Christmas Artisan Market

The Christmas Artisan Market in Northwich on Saturday 14 December.

The Artisan Markets will continue in 2014, up to at least Easter.

Underwych Community Play

Underwych Community Play was staged at the Lion Salt Works in Northwich on 12-14 July 2007.

Underwych is an interpretation of the effects rock salt mining and wild brine pumping had on the environment, the experiences felt by those living in Mid-Cheshire and the solutions they can up with to mitigate the effects on their landscape and buildings. 

The story is told through a fantastic journey made by Emma, who finds herself trapped in a disturbing world described by stories told by her grandfather.

Underwych was supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, DAN, Lion Salt Works Trust, Action Weaver Valley, Vale Royal Borough Council, Cheshire County Council and Barclays Bank Community Fund.

Slide Show of 77 historic photographs and maps of Northwich mining, brine pumping and subsidence.

Slide Show Summary of the Performance.

Collecting Memories and Stories for the Script

DVD Booklet

Obrigado & Mail Art Exhibition

Thursday 19 December - Saturday 11 January
Open Mon - Sat (10.30am - 4.00pm) - Closed Wed and Sun

VAC Gallery have decided to end the year by inviting our friends to put one item into our 'Obrigado' exhibition - a year end celebration. We have invited all of the people who have made our year so enjoyable to have an item in what is probably the last exhibition in Brunner Court.


Anyone is invited to contribute to an ongoing Festival of Mail Art during the month of December 2013 on the Obrigado theme (Portuguese for ''Thank You") to celebrate a Year of Visual Arts in Northwich Town Centre at the VAC Gallery in Brunner Court.

Work will be available for sale to fund future gallery projects.

Work unsold will remain in the gallery archive.

Please send work via the postal system (all media, all sizes) to:-

The VAC Gallery
93 Brunner Court

from now until 31 December 2013.

62 Entries from 14 Countries

The Marbury Mysteries 2002

Film of Community Play staged in Marbury Park in 2002.

VAC Gallery Video

This is a promotional video for VAC that Mid Cheshire College media students have made. Making a video for a client is a project that they have to do for their course.

Black Country Museum Heritage Tour

Saturday 31 May
Coach leaves Northwich Memorial Hall at 9.00am
Other pick-ups available

Black Country Living Museum is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time. Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK, offering a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other.

It tells the story of a very special time and place in history and some of the most hard-working, ingenious and influential people you could imagine! Black Country folk changed the world, and in the streets of the canalside village, on the tramway and down the underground mine, you can experience how ‘they’ became ‘us’.

Over fifty authentic shops, houses and workshops have been carefully reconstructed to preserve the character of the region when its manufacturers bought worldwide fame to Black Country Towns. You can see bread, sweets, chain, nails and horse brasses all being made.

The village shops include Gregory's General Store, Emile Doo's chemist shop, a sweet shop and cake shop with a bakery at the back. There is a hardware and ironmongers shop and a pawnbroker's shop. Brook Street back to back houses, built in the 1850s, were relocated from Woodsetton and were the homes of colliers, farm workers and ironworkers. The anchor maker's house from Lawrence Lane in Old Hill was the first to be relocated to the museum and is an example of late-Victorian housing. Public buildings include Providence Chapel from Darby End/Hand near Netherton, one of the first buildings to be rebuilt, and the Bottle and Glass Inn, a working public house set out as it would have been in 1910.

The museum also has a full-scale working replica of a Newcomen steam engine. The 'fire engine' is housed in a brick building from which a wooden beam projects through one wall.

Black Country Museum Leaflet here.

We first pop into Dudley to visit the Museum and Art Gallery - website here.

Includes a collection of works by Dudley-born Percy Shakespeare - website.

Click here to book tickets

Northwich Christmas Lights Switch On

Hundreds of families tuned up to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas Lights in Northwich on Saturday 30 November. Activities ran all afternoon, with music on the library steps, children's workshops, Father Christmas, stilt walkers and fire jugglers, pantomime dame, hot food and drinks and a lantern parade.

Many thanks to everyone involved, including DAN, CWAC and Northwich Town Council, Silk FM, Tom Stockdale Band, Anthony West, Beaver, Northwich Christmas Band, Iona, Sheila and Carol, the VAC Gallery team, Aladdin Panto at the Grange, Northwich Rotary and all the local businesses who supported the event.

Photographs courtesy of Alan Carr, Louise Sherratt and Northwich Guardian.

Read Northwich Guardian article here.

Update: Thursday 5 December - high winds break the Christmas Star, but soon fixed by Town Council.