Events 2014

Port Sunlight Museum, King George's Drive


Easter Activities: Tues 15th, Wed 16th, Thurs 17th April

Easter Nests Family Fun Craft Activities

Fashion an Easter nest for a cute little Easter chick!

1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required, drop in sessions


Good Friday 18th April until  Monday 21st April

Port Sunlight Museum Easter Weekend. Easter Trail

Pick up a trail from Port Sunlight Museum and go off in search of the hidden Easter clues around Port Sunlight Village. (Parental/Guardians assistance required)

11am – 4pm

Tickets £3.00 per child (includes FREE entry into Port Sunlight Museum)

Receive a little Easter gift on completion of trail.


Thursday’s in May

Wirral Walking Festival 2014


Members of the Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village team will be leading four walks as part of the 2014 Wirral Walking Festival.

Choose from over 100 varied walks in May:

History & Heritage

Community Food & Drink

Habitats & Wildlife and Health Walks, there's something for everyone!

To find out about the full programme of walks or to

download the booklet

1st May – The Public Gardens of Port Sunlight

Find out more about the trees, bedding displays and two areas on English Heritage's 'Register of Historic Parks and Gardens of specific historic interest in England' - The Dell and The Diamond.

8th May – Health & Wellbeing in Port Sunlight

Explore the recreational facilities provided by village founder William Hesketh Lever for his workforce, and the importance he placed on health and wellbeing for the body and mind.

15th May – Conserving Port Sunlight’s Heritage

Linked to the 15th anniversary of Port Sunlight Village Trust, this walking tour will explore the village's public buildings and houses focusing on the erosion of the built heritage and the work being done to conserve the village for another 100 years.

22nd May – Port Sunlight’s First Residents

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the first village residents, this walking tour will explore the lives of these early tenants, the houses they lived in and the first phase of the village's development.

Walks start at 2.30pm

Booking essential, 20 max per tour. Tel: 0151 644 6466 or email

Tickets £7.50, includes entry into Port Sunlight Museum

and a hot or cold regular drink in ‘tea’ tea rooms


Sunday 11th May

Port Sunlight 10K, 5K Road Races & Children’s 1K Fun Run

Hosted by BTR Liverpool & Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village

Sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight


Now in its 3rd year, this popular event is growing year on year

Visit BTR Liverpool for full details and how to enter.

Date of issue: 26th February 2014

The race is on as Port Sunlight hosts its third annual 10k – and this year the event is bigger and better!

Following the success of last year’s event, Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village is pleased to announce that entries have opened for the third Port Sunlight Road Race. The race will take place in the historic village of Port Sunlight and is the second in partnership with experienced race organisers BTR, who also organise the popular BTR Liverpool Half Marathon, Santa Dash, and Mersey Tunnel 10k.

The 10k road race will take place on Sunday, 11 May, and the event will also include a 5k race and 1k Fun Run.

This year’s event will also see a unique series of cycle races on the closed streets of the village. The Port Sunlight Wheelers, one of the village’s oldest groups (formed shortly after the Second World War), will officially race for the first time in the village that gave the club its name, and gives spectators a wonderful opportunity to see cycle racing at very close quarters.

Visitors on the day will also be able to enjoy the ‘best bits’ of Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village’s very popular annual Festival, including a live music stage, food, lifestyle and craft exhibitors, children’s rides, and Pillbox Vintage Fairs.   

Lionel Bolland, Chief Executive of Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village, said: “We are thrilled to be staging this event again in 2014 as part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations for the commencement of the building of Port Sunlight village. It's a great way to showcase the village and it attracts a lot of people from outside the North West region.”

BTR Race Director Alan Rothwell enthused: “Port Sunlight is a great place to stage such an event. The wide roads and relatively flat course, combined with the beautiful architecture and formal landscapes, make it an ideal place for all types of runners, from experienced athletes to fun runners.”

Katherine Lynch, Manager of Port Sunlight Museum, commented: “These road races create a unique family atmosphere in the village and I would encourage as many people as possible to come and enjoy them, as a runner, cyclist or spectator.”

The village is delighted to have Unilever’s support through its Project Sunlight campaign, in what is another landmark year for Port Sunlight.

Unilever Port Sunlight Works Director, Andy Hinch, said: "Port Sunlight is the historic home of Unilever and we are proud to support the Village Trust in sponsoring this year’s event. We enjoyed celebrating the 125th anniversary of our factory with residents, employees and visitors last year, and I’m sure this will be another fantastic family occasion.  Unilever’s history is rooted in Port Sunlight and the village has inspired many people over the years, which makes it the ideal name of our Project Sunlight campaign to create a brighter future."

May half-term – Tues 27th & Wed 28th May

Family Fun Activities – Building Bridges

Will your bridge be the best? Using our craft materials practice your building skills and see if your bridge will stay standing!

1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required, drop in sessions


Thursday 12th June

125 Lecture by Gavin Hunter

From Farmland to Factory:

The development of the Port Sunlight Works

Doors open 5.30pm Lecture begins 6.00pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

Tickets £5.00, booking essential


Thursday 17th July

125 Lecture by Michael Shippobottom

Lord Leverhulme and the design of Port Sunlight

Doors open 5.30pm Lecture begins 6.00pm

Hulme Hall, Bolton Road, Port Sunlight.

Current proposals for new garden cities to help solve the housing shortage highlight the continuing influence and relevance of Port Sunlight and its successors and underline the importance of that extraordinary visionary and benefactor, William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme who was the driving force behind the foundation and form of the village.  For he was as passionate about architecture and planning as about business and making soap and the village is the outstanding example of his taste and interests.  The talk will outline the development of the village drawing parallels with his patronage elsewhere.

The speaker is a director of the architectural conservation practice Donald Insall Associates and is joint author of the Guide to Port Sunlight Village and was a contributor to the Royal Academy Lord Leverhulme exhibition.

Tickets £7.50, booking essential


Summer Sundays in Sunlight – Family fun in the village

Sunday 3rd August – Fun Dog Show

Sunday 10th August – Funday Sunday

Sunday 17th August – Sunlight Vintage

11.00am – 4.00pm

FREE entry (Please note, small charges may apply to stalls & rides)

Port Sunlight Village


Taking place each Wednesday in August in Port Sunlight Village

Summer Holiday Family Fun Craft Activities

6th - Knock Knock! – Come in and make a door hanger to hang on your room door at home

13th – Bags of Fun – Personalise a colourful paper bag with lots of craft materials

20th - Sunlight Scrapbooks – Join us in starting your own scrapbook to take home and continue a memory collection

27th – Terrific Trains – Make and decorate a cardboard train to take home

Each drop in session 1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required


Wednesday 13th August

William Shakespeare’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’

Folksy Theatre Open Air production in The Dell

Bring along your picnics, blankets, folding chairs and friends and family to enjoy this wonderful open-air production. Begins at 6.00pm

Tickets available online and from Port Sunlight Museum from 1st April 2014

For more information visit:


Saturday 2nd August – Saturday 31st August

Daily Walking Tours of Port Sunlight


11.30am – ‘Lever and Port Sunlight’

2.30pm – ‘The Domestic Architecture of Port Sunlight’

(Please note* except Wed 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th August. The Tour will be; ‘The Public Gardens of Port Sunlight’ which will replace the architecture tour)


Tickets Adult £6.50: Concessions: £5.50: Child: £3.50. Includes entry into Port Sunlight Museum

Starting from Port Sunlight Museum

Booking essential, 20 max per tour


Sunday 7th September

WW1 Event – ‘The Great Send Off’

Re-creation of 700 Lever Brothers employees who travelled from Port Sunlight to Chester to enlist in the 13th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment on 7th September 1914.

More details coming soon.

Port Sunlight Village


Thursday 11th September

Heritage Open Days – 125 Lecture, Port Sunlight People

Lecture by the museum team and village residents talking about life in Port Sunlight.

Time 6.00pm

FREE entry

Hulme Hall, Bolton Road, Port Sunlight


Sunday 14th September

Heritage Open Days – Founders Day

Open House & Garden Event

FREE entry

Meet at Port Sunlight Museum

More details to follow


Thursday 16th October

Evening Lecture by Stuart Irwin, the Museum’s

Collections and Research Officer talking on

‘The Origins, development and changing social scene of sports,

clubs and societies in Port Sunlight in the 20th Century’

Doors open 5.30pm Lecture begins 6.00pm

Tickets £5.00 available from Port Sunlight Museum

Lecture at The Old School Room at the Lyceum


Saturday 25th October

October Village Ghost Walks

Sunlight Spooks and Shadows

Find out more about some of the eerie happenings of times past in Port Sunlight on one of our popular ghost walks.

Choose from: 6.45pm – 8.00pm – 9.15pm

Tickets £11.00 each, booking essential


Autumn half-term - Tues 28th, Wed 29th, Thurs 30th October

Family Fun Activities – Sunlight Spoons

Make a self-portrait on a wooden spoon or make one for someone else!

1.00pm – 3.30pm

The Old School Room at the Lyceum

£1.50 per child, no booking required, drop in sessions


Christmas 2014

Christmas in Sunlight Sunday 30th November 2014

Craft making, festive afternoon teas, shopping

In conjunction with Lady Lever Art Gallery

& Port Sunlight Garden Centre

More details coming soon!


Exhibition ends March  2014                                                                                                 

 Port Sunlight Museum, King George's Drive.

Special Exhibition, The Lady Behind the Lord, on display until March 2014

Port Sunlight Museum presents, 'The Lady Behind The Lord', a beautiful exhibition giving a unique insight into Port Sunlight Village Founder's wife, Elizabeth Ellen Hulme. With her personal memento's on display and information highlighting her involvement in all aspects of village life, this exhibition gives visitors a flavour of her importance and her interest in the community. 

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village

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