Event Overview

 

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.

 

Highlights of the 2016 Festival can be seen below.

Click here for the 2016 programme
Town History and Salt Heritage

Salt Alley

 

Town Centre – Saltbarrow Market

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! Find out about the story of the Salt King.

Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Salt Alley

 

Roman and Living History Re-enactment

 

Vines Park

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.

Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Salt Museum – Heritage and Tourist Information Centre

 

Town Centre – Victoria Square

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

 

Guided Town Walks

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 advisable. T: 01905 774312.

Saturday 11.30am and 2pm from the Heritage and Information Centre.

 

St. Andrews Church

 

Town Centre – St. Andrews Street

Visit the church in the heart of the town and enjoy some quiet time in the gardens. The Parish rooms will be open for refreshments.

Saturday 10am – 4.30pm

 

St. Augustine’s Church

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 open Sunday: 11.15am – 3.30pm

 

Stalls and Activities – Town Centre

 

Community Stalls

Wide selection of community stalls – advice, activities and fundraising.

Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

 

Vintage Victoria Square

 

Victoria Square

Join the Forever Forties re-enactment group as they show off classic and vintage vehicles from the 1940s and a rations tent.  With all the fun of the fair, there will be fairground rides for younger children, refreshments and food, along with community stalls and displays.

Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Community Services Zone

 

Markets

 

St. Andrews Street and High Street

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

 

Droitwich Spa September 13th 2014 Salt Fest

 

Art Exhibition and Art Activities

 

The Meetbox in St Andrews Shopping Centre

An exhibition by local art clubs and solo artists.

Activities include “Make a mosaic” and ‘Paint a masterpiece in 10 minutes’ competition for adults and children.  Cost of entry 50p.  Prize giving 3.30pm.

Saturday 10.30– 3.30pm

Sunday 12 – 4pm

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Stalls and Activities – Vines Park

 

Community Stalls

Wide selection of community stalls – advice, activities and fundraising as well as local crafts and traders.

Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Activity Zone

Circus skills, art, have a go activities, Youth Zone.

Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Space Zone

Come and discover the wonders of space, featuring exhibitors from Droitwich Space Day. Live rocket firings will take place throughout Saturday!

  • BIS West Midlands
  • Carmen Capuano
  • Astro Info Services
  • Summerfield Old Boys
  • Black Knights
  • Midland Spaceflight Society/Carolian Astronomy Society Space Boosters/InspireSpace

Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

 

Canal Boat Trips

Enjoy a trip along Droitwich Canal on the Pamela May

Saturday and Sunday 10am – 4pm

 

Canal Boats

Duck Race

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

Model Boats

Watch a display of radio controlled model boats on Droitwich Canal.

Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

Photo courtesy of Ruth Bourne

Photo courtesy of Ruth Bourne

Churches

The Salvation Army Choir and Band will be hosting a community service in the main marquee. Sunday 11am – 12pm

 

Entertainment

 

Vines Park Marquee

Live entertainment on offer throughout the weekend. This starts on Friday evening with local artists

Saturday is the youth music show featuring W Factor winners, local bands supported by the Daffy Youth collective; Abby Inez, Molly Ann Gnderton and jazzy blues trio, Strumpit.

The Saturday evening programme features Desert Boots, Sally Haines and the Woo Town Hill Billies.

Community Choir

Sunday afternoon features the Lighthouse Puppets, Droitwich Cmmunity Choir and rounds off with The Beached Boys and Old Bob Jones and Garrington Tee, with a blues wind down to the festival weekend.

Children’s Activities

Town Centre and Vines Park

There will be plenty to entertain children throughout the weekend – Jolly Pirates balloon, modelling, circus skills, art workshops, story telling, farm animals, inflatable slide, face painting and ferret racing.

Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4pm (see programme for times).

 

Saltfest 2014 - Droitwich Spa

 

Dog Show

 

Vines Park

Fun Dog Show featuring 9 classes, best in show, have a go agility and Vets corner. 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

Photo courtesy of Ruth Bourne

 

Town Centre

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). High street cafes and eateries will be open on Saturday with an al fresco feel.

The Little Gin Company will be serving gin-based drinks and cocktails as well as non-alcoholic cocktails in Victoria Square on Saturday and again in Vines Park on Sunday.

 

Vines Park

Vines Park

Real Ale Bar

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.

Click here for further information

Friday 6 – 10.00pm Saturday 11.00am – 10.30pm, Sunday 12.00 – 6pm

JW Catering

Burgers, Hit Dogs, Chips, Bacon Roll, Hot and Cold Drinks

JJ’s Pancakes and Doughnuts

Freshly cooked crepes and doughnuts

Deliciously Squared

Barbeque grilled foods with wraps and salad

Cafe2U

Speciality coffees and teas, cookies, muffins and cakes.

There will also be a range of hot and cold drinks, doughnuts, crepes and light refreshments available.

Saturday and Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

 

Please note the event content will change over the weekend