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 the programme has been extended and will start at 6pm on Friday 9th September with live music, real ale bar in Vines Park. The event runs throughout the weekend ending on the evening of Sunday 11th September.
Displays and activities featuring the town’s unique salt heritage and local history. Learn about the buoyancy properties of brine and how it was used to make salt in the Iron Age over 2,000 years ago. Watch a salt carving demonstration and browse the stalls to learn how the town’s history has been shaped by the underground brine deposits. See model cars powered by salt! Join in a ‘salty sing-along’ or find out about the history of democracy with the Vernons of Hanbury Hall.
Visitors will have chance to meet the Romans and find out how they lived at the encampment in the park. Learn about the life of the Roman Soldier, find out about the clothes they wore and what they ate and listen to storytelling.
Visit the museum to find out about the town’s fascinating salt history. Other exhibits and activities include the history of radio and brass rubbing.
Saturday 10am – 4pm
Join the guided town walk to find out more about the town’s fascinating history. Walk last about 1 1/2 hours and costs £2. Booking essential. T: 01905 774312.
Saturday 11.30 am and 2pm from the Heritage and Information Centre.
Visit the church in the heart of the town and enjoy some quiet time in the gardens.
Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
Enjoy a visit to the Norman church of St. Augustine and climb Dodderhill Tower for spectacular views over Droitwich Spa. Short walk from Vines Park.
Saturday: Church 10am – 4pm; Tower Sunday: 11.15am – 3.30pm
Wide selection of community stalls – advice, activities and fundraising.
Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Forever Forties will be bringing a nostalgic feel to Victoria Square on Saturday with classic cars, military jeeps and motorbikes from the time.
All the fun of the fair for younger visitors to Victoria Square with rides from Jimmy’s Amusements.
With community advice and information stalls too, there’s plenty here for all ages.
Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
The popular Farmers and Craft Market will be in St. Andrews Street on Saturday offering a wide range of local food and drink – meats, fruit and vegetables, bread and cake, preserves, wine and much more. There is also a market in the High Street selling a range of crafts and gifts.
Saturday 9am – 4.30pm
Circus skills, art, have a go activities, Youth Zone.
Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm (canoeing starts 11am)
Have you been inspired by astronaut Tim Peake? if so, come and discover the wonders of space, featuring exhibitors from Droitwich Space Day. Live rocket motor firings will be taking place throughout the day; see the power and thrust of these miracles of science.
Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm
Enjoy a trip along Droitwich Canal on the Pamela May
Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm
Buy a ticket from the Droitwich Waterways (Pamela May) Trust stand and come along and cheer on you duck as it makes it way along the River Salwarpe in Vines Park.
Saturday – Duck Race 4.15pm
The Salvation Army Choir and Band will be hosting a community service in the main marquee. Sunday 11am – 12pm
Other Church Services take place at the following times on Sunday 11th September:
St Augustine’s 8am
St Peter’s 9.30am
St Andrew’s 10.45am
Friday, Saturday and Sunday (see entertainment paage for further details)
There will be plenty to entertain children throughout the weekend – The Jolly Pirates, circus skills, balloon modelling, puppet shows, art workshops, story telling, farm animals, inflatable slide, face painting, ferret racing, make a mosaic and painting master classes.
Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4pm (see programme for times).
Fun Dog Show featuring 9 classes, best in show and have a go agility. Entry fee £2 per class. Organised by MacArthur, Barstow and Gibbs.
For further details and entry form click here
Sunday 11am – 3.30pm
Photo courtesy of Ruth Bourne
There is a good range of places to eat and drink ranging from pubs to coffee shops, takeaways and sandwich bars. The Talbot will be running a bar in Saltbarrow Market (Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm), while the Parish Centre in St. Andrews Street will be open serving light refreshments (Saturday 10am – 4pm). Don’t forget all the wonderful cafes and eateries along the historic High Street with plenty to tempt to, from tea and cake to a spot of lunch or a sit down evening meal.
Local Droitwich pub, The Gardeners Arms, will be running the bar in Vines Park offering a great selection of local real ales and ciders. Look out for the Salt Fest specials.
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Please note the event content will change over the weekend