Salt Towns’ Rally coming to Barons Quay

Cheshire’s salt industry and its vital links to the region’s waterways will be celebrated this week when the Salt Towns’ Rally comes to Barons Quay on Thursday 23rd August.

River Weaver Boat, Northwich

The second leg of the event, which visits Middlewich before and Winsford after Northwich, has been funded by the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) and Barons Quay, with Northwich keen to honour its industrial heritage.

The Hive and The River Weaver Navigation Society has teamed up to organise the event which is the first ever UK waterways’ boat rally to take in three events across three towns.

The cavalcade of canal boats started gathering in Middlewich for an event between Friday 17th August and Sunday 19th August. After Northwich it will head to Winsford over the Bank Holiday weekend for the Offcut Festival.

To celebrate the arrival of the boats in Northwich for the event, Barons Quay will feature an action-packed schedule of activities from 12:00pm – 7:00pm.

Artists will perform throughout the day on a purpose -built stage, while kids will be entertained with a circus skills workshop, face painting and a mesmerising magic show. There will be plenty of food and drink available too.

This family event is free for all, and one of the main event organisers, Damon Horrill, has spoken about why it has been organised and the importance of commemorating local history and heritage.

“The idea of the three towns working together on projects such as this have been long discussed given the shared salt mining heritage and waterways linking Middlewich, Winsford, Northwich. Together the towns are known as The Weaver Valley.

“The Salt Towns’ Rally sets out to highlight the fantastic waterways that link the three towns whilst campaigning for a boat lift in Winsford to raise boats from the end of the Weaver to the Middlewich branch of the Shropshire Union Canal so as to create The Weaver Valley Ring of Water, which will become the most popular stretch of water in the country for leisure boaters and tourists.”

Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough has urged people to come and check out the Salt Towns’ Rally and take part in this historic event:

“With a music festival and plenty of activities for kids, as well as the spectacular sight of boats filling the River Weaver, it’s shaping up to be a great day out for all.

“Northwich would not be the town it is today if it wasn’t for the salt industry and great links to the waterways, so it is important to commemorate the town’s history and heritage and what better way than this Salt Towns’ Rally.”

Operations Manager of Barons Quay, Lina Higuita commented: “We’re delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with celebrating Cheshire’s rich and local history. We can’t wait to welcome families to this wonderful event on the day.

“It’s so important to understand the incredible history of Northwich, which has made it the wonderful place it is. Such an interesting story should not be forgotten!”

For the latest information regarding the event, head to the official Facebook page.

Canal Life by Peter Scott
Salt Towns' Rally, Northwich
Lion Salty Works Canal
Barons Quay and Narrowboat