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Port Sunlight Village Trust toast ‘special’ 2013 year

2014 is a pivotal year for Wirral maintains Chief Executive

Members of the Port Sunlight Village Trust have been toasting a special year following the area’s 125th celebrations and have also just revealed that 2013’s hugely successful Port Sunlight Village 10k/5k Road Race will be held again next year on Sunday 11th May 2014.

The event is expected to attract even more enthusiasts in spite of 2013’s record participation. That’s the belief of Lionel Bolland, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust who jointly organises the event with BTR Events, which oversaw this year’s race along with the recent headline-grabbing Liverpool Santa Dash.

Mr Bolland said: “2013 was a bumper year for entries into the 10k and 5k races. The family atmosphere on the day was the perfect warm up for our Festival that took place later in the year and we knew from fellow organisers BTR Events that a race in 2014 would create even greater demand and we’re already seeing that.”

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He added: “We’re releasing this news on the back of what’s been a special year for the Village and the Trust overall. It’s been 12 months of celebration for us in many ways. In February, Port Sunlight Museum completed a major refurbishment of the gift shop, new visitor signage, the creation of a special exhibitions gallery and improvements to the permanent exhibitions, enabling us to tell more of the Port Sunlight story.

“We experienced record attendances at our two day Festival in September. We’ve also held many well-attended events through 2013 and we’ll be finishing the year by further improving the visitor experience by lovingly refurbishing our tearooms supported by Unilever’s PG tips. They reopen on Saturday 28th December in readiness for another bumper year of activity. In addition, 2014 could be a pivotal year for Wirral with the Open and the IFB (International Festival for Business) looking set to have a major, positive impact on Port Sunlight. We’re really excited about the prospective strength of the Tourism Economy in Wirral in2014.”

 Background Information:

Port Sunlight Museum lies at the heart of this garden village and is an ideal place to start your visit. Visitors to the Museum will:

  • Meet the village’s creator ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever and discover his vision for the village and its residents
  • Find out about the architects who designed the houses, principal building and landscapes, and what influenced them
  • Experience what it was like to live and work here during the Edwardian and Victorian periods
  • Encounter character’s from the village’s past
  • Discover Lever’s flair for advertising
  • Understand the terrible loss and sacrifice experienced by the village during the First World War.

Located in the original Girl’s Club building on King George’s Drive, Port Sunlight Museum opened its doors to the public in August 2006 replacing the long-serving Heritage Centre on Greendale Road.

The new Museum has exhibits for all types of visitor, including a special exhibition on Lady Lever, new for 2013. You can use state-of-the-art audio-visuals and interactives, a model of the village and a typical Port Sunlight house plus you will find historical items from the village’s past. It also has a well-stocked gift shop offering a wide selection of items for residents and general visitors at good prices, from pottery, linen and stationery depicting views of the village, to our very popular range of soaps – Sunlight, Lifebuoy and Pears to name but a few.

The Museum welcomes a large number of group visits each year, from U3A and NADFAS, to Probus and the National Trust. We have a variety of package deals specifically designed for group visitors, which include entry to Port Sunlight Museum and guided tours of the village.

‘tea at the museum’ is open daily and set in a contemporary style with seating for up to 40, ideal for coach groups visiting the museum. From tasty sandwiches to delicious cakes and pastries, this is an ideal place to enjoy

To find out more, contact the Visitor Services Team

Call: 0151 644 6466

Opening times

Every day: 10.00am – 5.00pm*
Except for 25 and 26 December and 1 January, when we will be closed. Please be advised that the museum normally closes from 12 noon on 24 December.

Admission
Adult: £3.75 Concessions: £3.00 Child (aged 5-16): £2.00 Group of 10+: £2.50 per person

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