Looking for something to do? We run an eclectic and exciting events and exhibitions programme aimed at both families and adult visitors. It ranges from crafts and performances to dog shows and road races.
Our new exhibition at Port Sunlight Museum explores how William Lever made his soap company into a household name and worldwide brand. You’ll be able to discover the innovative approach Lever took with advertisements, selling an aspiration rather than just focussing on the product itself, and we tell the stories of some of the company’s most famous publicity campaigns. A display of children’s novelty gifts demonstrates how Lever Brothers encouraged brand loyalty from a young age, and maps and product samples explore how the company organised their travelling salesmen. You can also find out how Port Sunlight itself was tied into the brand image through local scenes appearing on packaging, railway posters, newspaper adverts and company guides taking visitors around the village. This is a very colourful exhibition with nostalgic displays of vintage packaging and a recreated grocers shop.
Wednesday 30th May – The Greatest Show is Port Sunlight! – Family craft activities taking inspiration from our latest special exhibition ‘Selling Sunlight’ which showcases Lever’s pioneering approach to advertising. Amongst the artefacts on display is a cardboard circus for children which was used to advertise Sunlight Soap. We invite you to drop into the Old School Room at the Lyceum, Bridge Street, CH62 4UJ any time between 10.30 – 3pm to design your own circus and follow a soap circus trail around the Dell. Cost £2.50 per child. Please allow around an hour for activities.
Sunday 17th June 2018 – Port Sunlight Road Race – The return of the 10k & 5k races and children’s 1k fun run through the beautiful streets and boulevards of our garden village.
Friday 17th August 2018 – The Princess and the Giant – Folksy Theatre return to Port Sunlight for another of their wonderful children’s shows. Outdoor theatre in the Dell. More details and ticket information available from March 2018.
Thursday 30th August 2018 – Love’s Labours Lost – The wonderful Folksy Theatre bring their latest production of a Shakespeare favourite to Port Sunlight, performing it in the Dell, on the spot where Victorian villagers enjoyed outdoor theatre and only yards away from where a replica of Shakespeare’s birthplace once stood! More details and ticket infomation available from March 2018.