FAMILIES are being invited to learn about how salt is made at a Northwich museum.

To celebrate Heritage Open Weekend, the Lion Salt Works Museum in Ollershaw Lane is offering free taster tours and salt-making demonstrations on Saturday, September 17.

Throughout the day, families will be able to learn about the salt works' rich history as well as finding out about 'astounding inventions' at free drop-in sessions.

The Lion Salt Works Museum, which has won 10 awards and is rated 4.5 on Tripadvisor, tells the story of salt and its impact on the region, landscape and people.

Booking is not required and tours start from 11am onwards.

Councillor Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Free ‘taster’ tours are a wonderful way of exploring the 10-time award-winning Lion Salt Works Museum.

"Visitors can find out the fascinating story of Cheshire salt and its impact on the industry, people and landscape of the county.

Northwich Guardian: A youngster looking at the Lion Salt Works Museum's automaton (Bernard Rose)A youngster looking at the Lion Salt Works Museum's automaton (Bernard Rose)

"The museum also explains the historic influence salt in Cheshire played on national and international trade.

"These stories are explained through the museum’s interactive exhibits and displays that include an exciting ‘sound and light’ show, an automaton and a ‘subsiding house’."

In addition to ‘taster tours’ the museum is also offering everyone the chance to enjoy ‘Astounding Inventions’ drop-ins, talks about salt and free salt-making demonstrations by the Lion Salt Work Museum’s Trustees.

Here, the history of how inventions were designed to make our lives easier is explored.

On site there is free parking and free access to the playground and butterfly garden.

As well as the Lion Salt Works, the Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse in London Road is also offering free entry on September 17, between 2pm and 5pm.

The museum is located within the former Northwich Union Workhouse building, which started in 1837.

Northwich Guardian: Weaver Hall MuseumWeaver Hall Museum

During its working life, the workhouse provided a last refuge for the poor of mid-Cheshire, until it closed in 1968.

Today, visitors can get a fascinating insight into the building’s history by exploring the workhouse schoolroom, the master’s sitting room and formidable double-heighted, guardian’s boardroom, in which weekly meetings took place to make decisions about the care of the poor.

For more information on the Lion Salt Works, visit westcheshiremuseums.com or call the museum on 01606 275066.