Christmas Opening Hours

Port Sunlight Museum, Gift Shop and Tea Room

Open Daily 10am-5pm.
Closed from 1pm on Christmas Eve and all day Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Port Sunlight Village Trust Office

Closed from 5pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and re-opens Wednesday 2nd January 2019.
During this period, PSVT tenants requiring emergency repairs should contact Orbison 0151 357 7808.

Bridge Cottage Community Hub

Closed from 4pm on Thursday 20th December 2018 and re-opens Monday 7th January 2019.
*Opens on Saturday 22nd December for a ‘Community Get Together’ from 11am-3pm.

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Port Sunlight gets Green Flag award!

Port Sunlight Village Trust are delighted to have achieved the prestigious Green Flag award in 2018.

The Green Flag Award scheme recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.

Residents and visitors to Port Sunlight undoubtedly value many of the purposes and aims of Green Flag, including :

  • To ensure that everybody has access to quality green and other open spaces, irrespective of where they live.
  • To ensure that these spaces are appropriately managed and meet the needs of the communities that they serve.
  • To establish standards of good management.
  • To promote and share good practice amongst the green space sector.
  • To recognise and reward the hard work of managers, staff and volunteers

For further information: Port Sunlight Green Flag Award 

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Port Sunlight at RHS Tatton Flower Show

Port Sunlight Village Trust is delighted to be exhibiting at the 20th RHS Tatton Flower Show.

Our garden, named ‘130 years of Port Sunlight, The Garden Village’ celebrates the 130th anniversary of Port Sunlight and the remarkable vision of its founder, William Lever.

We are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in our first ever Back to Back garden.

The informal and formal sections of the garden represent the importance Lever placed on health and wellbeing. He promoted exercise, healthy eating and fresh air by providing recreation facilities, allotments and open spaces for his workers.

The water feature reminds us of the role water played in shaping the layout of the village and in providing essential transport links which enabled Lever Brothers to make and supply products worldwide.

Original village cobblestones create a very real link to the past and a nod to the Arts and Crafts Movement – one of several artistic movements present in Port Sunlight which make the village so unique.

Come and see the garden at stand no. 323 between the 18th – 22nd July 2018!

We would like to thank our RHS Tatton garden sponsors and donors for their invaluable support.


Clive McWilliam, Landscape Architect & Illustrator


Stiwdio Owens Landscape Architecture


Adams Construction (Wirral) LTD

Argyle Electrical (NorthWest) Limited

Cullimore Dutton Solicitors Limited

Custodian Guards

D G Contractor

Discount Carpet Centre

Duncan Sheard Glass Chartered Accountants

Grab & Shift Ltd

J W Joinery

McAdam Roofing Ltd

MSH Painting & Decorating Contractor Limited


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Port Sunlight Week

Join us for a week of special events and exhibitions to celebrate 130 years since the founding of Port Sunlight village, including ‘Portraits of Port Sunlight’ a special exhibition that documents modern life in the village through a series of insightful and intimate portraits of Port Sunlight residents at home.

3rd March

Craft Club textile making workshop from 1pm – 4pm (10 people max), at Bridge Cottage

Port Sunlight Hand Bell Ringers performing from 2pm. All are welcome, at the Lyceum

‘Love Port Sunlight’ badge making workshop from 1pm-4pm. Drop in workshop, all are welcome, at the Lyceum

4th March

‘Made in Port Sunlight event’. Village artists share the work they have created at Bridge Cottage. Opportunity to purchase work from 11am – 4pm

Lyceum Brass Band performing from 1pm – 2.30pm. All are welcome, in the Lyceum

5th March

Port Sunlight String Quartet performance at 7pm (will play for 45 mins – places for 25 people available, pre-booking required, see below) at Bridge Cottage

Meet the Sunlight Stitchers, from 2pm – 4pm at the Lyceum

6th March

Meet the Craft Club, from 2pm – 4pm at the Lyceum

Conference: Beautiful places, happy communities? From 10am – 4pm at the Leverhulme Hotel

7th March

Port Sunlight Quiz, from 7pm in the Old School Room at the Lyceum.  A fun evening based around the story, landscape and buildings of the village with prizes too!  Bring your own refreshments if you wish.   Places for 50 people, booking required, see below.

8th March

Lecture: Unilever – A History of Empowered Women, presented by Ruth Loughrey, from Unilever Archives, 6.30pm at Bridge Cottage.  Places for 30 people, booking required, see below.

Meet the Lady Lever Artists, from 10am – 12.30pm at Bridge Cottage

Portraits of Port Sunlight

This special exhibition […]

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Port Sunlight singled out by Historic England for its impact on the country and the wider world

Port Sunlight village has secured a place on Historic England’s prestigious campaign Irreplaceable – a History of England in 100 Places.

The campaign aims to create, with the public’s help, a list of 100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world.

The campaign is divided into ten different categories including Homes and Gardens, Science and Discovery and Faith and Belief, which are all judged by an expert, from Mary Beard to Professor Robert Winston.

Port Sunlight was nominated by the public in Historic England’s Homes and Gardens category.

The Wirral village was included in the shortlist provided to expert judge, architect, TV presenter, lecturer and writer George Clark who then selected it to be one of the final ten places in his category.

All ten places picked by George will be explored in new episodes of Historic England’s recently launched podcast series.

Historic England says the sites chosen are ‘hotbeds of invention and creativity.’ With a spread across the country, they have helped shape both our nation and the world beyond.

Paul Harris, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust, said: “To be included in Historic England’s History of England in 100 Places is a tremendous honour as it recognises the important role Port Sunlight has played in the social, culture and architectural shaping of our nation and the wider world.

“It is also testament to the people past and present who have worked hard to maintain the delicate balance between preserving the rich heritage of the village and making it a great place to visit, while ensuring it continues to be a vibrant place in which to live.”

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said: “The history of our homes […]

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Discover what’s in Unilever’s Archives

Discover what’s in Unilever’s Archives.

On Thursday 30th November at 6pm, the team from Unilever Archives and Record Management will be sharing some of the fascinating stories from their collection.  The Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum will host a special exhibition, plus displays of intriguing artefacts and documents, informal presentations and film shows.  If you’ve ever wondered what was held in the archives, here is the perfect time to meet the experts and find out.

The event is free and we are grateful to our partners at Unilever Archives for sharing their work.

The Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum is on the corner of Park Road and Bridge Street, Port Sunlight, CH62 4UJ.

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Temporary Road Closures

Temporary Road Closures 31st October and 1st November 2017

There will be road closures in place on Bolton Road, Park Road, Bridge Street and Cross Street on Tuesday and Wednesday due to filming in the village.  A diversion will be in place to enable traffic to flow through the village.

We are very grateful to residents for their help and support in making this sort of activity possible. Using the village as a filming location represents a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of Port Sunlight in a way that we couldn’t ordinarily achieve. The cast and crew have gone to great length to minimise the impact of the filming and have been incredibly respectful of our unique heritage.  The film company have been very struck by the special nature of the place and the warm welcome they have received from residents.

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Port Sunlight on the Eve of the War

Port Sunlight on the Eve of the War

Thursday 9th November, 7.30pm in the Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum

This special presentation for Remembrance Week will explore the developments and optimism in the village and the life left behind by the men who marched away.  The talk will feature lots of images of Port Sunlight from that era, along with stories of Lever Brother’s business at that time and tales of some of the men who were to go off to war.

Doors open 7pm, talk begins 7.30pm.  Tickets £6, available from Port Sunlight Museum, or on the door on the night.

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Open Village

Open Village

Our popular Open Village event returns on Sunday 10th September as part of Wirral History and Heritage Open Days  and we’re celebrating the rich heritage and creative talent of Port Sunlight with over a dozen fascinating buildings open free of charge.  Among those taking part is the Gladstone Theatre, which will be offering tours telling the stories of the building, the Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum will host the popular Handmade Fair with the very best in contemporary craft and design, and at Lever House visitors will be able to discover the work of Unilever Archives.  Our Worker’s Cottage at 22 King George’s Drive will be brought to life with Edwardian living history and Tame Valley Vintage & Classic Car Group will display their vehicles on the green beside the museum.  Several residents are opening their homes to give visitors a chance to explore the historic cottages.

Most buildings will be open 11am-4pm, a few have slightly shorter opening hours.  A full list and location map of all participating properties will be available on the day from Port Sunlight Museum, open from 10am.  This will be a perfect way to explore the village and discover something new!

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The Piper’s Tale

The Piper’s Tale

Wednesday 11th October 2017, 7.30pm, The Old Schoolroom at the Lyceum, Bridge Street, Port Sunlight, CH62 4UJ

As part of Wirral Arts Festival, we have a special evening combining music, storytelling and folklore, exploring the role of the English bagpiper along with some local links to bagpipes through history, from medieval carvings to piping in Port Sunlight.

The bagpiper strolls through the folk tales of Europe, sometimes the wise fool, other times a trickster or prisoner of the underworld.  The collected tales of many years are shared, along with tunes on various bagpipes to awaken the legend.

Tickets – £6 on the door.

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