Northwich Tourist Attractions

A selection of thirteen tourist and visitor attractions in and around Northwich, plus local listed buildings of interest,
and other attractions in the region.

DAN Northwich Heritage Tour here.

1. Anderton Boat Lift

The Anderton Boat Lift is a two caisson lift lock near the village of Anderton, Northwich. It provides a 50-foot (15.2 m) vertical link between two navigable waterways: the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. The structure is designated as a Scheduled Monument, and is included in the National Heritage List for England. Built in 1875, the boat lift was in use for over 100 years until it was closed due to corrosion in 1983. Restoration started in 2001 and the boat lift was re-opened in 2002. The lift and associated visitor centre and exhibition are operated by the Canal & River Trust. It is one of only two working boat lifts in the United Kingdom; the other is the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland.

Click here for the Boat Lift Website

Visitor Leaflet pdf here.

Mr Clark's History of the Lift Booklet here.

2. Arley Hall and Gardens

Arley Hall is a country house in the village of Arley, and 5 miles (8 km) north of Northwich. It is home to the owner, Viscount Ashbrook and his family. The house is a Grade II* listed building, as is its adjacent chapel. Formal gardens to the southwest of the hall are also listed at Grade II* on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. In the grounds are more listed buildings, a cruck barn being listed as Grade I, and the other buildings as Grade II. The hall was built for Rowland Egerton-Warburton between 1832 and 1845, to replace an earlier house on the site. Local architect George Latham designed the house in a style which has become known as Jacobethan, copying elements of Elizabethan architecture. A Gothic Revival chapel designed by Anthony Salvin was subsequently built next to the hall. By the mid-20th century parts of the house were in poor condition and were demolished, to be replaced by five private homes in a matching architectural style. The present gardens were created in the 1830s, and were developed during the 20th century.

Click here for the Arley Hall Website.

Arley Hall pdf here.     Garden Map here.

Arley Hall Archives Website here.

3. Blakemere Village & Craft Centre

Blakemere Hall and its stable block were built in 1878. King Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, often visited and apparently enjoyed notoriously wild parties here, according to local joiners who repaired the furniture! The premises were commandeered during WWII and became home to Polish refugees and British troops and in the 1950’s the Hall was demolished so that only the stables and the Blakemere name remains. The Gerrard family farmed at Blakemere until 1994, when they converted the buildings into the retail and leisure outlets you visit today. Blakemere is extremely proud of its boutique shops and the variety of unique ‘on trend’ and stylish products available, all set in and around our beautiful Edwardian stable block. The Gerrard family still own and run the business to this day.

 Click here for the Blakemere Craft Centre Website.

Also home of Cheshire Falconry - Website here.

4. Davenport's Tea Room and Shop

Davenport's Tea Room as featured on BBC Breakfast TV, won the prestigious Tea Guild's Top Tea Place 2013 and so may be considered as the best Afternoon Tea in Cheshire. The tea room is styled on a quaint old English Tea Room with antique lace table cloths and bone china tea services and is themed around Alice in Wonderland with hand-painted murals and memorabilia.

 Click here for Daveport's Tea Room Website.

Afternoon Tea Menu - pdf here.

5. Dock Road Pumping Station

Dock Road Edwardian Pumping Station is a sewage pumping station in Northwich. The first sewers laid in the town discharged into the River Weaver, causing widespread pollution and providing no defence against disease. The Wallerscote Sewage Works was opened in 1902 and was successful in improving the conditions within the area it served. However there were large parts of the town that was too low-lying for sewage to flow to Wallerscote. To solve the problem, Northwich Urban District Council built the pumping station next to the River Weaver at Dock Road in 1913. The station intercepted sewage before it entered the river and pumped it across the river to the top of Castle Hill and onwards to the Wallerscote Works. The pumping station was in use for over 60 years and is now maintained by United Utilities as a monument that is open to the public. The station was equipped with two single-cylinder Crossley 'N'-type gas-fired engines and two Haywood Tyler triplex lift and force pumps, capable of pumping 9,600 gallons per hour.

Click here for the Pumping Station Website.

YouTube Video here.

6. Griffiths Park Nature Reserve

A 16 hectare site in Rudheath, Griffith's Park was originally farmland producing milk for Cheshire Cheese, before being a source of boulder clay for brick making, and finally a site for Brunner Mond to dump waste from their chemical factories. It has been turned into a wildlife reserve, and contains several sculptures.

Information Sheet A - pdf here.

Information Sheet B - pdf here.

More information on Griffiths Park here.

7. Lion Salt Works

John Thompson Junior, a member of a family that had been making salt probably since the 18th century, started the Lion Salt Works when he built a salt pan in the coal yard of the Red Lion Hotel, Marston, in 1894. During the 20th century more efficient methods of extracting and refining salt were developed, and by 1960 the works was the only business continuing to use the open pan process in the country. The business closed down in 1986 when the West African markets, the major purchaser of natural salt, were lost because of the Nigerian Civil War.

The Lion Salt Works is now open following a £10m 4-year restoration.

Click here for the Lion Salt Works Website.

Restoration presentation pdf here.

8. Marshall's Arm Nature Reserve

With woodlands, meadows and the River Weaver, Marshall’s Arm is the perfect location for an afternoon of exploring the local wildlife. It was designated a Local Nature Reserve in 1998, for wildlife and people. The arm refers to the arm of the river that is in the reserve - the old meanders of the river before it was straightened for the movement of salt in 1700’s. The Marshall family owned the Hartford Manor estate from the 1700’s to the early 1900’s - hence Marshall’s Arm. Walk through the three fingers of woodland and in spring see a magnificent carpet of Bluebells, with Wild Garlic also prominent, dotted with Wood anemone and Lesser celandine. Three species of woodpecker make their home in the woods - listen out for the ‘drumming’ sound, as they search for food.

Click here for Marshall's Arm Website.

9. Northwich Woodlands
including Anderton Country Park, Marbury Country Park, Furey Wood, Carey Park, Ashton and Neumann's Flashes.

Northwich Woodlands is an area of 373 hectares of publicly accessible countryside to the north of Northwich. Much of the land was formerly industrial and used for mining salt and manufacturing chemicals. The extraction of salt caused subsidence leading to the formation of pools known as flashes. The land became derelict during the 20th century as the salt industry collapsed. Much of the area has now been reclaimed for the purposes of conservation and recreation and forms part of the Mersey Forest initiative.

Northwich Woodlands Website here.

Wildlife Explorer - download pdf here.

Explorer Map - download pdf here.

Heritage Guide - download pdf here.

Walk the Weaver Way (Frodsham to Winsford) - pdf here.

Sandstone Trail pdf here.

Saltscape Publications here.

10. Stockley Farm Park

Stockley Farm Park specialises in 'hands-on' experiences for all the family, ranging from bottle feeding the baby goats and lambs to grooming the ponies, going on wildlife safaris and cuddling the rabbits and guinea pigs in Pets' Corner. As we are an organic working farm, farming both dairy cattle and arable crops, visitors also have the opportunity to discover where their food comes from, through experiences such as milking parlour demonstrations and planting activities.

Click here for Stockley Farm Park Website.

Incorporates Stockley Farm Birds of Prey Centre - Website.

11. Vale Royal Falconry Centre

Vale Royal Falconry Centre based at Acton Bridge, Northwich, is run by experienced and dedicated professional falconers Phil & Nanette who have a passion for birds of prey, conservation and education. Their passion is ‘educating people about British Birds of Prey, their habitats, and providing a greater insight into the ancient art of falconry’. They offer a personal and friendly service and will tailor bird of prey experiences, training or display for your event to suit your personal needs and requirements. You can also experience a family of Meerkats.

Click here for Vale Royal Falconry Website.

12. Vickersway Park

Northwich's Jewel in the Crown. There are many facilities in Vickersway Park which include Tennis, Crown Green Bowling, Crazy Golf, Children’s Playground and a Bird Aviary, together with a small shop which sells ice cream, cakes, cookies, drinks and confectionery. Also since Summer 2013, an outdoor gym has been installed. Northwich Town Council also maintain Verdin Park.

Click here for the Vickersway Park Website.

Redevelopment Plans for Verdin Park and Vickersway Park.

13. Weaver Hall Museum

The Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse records the social, cultural and industrial history of west Cheshire. It was formerly known as the Salt Museum, reflecting its earlier focus on the history of salt extraction, a local industry dating back to Roman times. The museum was renamed Weaver Hall Museum in 2010 as its remit now extends to cover the broader history of the area and also the history of the building itself as a former workhouse. The museum is located in the old Northwich Union workhouse, dating from 1839.

Click here for the Weaver Hall Museum Website.

Click here for the Friends of Weaver Hall Museum Website.

Click here for What's On at Weaver Hall.

Listed Buildings

Winnington Hall
Brunner Public Library
Penny Black Pub
Moore & Brock Warehouse (burnt down May 2006, then demolished)
Northwich Town Swing  Bridge
St Helen's Church
The Plaza Cinema

 Listed Building in Northwich here (Wikipaedia).

Listed Building in Northwich here (English Heritage).

Includes Grade 1 Winnington Hall, statues, churches, houses and cottages, mileposts, cinema, college, social club, pub and library.

Winnington Bridge - Site of the Last Battle of the English Civil War - 19 August 1659
Northwich Heritage Society Town Trail here.

Northwich Wikipedia entry here.

Click here to view/download the pdf of the Roman Northwich Booklet

Click here to view/download the Roman Trail Guide Leaflet.

Cheshire Historic Towns Survey
Northwich Archaeological Assessment here.

Revealing Cheshire's Past pdf here.

Nearby Attractions

Tatton Park Mansion and Gardens
Chester Cathedral/Walls/The Rows/Zoo
Cuckoo Clock Museum
Tabley Hall
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Dunham Massey House and Gardens
Crewe Railway Heritage Centre
National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port
Warrington Museum and Art Gallery
Castle Park Arts Centre
Catalyst Museum
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker
Chester Grosvenor Museum and Art Gallery
Norton Priory Museum and Gardens
Beeston Castle
Peckforton Castle
Cheshire Candle Factory
Great Budworth Ice Cream Farm
Nantwich Town Museum
 Delamere Forest/Go Ape Adventure Playground
Mid Cheshire Society of Model Engineers Miniature Railway

Visit Cheshire Website here.

Visit England's North West Website here.

 Website here.
Brochure here.
Map here

Discover Cheshire app here or Google Play Store here.

Please check with the venues for up-to-date opening times and prices before visiting any of the attractions.

 Inclusion does not represent endorsement by DAN Community Ltd. 

Pedal Power - Sunday 11 May

The Pedal Power campaign is delighted to announce that a cycling festival will be held in Northwich town centre this year.

Since the Guardian launched its campaign, back in November 2012, one of our aims was to bring an event to town to celebrate cycling and give readers a chance to get involved.

We have been busily working behind the scenes and can now reveal that the inaugural Pedal Power Festival will be held on Sunday 11 May.

Pedal Power Ambassador Guy Rands, from the organising committee, said: “For me it’s about getting different people of all ages and abilities enjoying being out on their bikes, seeing what Northwich has to offer and enjoying everyone’s company.

“We want people to come away from the event saying they’ve had a really nice day, done a bit of cycling, had a bit of food, enjoyed a bit of music, met up with people and hopefully stayed reasonably dry.

“It’s also about giving people time to get their bikes out of the garage, get punctures repaired, chains oiled, brakes fixed and dust it down ready for a summer of cycling.”

The Guardian has been working with a host of people and organisations to put on the festival, including Guy, from Concept X, Northwich Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, The Joshua Tree, town centre traders, Amplify Youth Music Project, Development of the Arts in Northwich (DAN), Cheshire Police, Weaver Valley Cycling Club, British Cycling’s Breeze network and Roberts Bakery, to name but a few.

The day itself will start with an accessible five-mile bike ride from Brunner Court, making its way along closed roads to the traffic free Northwich Community Woodlands.

Interactive Map - Click top right corner to enlarge to full screen.
Click on the icons for more information.

This ride, which is suitable for all bikes and abilities, will take place between 10am and noon, when roads will re-open.

All entrants will receive a goodie bag.

Clr Bob Robinson, Northwich town mayor, said: “In the current climate where we’re all doing less and less exercise it’s most important that everyone who is able to gets involved.

“Five miles is a doddle, it’s cycling from Northwich to Moulton and back.

“You don’t need a £1,000 bike either, all you need is a safe machine and make use of it.

“Cycling can do nothing but help towards fitness, safety and reducing congestion, and it’s great for friendship too.”

A festival village complete with cycling related stalls, displays and activities, as well as entertainment and refreshments, will take place in the town centre throughout the day.

Led rides will also be held during the afternoon for cyclists who want to try a longer distance.

There will be a low entry fee for the morning ride and a proportion of this will be given to Northwich children’s charity The Joshua Tree.

Chris Shaw, Northwich Town Council clerk, said: “It’s going to be a fantastic weekend for Northwich because there’s the artisan market on the Saturday and the Pedal Power Festival on the Sunday.

“Cycling is really popular and there are so many people getting involved or who are keen to get involved in the festival.

“I think Northwich is a great community and it’s all going to come together.

“It’s a really good time for Northwich.”

Click here to enter online.

Article reproduced courtesy of Northwich Guardian.

Northwich Community Woodlands

Wildlife Explorer - download pdf here.

Explorer Map - download pdf here.

Heritage Guide - download pdf here.

Heritage Cycle Trail - Anderton Boat Lift to Weaver Hall - pdf here.

Cycling Routes in Cheshire - Website here.

Discover Cheshire - Cycling Routes Website here.

Northwich LitFest

Monday 2 June
Elizabeth Williams
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free - SOLD OUT
Book Tickets Online Here

Northwich LitFest gets off to a great start this year. After she filled the venue to absolute capacity last year and had us all completely captivated with her talk about Elizabeth Gaskell - we have the wonderful Elizabeth Williams returning to be our opening speaker! Elizabeth’s talk this year will be about the life and works of Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte and promises to be fascinating. Elizabeth is hugely popular, and a highly knowledgeable speaker, so advance booking is strongly advised.

Jane Austen at the British Library here.         Jane Austen Society here.

Charlotte Bronte at the British Library here.   Bronte Society here.

Wednesday 4 June
Angela Topping and Guests
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

A wonderfully entertaining evening of poetry and music, as locally based and internationally known poet Angela Topping and her brilliant guests read their works. There will also be an opportunity for open floor readers during the course of the evening. Guests are to include Tonia Bevins, David Costello, Jan Dean and Edwin Stockdale, with music courtesy of John & Ailsa Booth. Café Terrazzo is a change of venue for the poetry event this year. All will be made very welcome - do come and enjoy!

Angela Topping website here.   John and Ailsa Booth website here.


Saturday 7 June
Writing the Archers
Nawal Gadalla and Carole Solazzo
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

BBC Radio 4’s The Archers is a firm favourite with so many people. Although you don’t have to be an Archer’s fan to enjoy this event, as it will be a highly enjoyable evening for all. It will nevertheless give us a fascinating behind the scenes insight into scripting this national treasure. Between them, Carole Simpson Solazzo and Nawal Gadalla have written almost 900 episodes of the world’s longest running drama. The evening will include a head to head Archers trivia quiz for two brave audience members, plenty of time for questions from all, some gossip... and a few surprises!

Check out The Archers Master Quiz on the BBC Website here.

Do you know who the major characters are played by? Find out here.

Monday 9 June
Roy David
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Best-selling non-fiction author Roy David’s novel, 'An Enemy Within', is a fast-paced gripping thriller that raises political and ethical issues surrounding war. Julian Assange, who read it during his asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy says, ‘This is a wonderful subversive thriller that gets the reader to confront hard truths about the American misadventure in Iraq and the power of its propaganda.’ Find out why the author chose such a controversial subject for this exciting fiction debut.

Wednesday 11 June
Julia Baird
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

We are absolutely delighted to welcome a very special guest to Northwich LitFest this year. After years of hearing so-called experts talking about her brother, the legendary John Lennon, Julia felt compelled to tell it how it was. She wrote her book, Imagine This, in an attempt to distinguish fantasy from reality and to establish an historic record for John, for herself, for her sister... and for their mother, Julia.

Copies of Julia’s book, a CD "Paul Talks" (Julia’s interview with Paul McCartney), as well as a Cavern Club Wall Poster will all be available for purchase at the end of the evening. Early booking is strongly advised for this event to avoid disappointment.

Julia Baird's website here.

The Beatles played at Northwich Memorial Hall on five occasions, and crowned the Carnival Queen in 1963. The 2009 film Nowhere Boy, on the early life of John Lennon, was partly based on Julia's book. Click here for details of the film and watch the trailer below. Did you know that Sam Bell from Winsford played George Harrison (left) in the film!

Friday 13 June
Will Butters
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Expect the unexpected from our local treasure, writer and playwright Billy Nomates (aka Will Butters). Although one thing you can expect is an evening of fun and laughter as Will regales us with his stories and his quirky look at life. And another thing you can expect is, that despite the fact that he is often known as Billy Nomates, he will have some mates with him to read for him.

Monday 16 June
Self Publishing Works!
Cafe Terrazzo - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Come and meet some great authors who’ve done it all themselves: Debbie Bennett, Jan Ruth, Conrad Jones & Simon Gould. Find out what inspires them and hear about their publishing journey. Feel free to ask questions! Browse their selection of books - from crime and thrillers, to contemporary romance. From the mountains of Snowdonia to the city of Liverpool, these authors not only champion their local areas but have produced quality fiction, hitting best-selling categories across Amazon.

Self Publishing website Blurb (other websites available).

Tuesday 17 June
An Evening with John Betjeman
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

Sir John Betjeman CBE (28 August 1906 - 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.

He was a founding member of the Victorian Society and a passionate defender of Victorian architecture. He is considered instrumental in helping to save St Pancras railway station, and was commemorated with a statue when it became an international terminus for Eurostar in November 2007. He called the plan to demolish St Pancras a "criminal folly".

Starting his career as a journalist, he ended it as one of the most popular British Poets Laureate and a much-loved figure on British television. In 1958 his collected works were published and sold over 2 million copies.

It is 1933, six friends meet up for a dinner party and bring their own set and musicians with them! They are all ardent fans of JB. Each has their favourite poem, reflecting the desires and mores of between war years society. ‘How to Get on in Society’, ‘The Cockney Amorist’, ‘A Subaltern’s Love Song' (his ode to Miss Joan Hunter-Dunne) and the risqué ‘Indoor Games at Newbury’.

Mike & Maureen Melville host the evening with musicians John & Ailsa Booth.

John Betjeman website here.

How To Get On In Society by John Betjeman (1958)

Phone for the fish knives, Norman
As cook is a little unnerved;
You kiddies have crumpled the serviettes
And I must have things daintily served.

Are the requisites all in the toilet?
The frills round the cutlets can wait
Till the girl has replenished the cruets
And switched on the logs in the grate.

It's ever so close in the lounge dear,
But the vestibule's comfy for tea
And Howard is riding on horseback
So do come and take some with me

Now here is a fork for your pastries
And do use the couch for your feet;
I know that I wanted to ask you -
Is trifle sufficient for sweet?

Milk and then just as it comes dear?
I'm afraid the preserve's full of stones;
Beg pardon, I'm soiling the doileys
With afternoon tea-cakes and scones.

Friday 20 June
Lizzie Enfield and Ian Williams
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

The Bad Doctor & The Bad Patient - Two very different writers dealing with matters of life and death and everything in between; anxiety and acceptance, regrets and wrong decisions, fear, friendship, love and loss… cycling, music and the difficulties of being a proper grown up!

Ian Williams is a physician and comic artist, whose graphic novel, 'The Bad Doctor', explores the darker side of medicine, revealing the harsh realities of human interaction and behaviour during times of stress and fear.

Lizzie Enfield is a journalist and writer whose prose novel, 'Living With It', examines the far-reaching consequences of the MMR controversy through the personal upheaval and emotional turmoil it causes two contemporary families.

Together they will discuss the crossovers between medicine and fiction, the responsibilities of writers and doctors towards their patients and subject matters, the use of medical conditions for plot and ethical dilemmas as focus for moral debate.

The prognosis for this event is good. And..., apparently, both authors drink a lot of tea!

Lizzie Enfield's website here and more information on Ian Williams here.

Monday 23 June
Myriad Edition Publishers
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

How To Publish Your Novel - An event which promises to be hugely entertaining as well as highly informative. A representative from Myriad Editions Publishers, together with two authors who have been published by Myriad, discuss how to get published. Making a welcome return to Northwich to host this event (in addition to one on 25th June) is the doyenne of the literary interview - Laura Lockington.

Joining Laura will be:-
Eleanor Crawforth - Marketing Manager at Myriad Editions Publishers.
Nina de la Mer - Author of '4am' and the critically acclaimed 'Layla'.
Hannah Vincent - Already a successful playwright, Hannah’s first novel, 'Alarm Girl', was shortlisted for the 2013 Hookline Novel Competition.

Myriad Editions website here.

Wednesday 25 June
Julia Crouch and Erin Kelly
in conversation with Laura Lockington
Davenham Theatre - 7.30pm - £5.00
Book Tickets Online Here

Dark & Stormy - An Evening of Crime sounds an intriguing event, to say the least! This evening Laura will be talking to two hugely successful authors. Both are writers of crime and psychological thrillers. And with Laura Lockington in the chair anything is possible!

Julia Crouch - Author of the widely acclaimed first novel, 'Cuckoo', which for Julia, resulted in a three book deal with Headline and deals around the world. 'Cuckoo' was followed by 'Every Vow You Break', 'Tarnished' and most recently, 'The Long Fall' - which is about a terrible thing that happened on a Greek island in 1980.

Erin Kelly - Author of 'The Poison Tree', 'The Sick Rose' and 'The Burning Air' and her latest book, 'The Ties that Bind'. 'The Poison Tree' was a Richard & Judy Summer Read and became a major ITV drama. Erin has also co-written, with screenwriter Chris Chibnall, 'Broadchurch: The Novel' which will be out in August, ahead of the next TV series.

Julia Crouch website here and Erin Kelly website here.

Thursday 26 June
Ian McFadyen
Sandiway Library - 7.30pm - Free
Book Tickets Online Here

Author of the Inspector Carmichael series of crime/cosy mystery stories, Ian McFadyen is a writer who lives in Hertfordshire. He has four published novels - 'Little White Lies', 'Lillia’s Diary', 'Frozen To Death' and 'Deadly Secrets', all of which are based in Lancashire, where he spent his childhood. Come and listen to Ian talk about his writing and hear him read from his latest book, 'Deadly Secrets', in this new venue for Northwich LitFest!

Ian McFadyen website here.

Saturday 28 June
Larkin’ About - Written and directed by Sue Wilson
with Sunny Ormonde and John Telfer 
with Matt Platt & Ilone Antonius-Jones
Davenham Theatre - 8.00pm - £10.00
Book Tickets Online Here

Sunny Ormonde (Lilian Bellamy in The Archers), John Telfer (Ambridge’s Vicar Alan Franks) and The Antonius Players Ilone Antonius Jones (flute) and Matt Platt (piano) explore the fascinating world of Philip Larkin through his wit, words, women and music. Although primarily known for his poems, Larkin also wrote humorous criticisms about his fond love of Jazz.

In this engaging evening, The Antonius Players join forces with members of BBC Radio 4’s Archers cast and weave together several aspects of Larkin’s work, taking a fond look at his life and his loves.

Directed by Sue Wilson, who spent thirteen years at the BBC as Senior Drama Producer, directing well-over 250 plays and writing extensively for Radio 3 and 4. Sue loves to bring words and music together.

Advance booking strongly advised.

Meet The Antonius Players here.

“Stunningly good! Funny, fascinating and moving… Evocative music adds power to the story.” Windsor Fringe Festival

“Superb acting... Delightful mixture of jazz, song and spoken word … beautifully crafted script … wonderful evening!” Chipping Campden Lit Festival

“One of the best shows we have ever seen... the audience was simply buzzing with delight.” Saffron Walden Festival

“Lyrical Larkin and all that Jazz... intoxicating!” Althorp Literary Festival

“Great fun... Great Jazz... not to be missed.” Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Philip Larkin Society website here.

Click here to hear Philip Larkin read his poem "The Trees".

Cafe Terrazzo
49 High Street, Northwich CW9 5DD

Harlequin Theatre
Queen Street, Northwich CW9 5JN

Davenham Players Theatre
59 Church Street, Davenham, Northwich CW9 8NF

Sandiway Library
Mere Lane, Sandiway, Northwich CW8 2NS

Click on the venue name for a map to the venue.


Click here to view/download the LitFest Brochure.


Online: Click on the links next to each event

Phone: DAN Office on 01606 41597 or Susi on 01606 553433

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Book Sales

Most authors will have their books for sale on the night. Please note sales will be cash only - no cheques or debit cards can be accepted.

Event Photographs

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Julia Baird

Elizabeth Williams

Writing The Archers

Writing The Archers

Julia Baird
Larkin' About with Sunny Ormonde and John Telfer
How to Get Your Novel Published with Myriad Publishers
How to Get Your Novel Published with Myriad Publishers