Events & News

Sunday 7th September

WW1 Event – The Great Send Off

700 ‘Port Sunlight Volunteers’ recruited for the Great Send Off

To see how this event unfolded on Sunday 7th September check out the following links: only available to view until 7pm 9/9/14



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.

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the first Port Sunlight residents.

Time 6.00pm

FREE entry

Hulme Hall, Bolton Road, Port Sunlight


Saturday 6th - Sunday 14th September

Heritage Open Days Walking Tours & Founders Day

Choose from two special interest walking tours:

6th, 7th, 10th, 13th & 14th September at 11.30am & 2.30pm

'The Houses of Port Sunlight'

Looking at the architecture and styles of houses in Port Sunlight Village

FREE although booking essential, call 0151 644 6466


9th & 11th September at 11.30am & 2.30pm

'Conserving Port Sunlight's Unique Heritage'

Guided by Port Sunlight Village Trust's Conservation Adviser, the group will be able to ask questions and find out more about how the Trust keeps Port Sunlight special.

FREE although booking essential, call 0151 644 6466

Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

All walks begin at Port Sunlight Museum


Heritage Open Days


Open Village Event

FREE entry

Its ‘Open Village’ in Port Sunlight this September for Heritage Open Days!

Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village is working together with Port Sunlight residents and attractions to stage an ‘Open Village’ event on Sunday 14th September as part of this year’s national Heritage Open Days initiative.

Inspired by similar events in London and Chicago, ‘Open village’ will give visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at Port Sunlight and find out what it’s really like to live, work and play in this beautiful Grade II Listed village.

For the first time, residents will open their front doors, yard gates, and allotment patches to visitors, and many of Port Sunlight’s clubs and societies - both newly formed and those with roots in early village history - will showcase their talents in the public buildings.

There will be a performance by the Port Sunlight Orchestra at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, a bowling demonstration on the Bolton Road Greens by the Ladies Bowling Club, an art exhibition by the Phoenix Art Group at the Gladstone Theatre, a knitting demonstration by the Sunlight Stitchers, and a display in Hulme Hall by the William Hesketh Masonic Lodge; to name but a few.

As part of Heritage Open Days, Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village is also delivering a series of new village walking tours free of charge. ‘The houses of Port Sunlight’ tour will be available on 6th, 7th, 10th, 13th and 14th September at 11.30 and 2.30pm, and the ‘Conserving Port Sunlight’s unique heritage’ tour is on 9th and 11th September at 11.30 and 2.30pm. Booking is essential as places are limited, call 0151 644 6466.

Pick up an information sheet from Port Sunlight Museum, then go off exploring the many houses, gardens and venues open to the public for one day only! Visit each property in any random preference, there is no set trail to follow, simply note the addresses and opening times and visit each at your own discretion.

*Please note - Residents homes open for a shorter period than village venues. Some venues may have limited access.


Thursday 23rd 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


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


Thursday 27th November

Lecture by Gavin Hunter, Leverhulme Historian

'Freemasonry' in Port Sunlight

 "William Hesketh Lever, the 1st Viscount Leverhulme and creator of Port Sunlight, was a very active Freemason. Two Port Sunlight Lodges were named after him and he was a founder member of many more lodges in the Wirral area.  This lavishly illustrated lecture will tell the story of the Port Sunlight Lodges, their meetings at the Lady Lever Art Gallery and elsewhere in the village, and Lever's personal involvement in Freemasonry".

11.30am & 2.30pm, FREE entry, booking essential.

Taking place at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

Call 0151 644 6466 to book


Christmas in Sunlight

Sunday 30th November 2014

Craft making, festive afternoon teas, shopping

Come and celebrate Christmas in Port Sunlight with Port Sunlight Museum, their well stocked gift shop and festive tea room. Joining in with the festivities is the Lady Lever Art Gallery offering a selection of gift ideas in their gallery shop and an assortment of festive treats in their café! Not to mention the vast choice of home wares for interior and exterior living on sale in the Port Sunlight Garden Centre along with a delightful café suitable for individuals and groups.


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