heritage and Tourist Information Centre
- Activity Zone
- Dog Show
- Food and drink
- Children’s Activities
- Duck Race
- Canal Boat Trips
- Stalls and Activities
- Real Ale Bar
A selection of pictures from previous events:
Photo courtesy of Ruth Bourne