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    The ultimate Grinch-themed cocktail at Wildwood!

    Calling all Grinches in need of some Christmas cheer! 🎄🥃 Head to Wildwood, Barons Quay for the ultimate Grinch-themed cocktail ✨ Poured with Midori, limoncello, orange juice and topped with lemonade!  By popular…

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    BQKids Christmas party!

    YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR BQKIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY ☃️✨ Come along to Wild Tots where we will be hosting our festive party on Tuesday December 19th 4pm-6pm🎄Join us for a FREE jam-packed session…

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    BQ Light Trail 2023

    Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Christmas at Barons Quay with our Winter Wonderland Lights Trail! ✨ Wander beneath the twinkling snow arches, explore the enchanting castle, meet…

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  • NEWS

    Crate Cheshire Shortlisted for National Business Award

    Crate Cheshire is celebrating after being shortlisted for Barbershop/Grooming Salon of the Year, sponsored by Modern Barber, at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2023.

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    Brand New for 2023…Northwich Grub Club!

    Brand new for 2023… the Northwich Grub Club will feature some amazing street food, bars and live music. Taking place on the first Thursday of each month between 5pm – 10pm in…

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    Radio Northwich Celebrates 5th Birthday!

    On May 14th 2023, Radio Northwich celebrates 5 years of broadcasting from the town centre.   The station launched transmissions to coincide with the Charlatans homecoming concerts in 2018, the original studio being…

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    Northwich Food Hubs

    Please see below weekly food hubs organised by Northwich Community Support.

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    Huge Art Sale at VAC Gallery

      There’s a huge art sale at the VAC Gallery, opposite Wildwood at Barons Quay 2nd February – 4th March. Prices start from as little as £1! The pop-up gallery is supported…

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  • OFFER

    ASDA £1 Kids Meals in the Café

    Asda has announced its strongest ever initiative to help feed children, meaning kids across the UK can eat for just £1 at any time of day in Asda Cafés, seven days a…

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  • EVENT

    Diddi Dance @ Puddle Ducks

    Join us at Puddle Ducks in Barons Quay for our first BQkids event of the year featuring the brilliant Diddi Dance!  Diddi Dance is back for an energetic class for the little…

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  • NEWS

    BQKids Christmas Movie Party

    Are you ready to get Christmassy with your little ones? We have the ultimate BQKids event just for you, featuring performances from Princess Elsa and her Christmas Elf, festive face-painting, balloon modelling…

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  • NEWS

    Meet Santa at Barons Quay!

    It wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa! The Rotary in Northwich is bringing Santa to Northwich and you’ll be able to find him in his magical grotto near H&M and the Wildflower Meadow….

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  • NEWS

    Christmas Events at Barons Quay

    Get into Christmas at Barons Quay with a host of magical events!  From a frozen princess to an iconic festive film, from Christmas choirs to Christmas crafting – we have everything you…

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  • NEWS

    Christmas is coming to Barons Quay

    Barons Quay is bringing some seasonal magic to Northwich with a magical Winter Wonderland lights trail, Christmas movie party, Santa’s Grotto, festive crafts and community choirs! The Winter Wonderland lights trail will…

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    Barons Quay Supports Women’s Football with New Sponsorship!

    Barons Quay is proud to be the shirt sponsor for under 14s Witton Girls Wildcats this season, which is part of Witton Albion Junior Football Club.  The Centre has funded the new training…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Wins Gold!

    In its 4th year of entering RHS North West in Bloom, Northwich has finally achieved the elusive Gold at the annual awards! The town was named a joint winner in ‘Best in…

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    Be Part of a New Exhibition at Barons Quay!

    Visual Arts Cheshire is inviting budding artists to be part of a new community art exhibition that will go on display in Barons Quay this winter.  The 20×20 Community Arts Project is…

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  • NEWS

    Free Kids Events with Northwich Library

    Northwich Library’s first craft and storytelling session went off with a bang at Barons Quay last week, with a rocket themed event for Bonfire Night! The free event, which took place on…

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  • NEWS

    Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay visits Northwich

    Crowds will line the streets of Northwich on Sunday 17 July to enjoy a celebratory festival of activity to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay during its global tour. The 16th…

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  • NEWS

    BEAR Northwich Wins National Coffee Shop Award

    BEAR, the riverside coffee house, kitchen and bar in Barons Quay, has been named ‘Best Independent Coffee Shop in the North West’ in the UK Enterprise Awards 2022 by SME News.   …

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  • NEWS

    POP-UP ART GALLERY IN BARONS QUAY

    Following the success of their annual Art Trail in July, Visual Arts Cheshire is hosting a season of exhibitions at a new pop-up gallery in Barons Quay, Northwich.   Friday 19th August…

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  • NEWS

    Puddle Ducks First Birthday at Barons Quay!

    Local baby and child swim school, Puddle Ducks Mid-Cheshire, celebrated the first birthday of their very own, purpose built, Puddle Ducks pool in Barons Quay last weekend (26th August). It has been…

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  • EVENT

    BQKids Music Morning

    Popcat’s Music Northwich will host an energetic and creative class where little ones can develop their communication and language skills through music and movement. Children will also get to meet Puddle the…

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  • NEWS

    The Rare Vitamin Annual Diversion – everything you need to know!

    Next month sees the inaugural Rare Vitamin Annual Diversion come to Barons Quay! We caught up with co-organiser Chris Mundie from The Salty Dog to find out more about this brilliant live music…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich River Festival 2022

    Organisers of the Northwich River Festival have announced a brand-new race as part of the annual event.  As well as the ever-popular MIGHTY River Weaver Dragon Boat Challenge on Saturday 9th July,…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Festival of Arts 2022

    BE CREATIVE, HAVE FUN, LEAVE INSPIRED. Northwich Festival of Arts is a partnership project by Northwich BID (Visit Northwich), Visual Arts Cheshire CIC and Northwich Art Shop. This month long celebration of…

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  • NEWS

    Get Into Barons Quay Summer of Sport!

    Are you ready for a summer of sport at Barons Quay?   A four-week festival of activities is coming to Northwich, just in time for the summer holidays!  The free events will include…

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  • EVENT

    Family Fun @ Barons Quay

    Barons Quay is the perfect place for families to enjoy a day out, with great shops, restaurants, cafes and a six-screen cinema! Plus four-hours free parking and our lovely pedestrianised mall makes…

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  • NEWS

    Connections Art Exhibition Opens!

    A new exhibition organised by Visual Arts Cheshire will go on display at Barons Quay from the 23rd May, featuring artwork from over 20 Northwich primary schools. This year’s exhibition is entitled…

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  • EVENT

    BQKids Crafting @ Costa

    We’re pleased to invite you to our next FREE BQKids event… It’s time to get creative with our exciting kids crafting session at Costa in Odeon, Barons Quay! Crafting experts Paper Town…

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  • NEWS

    Meet Baron Lutra!

    Meet Baron Lutra! The new BQKids Club mascot Baron Lutra was designed by our  mascot competition winner, Percy Helm, from Northwich. Percy holding the illustrators design of Baron Lutra. Percy, who goes…

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  • EVENT

    Sunday Funday at Barons Quay this July

    A DAY of fun and live music is coming to Barons Quay and will coincide with the finale of the Northwich leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay. Sunday in the Park will…

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  • NEWS

    Barrhead Travel Opens at Barons Quay

    Barrhead Travel is finally welcoming customers into its new store at Barons Quay after delays caused by Covid. The travel agents, headquarted in Glasgow, had confirmed its expansion prior to the pandemic but…

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  • EVENT

    EASTER OPENING HOURS

    EASTER WEEKEND: GOOD FRIDAY – MONDAY  H&M 09:00 – 18:00, 08:00 – 18:00, CLOSED, 09:00 – 17:00 ASDA 07:00-22:00, 07:00-22:00, CLOSED, 07:00-22:00 Card Factory 09:00 – 17:30, 09:00 – 17:30, CLOSED, 10:00 – 16:00 River Island 09:00 – 17:30, 09:00 –…

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  • NEWS

    Meet the new BQKids Mascot!

    Meet Baron Lutra, the new mascot for the Barons Quay kids club, designed by nine year old Percy Helm from Northwich.   Two months ago Barons Quay launched its Design a Mascot…

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  • NEWS

    Join us for Splash Down @ Puddle Ducks

    We’re pleased to invite you to our next FREE BQKids event! It’s Splash Down at Puddle Ducks, Barons Quay and you’re all invited! Join us for a FREE fun-filled hour of under-the-sea…

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  • NEWS

    Meet Optimus Prime at Barons Quay!

      The Entertainer is bringing Optimus Prime to Northwich, giving fans the chance to meet the famous Transformer and ultimate Robot in Disguise.  The Optimus Prime truck, which is more than 12ft…

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  • NEWS

    Competition to Design Kids Club Mascot

    Local children are being given the opportunity to design a mascot for the new Barons Quay Kids club, which will launch this spring.  The winning designer will see their character brought to…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Vigil For Ukraine

    Northwich Town Council is organising a vigil in support of people in Ukraine, which will be hosted by Barons Quay on Friday 4th March at 5:30pm in Barons Square.   Organisers wanted…

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    Now Northwich Returns Next Month!

    Now Northwich, the international dance and street arts festival by Cheshire Dance and partners is to return on 30th April with another resplendent programme to astound and enthrall visitors to the town and Barons Quay….

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  • OFFER

    BQKids eat for £1 at Wildwood!

    BQKids eat for £1 at Wildwood!

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  • OFFER

    Pizza Party for BQKids Members

    Looking for some kids’ birthday party inspiration? BQKids members can book an exclusive Pizza Party at Wildwood Barons Quay! Guests at the party will get to make their own pizza as well…

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  • NEWS

    Pose in the Pod to Win £100!

    Have you seen our festive Photo Pods? Santa, Snowman and the Christmas Pudding are ready for you to strike a pose! You’ll find them in Barons Square, in the Wildflower Meadow opposite…

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  • NEWS

    Culinary Concept Now Open!

    A new South African style restaurant, deli and doughnut shop has opened in Barons Quay bringing a unique dining experience to Northwich.   Culinary Concept is owned by married couple Rayner (34)…

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  • NEWS

    Beautifix Opens at Barons Quay

    A new beauty salon and training academy will open at Barons Quay this week bringing an exciting new offering to the centre of Northwich! Beautifix, which occupies a 3,000 square ft space…

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  • NEWS

    Mascot Competition

    We’re launching a NEW kids club  and we need your help to design a club mascot…   Are you aged 11 or under and love drawing? Fancy inventing a new character?    …

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  • NEWS

    Festive Events at Barons Quay!

    From Santa to dinosaurs join us for some festive fun at Barons Quay this December!   Santa’s Grotto               Saturday 27th November 2pm-4pm 4th, 11th and…

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  • NEWS

    Belonging Exhibition

    Barons Quay was proud to host a special award ceremony on Wednesday 17th November to thank pupils from twenty plus local Primary Schools for participating in this year’s School Art Celebration entitled…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Time Capsule is Buried

    Local school children, the Town Mayor and members of the community gathered at Barons Quay to mark the climax of the centre’s 5th Birthday Time Capsule project. The metre long, composite, cylindrical…

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    Crate Cheshire is Named UK’s Best Barbershop!

    Crate Cheshire in Barons Quay has won a national hairdressing award making them the top Barbershop in the country! Owners Charles and Alex Rose, and their team, were named Male Grooming Salon/Barbershop…

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    Culinary Concpet to Open First Store at Barons Quay!

    Barons Quay is adding to its food and drink offering with the opening of Culinary Concept in December. The family run business promises to bring its famous doughnuts, some South African style…

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  • NEWS

    Name the Landmarks and Win at Radio Northwich!

    How well do you know Northwich’s local landmarks?  Radio Northwich has launched a new competition this week, which will test even the most knowledgeable residents as they try to name 21 different…

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  • NEWS

    St Luke’s ‘Great Hospice Pudding Day’ Goes ‘Live’

    After the success of last year’s virtual Pudding Day, St Luke’s ‘Great Hospice Pudding Day’ goes “live” this year. On Sunday the 28th November ‘The Great Hospice Pudding Day’ will take place…

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  • NEWS

    Time Capsule Content Goes On Display

    What will life be like in 2051? How will future generations comprehend 2020? A new exhibition exploring the past, present and future is now on display at Barons Quay as part of…

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  • NEWS

    Puddle Ducks Opens At Barons Quay

    We are delighted that Puddle Ducks is now open at Barons Quay! The new pool is a return to Puddle Ducks’ roots, as the baby and child swimming school was launched by…

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  • NEWS

    Visit the Northwich Art Trail

    The Northwich Art Trail returns this September with over 100 artworks, showcasing 46 local artists in venues across the town!   The annual event, organised by Visual Arts Cheshire (VAC) is now…

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  • NEWS

    Join Radio Northwich for live music at Barons Quay

    Live music will return to Barons Quay this Saturday courtesy of Radio Northwich, who are finally celebrating their move to the Centre 12 months ago.   Nine performers will take to the…

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  • NEWS

    Picture Northwich Winners Announced

    The twenty winners of the Picture Northwich photography competition have been selected, beating hundreds of entries to be included in the Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule album. The Picture Northwich competition…

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  • NEWS

    Local Schools Get Involved in Time Capsule Project!

    Kids predict a future of virtual schools and robot teachers! Caring professions among top jobs children aspire to be Children share lockdown memories for future generations Three Northwich schools have created some…

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  • NEWS

    Take Part in the Picture Northwich photo competition!

    Barons Quay is launching a photography competition to help capture Northwich life in 2021 for its 5th birthday Time Capsule. Picture Northwich is asking residents to submit their photos showing life in…

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  • NEWS

    Performers Invited to be Part of Music is Quay!

    Radio Northwich and Barons Quay have come together in a bid to find up and coming musical talent to take part in some exciting outdoor events in the town.   Music is…

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  • NEWS

    Take Part in the Northwich Flower Trail

    We have teamed up with the Northwich BID  to create the Northwich Flower Trail, a fun-filled wildflower adventure for children to discover this summer!  They’ll learn all about our native plants and…

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  • NEWS

    Summer Unlocked at Barons Quay

    Unlock the fun at Barons Quay this summer! Explore our mysterious Wildflower Maze, complete the Flower Trail and enjoy a host of free family activities! From Saturday 24th July you can visit…

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  • NEWS

    Line up announced for Music is Quay event!

    **UPDATED** Following a local search for musical talent, Barons Quay and Radio Northwich are pleased to announce the chosen 12 acts who will perform at the Music is Quay events later this…

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  • NEWS

    Celebrating our 5th Birthday with Time Capsule Campaign

    Barons Quay is counting down to its fifth birthday with a time capsule campaign that will encourage local people to reflect on the town’s past, present and future.   For the next…

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  • NEWS

    New Belonging Exhibition at Barons Quay

    A new exhibition organised by Visual Arts Cheshire will go on display at Barons Quay from the 24th May, featuring artwork from over 20 local primary schools. Belonging will run until 24th…

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  • NEWS

    Eat in To Win at Northwich Restaurants

    A number of Northwich restaurants have come together to give diners the chance to win up to £50 when they eat in as part of a new town-wide campaign. The Eat In…

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  • NEWS

    New Hair and Beauty Offering for Barons Quay

    Barons Quay in Northwich is pleased to announce two new tenants this month, Crate Cheshire and Beautifix will bring an exciting new hair and beauty offering to the scheme, while allowing local…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay is Recruiting for Security Officers

    We are looking to recruit three security officers to join our dynamic team to help us deliver a safe and pleasant environment for our customers and venues. The successful candidates must be…

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  • NEWS

    How Northwich is Keeping Healthy During Lockdown

    How are you coping with lockdown 3? We want to make it a bit more bearable by sharing some advice from local people to help get you through it. We asked people…

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  • NEWS

    Half Term Help from Northwich Parents

    Half term is here but it’s going to be a bit more challenging than normal! With cinemas, shops and soft play centres closed, what are we going to do with our little…

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  • NEWS

    Puddle Ducks Pool Build is going Swimmingly!

    We are delighted to share with you the first pictures of the Puddle Ducks pool build, which will open in Barons Quay later this year, offering swimming lessons for children aged 0-10…

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  • NEWS

    Centre Information

    Cheshire West and Chester Council is aware of a small number of glazing defects within the Travellator Hall, which is adjacent to ASDA and the multi-story car park. The panes that have…

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  • NEWS

    Alfresco Dining at Barons Quay

    Spring is well and truly here and thanks to the lifting of restrictions on the 12th April our restaurants and cafes are now open for outdoor dining as well as takeaways! Wildwood…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay launches Project Merry!

    Barons Quay, Northwich is launching its festive campaign this week, which promises to bring some much needed seasonal colour and cheer to the centre this December with a host of activities for…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Gift Guide

    Welcome to our Christmas Guide! If you’re struggling to find the perfect gifts for family and friends, don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you! Take a look through our digital…

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  • NEWS

    Local Children Create Rainbows of Hope at Barons Quay

    A sparkly new piece of artwork has appeared in Barons Quay, thanks to the creative efforts of local children and North West artist Emma Evans. During the November lockdown Barons Quay hosted…

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  • NEWS

    Homeschool Tips from Northwich Parents

    How are you coping with lockdown 3? We want to make it a bit more bearable by sharing some advice from local people to help get you through it. We know that…

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  • NEWS

    Competition Terms and Conditions

    The winner will be entitled to 1 x 1Ltr tub of ice cream every month for one year (12 in total) to be collected from Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest.   Flavours…

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  • NEWS

    Halloween at home

    Are your kids scared that they won’t be able to celebrate Halloween this year? Things are looking a little different in 2020 thanks to the pandemic and everything that goes with! But…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Supports Local Foodbank with Donation Window

    Barons Quay in Northwich has today unveiled a new piece of art to encourage visitors to donate to Mid Cheshire food bank as part of its Project Happy campaign.  The window, which…

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    Project Merry

    Following the success of Project Happy this Summer, Barons Quay is introducing Project Merry. Bringing the festive cheer, no matter what 2020 throws at us, we’re determined to help make Christmas special…

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  • Your Guide to the Perfect Family Night in

    Staying in is definitely the new going out, right?! OK, we have little choice in the matter right now, but why not embrace the last few days of the November lockdown and…

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  • NEWS

    Eat Out to Help Out at Barons Quay

    We are delighted that Barons Quay restaurants; Wildwood, The Coffee House and Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest are all participating in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout August….

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  • NEWS

    BEAR to open next month!

    Independently-owned coffee house, kitchen and bar brand, BEAR, has confirmed that it will open its Barons Quay store on the 11th September 2020. Sam Nowzady, Store Manager at BEAR Northwich, said: “We…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Lockdown Heroes Recognised

    Five local heroes have been recognised today for their work in the community during the lockdown period. Laura Clifton, John and Julia Griffiths, Daniel Pendlebury and Sarah Lees were all nominated for…

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  • NEWS

    Presenters get first view of new studios in Barons Quay

    Radio Northwich’s relocation to Barons Quay moves a step closer, as all the presenters had a first visit to the station’s new studios. The internet radio station has occupied second floor space…

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  • NEWS

    Project Happy Mural Unveiled at Barons Quay

    A colourful artwork inspired by the people and landmarks of Northwich including the River Weaver, Lion Salt Works and the Anderton Boat Lift has been unveiled at Barons Quay as part of…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Heroes to be Recognised

    Do you know someone who’s been heroic during the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, they could be recognised as part of a new campaign launched today by Barons Quay and the Northwich BID,…

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  • NEWS

    Project Happy Art Competition Winner Announced

    Budding artist, Jude Cole, who’s seven and goes to Rudheath Primary Academy in Northwich has been named the winner of the Project Happy art competition after drawing a picture of his pet…

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  • NEWS

    Geek Retreat Coming Soon!

    We are excited to confirm that Geek Retreat plan to open in August bringing a new concept in entertainment retail, events and eating out to Barons Quay. Local businessmen Callum Franchetti (27)…

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  • NEWS

    Sticky Paws Goes Outside!

    We are delighted to welcome back Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to Barons Quay, who have returned with an exciting new outdoor concept! ‘Sticky Paws Goes Outside’ mirrors the indoor venue’s…

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  • EVENT

    Project Happy

    What is Project Happy? Project Happy is a campaign by Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council, bringing positivity to Northwich post lockdown. This exciting new project will include a series…

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  • NEWS

    Which Homeschool Teacher Are You?

    Do you have things perfectly under control, delivering a world class, educational experience for your children, or are you juggling work, learning and sanity? You’re not alone… take our test to see…

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  • NEWS

    The Best Family Board Games

    Swap boredom for board games during lockdown and engage the kids in some friendly competition! Sitting down together as a family to play a game or two is one of the simple…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Children Invited to be part of Project Happy

    Does your child love drawing? Barons Quay is asking local children to get involved in a new arts initiative, which promises to bring colour and positivity to Northwich in the form of…

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  • EVENT

    Project Happy Art Competition

    Project Happy is a new initiative from Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council to help spread positivity in Northwich during this very difficult time. As part of Project Happy, North…

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  • NEWS

    Nominate Your Northwich Hero

    Do you know someone who’s been heroic during the Coronavirus outbreak? We have joined forces with the Northwich BID  to recognise local people who have helped others during lockdown. It could be…

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  • Easy Family Meals from Asda

    Whether you’re looking for some healthy meal ideas or an activity to do as a family, we’ve got you covered with these amazing family recipes from Asda!   Asda’s online ‘Kids’ Kitchen’…

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  • 8 Family Films To Watch Now

    We love movies at Barons Quay and although trips to the cinema may be out of the question at the moment, there’s a host of streaming options to help you get your…

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  • Sweet Treats from Sticky Paws

    In a bid to bring Barons Quay to the homes of our lovely customers during lockdown we have teamed up with the brilliant Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to bring you…

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  • How To Celebrate VE Day At Home

    8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe.   When the long-awaited news was announced people of…

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  • NEWS

    Four New Tenants for Barons Quay

    You may have already heard the great news, but we can now officially announce that four new tenants will be coming to Barons Quay this year. We can’t wait to welcome Puddle…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Welcomes Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest

    Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest has opened in Barons Quay! The new restaurant and play area is the first of its kind. With an intensive fuss-free dining experience, the attraction offers…

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  • NEWS

    COVID-19 Latest

    From January 27th, 2022 Plan B restrictions will be lifted in England. This means that face coverings are no longer required by law in indoor settings. The safety of our visitors and…

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  • EVENT

    Seven A/W Trends To Look Forward To

    Are you getting too comfy in your work from home joggers and loungewear? Are you missing perusing the shops for the latest looks? Our fashion stores may be closed at the moment…

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  • The Northwich History Quiz

    If you’re at home and looking for a challenge, why not give our local history quiz a go? How well do you really know Northwich? Put your knowledge of the town to…

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  • NEWS

    Flood Warnings

    ‼️Please Note‼️ Unfortunately due to the recent weather, there is not any access to Barons Quay via Weaver Point Square due to the flood barriers. Updates will be posted on social media…

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  • EVENT

    Beach On The Quay is Now Open!

    Come and celebrate the summer at Beach on the Quay from Friday 2nd August to Sunday 1st September, 10am to 6pm everyday. Please note these dates and times are weather dependent. Updates…

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  • EVENT

    Barons Quay Social now open

    Barons Quay’s newest restaurant is now open! With a roof top terrace, a food hall serving delicious street food and drinks, and events set to take place across numerous nights throughout the…

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  • NEWS

    Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest – Coming Soon!

    We are very excited to be welcoming Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to Barons Quay – coming very soon! The creators of The Ice Cream Farm have teamed up with Cheshire…

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  • NEWS

    Wildwood is Recruiting a new Head Chef

    Do you have what it takes to join the team at Wildwood as Head Chef – check out the information below and contact Wildwood to apply. —— Who we are We opened…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Welcomes River Island!

    We are delighted to welcome high street fashion brand River Island to Northwich later this year. Work will start on the 8,700 sq ft store imminently and it is hoped that it…

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  • NEWS

    Planning application filed for Puddle Ducks pool at Barons Quay

    Leading baby and child swimming school Puddle Ducks has plans to open a unique new facility at Barons Quay, Northwich. A state-of-the-art flagship swimming centre, catering to the specific requirements of babies…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich BID Aiming to Make 2020 a Blooming Good Year

    The Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) have just received a Silver Gilt in the 2019 North West in Bloom awards and activities have already begun for next year! Planting has been taking…

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  • NEWS

    The Coffee House Opens at Barons Quay

    The Coffee House, a new independent coffee shop and café has opened its doors at Barons Quay shopping centre in Northwich, employing 13 people from the local area. The new café, which…

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  • NEWS

    Card Factory is coming to Barons Quay!

    Card Factory is the latest retailer to exchange contracts on a new unit in Barons Quay! They will move from their current location in Weaver Square and are set to open a new…

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  • NEWS

    A new street food, bar and entertainment venue is coming to Barons Quay

    Northwich is fast becoming a magnet for exciting independent bars and restaurants. The latest, Barons Quay Social is currently in advanced negotiations with Cheshire West and Chester Council, over a 6,000 sq…

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  • NEWS

    Card Factory is Officially Open!

    Card Factory, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, has officially opened it’s doors at Barons Quay!  

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  • NEWS

    Customer Notice

    Card Factory will be opening their doors to the public at Barons Quay on 31/05/19 and to help us manage their back of house operations we will have no choice but to…

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  • NEWS

    Vacancy: Sales Assistant at The Entertainer

    Do you want to join us on our mission to be the best loved toyshop? The Entertainer is one of the UKs retail success stories with over 162 stores in the UK and a…

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  • NEWS

    Summer Film Schedule

    This summer, there are some great picks to keep all the family entertained over the summer at Odeon!   X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 7th June Late Night – 7th June Men in…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Social is coming soon!

    Barons Quay Social is coming to Northwich in 2019. They will be bringing something exciting to Northwich. Expect Street Food, Live Music, Events, DJ’s and Rooftop terrace overlooking the River Weaver!

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    Barons Quay Social launches on the 2nd August!

    We’re excited to announce that Barons Quay Social will be launching Friday 2nd of August! Barons Quay Social will feature a fabulous drinks list, super-tasty food market, dancing and chilling spaces plus…

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  • NEWS

    The Entertainer have teamed up with Fundamentally Children

    This Summer The Entertainer are very proud to have teamed up with Fundamentally Children to bring a series of Good Toy Guide approved instore demos! Who are Fundamentally Children? Fundamentally Children is…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay welcomes The Coffee House

    Northwich is set to welcome The Coffee House to Barons Quay, which is due to open in September 2019. The Coffee House is an independent chain of coffee houses which prides itself…

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  • NEWS

    The Entertainer is opening at Barons Quay!

    We are pleased to announce The Entertainer will be opening at Barons Quay! The popular toy store is set to open before the end of the year and will be selling all…

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  • NEWS

    Council officially announces first retailer at Barons Quay

    CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has officially revealed the first shop to take its place at Barons Quay. The Guardian reported last week that the UK’s largest independent toy retailer, The Entertainer,…

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    The Entertainer joins H&M at Barons Quay

    Toy shop The Entertainer will be the fourth retailer to join Barons Quay in Northwich, alongside Asda, Marks & Spencer, and H&M, after exchanging contracts on a 3,000 sq ft unit at…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich and Winsford among desirable towns in west Cheshire

    West Cheshire is one of the most popular choices in the country when people are deciding on where to live. Internal migration figures released by the Office of National Statistics reveal that,…

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  • NEWS

    Four-boat pontoon to ‘open up’ Northwich riverside at Barons Quay

    A PONTOON will be constructed at Barons Quay, offering a landing point from the River Weaver in the town centre. The waterside mooring will easier link the town’s waterways to shops, restaurants…

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  • EVENT

    H&M Store Launch

    11am Thursday 18th October  H&M are excited to announce the launch of H&M located in Barons Quay, Northwich. Covering one floor in excess of 1670sqm.  With full Ladies, Divided, Men’s, Baby & Kidswear…

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  • NEWS

    Sports Direct to open at Barons Quay

    Sports retailer, Sports Direct is one of the latest retailers to exchange contracts with Cheshire West and Cheshire Council to open a new store on site at Barons Quay. The retailer has…

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    Northwich Memorial Court

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    H&M and The Entertainer announce Barons Quay opening day parties

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  • NEWS

    Cheshire West and Chester Council to exhibit at Revo 2018

    As a major economic hub in the northwest, Cheshire West and Chester Council will be promoting the many retail and leisure opportunities on offer across the borough at Revo 2018 in Manchester,…

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  • NEWS

    When the Unexpected came to Northwich

    The posters and banners said ‘Expect the unexpected’ and they were certainly right. The NOW Northwich arts festival took over the town centre last weekend (Saturday 6 October) attracting an estimated 26,000…

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  • NEWS

    Incredible tips for shopping on Black Friday

    Who doesn’t love a good bargain? And Black Friday is one of the biggest bargain days of the year. So are you ready to make this year the best shopping day ever?…

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  • NEWS

    8 cinema blockbusters you need to see before the end of 2018

    Any given year, you can look forward to one or two huge blockbusters arriving on a screen near you. But 2018 is different, as there’s a whole boatload of them coming throughout…

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  • NEWS

    9 unique date night ideas for any budget

    When’s the last time you and your partner had a date night? As we become more settled and comfortable in a relationship, it’s natural to take less time to spend exclusively with…

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  • NEWS

    How to find the perfect gift

    Whether it’s for that most wonderful time of year, an upcoming milestone birthday or a ‘just because’, finding the perfect gift is incredibly rewarding but can also be hard work. But never…

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  • NEWS

    H&M and The Entertainer announce Barons Quay opening day parties

    OPENING events are planned for two of Barons Quay’s newest stores. Fashion retailer H&M will open with a party atmosphere at 11 am on Thursday, October 18, before The Entertainer toy store…

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  • EVENT

    Barons Quay ‘turns a corner’ with H&M store opening

    BARONS Quay was brought to life on Thursday as the £80 million ‘anchor’ chain H&M opened its doors. The long-awaited opening drew hundreds into the town centre, braving the cold and mist…

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  • NEWS

    Best double date ideas that won’t be awkward

    First date ideas Double dates are only ever going to not be awkward if you all know each other fairly well, whether that’s as couples, individuals or as a group. Chances are,…

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  • NEWS

    Our best Christmas shopping tips

    Christmas on a budget Christmas on a budget is never easy, and harder still if you’ve got kids. The first thing we’ll say, with regards to saving, is start saving now for…

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  • NEWS

    Kai from Lego Ninjago is coming to The Entertainer store at Barons Quay!

    Impulsive and fierce, this fiery character will be onsite on Saturday 2nd February at The Entertainer, Barons Quay. Be sure to share your photos with us on social media using the hashtag #TheEntertainerVIP!

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  • NEWS

    The Charlatans visit Barons Quay

    The Charlatans have rocked Northwich with events across the town  during May. Barons Quay hosted a number of events including The Charlatans Exhibition, Sound City Satellite, Q&A with Dave Haslam & Gary Neville. Exclusive screenings at Odeon included…

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  • NEWS

    How to choose the perfect Father’s Day gift

    What do you get the man who has everything? Father’s Day can be a difficult holiday for gift givers of all ages. You want to completely surprise your dad, delight him and…

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  • NEWS

    3 famous people we bet you didn’t know were from Northwich

    This may not be known to many people, but the town of Northwich has many claims to fame, in the form of talented artists and athletes who have gone on to take…

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  • NEWS

    Free Giant Inflatable Table Football at Barons Quay

    To celebrate Father’s Day and the start of the World Cup, Barons Quay will be offering the chance for visitors to take part in FREE Giant Inflatable Table Football. In the twist…

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  • OFFER

    50% off at Wildwood throughout June

    For more information, click here. *T&Cs apply: Offer valid 1st – 29th June. 50% o food Sunday – Friday, excluding bank holidays, event days or tables bigger than 8 people, not in…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich to be blooming lovely this summer

    Northwich will be filled with colour and creativity later this summer as the town enters the North West in Bloom competition. Partnership working between the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), Northwich Town…

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  • EVENT

    Northwich River Festival at Barons Quay

    The Northwich River Festival will take place at the fantastic Barons Quay on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. Building on the incredible success of last year’s event we are delighted to…

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  • NEWS

    Still time to enter the Northwich River Festival Raft Race

    Final preparations are well underway for the Northwich River Festival 2018 which takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. A well as building on the success of last year’s event…

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  • NEWS

    River Park opening at Barons Quay

    Barons Quay and Grozone team up to transform Barons Quay as part of Northwich in Bloom. Barons Quay have teamed up with Grozone as part of the Northwich in Bloom initiative to…

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  • NEWS

    Riverside Live at Barons Quay

    Join us for live music at the Riverside at Barons Quay on Saturday 28th July. Artists will be performing a number of songs throughout the day from 1pm to 5pm opposite Odeon…

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  • NEWS

    5 things you need for the perfect British BBQ

    The great British summer is here and that means one thing; BBQs. It doesn’t take much to throw a bash to remember, but it does require a certain amount of planning and…

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  • NEWS

    A quick guide to Northwich restaurants

    Whenever you visit anywhere – whether you’re staying for a few nights or just passing through – the question that is no doubt always on everyone’s minds is; where are we going…

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  • EVENT

    Northwich River Festival – Full line up

    The second Northwich River Festival is only around the corner. Check out the full list of events with location map which takes place Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July at Barons Quay….

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  • NEWS

    Beach coming to Barons Quay

    A beach will be coming to Barons Quay from 21st July 2018. Open everyday from Saturday 21st until Sunday 2nd September. The beach will be open from 10am – 6pm each day…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich River Festival returns to town with a splash

    NORTHWICH River Festival made a splash at the weekend as it returned for a second – bigger and better – year. The two-day event across Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15,…

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  • NEWS

    BEACH ON THE QUAY LAUNCHES AT BARONS QUAY

    Visitors flocked to Northwich on Saturday 21st July as ‘Beach on the Quay’ was launched at Weaver Point Square at Barons Quay. Comprising a giant artificial urban beach, people spent the day…

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  • OFFER

    Odeon family ticket now £20!

    Looking for something to do in Northwich during the summer holidays? Buy a family Odeon ticket for only £20 in store at Odeon Northwich! Either 1 adult, 3 children or 2 adults, 2…

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  • NEWS

    Wildwood Kids Monster Menu from £6.25!

    Eating out during the summer holidays doesn’t have to be expensive. Wildwood’s Kids Monster Menu starts from just £6.25! Check out the menu below and book your table here: MAINS Margherita pizza…

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  • NEWS

    Where to stay in Northwich

    Whether you’re looking for a one night getaway, are stopping over as part of a longer journey or are spending some time away with your other half, choosing the right hotel is…

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  • NEWS

    5 of the best activities to do with kids this summer including River Park

    The summer holidays are upon us, and while it does mean glorious weather and a complete absence of school runs, it also means that the kids need to be entertained for the…

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  • OFFER

    KIDS EAT FREE WITH EARLY MAN TICKETS

    With every valid Odeon adult ticket for the 6:00pm viewings of Early Man at Barons Quay, a child eats for FREE at Wildwood! The latest extraordinary claymation adventure from the creators of…

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  • NEWS

    Valentine’s Day Competition 2018

    Barons Quay Valentine’s Day Terms & Conditions – Feb 2018 We’ve got the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day treat with our newest competition! Enter through our Facebook page and read on for full T&C’s….

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  • NEWS

    With Love From Barons Quay – Saturday 10th Feb

    ‘Tis the season of love and we’ve got some treats in store for you on Saturday 10th February! Visit us between 11am-3pm and you might just spot our Roaming Romeos handing out…

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  • NEWS

    16 Unique date night ideas for any budget

    Date night is always a great idea! As time flies, its easy to get caught up with day to day life and just slip into the same routine. Making one night every…

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  • NEWS

    FREE HALF TERM FUN WITH PETER RABBIT

    Join us at Barons Quay this Half Term for FREE craft workshops and a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit TM. FREE craft workshops will be at Barons Square from 11am –…

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  • NEWS

    WIN TWO TICKETS TO SEE PETER RABBIT

    If you are taking part in the craft days this half term at Barons Quay, you have the chance to win 2 tickets to see Peter Rabbit at Odeon Northwich. All you…

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  • NEWS

    THE CHARLATANS ARE TAKING OVER NORTHWICH

    The Northwich band have announced they will be performing 4 homecoming gigs in May 2018. Tickets for the exclusive performances at the bands home town will be available Saturday 3rd March. Ticket…

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  • NEWS

    Mother’s Day at Barons Quay

    Come inside our Camper Van Photo Booth and make memories this Mother’s Day on Saturday 10th March from 11am – 3pm. The Camper Van Photo Booth will be located in Barons Square. Share…

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  • Northwich River Festival 2018

    The Northwich River Festival is Returning to Barons Quay! Details on the 2018 Northwich River Festival have been released and we are happy to reveal that the Northwich Dragon Boat Challenge will…

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    Peter Rabbit proves a big hit at Barons Quay!

    To round up the half term fun, Peter Rabbit ™ joined in with the FREE activities at Barons Quay with a visit to Barons Square. Over 230 children and families visited the…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich is becoming one of the ‘most sought after post codes’

    Visit the Northwich Guardian’s website to view their article about Northwich becoming one of the most sought after places to live in Cheshire. This is fantastic news for Northwich. Click the link…

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  • NEWS

    Easter Fun at Barons Quay

    Teaming up with Northwich BID, join us at Barons Quay this Easter weekend to start off the holiday fun as part of the Easter Extravaganza. Barons Quay have a number of activities…

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  • NEWS

    Gary Neville is coming to Northwich!

    Dave Haslam is set to interview the legendary Gary Neville at The Charlatans North by Northwich events this May. This specific event takes place on Wednesday 16th May. Tickets are £10 and…

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  • NEWS

    FREE FUN WITH GROZONE AT BARONS QUAY

    Barons Quay are joining up with Grozone from Groundworks to bring even more exciting activities for the second week of Easter Holidays!  Join us to build your own Wildflower Meadow and Bug…

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  • OFFER

    KIDS EAT FREE

    Kids eat free at Wildwood Northwich with every adult ticket purchased at Odeon Northwich. Terms and Conditions apply: This offer can be used on the day of the film showing on the…

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  • NEWS

    The Charlatans & added special guests will be welcomed to Barons Quay

    From the 10th to 20th May it will be all go across Northwich as The Charlatans return to their home town. The highlight of the week will be four Charlatan concerts on…

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  • NEWS

    Raft Racing comes to Northwich. Will you be entering?

    The Northwich River Festival, organised by Northwich Rotary Club and their partners, will be held on Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th based at Barons Quay. For the first time Raft Racing will be…

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  • NEWS

    Grozone proves a success at Barons Quay during Easter Holidays

    To round up Easter Holiday activity, in conjunction with Grozone, Barons Quay organised three days of FREE activities. Over 230 children and families visited Barons Quay over the three day period to…

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  • NEWS

    WIN 2 SOLD OUT CHARLATANS TICKETS

    WIN 2 x tickets to The Charlatans SOLD OUT gig on Thursday 17th May at Northwich Memorial Court. As part of the prize, the lucky winner will also receive 2 tickets for…

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  • NEWS

    WIN Tickets to Exclusive screenings at Odeon

    WIN two tickets to the exclusive showings of Journeyman, Metropolis and Bunch of Kunst at Odeon, Barons Quay. Visit Barons Quay’s Facebook page to see how you can win one of the…

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  • NEWS

    Christmas Extravaganza at Barons Quay

    Northwich​ ​town​ ​centre​ ​is​ ​set​ ​to​ ​transform​ ​into​ ​a​ ​winter​ ​wonderland​ ​for​ ​the​ ​yearly​ ​Christmas Extravaganza. Check out the activities planned for Saturday 25th November. Keep​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​with​ ​the​ ​latest​…

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  • EVENT

    Peaky Blinders in Northwich!

    Are you a fan of the popular TV show Peaky Blinders? They have been filming some scenes in Northwich! The show is a crime drama set in Birmingham, England during World War I…

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  • EVENT

    Christmas Sparkle is Coming to Weaver Square and Northwich Market

    Festive cheer is coming to Weaver Square this winter thanks to an installation of a Christmas Tree there. The tree was installed on Thursday 16th November near to the seating area outside…

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  • EVENT

    Festive Fun at Barons Quay

    Join us at Barons Quay in December for a selection of FREE festive fun! From 11am on Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th December, we will have Roller Skating Baubles, Giant Christmas Puddings…

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  • EVENT

    Charlatans play live in Northwich

    INDIE rock band The Charlatans have been rehearsing in Northwich Memorial Park in preparation for their upcoming tour. Lead singer Tim Burgess tweeted that the group and crew were hard at work in…

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  • EVENT

    Northwich Christmas Extravaganza

    Visitors packed into Northwich on Saturday 25th November as the town hosted the 2017 Christmas Extravaganza. Organised once again in a partnership between the Northwich Town Council (NTC) and Northwich Business Improvement…

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  • Santa Claus, Rudolph and the Roller Skating Baubles!

    On Saturday 2nd December, the first of many December festive Christmas attractions began at Barons Quay. Roller Skating Christmas Baubles were on hand to spread festive cheer around the development and Santa…

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  • EVENT

    Christmas Puddings Spreading Festive Cheer At Barons Quay

    On Saturday 9th December, Roaming Christmas Puddings visited Barons Quay to spread festive joy. The act follows on from last weeks Roller Skating Baubles.  Santa Claus returned with Rudolph, providing photo opportunities…

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  • NEWS

    Christmas Opening Times at Barons Quay

    Please see the below Christmas Opening times for businesses at Barons Quay.   Barons Quay Car Park Thu 21st Dec 6am – 1am Fri 22nd Dec 6am – 1am Sat 23rd Dec…

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  • NEWS

    Rockin’ Robins & a Giant Snow Globe at Barons Quay

    Saturday 16th & 17th December welcomed two Rockin’ Robins and a Giant Snow Globe to Barons Quay. Following on from the Giant Christmas Puddings, visitors of Northwich were accompanied by singing and…

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  • OFFER

    A £10 gift from Wildwood

    Receive a £10 voucher for every member of your party, simply by booking with Wildwood for Christmas! More details can be found here . Wildwood’s Christmas menu is still available. Celebrate the festive…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich Christmas Extravaganza video has landed

    The video of Northwich’s Christmas Extravaganza is finally here! Thanks to Visit Northwich who created such a great video capturing the festive spirit in Barons Quay and throughout Norhwich on Saturday 25th…

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  • OFFER

    ENJOY 40% OFF AT WILDWOOD

    Don’t miss out this January at Wildwood Barons Quay with 40% off your food bill. Click here to download your voucher to be used from 2nd January until 9th February 2018. Valid…

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  • NEWS

    Win a family holiday to Los Angeles with Odeon

    Book online to see ‘Coco’ at Barons Quay! Join Miguel and Dante as they venture to the Land of the Dead in the brand new Disney-Pixar adventure ‘Coco’. To celebrate the release…

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  • EVENT

    WIN £100 Wildwood Gift Voucher

    Fancy £100 gift voucher for Wildwood Northwich?  Check out our post on our Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning! Simply comment with a dish you want to see…

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  • EVENT

    Use ‘The Greatest Showman’ tickets at Wildwood for 2 Courses + 1 drink for £10

    Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya star in ‘The Greatest Showman’, a soaring musical with songs by the Academy Award-winning songwriters behind ‘La La Land’. Odeon describes the film below:…

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  • OFFER

    KIDS EAT FREE AT WILDWOOD WITH COCO TICKETS

    With every valid Odeon adult ticket for the 12:30pm viewings of Coco at Barons Quay, a child eats for FREE at Wildwood! From the director of ‘Toy Story 3’ comes Pixar’s ‘Coco’,…

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  • NEWS

    Things to do in Northwich!

    The beautiful town of Northwich in Cheshire is situated between the two major cities Manchester and Liverpool. With plenty of options and places to go, it can be a bit overwhelming deciding…

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  • OFFER

    2 courses plus a drink for £10 with The Commuter tickets

    Take the train home with Liam Neeson in ‘The Commuter’ and receive 2 courses plus a drink for £10 at Wildwood Barons Quay. ‘The Commuter’ follows Michael’s journey home from work, which…

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  • NEWS

    Are You Ready To Become Limitless?

    If you fancy being able to watch any and all the films you want, any day of the week, join ODEON Cinema’s Limitless offer. For just £17.99 a month there is the…

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  • OFFER

    Wildwood Food Offer

    From Monday to Friday, Wildwood at Barons Quay have a £10 menu which consists of two courses plus a drink for £10 or you could get 3 courses for just £13. The…

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  • OFFER

    Kid’s Eat Free At WildWood With Valid Cinema Ticket’s

    Children eat for free at Barons Quay’s Wildwood restaurant for every paying adult with a valid cinema ticket to the 10am kids club showings. Watch ‘Sing’ from the 5th – 10th August…

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  • NEWS

    Shop The Back To School Collection At Barons Quay’s Asda

    Get prepared for September and shop this years back to school collection at Barons Quay’s ASDA store. Choose from a variety of back to school goodies including; lunch boxes, school bags, stationary…

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  • OFFER

    FREE Digital Comic With Online Booking’s Of Valerian

    Book online to watch the new movie ‘Valerian’ at ODEON Cinema’s Northwich and you will be a able to claim a free digital comic titled ‘Valerian and Laureline the City of a…

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  • EVENT

    Northwich River Festival and Regatta

    The Northwich River Festival and Regatta took place from Saturday 12th – Sunday 13th August. Northwich town was vibrant with life and festivity and, to our amazement, the sun shone all weekend! The main…

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  • EVENT

    ODEON At Barons Quay Northwich Continues To Be A Success

    Northwich’s ODEON cinema is continuing to be a great success after eight months with people still flocking there to see the latest blockbusters.  The cinema first opened just before Christmas in 2016…

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  • OFFER

    ODEON Competition!

    To celebrate the release of ‘IT’ in cinemas September 8th, Warner Bros. Pictures and Barons Quay ODEON offer you the chance to win IT Movie merchandise. New Line Cinema’s horror thriller “IT,”…

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  • Increase in Retail and Visitor Figures for Northwich

    The Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) has reported positive retail and visitor figures for 2017 so far as the town continues to attract more footfall.  BID Manager Jane Hough spoke at the…

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  • NEWS

    Work Begins On Barons Quay Walkway

    Builders have started work on the walkway where Ryman Stationery used to be and when finished, will provide easy access between Northwich’s traditional shopping area and the new multi-million pound project. An…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Art Development

    Artist Katayoun Dowlatshahg has designed a Medieval inspired piece of public art for Barons Quay. Developers, Cheshire West and Chester Council, commissioned the artist to memorialise Northwich’s salt mining history by combining the…

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  • EVENT

    Northwich Christmas Extravaganza

    The town is once again set to be transformed into a festive wonderland with a whole host of new, exciting attractions coming to Northwich for this year’s event on Saturday 25th November,…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Walkway Now Open!

    The walkway connecting the traditional High Street to Barons Quay is now open. It will now provide easy access between Northwich’s traditional shopping area and the new multi-million pound project. Work on the…

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  • NEWS

    Wildwood have announced their christmas menu

    Visit Wildwood’s website to take a look at their new Christmas menu. Enjoy 3 courses for £19.95 or add a 4th course of Prosecco and nibbles for just £24.95. They are even…

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  • NEWS

    Northwich is ranked as the safest post town in North West England!

    According to a recent study by consumer-research group ValuePenguin, Northwich is the safest large post town in North West England. Those living in the CW8 and CW9 postcode districts (which include Northwich, Wincham,…

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  • EVENT

    Odeon Justice League Competition

    To celebrate the release of ‘Justice League’ in cinemas November 17th, Warner Bros. Pictures and Barons Quay ODEON offer you the chance to win “Justice League’ merchandise. ‘Justice League’ is a superhero…

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  • NEWS

    Children’s Halloween Treat Trail!

    Join us for a Barons Quay FREE Children’s Treat Trail on Monday 30th October. A fun filled trail will take place around Northwich finding named pumpkins in shops and restaurants around the…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Graffiti Wall – Wednesday 1st November

    Stuck for something to do during this half term? Make sure to join us Wednesday 1st November from 11am until 3pm to take part in our FREE graffiti wall located on the…

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  • EVENT

    Meet Peppa Pig at Barons Quay!

    Peppa Pig is coming to Barons Quay! The cheeky little piggy will be appearing next to Wildwood at intervals between 10am and 2pm. Bring your little ones for a fun filled Friday…

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  • EVENT

    Half Term Fun at Barons Quay

    Barons Quay organised a number of FREE and exciting activities for the local residents of Northwich across the October half term holiday. Monday 30 th October saw shoppers be invited down to…

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  • NEWS

    The Barons Quay Effect

    With Barons Quay opening in Northwich, the area has gone from strength to strength with this amazing development. The brands, which include ASDA, Odeon, Wildwood and Starbucks have incorporated the community in…

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  • NEWS

    Competition time at The Tour Series Northwich!

    To celebrate The Tour Series coming to Northwich, Barons Quay are giving away a few prizes on the day to a few lucky winners. There are a number of ways you can…

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  • NEWS

    The Northwich Makeover

    Northwich is officially undergoing some changes to the town centre, which will see a massive £1.4 million spent. With the idea to ‘enhance and protect the historic character’ of Northwich, the project…

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  • NEWS

    Spectators line the streets in Northwich for Tour Series

    The people of Northwich enjoyed fast-paced cycling action on Friday 12th May as the Tour Series, Britain’s leading team cycle race series, came to Northwich. The event, which was organised in a…

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  • NEWS

    The Nightlife Express to Barons Quay

    The Nightlife Express X29 is a new bus route operated in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council, between Winsford and Northwich which started on 7th April 2017. The services run on…

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  • NEWS

    Were you a Spectator at The Tour Series Northwich?

    The Tour Series visited Northwich on the 12th May 2017 bringing along a great day of activities for locals and visitors of the town. Race Director Mick Bennett said: “Northwich lived up…

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  • NEWS

    5 Films To See At Barons Quay Odeon

    With a whole host of exciting movies to arrive in cinemas everywhere, we’ve come up with 5 must-sees this summer. Make the most of the weather and venture down to Barons Quay…

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  • NEWS

    BARONS QUAY TOUR SERIES COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED

    The winners of Barons Quay’s Tour Series photograph competition have been announced.  Alongside the hugely success of the Tour Series event in Northwich on 12 May 2017, Barons Quay hosted their own…

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  • NEWS

    Barons Quay Continues To Excel

    Barons Quay continues to go from strength to strength, recording an incredible 300,000 visits for the first since its launch. The footfall continues to grow, especially with negotiations with major brands nearly…

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  • NEWS

    Happy Father’s Day – WIN £100 Wildwood Vouchers

    To celebrate Father’s Day, we are offering the chance for one lucky person to WIN £100 Wildwood vouchers. Head over to our Facebook page and comment on the post with your favourite…

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  • NEWS

    Marks & Spencer benefiting the community

    One of Northwich’s major national retailers have benefited a school in the local area after working with them as part of a community development project. Marks and Spencer (M&S) at Barons Quay,…

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  • NEWS

    The Night Time Bus Service Proves To Be A Success

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    Barons Quay ASDA Making A Difference

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    Crate Cheshire Shortlisted for National Business Award

    Crate Cheshire is celebrating after being shortlisted for Barbershop/Grooming Salon of the Year, sponsored by Modern Barber, at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2023. Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious events, the awards recognise the names…

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Calling all Grinches in need of some Christmas cheer! 🎄🥃

Head to Wildwood, Barons Quay for the ultimate Grinch-themed cocktail ✨ Poured with Midori, limoncello, orange juice and topped with lemonade! 

By popular demand it’s been extended throughout the whole of Christmas!🎅

YOU’RE INVITED TO OUR BQKIDS CHRISTMAS PARTY ☃️✨

Come along to Wild Tots where we will be hosting our festive party on Tuesday December 19th 4pm-6pm🎄Join us for a FREE jam-packed session of Christmas crafting with The Mini Makery, Sarahs Story Telling and balloon modelling with Daisy Doos. As a special treat, enjoy 1 FREE scoop of ice cream with ANY meal from the Wild Tots kids menu!

Although this is a drop-in session, please still book tickets. We can’t wait to see you! 🥳

Get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Christmas at Barons Quay with our Winter Wonderland Lights Trail! ✨

Wander beneath the twinkling snow arches, explore the enchanting castle, meet our friendly giant snowman, and strike a pose on the majestic ice throne! It’s an adventure filled with magical moments for the whole family!

Feeling lucky? We’re running an exciting contest where you can win a £100 voucher! Simply share your stunning seasonal light trail photos with us on Instagram for a chance to win big. Let your creativity shine and capture the magic of the season! Tag us on Instagram @baronsquay.

Visit us at Barons Quay and make this festive season truly magical.

Crate Cheshire is celebrating after being shortlisted for Barbershop/Grooming Salon of the Year, sponsored by Modern Barber, at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2023.

Widely regarded as one of the industry’s most prestigious events, the awards recognise the names that have achieved business brilliance, helping uphold Britain’s reputation as a world leader in hairdressing expertise. 

Crate Cheshire reached the finals after submitting an attention-grabbing entry, detailing the skills and experience that have contributed to their career success to date. Following an intensive judging process, the team will now attend the 25th British Hairdressing Business Awards, held this year onMonday 3 July 2023at London’s Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Founder Charles Rose says: ‘I still can’t believe it! The awards are so respected across the industry, so just to reachthe finals is a huge honour. We’re up against some incredible competition but just hope that the judges see our drive and passion. Winning the award could change our lives – we’re keeping everything crossed!’ 

Jayne Lewis-Orr, Executive Director of the British Hairdressing Business Awards says: ‘HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards are an annual celebration of business acumen, and the people and companies going theextra mile to ensure that creativity and commercial success go hand in hand. Once again, our judging panel was overwhelmed with the standard of entries. To make the shortlist for this category, nominees need to demonstrate a thriving business, with a strong brand ethos, excellent customer care and exciting team initiatives. Crate Cheshireshould feel incredibly proud to have achieved that andfinalised alongside such impressive talent.’

A total of 17 trophies will be awarded at the event, which was launched in 1998 and has previously honoured names including Trevor Sorbie, TONI&GUY, Sophia Hilton, Colin McAndrew and Casey Coleman.

Brand new for 2023… the Northwich Grub Club will feature some amazing street food, bars and live music. Taking place on the first Thursday of each month between 5pm – 10pm in Barons Quay’s Wildwflower Meadow, across from H&M.

Free entry.

On May 14th 2023, Radio Northwich celebrates 5 years of broadcasting from the town centre.   The station launched transmissions to coincide with the Charlatans homecoming concerts in 2018, the original studio being located on the second floor of premises at the bottom end of High Street.  The station broadcasts 24 hours per day and is run entirely by local volunteers, providing an entertaining mix of music, local sports and current affairs programmes.

In 2019, the stations owners decided the profile of the station needed improving and set about the search for new premises.   Immediately prior to the first Covid lockdown, a lease was signed with Cheshire West and Chester Council and their Agents, to move into new premises in Barons Quay.   The new premises were initially closed to the public due to the ongoing situation with the pandemic, but BBC Radio legend Mark Radcliffe officially opened the doors in August 2021.

“The 5 years have passed so very quickly” said partner John Thompson, “and we are just delighted to have reached this milestone despite the many challenges encountered along the way.   Since day one, we have sought to be an integral part of the local community and relocating our studio to the heart of Barons Quay has certainly helped achieve this aim.  Visit Northwich, Northwich BID, Rotary in Northwich, Northwich Town Council and Barons Quay arrange some amazing events and we are thrilled to be involved and participate in each one.

“We really appreciate the support we have received over the last 5 years from all our sponsors and advertisers, without whom we simply wouldn’t have been able to provide the service we do.   Additionally, we are thankful to our wonderful team of Presenters who continue to dedicate many hours producing excellent audio output for the community.”

To mark the occasion of the 5th anniversary of broadcasting, the station’s owners, Kim Smith and John Thompson, have announced five concerts, four of which will be held at the iconic Northwich Plaza between July and the end of 2023.

“It seems fitting that we should mark the occasion of our fifth birthday with some outstanding music events” explained Kim, “including a first visit to the town of Ska legends Bad Manners, the two Mad for the Plaza evenings featuring four of the finest Manchester tribute acts and culminating with the return in December of the amazing synthpop giants Heaven 17, who’ll be supported by Electromantics and Mark Radcliffe’s UNE.

“By arranging these concerts, we aim to raise as much money as possible for the two local charities we are supporting this year – Simply The Breast and Tiny Steps, whilst providing great entertainment for the local community”.

Tickets for all the concerts are available to purchase through Radio Northwich’s website www.radionorthwich.co.uk

Please see below weekly food hubs organised by Northwich Community Support.

 

There’s a huge art sale at the VAC Gallery, opposite Wildwood at Barons Quay 2nd February – 4th March.

Prices start from as little as £1!

The pop-up gallery is supported by Barons Quay and the Northwich BID.

 

 

Asda has announced its strongest ever initiative to help feed children, meaning kids across the UK can eat for just £1 at any time of day in Asda Cafés, seven days a week, with no minimum adult spend required.

Children just need to be aged 16 and under to access a hot or cold meal for just £1.

Baby food is also available as part of the initiative, with little ones able to enjoy a free pouch of Ella’s Kitchen baby food (70g pouch) in ASDA, Barons Quay.

 

Join us at Puddle Ducks in Barons Quay for our first BQkids event of the year featuring the brilliant Diddi Dance! 

Diddi Dance is back for an energetic class for the little ones, letting their imaginations go wild through singing and dancing.

Children will also get to meet Puddle the duck and take away a BQKids party bag.

On the 17th January at Puddle Ducks, Barons Quay

Limited spaces available, click here to register before tickets sell out…

Are you ready to get Christmassy with your little ones? We have the ultimate BQKids event just for you, featuring performances from Princess Elsa and her Christmas Elf, festive face-painting, balloon modelling and an exclusive showing of The Snowman and The Snowdog on the big screen!

 

Barons Quay Kids Club is hosting a Christmas Movie Party, which celebrates 40 years of the iconic festive film The Snowman, with a screening of The Snowman and the Snow Dog! 

Before the film, there are lots of festive treats to get you in the mood. Princess Elsa and her special Elf will get the party started with live performances, you can even pose for photos with them too, it’s a party they’ll never forget…

Then it’s time to look the part with some festive face painting and our exciting balloon modeller will entertain the children and give out his creations to take home.

For the grand finale,  there will be an exclusive showing of The Snowman and The Snowdog on the big screen.

Wednesday 30th November, 10am-12pm at Costa and the Odeon, Barons Quay

Limited spaces are available, click to register before tickets sell out…

ONE TICKET ADMITS PARENT AND CHILD for £10 per ticket + booking fee.

BOOK NOW

It wouldn’t be Christmas without Santa! The Rotary in Northwich is bringing Santa to Northwich and you’ll be able to find him in his magical grotto near H&M and the Wildflower Meadow.

The grotto is open every Saturday from the 26th of November, plus Friday the 23rd of December.

The price is £5 with all money raised being donated to support local charities.

As you know Santa is very busy this time of year, so don’t forget to book a slot  https://www.npole.co.uk 

 

Get into Christmas at Barons Quay with a host of magical events!  From a frozen princess to an iconic festive film, from Christmas choirs to Christmas crafting – we have everything you need to get into the festive spirit.

Christmas Movie Party – 30th November 10 am – 12 pm

The little ones are invited to the BQKids Club Movie Party on Wednesday 30th November. 

Princess Elsa and her Christmas Elf will be singing festive songs to get the party started and you’ll have the chance to pose for photos with them too! You will even look the part with some festive face painting and our exciting balloon modeller will be handing out his creations to take home.

Drumroll please… for the grand finale of the party, an exclusive showing of The Snowman and The Snowdog on the big screen at the Odeon to celebrate 10 years of the iconic festive film!

Don’t forget to buy your ticket here –  they are selling out fast!

Community Choirs – 10th December 11 am – 4 pm 

Choirs from our local community will be performing in Barons Square, to create a Christmas atmosphere for shoppers and visitors between 11am-4pm. Come down for a sing song or to enjoy the sounds of Christmas whilst you indulge in a hot chocolate from The Coffee House!

If you’re part of a choir and would like to take part – please email gabrielle@acunningplan.co.uk

Christmas Crafting – 17th December 10am – 4pm 

 The Christmas crafters will help children make their own clay Christmas tree decoration  to take it home and hang on their own tree. There will be a 2 x  30 minutes SEND session from 10am-11am, which you can book onto here: 10-10.30am or 10.30-11am.

From 11am-4pm it will be a drop-in session, situated in the travelator hall.

 

Barons Quay is bringing some seasonal magic to Northwich with a magical Winter Wonderland lights trail, Christmas movie party, Santa’s Grotto, festive crafts and community choirs!

The Winter Wonderland lights trail will feature four large light installations that visitors can interact with including snow arches, an igloo, a giant snowman and an ice throne. These impressive light displays will be situated throughout the shopping centre and guests are encouraged to visit them all for a chance to win.

An online map will allow children to find all the locations. They can also take part in the online Winter Wonderland Quiz for a chance to win a toy bundle, worth £50 courtesy of The Entertainer toy shop.

For those who love to pose for a festive photo, you can share your pictures of the dazzling light displays, and tag in Barons Quay to take part in their competition. The best picture will win a £100 gift card for a Barons Quay store of their choice. 

The Rotary in Northwich is bringing Santa’s Grotto back to Barons Quay. This year it will be situated outside H&M, next to the Wildflower Meadow. Parents can book a slot for their child to meet Santa, who will be in the Centre every Saturday from the 26th of November, plus Friday 23rd of December. Visits cost £5, with all money collected from Santa visits being distributed to their charity partners. 

For those with younger children, there’s the Barons Quay Kids Club Movie Party on Wednesday 30th November; it will feature live performances from Princess Elsa and her Elf, face-painting and balloon modelling, before a special screening of The Snowman and The Snowdog, which is being shown exclusively at Odeon cinemas this Christmas to mark The Snowman’s 40th anniversary. To book tickets click here. 

On the 10th December community choirs will be performing in Barons Square, creating a Christmas atmosphere for shoppers and visitors between 11am-4pm. Any community choirs or schools wanting to perform on the day can contact gabrielle@acunningplan.co.uk.

On Saturday 17th December, children can take part in free Christmas Crafts between 10am-4pm.  The festive crafters will help children make their own clay Christmas tree decoration to take home with them. Two SEND session will take place between 10.00am-11.am in a calm and quiet environment, which parents can book on to here: session one and session two.

From 11am-4pm activities will take place in the travelator hall, where participants can drop-in throughout the day. 

Activities will be launched at The Christmas Extravaganza on Saturday 26th November.

Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “This year we have everything you need to feel festive, from Santa visits to community choirs, Christmas movies to seasonal crafts! The Winter Wonderland lights trail will make every corner of the Centre feel Christmassy. We invite you to, literally, get into Christmas by walking through the snow arches, exploring the icy igloo, meeting our giant snowman and posing on the magical ice throne! 

Barons Quay is proud to be the shirt sponsor for under 14s Witton Girls Wildcats this season, which is part of Witton Albion Junior Football Club. 

The Centre has funded the new training kit for the team of 15 girls, who play as part of the Cheshire Girls Football League. 

Witton Albion Junior Football Club is a thriving local Community Junior Football club in Northwich. It is run by volunteers from the local community, committed to promoting community participation in healthy recreation through football. They focus on providing safe and fun training and match-day experiences for all.

The sponsorship follows the Summer of Sport at Barons Quay, which saw four weeks of free sporting events for local families hosted at the centre during the summer holidays. 

Barons Quay made the decision to sponsor Witton Girls to help encourage women’s football in the local area and highlight the great work that takes place at the football club, helping young people on and off the pitch.

Andy Ralph, Witton Albion JFC Committee member ”We are delighted that Barons Quay wanted to sponsor one of our girls teams. We’ve already seen great numbers of girls wanting to play football through our Wildcats sessions, but we hope that the success of the Lionesses will inspire a new generation in addition to our current Under 9s, 10s, 13s and 15s girls teams. We look forward to seeing the Under 14 girls in their new kit once the season starts. Any girls wanting to get involved can contact our Wildcats section at wittonssewildcats@gmail.com or via Witton Wildcats Girls’ Football Centre on Facebook”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “The Lionesses were so inspiring over the summer and have no doubt encouraged many girls to give football a go. We’re proud to be waving the flag for women’s football in the local area, who knows we could have the next Ellen White right here in Northwich! Good luck to Witton Girls under 14s, we hope you have a successful season!”

 

In its 4th year of entering RHS North West in Bloom, Northwich has finally achieved the elusive Gold at the annual awards! The town was named a joint winner in ‘Best in Category’ for a Large Town, ‘Best Art in the Community’ and Cheshire Food Hub achieved a Level 5 Outstanding for its community garden.

The Northwich in Bloom submission is led by the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), with significant support from Northwich Town Council, as well as Cheshire West & Chester Council.

Speaking of the achievement, Stephanie Leese from Northwich BID was elated to see the town achieve these awards “Each year we enter In Bloom with the hope of getting the ultimate recognition for the work that is put in across Northwich, not only by partners but also the vast amount of community organisations who support the entry. These awards showcase how Northwich is a destination like no other and I’m so proud of everyone involved in making it happen.”

Northwich In Bloom has over 30 groups working on projects across the town, all of which come together to help create the Northwich portfolio, which is used as part of the judging. This year the town was visited by two In Bloom judges, who were very impressed by just the handful of projects they were able to see in one day and they also commented on how colourful the town centre was with the vast amount of planting.

Northwich Town Mayor, Cllr Graham Emmett celebrated by saying “This is just another tick in the box for how great Northwich is, another reason to be proud of our town and another reason to be thankful for the amazing community spirit we’re surrounded by. It’s important to pay thanks to all those who supported this year’s submission and a special thanks to those who kept the towns floral displays looking perfect throughout the hot summer period.”

During the award ceremony, Northwich received the ‘Best Art in the Community”: award, with Chair of RHS North West in Bloom Bernard Pendleton, commenting on the various crochet flowers and postbox toppers showing real community involvement. The crochet art that has been placed across the town is from several community groups, with trailing flowers created by St Helen’s Knit & Natter, Mid Cheshire Craft & Chat and customers from Crafty Stitches. Various post box toppers and Pina Colada Festival-themed bollard covers gave the town a tropical feel, created by Toppers of Northwich.

Cheshire Food Hub were also recognised as a significant part of the Northwich portfolio, with the community garden seen as an inspirational example during the judging visit. Bob & Jill Worrell from the project were at the awards ceremony, along with Rachel Waterman who manages Cheshire Food Hub. Rachel praised the volunteers “The food hub volunteers worked so hard on producing and maintaining a fantastic garden. The garden only used recycled and donated materials so it’s green as well as being green! So many customers have commented on how brilliant the gardens are and how much they make them smile. The team should be incredibly proud of what they’ve achieved.”

Northwich In Bloom are always looking to involve more groups in the portfolio, those interested in taking part in future years can email stephanie.leese@groundwork.org.uk for information on how to get involved. Volunteers who would like to support the planting in the town centre in 2023, can register with One Northwich by visiting https://northwich.org.uk/.

Visual Arts Cheshire is inviting budding artists to be part of a new community art exhibition that will go on display in Barons Quay this winter. 

The 20×20 Community Arts Project is a unique exhibition where local people are being invited to produce a 20cm x 20cm piece of art that will be displayed in the Visual Arts Cheshire pop-up gallery, opposite Wildwood in Barons Quay.

Entries can range from abstract paintings to photographs, a pencil drawn portrait to a watercolour scenic landscape, anything goes! The only stipulation is the size; 20cm x 20cm.

It costs £2 per artwork to take part, with £1 of this donated to Mid Cheshire Foodbank and the remaining £1 to cover the gallery costs. The works  will then go on sale and can be priced at the artist’s discretion, up to a maximum of £20. 

As well as raising money for the local food bank, Visual Arts Cheshire hopes that when the individual square artworks are hung together in the gallery, they will create one big, stunning piece of community art for local people to enjoy. The exhibition will run from Thursday 10th November to Saturday 31st December 2022, and submissions can be made at any point during this time – space permitting.

Artwork should be unframed and measure 20 x 20cm. Canvasses can be purchased from the Northwich Art Shop or the VAC Gallery. Alternatively, artwork can be mounted onto a strong card or foam board. 

Phil Carswell from Visual Arts Cheshire said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people to see their artwork in a gallery! You don’t have to be an artist, just enjoy being creative. It’s open to all ages and abilities and we’d love to see a real mix of ideas to create a stunning gallery wall for everyone to enjoy this winter.”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “Visual Arts Cheshire has brought a number of inspiring art initiatives to the Centre and the 20×20 Community Arts Project is no exception! We know that visitors enjoy seeing the artwork and now they can be part of it!  There is a lot of artistic talent in the town and I can’t wait to see the end result.”

To take part in the community exhibition, drop off your artwork at the VAC Gallery at Barons Quay from Thursday 10th November. The gallery, opposite Wildwood, is open Thursday to Saturday each week, 10:30 – 16:00 until the 31st December. 

On Saturday 12th November Transition Northwich will hold a free drop in creative workshop, with activities inspired by the positive actions people can take to combat global environmental issues. The public will be welcome to come in and explore the table activities and see the start of the 20×20 exhibition.

 

Visual Arts Cheshire 

In August, the Art Trail exhibition was succeeded by an exhibition curated by the Weaver Vale Art Group. The gallery is currently hosting work by  the Cheshire Artists Network along with work created by members of the VAC committee.

Visual Arts Cheshire (VAC) is a Community Interest Company who for several years have organised an annual Art Trail in the town, along with an exhibition of work from local Primary Schools each Spring. The group seeks to promote a range of arts activities within the town, including exhibitions and workshops. Every year VAC also produces the Northwich Calendar – 2023 being the 10th edition.

Since establishing a base at Barons Quay with the support of the Centre’s Management Team, Northwich BID and the Northwich Art Shop, VAC plans to host a series of exhibitions in the gallery over the coming months. They have also curated an exhibition currently running at the Weaver Hall Museum entitled Inspirations 3. This exhibition of work is by local artists who have been inspired by artefacts from the Cheshire Museum Service. 

 

Northwich Library’s first craft and storytelling session went off with a bang at Barons Quay last week, with a rocket themed event for Bonfire Night!

The free event, which took place on Wednesday 3rd November at Costa, inside Odeon, was attended by a number of local families with children aged 0-4 years old.  The youngsters enjoyed a space-themed story, told by the Library staff and then created their own rockets to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

It was the first in a series of sessions that will take place on the first Wednesday of every month, 11am – 12pm and will feature a different theme each time.  Parents and carers wishing to attend can simply turn up on the day, there’s no need to book.

 

The monthly events are part of the Barons Quay Kids Club, which launched earlier this year to provide free events for local families and pre-school children. Events to date include dancing, music, drama, crafts and water safety with Puddle Ducks.

 

The next Library event will be held on Wednesday 7th December, at the same location and will include a festive story and Christmas crafts.

Caroline Dunseath, Locality Librarian for the Northwich and Winsford area, said: “While we await our new temporary home for Northwich Library it’s brilliant to be able to come to Barons Quay and engage with young people at these events. The aim is to promote books from a young age and encourage parents and children to read together now and in the future.  Our friendly team brings the stories to life with a craft activity that ties into the book and makes it more accessible for little ones. We look forward to meeting more local families in the next few months.” 

 

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “Well done to Northwich Library for kicking off their storytelling sessions with a brilliant first event. We’ve had great feedback from parents and I’m glad that we are able to host this monthly activity with the help of Odeon and Costa.”

 

To find out more about the Barons Quay Kids Club events and offers visit: http://baronsquay.co.uk/kidsclub/

 

Northwich Library will be temporarily relocating to Weaver Hall Museum in the near future while renovations take place on the library building  – for more information visit Northwich Library | Cheshire West and Chester Council

 

Crowds will line the streets of Northwich on Sunday 17 July to enjoy a celebratory festival of activity to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay during its global tour.

The 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay is a tradition that connects and excites communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games, which begin on 28 July.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “The Queen’s Baton Relay is an opportunity for communities across England to experience the buzz and excitement for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, from 28 July – 8 August.

“It is special for Northwich to be one of the few chosen towns in the country to host the Baton on its long journey. We encourage everyone to come along to Northwich on 17 July to welcome it to our borough. We will be celebrating sport in our community, with lots of activities going on at different spots along the route for everyone to enjoy as they cheer on the Batonbearers.”

One of the Batonbearers George Kitteridge, from Hazel Grove, said: “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet and feels a bit surreal. It was nice to be nominated initially and the whole experience is a great honour. I will not just be carrying the Baton for myself but for my dad who has Huntington’s Disease and for all those who continue to be affected in some way by it today. It is a pleasure to keep raising awareness for the Huntington’s Disease Association and what better way than representing them in the 2022 Commonwealth games celebrations.”

James McCann, from Manchester, who is also carrying the Baton, said: “I am delighted to represent the UK and Commonwealth by carrying the Baton, it is a once in a lifetime experience and something I am looking forward to. My friends and family will be coming to cheer on. My nan, who is fighting cancer, is resilient and has shown a never give up attitude. I like the sporting element of the Relay and am into rugby and fitness and I am looking to also showcase this resilience from sport.” 

The Queen’s Baton arrives in the town at the Anderton Boat Lift, which will be closed to the public until 1pm for an official private event to welcome the Batonbearers, including the conclusion of the Schools Baton Relay.

The tour begins at midday when a Batonbearer carries the Baton by boat down the 50ft lift to emerge onto the River Weaver Navigation below. They will sail along the River Weaver by boat, accompanied by a flotilla of paddle boarders and canoeists.

The Baton is disembarked at Winnington Swing Bridge at 12.35pm onto A533 Winnington Lane before passing Winnington Urban Village. As it runs past Winnington Recreation Club, garden centre and youth club at 12.40pm, crowds can enjoy displays of bowls and cricket and sporting activities by local clubs and groups.

Sport and leisure activities such as football, netball, boxing and more will take place on Winnington Lane Playing field with the Batonbearers passing by at 12.45pm. The Youth Service will entertain crowds as the Baton runs past the Youth Club at 12.55pm.

The Baton then descends Winnington Bank in the Krazy Races soapbox to cross the river at Town Bridge at 1pm and follows the gyratory to the northern entrance to Brio Leisure’s Northwich Memorial Court where there will be dance displays.

More dance displays will be performed as the Baton passes Northwich Library at 1.10pm. The tour concludes at 1.15pm at Barons Quay Road to coincide with the Rotary’s free Sunday in the Park festival at Riverside Park where the Batonbearers will take to the stage to complete this leg of its epic journey.

Mike Watson, CEO of Active Cheshire, said: “Northwich will embrace the Queen’s Baton Relay and the whole of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this summer.  We see a great opportunity to Get Northwich Active and would encourage any groups wanting to be part of the day to get in touch with Active Cheshire. Similarly, anyone wanting to become active, or more active, but isn’t sure where to start, talk to us, or one of the many groups and clubs along the route.”

Daniel Greenhalgh, Canal & River Trust North West director, said: “We are delighted that Anderton Boat Lift will be the first venue in Northwich to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay. Sadly, due to limited space, we are not able to open the lift to the public during the event but, as the world’s first boat lift, the Victorian structure should offer a spectacular start to its journey along the River Weaver and through the town.”

Mayor of Northwich, Councillor Graham Emmett, said: “Northwich is honoured to be chosen to host a stage of the Queen’s Baton Relay.  This is going to be an amazing day for our great town, and I know the Northwich community will come out and support as it always does.”

The Relay began on 7 October 2021 at Buckingham Palace, when The Queen placed her message to the Commonwealth into the Baton, which is travelling for a total 294 days and will visit all nations and territories of the Commonwealth. 

BEAR, the riverside coffee house, kitchen and bar in Barons Quay, has been named ‘Best Independent Coffee Shop in the North West’ in the UK Enterprise Awards 2022 by SME News. 

 

The SME News UK Enterprise Awards champion exciting and vibrant businesses and industries from across the country. 

 

BEAR opened in Barons Quay, opposite the Odeon cinema, in September 2020. This was  the independent coffee shop’s sixth opening in four years, following branches in Uttoxeter, Derby, Stone and London.

 

Well-known for its fashionable interior, the Northwich store has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the River Weaver, making it the perfect spot to enjoy brunch, lunch or dinner!  BEAR has become a firm favourite with locals due to its imaginative and diverse menu, which includes tacos, pizza, burgers and cocktails! 

Like many in the hospitality industry, the business has had to cope with the impact of the pandemic, as well as managing staff shortages and supplier issues. However, BEAR is now back to full opening hours and has a new store manager.

Jay Cotton, Store Manager at BEAR said: “The North West is a hotspot of incredible places to eat and drink, and for our store to be chosen as the Best Independent Coffee Shop in the region is so flattering and humbling! After a tough couple of years, our team is stronger than ever, but ultimately we’ve got the incredible, supportive community in Northwich to thank for this success.”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “Congratulations to all the team at BEAR; winning this prestigious award after such a challenging time is an awesome achievement! They’ve built a strong reputation in Northwich thanks to their brilliant customer service, stylish interior and tasty dishes. It’s good to see this recognised on a national stage too.”

Following the success of their annual Art Trail in July, Visual Arts Cheshire is hosting a season of exhibitions at a new pop-up gallery in Barons Quay, Northwich.

 

Friday 19th August saw the opening of an exhibition from the Weaver Vale Art Society which has over a hundred paintings, plus greetings cards, prints and a range of other items created by their members.

The Weaver Vale group were founded over ten years ago. The group currently have over twenty members including semi-professional and amateur artists.

The exhibition which runs until Saturday 24th September is open Thursday to Saturday each week, and throughout this time several of the exhibiting artists will be at the gallery working on new paintings, as well as being available to meet visitors to the gallery.

A series of workshops will also be running at the gallery and details of these can be found at the gallery and the Northwich Art Shop.

The gallery is opposite Wildwood at Barons Quay, visitors can view the wide range of paintings from local artists, which are also for sale.

The pop-up gallery is supported by Barons Quay and the Northwich BID.

For more information visit: Society https://www.facebook.com/groups/236950690046812

 

Local baby and child swim school, Puddle Ducks Mid-Cheshire, celebrated the first birthday of their very own, purpose built, Puddle Ducks pool in Barons Quay last weekend (26th August).

It has been an incredible year for everyone at Puddle Ducks Mid-Cheshire with over 4,000 baby and preschool classes and 2,000 swim academy classes delivered and with 44,000 names ticked off the register, this special birthday was cause for celebration.

The party included an amazing cake, homemade by one of the team, balloons, birthday flags and of course, a special guest appearance from Puddle who was out and about all day meeting the swimmers and celebrating with the community. 

 

Rachel Bateson from Puddle Ducks Mid-Cheshire commented: “I can’t believe it’s already been a year – it has flown by! It’s been absolutely wonderful, full of amazing people and it was great to celebrate this milestone surrounded by such a fantastic team and to reflect on everything that has been achieved over the past year.  

“We are delighted to have had the opportunity to teach so many youngsters to swim and to love the water over the last year in our pool.

“It’s amazing to be part of the Puddle Ducks ‘full circle moment’. Barons Quay was the first purpose-built pool in the network and it’s fitting that it is located where it all began, in Northwich in 2002. Our pool has become a pillar of the local community and to see how the Puddle Ducks Mid-Cheshire community has grown over the past year fills me with excitement for the years to come.”

To find out more about Puddle Ducks Mid-Cheshire, please call 0147 741 0080 or visit the website  https://www.puddleducks.com/midcheshire. 

Popcat’s Music Northwich will host an energetic and creative class where little ones can develop their communication and language skills through music and movement.
Children will also get to meet Puddle the duck and take away a BQKids party bag and balloon.

On the 11th October, 11am-12pm at Puddle Ducks, Barons Quay

Limited spaces available, click to register before tickets sell out…https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bqkids-music-morning-tickets-428477256007

ONE TICKET ADMITS PARENT AND CHILD. If you’re bringing two children please get two tickets. if you can’t make the event, please cancel your ticket beforehand, thank you!

 

Next month sees the inaugural Rare Vitamin Annual Diversion come to Barons Quay!

We caught up with co-organiser Chris Mundie from The Salty Dog to find out more about this brilliant live music event…

Chris Mundie The Salty Dog Northwich

What is an Annual Diversion?

“We wanted to put together an alternative musical festival curated by Rare Vitamin Records, but we decided ‘fest’ or ‘stock’ was too obvious, so went for something slightly pretentious and confusing instead”.

“Myself and Jason from Rare Vit work with loads of really cool bands, we thought it’d be great to do an event that celebrated new original music instead of relying on an older established headliner, which we’ve often done in other events I’ve been involved in, that’s great and works really well, but we wanted to put the focus on new music that we really liked, Jason is the man really when it comes to the underground stuff, so he largely curated the line-up, I took on the logistical stuff and Tracey our designer made it all look pretty!”

The Lovely Eggs

What can we expect from the Annual Diversion in terms of acts and bands and who should we be looking out for?

“Our headliners are The Lovely Eggs, who Jason has followed for a number of years now, they are a fully DIY outfit and just played a packed-out gig at The Ritz with no managers or agents, that’s a big inspiration to us and shows what you can really achieve whilst maintaining an underground ethos, they even collaborated with Iggy Pop on a single last year and had a number one album!

“The line up is absolutely packed with great bands though, we have The C33s heading up the Friday who just put out a storming garage rock album on Rare Vitamin, we have Headsticks who can’t really be stuck into a genre, but encompass punk, rock, roots and loads of other influences, Zen Baseballbat are over from Widnes who meld ska and new wave into a proper infectious dance party, Pagans SOH who picked up an award for best live act in Birmingham playing funky hip hop, IDestroy who have had loads of Radio 1 play since we first booked them two years ago playing great melodic punk and grunge, Kicked In The Teeth, who I happen to drum for, Nervous Twitch who play great lo-fi alternative pop and a whole host of other great bands”

IDESTROY

Taking place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of July in Riverside Park near H&M. Tickets are priced £8 for Friday, £15 for Saturday or £20 for a weekend pass. To purchase tickets visit: www.wegottickets.com/annualdiversion

Festival Line Up:

Friday 15th July – The C33s, IDestroy, Kicked In The Teeth, The Battery Farm, Cassette Apes, Tic No Toc.

Saturday 16th July – The Lovely Eggs, Headsticks, Zen Baseballbat, The Pagans SOH, Nervous Twitch, The Kings Pistol, Hazel’s Maze, Crooked Little Sons, All Is Vanity, Sonum, Patrick T Davies and Ewok.

Zen Baseballbat

Compered by Leon The Pig Farmer

Organisers of the Northwich River Festival have announced a brand-new race as part of the annual event.

 As well as the ever-popular MIGHTY River Weaver Dragon Boat Challenge on Saturday 9th July, teams are invited to enter The Puddle Ducks Pedalo Challenge on the afternoon of Sunday 10th July.

Sponsored by Puddle Ducks Swim Academy, based here in Barons Quay, this fun activity is aimed at smaller groups such as small businesses, families, and friends. 

The races will feature heats between the pedalo teams, which can consist of 2 to 4 crew members (two peddling and two using the supplied paddles), as they navigate a circular course on the River Weaver next to The ODEON. The ultimate winners will be decided in a grand final between the top three teams.

Entry is £10 per team, but teams will be asked to seek sponsors, with everything raised going to the Festival’s nominated charities; Down Syndrome Cheshire and the Cheshire West and Chester branch of The National Autistic Society, as well as the other great causes supported by Rotary in Northwich.

Rotarian Jim Mole, who is overseeing this part of the event said, “We realised that not everyone is able to raise a team large enough for the Dragon Boat racing, so we decided to offer this as an alternative. I think it’s going to be great fun, and I urge teams to get their applications in as soon as possible.”

But if you want to take part in the Dragon Boat Racing without a full team, all is not lost because you can apply to be part of a “Scratch” Team, thanks to Northwich Town Council and The Business Improvement District.

Northwich River Festival has become a firm favourite in the town’s event calendar, and as well as the racing, there is much to entertain visitors of all ages across the weekend of 9th and 10th July 2022.

Committee Chair, John Walton, said, “I am both amazed and delighted at how the Festival has captured the hearts of people – not just from Northwich, but from much further afield, and I thank all those who give their time and work so hard to make the event the success that it is.”

For visitors who want to take a more leisurely view of the river, Wirral Community Narrowboat Trust will be offering trips on its wheelchair-accessible vessel, “Over The Rainbow”, whilst Mid Cheshire Stand-Up Paddleboarders will be in attendance to offer tasted sessions. The Canal and River Trust will also have a presence, offering canoeing and fishing tasters.

On dry land, attractions include food, drink, trade, and charity stalls all weekend, as well as the Saturday Artisan Market. Plus, there will be a children’s fairground, displays, street theatre and circus performers, with Radio Northwich providing Summer tunes to keep the feel-good atmosphere flowing.

The more musical visitor should look out the Rotary in Northwich Community Piano, which will be sited near to Wildwood Restaurant.

The event will draw to a close later on Sunday afternoon with the Famous Ducks on the Dane Charity Duck Race.

Northwich River Festival is organised by Rotary in Northwich and Rotaract volunteers, with the support of its sponsors, and The Canal and River Trust, Barons Quay, Northwich Town Council, Radio Northwich, The River Weaver Navigation Society, Northwich BID and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

For more details, to enter a team, book a stall, advertise or to buy Duck Race tickets, visit northwichriverfestival.org.uk

 

Spectators at Northwich River Festival

 

BE CREATIVE, HAVE FUN, LEAVE INSPIRED.

Northwich Festival of Arts is a partnership project by Northwich BID (Visit Northwich), Visual Arts Cheshire CIC and Northwich Art Shop. This month long celebration of art and creativity takes place in Northwich throughout July 2022.

We are all creative. It can be fabulous, fun and frustrating in equal measure. You don’t need permission to be creative, but sometimes you need something to stimulate and inspire.

Through the medium of the Arts Festival, Northwich Art Trail and Summer Arts Market
we hope that it might be able to plant the seed of creativity and set you on a new journey.

All events are FREE to participants. By the generous support of Northwich Businesses through the Northwich BID all artists are being paid for their work. If you book a ticket with for an event please turn up, or cancel if you are unable to. Please also make a donation, if you are able, to help future community work.

You can view the events below or head to the official booking site here: https://ticketsource.co.uk/foa

 

Are you ready for a summer of sport at Barons Quay?

 

A four-week festival of activities is coming to Northwich, just in time for the summer holidays!  The free events will include a variety of sports, from football to martial arts, yoga to street dance – there’s something for everyone.

Taking place from the 29th July to the 20th August, in the Wildflower Meadow, free sporty activities will be happening every Friday and Saturday from 11am – 3pm.

Throughout the day families can take part in outdoor games including: badminton, swing ball, football, space hopper races, boules, table football, mini hurdles, egg and spoon races, sack races and hula hoops!  

There’ll also be a different theme for each weekend with activities and workshops available for children to take part in. 

Week 1: Mega Multi Sports 

Kicking off the festival with a day of traditional summer games on the Friday followed by martial arts workshops on Saturday, where participants can learn karate patterns and moves. Everyone who takes part will receive a medal to take home.

Week 2 – The Big Restival

In week two, kids can learn some poses in the yoga workshops and on Saturday it’s a day of rest with some sporty crafting sessions. Children can choose from a sports mug or bag to decorate and take home with them.

Week 3 – Heads Up

Inspired by the Lionesses at the Euros and the upcoming World Cup week three is all about ‘the beautiful game’! Visitors will get the opportunity to meet one of Europe’s best football freestylers and learn new skills in the fun workshops taking place throughout Friday and Saturday. 

Week 4 – Dance Week

Barons Quay Summer of Sport will end on a high with two days dedicated to dance! On Friday families can join in the energetic Zumba classes running throughout the day. Then it’s party time on Saturday as Northwich celebrates the Pina Colada Festival. They’ll be tropical themed street dance workshops to get everyone in the mood.

All participants will receive a certificate and if you pose on the Summer of Sport Podium you could win a £50 gift card! Share your photos on social media and tag us in to enter, we’ll pick our favourite photograph on 1st September 2022.

For more details about the weekly events follow us on social media.

Barons Quay is the perfect place for families to enjoy a day out, with great shops, restaurants, cafes and a six-screen cinema! Plus four-hours free parking and our lovely pedestrianised mall makes a safe and convenient environment for kids of all ages.

We also run a number of free events as part of our BQKids Club – sign up to be the first to hear about them and for exclusive offers!

 

Mini Shoppers

All of our fashion retailers have a kids section for your mini – fashionistas! From the latest sports gear to the best basics – it’s all here.

Stay on trend with H&M and River Island’s ‘mini-me’ outfits and designer collaborations or pick up a cool pair of trainers and sportswear from Sports Direct. 

For essential items and school uniforms, don’t forget George at ASDA!  They also have a huge selection of toys in-store too. 

But when it comes to toys there is nowhere better than the UK’s largest toy retailer, aka toy heaven, The Entertainer! You’ll find the most popular toys with a huge product offering from fidget spinners, to outdoor slides and swings, plus the latest brands including PlayMobil, Lego, Hasbro, LOL and Squishmallows!  

For older kids there’s GAME, tucked away upstairs in Sports Direct, you will find the latest games, consoles and accessories.

Every child’s birthday is a big birthday and Card Factory is always stocked up with party essentials including decorations, party bag fillers, toys, gift wrap and not forgetting a large range of balloons that can be inflated in store.

 

Mini Treats 

All our restaurants and cafes are family friendly with a range of options for all occasions.

For breakfast it’s got to be BEAR for a stack of delicious pancakes with a choice of toppings and don’t forget the babycino. For grown ups there’s more breakfast and brunch options and amazing river views to enjoy.

For something different head to our newest, South African style restaurant, Culinary Concept! Kids can decorate a doughnut or enjoy a dish from their unique children’s menu. They’ll love the doughnut french toast or for the more adventurous there’s the South African delicacy of borewore roll and chips!

What about pizza or pasta? Wildwood has a great deal, kids deal where they offer 2 courses and a drink for just £6.75. Even better if you’re part of BQKids you can get a kid’s meal for just £1 – yes £1!

If you just want a quick stop off whilst out shopping, then the ASDA cafe is perfect for a budget friendly meal on the go. Plus, kids under 16 eat for FREE – Monday to Friday after 3pm when you spend £4 in the ASDA café. You can also get free Ella’s baby food pouches for children under 18 months old with any purchase in the café too.

For light bites and snacks check out the atmospheric cafe; The Coffee House, with its giant light-up tree and stylish interior. You can enjoy the delicious three-blend coffee and the kids can choose from a huge selection of their homemade cakes and yummy milkshakes. 

 

Mini Experiences

Don’t miss our BQKids FREE events that take place each month for preschoolers. There’s a different theme each time with different activities to get involved in – plus every child receives a  party bag and balloon to take home.  Sign-up to find out more here.

A pool in a shopping centre??? That’s right! The award winning Puddle Ducks swim school has a bespoke pool here at Barons Quay offering lessons for children from birth to 10 years.  Find out more here: https://www.puddleducks.com

Geek out at the gamers paradise – Geek Retreat. They have lots of games to play in-store whilst having a milkshake and a hot dog. It doesn’t stop there, they have shelves of merchandise that you can purchase to take home with you after your visit.

Does your little boy need a haircut? Boys aged 0-15 years can get a haircut at CRATE, an award winning barbers, for just £15. Or if your little girl fancies a trip to the salon they can get their hair or nails done over at Beautifix. 

Catch the latest film releases at the Odeon cinema! The kids can choose a treat from the huge wall of pick n mix or create their own snack box for just £4.95, to take in and enjoy snacking on whilst watching the film. See film times here: https://www.odeon.co.uk/cinemas/northwich-barons-quay/

 

Have fun exploring Barons Quay! Tag us in your pictures on socials and use the hashtags #BQKids

 

A new exhibition organised by Visual Arts Cheshire will go on display at Barons Quay from the 23rd May, featuring artwork from over 20 Northwich primary schools.

This year’s exhibition is entitled ‘Connections’ and explores how we make connections with one another and with people from around the world.  

Twenty-three schools have contributed work including schools within the town and its neighbouring villages.

Visitors can view the colourful artworks at Barons Quay in the units next to River Island until the 24th June.  

Young art lovers can also engage with the exhibition by taking part in the Connections Challenge for a chance to win a £50 prize from The Entertainer. 

Children are tasked with completing a series of questions based on the exhibition to help them discover what it’s all about in this fun quiz.   Activity sheets can be collected from The Entertainer from the 27th May; once completed they should be posted in the special box in the travelator hall.  A winner will be picked at random and announced by 1st July.

 

Phil Carswell, from Visual Arts Cheshire said: “The work is a testament to the imagination and creativity of the children and their teachers. Once again, the ideas are explored using a variety of mediums and provide an intriguing insight into children’s ideas and beliefs, giving us all food for thought!”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “We are delighted to welcome back Visual Arts Cheshire to Barons Quay for another thought-provoking exhibition. We know that visitors enjoy seeing the artwork; this year we are pleased that young people can get involved in the Connections Challenge to help them engage and better understand the works on display.”

Adam Gerrard, Northwich BID Project Manager said: “It’s great to see this exhibition in Northwich, giving young people a prime location for showcasing their work. I would encourage people to come to Northwich to view the work and whilst here drop in and support a local business.”

The exhibition is supported by Barons Quay and Northwich BID and was organised by Visual Arts Cheshire, a voluntary organisation which promotes arts within the Northwich area.

 

We’re pleased to invite you to our next FREE BQKids event…

It’s time to get creative with our exciting kids crafting session at Costa in Odeon, Barons Quay!

Crafting experts Paper Town Crafts will help little ones to create the perfect Father’s Day gift in this hour long workshop.

Little ones will get a free fruit shoot, biscuit, a goodie bag and their creation to take home with them. Plus every attendee will be entered into a free prize draw to WIN a family cinema ticket for Odeon Barons Quay.

Suitable for children aged 18 months to 4 years and parents/carers of all ages.

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Meet Baron Lutra!

The new BQKids Club mascot Baron Lutra was designed by our  mascot competition winner, Percy Helm, from Northwich.

Percy holding the illustrators design of Baron Lutra.

Percy, who goes to Wincham Community Primary School, cleverly named his fish-loving, semi aquatic mammal Baron, for obvious reasons and Lutra because it’s the scientific name for a European otter. Baron Lutra is the official face of BQKids – he will be appearing on posters and merchandise very soon!

Baron Lutra loves swimming at Puddle Ducks, catching movies at the Odeon and eating fish based dishes at Barons Quay’s many restaurants.

Illustrators design of Baron Lutra

 

Percy’s beautifully drawn otter has now been brought to life by a professional artist and will be used as the new face of our Barons Quay Kids Club.

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A DAY of fun and live music is coming to Barons Quay and will coincide with the finale of the Northwich leg of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

Sunday in the Park will be held in River Park from 11am on July 17.

The event will include free activities taking place for all the family, including: children’s rides, dancers, live music, performances, DJs, food and bar until 5pm.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is expected to arrive shortly after 1pm.

Live music continues into the evening with The Ultimate Beatles Tribute Show, the UK’s leading professional Beatles tribute band.

The band, who have performed across the UK, Europe and on BBC’s The One Show, will use authentic instruments and costumes to take visitors on a nostalgic journey through all of the key Beatles eras.

Tickets for the evening event are £15 per person and can be purchased online: https://sundayinthepark.org.uk/

Sunday in the Park is supported by Barons Quay, The Salty Dog Northwich, Radio Northwich, Music Northwich, Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Northwich BID.

All proceeds will go to charities and good causes supported by Rotary in Northwich.

The park event will follow the Rare Vitamin Annual Diversion festival, which takes place on July 15 and 16, featuring two days of alternative pop, punk, and psych.

Chris Mundie, organiser of the Annual Diversion, said: “We can’t wait to bring some of the best alternative bands around to Northwich, we like to think there’s something for everyone on the line up from pop to funk, psych, punk, ska and loads more.

“It’ll be great to be out in the sun by the river in Barons Quay watching some of the best bands in the country.”

Lina Higuita, centre manager at Barons Quay, said: “It’s fantastic to see events taking place in Northwich again this summer and we’re delighted to be hosting both the Rare Vitamin Annual Diversion and Sunday in the Park at Barons Quay.

“From alternative pop to the original kings of pop we are gearing up for an amazing weekend of live music, which we hope everyone will enjoy.”

Barrhead Travel is finally welcoming customers into its new store at Barons Quay after delays caused by Covid.

The travel agents, headquarted in Glasgow, had confirmed its expansion prior to the pandemic but plans for the store were put on ice as the country went into lockdown.

The Northwich team continued to operate from home, helping the community with rearranging holiday plans, but they have now opened the doors of their state-of-the art branch in Barons Quay.

EASTER WEEKEND: GOOD FRIDAY – MONDAY 

H&M

09:00 – 18:00, 08:00 – 18:00, CLOSED, 09:00 – 17:00

ASDA

07:00-22:00, 07:00-22:00, CLOSED, 07:00-22:00

Card Factory

09:00 – 17:30, 09:00 – 17:30, CLOSED, 10:00 – 16:00

River Island

09:00 – 17:30, 09:00 – 17:30, CLOSED, 09:00 – 17:30

Geek Retreat

12:00 – 22:00, 12:00 – 22:00, 10:00 – 18:00, 12:00 – 22:00

The Entertainer

CLOSED, 09:00-17:30, CLOSED, 10:00 – 16:00

Sports Direct

09:00 – 18:00, 09:00 – 18:00, CLOSED, 09:00 – 18:00

CRATE

09:00-19:00, 08:00-16:00, CLOSED, CLOSED

PUDDLE DUCKS

CLOSED

BARRHEAD TRAVEL

10:00-16:00, 09:30-17:30, CLOSED, 10:00-16:00

BEAUTIFIX

9.30-17.30, 8.00 – 15.00, CLOSED, CLOSED

 

WILDWOOD

12:00 – 22:00

THE COFFEE HOUSE

09:00 – 17:00, 08:00 – 18:00, 08:00 – 18:00, 09:00 – 17:00

BEAR

9:00 – 16:00,9:00 – 16:00,08:00 – 18:00, CLOSED

CULINARY CONCEPT

09:00 – 23:00,09:00 – 23:00, 09:00 – 17.30, 09:00 – 17.30

COSTA

10:00 – 19:00 

ODEON

See odeon.co.uk for film times.

Meet Baron Lutra, the new mascot for the Barons Quay kids club, designed by nine year old Percy Helm from Northwich.

 

Two months ago Barons Quay launched its Design a Mascot competition asking local children to create a character for its new kids club, BQKids. The brief was to design a mascot that is happy, fun, energetic, exciting and colourful! The children were also asked to give their mascot a name and provide some information about their personality.

Following some tough competition, Percy Helm’s beautifully drawn otter was the judges favourite and will be brought to life by a professional artist later this month.  

 

Percy, who goes to Wincham Community Primary School, cleverly named his fish-loving, semi aquatic mammal Baron, for obvious reasons and Lutra because it’s the scientific name for a European otter. Baron Lutra will be the official face of BQKids – appearing on posters and merchandise in the future.

 

The new mascot loves swimming at Puddle Ducks, catching movies at the Odeon and eating fish based dishes at Barons Quay restaurants. 

 

The competition attracted over 100 entries from local children aged 11 and under. These were shortlisted to 30 finalists by the Barons Quay management team – all of which received an Easter egg for their efforts.

 

After a lot of deliberation, the final 30 were whittled down to three brilliant designs: including Baron Lutra, Brady the Butterfly by Annabelle Palin aged 10 and The Baroness by Josie Turpin aged 10.   Followers on social media were asked to vote for their favourite, but it was neck and neck between Baron Lutra and Brady the Butterfly so Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita had the casting vote.

 

She said: “It was wonderful to see so many entries for the Mascot Competition. The creativity on show has been amazing and I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter. Shortlisting to the final three was tough; I was hoping that the public would make the decision for us as all three were all brilliant characters!  

 

“In the end I chose Baron Lutra because he ticked all the boxes: great illustration, fun personality and a local connection! He’s going to make a great mascot and I hope local children love him for many years to come.”

 

Percy Helm said of his design: “I am so happy that I won the competition. I was very surprised as there were so many amazing entries. I really loved designing my mascot – I enjoyed researching Northwich and otters are one of my favourite animals.”

Parents can gain access to free family events, special offers, competitions and more by signing-up for BQKids now: http://baronsquay.co.uk/kidsclub/

We’re pleased to invite you to our next FREE BQKids event!

It’s Splash Down at Puddle Ducks, Barons Quay and you’re all invited!

Join us for a FREE fun-filled hour of under-the-sea themed balloon modelling, crafts and face painting PLUS your little ones can meet Puddle the duck! You will also learn all about water safety from the swimming experts in this fun interactive session!

Suitable for children aged 4 and under (parents/carers of all ages!)

Spaces are limited so sign-up now!

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/splash-down-puddle-ducks-tickets-334343910637

 

The Entertainer is bringing Optimus Prime to Northwich, giving fans the chance to meet the famous Transformer and ultimate Robot in Disguise. 

The Optimus Prime truck, which is more than 12ft tall and 30ft long, is coming to Barons Quay on Thursday 2nd June, between 9am – 4pm.

Fans will get to see the  world famous character come to life with a spectacular full-scale replica truck, which will be situated in-front of the Project Happy Mural in Barons Quay. 

The meet and greet is completely free-of-charge and will provide families and fans with a fun-filled day out, where they can pose for photos with their hero.

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “We are very excited for Optimus Prime to visit Barons Quay next month. Visitors will be given the opportunity to sit inside the truck and have their photos taken to remember the iconic moment.” 

Adele Rowe, store manager at The Entertainer, Barons Quay said: “We’re really happy to be hosting Optimus Prime and we hope that children and adults alike will love him. What a great way to kick start the jubilee weekend. We look forward to seeing everyone.”

 

Local children are being given the opportunity to design a mascot for the new Barons Quay Kids club, which will launch this spring.  The winning designer will see their character brought to life by a professional artist, and used on posters, social media and the Barons Quay website.

 

Barons Quay will launch its new kids club this spring, parents can sign-up to discover all the family-friendly activities taking place at the centre, free events, exclusive offers and be entered into a monthly prize draw.

 

To take part in the Design a Mascot Challenge, children aged 11 and under must create a character that is happy, fun, energetic, exciting and colourful! They also need to give their mascot a name and provide some information about their personality such as their favourite food, hobbies and what they like to do at Barons Quay.

 

Drawings of the mascot can be done using paint, pencils, crayons or felt-tips and should be on an A4 size sheet of plain white paper.  To submit an entry parents need to go online to www.baronsquay.co.uk/mascotcompetition to register their details and upload a digital version of the design. 

 

The winning design will be redrawn by a professional illustrator and used to promote the BQ Kids Club events and offers.  The creator of the mascot will win a framed drawing of their character plus a £50 toy bundle from The Entertainer toy shop.

 

Lina Higuita, Barons Quay Centre Manager said: “Every club needs a mascot and as Barons Quay Kids Club is for local children, we thought that it would be only right that they should design the mascot, including their name and personality.

 

“We’d love to see some colourful characters that would inspire children in the local area. Perhaps they’re related to Northwich’s history or maybe someone from the future with super powers – we are open to all ideas!

 

“The new kids club will bring together all the brilliant family things happening at Barons Quay: from the latest offers at The Entertainer to the best kids films at Odeon, the new clothing range at River Island to the new kids menu at Sticky Paws! Parents who sign-up to our monthly newsletter will get the chance to win prizes, get exclusive offers and be the first to find out about family activities!”

 

The deadline for entries is Monday 21st March. Barons Quay will announce the winning design by the 28th March. To find out more and read the full competition terms and conditions visit: www.baronsquay.co.uk/mascotcompetition.

 

Northwich Town Council is organising a vigil in support of people in Ukraine, which will be hosted by Barons Quay on Friday 4th March at 5:30pm in Barons Square.

 

Organisers wanted to provide a way for the whole Northwich community to come together and show unity for the people of Ukraine.

 

 

Town Mayor, Cllr Sam Naylor, said: “We’ve all been moved by the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of an unprovoked and inexcusable invasion.  We must do all we can to support them, and this event is an opportunity for people to come together to show our support for democracy and our opposition to Putin’s brutal regime.”

 

The event will see speeches from Northwich MP Mike Amesbury and faith leaders from Northwich’s Anglican, Catholic and Muslim communities.

 

Mr Amesbury said: “This is an event for the people of Northwich to come together to show solidarity with the citizens of Ukraine in their hour of need.

 

“It’s also an opportunity to express our utter condemnation of Putin’s aggressive incursion into Ukraine. And it’s a symbol of our support for the many brave Russians holding protests despite the risks to their own personal safety.

 

“We – and everyone around the world working for peace – call upon Putin to end his war immediately and withdraw.”

 

The vigil will be held in parallel with events in Chester, Ellesmere Port and Winsford where a minute’s silence will be held at 5:45pm to show the whole of Cheshire West coming together in support of Ukraine and against the Russian invasion.

 

Now Northwich, the international dance and street arts festival by Cheshire Dance and partners is to return on 30th April with another resplendent programme to astound and enthrall visitors to the town and Barons Quay.

 

A key event in the Cheshire calendar, this year’s Now Northwich promises more acts over a wider festival footprint to keep audiences safe with 12 hours of dance, acrobatics, street performances, live music, interactive workshops and artisan food and drink. Performances will begin at 11am with the last show ending at around 8.30pm.

 

In addition, there will be a globally acclaimed installation that will be open to the public throughout the whole Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 30th April until Monday 2nd May.

 

A FREE day and evening for all the family, Now Northwich 2022 will offer another vibrant treat for the eyes and ears, re-animating the streets with an array of spectacular shows for both adults and children throughout the streets from The Plaza along Witton Street, across Barons Quay sites and all the way to Apple Market Place. From multi-sensory experiences to masterful puppetry and mind-blowing installations, the festival will once again fuse fantastic sights and stimulating sounds in some of the most unforgettable performances around.

This year visitors can stumble upon EKO – a giant crawling sea creature; meander through a honey-perfumed bee colony, step into a floral biodome and be mesmerised by mythical migrating birds. For 2022 producers have announced there will be flamboyant dance riots with acro, urban, Brazilian and African twists, drum-tastic performances, immersive experiences and even journeys to the moon.

 

Creative Director Jane McLean reveals: “Until now, COVID has kept us away – but on 30th April we return bigger and bolder than ever with 18 performance and installation pieces by 11 different companies. This is 4 more touring companies than in 2019!

 

“From 11am until dusk, 8 different sites will come alive with acrobatics, dance and street shows for the whole family. There’s also a specially commissioned Northwich community film screening on a loop, 6 hours of live music, no less than FIVE processional pieces from two of our companies AND a 3-day showstopper.”

 

Headlining Now Northwich 2022 will be ‘Museum of the Moon’ – a touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram in the beautiful and iconic auditorium at The Plaza on Witton Street. Measuring seven metres in diameter, this installation features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

Created in partnership with the UK Space Agency, University of Bristol and The Association for Science and Discovery Centres, Museum of the Moon is a hypnotic, majestic and scientifically-stunning visual experience.   Fusing lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer, Dan Jones, Museum of the Moon allows viewers to observe and contemplate cultural similarities and differences around the world.

 

Co-commissioned by a number of creative organisations brought together by Luke Jerram and Norfolk & Norwich Festival (including Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Brighton Festival, Without Walls, Cork Midsummer Festival, We The Curious, Lakes Alive, Provincial Domain Dommelhof, Les Tombées de la Nuit, Rennes  and Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts), this floating out-of-this-world exhibit has toured the globe from Beijing, Belgium and Blackpool, to Canada, Australia, Dubai… and now Cheshire.

 

Opening times to visit Museum of the Moon at The Plaza over the Bank Holiday weekend will be announced nearer the time, but Now Northwich has revealed that it will be offering three special lunar-inspired sessions on 30th April – Yoga Under the Moon, Quiet Time at The Moon and Bedtime Stories Under the Moon. As with all Now Northwich experiences, these sessions will be free of charge – however, booking will be required via the website in order to monitor visitor numbers.

 

To date, ‘Museum of the Moon’ has been presented in more than 30 countries and experienced by over 3 million people worldwide. The installation often draws massive crowds (Hull Minster received 16,000 visitors a day) so queues at Museum of the Moon at Now Northwich 2022 are expected. In the wake of Covid-19, visitors are encouraged to be courteous and respectful to those around them whilst waiting to enjoy the moon’s experience.

 

Cheshire Dance, producers of the festival has confirmed that this 2022 event has been programmed around the sensitives of the past few years, with the safety of the audience and artists its principle priority. Now Northwich will follow any new guidelines set out by Public Health and will revisit any Covid advice in the run up to and on the day of the festival.

 

Adam Holloway, Director at Cheshire Dance explains: “We are very conscious that although the world has reopened since the pandemic, there are many people out there that are still vulnerable and many that remain anxious of large crowds and Covid-19. It is for this reason that our two processional pieces for audiences to watch along the route will run various times throughout the day and our headline piece ‘Museum of the Moon’ will be open to visitors during the whole Bank Holiday weekend to limit over-crowding.”

 

He continues: “Cheshire Dance has worked hard to be sensitive to peoples’ sometimes torrid journeys through the pandemic, and more than ever before, we want Now Northwich to be for everyone to enjoy. With this in mind we ask that people remain courteous and respectful of others, spreading out where possible to help everyone savour the festival safely. We also ask that visitors to the festival keep an eye on the Facebook page in the run up to the festival and on the day itself, where we will be sharing any additional guidance.”

 

In addition to globally acclaimed performances and installations, Now Northwich will once again host a Family Zone – this year, along Weaver Point Way – and will offer a number of exciting free workshops for families. Amongst others, there will be junk modelling workshops with the master puppeteers from Autin Dance Theatre and the chance to become a ‘dandy’ for the day with Patrick Ziza Dance Company. There will also be an immersive and interactive experience specially designed for People with Intellectual and Multiple Disabilities (PIMD) by sensory theatre makers, Frozen Light Theatre.

 

Once again, Northwich library will offer drop-in opportunities for arts and crafts activities on the festival day, and exquisite artisanal food and drink will be on offer from local businesses serving up flavours from around the world.

 

As with previous years, visitors to the event are again advised to ‘expect the unexpected’. The line-up has been described as majestic, quirky and somewhat surreal with audiences likely to question what’s right before their eyes, helping them to put ‘the world’ as they know it into perspective.

 

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Now Northwich is the perfect opportunity for the community to rediscover and reconnect following Covid-19.

 

“Previous years have seen a great influx of visitors to Northwich for this event who come along to enjoy some of the very best local, national and international talent around, for free. There is wonderful community spirit in Northwich and Now Northwich 2022 will be a brilliant opportunity to once again boost the town and our local businesses.”

 

BQKids eat for £1 at Wildwood!

Family friendly restaurant, Wildwood is giving BQKids members an exclusive offer when they dine in at Barons Quay.

Pay just £1 for a main meal from the Monster Menu, with every purchase of an adult meal.

SIGN UP FOR BQKIDS NOW!

Terms:

Looking for some kids’ birthday party inspiration? BQKids members can book an exclusive Pizza Party at Wildwood Barons Quay!

Guests at the party will get to make their own pizza as well as personalise their own pizza box and chef hat!

At the end of the party each child will also receive a goodie box to take home, which will include a chocolate brownie, sweet treats and a Wildwood balloon – all for just £11.95 per child!

 

SIGN UP FOR BQKIDS NOW!

 

 

Price includes:

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Have you seen our festive Photo Pods? Santa, Snowman and the Christmas Pudding are ready for you to strike a pose!

You’ll find them in Barons Square, in the Wildflower Meadow opposite Sticky Paws and next to Odeon.

Simply share your pictures using #BQChristmas and don’t forget to tag us in your post for a chance to #win a £100 gift card – we have 3 to give away!

We will announce our winners on 23rd December!

For full competition T&C’s visit:https://loom.ly/BRVl3W0

A new South African style restaurant, deli and doughnut shop has opened in Barons Quay bringing a unique dining experience to Northwich.

 

Culinary Concept is owned by married couple Rayner (34) and Lynika (32) Müller who have worked in the food industry for over 14 years, moving from South Africa to the UK in 2008.   When Rayner was made redundant from his Executive Head Chef job in 2018 the ambitious couple decided to set up their own family business and work towards their dream of owning their own restaurant.

The new restaurant, which is next to Crate Cheshire and Sticky Paws at Barons Quay, is open daily from 9am, serving brunch, lunch, pizzas, coffees, cocktails and beers.  There’s also food to go with a deli counter offering fresh salads and sushi plus you can sample their famous doughnuts when you eat in or take away.

 

The menu includes a diverse range of dishes from doughnut french toast to sweetcorn samosas! There’s also a delicious pizza menu and Lekker Trays to share – with both meat and vegetarian options to choose from.

The store has a small shop where customers can pick up South African style delicacies as well as locally sourced food products.

 

Co founder and owner of Culinary Concept Rayner Müller said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us on this journey and visited the store so far.  We’ve had such a positive response from local people who have never tried food like this before, but have embraced it and the feedback has been wonderful.”

 

Co founder and owner of Culinary Concept Lynika Müller added: “We’re delighted to be finally open and bringing something different to Northwich.  If you haven’t visited yet you can expect a warm welcome, delicious food and whether you want to eat in or need to grab and go, we are here for you!”

 

Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita commented: “Another great addition to Barons Quay, Culinary Concept certainly brings some South African flavour to the Centre and the town! It’s great that they’ve had such a positive start and I know that Rayner and Lynika have many more exciting plans for the future, so watch this space!”

 

Culinary Concept is open 9am-5.30pm Sunday – Thursday and 9am to 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  

 

A new beauty salon and training academy will open at Barons Quay this week bringing an exciting new offering to the centre of Northwich!

Beautifix, which occupies a 3,000 square ft space next to Sports Direct in Barons Square, opens its doors on Tuesday 11th January and promises to be a one-stop-shop for locals who are looking for quality hair and beauty treatments.  

The team of 11 technicians provide a wealth of beauty expertise on everything from nails, lashes, skin, brows, make-up and hair.  The new salon will also offer medical facials and aesthetics administered by its in-house nurse who is experienced in injectables and medical grade skin services.

 

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The large open plan space, with a stylish scandi-themed interior includes a make-up bar, nail bar, brow bar and hairdressing area.  There are also three private treatment rooms, quieter spaces where customers can relax.

Beautifix owners Niamh Smith and Bernice Flynn have also established the Beautifix Academy, passing on their skills to train the next generation of talented beauticians via a number of accredited training courses that wannabe beauty experts can sign up to online.

The team is also planning a number of events throughout the year, such as wellness and makeup master classes to help local people look and feel great.

 

 

Niamh from Cuddington and Bernice from Warrington opened their first salon in Chesterway Retail Park in 2019, specialising in quality beauty treatments for nails, brows and lashes.  Their popularity in Northwich and beyond meant that the ambitious duo quickly outgrew this space and needed bigger premises to allow them to offer a more diverse range of treatments to their 800 clients!

Beautifix founder Niamh Smith said: ““We are really excited to be part of Barons Quay which has a brilliant mix of shops and leisure! The team is looking forward to welcoming customers old and new to our amazing new salon, which has been designed to create a warm and friendly atmosphere for our clients. 

“The additional space means we have been able to grow our team, who are all experts in their field and bring an exciting mix of new services to local people who deserve to look their best.”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “The Beautifix salon is looking fantastic. We are delighted to be welcoming Niamh and Bernice, two experienced and talented beauticians who are bringing their top quality services and training to Barons Quay.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, said: “We welcome another new business to Barons Quay to add to the already diverse range of retailers and leisure companies operating at the site. I encourage Northwich residents and others from across the borough to pay a visit to Beautifix and support our local businesses so that they can prosper in 2022.”

Beautifix is open Tuesday – Saturday with late night opening on a Thursday.   Booking an appointment is advised via https://www.beautifix.co.uk/, although walk-ins are welcome.

Anyone wanting to register their interest for the Beautifix Academy should email beautifixacademy@outlook.com. 

 

We’re launching a NEW kids club 

and we need your help to design a club mascot…

 

Are you aged 11 or under and love drawing? Fancy inventing a new character?  

 

The winning designer will see their character brought to life by a professional artist, and it will feature on posters, social media and the Barons Quay website! The winner will also receive a £50 toy bundle courtesy of The Entertainer in Northwich.

 

Get creative! 

We need our club mascot to be happy, fun, energetic, exciting and colourful! It could be a person, an animal or something completely made up – you decide! You can use paint, pencils, crayons or felt-tips to draw your character
– just make sure you do it on an A4 size sheet of plain white paper.

 

Personality is everything

We’d like for you to tell us all about your character, what do they like to do? Do they have any hobbies?
You also need to give your mascot a name…

 

Barons Quay Kids Club Mascot Competition

To enter, ask a grown up to fill out the form below and upload a photo of your design.

We also need to know your name, your parents name and a contact email and phone number.

Don’t worry we wont share your information with anyone else.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 21st March 2022.  We will announce our winner in April – keep an eye on our social media channels for updates: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

 

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Files should be a jpeg, png or pdf and no bigger than 5MB.  Thank you!

If you have any problems uploading your file please email gabrielle@acunningplan.co.uk

By submitting your entry to our Mascot competition you are agreeing to our terms and conditions, which can be read in full here.

From Santa to dinosaurs join us for some festive fun at Barons Quay this December!

 

Santa’s Grotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Dinosaurs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music Northwich presents Christmas is Quay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barons Quay was proud to host a special award ceremony on Wednesday 17th November to thank pupils from twenty plus local Primary Schools for participating in this year’s School Art Celebration entitled ‘Belonging’.

The annual exhibition was organised by Visual Arts Cheshire and Phil Carswell and Alan Carr from this community arts organisation were also present at the presentation along with Jane Hough from the Northwich BID.

A special award created by ‘The Wood Shed’ from Northwich Market and financed by Northwich BID was presented to children and staff from Victoria Road and Leftwich Primary schools who are passing on awards to all the schools involved.

The ‘Belonging ‘exhibition resulted in an excellent range of work which was much enjoyed by visitors to Barons Quay who are looking forward to hosting next year’s exhibition entitled ‘Connecting’!

Visual arts Cheshire would like to thank Barons Quay for supporting this event and Northwich BID for providing the awards.

Local school children, the Town Mayor and members of the community gathered at Barons Quay to mark the climax of the centre’s 5th Birthday Time Capsule project.

The metre long, composite, cylindrical capsule was lowered into the ground containing a number of documents as well as digital content that will give future generations an insight into what 2020/21 was like.

 

The project was launched in April this year to celebrate the centre’s fifth anniversary and over the last eight months Barons Quay has been working with local people to gather interesting artefacts.

 

Pupils from Leftwich Community Primary School, Charles Darwin Community Primary School and Winnington Park Primary School worked hard last term to produce poems, diary entries, illustrations and comic strips to describe what living through a global pandemic was like.  They also contributed to a video for the capsule, where they made predictions about what 2051 might be like.

 

A photo album, including 20 winners from the Picture Northwich competition, were included in the capsule contents as well as people profiles from local residents and inspirational lockdown stories from the town.

 

Digital content from promising young musician; André Adams (15) from Winsford in Cheshire, who attends Hartford Church of England High School, was also included in the capsule. André recorded and produced three tracks during the Covid 19 lockdowns, his work aims to raise awareness of autism and inspire other children in the region.

Items from Barons Quay’s retailers and restaurants were also added to the capsule including cinema listings, a fidget popper toy, restaurant menus and merchandise.

 

Barons Quay officially opened on 28 November 2016 with  1,400  jobs created for local people as part of the regeneration project.  Since then a further 15 units have opened including H&M, River Island and Sports Direct. The Centre attracted over 18 million visits between 2016-2020 and continues to have ambitious plans for the future.

 

The capsule was securely sealed and placed in River Park by Northwich Town Mayor Sam Naylor.  He said: Five years have flown by and there remains a collective determination to make Barons Quay a fully functional ‘Go To’ destination. It was brilliant to take part in this time capsule project and the enthusiasm of our schools and their pupils was infectious. We all hope that Northwich  continues to prosper and that in 2051 it continues to be the best Town in the universe!’

 

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said; “A lot has changed in Northwich and Barons Quay since we opened five years ago and despite the challenges of the last couple of years it’s great to see the town thriving again.  I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed to the time capsule project; they are now part of the centre’s legacy and have helped us create an exciting gift for future generations.”

Crate Cheshire in Barons Quay has won a national hairdressing award making them the top Barbershop in the country!

Owners Charles and Alex Rose, and their team, were named Male Grooming Salon/Barbershop of The Year in the prestigious British Hairdressing Business Awards earlier this month.  

The event brings together the best of the professional hairdressing industry to celebrate those who have excelled in the past year. Crate Cheshire beat five other finalists from across the country to be named the winners at the ceremony in London on the 4th October.

The business, which was only established three years ago has a salon in Knutsford as well as the new shop in Barons Quay, which opened in September.  In the past year, Crate has also been named as a Finalist in the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Men’s Image Award and a Finalist in the the Modern Barber Best Business Leader category.

The multi-award winning salon offers a wide range of quality services for men including colour, cut and finish, wet shave and beard trims.  The salon also stocks its own range of luxury hair products and home fragrances to give customers the salon experience at home.

As well as all this, Crate is helping the next generation of award winning barbers with their own training Academy, which is now open for 2022 applications.

Charles Rose said:  “We are incredibly proud to have won such a prestigious award after just three years of opening our first Crate Cheshire salon. We’re all incredibly passionate about what we do, and we work extremely hard to give our clients the best experience. We’re thrilled to win this award!”

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “Congratulations to the team at Crate Cheshire. What they have achieved in such a short time is credit to their creativity, professionalism and ambition! We are proud to have them here in Barons Quay and it’s a real coup for Northwich to have the best barbershop right here in the town centre!”

Barons Quay is adding to its food and drink offering with the opening of Culinary Concept in December. The family run business promises to bring its famous doughnuts, some South African style plus a whole lot more to Northwich!

 

Married couple Rayner (34) and Lynika (32) Müller have worked in the food industry for over 14 years, moving from South Africa to the UK in 2008.   When Rayner was made redundant from his Executive Head Chef job in 2018 the ambitious couple decided to set up their own family business and work towards their dream of owning their own restaurant.

 

Initially they spotted a gap in the market for artisan doughnuts that were already popular in the US and South Africa.  They started by selling their beautiful hand-made doughnuts to friends and neighbours in Winnington Village and the word quickly spread!

 

Demand grew and they soon were doing local deliveries and collections, selling a range of themed doughnuts, letter doughnuts, cake stacks and more recently mega doughnuts!

 

When lockdown was announced in March 2020, the couple became inundated with orders from people looking for special treats to enjoy at home.  They were able to expand the business to include nationwide deliveries and have seen the brand grow exponentially over the last 12 months.

 

Despite being very busy, the local entrepreneurs have been developing a business plan for their own premises, which they aim to open in Barons Quay by the end of the year.

 

Culinary Concept at Barons Quay

 

As well as being Northwich’s first doughnut shop it will combine the best of Britain and South Africa to bring a new eating experience to the town.  The store will include a restaurant serving South African inspired dishes, a deli-kitchen, a shebeen (a South African style bar), a bakery, smoothie bar and a small retail area supporting local businesses.

 

Although they plan to expand their offering, they will continue to sell their famous doughnuts, which have proved so popular in Cheshire and beyond.

 

Co founder and owner of Culinary Concept Rayner Müller said: “People can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere when they visit, with a great range of freshly prepared dishes to suit a variety of tastes.   We are a family run business for local people and we can’t wait to open our doors soon.”

 

Co founder and owner of Culinary Concept Lynika Müller added: “Northwich is up and coming, we want to be part of this vibrant scene and make sure that local people don’t have to travel for great food!  We are delighted to be coming to Barons Quay, where we will complement the family and entertainment offering at the centre. We have ambitious plans for the future and opening our doors to our first store is only the beginning.”

 

Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita commented: “Rayner and Lynika have a flair when it comes to making food look and taste amazing and we can’t wait for them to bring their artisan delights to Barons Quay.  A South African inspired restaurant, deli and bakery is something completely new for the town and I think people in Northwich will love it.”

 

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, said: “It’s been a difficult year for many business owners in Northwich, but it’s good to see them open again, and people back in the town centre. Barons Quay continues to be an attractive location for new businesses and this latest addition is really exciting news.

“Culinary Concept will offer a diverse range of food and leisure experiences to residents and visitors in Northwich and I am looking forward to visiting the new store and trying the South African cuisine.”

Culinary Concept will be situated between Crate Cheshire and Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest at Barons Quay.

How well do you know Northwich’s local landmarks?  Radio Northwich has launched a new competition this week, which will test even the most knowledgeable residents as they try to name 21 different buildings!

 

The competition entitled; The Which is Wich Challenge is to celebrate the completion of a new mural at the station, which showcases the town’s architectural heritage and features its most iconic buildings.   The mural was painted by local artist Jim Stanley, who is from Rudheath.

 

 

Members of the public are invited to visit the studio to view the mural and test their knowledge for a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show 8 smart speaker that can be used for watching videos, listening to music, getting weather reports, controlling smart home devices, making video calls, and listening to Radio Northwich of course! 

 

To take part people can visit the studio between 10am-4pm to collect and complete the answer sheet.  The person with the most correct answers will win the prize.  In the event of a tie, a winner will be randomly selected.  The draw will be made during the Christmas Extravaganza on November 27th in Barons Square. 

 

John Thompson from Radio Northwich said: 

 

“We commissioned Jim to paint the mural in August to celebrate the opening of the studio and I think we can all agree that he’s done an amazing job! He’s really captured the beautiful buildings within the town and we want to invite more people to come in and see it up close!  We hope that entrants will enjoy taking part and perhaps they’ll learn something new along the way!”

 

The deadline for entries is Friday 26th November 2021.

After the success of last year’s virtual Pudding Day, St Luke’s ‘Great Hospice Pudding Day’ goes “live” this year.

On Sunday the 28th November ‘The Great Hospice Pudding Day’ will take place in Northwich where members of the public can walk or run a choice of distances, starting at Barons Quay near H&M.

This year’s live event promises to be a fun-filled day full of festive cheer to entertain the whole family, including a stage warm up with music and games to get in the Christmas spirit.

St Luke’s Head of Events, Jane Thompson said, “We’re so excited to be doing ‘The Great Hospice Pudding Day’ live this year after last year’s brilliant virtual event. It was so Christmassy last year and should be even better this time around as we can all do it together.”

Participants can choose from either a 5k Northwich town trail route or the 10k distance that includes Carey Park and Anderton boat lift. Along the trail members must also collect stamps at various town landmarks, which will be marked on a unique ‘Pudding Day’ map.

Participants receive a ‘Pudding Pack’ full of festive treats to relax and enjoy after the walk including a special medal which converts into a tree decoration, a ‘Pudding Day’ quiz and of course, a Christmas pudding.

‘The Great Hospice Pudding Day’ is kindly being supported by Barons Quay, Northwich BID, Northwich Town Council and Radio Northwich. They’re all helping to promote and stage the event while also encouraging support for local businesses.

Town Mayor Councillor, Sam Naylor said, “It’s great to see St Luke’s coming up with this original theme that everybody will enjoy. All good wishes for your fundraising!”

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita added, “We can’t wait to welcome participants to Barons Quay for this festive fundraiser next month! We are so pleased that we can support the event, which we hope will raise a lot of money for a brilliant local charity.”

To join in the fun of ‘Pudding Day’ visit: www.slhospice.co.uk/pudding-day

What will life be like in 2051? How will future generations comprehend 2020? A new exhibition exploring the past, present and future is now on display at Barons Quay as part of it’s 5th Birthday Time Capsule campaign.

 

The exhibition, which is situated opposite H&M, features a number of contributions from local people that will give an insight for future generations when the time capsule is opened in 2051.

 

Visitors can view the work of Northwich school children from Charles Darwin Community Primary School, Leftwich Community Primary School and Winnington Park Primary School, who have used poetry, diary entries, letters and art to represent 2020, explaining what it was like to live during a global pandemic.  The children also provided written accounts and drawings of what they think the future holds…

 

Talented local photographers are also featured in the display, providing a real life account of what Northwich is like right now.  The 20 winners of the #PictureNorthwich competition can view their work before it is made into an album and placed in the capsule. 

A number of volunteers filled out questionnaires about their lives, providing information about themselves, their families, their favourite things and their experience of the lockdowns.  These People Profiles will provide further insight for future residents of Northwich.

 

Inspirational lockdown stories have also been included, highlighting the good work by local residents who helped others during a very difficult time.

 

As well as these documents, a short film has been produced featuring Northwich folk predicting what they think life will be like in 30 years time. 

 

A memory stick containing digital content will also go inside the Time Capsule as well as copies of the Northwich Guardian and an item from each Barons Quay tenant.

 

Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita said: “Working with schools and the local community for our 5th Birthday Time Capsule campaign has been amazing! Not only does this historical project mark our milestone anniversary it is also a reflection of this unforgettable moment in time. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to it.”

 

The exhibition is on display until the 17th November, with artefacts being buried on the 18th November. 

 

We are delighted that Puddle Ducks is now open at Barons Quay!

The new pool is a return to Puddle Ducks’ roots, as the baby and child swimming school was launched by Jo Stone in Northwich in 2002, and their Mid-Cheshire franchise operated from the town. Their flagship pool has been years in the making – it was part of Jo’s dream when launching the company, and she wanted to get it just right.

Jo and Tracy Townend launched Puddle Ducks after taking their own children to swimming lessons in Northwich. They had a eureka moment after spotting a gap in the market for high-quality children’s swimming lessons which were also fun for both children and their parents. Tracy is no longer in the business day-to-day after an illness in 2016 but she is still on the Board.

The pool is their first to have been built for the Mid-Cheshire franchise, who also run classes from pools in Weaverham, Cheadle Hulme, Macclesfield and Runcorn. Located opposite the Odeon cinema and next to Sticky Paws café in Barons Quay, the pool adds to the ever-growing range of facilities and family attractions in the town centre.

Custom built for their Baby & Pre-school and Swim Academy lessons, the pool will be exclusively used for Puddle Ducks swimming lessons and for the training of their teachers. Kitted out with high-spec and child-friendly facilities, the pool will allow families to enjoy learning to swim in an inclusive and accessible environment.

Jo Stone comments: “It’s wonderful to be creating a really special and a unique attraction in the town. The demand for lessons at the new pool has been astronomical, and due to pent up demand from a year of missed lessons and with COVID-19 safety measures in place, our current classes are full. We will be adding more classes as we move forward and will be opening our waiting lists once more to local little swimmers!”

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “Puddle Ducks is a welcome addition to Barons Quay, providing a new dimension to the retail and leisure offer available to local residents and visitors to the town.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, it’s wonderful to see lots of families enjoying everything this vibrant town has to offer. The introduction of Puddle Ducks means families can come to Northwich for swimming lessons for their little ones and enjoy shopping, watching films, dining out and experience a range of museums and attractions both in the town, or nearby.

“We wish Jo and the rest of the team every success with this new addition to their already thriving business.”

Lina Higuita, centre manager at Barons Quay comments: “Puddle Ducks is a well-established and much-loved business that has benefitted children and families for almost 20 years. We’re delighted that they are opening their flagship pool here at Barons Quay. It will enhance the family offering that already exists and bring a much needed service to the town centre.”

To find out more about Puddle Ducks, please call 01477 410080 or visit https://www.puddleducks.com/.

The Northwich Art Trail returns this September with over 100 artworks, showcasing 46 local artists in venues across the town!

 

The annual event, organised by Visual Arts Cheshire (VAC) is now in its 9th year and is supported by the Northwich Art Shop and Barons Quay. The exhibition will run until the 30th September and is hosted by a number of participating retailers in the town centre who are displaying the artworks in their windows.

 

46 artists will feature in 38 shops from Jack Gee Cycles in Witton Street to Reads Rains in the Bull Ring. The initiative aims to encourage more people to visit to Northwich town centre and to support local retailers and artists.

 

In addition to the artworks in the town centre Barons Quay is displaying around 40 pieces in the empty unit opposite H&M. This will also be the base for the Art Trail where members of Visual Arts Cheshire will be on hand to deal with queries and process any sales. It will be open from Wednesday to Saturday throughout September, 10:30am to 4:00pm each day.

 

This year, the exhibition has two large paintings of the iconic and now demolished, Wallerscote Works on show (one in Barons Quay and one in Radio Northwich). The money from their sale will be donated to St Lukes Hospice thanks to the generosity of the artist Christine Howard.

 

Art enthusiasts can pick up an Art Trail leaflet, which includes details of all of the trail venues and the participating artists from VAC in Barons Quay, Northwich Library, the Art Shop and Radio Northwich.

 

Alan Carr, Director of Visual Arts Cheshire said: “This wonderful selection of artworks in a number of venues in Northwich town centre, has created a visual feast for local people and visitors to appreciate!

 

“Visual Arts Cheshire would like to thank Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council for making this space available to us. We’d also like to thank Phil Bower from the Northwich Art Shop for generously sponsoring the prize for the ‘Best Picture’. All of the 110 exhibits are for sale, so please come into town follow the trail and support local businesses and the talented artists involved.”

 

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “It’s great to be involved in the Northwich Art Trail again and we are delighted to have so many beautiful artworks here at Barons Quay, which are situated opposite H&M.  The exhibition brings something new and colourful to the town centre each year, so I hope that as many people as possible will come out and enjoy the trail throughout September.”

 

 

Further information is available from the VAC website www.visualartscheshire.blogspot.com

You can contact VAC at visualartscheshire@gmail.com

Live music will return to Barons Quay this Saturday courtesy of Radio Northwich, who are finally celebrating their move to the Centre 12 months ago.

 

Nine performers will take to the stage in Barons Square, opposite Asda, from 10am until 4pm. DJ’s from the station will host the free music event showcasing some of the region’s best live acts.

 

 

Radio Northwich is a digital station that was established in 2018 and although it can be heard around the world, they are dedicated to listeners in Cheshire and the North West. 28 DJ’s work from the Barons Quay studio, presenting lively shows 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

Among the musicians are the two winners of the Music Is Quay competition; Matty Ian and Uncharted.  They performed at events on the 14th and 28th August respectively and were then voted as favourites via an online vote on social media.

 

Matty Ian is a singer/songwriter from Chester. Visitors can expect to hear a mix of his own songs as well as a cover or two.  Uncharted, a band of five talented local lads who recently left Leftwich High School, won over the crowd to win the second Music Is Quay event.  

 

Other acts include Les Martin, an experienced performer from Winsford who plays classic covers from The Beatles to The Beach Boys.

 

Andre Adams, a multi-talented 15 year old from Winsford, who attends Hartford CE High School, and plays Saxophone (Alto and Tenor), drums and also DJs!

 

Jim Stanley, well known around town for his fabulous artwork, but many might not know that he composes and sings songs about Northwich too!

 

Dillon Lamb, from Sandbach has been singing for around 10 years and describes his style as neo-soul.

 

Barnton Silver Band is a friendly Brass Band based in Barnton. First formed in 1891 they are approaching their 130th anniversary!

 

Mid Cheshire Musical Theatre will present songs from the forthcoming production of “Sunshine on Leith” at the Memorial Court later this month. 

 

Finally, Marooned, a bluesy rock four piece band from the Northwest of England  Formed in 2010 by Kev Miller in the streets of Kirkby, Liverpool.

 

John Thompson from Radio Northwich said: “We moved to our new studio at Barons Quay a year ago, but due to the pandemic, lockdowns and local restrictions we haven’t been able to celebrate the move properly.  

 

“In spite of Covid-19 we have continued to broadcast and have grown our loyal audience. Our Open Funday on Saturday is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has supported us during this difficult time including local businesses, our dedicated staff and of course the listeners!”

 

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said:  “We are lucky to have a radio station in Northwich with such passionate presenters that help promote all the great things happening in the town. They have put on some great shows, highlighting some excellent musical talent and I’m looking forward to another brilliant event on Saturday.  Come along and catch these talented artists before they hit the big time!”

 

Image: Matty Ian – credit: Bluestock Photography. 

The twenty winners of the Picture Northwich photography competition have been selected, beating hundreds of entries to be included in the Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule album.

The Picture Northwich competition was launched last month and asked local people to submit their photos showing life in the town for a chance to be part of the Barons Quay Time Capsule commemorating the centre’s 5th birthday.  Over 200 images were submitted via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Local photographer, Brian Jenkins and Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita, selected the following images:

The judges overall favourite was Katie Bithel’s photograph, the image of Acton Bridge  will feature on the cover of the Time Capsule album plus the talented photographer won a £50 gift card for The Coffee House, courtesy of Barons Quay.

All 20 images will go on display at Barons Quay as part of the Time Capsule exhibition ahead of the contents being buried in November.

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “The standard of entries was very high and we did struggle to shortlist the final 20.  The winning images are a good representation of the town showing its green spaces, iconic landmarks and elements of the local community.  They provide a visual insight into 2021 life, capturing this moment in time for future generations to reflect on.

“There are still lots of ways in which people can get involved in our Time Capsule campaign; please visit our website to find out more.”

 

Professional photographer and judge Brian Jenkins said: “The photographer Katie Bithel also known  as @hellomissykitty on Instagram has captured a unique and eye catching image of Acton Bridge at sunset, using strong leading lines to draw you in and ensuring that there was enough balance in the light to prevent overexposing the image, I think everyone will agree that it is a worthy winner. “

 

For more information about the Time Capsule project  and how to get involved click here.

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Leftwich Community Primary School

Three Northwich schools have created some fascinating content for the Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule, by reflecting on their past, present and future!

Charles Darwin Community Primary School, Leftwich Community Primary School and Winnington Park Primary School all took part in the time travelling challenge last term, which asked children to think about life 30 years ago, the present day and make predictions about 2051.

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Leftwich Community Primary School

The children have provided some amazing insight for future generations to discover.  When asked what job they would like to be doing in 30 years time, the most popular professions were Vet, Teacher and Policeman; surprisingly few children aspired to be YouTubers or Footballers!

 

When looking at what life might be like in 2051, the children believe that robots will be commonplace, helping in schools, delivering our parcels and also being able to buy a robot friend!  Other innovations they predict for the future include flying cars, smelly televisions, virtual reality fashion and a hologram Alexa that will be able to perform sign language!

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Charles Darwin Community Primary School

Pupils at Winnington Park showed their appreciation for the NHS and wrote letters of thanks for their help during the pandemic.  Students got creative designing colourful face mask designs and futuristic posters! They also wrote acrostic poems about staying safe in Covid-19 times, in a bid to communicate what 2020 was like.

At Charles Darwin pupils in year 4 wrote about their lockdown memories, creating colourful comic strip style illustrations that will be easy to interpret for future generations.  Year 5 and 6 reflected on what Covid meant to them and wrote factual accounts of the events in 2020, providing some moving information for the time capsule.

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Winnington Park Primary School

There were some positive sides to lockdown too. Many of the children described learning new skills such as riding a bike and learning how to bake. They also did  things they don’t usually have time for, such as playing board games and spending more time outdoors.

Year 5 & 6 students at Leftwich Primary school also wrote poems and diary entries to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions about the lockdowns.  Missing school friends and people stockpiling toilet rolls were a common theme! They also mention other events over the last year including the Black Lives Matter protests and how people came out to support the NHS.

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Leftwich Community Primary School

All of the children’s work will go on display next month at Barons Quay as part of a Time Capsule exhibition that will showcase all the items going into the capsule, which will be placed in the River Park in November to celebrate Barons Quay’s 5th Birthday.

Barons Quay, Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “A huge thank you to all the teachers and children who have worked so hard on this amazing content for our Time Capsule.  Their work is creative, thought provoking and provides both a factual and emotional account of the last 18 months.  

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Leftwich Community Primary School

“Having these memories from children, of this unforgettable moment in time, will provide rich historical data for future children, giving them a real insight into what their parents and grandparents went through.”

Helen Bowers Year 5 Teacher at Charles Darwin said: “Charles Darwin Primary School loved participating in the Barons Quay Time Capsule project, we jumped at the opportunity to get involved in a community project! It has been a crazy new normal the past two years and the children enjoyed reflecting on it, knowing that when the capsule will be opened, children their age would be able to find out what happened from their perspectives. It was also interesting for the children to have conversations with their families about what life was like in 1991 and compare it to now and the future!”

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Charles Darwin Community Primary School

You can find out more about the Barons Quay Time Capsule project here: http://baronsquay.co.uk/timecapsule/

Barons Quay 5th Birthday Time Capsule

Charles Darwin Community Primary School

Barons Quay is launching a photography competition to help capture Northwich life in 2021 for its 5th birthday Time Capsule.

Picture Northwich is asking residents to submit their photos showing life in the town for a chance to be part of an exhibition and feature in a photo album that will go into the Barons Quay Time Capsule.  The Time Capsule will be buried later this year to mark the Centre’s 5th year milestone and will not be opened until 2051.

Local photographer Brian Jenkins and Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita and will judge the entries, selecting the best 20 images to go into the commemorative album. Of the 20 selected images, the judges will choose their favourite to win a £50 gift card as well as featuring on the cover of the album.

For younger talent there is an under 16 category, with at least two images being selected from this age group to be included in the album.

The deadline for entries is 12pm on 16th July 2021, winners will be announced by the 23rd July 2021.

The judges have asked people to capture things in their locality that reflect everyday life in the town.  It could be their local park, cafe, neighbours, well-known landmarks, a community project or simply the street or road that they live on.

Professional photographer and judge Brian Jenkins said: “Northwich has a wealth of unique locations and scenes looking to be captured. To get a different perspective of a scene you like, perhaps try changing the time of day you take your pictures, for example at sunset or sunrise, or try street photography in the rain or fog. Do not be shy, get close to your subject and fill the frame. Also look at the picture and see if your eyes are following a path through it and drawing you in.”

Centre Manager Lina Higuita said: “We hope that there are some budding photographers out there who can help us to create some visual content for our Time Capsule album.  We want people in 2051 to be able to picture what life was like in the town – the good and the bad of this strange time we are currently living in.  The winners will not only be part of our historic project, they will also see their work on display at the centre as part of an exhibition showing the contents of the capsule.”

Photographs can be landscape or portrait but all entries should be in full colour.  To take part images should be posted on social media using #PictureNorthwich tagging in @baronsquay on Facebook or Instagram, @barons_quay on Twitter. Full terms and conditions for the competition can be viewed here.

 

Radio Northwich and Barons Quay have come together in a bid to find up and coming musical talent to take part in some exciting outdoor events in the town.

 

Music is Quay will showcase bands, singers and musicians with two days of live music at Barons Quay this summer.  Hosted by Radio Northwich, the events will provide a platform for artists and allow them to perform for visitors at the shopping centre.

 

Taking place on the 14th and 28th August the events will feature up to 6 live acts, each will be given a 30 minute slot to perform and will be promoted on the station to thousands of listeners. 

 

Performers of all ages and genres are invited to apply by visiting The Radio Northwich website and clicking any Music Is Quay image or going straight to www.radionorthwich.co.uk/musicisquay page. Entries to be logged no later than 31st July 2021. 

 

Artists will need to register through the Radio Northwich VIP club and then upload their stage name, photo and one music track. 

 

The Music Is Quay events will be filmed and members of the public will be asked to vote for their favourite on social media – the winning act will be invited to perform at the Radio Northwich launch event on 11th September.

 

 

John Thompson from Radio Northwich said: “Radio Northwich is all about music and the community, so Music is Quay brings both of these together brilliantly! We are looking for all different types of artists from opera to jazz, rap to acoustic guitar – the more diverse the better!

 

“Perhaps you’ve just started your musical journey or maybe you’ve been gigging for years but never had your big break – if you love to perform we want to hear from you.  The best acts will be selected to be part of Music is Quay and the public’s favourite will join an impressive lineup of musicians at our launch event on September 11th.”

 

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “Due to Covid we know that many music events have been cancelled this year, so we’re delighted to be bringing some live events to the shopping centre with the help of Radio Northwich.

 

“Music is Quay will bring that party atmosphere while showcasing the musical talent in our area in a safe environment for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information people can visit: www.radionorthwich.co.uk/musicisquay

We have teamed up with the Northwich BID  to create the Northwich Flower Trail, a fun-filled wildflower adventure for children to discover this summer! 

They’ll learn all about our native plants and they could win a £50 gift card!

The Northwich Flower trail consists of 20 British wildflowers, which can be found in locations around Barons Quay, Witton Street, Market Street and the High Street.  The beautiful blooms include well-known favourites as well as more unusual flowers that you may not have heard of!

 

To take part simply pick up an activity sheet from The Entertainer store in Barons Quay or Northwich Library and then go in search for the Flower Trail floor stickers around the town.  

Once you’ve found a flower you can learn all about it thanks to our interactive QR codes, simply scan for fascinating flower facts.

Once you have found all 20 flowers, add your contact details to the checklist and post your completed sheet in the special letter box on level one of the travelator hall at Barons Quay, you’ll then be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 gift card for The Entertainer.

For a second chance to win post your  flower trail pictures on social media using #NorthwichFlower, tagging in Barons Quay and Visit Northwich, the best picture will win a £50 gift card for a Northwich shop or restaurant of the winner’s choice.

While you’re out and about look out for two fantastic floral works of art that have been created on windows in Barons Quay and on Crown Street.

This flower themed activity is part of the Northwich in Bloom entry for 2021, which looks to demonstrate horticultural excellence, community involvement and environmental friendliness. 

Enjoy taking part and don’t forget to share your pictures!

 

 

Unlock the fun at Barons Quay this summer! Explore our mysterious Wildflower Maze, complete the Flower Trail and enjoy a host of free family activities!

From Saturday 24th July you can visit our Wildflower Maze where little ones can explore and learn about nature as they navigate the twists and turns in search of the secret Summer house at its centre.   You’ll find it opposite H&M and Sticky Paws, it’s open everyday between 11am and 7pm

You can learn all about British Wildflowers by doing the Northwich Flower Trail, there are 20 native plants in locations around Barons Quay, Witton Street, Market Street and the High Street.   Simply pick up an activity sheet from The Entertainer store in Barons Quay or Northwich Library and then go in search of the Flower Trail floor stickers around the town.  Once you’ve found a flower you can learn all about it thanks to interactive QR codes which will provide participants with interesting facts and information as they go.

Completed sheets should then be posted in a special letterbox on level one of the travelator hall at Barons Quay to be entered into a free prize draw to win a £50 voucher for The Entertainer. 

Working with Visit Northwich we have created a schedule of free family events that you can get involved in:

 

Share your photos of Summer Unlocked on social media using #BQsummer, our favourite picture will win a £50 gift card!

 

**UPDATED**

Following a local search for musical talent, Barons Quay and Radio Northwich are pleased to announce the chosen 12 acts who will perform at the Music is Quay events later this month.

 

On Saturday 14th August the following acts will join DJ Matt Cat for a day of live music in Barons Square, Barons Quay, between 10am – 4pm:

 

 

A further six talented local acts will perform on Saturday 28th August, overlooking the river at Weaver Point Square. They are: 

 

 

All 12 performances will be recorded and promoted on the station to thousands of listeners. 

 

They will also be filmed and uploaded on social media, where members of the public can vote for their favorite.  The top two will receive a prize of £200 each courtesy of the Northwich BID and Cheshire West and Chester Council, they also get a second chance to wow the crowds at the Radio Northwich launch party on the 11th September.

 

The aim of the Music is Quay events is to showcase local bands, singers and musicians as well as providing a free music event for local people and visitors to enjoy this summer.

 

Performers of all ages and genres were invited to apply by uploading a song to The Radio Northwich website.  There were 23 entries, one duo, eight groups and 14 solo artists. DJ’s at the station were then asked to shortlist the 12 best.

 

John Thompson from Radio Northwich said: “We have had an overwhelming response to our search, it was difficult to pick the final 12 as the quality of applications was so high.   We are now looking forward to two live music events that will show some of the brilliant music talent we have right here in Northwich.

 

“We hope to provide a platform for these aspiring musicians; who will not only perform at the event but will have their music played on Radio Northwich too.”

 

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “Congratulations to those who made the final line-up and thank you to everyone who applied. This great mix of musical talent will entertain visitors at Barons Quay and bring a much-needed party atmosphere to Northwich this summer.”

 

The events will support Rotary Northwich who will be fundraising for the following local causes: Snow Angels Cheshire, St Luke’s Hospice, Salvation Army and Mid-Cheshire Community Shed.

 

Barons Quay is counting down to its fifth birthday with a time capsule campaign that will encourage local people to reflect on the town’s past, present and future.

 

For the next eight months the shopping centre will be collecting artefacts to go inside a new time capsule, which will be buried in November to mark the fifth anniversary of the Centre opening.

 

Throughout the project Barons Quay will be reaching out to local residents, schools, businesses and community groups to participate and provide content for the historical piece.  Organisers are hoping that the capsule will remain buried for 30 years, providing some interesting information for people in 2051.

 

Barons Quay officially opened on the 28 November 2016 with  1,400  jobs created for local people as part of the regeneration project.  Since then a further 14 units have opened including H&M, River Island and Sports Direct, the Centre attracted over 18 million visits between 2016-2020 and continues to have ambitious plans for the future.

 

Centre Manager at Barons Quay, Lina Higuita said: “We hope that over the next few months we will gather some interesting items for the time capsule that will reflect on the strange and difficult times we have been living in as well as looking ahead to what the future will hold, so that we have some thought provoking content for people to find in 30 years’ time.

 

“We will be launching several activities that will engage local people and provide us with digital and hard copy content that will go inside the capsule.  We welcome and encourage contributions from people of ages and backgrounds to ensure that we cover a range of topics and experiences, with all items being displayed ahead of the burial – I can’t wait to see what we discover!”

 

Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy & Regeneration, Cllr Richard Beacham said: “This is a great opportunity for our communities to get involved, particularly at a time when people have been confined to their homes due to the pandemic. We want the capsule to hold interesting and intriguing items that will provide a historic reference to what is going on now and that will be fascinating to those opening it up in 30 years’ time.

 

“In the past 5-years, the Council has worked hard to attract new tenants to Barons Quay and will continue to do so going forward. We hope to be able to share more exciting news with residents, soon.”

 

To find out how you can get involved visit: http://baronsquay.co.uk/timecapsule

A new exhibition organised by Visual Arts Cheshire will go on display at Barons Quay from the 24th May, featuring artwork from over 20 local primary schools.

Belonging will run until 24th June, celebrating the resilience and creativity of local children who continued to work hard and find time to be creative during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Visitors can view the colourful artworks at Barons Quay in the units next to River Island. The displays show the children’s exploration of what it means to belong, whether that be belonging to a family, a school, a community or the wider world.

Phil Carswell, from Visual Arts Cheshire said: “The children’s perception of what it means to belong in a wider context has resulted in some stunning work and ideas and is a testament to the talent of the children and their teachers.”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “It is a honour to host this exhibition, which demonstrates how something positive can come from a very difficult situation.  Local schools have shown exceptional resilience over the last year and we hope that they enjoy seeing their beautiful artwork on display.”

The exhibition is supported by Barons Quay and Visit Northwich and was organised by Visual Arts Cheshire, a voluntary organisation which promotes arts within the Northwich area.

More artwork by local children can be found on the online Art Cave set up by the Northwich Education Partnership.

To see all the artwork, visit our gallery

 

A number of Northwich restaurants have come together to give diners the chance to win up to £50 when they eat in as part of a new town-wide campaign.

The Eat In To Win initiative, which runs from the 31st May until the 7th June, aims to encourage local residents to support Northwich restaurants and cafes next week by giving every customer the chance to win a restaurant voucher up to £50 for their next visit, with over a £1,000 worth of vouchers up for grabs.  16 venues are taking part in the scheme including all of the eateries at Barons Quay.

For a chance to win customers will need to scan a QR code in the restaurant and enter their details, they will then be entered into a free prize draw.  Diners can enter each time they visit a restaurant, increasing their chances of winning a prize. 

On the 8th June winners from each participating restaurant will be selected at random and notified about their prize. 

The promotion has been organised by Barons Quay and Visit Northwich to help stimulate the local hospitality industry following a very difficult time for the sector.

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “We are pleased to be working with Visit Northwich on this brilliant campaign, which we hope will encourage more people to eat out next week.  It’s been great to see restaurants open again but we want to ensure that they remain busy and promote the great hospitality services that they offer.  It’s easy to take part and the more times you eat in, the more chance you have of winning up to £100 off your next meal!”

Northwich Business Improvement District Project Manager, Adam Gerrard, added: “We’re delighted to be teaming up with Barons Quay and a range of our hospitality venues to hopefully entice people into the town centre to enjoy a meal.

“We have some wonderful restaurants and cafes here in Northwich that serve lovely food, and we want people to discover the delights that are on their doorstep. We’d love you to come and take part if you can; you might just find your new favourite eatery too!” 

Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “It’s been a difficult time for all businesses over the past year and as we begin to emerge from the pandemic it’s great to see so many of our shops, bars and restaurants opening up and welcoming visitors back into the town.

“A huge amount of work has gone into making the town a safe place to visit and I would therefore urge local residents to take part in this initiative and to make use of all the great things that Northwich has to offer.”

Participating restaurants:

 

Barons Quay Winners:

 

Barons Quay in Northwich is pleased to announce two new tenants this month, Crate Cheshire and Beautifix will bring an exciting new hair and beauty offering to the scheme, while allowing local entrepreneurs to expand their businesses.

Crate, an award-winning men only hairdressers owned by Charles Rose (28) and his partner Alex Green (29) opened their first salon in Northwich in 2018 and then a second premises in Knutsford in 2020, during a global pandemic!

Aiming to relocate to Barons Quay next month near to Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest, Crate Cheshire will continue to offer a wide range of quality services for men including colour, cut and finish, wet shave and beard trims.  The salon also stocks its own range of luxury hair products and home fragrances to give customers the salon experience at home.

While they wait for the new salon to open, a pop-up shop, opposite Wildwood has opened at Barons Quay to ensure customers do not have to go without their regular cut.

The move to Barons Quay will give the ambitious duo the space they need to expand their offering and grow the business.

Charles Rose said:  “We noticed a gap in the market, giving men the full hairdressing experience with a stylist that specializes in cutting male hair and we’ve found that men were crying out for this type of service!  There’s more styles for men to choose from these days and just like women they want to look and feel good.  

“The people of Northwich have been amazing over the last three years and I’m glad that we are opening a bigger shop for them in the town.  The additional space at Barons Quay will allow us to develop our existing team as well as hire and train the next generation of talented barbers.”

Beautifix owners Niamh Smith (27) from Cuddington and Bernice Flynn (28) from Warrington opened their small salon in Chesterway Retail Park in 2019, specialising in quality beauty treatments for nails, brows and lashes.  Their popularity in Northwich and beyond means that they have quickly outgrown the space and are now due to relocate to a 3000 sq foot unit in Barons Quay, near Sports Direct. 

With over 800 clients on the books and their own range of products, the beauty experts were looking for bigger premises so that they could offer a more diverse range of treatments for women including hair, make-up, massage, laser hair removal, medical grade facials and much more!

Niamh and Bernice will use the additional space at the Barons Quay salon to open an academy to train other beauticians as well as host a number of workshops including make-up and wellness masterclasses. 

Beautifix founder Niamh Smith said: “We cannot wait to open at Barons Quay later in the year; we will offer the same great services that our loyal customers love but we will also be able to offer a lot more, providing a quality one-stop-shop for local women of all ages who want to feel amazing!

“Coming to Barons Quay is the next big step for us and we’re so glad to be able to stay in Northwich and bring exciting new services to local women who deserve to look their best.”

Anyone wanting to register their interest for the Beautifix Academy should email beautifixacademy@outlook.com

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “These are two brilliant additions to Barons Quay that will compliment each other well, bringing something new to the scheme.  Both businesses are run by incredibly talented and entrepreneurial young people and I’m proud that these local businesses can stay in Northwich and continue to grow at Barons Quay.”

Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Economy and Regeneration, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “As Northwich emerges from the pandemic, it is wonderful to see so many of our local businesses reopening and new ones coming on stream too. With Northwich independents like CRATE and Beautifix now opening in Barons Quay too, next to big name brands like H&M and River Island, it is really exciting.

“The Council’s long-term ambition has always been to create a modern leisure and retail hub in the heart of Northwich, complementing existing businesses in the town. Work is ongoing to attract the final tenants so that the scheme is at 100% occupancy. We hope to share more good news soon.”

We are looking to recruit three security officers to join our dynamic team to help us deliver a safe and pleasant environment for our customers and venues.

The successful candidates must be SIA licensed and have previous security experience. We are looking for candidates able to demonstrate good levels of customer service and the ability to work on their own initiative.

The role offers an attractive hourly rate plus excellent employee benefits.

Hours available are 42 per week on a 4 on 4 off basis.

For further information or to apply for the role please forward you CV to SMRrecruitment@savills.com.

The closing date for applications is 31/07/2021

Barons Quay is Northwich’s thriving retail and leisure hub and home to various stores, restaurants, cafes, a supermarket and an Odeon Cinema.

How are you coping with lockdown 3? We want to make it a bit more bearable by sharing some advice from local people to help get you through it.

We asked people in Northwich to tell us how they are keeping healthy during this difficult time and we got some brilliant advice; from exercise and recipes to mental health tips too. Here are some of our favourites, we hope you find them helpful.

On Facebook

Joanne Ballantine: As well as walking l signed up to Les Mills on Demand. Body Combat Body Pump If l can’t do these classes at the gym l have to do my classes at home.

 

Sandra Horne Martin: Make sure you talk to a friend everyday, whether on the phone, zoom or online

 

Claire Louise: Try and do some exercise every day, even if it’s only 5 minutes of stretching routine is everything xx

 

Kate Pugh: I’ve bought a couple of new healthy recipe cookbooks for inspiration with more cooking going in during lockdown

 

Gemma Louise: Well as I’m not working during lockdown me and my son who’s 4 are doing 10,0000 steps a day… We decided after school time to have time to ourselves and take adventures every day to keep active. We’re also raising money this month for northwich community first responders which is keeping us going

 

Kimberley Davies: I started couch to 5k last lockdown and this lockdown am I now able to run 5k three times a week without stopping.lockdowns have actually made me the healthiest I have ever been

 

Claire Rowlands: We try to do a “Daily Boris Walk” each day. Even only a short walk around the village is great and is really good for our mental health too! 

 

Pauline Whalley: We’re keeping our minds healthy, we have a different country meal together every Saturday night seeming as no restaurant’s open, a bottle of wine, and just each other’s company. Our way of going out on a Saturday until the restaurant’s reopen.

 

Eileen Astbury Green: Green time, making sure 20 minutes during the working day is spent outside 

Karen Goodman: My healthy is keeping in touch with my parents, who in their eighties are very limited to the what, where’s and who’s restrictions at the min. When I know they are ok then I can manage the kids screen time on lessons, my screen time for working at home. We sit down to a well prepared family meal every evening and talk about what’s happening with life. Get some fresh air and keep smiling.

 

Catherine Baylis:Getting out for a walk every day, no matter what. Fresh air is good for the soul!

 

Jayne Gilmore:Just doing some form of exercise every day, preferably outside to get fresh air! I’ve been making the kids walk a loop of our village (20 mins each day)

 

Vicky Booth: We get out for a walk everyday and just remember there is light at the end of the tunnel!

 

Lois Dewey: I’ve been loving the recipes on Asda Good Living, free to access and nice and easy recipes to follow, can just pick up ingredients in store. We did the chicken mango curry on Saturday it was delicious  

 

Stacey Harms: Set aside some time each day. Do online workouts . Joe wicks Is great if you have kids and brio also does free ones. Take advantage of the daily exercise allowed outdoors. Try and set a goal of how many steps you want to achieve. Even if you have to run up and down the stairs to meet your target. You feel so much better doing exercise especially when we are in lockdown. Keeps you fit mentally and physically.

 

Natalie Louise: Don’t fall off the healthy wagon after one bad meal. One meal is only 5% of your week’s 3 meals a day. Don’t fall for fads, eat real food!

 

Sarah Markillie: Take part in the body coach workouts. They’re great because they can be done whatever the weather and I can do them while my little girl plays. I treat the live workouts like a live class so I don’t make excuses.

 

Kelly Hall: My mental health has been my lockdown focus and by setting myself small achievable tasks each day whether it be a household chore, physical exercise or hobby based activity it gives me a good feeling of accomplishment when it’s completed, so even on a day when I lack any get up and go I can always say ‘well at least I got that done today’ stay safe and healthy everyone! x

 

Helen Ball: Fresh air no matter what the weather, we walk, come rain, shine, snow or ice mainly along the River Weaver. We have seen the seasons change, the effect of floods, climbed and clambered over fallen trees and waded through thick chocolatey brown mud in wellies that now have holes in them!!! Our favourite walk is when we spot the kingfisher, amazing. We have learnt that life can be simple and quiet but found so much just minutes away from where we live. We have learnt how lucky we are, we have our health and magnificent views.

 

Gemma Phoenix: I’m running 5k a day in January and finishing with a half marathon this weekend. No equipment needed, you can go anytime and it’s free! Just stick on your trainers and go at your own pace. Great for mental health too as it allows you space to think and clear your head (or in my case escape children!).

 

Helen Huxley: I’ve been trying lots of new healthy recipes during lockdown, this chicken and tender stem broccoli traybake is particularly popular, I’ve even baked cakes with sugar substitute.

 

Paul Robinson: I’m walking 12000 steps every day in January and finishing off with a curry

Instagram

@c.sandbach60 Cycling to work everyday, around 32 miles per week

@sjparry30 Walking in the fresh air and zoom classes

@Cassiejmt Yoga and knitting – body & mind. Works for me

@mowermangreen Good walk around the field and some home made vegetable soup is a healthy way of lockdown life helps pass the time

@white1887xw Eat healthy food and always complete a piece of mindful exercise. That could be a walk in the park or a yoga session in your front room. Always focus on your breathing for the best results!!

@vickyloubooth A walk a day around our local parks with our cocker spaniel Freddie x

Half term is here but it’s going to be a bit more challenging than normal! With cinemas, shops and soft play centres closed, what are we going to do with our little ones?! 

Luckily help is at hand, we asked Northwich parents to share their tips so that you can plan a week of fun activities even during lockdown!  Read on to discover some great ideas including kitchen discos, bowling alleys and geocaching! 

Sarah Jane Jones
Go on a family rainbow walk. We have so many lovely open spaces to make the most of in and around Northwich. How many different colours can you find? Record them with your phone camera and make a collage when you get home.

 

Lorna Coy
We made a bowling alley in the hall out of drinks cans. Had hot dogs and popcorn to complete the experience

 

Stacey Harms
Empty cardboard boxes and pens, paints etc. Lots of baking cookies. Walks in the park seeing who can do the most steps.

 

Emma Naylor
Family games! Monopoly, chess, the game of life, a game we created ourselves called dogs, the 5 second rule, uno, dobble – we love them all. We’ve been working and the kids have been at school throughout the pandemic so our family time is more precious than ever

 

Christina K Hodson
I am trying to keep our play interesting and fun so I’m cutting out shapes from coloured paper and hide around the room. After all shapes are found my children would count them and draw their own designs. We use any recycling materials to build models and collage.

Kate Pugh
I’m going to make a plan for the week filled with indoor and outdoor activities so we have something to get up, get ready and look forward to. We can switch activities round if the weather isn’t great also

 

Allison Princess Reid
Old wallpaper rolled out with lots of making things ( paint with cars and balls , pens and pencils ) or putting dolls in the bath to give them a wash or go out for a family walk to the park x

 

Tracy Baddiley-Watson
Old roll of wallpaper or backing paper. Roll out across the floor, plenty of pens, crayons and paint, it’s like a never ending sketch book! cheap and cheerful and keeps the kids entertained for hours! Winner winner

 

Beth Hardy
We cut 4 holes in the top of a cardboard box, and coloured around them with numbers 10 20 30 40. We used old Christmas baubles and the kids had to throw and try and get them in the holes! The one who got the most points won! Kept them busy for HOURS (and I had to say goodbye to a few baubles )

 

Lyndsey Barker-Hewitt
Turning our kitchen into a restaurant for the weekend , the kids research, create and design the menus and theme. Decorating to create a nice restaurant atmosphere. Choose a good music playlist and then help to cook and serve the food. We all get dressed up and pretend we are going out. Hours of entertainment.

 

Katherine McDermott
Scavenger hunts! Plenty of time outdoors trying to find treasure, keeps everybody entertained and tires us out.

 

Stephanie Mellor
It’s gotta be a kitchen disco!! … Cheap disco lights from Amazon… glow sticks and then crank up the tunes!!!!

 

@kimfallows Making own superhero stuff- from creating own masks, designing costumes to making cuffs & rockets.

 

@Laura.harris9 Lots of crafts and some nice walks, I might try & shuffle some of their toys round too – find some bits that have been forgotten about ❤️

 

@larissa.dominy I love seasonal hunts! Make a list of flowers in bloom this time of year, types of leaves/trees, birds you might spot, wildlife tracks etc. You can be as creative as you like, maybe add boxes to tick and pictures, even weather charts for older children. Take the list on an outdoor walk with little one/s and see what you find when your really looking. Happy adventuring ☃️

@soph11m Geocaching has been a great boredom buster for getting my son out and about for walks in the fresh air, it is a fantastic way to get some exercise with the added extra of outdoor treasure hunting! (Weather permitting! ❄

 

@jentoms80 It’s all about baking and walks for us! We bake cupcakes and talk about how we will decorate them on our walk……keeps everyone engaged and we get a treat when we are home!

 

@gemphoenix1 We will be baking, den making, film watching, puzzle playing, duck feeding, park playing and watching films with hot chocolates! What else is there to do?! X

 

@sophienelson13 Making dens is always a hit for our little ones! Stick a sheet up over some furniture and they’ll be entertained for a good hour or more! Also lots of park trips and walks in the fresh air

 

@staceylouisguest Lots of lego building and having a competition to see who can build the most unreal thing.

 

@hartfordchildcare We’ll be doing a lot of pancake play – pancake tossing races (with beanbags), designing our dream pancakes, making and eating pancakes, sensory play with flour, role play pretending to make pancakes in the play kitchen, pancake games, pancake stories etc!

We are delighted to share with you the first pictures of the Puddle Ducks pool build, which will open in Barons Quay later this year, offering swimming lessons for children aged 0-10 years!

 

Despite the challenges of the last 12 months building work is underway on the  new state-of-the-art flagship pool next to Sticky Paws and Geek Retreat.  This week franchise manager for mid Cheshire, Rachel Bateson shared these first pictures of the new centre.

Puddle Ducks Barons Quay

She said: “Amongst all of the uncertainty, we are so excited that our new pool at Barons Quay is progressing well and we are still planning to open later this year.

 

“The pool is in, the mezzanine built and the underfloor heating is all laid – we just can’t wait to open. It really is something for us to look forward to.”

 

She added: “It’s really exciting that the build has started, we can really see the potential and the amount of interest in what’s happening has been huge – we’ve had lots of enquiries since we updated people on the build.

As well as catering to the specific requirements of babies and children from nought to 10, the new pool will also become a national teacher training centre.

Rachel added: “We have swum in Northwich for years so it’s really close to our hearts, in fact the very first Puddle Ducks classes took place in Northwich back in 2002, so it is fitting that the franchise is opening a flagship pool in Northwich town centre.”

Puddle Ducks Barons Quay

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “It’s great to share some positive news and to see these pictures, we cannot wait for Puddle Ducks to open later this year.  Swimming lessons for children are so important, it’s brilliant that we will have these top of the range facilities at the Centre for local families to benefit from.”

 

Follow us on social media for more updates @BaronsQuay on Facebook and Instagram or @Barons_quay on Twitter. 

 

To be kept informed about lessons and the new timetable, email midcheshire@puddleducks.com or visit www.puddleducks.com

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council is aware of a small number of glazing defects within the Travellator Hall, which is adjacent to ASDA and the multi-story car park.

The panes that have failed are designed to remain in situ and we are installing netting and some decking as an additional precautionary measure.

We have asked professionals from the glazing industry to help us establish the cause of the failures and to agree the next course of action.

Full access to ASDA, the wider Barons Quay development and the rest of the town centre remains open to the public from the multi-story car park.

Spring is well and truly here and thanks to the lifting of restrictions on the 12th April our restaurants and cafes are now open for outdoor dining as well as takeaways!

Wildwood

With an extended seating area, there’s plenty of space to enjoy lunch or dinner alfresco at Wildwood Barons Quay.  This well-loved restaurant has an extensive menu, you can choose from pizza, burgers, salads and delicious steaks as well as a healthy children’s menu. Takeaway is available via Uber Eats, Just Eat and click and collect.  There’s no need to book a table, simple turn up and wait to be seated.  To peruse their brilliant menus click here.

The Coffee House

The outdoor seating area at The Coffee House is the perfect spot to enjoy the spring sunshine with your favourite hot beverage or why not try a refreshing iced tea or milkshake? Serving freshly made sandwiches, breakfast, snacks, cakes and treats this is the perfect pit stop during any shopping trip.  Open seven days a week, you can also grab a takeaway.

 

BEAR

Bear is back with a full takeaway menu, alfresco brunch, evening meals and drinks! Open Sunday-Thursday 10am- 4pm and 10am – 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, you can enjoy their amazing food while looking out on the River Weaver.  Dishes include the famous Angry Mac Burger, Pizzas, Tacos and sharing plates. Again, no need to book just turn up for a table, to see their daytime, kids and evening menus click here

 

 

 

Barons Quay, Northwich is launching its festive campaign this week, which promises to bring some much needed seasonal colour and cheer to the centre this December with a host of activities for people to enjoy, including a rainbow light installation!

The Project Merry light installation, which is now in situ in the wildflower meadow area of the centre opposite Sticky Paws and next to Odeon Cinemas, has created an ‘after dark rainbow wonderland’ that people can wander through and includes a 10 metre light tunnel, disco balls and a rainbow forest.  Buildings in the area have also been given the rainbow treatment with colourful uplighting to help create a magical experience for shoppers and visitors.

On Saturday 28th November at 10am, families are invited to take part in an online art workshop with Project Happy artist Emma Evans, who will be encouraging children to make their own piece of artwork at home that will then become part of a large-scale art installation at Barons Quay before Christmas.  Any child that takes part, will also go into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for The Entertainer.

In December, Barons Quay is launching an exciting online game called ‘Make Yourself Merry’, where local people can have have fun uploading photos and giving them a festive twist for a chance to win a £200 shopping voucher! There will also be a digital gift guide to help shoppers find the perfect presents for friends and family this year.

Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita said: “It has been a tough year for everyone, the pandemic has prevented many celebrations taking place in 2020, so we decided that no matter what the restrictions are in place this December we are on a mission to make people merry this Christmas!

“Much like our Project Happy campaign we are bringing colour, light and positivity to the people of Northwich and there are a number of ways people can be involved. If you are visiting the Centre please come and see our Project Merry rainbow light installation, you can wander through the tunnel, have a dance under the disco balls or simply sit and enjoy the atmosphere. 

“Our online activities will get you in the mood for Christmas and help you plan your present buying – this year more than any other we need to show the ones we love how much we appreciate them.”

To find out more about Project Merry and to take part visit http://baronsquay.co.uk/project-merry/

 

Welcome to our Christmas Guide! If you’re struggling to find the perfect gifts for family and friends, don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you! Take a look through our digital book, which is packed full of gift ideas for all the family as well seasonal experiences you can enjoy right now at Barons Quay!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, we invited local mum Jade Tomlinson to do her Christmas shopping at Barons Quay, she visited all our stores and found some perfect pressies! Watch her haul video to get even more great gift ideas.

A sparkly new piece of artwork has appeared in Barons Quay, thanks to the creative efforts of local children and North West artist Emma Evans.

During the November lockdown Barons Quay hosted an online workshop, inviting children to take part and create their own rainbows for a new display at the centre. Children were encouraged to use a range of materials to make their designs as colourful as possible, they were also asked to write a positive message on the back of their creations.  

Once complete parents were asked to post them in a special postbox at Barons Quay, where they were later collected by Emma, who has included them in a new window display opposite River Island, entitled Rainbows of Hope.

Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita said: “We launched our Project Merry campaign in November to make Christmas special in spite of any restrictions that may be in place.  As part of this we worked with Emma to create the online workshop to help families engage with the campaign and give local children the opportunity to be part of something positive for Christmas and the new year.  We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the display, there is certainly some creative talent in Northwich.”

Emma Evans said: “Rainbows became a symbol of hope during the first lockdown and have been the inspiration for this new piece of art for Barons Quay.  The children’s designs are amazing, I have been so impressed by the originality and creativity! The rainbows are central to my design, I used coloured lights, gold stars and a very sparkly backdrop to compliment and highlight the children’s artwork.”

The artwork will be on display throughout the winter months to bring colour and positivity for local residents during these challenging times.

For more information about Project Merry visit: http://baronsquay.co.uk/project-merry/

How are you coping with lockdown 3? We want to make it a bit more bearable by sharing some advice from local people to help get you through it.

We know that one of the biggest challenges facing local families is homeschool! So, we asked people to share their tips and advice to help others get through the day successfully, here are some of our favourites, we hope they help!

From Instagram:

@harry_gameryt
“Have fun for half an hour a day such as play a game or dance around the living room to add encouragement for each day of homeschooling!”

@Ourlittlecheshirerenovation
“Don’t feel confined to the set work from school. They’re doing an amazing job sending work through, but sometimes it’s a slog to get through and you realise afterwards you were just ‘getting through it’ and your child hasn’t actually learned or retained anything. Ask your child questions about the topic, encourage them to ask questions, and when they do, latch onto that and look for more info on it-google, books, your own knowledge etc. enthuse them about what they’re learning and relate it to everyday life. Those key points will stick much more, even if that means you don’t get through everything ”

@Jules13smith
“Routine works for us. Snack and fun breaks and as my little one loves creating things letting her choose a creative option based on the work set too.”

@2flowergirls4me
“We have a moto, ‘no pressure’ just try your very best and have some fun in between lessons. I personally think the schools have been fantastic, very organised and interactive with the kids so couldn’t ask for more.”

@Vcurr
“Remember you’re doing the best you can, be you and don’t compare yourself to others. That’s our focus during this crazy time. Also never underestimate the power of a cardboard box we’ve had such fun making things out of them.”

From Facebook:

Claire Rowlands
“Using fun activities to learn maths. Baking or cooking is a good way to learn about weights and measures, and even fractions! Plus it gives them a reward to look forward to at the end” 

Nicky Scott
“This week for my daughter who started college this year, we are having a spa night, just to help with her health as she is stuck at home”

Kate Pugh
“We like to switch the indoor pe session web link for an outdoor nice walk to some of our favourite local places”

Susan Adamson
“I have to take my hat off to all who home schooling at the moment I have 1 at college who is fairly self sufficient but to keep the motivation going we have tried theme days that work alongside the school work rather than rigid lesson that sometimes they get fed up with so we would do things like Friends Friday where we would send write letters or messages to their friends for literacy draw pictures for art for Monday it would be maths Monday etc”

Harriet Parker
“I have made a chart so my daughter can tick off what she has done. This allows her to be proud with how much has been done in the day. Also remember that first and foremost you are a parent/ guardian and just like the children we can only try our best.”

Pauline Gray
“It’s a long day, so by the time it’s 2.30pm ‘story time’ we have ‘treat time’ so my son sits still and listens to the story…and I get a coffee break too!!!”

Stacey Harms
“Small tasks, made as fun as possible to keep them engaged. Regular breaks for them and so I can grab a coffee. If that doesn’t work bribery usually does. Couple of pieces of chocolate And also doing my star of the day award like school do. If work is completed and been no tears then he gets a certificate I make. Saying congratulations you are start of the day because……………… If gets 4 in a week then it’s a movie night at weekend.”

Kerry Beth Jackson
“Ours is start early and offer little breaks and no gadgets till all work complete. We have a mindfulness hour planned for every day in Jan and my kids have chosen the activities they would like to do to recharge. We also try to get out every day for a nice walk or scoot. The most important for me is to be kind and not judge we are all struggling and you do whats best for you. Their is no right or wrong answer just do you.”

Christina K Hodson
“My advice is don’t switch on any gadgets and start home schooling early on the morning. It’s good to have a plan of work and work in set chunks. There’s so many resources available online for every age and subject so it is good to use them. Definitely is good idea to have a fun and play outdoor with young children as these are easily get bored. So grab their attention and make home schooling extra interesting – arts, crafts or exercises between usual lessons schedule definitely works.”

Stacey Harms
“Small tasks, to keep kid interested. Regular breaks and chocolate helps. Lots of coffee for me.”

 

The winner will be entitled to 1 x 1Ltr tub of ice cream every month for one year (12 in total) to be collected from Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest.

 

Flavours subject to availability.

 

The prize cannot be exchanged for anything else and no cash alternative can be offered.

 

Closing date for entry will be Monday 21st September 2020. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be allowed.

 

The winner will be contacted by Barons Quay to confirm the date of prize collection.

Are your kids scared that they won’t be able to celebrate Halloween this year? Things are looking a little different in 2020 thanks to the pandemic and everything that goes with! But just because there are some restrictions in place, there’s no reason why we can’t have some socially distanced fang-tastic fun, right?

Here’s our guide for Halloween at home, and don’t forget it falls on a Saturday, so there’s a whole day to enjoy spooky music, food and more!

DARING DRESS UP

It goes without saying that you have to dress up, even if you plan to stay home all day!  So get prepared and start looking for your costumes now. H&M at Barons Quay has a brilliant kids collection from themed tees to accessories to complete costumes.

George at Asda in Barons Quay has an epic range of outfits starting from just £5 and we really love the matching costumes for kids and parents!  If you can’t find what you want in store you can always click and collect.

HOUSE OF HORRORS

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve got your costume, now it’s time to set the scene at home and get ready for a monster party! From high tech light show projectors to good old-fashioned cobwebs, you’ll find it all at Asda and B&M Bargains, right here in Northwich! Both stores also have a great range of craft supplies if you fancy making your own.

SEASONAL SUSTENANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embrace the season and warm yourself up with some delicious pumpkin soup from The Coffee House at Barons Quay! Serving daily, you can enjoy this warming homemade bowl of goodness in the cosy surroundings of this much-loved cafe, giving you the sustenance you need to plan your spook-tastic day!

 

TERRIFYING TUNES

 

 

 

 

 

Outfits? Check. Decorations? Check.  Now it’s time to really get the party started with a wicked music playlist! Introduce the kids to some classics such as Thriller, the Ghostbusters theme and the Monster Mash as well as some more modern beats such as Haunted by Beyonce, Monster by Kanye West and Wolves by Selena Gomez and Marshmello. 

 

GO GHOSTING

 

 

 

 

 

As trick or treating is cancelled this year, there’s a new idea that’s a clever twist on this Halloween tradition, ghosting! What’s that, you ask? You create a treat bag of goodies for a friend or neighbour, fill with sweets and spooky toys and stickers. You then leave it on their doorstep with a note inside to pass it on (as in, create a new treat bag and “ghost” someone else). A new way to be nice, rather than naughty this October 31st!  The Card Factory at Barons Quay has a great selection of party bags you could use, including this colourful pack of 10 for only £2.49!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HUBBLE BUBBLE, BAKE OFF

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-up on baking ingredients and cook up a frightful feast for Halloween!  Asda has some great recipes online, including a ghost cake, spider cake, doughnut eyeballs and these gingerbread skeletons! Find all recipes here.

PUMPKIN PANDEMIC

Creep it real with pumpkin carving – the Halloween must do activity! This year there are a number of pumpkin patches open in Cheshire where you can go and enjoy a day out as a family, these include Kenyon Hall Farm, Malpas Pumpkins and Grange Farm Lowton.  But if you run out of time we have a great selection in Asda too!

When carving your pumpkin, you could buy a carving kit from Asda for just £3, or keep it topical and simply cut out eyes and add a face mask!

 

TAKE OUT TREAT 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, make it feel like a celebration this year and treat the whole family to a take away from your favourite restaurant! The delicious pasta, pizzas and burgers at Wildwood at Barons Quay are available to order via Just Eat or Uber Eats – so ordering for the family could not be easier!

Barons Quay in Northwich has today unveiled a new piece of art to encourage visitors to donate to Mid Cheshire food bank as part of its Project Happy campaign. 

The window, which has been designed by North West artist Emma Evans, aims to help promote the great work that the charity does locally, as well as to encourage cashless donations via a QR code, featured within the design, that people can scan on their mobile phones and donate directly to a Just Giving page.

 The Mid Cheshire Foodbank was established in 2012. The charity provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people. It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

 Catherine Lawton from Mid Cheshire Foodbank said: “We are seeing increasing numbers of local families coming through our doors. Many of them are not on long term benefits and they never anticipated they would need our services. Some have had their hours drastically reduced or have been put on furlough at work and simply can’t make ends meet to afford the basics.

“This problem is not unique to the current pandemic, but our services have obviously been put under extra strain. We are delighted to receive direct cash donations as we use existing relationships with retailers and food suppliers to purchase at heavily discounted rates.  As little as £2 will go a long way to feeding a local family in need.

“Great initiatives like Project Happy and this amazing art installation will help us to gain visibility in our local community and hopefully people will donate whatever they can afford.”

Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council launched Project Happy in June 2020 to help bring colour and positivity to Northwich during a very difficult time. As well as a community art project, the organisers also wanted to recognise people and charities who helped others during the lockdown period.

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “The final step of the Project Happy campaign is to support the organisations that helped local people during the coronavirus crisis. We are proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause and we hope that the donation window will raise awareness of the great work that the Mid Cheshire Food Bank does and that people will donate whatever they can to help feed local people who are struggling at this time.

 The window will remain in the centre for the next 12 months. Barons Quay has also donated £100 to the charity.

Following the success of Project Happy this Summer, Barons Quay is introducing Project Merry.

Bringing the festive cheer, no matter what 2020 throws at us, we’re determined to help make Christmas special for everyone in Northwich.

LIGHTS!

The Project Merry light installation, which is now in situ in the wildflower meadow area of the centre opposite Sticky Paws and next to Odeon Cinemas, has created an ‘after dark rainbow wonderland’ that people can wander through and includes a 10 metre light tunnel, disco balls and a rainbow forest.  Buildings in the area have also been given the rainbow treatment with colourful uplighting to help create a magical experience for shoppers and visitors.

LANTERNS!

Even though the Lantern parade has been cancelled we’ve still found a way of celebrating with the local community.

Artist Russell Kirk working with CW&C and Northwich Town Council has designed special lantern kits and distanced workshops which has enabled children across Northwich to get involved.

Pupils from Witton Church walk, Victoria Road, Charles Darwin and Leftwich Primary Schools have been busy making lanterns which will be used to decorate the Town during the festive period.

“..The children loved making the lanterns. We had a super time”..Sian Simcock, Witton Walk.

You can see the children’s lanterns next to River Island.

ART WORKSHOP

Following the success of the artwork around Barons Quay, we’ve invited artist Emma Evans back to do an online art workshop.

On Saturday 28th November at 10am, families were invited to take part in an online art workshop with  Emma to make their own piece of artwork at home that will then become part of a large-scale art installation at Barons Quay before Christmas.  Any child that takes part and shares a picture of their rainbow  on social media using #ProjectMerry will also go into a prize draw to win a £50 voucher for The Entertainer.

Artworks can also be submitted to the special postbox in the travellator hall between 1st-14th December, they will then be used to create a new display in Barons Quay.

MAKE YOURSELF MERRY

Take part in our Make Yourself Merry competition!

In this online game, you’ll be able to have fun uploading photos and giving them a festive twist for a chance to win a £200 shopping voucher! Once you’ve created your festive photo, share it using #ProjectMerry and don’t forget to tag us in!
Make Your Christmas Picture Here





CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Finally, we’ve been working with all the stores and restaurants at Barons Quay to come up with some great gift ideas to help you get your Christmas shopping done in December.  Take a look at it here.

 

 

 

 

Staying in is definitely the new going out, right?! OK, we have little choice in the matter right now, but why not embrace the last few days of the November lockdown and have a family night to remember?

MATCHING PJs

The Christmas decorations are going up early this year so why not order your festive pjs now?! Surprise your loved ones with some gorgeous new night wear from H&M, we love these matching tartan ones! This will get you all in the mood for a cosy night in as you settle down for some family fun.

 

FUN & GAMES

The family that plays together, stays together!  There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competitiveness to bring a family group together, play as a team if you have younger children and make sure you get the games out early before anyone gets too tired to play.

If your board games are a bit boring why not try a modern spin on a classic with the new Pictionary Air game?  Or you could test your knowledge with the brilliant The Chase board game!  Both of these plus lots more can be found at The Entertainer, which has some great offers on at the moment and remember, you can click and collect from Barons Quay within 15 minutes of ordering.

DANCE OFF

We may not be going “out out” at the moment but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a boogie! Release some endorphins and burn off  those calories with a home disco! Get yourself a playlist together and turn the volume up for a family dance off! 

Install this cool disco ball light from George at Asda and turn your kitchen into a nightclub!

 

NO TIME TO COOK

You need to treat yourself during your perfect night in! Don’t slave over the oven or have a massive pile of dirty dishes to tidy up…order in! Food from Wildwood at Barons Quay is available via Click and Collect or via Uber Eats and Just Eat! So peruse the menu and make sure you order everyone’s favourite for a faff free meal.

 

MOCKTAIL TIME!

Why not create some fun mocktails together? They can be as healthy or as naughty as you like, you will need fresh fruit juices, ice, soda water, lemonade, fruit cordials and don’t forget the fresh fruit and herbs to garnish your creations!

We love these Mango & Apple Fizz mocktails from Asda, you can see the full recipes here.

 

WHICH MOVIE?

Finally, it’s time to decide which movie you are going to watch! There are so many great family friendly films out there, especially if you have one of the TV subscriptions services. Here are our favourites…

Disney+ – Go classic and watch the old Disney films. Snow White, The Little Mermaid and The Lion King are all available on the Disney streaming service. Or why not watch Frozen and Frozen 2 and sing along to the songs?! A big recommendation is the newer film “Onward” – just make sure you have the tissues ready! 

Netflix – If you haven’t seen the new “Over The Moon” movie then do so! It is stunning and emotional. “All Dogs Go To Heaven” is a classic from 1989 and is currently streaming on Netflix. Or why not bring it up to date and watch “Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse” or get all Christmassy and watch “Klaus”

Amazon Prime– If you didn’t catch it last year, the animated version of “The Addams Family” is on Prime, along with the action packed “Bumblebee” and the brilliantly acted “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”

 

We are delighted that Barons Quay restaurants; Wildwood, The Coffee House and Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest are all participating in the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme throughout August.

What you need to know:

  • Get a 50% discount on food or non-alcoholic drinks to eat or drink in (up to a maximum of £10 discount per diner)
  • Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August
  • As many times as you like!

You do not need a voucher to use this scheme and you can use it at the same time as other offers and discounts. There is no minimum spend.

You cannot claim discount on alcoholic drinks or service charges.

The discount will be automatically available to you at participating establishments. Establishments will then claim a reimbursement from the government for the discount they’ve given you.

Participating establishments may include:

  • restaurants, cafés, bars or pubs
  • work and school canteens
  • food halls

All diners in a group of any size can use the discount.

 

 

Independently-owned coffee house, kitchen and bar brand, BEAR, has confirmed that it will open its Barons Quay store on the 11th September 2020.

Sam Nowzady, Store Manager at BEAR Northwich, said:

“We are excited to announce the opening of our new store in Barons Quay in September. The store fit-out is very nearly all finished, so it won’t be long before the espressos (and espresso martinis) are flowing!”

“We want to work closely with the community of Northwich, so we encourage people to pop in, speak to the team and let us know what we can do to support your business, charity or local event. I can’t wait to become a familiar face to you all, along with the rest of my team!”

Following the nationwide hospitality closures through March to July, BEAR have pulled out all stops to keep themselves afloat, pivoting their business to focus sales on their online store, launching their own range of coffee pods and pre-made picnic boxes, as well as turning their midlands stores in to takeout-only venues with a heavy focus on retail.

Branding themselves as #nota​nother​coffeeshop, BEAR are already proven front-runners in their industry, providing seasonal fresh food, cocktails and craft beer alongside their signature speciality coffee, served from morning until evening in beautifully presented spaces.

BEAR will open in the bright, spacious unit overlooking the River Weaver, neighbouring the Odeon cinema and situated just a stone’s throw from the town centre. BEAR will operate a counter-service coffee house, kitchen and bar, offering a comfortable and inclusive space to relax over coffee and cake, brunch, or cocktails.

BEAR currently operates four other sites across the Midlands, as well as a coffee-house based inside Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road, Central London.

Five local heroes have been recognised today for their work in the community during the lockdown period. Laura Clifton, John and Julia Griffiths, Daniel Pendlebury and Sarah Lees were all nominated for a Northwich Hero Award, as part of a search organised by Barons Quay and the Northwich BID.

The Northwich Heroes initiative is part of Baron Quay’s Project Happy and aimed to bring positivity to the town during this difficult time. Last month, organisers asked members of the public to nominate local people who helped them during the crisis, so that they could be recognised with a special award.

Laura Clifton from Davenham, who set up the Tiny Steps charity in 2019 to help parents who have children with additional needs, was nominated for keeping families in touch during lockdown. Parents praised her for continuing her valuable support for SEN children and their families during the pandemic and making sure that they did not feel isolated when schools and support groups closed.

Father and daughter John and Julia Griffiths who own long-established Northwich family business, John Griffiths Fruit Shop on Witton Street were also nominated by many people in the community. They both worked tirelessly throughout lockdown, sometimes working from 5am until midnight to make sure that fruit and vegetable boxes were delivered to those most vulnerable in the town who were struggling to get out during the crisis.

Joint founder of Helping Hands (Northwich in Need) Daniel Pendlebury, was highlighted as a local hero for his work in setting up the Northwich Isolation Group when lockdown started in March. With the help of his team leaders and volunteers Daniel was able to set-up a website and community helpline within 48 hours of the restrictions being announced to ensure that homeless and vulnerable people would continue to receive the support they needed.  Over 400 families have been helped by the group during the coronavirus outbreak.

Sarah Lees a teaching assistant at The Russett School in Weaverham, was nominated by a number of people in the village for the help and support she provided to parents who were taking on homeschooling as well as working from home during lockdown! When the government closed schools on the 20th March, Sarah created a work box for local children in Weaverham,  providing worksheets and craft activities for around 20 children daily! She even provided resources such as glue sticks, scissors, handwriting pens and pencils and resources for crafts such as googly eyes, pom poms and stickers! 

The judges; Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita, Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough and Councillor Sam Naylor from Cheshire West and Chester Council looked at over 70 nominations before shortlisting the five winners.

Each Northwich Hero received a certificate and £100 shopping voucher.  They will also see their name included in the new Project Happy artwork at Barons Quay, due to be painted by artist Emma Evans this month.

Lina Higuita, Barons Quay Centre Manager said: “The coronavirus outbreak and lockdown period was extremely difficult for some people, but via our Northwich Heroes initiative we are trying to look for the positive stories in our community. These five local people represent the good work that was going on behind the scenes and I’m proud that Barons Quay is involved in rewarding them and saying thanks.”

Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough said: “It’s been moving to hear all of the stories of hard-work, determination and community spirit that have been taking place in and around Northwich since the beginning of the pandemic and the BID has loved being a part of an initiative that has helped shine a spotlight on this.

“The five nominees have really gone above and beyond and it’s great to see them recognised in this way.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “Lots of people went out of their way to help people during lockdown, but it is a real honour to pay tribute to these five local heroes who have gone the extra mile during the past few months, to support the most vulnerable within our communities.  

“Laura, John, Julia, Daniel and Sarah embody the true community spirit that exists within Northwich and I would like to commend them personally, and on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council, for their dedication and commitment to others during what has been, and still is, a very challenging time.”

Radio Northwich’s relocation to Barons Quay moves a step closer, as all the presenters had a first visit to the station’s new studios.

The internet radio station has occupied second floor space above Omnia on the High street since its launch in May 2018. Radio Northwich broadcasts 24 hours each day and will shortly begin streaming from its brand new studio in Barons Square. The stations new home incorporates two studios, a reception area and a small retail section.

The autumn programme schedule, to be published later this week, will include live shows covering music from across the genres and the decades, presented by its 30+ locally based presenters. New for the autumn is the station’s “Northwich Now” current affairs show and a brand new Saturday Sports Show aimed at promoting all the local sports clubs in the area.

The move to Barons Quay was announced earlier this year after agreement was reached with Cheshire West and Cheshire Council to lease the unit adjacent to Asda and Sports Direct.

“This has been a challenging project due, in the main, to the interruption to the schedule of works caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, but we are now ready to press ahead with the next stage of the station’s development”, said John Thompson, partner responsible for Sales & Marketing. “Our aim is to become the beating heart of Mid-Cheshire, providing listeners with an excellent choice of music, local information and interviews”.

The station’s compliance partner, Alan Large advised “initially, the new studio won’t be open to members of the public, until the building is covid19 compliant. However the public will be able to interact with the station’s presenters using a QR code affixed to the studio window, which will allow listeners to easily scan music requests and dedications to the presenters”

“Our main priority at the moment is to successfully complete the transition from the High Street without disrupting programming and then we will quickly work towards welcoming studio guests and the public to the new facility” added Kim Smith, partner responsible for Social Media and Programming.

Since lockdown was introduced, access to the existing studio was restricted so that presenters didn’t come into direct contact with each other and most daily shows have been broadcast remotely from various locations across Cheshire. Andy Dale, Technical Partner said “This did present logistical and financial challenges which have been overcome, but the move now allows us to return to a bigger and better schedule of live presented programmes.”

Radio Northwich broadcasts 24 hours a day on www.radionorthwich.co.uk or on the Amazon Alexa smartspeaker, smartphone, smart TV and also on the Radio Garden app.

A colourful artwork inspired by the people and landmarks of Northwich including the River Weaver, Lion Salt Works and the Anderton Boat Lift has been unveiled at Barons Quay as part of Project Happy, an initiative to bring positivity to the town following the Covid-19 crisis.

The giant 5m x 10m mural, situated opposite The Entertainer is the first of three artworks created for the town by North West artist Emma Evans. She was commissioned by Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester council to create a piece of art that reflected Northwich’s past, present and future.   

         

 

 

 

 

Emma’s brief was to bring colour, inspiration and hope to local residents, giving them something fun to engage with following the coronavirus outbreak.

The design also includes the work of seven year old budding artist Jude Cole,  from Rudheath Primary Academy, whose picture of his pet dog, Buddy, won the Project Happy art competition back in June.

As well as featuring the famous Northwich sites, the painting entitled ‘We’re in this Together’, was also inspired by the colours and symbols on the Northwich coat of arms, and Emma was keen to include the ancient three-masted Ship sailing along the water as a nod to the town’s history.

Large rainbows and sunbeams represent the dawn of a new area for the town, with the tree symbolising solid roots and new growth for Northwich.  The trunk pays tribute to local people with famous faces and the Northwich Heroes names written into the design.

The picture includes five umbrellas representing Happiness, Love, Bright Ideas, Hope and Wisdom, that are positioned at different heights. Passers by are invited to stand under the umbrella that best suits their mood and take pictures. 

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “Project Happy started back in June as we looked for ways to bring the community together during a very difficult time. After months of planning it is amazing to see ‘We’re in this Together’ in the Centre so that people of all ages can enjoy it. I am looking forward to seeing Emma’s other artworks as they appear in the town over the coming months.”

Emma Evans said: “It has been an absolute joy to work on Project Happy for Northwich! From seeing art competition entries to being on site painting the mural I have been inspired by the positive outlook of local people who have really engaged with the campaign.  

“The artwork is a colourful and playful view of the world, my hope is that people will be inspired by it, stop and hold an umbrella or take a seat on one of the tree swings, forgetting their worries and stresses for a few minutes during this uncertain time.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “It’s wonderful to see this vibrant and uplifting artwork appearing in the town centre, especially when we are going through such challenging times brought about by COVID-19.

“As well as highlighting some of the great landmarks we have in Northwich, it also represents the bright future ahead of us as we continue to develop the town centre into a retail, leisure and cultural destination for residents and visitors to enjoy.”

Barons Quay is asking people to share their images of the artwork for a chance to win shopping vouchers.  Each month the best picture will receive a £50 voucher for a Barons Quay store of their choice. For a chance to win images should be shared on on social media using #ProjectHappy and tagging in @BaronsQuay on Facebook or Instagram and @barons_quay on Twitter.

Do you know someone who’s been heroic during the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, they could be recognised as part of a new campaign launched today by Barons Quay and the Northwich BID, who are searching for local people that have helped others during the lockdown.

The initiative, called Northwich Heroes, is part of Barons Quay’s Project Happy, a campaign that aims to bring positivity to the town during this difficult time. Organisers are asking members of the public to nominate local people who helped them during the crisis, so that they can be recognised with a special award.

The initiative hopes to highlight not just NHS and key workers but also the unsung heroes doing small acts of kindness such as collecting groceries for a shielding neighbour or volunteering at a food bank.

Entries for the awards open today. Four winners will be announced week commencing 27th July before being presented with their awards and shopping vouchers worth £100.  The awards will be judged by Barons Quay Centre Manager; Lina Higuita, Northwich BID Manager; Jane Hough and Councillor Sam Naylor from Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Lina Higuita said: “The last few months have been extremely challenging, but we know that there are people in our community who have gone out of their way to make things better for other people.  We want to recognise these local heroes and say thank you for their positive impact.  It could be a neighbour, a volunteer or a key worker who has made a difference. Whoever it is, we want to hear about them and their story!”

Jane Hough, Northwich BID Manager said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the nominations as part of Northwich Heroes and hearing the amazing stories of selflessness and compassion that have been taking place in and around the town. We’ve already seen so many acts of kindness from our businesses and their customers here in Northwich and it’s great to be part of something that will recognise local heroes who have gone above and beyond over the last few weeks.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “Throughout the coronavirus pandemic we have seen so many selfless and positive acts of kindness carried out across the borough. Northwich Heroes is a fantastic opportunity to say thank you. It is important that we recognise these local people who have taken the time to help someone who needed it the most, so I would encourage residents to get involved and nominate local heroes who have made such a positive impact over the last few months.”

To nominate your local hero go visit our Northwich Heroes Page Here

Budding artist, Jude Cole, who’s seven and goes to Rudheath Primary Academy in Northwich has been named the winner of the Project Happy art competition after drawing a picture of his pet dog, a Labrador cross called Buddy.

Three weeks ago Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council invited children in Northwich to enter a drawing competition as part of a new campaign called Project Happy.  The winning artwork would become part of a large mural for the town and the brief for children was to draw something that makes them happy, using lots of colour.

Jude’s picture of his pet dog was a popular choice for the panel of judges, which included Barons Quay Centre Manager Lina Higuita, Councillor Richard Beacham and North West artist Emma Evans.  

Emma will bring Project Happy to Barons Quay as well as the streets of Northwich, with three artworks that are expected to be completed in the summer.  She will work with winner Jude to incorporate his drawing into the painted mural at the Centre.

Five runner-ups were also selected: Louise Donati age 11, Laura Dawson age 11, Pippa Humphries age 8, Aurora Quinn age 5 and Skye Dawson age 9, who have all won a £20 voucher for The Entertainer and will see their artworks displayed at Barons Quay over the summer.

Lina Higuita said: “We hope that Project Happy will bring hope and positivity to people in Northwich post lockdown. We launched the competition to give young people something happy to focus on and we have been overwhelmed by the response from local artists! It was very hard to choose the winning design, but I loved the inspiration behind Jude’s piece as well as the picture itself.”

Emma Evans said: “There is certainly some creative talent in Northwich! It was difficult to pick a winner but I felt that Jude’s piece of art was perfect for Project Happy. Pets have played an important role during lockdown, keeping people’s spirits up and offering a good distraction. I love his fantastic use of colour and I believe that Jude has captured the personality of his happy dog wonderfully in this picture. I am looking forward to painting Jude’s art into my large mural, it will complete it.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, said: “I am delighted that so many children got involved with Project Happy and it was amazing to see so many fantastic pieces of artwork. 

“Although it was extremely difficult to pick just one winner, I think that Jude’s drawing of his beloved pet dog is brilliant and will put a smile on people’s faces when it is incorporated into the mural for all Northwich residents to enjoy.”

Project Happy, was launched by Barons Quay in June and will include a number of initiatives for Northwich; engaging street artworks in the town and projects to reward the local charities and individuals that have helped others during the coronavirus outbreak.

We are excited to confirm that Geek Retreat plan to open in August bringing a new concept in entertainment retail, events and eating out to Barons Quay.

Local businessmen Callum Franchetti (27) and Kyle Preece (29) from Castle are finally going to fulfil their dream of opening a local game store and cafe in the town, after delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.

The business partners, who are also friends, met at work and found that they shared a passion for pastimes such as video games, comics and trading cards. They now plan to combine their love of all things ‘geeky’ with their extensive retail knowledge to open a franchise of Geek Retreat in Barons Quay.

The Northwich store will be the 11th Geek Retreat in the country, and promises to bring something completely new and quirky to the town, providing a place where people can stop in and geek out!

Shoppers can expect to find the latest comics, trading card games such as Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh, board games, video games, toys and American candy. The cafe will serve an American-diner inspired menu including; burgers, fries, paninis, hot dogs as well as the famous Geek Retreat create your own milkshakes!

Once restrictions are lifted the owners will also look to hold regular events at the Barons Quay store.

Kyle Preece said: “It has been a tough few months for everyone, but right now we are feeling positive about the future and I’m confident that Geek Retreat will be well received by the people of Northwich. Being local lads, it’s amazing to be launching our business in our home town and we look forward to being part of Northwich’s recovery and future growth.”

Callum Franchetti said: “The space we have at Barons Quay will allow us to explore new and exciting concepts for the store and will mean that we can easily accommodate social distancing measures allowing people to shop and visit the cafe with confidence. We have some fun things planned for the launch, but we’re keeping those to ourselves for now!”

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “We are delighted to welcome Geek Retreat to Barons Quay, they are bringing something completely new to the Centre and Northwich that will be popular with everyone, not just the ‘geek’ community. Their passion and knowledge of the industry will stand them in good stead and ensure that they deliver excellent customer service.”

Geek Retreat is situated at Unit 7, next to Puddle Ducks swim school and opposite Wildwood restaurant. The pair are aiming to be open by the end of August, but if you can’t wait until then orders can be made on their website https://northwich.geek-retreat.com/

We are delighted to welcome back Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to Barons Quay, who have returned with an exciting new outdoor concept!

‘Sticky Paws Goes Outside’ mirrors the indoor venue’s ethos of ‘fuss-free dining for the whole family’. The new concept sees an exciting activity trail that takes visitors on an outdoor adventure, alongside a takeaway menu focused on small dishes to share and award-winning ice cream.

Visitors are invited to follow an exciting activity trail to find the ‘true identity of Sticky Paws’. Kids will be given clues to discover and mini activities to complete before uncovering the mystery of Sticky Paws! They can then dive into wholesome dishes such as fishcake bites, Thai noodle rainbow salads, sweetcorn lollipops, halloumi fries and a choice of 20 flavours of Cheshire Farm Ice Cream.

With the safety of guests and their team of the utmost importance, the restaurant has invested in QR code technology so that customers can take their pick from Digi Menus downloaded to their own phone. Their order will then be delivered in disposable, environmentally friendly packaging by a member of the team who will then take contactless payment. Guests can enjoy their order on a number of new outdoor tables.

Director of Sticky Paws Goes Outside, Jonathan Fell, comments: “We know how stressful eating out with the kids can be, especially after being cooped inside for months, so we wanted to launch Sticky Paws again but in the safest way possible. To do this, we’ve updated our internal policies and procedures, with all of our staff receiving extensive training.

“The activity trail is sure to be a lot of fun for the kids and the takeaway service has been developed with cutting edge technology to ensure a smooth and most importantly, safe dining experience.

“We’re hoping that as things evolve, we’ll be able to reopen the indoor restaurant and play – we are carefully monitoring the government guidelines and adhering to whatever protocols are required to keep everyone safe. We’re just really looking forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as possible!”

For more information, visit: https://stickypaws.net

What is Project Happy?

Project Happy is a campaign by Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council, bringing positivity to Northwich post lockdown. This exciting new project will include a series of engaging street artworks and initiatives to reward the Northwich charities and individuals that have helped local people during the outbreak.

North West artist Emma Evans is working with us to bring colour the shopping centre as well as the streets of Northwich, with three original artworks.

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “The aim of Project Happy is to embrace all the positive things about Northwich, whether that’s our heritage or the spirit which local people have shown throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for local people and businesses and so we are aiming to bring positivity to the town and celebrate local heroes over the next few months.”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “The past few months have been challenging for us all and some more than others. The full impact of Coronavirus on our communities and economy are not yet known, but despite all of this it’s important that we can look to a future beyond this crisis.

“Whilst we are isolated or restricted in our movements, we are still part of a wider community and we need to seize opportunities to remember that. People in Northwich are so proud of the town and this project is about using that positivity to create something for everyone to enjoy, as soon as they are safely able to do so. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished murals for myself.”

Art Competition

In June we launched an art competition, asking children in Northwich to draw what makes them happy! The prize for the winning picture? To be included in Emma’s mural at Barons Quay and a £100 shopping voucher for The Entertainer! We had hundreds of entries and although it was very tough for the judges, we shortlisted 5 runner-ups and one winner, which was Jude Cole and his picture of his pet dog, Buddy. You can find out more about the competition here.

When non-essential shops started to open again in June, artist Emma Evans came to Barons Quay to bring colour and positive messaging to the windows and columns around the centre. Visitors have enjoyed seeing the artworks and have even started posing in front of them!

Northwich Heroes

In July we joined forces with the Northwich BID to search for Northwich Heroes, local people who went that extra mile to help others during lockdown.  The nominations flooded in and we were overwhelmed by the positive stories that came out of such a difficult time.  Again, the judges had a tough time selecting the winners, but in the end Laura Clifton, John and Julia Griffiths, Daniel Pendlebury and Sarah Lees all received a certificate and £100 shopping vouchers for their hard work. You can read their story here.

We’re in this together!

In August, Emma started work on the huge 5m x 10m Project Happy mural at Barons Quay…

 

At the start of September the artwork, entitled ‘We’re in this together’ was unveiled!

Inspired by the people and landmarks of Northwich the mural includes the River Weaver, Lion Salt Works and the Anderton Boat Lift.

Emma’s brief was to bring colour, inspiration and hope to local residents, giving them something fun to engage with following the coronavirus outbreak.

The design also includes the work of our competition winner Jude Cole, and the names of the Northwich Heroes on the trunk of the tree.

Large rainbows and sunbeams represent the dawn of a new area for the town, with the tree symbolising solid roots and new growth for Northwich.  The trunk pays tribute to local people with famous faces and the Northwich Heroes names written into the design.

The picture includes five umbrellas representing Happiness, Love, Bright Ideas, Hope and Wisdom, that are positioned at different heights. Passers by are invited to stand under the umbrella that best suits their mood and take pictures.

We are now inviting  people to share their images of the artwork for a chance to win shopping vouchers.  Each month the best picture will receive a £50 voucher for a Barons Quay store of their choice. For a chance to win images should be shared on on social media using #ProjectHappy and tagging in @BaronsQuay on Facebook or Instagram and @barons_quay on Twitter.

You can read the full story about the artwork here.

Mid Cheshire Foodbank

 

In November 2020 Barons Quay unveiled a new piece of art to encourage visitors to donate to Mid Cheshire food bank as part of its Project Happy campaign.

The Mid Cheshire Foodbank was established in 2012. The charity provides nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people. It is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Catherine Lawton from Mid Cheshire Foodbank said: “We are seeing increasing numbers of local families coming through our doors. Many of them are not on long term benefits and they never anticipated they would need our services. Some have had their hours drastically reduced or have been put on furlough at work and simply can’t make ends meet to afford the basics.

“This problem is not unique to the current pandemic, but our services have obviously been put under extra strain. We are delighted to receive direct cash donations as we use existing relationships with retailers and food suppliers to purchase at heavily discounted rates.  As little as £2 will go a long way to feeding a local family in need.

“Great initiatives like Project Happy and this amazing art installation will help us to gain visibility in our local community and hopefully people will donate whatever they can afford.”

To read the whole story click here.

 

Do you have things perfectly under control, delivering a world class, educational experience for your children, or are you juggling work, learning and sanity? You’re not alone… take our test to see which famous school teacher you’re most like…

Who did you get? Share your results with us on social media and challenge a friend!

Swap boredom for board games during lockdown and engage the kids in some friendly competition! Sitting down together as a family to play a game or two is one of the simple pleasures we can all enjoy at the moment, from classics like Monopoly to exciting new games like Shark Bite, there’s something for everyone.  Here’s a run down of our favourites, all available to click and collect from The Entertainer, Barons Quay.

SCRABBLE 


You can’t beat a classic, there’s a reason why Scrabble has been a family favourite since the 1930s!  This is a great game to get them away from their screens to help improve spelling and vocabulary while having fun.

Just in case you can’t remember, the rules are simple, you must create the highest scoring word you can with the seven letter tiles drawn at random. Points are awarded for letter value and boosted by premium squares on the grid.

Recommended for children aged 10 years and older – but if you have younger children you could always play in teams or set a maximum word count of, say four, so that they can play along.

For ages 10+
£20.00

SOGGY DOGGY

Beware of the Soggy Doggy in this action-packed game of bathing fun!

Ideal for younger children, this hilarious game will keep them engaged and they’ll love the cute doggy that takes centre stage.  Players must race around the board washing and showering Soggy Doggy…but watch out, he loves to shake himself dry!  If you get wet it’s back to the start you go.

A modern game, that’s sure to instill a love of board games for those who’ve never played before, quick and easy to set up and without any complicated rules – it’s just pure fun!

For ages: 4 – 12 years
£18.40

THE GRUFFALO GAME

How many times have you read this iconic Julia Donaldson story? If your kids love the Gruffalo then they’re guaranteed to love the game. 

Perfect for preschoolers, players in this game have to help their mouse through deep, dark wood – looking out for the fox, owl and a snake who would love to eat them up!!!

Search under the trees for the Gruffalo picture. Everyone else is scared of his terrible teeth, purple prickles and orange eyes, but your mouse needs him to get home safe.  

Lots of fun and true to the original book, your little ones will test their bravery and memory in this lovely game that will have the whole family growling with delight! 

Suitable for fearless mice 3 and over.

£10.00

MONOPOLY FORTNITE EDITION 

Parents this is your opportunity to learn all about Fortnite!  Bringing together an old classic with a modern phenomenon Monopoly: Fortnite Edition Board Game is the ultimate activity for families with older children.

Your favourite drop locations are now hot property ready for you to snap up, will you head for the Titled Towers, or play it safe and land yourself a nice pad on the Snobby Shores?

Use your map knowledge to get the drop on your opponents. There are 27 different outfits to choose from, so you can be sure you’re winning in style.

Rather than money, it’s your HP that you need to keep topped up. There’s even the mighty Storm to keep up with. This is Monopoly as you’ve never seen it before.

Battle it out with up to 7 players. Cruise around the board, unlocking chests and taking risks – will you be the last man standing?

Perfect for Battle Royale veterans and novices aged 13 and over.

£22.00

POP TO THE SHOPS

Combine learning and fun with this great game from Orchard Toys!  The kids will improve their counting skills and learn all about money in this fabulous Pop to the Shops game.

Easy to set-up with simple to follow instructions, everyone must go round the board from shop to shop using plastic money to buy lots of different items. 

Suitable for two to four players aged five and up, this silver award winning game links with National Curriculum maths – so why not use this in your homeschooling schedule? 

Age: 5 – 9 years
£11.00

SHARK BITE

An excellent, all-action game that will keep everyone on their toes! Suitable for children as young as four years old, but older ones will love the novelty of playing this too.

The aim of the game is to snag enough fish before you get snapped?

Players take turns to roll the dice and hook fishes from out of the shark’s jaw with the plastic fishing rod. But this is no idyllic fishing trip, you have to look out for the snapping Shark Bite! If you take too many of his fish, he might fancy you for dinner instead.

Age: 4 – 16 years
£25.00

 

Does your child love drawing? Barons Quay is asking local children to get involved in a new arts initiative, which promises to bring colour and positivity to Northwich in the form of street murals representing the town’s past, present and future.

The artwork is part of Project Happy, a new campaign being launched by Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council to bring some much needed positivity during a very difficult time for local residents. The project will include a series of engaging street artworks and initiatives to reward the Northwich charities and individuals that have helped local people during the outbreak.

North West artist Emma Evans will bring Project Happy to the shopping centre as well as the streets of Northwich, with three painted murals that are expected to be completed in July.

Organisers are keen to involve the local community and have therefore launched a competition for local children to be part of the artworks.

Under 16s are being invited to get creative and draw and an object that makes them happy. One drawing will be chosen to be part of the mural at Barons Quay, the winner will also receive a £50 voucher to spend at The Entertainer and five runner ups win a £20 voucher.

Entrants must draw one object on A4 paper and then ask their parents to take a photo of it and post it via social media tagging in @BaronsQuay or @barons_quay on Twitter using #ProjectHappy by the 26th June.  More information on how to enter including some tips from Emma can be found here.

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “The aim of Project Happy is to embrace all the positive things about Northwich, whether that’s our heritage or the spirit which local people have shown throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for local people and businesses and so we are aiming to bring positivity to the town and celebrate local heroes over the next few months.”

“We have seen that children and their families are getting creative at home, painting rainbows and using art to keep their spirits up, they have inspired our street arts project! You don’t have to be an artist to get involved, we will be posting helpful tips and advice on our social media channels to help get those creative juices flowing.”

Artist Emma Evans said: “Many people will be finding life tough at the moment, Project Happy will help people to focus on the positive and I hope that children will enjoy being inspired by the things that make them happy! My advice to entrants is to keep their designs very simple, bold and as colourful as possible, I can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “The past few months have been challenging for us all and some more than others. The full impact of Coronavirus on our communities and economy are not yet known, but despite all of this it’s important that we can look to a future beyond this crisis. Our mental health and well-being, and that of the young people in Northwich has never been more important, so Project Happy is a fantastic opportunity for local children to get involved with art and leave their mark on their town.

“Whilst we are isolated or restricted in our movements, we are still part of a wider community and we need to seize opportunities to remember that. People in Northwich are so proud of the town and this project is about using that positivity to create something for everyone to enjoy, as soon as they are safely able to do so. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished murals for myself.”

Project Happy is a new initiative from Barons Quay and Cheshire West and Chester Council to help spread positivity in Northwich during this very difficult time.

As part of Project Happy, North West artist Emma Evans will bring happiness and colour to Barons Quay and the town centre with a series of street artworks, and children in Northwich are invited to be part of it!

Under 16s, who live or go to school in Northwich are invited to get creative and draw an object that makes them happy. One drawing will be chosen to be part of the mural at Barons Quay, the winner will also receive a £50 voucher to spend at The Entertainer and five runner ups win a £20 voucher.

How to enter:

Watch the video for some helpful hints and tip from Emma!

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: “The aim of Project Happy is to embrace all the positive things about Northwich, whether that’s our heritage or the spirit which local people have shown throughout the coronavirus outbreak. We know that this has been an incredibly difficult time for local people and businesses and so we are aiming to bring positivity to the town and celebrate local heroes over the next few months.”

“We have seen that children and their families are getting creative at home, painting rainbows and using art to keep their spirits up, they have inspired our street arts project! You don’t have to be an artist to get involved, we will be posting helpful tips and advice on our social media channels to help get those creative juices flowing.”

Artist Emma Evans said: “Many people will be finding life tough at the moment, Project Happy will help people to focus on the positive and I hope that children will enjoy being inspired by the things that make them happy! My advice to entrants is to keep their designs very simple, bold and as colourful as possible, I can’t wait to see what they come up with!”

Councillor Richard Beacham, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth said: “The past few months have been challenging for us all and some more than others. The full impact of Coronavirus on our communities and economy are not yet known, but despite all of this it’s important that we can look to a future beyond this crisis. Our mental health and well-being, and that of the young people in Northwich has never been more important, so Project Happy is a fantastic opportunity for local children to get involved with art and leave their mark on their town.

“Whilst we are isolated or restricted in our movements, we are still part of a wider community and we need to seize opportunities to remember that. People in Northwich are so proud of the town and this project is about using that positivity to create something for everyone to enjoy, as soon as they are safely able to do so. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished murals for myself.”

Do you know someone who’s been heroic during the Coronavirus outbreak? We have joined forces with the Northwich BID  to recognise local people who have helped others during lockdown.

It could be an NHS or key worker, or simply a person who’s small acts of kindness such as collecting groceries for a shielding neighbour or volunteering at a food bank, has made a BIG difference to an individual or the local community during this very difficult time.  

Four Northwich Heroes will receive a special award, plus £100 worth of shopping vouchers as a thank you for all their efforts.

So, if you know a special someone who has gone out of their way for others since the Covid-19 crisis, nominate them now! Please use the form below, deadline for entries is the 26th July 2020.

Whether you’re looking for some healthy meal ideas or an activity to do as a family, we’ve got you covered with these amazing family recipes from Asda!

 

Asda’s online ‘Kids’ Kitchen’ has a range of recipes that have been created by children, so they’re really easy to make, look good and most importantly they’re packed with veggies and all the nutrients your child needs, so why not give them a go?

1) Irem’s Sesame Salmon – Kids’ Kitchen

This dish only takes 35 minutes to make and has less than 10 ingredients, parents and children will love this one. Irem’s recipe serves 2 people so adjust the measurements accordingly.  

See how to make it here.

2) Lottie’s Nachos – Kids’ Kitchen

These nachos are freshly made and a healthy twist on the classic dish. You and your little ones can make the nachos yourself using Asda’s tortillas, swap out the sour cream for Asda’s 75% less fat Crème Fraîche and add in some extra veggies for a fun but nutritious meal!  

See how to make it here.

3) Lighter Sausage and Egg Muffin

Is anyone in your household missing McDonald’s? Asda have come up with an even better and healthier version to satisfy your cravings! This is one the kids will love as well as parents. Using Asda’s Light & Lean Low Fat Pork Sausages and wholemeal muffins, wholemeal versions are less than 500 cals! 

 

See how to make it here.

4) French Toast Sandwich with Chocolate Spread

This delicious breakfast treat only takes 15 minutes to make and costs less than £5 for 2 servings! This is a great breakfast to make with the kids on a weekend, you can pack in some extra fruit to keep it tasty while adding more of the good stuff. 

See how to make it here.

5) Roasted Vegetable Pizza

This healthier pizza is the perfect meal to make as a family that everyone will love! You can of course adjust the toppings to suit everyone’s taste and in just 45 minutes you can create a meal that everyone will love whilst having fun doing it!

 See how to make it here.

We love movies at Barons Quay and although trips to the cinema may be out of the question at the moment, there’s a host of streaming options to help you get your family film fix at home.

Here are just some of our favourites, classics and new releases that are available to watch now!

TROLLS WORLD TOUR (U)


Image: Universal Pictures

Set your watch for hug-time and create a cinema experience at home with the BRAND NEW TROLLS movie! In this epic sequel Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is devoted to six different kinds of music – funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct. Available to rent from Amazon Prime.

HOOK (U)

While this 1992 classic film from award-winning director Stephen Speilberg is almost 30 years old, it still holds its magic and charm. Starring movie legends Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman, Hook is a new take on the classic adventure, we meet a grown up Peter Pan, whose children are abducted by Captain Hook! Middle-aged Peter is forced to return to Neverland, with some help from Tinkerbell and the Lost Boys, he must battle against his old foe to save his kids.
Available on Netflix.

PADDINGTON (PG)

The critically acclaimed live-action movie adaptation of Paddington is a modern classic and a must see for all the family. After a long journey from Peru, Paddington arrives in London where he is adopted by the Brown family, experiencing many adventures in the big city. A heartwarming, positive tale that is sure to give everyone a warm bear-hug in these uncertain times.
Available on Amazon Prime.

TINTIN (PG)

Another vintage tale reimagined for the big screen, the Tintin movie features all the classic characters including Snowy the dog and Captain Haddock. Whimsical, yet action packed this modern take will keep everyone entertained from the start – no wonder it won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film in 2011. Featuring the voices of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Simon Pegg.
Available on Netflix.

MISSING LINK (PG)


Image: Annapurna Pictures

This charming story of friendship and adventure is a visual delight that is guaranteed to capture everyone’s imagination. We are transported to Victorian London where adventurer Sir Lionel Frost wants to prove himself as the world’s leading expert on myths and monsters by discovering proof of the missing link. An unlikely friendship develops as he tries to help the lonely bigfoot find his Yeti cousins in the mountains. Featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman and Emma Thompson.
Available on Netflix.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES THE MOVIE: ROTTEN ROMANS (PG)


Image: BBC Films

Now for some educational fun! If you’re a fan of the Horrible Histories series then you’ll love the movie version, which tells the tale of Atti, a Roman teenager with brains but very little brawn. When one of his schemes falls foul of Nero, Atti is forced to join the army and is sent to miserable, cold, wet Britain where the natives are revolting (quite literally!). A brilliant historical comedy that will provide some much-needed belly laughs.
Available on Amazon Prime.

TOY STORY 4 (U)


Image: Disney Pixar

If you didn’t catch this at the cinema last year, then it is worth subscribing to Disney+ for this movie alone! This fourth and most-likely final instalment of the Disney Pixar’s original franchise will appeal to audiences of all ages. Much loved characters; Woody, Buzz and Jessie return, but we also meet some memorable new toys as well as a blast from the past in this heartfelt adventure story.
Available on Disney+.

INCREDIBLES 2 (PG)


Image: Disney Pixar

There’s no doubt that this sequel holds up to the quality of the original film! While Mrs Incredible joins a mission to bring superheroes back, Mr Incredible is left managing family life; Dash’s homework, Violet’s growing up and baby Jack-Jack’s new found powers! Helen’s Elastigirl takes center stage, but Jack-Jack really stole the show for us! You won’t be disappointed with this fast-paced, action packed superhero movie. Available on Disney +

We’d love to know your favourite family films to watch by tweeting @barons_quay with the hashtag #familyfilms

In a bid to bring Barons Quay to the homes of our lovely customers during lockdown we have teamed up with the brilliant Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to bring you these delicious recipes especially for your iTi BiTi people!

Easy to make, with not too many ingredients these Brownie Bites and Pancakes with Berry Compote are perfect for making with the kids and can be enjoyed by the whole family.  Why not give them a go?  

Sticky Paws Brownie Bites Recipe

 Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180c and light grease and line a 20cm square tin with baking parchment
  2. Break up the dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl, adding the butter. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water (make sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water). Allow the chocolate and butter to slowly melt, mixing them together. Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and allow to cool for 5 mins
  3. In a jug lightly whisk together the eggs and yolk, with the vanilla essence. Set aside
  4. Whisk the sugar into the melted chocolate, and then gradually whisk in the egg mix, until fully combined. Add the milk chocolate chips, stir in
  5. Sift in the flour over the top and mix together
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking tin, and bake for 25mins, until you can put a knife in the centre and pull it out clean
  7. Once cooked, allow to cool in the tin for 5 mins then lift out onto the cooling rack. Cut into 20 bite size squares and enjoy!

Sticky Paws Pancake & Berry Compote Recipe

Berry compote ingredients:

 Berry compote method:

  1. Put the berries in a saucepan and pour in the sugar. Squeeze the juice from the lemon half into the saucepan – stopping any seeds from dropping in!
  2. Cook on a low heat until berries soften, then increase to a medium heat stirring regularly so as not to stick on the bottom of the pan, and simmer for 5minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken
  3. Taste (careful, it’s hot!) and add more sugar if you like it a little sweeter. Then set aside and leave to cool. *Option: Blend in a food processor for a smoother texture.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. Drizzle over pancakes, porridge or yoghurt – yum!

Pancake ingredients (serves 4):

Pancake method:

  1. Melt the 30g of butter in a saucepan, set aside to cool slightly
  2. Sift the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl, making a hole in the centre
  3. Crack and whisk the eggs lightly together in a jug. Add the milk and now cool melted butter. Slowly pour this mixture into the hole in the flour and whisk slowly together with a large whisk until combined
  4. In a small non-stick frying pan, melt a small tsp of butter on a medium heat. Pour in a ladle of the batter, cooking for 1-2mins, until bubbles start to come out of the top. Flip it over and cook for a further 1-2mins until golden brown. Repeat the process until all of the mixture is used

 

For more family food inspiration follow @stickpawsflavourforest on instagram or @stickypawsff on Twitter.  We’d love to see your home bakes, tweet us @barons_quay using #familyrecipes.

 

8 May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe.   When the long-awaited news was announced people of all ages came together to mark the moment.

This year we are being asked to celebrate at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a day of it. We want Northwich to celebrate in style this Friday and so we’ve brought together everything you need for a swinging time including key timings on the day, recipe ideas, decoration tips, a 1940s playlist and retro dance moves.

We are also giving local people the chance to WIN a £50 Asda shopping voucher! All you have to do is share your home celebration photos with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @baronsquay

VE Day Schedule 

You can start the celebrations whenever you want but here are some things that you might want to join in with:

Bunting time

Serve afternoon tea

Host a virtual party

Music and dancing 

Know your stuff

 

So, we hope that you have a great day however you choose to celebrate, don’t forget to tag us in your VE Day 75 photos on social media using #VEDay75Northwich for a chance to win a £50 Asda shopping voucher.

 

You may have already heard the great news, but we can now officially announce that four new tenants will be coming to Barons Quay this year.

We can’t wait to welcome Puddle Ducks, Radio Northwich, Barrhead Travel and Geek Retreat to the centre. Take a closer look at what to expect…

Puddle Ducks

Puddle Ducks teaches essential life skills and water safety to children, from birth to 10 years, giving them the independence to swim beautifully and confidently. Classes are packed full of fun, and expert teachers are trained to individually tailor activities to suit your child’s abilities and confidence levels – often seeing children achieve their 10m award before they start school!

Radio Northwich

We’re delighted to welcome the Radio Northwich studio to Barons Quay. With live DJ presented shows and amazing hosts playing the best music from all genres and decades, dedicated to listeners across Cheshire.

 

 

Barrhead Travel

Barrhead Travel is no ordinary travel agent. With a UK-wide network of 70 locations, a team of over 900 knowledgeable worldwide travel specialists and 42 years experience in the industry, it’s no surprise they have been voted the UK’s number-one travel agent for the past 7 years! Book your bespoke holiday, put your feet up, and look forward to a well-earned getaway. 

 

 

Geek Retreat

We are excited to add another independent business to our group of tenants with Geek Retreat, who have 10 other stores around the country. As well as selling comic books the unit will double as an events hub, hosting book signings, games tournaments and quizzes. The store will also have a built-in café selling delicious coffees, soft drinks, burgers, hotdogs, paninis, sweet treats and Geek Retreat’s signature ice-cream-based ‘supershakes’.

 

 

Stay tuned for store opening dates on our social media channels, @baronsquay on Instagram and Facebook and @barons_quay on Twitter.

Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest has opened in Barons Quay! The new restaurant and play area is the first of its kind. With an intensive fuss-free dining experience, the attraction offers a ‘never seen before’ solution to easily eating out with the kids.

Embracing ‘family time’ can often be easier said than done with young kids. What starts as a well-intentioned trip out can quickly descend into unpredicted chaos and a speedy return home. Eating out can be particularly stressful; a staggering 92% of families with young children claim they struggle to find a family-friendly venue when they’re out*.

Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest has been designed to make everything as easy and fun as possible for parents and kids alike. From the Digi iPad menus which enable instant ordering straight from your table, right through to the themed, indoor adventure play area, the attraction fully revolves around ‘eating with the kids, made easy’.

Founded by the creators of the nationally acclaimed Cheshire tourist attraction, The Ice Cream Farm, Sticky Paws was designed to meet the needs of parents and guardians with young children. With no need to leave the table, guests can order at their convenience with the tap of a finger from a Digi iPad menu, allowing the kids to play or eat as and when they please.

A unique ‘pick and mix’ menu has been specially created, enabling adults and little ones to order as much or as little as they like throughout their visit from a selection of manageable, individual bowl dishes. Whatever the timeframe, appetite or attention span, the relaxed ‘order what you like, when you like’ system aims to take away the stresses of a sit-down meal with young children. A dedicated host will also be on hand to welcome families, guide them through the process and answer any questions.

The menu offers wholesome, nutritious dishes, cleverly incorporating healthy ingredients. From traditionally ‘safe’ choices such as crispy chicken strips to more adventurous options such as Thai noodle salad with lettuce, red cabbage, peppers, carrots, spring onions, mango and coconut, parents can easily introduce little ones to new foods and flavours. With manageable bowl portions all affordably priced between £2-£5, there is no need to worry about large, half-eaten plates and a hefty bill. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are also readily available.

When not enjoying tasty new dishes, kids can let their imagination run wild in the ‘The Flavour Forest’ – an indoor adventure play area where they can climb, bounce and slide to their heart’s content. The Flavour Forest  is a unique adventure play concept unlike anything you would ordinarily see in an indoor environment  and offers a safe and visually exciting environment in close vicinity to parents and guardians, giving them full peace of mind.

Jonathan Fell, Director of The Ice Cream Farm, comments: “We wanted to create a new kind of family dining experience that’s unlike anything that’s been seen before in the indoor leisure sector. We have designed everything to be as stress-free as possible to create a relaxed, safe and enjoyable environment for all the family.”

“As the retail sector continues to face significant challenges, posing numerous issues for town centres and the councils, experiential attractions are bringing life back to the high street. Leisure, atmosphere and immersive experiences are continuing to take a considerable percentage of consumer spending and provide a fantastic solution to revitalise the high street nationwide.”

For more information, visit: https://stickypaws.net

Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest will be open from 9am – 7pm every day with food served between 9.30am and 6pm.

*Statistic quoted from Harden’s Eating Out with Babies and Toddlers Guide

From January 27th, 2022 Plan B restrictions will be lifted in England. This means that face coverings are no longer required by law in indoor settings.

The safety of our visitors and staff remains our top priority and we are keeping a number of measures in place to help you shop with confidence. 

Staying safe at Barons Quay:

As always, please check the official Government Guidelines here for all the latest information.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Are you getting too comfy in your work from home joggers and loungewear? Are you missing perusing the shops for the latest looks? Our fashion stores may be closed at the moment but we can bring the latest looks to you! 

 

We’ve picked our favourite trends from this year’s Autumn/Winter fashion shows, so you can start planning your winter wardrobe now.

#1 Sustainability

Although sustainability should be on every brands’ radar right now, it is developing into more than just a trend. H&M first launched their ‘Conscious Collection’ in 2010 with a huge range of styles made with sustainable materials such as organic cotton and recycled polyester. Their recent collection includes classic cuts and styles, such as these ‘Mom High Ankle Jeans’.

 

 

#2 Fringe

Fringe is a style that comes and goes and we’re glad to say that it’s back for AW20! Tassels can add drama to any accessory or piece of clothing, River Island have a huge range of handbags, jackets and tops in line with this trend but our favourite is the ‘Cream suedette fringe studded jacket’ in the classic leather biker jacket style that is always a winner.

 

#3 Oversized Coats 

This trend is definitely something we can get behind because it means being wrapped up warm but still looking good! An oversized puffer is great for a more casual look or you can dress up this trend in this H&M ‘Oversized trench coat’. A modern take on a classic style – great for when you’re back in the office!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Leather 

Have you noticed leather has been taking over the catwalks recently? Leather blazers, trench coats, skirts and more recently – dresses. A leather dress will be your new statement piece this Autumn season, we’ve found two great options from River Island for a more casual or dressed up look. The ‘Stone faux leather pinafore mini dress’ is the perfect autumn outfit paired with a long sleeve turtleneck underneath for extra warmth. If you’re looking for something less casual, the ‘Black faux leather belted bandeau dress’ is a stylish option!  

#5 Checks 

Checks are a classic pattern that you can incorporate into so many different outfits.. A checked shirt over a t-shirt with ripped jeans makes for a casual look, but we’ve found a style from H&M that we think will be perfect for your autumn wardrobe this year. A check skirt with a jumper is a classic autumnal look which is versatile and can be dressed up or down! 

#6 Colour 

Normally we associate Autumn with burnt oranges, mustard and burgundy. However, why not experiment this year with bright colours? Mandarin red, strong blue and marine green are all colours to look out for this year. We’ve got some examples below to show you how to style these differently – don’t be afraid of bright colours! You can either stand out from the crowd in the ‘Blue belted longline blazer’ suit from River Island, or take a more subtle approach with the red ‘wool-blend jumper’ from H&M.

#7 Windbreaker Layers 

If you’re not quite ready to give up the loungewear just yet, we have some good news for you! Styling a windbreaker with layers was a highlight of Versace and Louis Vuitton shows this year and will give you a great street-style edge to your look. Style with skirts or a dress for a more unique look. The options below are from Sports Direct – both under £40! Search ‘Windbreaker Jacket Ladies’.

If you’re at home and looking for a challenge, why not give our local history quiz a go?

How well do you really know Northwich? Put your knowledge of the town to the test with the Barons Quay Northwich History Quiz!

How well did you do? Share your score with us on social media and challenge a friend!

‼️Please Note‼️

Unfortunately due to the recent weather, there is not any access to Barons Quay via Weaver Point Square due to the flood barriers. Updates will be posted on social media pages as soon as they have been removed.

Come and celebrate the summer at Beach on the Quay from Friday 2nd August to Sunday 1st September, 10am to 6pm everyday.

Please note these dates and times are weather dependent. Updates will be posted on the Barons Quay Facebook and Twitter page. 

 

We will be hosting free and exciting summer activity at Barons Quay.

We’re excited to be welcoming back the beach, which will be located opposite H&M.

We will also be hosting…

Saturday 3rd August:
Bucket and Spade Decorating with Face Painting from 11am – 4pm.

Saturday 10th August:
Beach Ball Decorating with Face Painting from 11am – 4pm.

Saturday 17th August:
Ice Cream Giveaway (whilst stock lasts)

Saturday 24th August:
Giant Roaming Seagulls.

Keep an eye out on our social media for more announcements.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Find out more on our Facebook Event page here.

*Activities are first come first serve.

Barons Quay’s newest restaurant is now open!

With a roof top terrace, a food hall serving delicious street food and drinks, and events set to take place across numerous nights throughout the week, you will want to visit very soon.

Check out the photos from the VIP launch on our Facebook Page and watch the video from the night, from our friends at Solutions 24-7.

Barons Quay Social Launch Night 1st August 2019 from Studio 24-7 on Vimeo.

We are very excited to be welcoming Sticky Paws in the Flavour Forest to Barons Quay – coming very soon!

The creators of The Ice Cream Farm have teamed up with Cheshire Council and Cheshire West to open this unique play and dining experience in Barons Quay.

The new concept which is currently in development is set to open early this year. It will comprise of a family eatery named ‘Sticky Paws’ and bespoke indoor play area ‘Flavour Forest’.

The unique attraction which is targeted at young families is unlike anything seen before in the indoor leisure sector and aims to make play and eating out with children an easy and enjoyable experience.

‘Sticky Paws’ will have 180 covers and offer “wholesome fast food” which is designed to make food fun whilst also introducing new foods to children. The menu will consist of small individual dishes, enabling visitors to share and try new things and spend as much or as little as they like.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham, comments: “We are absolutely thrilled that The Ice Cream Farm has chosen Barons Quay in Northwich for its second venue in Cheshire.

“Not only does this mean they will bring a totally new concept to Barons Quay, but this is also about a local business growing in our borough, which is great for the Cheshire economy. I’m really looking forward to bringing my family to explore what’s on offer when it opens next year.”

Do you have what it takes to join the team at Wildwood as Head Chef – check out the information below and contact Wildwood to apply.

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Who we are

We opened the first Wildwood in 2008 and we have gone from strength to strength ever since. We believe in keeping it simple, focusing on great food, exceptional service and spectacular sites, it seems to be working as we have now grown to 60 restaurants.

At Wildwood we care about great food, great places to eat, and great people.

What we need

We are looking for an ambitious Head Chef who will support us in delivering these goals.

This is why we are passionate about working with the best people. Key to this is creating a great environment to work, where people have fun and can achieve their potential.

Whether the food is from our grill section, hand-stretched stone-baked pizza, or our freshly prepared pastas, our passion for high quality dishes is the main focus across all of our restaurants.

What we’re looking for

As the Head Chef, your role will be to lead a team of chefs and KPs, ensuring great food quality, as well as managing labour and food cost to budget.

You will be passionate about training and developing your chefs so that the kitchen functions to the same high standards whether you’re on shift or not!

   

As a Head Chef, we offer a competitive package. Equally importantly there is ongoing development, training, and a great opportunity for progression. 

You can also expect staff meal, staff discounts, and pension scheme.

If you want to be part of this, contact Matthew Livings, Area Manager on 07970955830 or email: Matt@wildwoodrestaurants.co.uk

We are delighted to welcome high street fashion brand River Island to Northwich later this year.

Work will start on the 8,700 sq ft store imminently and it is hoped that it will be open before Christmas – follow us on social for further updates.

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “I am delighted to be able to share this news – River Island is an extremely well established fashion brand who I know will be welcomed to Northwich by local residents.

“We will continue to work hard to attract new tenants to Barons Quay and hope to potentially have more great news to share in the very near future.

“This is yet another step along the journey towards Northwich becoming a retail, leisure and cultural destination in the heart of mid-Cheshire.”

Head of Property at River Island, John Sigler said: “We are delighted to be opening River Island in Barons Quay. We are looking forward to showcasing more of our products in a new store and location, enabling us to create the best shopping experience possible for new and existing customers”.

Leading baby and child swimming school Puddle Ducks has plans to open a unique new facility at Barons Quay, Northwich. A state-of-the-art flagship swimming centre, catering to the specific requirements of babies and children 0-10yrs, could be open by 2020.

Puddle Ducks has submitted a planning application for change of use from retail to D2, ‘leisure and assembly’ to enable them to create a dedicated Puddle Ducks pool. The proposed innovative use of an empty retail building demonstrates how leisure and other non-retail outlets can become a key element of a thriving high street.

The Puddle Ducks swimming pool is being created to meet the needs of babies, young children and their families and the venue and classes will be fully inclusive and accessible. Water will be maintained at a consistently comfortable temperature in a calm environment, changing facilities will be family friendly and there will be a pool viewing area for the use of family and friends. It will also become a national teacher training centre.

On the decision to base the swimming centre at Barons Quay, Jo Stone co-owner of Puddle Ducks commented, “The intention has always been that the centre should be both retail and leisure, making Barons Quay a perfect location for Puddle Ducks. With new tenants moving in, we firmly believe that the centre is facing a bright future. It takes a little ‘outside the box’ thinking to envisage a pool in a unit previously destined for retail use, but we feel it makes perfect sense.

She continued, “Placing our pool in the middle of a mixed use town centre site with free parking, will make it easier for parents and their children to get here and to combine their trip with making use of other local facilities. That would be great for them and even better for local business owners and the town in general.

“Puddle Ducks classes are in demand and the proposed project will help bring more people into Barons Quay and surrounding area. We hope to find out from planning very soon.”

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Puddle Ducks on potentially bringing something completely different to Barons Quay. This is a really exciting development for us and one which will really benefit the local families of Northwich.

“This is yet another step along the journey towards Northwich becoming a retail, leisure and cultural destination in the heart of mid-Cheshire.”

The very first Puddle Ducks classes took place in Northwich back in 2002 at a school in Greenbank, so it was one of the first UK towns to embrace the importance of early years swimming for 0-10 year olds. It is fitting that the company should want to base their new flagship pool here in the town centre.

Puddle Ducks was founded by co-owners Jo Stone and Tracy Townend and the company now teaches over 21,000 children to swim every week across the UK.

The Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) have just received a Silver Gilt in the 2019 North West in Bloom awards and activities have already begun for next year!

Planting has been taking place at various locations across Northwich since the beginning of December as part of a new initiative called ‘Brighten up your community.’

Working alongside the Northwich BID and Grozone Community Garden, the aim of the project is to add colour to the Northwich community by planting spring bulbs. It will bring vibrancy and an eye-catching element to areas of the town from spring next year. All of the bulbs planted are organic and especially pollinator friendly as they contain no harmful chemicals.

Over 2000 bulbs have already been planted at various places around Northwich with a great help from the community!

Stephanie Leese, Business Team Co-ordinator at Northwich BID, tells us more about what is being planted:

“Planting has taken place with volunteers at Castle Community Centre where we planted up crocus, tulips, grape hyacinth, alliums and a mixture of other spring plants and we have also created a tulip bed full of 250 tulip bulbs that were planted by the elderly residents at Queen Elizabeth House in Northwich.

On top of this, school children from Kingsmead Primary School helped plant 1500 organic crocus bulbs at the Barons Quay River Garden, which will create a whole bank of colour next spring.”

Barons Quay are delighted to be taking part in the project with the BID and Grozone Community Garden. Congratulations to the Northwich BID on winning their award.

The Coffee House, a new independent coffee shop and café has opened its doors at Barons Quay shopping centre in Northwich, employing 13 people from the local area.

The new café, which has seating for 100 people inside and 50 outside serves a good range of homemade breakfast, lunches and confectionery, made at the business’ central kitchen. There is also an extensive drinks menu including its top quality three bean coffee blend of course!

Owners of The Coffee House Chris and Stephen Shelmerdine, opened their first coffee house in 2011 in Lymm and since then have successfully opened a chain of coffee shops located in Partington, Sale, Huyton and Widnes.  The new Northwich shop will be the latest in their portfolio, although the duo has plans for further expansion in 2020.

Customers can expect a warm welcome from The Coffee House staff who have undergone extensive training to deliver the best customer service, with 100% of the team coming from Northwich.

Inside the décor is clean and contemporary, but unlike your average coffee shop it includes a stunning, large-scale artificial tree that lights up when the evenings draw-in.  Also, instead of generic art on the walls, the owners commissioned unique wall typography that includes local facts and quotes about Northwich, providing an interesting backdrop for customers and a complimentary nod to its locality.

Co-Owner Chris Shelmerdine said: “There’s a great community spirit here in Northwich and we are looking forward to being part of it in the coming months. Although we have other coffee houses, we wanted to make the Barons Quay shop bespoke to the local area, celebrating its history but also the exciting plans for the future! 

“What sets us apart from the well-known coffee shop chains is our commitment to working with local producers, our home-made food and our excellent customer service, we hope that people will realise that we are not just another coffee shop!”

Barons Quay Centre Manager, Lina Higuita said: “We are delighted to welcome The Coffee House to Barons Quay; a local, independent business with an established reputation in the North West. The Northwich shop is completely different in terms of fit-out compared to the other coffee houses and brings an exciting new offering to the scheme.”

The Northwich Coffee House Manager, Dean Davies, added: “We have a great team here in Northwich that is excited to welcome shoppers, workers and local residents to try The Coffee House experience. “

Card Factory is the latest retailer to exchange contracts on a new unit in Barons Quay!

They will move from their current location in Weaver Square and are set to open a new 2,004 sq ft store in the next few months. 

Northwich is fast becoming a magnet for exciting independent bars and restaurants. The latest, Barons Quay Social is currently in advanced negotiations with Cheshire West and Chester Council, over a 6,000 sq foot unit with a 4,000 sq foot roof top terrace in Barons Quay, overlooking the River Weaver.

The first Street Social venue opened in New Brighton in May 2018, called Marine Street Social, it is described as a food and drink market where people can eat, drink, dance and socialise. The Barons Quay venue is proposed to be similar and will host live music, DJs and events.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Barons Quay Social has shown an interest in bringing an entirely new and exciting leisure offer to Northwich’s Barons Quay.

“The Council is continuing discussions with the operators and we’re confident that Barons Quay is an ideal location for them. We are finalising the terms of the deal and anticipate making an official announcement to our residents in the coming weeks.”

Owner, Carl Thomas said: “The whole team are really excited to be coming to Northwich, it’s a beautiful town, the venue stood out for us because of its positioning overlooking the river.

“We have over ten years of events experience, booking some of the biggest artists in music and we will be fully utilising our experience to bring acts to Barons Quay Social, both electronic and live.

“We will be a multipurpose space that will cater for all lovers of music, drink, food and art. Keep an eye on our Facebook page Barons Quay Social for updates on our progress and opening”.

This latest edition to Barons Quay will bring the occupancy rate to 64%. Talks with several other retailers and leisure organisations are ongoing.

 

 

Card Factory, the UK’s leading specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts, has officially opened it’s doors at Barons Quay!

 

Card Factory will be opening their doors to the public at Barons Quay on 31/05/19 and to help us manage their back of house operations we will have no choice but to suspend the two unofficial disabled parking bays on Albion Road from 6am on Monday 3rd June.

But don’t worry because there are multiple other disabled bays close by including: the council’s Central Palace Drive Car Park, our own multi-story car park on Leicester Street and our disabled spaces at the back of the Odeon on Barons Quay Road.

We are very sorry if this causes our customers any inconvenience; please drop us a line if you need more information at info@baronsquay.co.uk

Do you want to join us on our mission to be the best loved toyshop? The Entertainer is one of the UKs retail success stories with over 162 stores in the UK and a rapidly growing online and international business. Our new store opening programme continues with ambitious plans for further growth.

You make it happen, helping us to deliver a great shopping experience for our customers. You will have to work hard, but we will offer you comprehensive on the job training and opportunities to develop and progress.

We trade Monday to Saturday with no Sunday opening, so that day is for you and your family. You will need to work 5 days out of 6 including Saturdays and you need to be flexible to work extra hours and shifts especially at Christmas, when we extend our trading day and operate extra out of hour’s shifts.

Our current trading hours can be found at Store Finder – Click Here

As a Sales Assistant your key responsibilities will be:

You will even have your own section to look after.

To become our Sales Assistant you must: 

Why not join our success story and see where it takes you? Aim High!

Your rewards include: Profit Related Bonus Scheme, 20% Toy Discount, Pay increments with training,High Street & Leisure Discounts, Life Cover, Payroll Giving, Pension and Cycle to Work schemes.

Apply here. 

This summer, there are some great picks to keep all the family entertained over the summer at Odeon!

 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix – 7th June

Late Night – 7th June

Men in Black: International – 14th June

BrightBurn – 19th June

Toy Story 4 – 21st June

Annabelle Comes Home – 28th June

Yesterday – 28th June

Spider-man: Far from Home – 2nd July

The Lion King – 19th July

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw – 2nd August

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – 14th August

 

Barons Quay Social is coming to Northwich in 2019.

They will be bringing something exciting to Northwich. Expect Street Food, Live Music, Events, DJ’s and Rooftop terrace overlooking the River Weaver!

We’re excited to announce that Barons Quay Social will be launching Friday 2nd of August!

Barons Quay Social will feature a fabulous drinks list, super-tasty food market, dancing and chilling spaces plus a stunning Cheshire garden roof top terrace!

They will also be serving up street food, fresh healthy options and fine-dining style serviced by 3 bespoke bars.

Barons Quay Social will be a great addition to Northwich bringing a new unique, multi-purpose event and socializing space for the community.

If you’re a local group, clubs and businesses looking for a cool space for their gathering please contact Barons Quay Social on  hello@baronsquaysocial.co.uk.

We can’t wait!

This Summer The Entertainer are very proud to have teamed up with Fundamentally Children to bring a series of Good Toy Guide approved instore demos!

Who are Fundamentally Children?

Fundamentally Children is an organisation dedicated to helping children develop skills through play, founded by child psychologist Dr Amanda Gummer. They provide independent expert advice on a range of topics including play, toys, apps, children’s tech, e-safety, child development, special needs and other parenting issues. These values align perfectly with our commitment to helping children develop through play.

The Balanced Play Pyramid

Fundamentally Children recently partnered with The Entertainer in an international study to investigate whether children are getting a good balance of different play activities, as recommended by the Balanced Play Pyramid. The Balanced Play Pyramid encourages parents to prioritise different types of play, based on the range of benefits their child will gain from each activity. There is no set amount of time given, instead, the model encourages a sensible balance of activities during children’s leisure time

What are we doing

They’ve teamed up with Fundamentally Children to bring a series of in store demos across the summer holidays. These demos will focus on toys that have been approved via The Good Toy Guide.

See the full schedule here.

Northwich is set to welcome The Coffee House to Barons Quay, which is due to open in September 2019.

The Coffee House is an independent chain of coffee houses which prides itself on offering great coffee, homemade food and service with a smile. The first Coffee House venue opened in 2011, with a mission to change the way people eat, drink and relax in their local community.

Their current venues include Lymm, Partington, Sale and Widnes with Northwich becoming their fifth store in the North West region, with more to follow later in 2019.

Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Growth, Councillor Richard Beacham said: “We are thrilled to be welcoming the Coffee House to Northwich’s Barons Quay.

“The Coffee House was started by a couple of people who had an idea about how to bring people together, and that’s what Barons Quay is all about too.

“I’ve not been to a Coffee House before, but I look forward to visiting the new one in Northwich when it opens in September. I have no doubt this new place to meet friends, relatives and colleagues, or to grab some downtime by yourself, will compliment the growing range of new and established independents in Northwich.”

The Coffee House owner and co-founder, Chris Shelmerdine said:

“We are delighted to be able to announce our involvement in Baron’s Quay and we are excited to be showcasing our concept alongside national businesses H&M, Sports Direct and Card Factory later this year.

“We have been working closely with Cheshire West and Chester Council for some months now and look forward to building on this relationship as we fast approach our planned opening date.

“Northwich has been a target for us for many years. We think it is a beautiful town, which fits perfectly with the locations we already have. Barons Quay offers us a unique opportunity to develop our store design further than we have done before, and we can’t wait to reveal it to the local community.

“For those who would like to keep up-to-date with our progress, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where regular updates can be found.”

The Council is continuing discussions with several different retailers and leisure organisations for Barons Quay and we’re confident we will be able to make further announcements soon.

We are pleased to announce The Entertainer will be opening at Barons Quay! The popular toy store is set to open before the end of the year and will be selling all the latest toys including PJ masks, Lego Friends and L.O.L. 

Be sure to stay tuned in to our social media channels for all of the exciting updates!

Twitter: @Barons_Quay

Instagram: @baronsquay

Facebook: @BaronsQuay

CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has officially revealed the first shop to take its place at Barons Quay.

The Guardian reported last week that the UK’s largest independent toy retailer, The Entertainer, had confirmed it was set to open in Barons Quay before Christmas.

Toy shop The Entertainer will be the fourth retailer to join Barons Quay in Northwich, alongside Asda, Marks & Spencer, and H&M, after exchanging contracts on a 3,000 sq ft unit at the 225,000 sq ft retail and leisure scheme.

West Cheshire is one of the most popular choices in the country when people are deciding on where to live.

Internal migration figures released by the Office of National Statistics reveal that, in 2017, 16,610 people moved to the borough and 14,281 people moved away.

A PONTOON will be constructed at Barons Quay, offering a landing point from the River Weaver in the town centre.

The waterside mooring will easier link the town’s waterways to shops, restaurants and bars, in a bid to provide a tourism boost to the centre and beyond.

It is hoped the new structure, to be built by the Canal and River Trust (CRT) through a £175,000 Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) grant, will enhance tourism in the town.

The decision, taken by CWAC cabinet member for economic development Cllr Brian Clarke, has been on the cards for a number of years, as mentioned in the Local Plan, Neighbourhood Plan and Waterways Strategy.

Cllr Clarke said: “Northwich has always turned its back over the years on its biggest asset – the river.

“We always wanted to make the river one of the shining features of the town and it has always been an aspiration to get boats coming from places like Anderton Boat Lift down to Barons Quay, stopping there and bringing life into the area.

“It’s capable of taking up to four canal barges at any one time, and fits in with what we have done at Hayhurst Quay.

“It’s going to be absolutely brilliant. The people of Northwich have asked for it and we are now delivering it as we have always wanted to do.”

Of the £175,000 grant funding awarded to the CRT, £121,000 comes from the growth area programme and £54,000 from the capital programme. It could be in place as soon as October.

David Roberts, chairman of the group behind Northwich’s recently-adopted Neighbourhood Plan, said the announcement was a long time coming.

“It has been on the cards for more than two years,” he said.

“Moorings on the River Weaver in Northwich are inherently a good thing and in that sense we should applaud the decision taken.

“It’s the tip of the iceberg for the potential of the river.”

Cllr Sam Naylor, Northwich Town Council and CWAC member, said the plans addressed an oversight in Northwich’s regeneration.

He said: “We missed a trick in not getting it right before we committed to developing on the scale we did at Barons Quay.

“This pontoon could be the first piece in the jigsaw in making the river a go-to destination in itself.

“The opportunities are endless, and I’m determined to work with partner agencies going forward.”

Read the full article here

11am Thursday 18th October 

H&M are excited to announce the launch of H&M located in Barons Quay, Northwich. Covering one floor in excess of 1670sqm. 

With full Ladies, Divided, Men’s, Baby & Kidswear concepts available, this new store will provide great quality fashion, at affordable prices, in a sustainable way. On launch morning, the first 200 lucky customers in the queue will receive an exclusive goodie bag. All customers who join the queue before 11 am will receive a 25% discount wristband to redeem against their entire purchase that day. Customers will be welcome to peruse the available fashion collections while enjoying the latest tracks from an in-store DJ.

“H&M are delighted to be opening a new store in Baron Quays, Northwich. This is an exciting opportunity for the brand to expand and bring our fantastic fashion offering to new customers at this location.” says Toni Galli, H&M’s Country Manager for UK & IE

Founded in Sweden in 1947, H&M opened its first UK store in 1976. Forty years later, the UK and Ireland portfolio has grown to include in excess of 264 stores.

Keep watching our social channels for any updates.

Sports retailer, Sports Direct is one of the latest retailers to exchange contracts with Cheshire West and Cheshire Council to open a new store on site at Barons Quay.

The retailer has outgrown their current premises and will be opening a new high-quality store towards the end of 2018, approximately 15,000 sq ft in size, in a prime location.  

Stay tuned to our social channels for updates and future announcements.

As a major economic hub in the northwest, Cheshire West and Chester Council will be promoting the many retail and leisure opportunities on offer across the borough at Revo 2018 in Manchester, later this week.

Cabinet Member, Economic Development and Infrastructure, Councillor Brian Clarke said: “The exhibition will help us to build on the excellent leasing progress so far, for the newly developed Barons Quay in Northwich. H&M, Sports Direct and The Entertainer toy store are set to open over the coming months and advanced talks are underway with several other interested tenants.

“Joining ASDA, the Odeon and Wildwood restaurant the new lets will take the occupancy level up to 60 per cent.”

Completed in November 2017, Northwich’s Barons Quay is a riverside retail and leisure quarter being delivered by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The town has recently been shortlisted out of 150 nominations for the Great British High Street Awards 2018. With a population of 295,000 within a 25 minute drive time, and a higher than national average household spend in most retail categories Barons Quay is set to attract more big brand names in the future.

Barons Quay is just one part of the wider regeneration plans for the town centre. Several independent boutiques have joined the high street recently, including White Ribbon, Bella Boutique, Laundry and Apparel making Northwich a strong retail and leisure destination.

Work is also underway to redevelop the Weaver Square area of the town which is currently undergoing a master planning process. The master plan sets out a vision to bring new residential development and a public services building to the area and also features a flexible, multi-use community space that could be used for live music and cultural events.

A strong management team is in place to support existing and new retailers to the scheme so come along to Stand 80 to discuss what opportunities are available.

For more information about Barons Quay retail units contact Rivington Land, the leasing and asset managers on 0207 016 2030

The posters and banners said ‘Expect the unexpected’ and they were certainly right. The NOW Northwich arts festival took over the town centre last weekend (Saturday 6 October) attracting an estimated 26,000 people.

The festival featured over a 100 local performers led by Cheshire Dance and Fallen Angels Dance Theatre alongside nationally recognised UK artists.

Soaring above the heads of spectators, Highly Sprung brought a unique Urban Astronaut performance highlighting the issues of environmental damage to the planet. There were dance performances by Company Chameleon, Cheshire Dance, Fallen Angels Dance Theatre and other local dance groups using locations around Barons Quay and Witton Street.

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cabinet Member Communities and Wellbeing, said: “Many congratulations to all involved, performers, crew, organisers and especially the welcoming audiences for each performance.

“It should be renamed Wow Northwich, Barons Quay provided an impressive backdrop for the festival lending itself perfectly to performance spaces. I will be challenging the team to come back with even more next year if that is even possible.”

Dutch performers Close Acts stunned the crowds with their stilt walking prehistoric beasts. The early evening performance turned Witton Street into an exciting environment filled with red lighting and smoke as the performers weaved their way through the crowds.

Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough said: “Northwich truly came alive and it was amazing to see the town so busy and to also see so many smiling faces.

“The Northwich Business Improvement District was delighted to be involved in the organisation, planning and marketing of the event and we are pleased to report that there was a massive uplift in footfall on the day.

“Events like this really put Northwich on the map and I hope everyone is looking forward to the Christmas Extravaganza which comes to town on Saturday 24 November.”

David Morgan, Programme Manager, Without Walls Consortium said: “I was really delighted by the fantastic turnout for the first NOW Northwich event on Saturday. The level of enthusiasm was amazing, and it proves that there’s a real appetite for this kind of work locally. This event has real potential to grow and establish itself as a major fixture in Cheshire’s cultural calendar.”

Social media was on overdrive, with comments including: “What a great day”, “Amazing acts”, “What a fabulous event”, “Wow the closing parade was epic” and “Busiest I’ve ever seen the town centre”.

Now Northwich was funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Arts Council England, Northwich and Gadbrook Park BID’s, Marketing Cheshire and the SLANT programme. The aim is to develop an annual event for the people of Northwich and surrounding areas; showcasing the best local, national and international street artists.

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Who doesn’t love a good bargain? And Black Friday is one of the biggest bargain days of the year. So are you ready to make this year the best shopping day ever? Head into your nearby stores – whether that’s in person or online – armed with our savvy shopping tips that’ll give you an incredible advantage over your shopping competitors this Black Friday.

1. Do your research

Most companies will advertise well in advance what kind of sales they are going to be holding. And thanks to social media and newsletters, it’s easier than ever to keep track of good offers. Sign up to mailing lists and Twitter alerts of your favourite stores, and we guarantee you’ll be kept well-informed of upcoming deals.

Even if some companies aren’t offering the best deals from the off, many big companies, like John Lewis, will actually match prices with any deal you find elsewhere – although usually not with online-only stores like Amazon. So if you can find one retailer that operates a price match policy, you can do all your shopping in one place!

2. Know what you want

We’re sure you’ve seen some of the crazy footage that emerges every year; of people charging through stores to grab TVs and everything they can get their hands on. While it’s perfectly fine to pick up a little spontaneous buy at the checkout or pop something in your virtual basket at the last minute, knowing what you want to buy in advance will save you a huge amount of trouble on the big day. Do your research (again) and figure out exactly what you want.

3. Be wary

Let’s face it, Black Friday is all about the tech. TVs are the main big buy along with DVD players, games consoles and even vacuum cleaners. And we know you’re out for a bargain, but be wary of names that you aren’t fully familiar with. Samsung, Sony and LG are known for their tech, and are therefore trustworthy and reliable. But just because a shiny new TV as HDR and 4K stickers plastered everywhere doesn’t mean it’s going to give you the same quality as a name you know. Again, do your research beforehand to figure out which brands are going to give you the best in the long run, even if you do have to splash out a little more.

4. Sign up for cashback

Perhaps the savviest of all shopping tips out there, signing up for cashback allows you to get money back on the purchases that you make online. Loads of stores already have their own schemes, such as Sainsbury’s with their Nectar points, which gives you points that can be redeemed on future shops.

For straightforward cashback deals on big purchases, take a look at popular websites like Topcashback and Quidco. Look into the terms and conditions of your credit card too, as many of these give cashback at specific retailers.

5. Know your returns policies

Even if you buy on Black Friday, buyer’s regret is still a thing, so make sure you’re well read up on each retailer’s returns policy for sale items. Almost all shops and retailers have a specific and clear returns policy but they are not required by law to do so, so make sure you’re protected if you simply change your mind. If the product is faulty or damaged, however, that’s an entirely different story.

6. Don’t forget Cyber Monday

When Black Friday first started to become a ‘thing’; first in the US and then creeping across the Atlantic to the UK, it was all aimed at hitting the high streets and brick-and-mortar stores. Skip ahead a couple of days and Cyber Monday was the day when you can sit on the couch and shop for top deals in your pyjamas.

In today’s world, more money is spent online on Black Friday, but Cyber Monday is still very much here to stay. So if you didn’t manage to get the deal that you want on the Friday, start again the following Monday and be sure to keep checking over the weekend.

Any given year, you can look forward to one or two huge blockbusters arriving on a screen near you. But 2018 is different, as there’s a whole boatload of them coming throughout the entire 12 months. In fact, let’s just say that the entire year is summer blockbuster season. So whether you consider yourself a film buff or are just looking for something to do on a Friday night, here are eight of the best cinema blockbusters that you need to feast your eyes on before the year ends.

1. Ocean’s 8

It’s been more than 10 years since the Ocean’s family graced our screens to impress and shock us with another grand heist, and in 2018 Debbie Ocean appeared to replace her brother. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Awkwafina, and Helena Bonham Carter. With such a star-studded cast, need we say any more?

2. Avenger’s Infinity War

Everyone knows that superheroes are the ‘thing’ of the moment. They have been for years now and it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. So if this train isn’t stopping, surely the next port of call is to cram 35 different superheroes onto one silver screen at the same time? We’re on board.

3. Black Panther

This movie has been hailed by critics and audiences alike for its incredible progressiveness and also for being downright fantastic. Set just before Avenger’s Infinity War, you’re in for one heck of a thrilling ride when you sit down to watch Black Panther.

4. Solo: A Star Wars Story

So while it may not be Harrison Ford gracing our screens, we finally get the Han Solo backstory that we’ve always wanted. And plenty of Chewbacca, of course. The spin-off has had a little trouble getting off the ground in terms of production, but nevertheless it’s made its great debut and we finally get to see our favourite space smuggler once again.

5. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The iconic music of Jurassic Park leaves everyone filled with an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia; and who doesn’t love the franchise? Chris Pratt brings the infamous park back to life as he and Bryce Dallas Howard head to the trashed and abandoned island to save as many species as they can before a volcanic eruption wipes them all out. Again.

6. The Incredibles 2

Remember the first time our favourite superhero family zoomed onto our screens? We bet that every “grown-up” in their late 20s and early 30s will be queueing outside of the cinema to see this one. Mr Incredible is adjusting to life as a stay-at-home dad in this much-loved sequel to the 2004 original.

7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout

As you’d expect with any mystery, thriller or heist, the plot details for the latest Mission: Impossible film have been kept tightly under wraps. It’s only natural, of course because what spy movie doesn’t have top secrets under lock and key? You’ll have to see this one for yourselves to find out what happens – no spoilers here. But one thing we do know is that Henry Cavill sports a fantastic moustache.

8. Crazy Rich Asians

A brand new release in the cinema, Crazy Rich Asians has been getting some serious press and social media attention since its debut. It takes a peek behind the curtain into the lives of one of Singapore’s (fictional) wealthiest families. While the story itself may be fiction, the portrayal of wealth may not be.

When’s the last time you and your partner had a date night? As we become more settled and comfortable in a relationship, it’s natural to take less time to spend exclusively with one another as you form a routine. But carving out time to give each other your full attention doesn’t have to cost you the earth. Here are nine cheap and cheerful ways to make date night fun.

1. Take a walk

Sometimes it really is the simple things that can give you the most pleasure, and big or small, it’s good to get out in the fresh air! It could be a short stroll to your local park or you could strap on your walking boots and go for a hike in the hills. Not only is it a great way to reconnect with your other half, it’s also a fantastic way to clear your head and get some gentle exercise. And it’s completely free, too.

2. Have a picnic

One of the most tried-and-true romantic date nights out there; you can’t go wrong with a picnic. Even if the great British weather isn’t on your side, there’s no reason why you have to cancel. If the sun is shining, head to your local park, and if the heavens have opened then simply take refuge in your own living room. It won’t cost you an arm and a leg either.

3. Do a jigsaw puzzle

There’s nothing like working together to bring you closer, and that’s one of the fantastic things about doing jigsaw puzzles. Helping one another out, finding a piece the other person desperately needs, and the sense of accomplishment when everything is finally in place – it’s a lovely thing to share. If the puzzle you finish has extra special meaning to you then you could even glue it together and hang it on the wall of your home.

4. Play a board game

Technology and consoles can provide us with plenty of entertainment, of course. But there’s nothing quite like breaking out an old fashioned board game like we used to play back in the day. Cluedo, Monopoly, Scrabble… The possibilities really can be endless!

5. Talk it out

This works no matter what stage your relationship is at; don’t be afraid to open up and share your life goals and dreams with your other half. Grab a drink or two and share away. In a world where we’re all so busy with jam-packed schedules, making extra time to reconnect and check in with each other is key.

6. Have a blackout night

We bet it’s been a while since you’ve been disconnected from your phone or some other kind of technology, right? If that’s the case, carve out one evening when you both switch your phones off, turn off the TV and anything else electronic (lights can stay on or light candles for romance!) and just re-learn how to be with other people without technology getting in the way.

7. Go to a museum or art gallery

You don’t have to be particularly interested in history or art to get out and about. Museums can be pricey depending on which ones you opt for, but if you choose carefully then the price of admission can be very minimal. See if there are any special exhibits being shown for a limited time and get down there to learn a thing or two.

8. Bake or cook

You don’t have to be a Michelin-star chef to enjoy this one. Whether you love or loathe cooking and baking, sometimes it’s good to roll up your sleeves and try something new. Choose some recipes online, shop for the ingredients hand-in-hand and then cook and eat your creation together. Far better than waiting to be served for a premium price tag.

9. Spa day

Of course we don’t mean paying someone to pamper you – this is about budget date night ideas, after all – but don’t be afraid to spoil one another. Draw each other a bubble bath with a few candles, put on a face mask and give each other a soothing massage with a gentle spa playlist in the background. We promise you’ll both feel better afterwards.

Whether it’s for that most wonderful time of year, an upcoming milestone birthday or a ‘just because’, finding the perfect gift is incredibly rewarding but can also be hard work. But never fear, we’re here to help out. We’ve put together some of our top hints and tips to help you locate the best present for absolutely anyone. And we mean anyone.

1. What do they like?

Before we start actually looking for gifts, it’s time to do our first bit of research. Begin by making a list of everything that person likes and the traits that define them as a person. Jot down as many things as you can whether they are big or small. These may not be present ideas themselves, but they’ll certainly help to spark some inspiration of areas you may want to look into.

2. Do some stalking

Not literally, of course. But the advent of social media means that most people’s lives are now an open book on the internet. Check out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any other platform they may have to see if they have dropped hints about specific gift ideas or to see if inspiration strikes again.

Many people nowadays have an Amazon wishlist, so imagine their delight when you surprise them with something they’ve been wanting all along?

3. Do they need anything?

Of course, everybody needs something. And more often than not these are things that we can’t physically see, hold or give to someone in a box, but this is where it’s time to get creative.

Have they just had a baby? Put together a newborn survival kit or a box full of everything they couldn’t eat or drink while pregnant. Gift them a student survival kit if they’re at uni. Are they a career-driven person who needs more time? Check out something that is going to help them become more efficient or productive. The possibilities are truly endless.

4. Think outside the box

Sometimes quite literally if you catch our drift! Not every present that you give someone has to come wrapped in paper and tied up with a bow. Why not give someone the gift of a memory that they will cherish forever?

Nowadays the internet is packed with dozens of different websites all offering ‘experiences’ that you can buy for either yourself or a loved one. And trust us, they’ve got something for absolutely everyone. Whether they’re an adrenaline junkie (skydiving experience), a foodie (Michelin-star meal) or love animals (zoo keeping experience), you’ll be sure to find them a present they’ll never forget.

5. Be nostalgic

Everyone loves a blast from the past. So why not create one for them to look back on in the future, or give them something that will remind them of their childhood? Maybe you’ve come across some old photographs of when you were little together that you could have restored or made into a canvas. Could you frame their diploma or degree for them to proudly display at home? Or could you dig out an ancient video game that they loved from childhood?

OPENING events are planned for two of Barons Quay’s newest stores.

Fashion retailer H&M will open with a party atmosphere at 11 am on Thursday, October 18, before The Entertainer toy store welcomes its first customers in November.

A live DJ will set the soundtrack for H&M’s opening, with goody bags will be available as well as 25 per cent discount for the first 200 customers.

BARONS Quay was brought to life on Thursday as the £80 million ‘anchor’ chain H&M opened its doors.

The long-awaited opening drew hundreds into the town centre, braving the cold and mist to queue from before 9 am on October 18 – two hours before the official opening at 11am.

Dozens of new staff members put on a show for the waiting crowds, performing a flash-mob dance backed by a live in-store DJ and confetti cannons as the clock approached 11am.

First date ideas

Double dates are only ever going to not be awkward if you all know each other fairly well, whether that’s as couples, individuals or as a group. Chances are, however, that by the virtue of you even reading this article that it’s not the case.

The majority of the time, if you’re looking for advice about double dating without the awkwardness that at least one pair in this dynamic are heading out on a first date, and if not this is essentially a first date where you’re introducing somebody to friends or family.

With that in mind, a good place to start would be some tips for a first date in general as, after all, this is technically a first date between at least two of the group.

First things first then, let’s not put too much pressure on this arrangement, we don’t want you all put into a situation that requires immediate and unrelenting engagement. It needs something that’s relaxed where anybody can take a break at any time, and where nobody feels trapped for a certain period of time. It goes without saying, in this context, that the cinema is out of the question.

Secondly, this is a four way dynamic but also operates as one-on-one too, so you need to keep in mind that you’re going to be having to be flexible in conversation to be able to either pay attention to just one person in the group, or one person talking to you directly, and you’re going to have to pay attention. Somewhere with atmosphere is key, but you don’t want anywhere too noisy. A club? Absolutely not, you won’t be able to hear a thing. A bar? Yes, but not somewhere where you’re going to have nowhere to sit and have a conversation.

Double date

The double date then. Potentially it’s a minefield. There’s endless different potential dynamics whether you’re the established couple meeting a new couple, or vice versa. You might be introducing your new partner to your best mate, you might be meeting theirs. One thing’s for sure though, at least it’s a fairly laid back situation as opposed to meeting a huge group of people all at once.

In any case, there are still a few social tips you can stand to keep in mind to avoid unnecessary slip ups. They might sound fairly straight forward, but you’d be shocked at how many times you see them happen.

Firstly, avoid big public displays of affection, nobody wants to see it and it’s likely to make the opposite couple feel either cold in comparison or just a little bit sick. Make sure you have some conversation with everybody in the group, not just the person you know the best or your partner, make the effort with everyone.

Make sure you don’t drink too much; nobody wants to deal with you being sloppy in an already potentially awkward situation. Furthermore, try to minimise any inside jokes, whether it’s between you and your partner, or you and a friend, it just makes people feel awkward and not part of the night.

Double date ideas

We’ve done our best to prepare you for not being a drunken bore, and we’re confident you’ve taken it on board. So where are the best places to ensure you’re going to be at your best?

 

Christmas on a budget

Christmas on a budget is never easy, and harder still if you’ve got kids. The first thing we’ll say, with regards to saving, is start saving now for next Christmas, and you’ll feel much better. If you haven’t saved and are on more of a shoestring this year, don’t worry, we’ll help you out.

In terms of more general tips, the fact that you’re reading this article suggests that advising you to plan early would be somewhat counterproductive and not as useful as you’d probably hoped for from the title.

Fear not, we know you’ve left it to the last minute like the vast majority of us, and we’ve got your back. We’re going to take a look at the top tips for most of the members of the family, and the trickier ones such as in laws.

Christmas shopping ideas

Kids then – get online. Get yourself online and start to trawl your way through the internet for every website that sells toys and may have some kind of discount or sale on in the lead up to Christmas. There’s always the hot item for every kid every year, but the point is that they’ll sell out almost immediately, and will be at a premium as retailers know they’re bound to sell out. Demand vs supply is almost certainly stacked completely against you on this one, so wherever possible, set some expectations with the kids that Santa won’t be bringing the hottest gift for Christmas, as you’ve already earmarked it for their birthday (cheaper, more time) but in the meantime, he’s let you know that there’s loads of other cool stuff coming.

Lego never goes out of fashion and nine times out of ten, if you get yourself into the depths of amazon, eBay, Smyths toys, etc, there will be a deal on some lego. Similarly with Barbie’s and dolls, they’re always bringing out the hottest new version and so often look to get rid of the older ones at a discount.

Christmas shopping tips

Other members of the family tend to be more difficult, as we’ve all probably experienced the hell of meandering through HMV looking for a terrible one-off DVD or autobiography knowing full well the recipient is almost certain to never read it or watch it.

This is the best tip, though; people like thoughtful things and will rarely, if ever, take a look at the price tag if you’ve put the effort in. It can be something small, even a letter, just telling somebody how you feel about them.

Is there a piece of music or a particular artist that you know they love? What about putting a playlist together or, for somebody a bit older, burning a CD playlist? Putting together displays and photo collages also always proves popular.

For friends or family who are more bothered about the price tag and you’re really struggling to pick or think of something, here’s a novel idea – just ask them. Let them know you’re struggling to find something for them and you need some help.

Finally, if it’s a group of friends or family and you’re struggling for money then just open up, maybe you can agree to forego the gifts this year? Or even organise a secret Santa on a budget. Secret Santa can be a scream if you set a low budget with a theme.

In any case, regardless of your budget, if you care about somebody and they care for you too then the best policy is always honesty.

Impulsive and fierce, this fiery character will be onsite on Saturday 2nd February at The Entertainer, Barons Quay.
Be sure to share your photos with us on social media using the hashtag #TheEntertainerVIP!

The Charlatans have rocked Northwich with events across the town  during May.

Barons Quay hosted a number of events including The Charlatans Exhibition, Sound City Satellite, Q&A with Dave Haslam & Gary Neville. Exclusive screenings at Odeon included Metropolis, Bunch of Kunst and Two Shot Podcast Live with Paddy Considine & Dave Haslam.

The Charlatans even stopped by the exhibition on Saturday 19th May for an exclusive signing. Were you there?

See more photos from the events at Barons Quay here.

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What do you get the man who has everything? Father’s Day can be a difficult holiday for gift givers of all ages. You want to completely surprise your dad, delight him and say ‘thank you’, and make him tear up all in one go. Instead, too many daughters and sons end up spending too much, going with something silly or way off the mark, or feeling guilty because they don’t think what they got was good enough.

 

But we can help with that. To avoid one of the above or a combination of more than one, here are the three ways to avoid Father’s Day pitfalls for fool-proof gift giving.

 

Think about what he likes

What does your dad do in his free time? Does he like television? If so, what does he watch the most? Is he active? Whether it’s golfing, running or walking, there are plenty of sports-related gift ideas out there. Does he like to travel? Do you often find him with his head buried in a book? Or does he have a strong attachment to his BBQ?

Whatever your dad likes to do in his downtime, it’s the best place to start when looking for a perfect gift.

 

Give him something to do

A gift that your dad will value doesn’t have to be particularly focused on materialism. Instead of another ‘Best Dad in the World’ mug, why not go for something that he can actually put to good use?

If he loves going to see the latest films, something as simple and small as a loaded gift card to Odeon Barons Quay can be enough. It may seem small to you, but to him it shows you know what he really likes and want to give him the encouragement to go and do just that. More information for Odeon gift cards can be found here. 

 

Something personal

Anyone can go out and buy a gift, but that’s not what dads want on Father’s Day. The ultimate golden rule for buying and giving gifts on Father’s Day is to be thoughtful and think of something personal. You know your dad a lot better than you may think you do, and surely you know that the one thing they want more than anything is to feel appreciated and to spend more quality time with their family.

So if you have to spend your money, why not make it on something the two of you can do together? If he’s a movie buff, take him to see a film on the big screen at Odeon Northwich, or grab a couple of tickets to his favourite sport, or finally go fishing with him, or make him breakfast in bed. Trust us, he’ll love it.

This may not be known to many people, but the town of Northwich has many claims to fame, in the form of talented artists and athletes who have gone on to take the world by storm. Believe it or not, this south Cheshire town has plenty to be proud of. So let’s explore the accomplishments and rich histories of three of the most famous people to come out of Northwich.

 

  1. Tim Burgess

 

You can’t talk about the town of Northwich without making reference to the most famous band to come out of the area; The Charlatans. Tim Burgess, a musician, songwriter and record label artist, grew up in Northwich and joined The Charlatans as lead singer. The band regularly returns to the area to compose their music and perform for the locals. Including right back to our very doorstep for an exclusive performance in May.

 

In addition to being part of The Charlatans, Burgess also worked on a solo career in the early 2000s. He released an album called ‘I Believe’ in 2003, and his second in 2012. The year before he founded his own record label called ‘O Genesis’.

 

Burgess even went on to enter the world of film music. He helped to create the soundtracks for movies and TV shows such as The World’s End, Teleport, 90s Rockers, The Noise, and The Inbetweeners.

 

  1. Steve Hewitt

 

The musical talent of Northwich continues as Steve Hewitt, former drummer of band Placebo, was also born and raised in Northwich, even attending school there. From the very beginning, Hewitt was heavily into music. Influenced by many of the world’s most famous rock musicians and performers, Hewitt was inspired to become a drummer.

 

Hewitt joined alternative rock band in 1991 following a meeting with Brian Molko, Placebo’s lead vocalist. However, as he was still entered into a contract with a different record label, Hewitt’s face is blurred out in the music video for Nancy Boy. Just in case you’ve ever wondered why!

 

In the years to come, Hewitt toured with Placebo several times and was featured in four albums that the band put out. The first single that Hewitt put his name to as a band member was Pure Morning.

 

However, in 2007, Hewitt’s run with Placebo came to an end, and an official announcement was made on the band’s website announcing that the separation was happening due to “musical differences”. Following the departure, Hewitt bounced between bands but never fully committed to any of them.

 

  1. Paula Radcliffe

 

It appears that the area isn’t only renowned for its music. Famous English long-distance runner, Paula Radcliffe, was born just outside of the town in 1973. Not one to let anything hold her back, Radcliffe was inspired by her marathon-running father and battled with anaemia and asthma to take her interest in sports to the next level.

 

To this very day, Radcliffe is the world record holder for fastest female marathon runner, with her unparalleled finishing time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. She also has three London marathon wins under her belt, as well as victories in the Chicago and New York marathons.

 

Radcliffe has also dipped her toe into the waters of activism. Throughout her professional career, she has been extremely outspoken against doping in professional sports. Look back at her competitions and races and you will notice that she wears a red ribbon on her arm which is to symbolise her support of blood tests to identify doping.

To celebrate Father’s Day and the start of the World Cup, Barons Quay will be offering the chance for visitors to take part in FREE Giant Inflatable Table Football.

In the twist on the classic game of table football, visitors can play alongside their family and friends on the huge inflatable version. Each game has two teams, which consist of five players each. Teams will have to work together to score as many goals as they can.

The event is located at the top of the walkway between Barons Square and Weaver Point and can seen from the carpark entrance to the lift and stairway.

Come and join in the fun between 11am-3pm on Saturday 16th June 2018 to be in with the chance of winning Odeon and Wildwood vouchers.

For more information, click here.

*T&Cs apply: Offer valid 1st – 29th June. 50% o food Sunday – Friday, excluding bank holidays, event days or tables bigger than 8 people, not in conjunction with the kid’s menu, or any of our set menus. Only valid in our Northwich Restaurant.

Northwich will be filled with colour and creativity later this summer as the town enters the North West in Bloom competition.

Partnership working between the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), Northwich Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Barons Quay, Northwich Rotary Club, Grozone Community Garden, local schools and the Drastic on Plastic initiative will see Northwich transformed thanks to planting, activities and community engagement throughout July and August.

Hanging and railing baskets will be filled with vibrant plants, specially designed floral motifs will be laid and bedded in the town centre and events will take place at various locations in the town including Barons Quay.

To complement this, the BID are also liaising with retailers regarding a shop window  competition, with businesses being encouraged to design and create their own unique displays to tie in with the ‘In Bloom’ theme.

Two retailers, Crafty Stitches and Northwich Art Shop, have already got involved in the competition, adding colour and vividness to their premises.

Crafty Stitches’ staff and customers have knitted hanging baskets and a unique archway which are adorning the front of their shop, while the Art Shop has beautiful baskets outside their store too.

Northwich, which is entering both the BID and Large Town Centre categories, will be visited for judging on Monday 6th August, when representatives from North West in Bloom will be taken on a tour of the town and sightseeing tour of the different elements included in Northwich’s entry.

BID Manager Jane Hough is looking forward to helping co-ordinate Northwich’s in Bloom entry and seeing the town coming together once again to help raise its profile.

“After months of planning and preparation, it’s great to start seeing sections of our activity coming together. There is going to be so much colour and creativity on show across the whole town for visitors, shoppers and residents to enjoy.

“This project is another great example of partnership working within the town between different organisations and our businesses too and I’m confident it will give the town’s profile another boost. Hopefully we can secure a good score from the judges – we certainly feel as though we’ve got a comprehensive and well-planned entry.”

Town Clerk Chris Shaw has echoed Jane’s sentiments . “A lot of time and consideration has gone into Northwich’s entry to the North West In Bloom competition and like Jane says, it’s once again brilliant to see partnership working yielding positive outcomes.

“It will also give local schools, and community centric groups such as Grozone and Northwich Rotary Club, a great platform to showcase what they’re all about and show people the amazing work they do.”

The Northwich River Festival will take place at the fantastic Barons Quay on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. Building on the incredible success of last year’s event we are delighted to announce to you all about the exciting new things that will be happening across the weekend.
Not only do we see the return of the Dragon Boat Race on Saturday, there’s also Homebuilt Raft Racing on the Sunday; a chance for everyone to get involved. Want to enter? You’ll need a team of six to build a raft and then compete in race heats between Town Bridge and Barons Quay. Not only that but we’d love to see each team in fancy dress to make things even more exciting. There will also be two open air concerts in the evening; the perfect wind down after a long day of raft racing.
If you’re a music lover, then you’ll love what’s happening on the Saturday. There will be a ‘Party in the Park’ featuring ABBA NOW supported by Heart and Soul. It’s an opportunity to put on your dancing shoes and 80s flared jeans, and party the night away.
Things start to wind down on Sunday evening with ‘Proms in the Park’ featuring the Vale Royal Youth Orchestra, which has all the best young musicians in the area. Also, Welsh Soprano singer Rhian-Carys Jones will be performing a mix of classical and operatic music. Be sure to bring your flags for Rule Britannia!
Both these concerts are ticketed, and in true British fashion they will go ahead whatever the weather. Be sure to pack appropriately! Children are, of course, most welcome. You should also feel free to bring fold up chairs and picnics – why not make a day of it? But there will also be food and drink available if you would rather just rock up and find a patch of grass. The concerts will be held at River Park, and doors will open at 6.30pm, with the concern finishing at 10pm.
Full details of directions, tickets prices, entry information for the raft races and everything else that is happening over the two days can be found on the website –  www.northwichriverfestival.org.uk
Chairman of the Northwich River Festival, John Walton said: “The NRF 2018 is a Northwich Rotary Club led event in conjunction with our partners. It is a community event for the people of Northwich and the surrounding areas. There is no charge to come down and watch the daytime events. Building on the success of last year the Raft Races and Concerts are new innovations for 2018 and a lot of work is going on to make the whole weekend a great success. Any monies raised over the weekend will split between the Alzheimer’s Society ,the RNLI and Northwich Rotary Charities.”
Final preparations are well underway for the Northwich River Festival 2018 which takes place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July.
A well as building on the success of last year’s event when thousands of people watched the Dragon Boat Races, joined in the children’s fun fare, shopped, cheered on the famous Duck Race and watched Typhoon and the Pedal Pushers street theatre this year much more has been added.
New this year are Raft Racing (there is still time to enter a team)  Pirates will be joining in with the crowds, an inflatable obstacle course, Mid Cheshire SUP will be taking to the water,Wirral community Narrowboat Trust will be offering wheelchair accessible boat trips, Vale Royal Sub Aqua Club will be taking to the water and much more.
All this will be taking place at Barons Quay and the surrounding areas and don’t forget, as well as the normal parking in Northwich there will be free all day parking in Verdin Park on both days.
Additionally there are 2 evening Open Air Concerts.  Party in the Park with ABBA Now supported by Heart & Soul and the finale of the Northwich River Festival will Proms in the Park on Sunday evening with the Vale Royal Youth Orchestra and the fabulous Soprano Rhian-Carys Jones.
It’s free to attend all daytime events. Details on how to enter the Raft Racing, ticket prices, timings of the concerts are on the website NorthwichRiverFestival.org.uk.
Committee Chairman John Walton said “Northwich River Festival 2018 is organised by Northwich Rotary Club and our Partners. We are really excited about all that has been organised for this July , including all the successful events from 2017 and the new innovations for this year. The NRF 2018 is intended to be a community event for the people of Northwich to enjoy but any money raised will be split between the Alzheimer’s Society, the RNLI and Northwich Rotary Charities. We hope that as many people as possible will attend both days.”

Barons Quay and Grozone team up to transform Barons Quay as part of Northwich in Bloom.

Barons Quay have teamed up with Grozone as part of the Northwich in Bloom initiative to prepare for the North-West in Bloom competition.
The planting will take place at River Park and the community are invited to come along  between 11am-2pm on Friday 29th June 2018, to watch as Barons Quay is adorned with beautiful wild flowers. Children from Victoria Road School will take part by helping to plant a mix of common poppy, cornflower, corn cockle and corn marigold.

Cheshire West have also purchased a number of planters supplied by Northwich Town Council to bring extra colour to the main retail area and complement the existing live green wall which will also be included in the Northwich in Bloom competition.
Volunteer and Training Co-ordinator at Grozone, Pete Attwood, commented:
“Grozone volunteers and staff are delighted to have the chance to work with Barons Quay on preparing the River Garden for Northwich in Bloom.

“We have been tending the plants at Grozone since they were sown as part of a week of community activities at Baron’s Quay during the Easter Holidays and they are coming into bloom now and should be looking their best over the next couple of months.

“The River Garden is a lovely space and will be a superb community resource as it continues to develop.”

This partnership is all part of a bigger initiative which aims to see Northwich transformed. Barons Quay has joined forces with various community organisations, including the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), Northwich Town Council, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Northwich Rotary Club, Grozone Community Garden, local schools and the Drastic on Plastic initiative to create planting, activities and community engagement throughout July and August.

Cabinet Member for Communities and Wellbeing, Councillor Louise Gittins said: “This is a wonderful example of how communities coming together can make a real difference to their town.

“The Council is delighted to be supporting the Northwich in Bloom initiative and I would encourage everyone to visit the town centre over the coming weeks to see first-hand the town brought to life in a spectacle of colour.”

Join us for live music at the Riverside at Barons Quay on Saturday 28th July. Artists will be performing a number of songs throughout the day from 1pm to 5pm opposite Odeon for visitors to enjoy at Weaver Point.

Wildwood will be on hand to take orders for food and drink from their external seating area throughout the day.

If you have any questions about the event, please email info@baronsquay.co.uk.

 

 

The great British summer is here and that means one thing; BBQs. It doesn’t take much to throw a bash to remember, but it does require a certain amount of planning and preparation. But don’t panic, thankfully we’ve thought of everything you’ll need, and just head to your local supermarket for it all such as ASDA Barons Quay!

  1. The weather

First and foremost, you need good weather on your side. Unless you’re going at it in true British style and stubbornly BBQ’ing in the rain. Of course, you can’t always count on the weather going your way in this country, but you can still plan ahead and be prepared. Check multiple apps and reliable sources online in the days leading up to your big day.

We’d also advise having a marquee or gazebo on standby just in case the heavens do decide to open unexpectedly.

 

  1. The equipment

Secondly, you need to think about exactly how you’re going to cook your food. Take a stroll down the aisles of any garden centre, and you’ll notice there are dozens of different kinds of BBQs, but which one do you go for? There are pros and cons to each one, but some important things to consider are how easy it will be to use, how many people you’re cooking for, and preferred flavours.

Gas BBQs are generally considered to be easier to light, use and clean. But on the other hand, charcoal BBQs are less expensive and can enrich your food with unique and smoky flavours that your guests will love. The downside of a charcoal BBQ is that it can up to 40 minutes to reach the optimum cooking temperature, while gas is pretty much instant.

 

  1. The utensils

The perfect barbequer is only as good as the tools they wield. When you’re out shopping, look for tools that have long handles as these will keep your hands and fingers away from the heat – the last thing you want are burns. The utensils you’ll most likely need are a spatula, tongs, and a fork. Also good ones to have are knives, a marinade brush, chopping boards and an apron. It’s up to you whether you buy one that’s amusing or personalised.

 

  1. Garden furniture

If the weather is truly glorious, then you’ll want to enjoy your food outdoors too, so make sure you have ways of keeping your guests comfortable. Nobody likes to stand and eat. Standard chairs and tables will do even if they’re mismatched because you had to borrow from the neighbours. Spread out a couple of bright picnic blankets for the kids or even adults who don’t mind perching cross-legged.

And don’t forget to accessorise. A few decorations, tablecloths, parasols and vases of flowers can really help to bring the scene to life. Finally, the music. Link up to a popular playlist online that’ll cater to most people’s tastes and just leave it running all evening. That’s your entertainment sorted.

 

  1. The food

Now onto the important stuff. No BBQ is complete without the food, so make sure your shopping list encompasses absolutely everything you may possibly need. Here’s what we’ll think you’ll want…

 

It’s always best to overestimate with your food. It’s better to be eating delicious leftovers for days than having guests go hungry!

And now you’re all set; all you need is the company!

Whenever you visit anywhere – whether you’re staying for a few nights or just passing through – the question that is no doubt always on everyone’s minds is; where are we going to eat? Nobody likes wandering the streets looking for somewhere, so why not plan ahead beforehand? Thankfully, we’ve done most of the legwork for you. So if you’re ever in Northwich – perhaps out for a day of shopping at Barons Quay – why not pop into one of these five delectable eateries?

 

Wildwood

Perfect for a little bite to eat after some retail therapy, Wildwood restaurant sits in Barons Quay itself, creating a bright and airy environment for you to relax in no matter what the occasion. The chefs here have worked hard to create a balanced menu of modern and classic dishes, so we’re sure there’s something for everyone. Pasta or pizza, a light bite or seasonal special, they all use simple and fresh ingredients for the tastiest meal possible.

 

The Fishpool Inn

Situated on the very edge of the gorgeous Delamere Forest, the Fishpool Inn is a modern take on a traditional pub. The building itself may date back to the 18th century, but the food inside is a little more contemporary, and we’re sure you’ll love it. Inside the decor is country rustic to create a warm and cosy atmosphere, with delicious food to match. Whether you prefer the hearty pub classics or fancy something like a wood-fired pizza, this gastro pub can provide.

 

Blue Cap

Sometimes you can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned pub, and Blue Cap is here to bring you exactly that. This country pub may look quaint on the outside, but there’s a no-nonsense vibe to this eatery that we just can’t get enough of. Located in the charming village of Sandiway, this stone-built pub dates all the way back to 1716. It’s not all style, as the food is certainly worth sampling too. Pub classics, burgers, grill, sharers, sides and puddings – this place has it all.

 

Kanya Bistro

Delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere; what more could you want? Kanya Bistro is a step away from the traditional countryside pubs that we know and love, towards something a little trendier. They also offer outside catering and even private dining, so if you’ve got a special occasion, be sure to get in touch. If that wasn’t enough, their menus will keep you satisfied whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even afternoon tea.

 

Cheshire Bar & Grill

Situated in the beautiful village of Lach Dennis, Cheshire Bar & Grill is a fantastic country pub that offers traditional food as well as their speciality; premium 35-day aged steak. Even if you’re not after some food or a hearty meal, it’s the perfect place to pull in for a cheeky drink. Behind the bar you’ll find an incredible selection of lagers on draught, ciders, ales, wines, cocktails and a gin or two.

 

Chime

Last but certainly not least we have the stunning and contemporary wine bar and eatery that is Chime. It combines rustic and trendy seamlessly, so you will not be disappointed if you like a little nice decor to look at while you eat. Describing itself as “multi-cuisine”, we’re sure there’ll be something for everyone in your party. The flatbreads and salads come highly recommended, along with the breakfast menu.

The second Northwich River Festival is only around the corner. Check out the full list of events with location map which takes place Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July at Barons Quay.

Fun on the River

Saturday 14th July:
The MIGHTY River Weaver Dragon Boat Challenge

Sunday 15th July:
A.M. Scouts activities
P.M. The Rotary River Raft Race
P.M. Ducks on The Dane

Both days:
Wheelchair-accessible river trips
Mid Cheshire Stand Up Paddlers (SUP)

Eat, Drink and Shop

Saturday 14th July:
Northwich Artisan Market

Both Days:
Festival and local traders, selling hot and cold food, soft drinks, hot drinks, beer, wine, cocktails
Trade stands
Charity stalls
Local shops in High Street and Witton Street – a great choice of independents and national retailers

Entertainment

Saturday 14th July:
Party in The Park – A Tribute to ABBA
MORE INFO

Sunday 15th July:
Proms in The Park
MORE INFO

Both Days:
Live music and other performances from bands, choirs, solo performers
Typhoon and The Pedal Players
Liverpool Pirate Brethren
Children’s Fun Fair and other amusements

A beach will be coming to Barons Quay from 21st July 2018.

Open everyday from Saturday 21st until Sunday 2nd September. The beach will be open from 10am – 6pm each day dependant on weather conditions.

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd July will see the famous Ant & Dec donkeys visiting Barons Quay Beach from 11am to 5pm.

More activities to be confirmed very soon.

NORTHWICH River Festival made a splash at the weekend as it returned for a second – bigger and better – year.

The two-day event across Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, saw dozens of events take place at Barons Quay.

As well as a repeat of last year’s highlight – Dragon Boat Racing between Town Bridge and Barons Quay – the weekend also featured homemade raft races, night-time concerts at River Park, and the Ducks on The Dane race.

Visitors also had a chance to enjoy gentle narrowboat cruises, while Mid Cheshire Stand-up Paddlers (SUP) took to the water.

Complemented by the Artisan Market in the town centre, as well as children’s amusements and street theatre including The Liverpool Pirate Brethren, the event drew in thousands to bask in the scorching Northwich sunshine.

The event was organised by volunteers from Northwich Rotary Club, with support from The Canal and River Trust, Barons Quay, Northwich Town Council, Northwich BID and Cheshire West and Chester Council.

Funds were raised for The Alzheimer’s Society, The Royal National Lifeboat Institution and other Rotary causes.

To see more photos from the weekend, see our Facebook page here.

Visitors flocked to Northwich on Saturday 21st July as ‘Beach on the Quay’ was launched at Weaver Point Square at Barons Quay.

Sandcastles at Beach on the Quay, Northwich

Comprising a giant artificial urban beach, people spent the day making sandcastles and relaxing on the deckchairs provided by organisers Barons Quay and the Northwich Business Improvement District (BID).

Children were wowed by Homer & Marge too as the famous pair of Donkeys came to Northwich to give rides on both the Saturday and Sunday, while people enjoyed having their photos taken in summer-themed picture frames to really get into the British seaside spirit.

The beach will remain at Barons Quay until Sunday 2nd September and will be open from 10am-6pm every day throughout the summer holidays.

‘ATTRACTION ADDS A SUMMER VIBE TO NORTHWICH’

Lina Higuita, who is the Operations Manager at Barons Quay, believes the innovative attraction adds a summer vibe to Northwich and has urged people to come and check it out over the next few weeks.

“After a lot of planning and research, we wanted to deliver something a little bit unique that would create a buzz in Northwich and introduce something that a lot of people won’t have ever seen before in a town centre environment.

“We feel Beach on the Quay delivers this and allows people to have the feeling of sand between their toes without travelling out of Cheshire. It was great to see people enjoying the beach, deckchairs and buckets and spades over the weekend, and hopefully the nice weather will continue so people can take full advantage of the attraction.”

Northwich BID Manager Jane Hough thinks Beach on the Quay is a great addition to Northwich’s summer activities and hopes it will help bring even further footfall to the town’s businesses.

‘A GREAT SUMMER OFFERING FOR VISITORS’

“Complimenting the Festival of Arts and following on from the Northwich River Festival, the installation of Beach on the Quay gives Northwich a great summer offering for visitors. Hopefully the people of the town and wider Mid Cheshire will come to enjoy it and also spend some time checking out the town’s businesses, cafes and bars. There’s a real buzz around Northwich at the moment.

“This is just the latest in a long line of great activities and attractions organised at Barons Quay and I’m sure there are many more exciting things to come in the future.”

One such event takes place on Saturday 28th July when Riverside Live comes to Barons Quay. From 1pm-5pm, people will be able to enjoy live music and have the chance to order food and drink from Wildwood. This all takes place in Weaver Point opposite Northwich ODEON cinema.

For more information about this and the latest updates regarding activities at Beach on the Quay, head to Barons Quay’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Looking for something to do in Northwich during the summer holidays?
Buy a family Odeon ticket for only £20 in store at Odeon Northwich! Either 1 adult, 3 children or 2 adults, 2 children.
Offer available until 6th September 2018. T&Cs apply.
Check out the latest films at Odeon Northwich here.

Eating out during the summer holidays doesn’t have to be expensive.

Wildwood’s Kids Monster Menu starts from just £6.25!

Check out the menu below and book your table here:

MAINS

Margherita pizza

Margherita pizza with pepperoni, chicken or mushroom

Breaded chicken, chips & peas

Sausage, chips & peas

Kids cheese ravioli in tomato sauce

DESSERT

Marshmallow raspberry jelly

Ice cream

Real fruit ice lolly

DRINKS

(Extra 80p)

Passionfruit or raspberry lemonade

Blackcurrant or orange squash

Chocolate, strawberry or banana flavoured milk

Whether you’re looking for a one night getaway, are stopping over as part of a longer journey or are spending some time away with your other half, choosing the right hotel is key to your enjoyment.

Get it right and your stay will be fantastic. Get it wrong and it can put a damper on everything. Thankfully, there’s no questions here. We’ve pulled together four of the best hotels in the Northwich area, and why we think they should be where you rest your head.

 

The Mere

Just outside of Northwich in the quaint little town of Knutsford, you’ll find The Mere. It’s not just any hotel. Here you’ll find everything that you need for a luxury stay, whether it’s for one night or seven, and there’s plenty to do when you check-in. On-site you’ll find a spa where you can forget all your troubles and relax, a golf course when you can tee up and practice your skills, and even enjoy some fine dining in one of The Mere’s many food options. If you were just looking for a hotel, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if you want something you’ll remember and want more of, then you’ve found it.

 

The Hive at 52

A bed and breakfast situated in a stunning old Victorian home, The Hive at 52 may look rustic on the outside, but it has completely modern facilities inside that make your stay here the perfect blend of both worlds. Whether you’re looking for a stopover as you travel through the region or somewhere to spend a couple of nights, all the reviews have one thing in common; that the breakfast here is incredible. Don’t miss it.

 

Hartford Hall Hotel

History and charm; what more could you want from a countryside hotel? Well, how about when we tell you that it’s rumoured to be haunted. If you spook easily you might want to stay away, but if you consider yourself to be a bit of a thrillseeker then book a room and come on down. Of course, that’s all just years of rumour and speculation about the old nunnery. In reality, the Hartford Hall Hotel is located on three acres of stunning Cheshire countryside, and you can enjoy views of landscaped gardens and a private lake while you dine and sleep.

 

The Holly Bush Inn

Last but not least we have The Holly Bush Inn, which is one of the oldest pubs in the country as it dates all the way back to the 17th century. There is a Grade II listed barn and pub for you to enjoy – both of which used to be a working farm – and the whole thing has been recently refurbished to restore the original thatched roof to its former glory. But don’t worry, it still has modern amenities like en-suite bathrooms and free unlimited WiFi. While you stay you can enjoy local cask ales and a whole bunch of home-cooked classic pub grub.

The summer holidays are upon us, and while it does mean glorious weather and a complete absence of school runs, it also means that the kids need to be entertained for the day, by you. And with the temperatures staying high and the skies staying clear, put down the technology and head outside as often as you can. Weather permitting, of course. Here’s a few ideas to get you going…

 

  1. Picnic in the park

Nothing beats a walk to your local park, so why not make a bit more of a day of it?  Grab the kids, some of their friends and pack a picnic and head down to Barons Quay River Park. Remember to bring plenty of cold drinks to keep everyone hydrated, lots of finger food to nibble on (our favourites are sausage rolls, chicken satay sticks and mini pies) and throw in a good handful of ice lollies for dessert.

Don’t forget to take some games along to keep everyone entertained. This could be a football for a few-a-side match, a bat and ball for a friendly game of rounders, or a board game – if you’re feeling brave.

If you live in the Cheshire area, then River Park has just opened at Barons Quay, giving you the perfect place to enjoy a day in the heat. It’s also got a bunch of giant games that you can play every single day, including giant Connect 4 and giant Noughts and Crosses.

 

  1. Head to the beach

A time out for the entire family that you can really make a day of. Everyone loves going to the beach; the sand between your toes and the salty air. Not to mention swimming, sunbathing, playing games and eating plenty of fish ‘n’ chips and ice cream.

If you’re located a little more inland and don’t fancy spending hours and hours in the car with shouts of “are we there yet??” then help is at hand, especially if you’re anywhere near the Cheshire area. This year, Barons Quay have launched ‘Beach on the Quay’, a huge and may we say gorgeous artificial beach that’ll still make all your seaside dreams come true. The beach will be open from 10am to 6pm every day throughout the summer holidays until Sunday 2nd September.

 

  1. Water fight

Nothing beats a good old fashioned water fight. Hold it in your back garden or, if you lack the space, the local park and get your kids to invite all their friends with instructions that everyone should bring a fully loaded water pistol with them. Dress them in their best swimming shorts and just let them run wild. Serve ice cold lemonade and cookies as mid water fight fuel.

 

  1. Nature walk

The younger kids will especially love this as it gives them a chance to get wet, muddy and grubby all with their parents’ permission. Head out to one of your local nature reserves – the National Trust is a great place to look for this – or just to a big park. Give your kids challenges to find certain types of bugs, critters, creepy crawlies and things with wings. Let them splash through the creeks and ponds and get grass stains on their knees. Yes, you might have a bit more washing to do when you get home, but it’ll be worth it.

Some local parks and woodlands nearby include Anderton Nature Park, Ashton’s and Neuman’s Flashes, Leftwich Meadows and Dane Mead, Marbury Country Park and the Marshalls Arm Local Nature Reserve.

 

  1. BBQ

Who doesn’t love a good BBQ? And if there’s one group of people who do, it’s definitely kids. Getting to run around a garden in glorious weather being served delicious food that they didn’t have to cook. It’s a win-win for them! Whether it’s a small family gathering or you decide to throw a bit of a bash, make sure you’re well prepared – our blog post on ‘5 things you need for the perfect BBQ’ can point you in the right direction.

With every valid Odeon adult ticket for the 6:00pm viewings of Early Man at Barons Quay, a child eats for FREE at Wildwood!

The latest extraordinary claymation adventure from the creators of ‘Wallace And Gromit’ and ‘Chicken Run’, ‘Early Man’ features the voices of Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston and Maisie Williams.

Dug’s tribe are still in the Stone Age, and they’re no match for people armed with bronze. So he sets out for the mysterious city with his sidekick Hognob to try and save them all, and finds himself caught up in an incredible journey unlike anything he’s known.

Book your tickets here. 

Terms and conditions:

Kids Eat Free

Barons Quay Valentine’s Day Terms & Conditions – Feb 2018

We’ve got the perfect pre-Valentine’s Day treat with our newest competition! Enter through our Facebook page and read on for full T&C’s.

  1. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. The promoter is Barons Quay whose registered office is at Barons Quay, Management Suite, 31 Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LG.
  3. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over.
  4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  5. The social media platform that will be included in the competition is Facebook.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.
  7. Entries will count from 2:30pm 5th Feb 2018.
  8. Closing date and time for entry will be 10:00am, 9th Feb 2018. After this date and time no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  9. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  10. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
  11. Entrants of the competition must reply in our Facebook comments section with the missing word in this well known phrase. ‘Roses are red, violets are…’
  12. Barons Quay reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions.
  13. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  14. The prizes are as follows: 3 course meal for 2 people and a bottle of wine at Wildwood restaurant, Northwich and 2 ODEON adult cinema tickets to see Fifty Shades Freed the weekend of the 10th or 11th February 2018.
  15. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  16. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by Barons Quay.
  17. The winners will be notified by Direct Message 1 day of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  18. Barons Quay will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected /is delivered but you will need to be available between 12pm-1.30pm on Saturday 10th Feb 2018.
  19. Barons Quay’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  21. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Barons Quay and not to any other party.
  23. Barons Quay also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

‘Tis the season of love and we’ve got some treats in store for you on Saturday 10th February! Visit us between 11am-3pm and you might just spot our Roaming Romeos handing out treats, our love heart just waiting for photos or our love wall ready to write your message to loved ones. If that’s not enough you can win a 3 course meal at Wildwood Restaurant at Barons Quay and two tickets to see Fifty Shades Freed over on our Facebook page!

Date night is always a great idea! As time flies, its easy to get caught up with day to day life and just slip into the same routine. Making one night every week for yourselves is the perfect plan but you don’t want that to become routine either. You need some unique, one-of-a-kind date night ideas that’ll get the excitement going for both of you.

Here are our top date night (and day) ideas to get you thinking:

If you live in or near a big city, they’ll be plenty of tourist things you’re always too busy to do. Make some time for each other and your city and hop on the tourist trail. You’ll be surprised how fun it is!

You might think it’s a cliché, but you can’t beat a dinner and a movie. When was the last time you did that?

This one’s great if you’re sticking to a budget. Have a night in and dig out those old favourite childhood games. Twister anyone?

It’s too easy to make cooking a chore but you can bring the fun back into the kitchen by cooking together. Take a course each and really create something special.

This one’s perfect for long summer days. Just take yourselves, a picnic and lie in the grass gazing at the clouds together.

Date night is all about fun and excitement, so why not do something you’ve never done before. If you’re planning a day out why not try rock climbing. You’ll need to work together, and you’ll get the adrenaline going.

Or if you fancy bringing out your inner child, how about trampolining?

Why not head to a cocktail class and learn how to mix and taste your new favourite tipple.

Take some quiet time out together and just relax. Head to your favourite people watching spot, grab a drink and spend a lazy day just watching the world go by.

An ideal winter-alternative to dinner and drinks. Get wrapped up, take to the ice and hold each other close.

Boost your social media profiles with a day out being budding photographers. Find some unique places near you, get your filters right and snap away. Save some time for a couple of cheeky selfies too.

A shopping trip with a difference. It’s your turn to style your partner with day spent dressing each other. Who knows a change of style and a budget bargain could be coming your way.

While away the hours together exploring an art gallery, mooching around a museum or wandering through a National Trust property. It’ll be good for the mind and soul.

Some say if you work out together, you’ll stay together. Do something you’re both new too, like a yoga or spinning class. Or train together for a 10k. It’ll take longer than a day, but it’ll be quality time together with a sense of achievement too.

A crisp, clear morning, blue skies and the great outdoors. If you get up early before the ramblers and dog walkers are out there’s nothing like time for just the two of you with the tranquillity of nature.

Creating a new tradition between the two of you brings a sense of fun. Take turns every week or month to surprise each other with a date of your choice (or something you know your partner would love).

Just jump in the car and off you go. Bring some spontaneity to get the spirit of adventure going.

Whatever you choose, it’s time to make the most of quality time together.

Join us at Barons Quay this Half Term for FREE craft workshops and a meet and greet with Peter Rabbit TM.

FREE craft workshops will be at Barons Square from 11am – 3pm on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st February.

There will be a limited space therefore it will be first come first serve basis.

On Saturday 24th February Peter Rabbit TM will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day.

The appearance times are as follows:

The chance to meet Peter Rabbit TM will also be on a first come first serve basis therefore make sure you arrive on time with your camera.

Storytelling from Northwich Library will also take place in Barons Square at 12pm and 2:30pm.

 

If you are taking part in the craft days this half term at Barons Quay, you have the chance to win 2 tickets to see Peter Rabbit at Odeon Northwich.

All you need to do is post your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag Barons Quay for the chance to win.

Terms and conditions apply:

  1. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. The promoter is Barons Quay whose registered office is at Barons Quay, Management Suite, 31 Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LG.
  3. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over.
  4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  5. The social media platform that will be included in the competition is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will not be counted.
  7. Entries will count from 11:00am 19th February 2018.
  8. Closing date and time for entry will be 10:00am, 23rd February 2018. After this date and time no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  9. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  10. The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:
  11. Entrants of the competition must tag Barons Quay on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the picture of the craft created at the Half Term Crafts at Barons Quay only.
  12. Barons Quay reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions.
  13. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  14. The prize is as follows: 2 tickets to Peter Rabbit at Odeon Northwich released in March 2018.
  15. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  16. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by Barons Quay.
  17. The winners will be notified by Direct Message 1 day of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  18. Barons Quay will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  19. Barons Quay’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  20. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  21. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  22. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Barons Quay and not to any other party.
  23. Barons Quay also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

The Northwich band have announced they will be performing 4 homecoming gigs in May 2018. Tickets for the exclusive performances at the bands home town will be available Saturday 3rd March. Ticket information soon to be announced.

As well as the gigs at the Memorial Court, there will be a lot of activity around Northwich from 10th May until 20th May 2018. Starting with an exhibition being located at Barons Quay with exclusive memorabilia, instruments and merchandise from the band’s near-30 years together.

The best-selling author Dave Haslam will be launching his autobiography Sonic Youth Slept On My Floor at The Charlatans exhibition at Barons Quay.

Odeon at Barons Quay will be exclusively showing a number of films Saturday 19th May. The films include The Two Shot Podcast Live with BAFTA winning director Paddy Considine and Live of Duty star Craig Parkinson. As well as Bunch of Kunst, the award wining Sleaford Mods documentary, Factory Floor’s re-score of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Paddy Considine’s Journeyman and Charlatans videos and live footage. Tickets available here.

To see a full list of the activity in Northwich for The Charlatans, click here. 

Come inside our Camper Van Photo Booth and make memories this Mother’s Day on Saturday 10th March from 11am – 3pm. The Camper Van Photo Booth will be located in Barons Square.

Share your printed photo using #BQMemories and tag Barons Quay for the chance to  WIN a prize for you and your mum!

Terms and Conditions apply:

  1. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. The promoter is Barons Quay whose registered office is at Barons Quay, Management Suite, 31 Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LG.
  3. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over.
  4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  5. The social media platform that will be included in the competition is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  6. Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will not be counted.
  7. Entries will count from 11:00am 10th March 2018 until 00.00 Sunday 12th March 2017.  After this date and time no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  8. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  9. Entrants of the competition must tag Barons Quay and use #BQMemories on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in the picture of the printed photo from the Camper Van Photo Booth.
  10. Barons Quay reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions.
  11. The prizes include afternoon tea at The Mere for two in Browns Restaurant on site, Wildwood vouchers and a selection of giveaways on the day.
  12. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  13. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received and verified by Barons Quay and notified when and where the prize can be collected.
  14. The winners will be notified by Direct Message 1 day of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  15. Barons Quay’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  17. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  18. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Barons Quay and not to any other party.
  19. Barons Quay also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

 

 

The Northwich River Festival is Returning to Barons Quay!

Details on the 2018 Northwich River Festival have been released and we are happy to reveal that the Northwich Dragon Boat Challenge will take place on the River Weaver beside Barons Quay.

The Northwich Rotary Club challenges local businesses, clubs, pubs and friendship groups to put teams together for the annual boat race which aims to raise money for charities. The selected charities this year are the Alzheimers Society, RNLI and Rotary Charities.

14 teams entered the boat race last year and the Rotary Club is hoping to see that number increase to at least 20 this year, with groups dressed in fancy dress to bring a fun visual element to the event.

The race will begin at Town Bridge and will travel along the Barons Quay stretch of the River Weaver. Teams who enter will be able to donate 50% of their sponsorship money to the official charities and the other 50% to a charity of their choice.

2017 Northwich River Festival Dragon Boat Race

Typhoon and the Pedal Players will be returning to the 2018 River Festival, following their success at last years event. Perfect for family audiences, they are an interactive steampunk inspired cargo bicycle which has been turned into a Time Machine. New songs, sketches and bespoke scripts have been created taking inspiration from Cheshire’s salt mine heritage and landscape.

Busy Barons Quay, crowds sat outside Odeon Cinema enjoying view

More details to be announced, for more information on the River Festival, visit: http://www.northwichriverfestival.org.uk/Northwich Guardian

 

To round up the half term fun, Peter Rabbit joined in with the FREE activities at Barons Quay with a visit to Barons Square. Over 230 children and families visited the centre on Saturday 24th February for the opportunity to have photos and storytelling from Northwich Library with the TV character.

Appearances for photos and storytelling in conjunction with Northwich Library which took place in Barons Square from 11am until the last appearance which finished at 4pm.

Peter Rabbit’s visit rounded up the half term fun after craft workshops took place on Monday 19th and Wednesday 21st February.

Catherine Fox from Cheshire West and Chester Council commented “A great week of activities for the children of Northwich to engage with during half term. It was excellent to see the wide variety of designs from all involved in the craft activities. Peter Rabbit was a success and very popular with both children and parents! “

Helen Neal, Northwich Library said “Northwich Library ventured into Mr McGregor’s garden this weekend, to read lots of stories and keep an eye out for a certain rabbit. It was great to see so many children listening to Peter Rabbit’s adventures as well as joining in with a song. Reading to children is so important as it helps build vocabulary, language and literacy skills, whilst improving concentration, curiosity and memory. It also encourages children to read stories for themselves.”

Visit Barons Quay’s Facebook page for all the photos from the week here.

Click here to see all the latest activities planned at Barons Quay including Mother’s Day Photo Booth Camper Van. Prizes will include Afternoon Tea for Two at The Mere, 2 tickets to Go Ape Delamere as well as other prizes on the day.

Visit the Northwich Guardian’s website to view their article about Northwich becoming one of the most sought after places to live in Cheshire. This is fantastic news for Northwich. Click the link to read the entire article: http://bit.ly/2DvhBHW

 

Teaming up with Northwich BID, join us at Barons Quay this Easter weekend to start off the holiday fun as part of the Easter Extravaganza. Barons Quay have a number of activities planned for the day in Barons Square, Saturday 31st March.

Take part in our free Easter craft workshop, free face painting and look out for our roaming chic eggs throughout the day in appearances from 11am.

Northwich Library will be storytelling in our giant egg. Times are as follows:

12 – 12.30pm

1.30 – 2pm

2.30 – 3pm

Please note the storytelling will be on a first come first serve basis.

Get your cameras ready for Plucky the Giant Chicken. Our very big, very friendly and possibly over curious chicken. Plucky will be bringing fun, farmyard frolics, music and song to everyone during appearances from 11am.

Easter holiday fun will continue on Wednesday 4th April at Barons Quay with a mini farm in conjunction with Stockley Farm where you will have the chance to milk a cow as well as taking part in our farmyard adventure trail around Barons Quay and Northwich. Collect your entry form onsite where instructions will be given and one lucky entrant will have the chance to WIN two tickets to Go Ape Delamere when completing the entry form with the correct answers. T&C’s apply.

 

Terms & Conditions apply:

  1. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  2. The promoter is Barons Quay whose registered office is at Barons Quay, Management Suite, 31 Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LG.
  3. The competition is open to the participants of the Farmyard Adventure Trail only.
  4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  5. How to enter: All of those who wish to enter are invited to give their contact details including email address and telephone number to Barons Quay team on the forms given at the event.
  6. The prize is as follows: Gift Voucher for 2 people to do an activity at Go Ape Delamere only [either Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway or even Tree Top Junior].
  7. Details given on the entry forms will be added to the database of Barons Quay and Go Ape only.
  8. Barons Quay will notify the winner when and where the prizes can be collected.
  9. There is no cash alternative and the prize is non-transferable. The prizes cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion.
  10. Barons Quay may refuse or disqualify any entry (including winning entries) if the entrants concerned or anyone authorised by the entrant to deal with their entry acts in a way which Barons Quay reasonably considers to be inappropriate, unlawful or offensive.
  11. If the winning entries are disqualified Barons Quay reserves the right to award the prizes to other entrants.
  12. The winners will be notified by email or phone call within 7 days after the event on 4th April 2018. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 2 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  13. By acceptance of the prize, the winners agree to take part in any content shared on Barons Quay website and social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  14. This competition does not and is not intended to constitute a legal relationship between entrants and Barons Quay.
  15. Barons Quay reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions.
  16. Barons Quay is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to the team at any time.
  17. Barons Quay is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  18. One winner will be picked at random from the correctly filled entries posted on the day of the event.
  19. Barons Quay shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions. Such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to www.baronsquay.co.uk/news/

Dave Haslam is set to interview the legendary Gary Neville at The Charlatans North by Northwich events this May.

This specific event takes place on Wednesday 16th May. Tickets are £10 and will go on sale Monday 26th March.

For more information, take a look at this Manchester Evening News article.

Barons Quay are joining up with Grozone from Groundworks to bring even more exciting activities for the second week of Easter Holidays! 

Join us to build your own Wildflower Meadow and Bug Hotel on Monday 9th April which will be added to Barons Quay’s Riverside Garden.

Take away your own piece of Natural Art on Wednesday 11th April which will be made from natural dyes as paint, using flower heads and grasses as brushes.

Saturday 14th April will be the final of the activities for the Easter Holidays with Cress Head Crafts. Make your own cress head and watch your creation grow its own head of hair!

All events are free and start 11am -3pm on a first come first serve basis.

Kids eat free at Wildwood Northwich with every adult ticket purchased at Odeon Northwich.

Terms and Conditions apply:

  1. This offer can be used on the day of the film showing on the odeon ticket only.
  2. One free child meal per adult main meal purchased.
  3. The free meal can be taken from the Kids menu only.
  4. The offer is valid Sunday to Friday and expires Monday 30th April at 23.59pm.
  5. Kids Eat Free offer is valid upon presentation of the Odeon ticket only.
  6. If using the Barons Quay car park, please include your vehicle registration on the reverse of the Odeon ticket.
  7. Available for children up to the age of 12 years.
  8. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
  9. Valid with Odeon Northwich tickets at Wildwood Northwich only.
  10. The offer cannot be exchanged for any cash value.
  11. Offer maybe withdrawn at any time.

From the 10th to 20th May it will be all go across Northwich as The Charlatans return to their home town.

The highlight of the week will be four Charlatan concerts on the 14th, 17th, 18th and 19th May. Tickets sold out in minutes for the shows at the Memorial Court, this however is not all that is happening. Down at Barons Quay opposite the Odeon a Charlatans hub will be opened on the 10th May by BBC 6Music and BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe and the Charlatans. Exhibiting an array of The Charlatan posters, instruments and memorabilia as well as selling special merchandise it will be a focus for all the activity in and around Barons Quay.

Barons Quay will support screenings of three films at the Odeon cinema, the re-scored Factory Floor version of the acclaimed 1930s Fritz Lang film Metropolis, Bunch of Kunst featuring Sleaford Mods and Journeyman written, directed by and starring Paddy Considine who will also be doing a special podcast before the film’s showing. Paddy Considine is a BAFTA award winning director for the film Tyrannosaur which he also wrote, other credits are starring in commended and admired films including Dead Man’s Shoes; A Room for Romeo Brass; Cinderella Man; and TV appearances in Peaky Blinders and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.  Tickets are still available here!

Other events at Barons Quay include an interview with Gary Neville on the 16th May, and a welcome to Northwich to Liverpool Sound City who are holding satellite music sessions on the 18th May. Sound City is the promoter of the major festival of the same name in Liverpool featuring national and international music acts on the indie music scene. Dave Haslam the former DJ at the Hacienda nightclub is launching his book Sonic Youth Slept On My floor; Music, Manchester & More which reflects on his experiences at the Hacienda; with Factory records and Tony Wilson; and with the many top bands he has encountered over the years.

Though some of the events around the town are sold out more are being announced day by day. There will be the opportunity also to visit free events such as the Vinyl Adventures Record Fair which will take place in the old Plaza cinema on Friday 18th from 4pm – 8pm, and on Saturday 19th, from 10pm – 6pm, there will also be food and drink venues down at the river at Barons Quay, everyone is welcome to come and savour the atmosphere; you never know who you might bump into. Information on all events is available on The Charlatans Barons Quay and Northwich Bid social media pages.

 

The Northwich River Festival, organised by Northwich Rotary Club and their partners, will be held on Saturday and Sunday July 14th and 15th based at Barons Quay.

For the first time Raft Racing will be taking place on Sunday 15th and we are looking for Companies and groups of friends to enter this fun event

Up to 6 people can be on a raft which they have built before the event. Each raft must have 8 or more parts (no boats!). The crew must be sitting down and the rafts are to be propelled by hand made paddles

The race will take place on the River Weaver and all the crew must be 16 or over and good swimmers. The cost to enter is £100 per raft

Chairman John Walton has said ‘the Raft Race will be a fun event where crews can enjoy building their rafts and sailing them. They can also raise sponsorship for the NRF charities The Alzheimer’s Society, RNLI and other Rotary charities. We are hoping that at least 10 crews will enter.’

Full details of how to enter and the terms and conditions can be found on the website Northwichriverfestival.org.uk

To round up Easter Holiday activity, in conjunction with Grozone, Barons Quay organised three days of FREE activities. Over 230 children and families visited Barons Quay over the three day period to create Wildflower Meadows and Bug Hotels, Natural Artwork and Cress Heads.

Wildflower Meadows and Bug Hotels created by the children and Grozone, will be planted at Barons Quay’s Riverside Garden at a later date.

Children created their own piece of natural art on Wednesday 11th April using paints from fruit, charcoal and mud as well as grass and sticks as paint brushes.

Saturday 14th April gave children the opportunity to create their own cress heads using tights and sawdust to plant cress seeds and watch them grow their own head of hair.

 

Andy Martin, Grozone Project Manager, commented on the week at Barons Quay “Delivering the workshops was a great opportunity for Grozone to work with Barons Quay and to promote the work that we do. It was really encouraging to meet so many people who had already heard about Grozone, and heart warming that many people came to the workshops purely because they knew that Grozone staff were running them. Staff and volunteers from Grozone all enjoyed delivering the sessions and look forward to working with Barons Quay again in the future”.

 

Visit Barons Quay’s Facebook page for all the photos from the week.

WIN 2 x tickets to The Charlatans SOLD OUT gig on Thursday 17th May at Northwich Memorial Court. As part of the prize, the lucky winner will also receive 2 tickets for the exclusive showings of Metropolis, Bunch of Kunst and Journeyman on Saturday 19th May at Odeon, Barons Quay alongside a £100 food & drink voucher to spend at Wildwood, Northwich.

Simply enter your details here for the chance to win – http://baronsquay.co.uk/competition/

The winner will be announced on Tuesday 15th May on Barons Quay Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Terms and conditions apply:

  1. The competition is open to all residents in the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over, except employees of Barons Quay, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the competition.
  2. The competition is free to enter and no purchase is necessary.
  3. All entries must be submitted via Barons Quay entry form page and only one entry per person is permitted.
  4. The opening date for entries is 9th May, at the time the post is published. The closing date of the prize draw is 9am on 15th May 2018. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
  5. Barons Quay accepts no responsibility for entries not successfully completed due to a technical fault of any kind.
  6. There is only one prize available and one winner will be chosen by random draw on 15th May. Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  7. The winner will receive 2 standard tickets on Thursday 17th May only to the The Charlatans at Northwich Memorial Court, 2 tickets to screenings of Metropolis, Journeyman and Bunch of Kunst at Odeon, Barons Quay on Saturday 19th May only. The winner will also receive £100 Wildwood vouchers. The winner will be selected on 15th May. If a winner does not respond to the Barons Quay in 12 hours, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and Barons Quay will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
  8. The prize for the winner is non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered.
  9. The prize winner and guest are responsible for their own travel arrangements.
  10. Each winner and guest as applicable agree to comply with all applicable regulations relating to access to Northwich Memorial Court.
  11. The prize is supplied by Barons Quay who reserves the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equal or higher value if circumstances beyond Barons Quay’s control makes it necessary to do so.
  12. The promoter will pass on personal information relating to prize winners to Odeon, Memorial Court and Wildwood for the purposes of monitoring the distribution and use of tickets and vouchers.
  13. The decision of Barons Quay regarding any aspect of the competition is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into about it.
  14. By entering participants are deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. Barons Quay reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award the prize to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions.
  15. Barons Quay reserves the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the promotion where it becomes necessary to do so.
  16. Winners may be required to participate in publicity related to the prize draw which may include the publication of their name and photograph in any media.
  17. The prize draw will be governed by English law and entrants to the prize draw submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.
  18. The Promoter is Barons Quay, 31 Leicester Street, Northwich, CW9 5LG.

 

WIN two tickets to the exclusive showings of Journeyman, Metropolis and Bunch of Kunst at Odeon, Barons Quay.

Visit Barons Quay’s Facebook page to see how you can win one of the 3 sets of tickets which will be given away daily from Tuesday 15th May to Friday 18th July.  

Terms and conditions apply. See below.

Metropolis Odeon screening ticket giveaway – Live 15th May!

Journeyman Odeon screening ticket giveaway – Live 16th May!

Bunch of Kunst Odeon screening ticket giveaway – Live 17th May!

Tickets can still be purchased here. 

Northwich​ ​town​ ​centre​ ​is​ ​set​ ​to​ ​transform​ ​into​ ​a​ ​winter​ ​wonderland​ ​for​ ​the​ ​yearly​ ​Christmas Extravaganza.

Check out the activities planned for Saturday 25th November.

Keep​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​with​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​news​ ​of​ ​activities​ ​on Facebook​,​ Twitter ​and Instagram​.

Are you a fan of the popular TV show Peaky Blinders? They have been filming some scenes in Northwich! The show is a crime drama set in Birmingham, England during World War I and it follows the lives of the gangster Peaky Blinders family.

The new series hit our screens on Wednesday 15th November and the Chester Chronicle have written an article about their time in Northwich. Take a look here. 

 

Festive cheer is coming to Weaver Square this winter thanks to an installation of a Christmas Tree there.

The tree was installed on Thursday 16th November near to the seating area outside the Market and opposite the Wow Shop, to bring a yuletide feel to the shopping precinct.

However the tree is not just about adding a Christmassy element to Weaver Square as it will also be supporting the Cheshire Down’s Syndrome Support Group.

Throughout November they have been asking for businesses to sponsor a giant bauble on the tree with proceeds going to help brighten a child’s future this Christmas. The uptake has been good so far and there are only a limited number left to sponsor.

For businesses that would like to take part, please contact: admin@cdssgroup.org.uk to reserve a bauble.

A festive feel will not just be reserved for Weaver Square though, as the Northwich BID has funded a number of initiatives and resources to help promote and market Christmas in Northwich.

For example they have invested in Christmas Tree hanging baskets around the town, a Christmas Tree by Town Bridge, extensive Marketing and PR coverage and a number of competitions, including the recent Like & Share competition to win a £150 meat voucher from Hormbrey’s Family Butchers.

The BID has also allocated funding towards street performance and entertainment at this year’s Extravaganza to help ensure the crowds on the day are wowed.

If you want to find out more about the event, head over to the Visit Northwich website where there is a whole section dedicated to the Extravaganza – https://www.visitnorthwich.co.uk/christmas-extravaganza-2017/

Join us at Barons Quay in December for a selection of FREE festive fun!

From 11am on Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th December, we will have Roller Skating Baubles, Giant Christmas Puddings and Rockin’ Robins joining Christmas shoppers. Feel free to take your photo with our festive friends as they walk around Barons Quay.

Appearances at: 11am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm.

Step into the Winter Wonderland at Barons Quay on Saturday 16th & 17th December. Get into the festive spirit and have your photo taken inside our Giant Snow Globe from 10am until 4pm across the weekend. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

If you have any questions, you can email us info@baronsquay.co.uk.

INDIE rock band The Charlatans have been rehearsing in Northwich Memorial Park in preparation for their upcoming tour.

Lead singer Tim Burgess tweeted that the group and crew were hard at work in Memorial Court prior to their first concert in Nottingham on November 29.

The frontman, who grew up in Moulton, said: “If you were swimming in the pool at Northwich Memorial Court and thought you heard The Charlatans on that stereo it was us rehearsing in the main hall.”

See more photos of the Band rehearsing here.

Visitors packed into Northwich on Saturday 25th November as the town hosted the 2017 Christmas Extravaganza.

Organised once again in a partnership between the Northwich Town Council (NTC) and Northwich Business Improvement District (BID), there was a real festive feel throughout the town as people enjoyed the wide range of attractions and activities which had been booked.

Proceedings got under way at 10:00am with visitors browsing the unique markets on Witton Street and in Barons Square which were hosted by our own Northwich businesses and local artists, while a Christmas Land Train transported people all around Barons Quay.

Reindeers, donkeys and camels joined residents of Northwich and the surrounding villages in multiple spots around the town along with Christmas markets, arts and crafts tent, music acts as well as Dinosaurs roaming the high street for a day of free festive fun.

Visitors to the Barons Quay stall were lucky enough to receive a free tote bag which included a number of Christmas goodies including Barons Quay snowflakes, chocolate coins, candy canes and a fluffy reindeer bookmark.

Wildwood kept people warm with free cups of mulled wine and hot chocolate accompanied by fresh mince pies.

Kids were also captivated by a number of exciting activities and characters including fairground rides, tractor and trailer rides, a gingerbread man, Christmas Elf and a giant snowman. They also had the chance to meet Father Christmas in Santa’s Grotto and let him know what presents they were hoping to find under the tree this year.

Further festivities could be found on the High Street and by Brunner Court as Nigel Brown provided Christmas cooking demonstrations opposite the Swinging Witch and visitors got creative at the Arts & Crafts tent which included activities such as gingerbread decorating.

Following all of these attractions, the day concluded with the magical children’s lantern parade and Christmas lights switch-on which also saw the Children’s Christmas competition winners’ designs come to life on the front of the library.

Mesmeric fireworks then transformed the Northwich night sky as the crowds looked on, to bring the day to a spectacular end.

Photos from the day can be seen on our Facebook page here.

On Saturday 2nd December, the first of many December festive Christmas attractions began at Barons Quay. Roller Skating Christmas Baubles were on hand to spread festive cheer around the development and Santa Claus and Rudolph also made an early visit. 

We have more activities on the following dates:

From 11am on Saturday 9th and 16th December, we will have Giant Christmas Puddings and Rockin’ Robins joining Christmas shoppers. Feel free to take your photo with our festive friends as they walk around Barons Quay.

Appearances at: 11am, 12:30pm & 2:30pm.

 

On Saturday 9th December, Roaming Christmas Puddings visited Barons Quay to spread festive joy. The act follows on from last weeks Roller Skating Baubles.  Santa Claus returned with Rudolph, providing photo opportunities for shoppers.

Saturday 16th brings the last of the scheduled activities at Barons Quay. These include:  Rockin’ Robins joining Christmas shoppers, Santa and Rudolph and a Giant Snow Globe which is perfect for Christmas photos.

Please see the below Christmas Opening times for businesses at Barons Quay.

 

Barons Quay Car Park

Thu 21st Dec 6am – 1am
Fri 22nd Dec 6am – 1am
Sat 23rd Dec 6am – 1am
Christmas Eve 6am – 12am
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 6am – 1am
Wed 27th Dec 6am – 1am
Thu 28th Dec 6am – 1am
Fri 29th Dec 6am – 1am
Sat 30th Dec 6am – 1am
New Year’s Eve 6am – 1am
New Year’s Day 6am – 1am

ASDA

Thu 21st Dec 7am – 11pm
Fri 22nd Dec 7am – 11pm
Sat 23rd Dec 7am – 11pm
Christmas Eve 10am – 4pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 9am – 6pm
Wed 27th Dec 7am – 11pm
Thu 28th Dec 7am – 11pm
Fri 29th Dec 7am – 11pm
Sat 30th Dec 7am – 11pm
New Year’s Eve 10am – 4pm
New Year’s Day 10am – 6pm

M&S

Thu 21st Dec 7am – 8pm
Fri 22nd Dec 7am – 8pm
Sat 23rd Dec 7am – 8pm
Christmas Eve 10am – 4pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day Closed
Wed 27th Dec 8am – 6pm
Thu 28th Dec 8am – 6pm
Fri 29th Dec 8am – 6pm
Sat 30th Dec 8am – 6pm
New Year’s Eve 10am – 4pm
New Year’s Day Closed

 

Wildwood

Thu 21st Dec 12pm – 11pm
Fri 22nd Dec 12pm – 11pm
Sat 23rd Dec 12pm – 11pm
Christmas Eve 12pm – 11pm
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 12pm – 10pm
Wed 27th Dec 12pm – 11pm
Thu 28th Dec 12pm – 11pm
Fri 29th Dec 12pm – 11pm
Sat 30th Dec 12pm – 11pm
New Year’s Eve 12pm – 11pm
New Year’s Day 12pm – 10:30pm

 

Odeon

Thu 21st Dec 10am – 12am
Fri 22nd Dec 10am – 12am
Sat 23rd Dec 9:30am – 12am
Christmas Eve 9:30am – 12am
Christmas Day Closed
Boxing Day 10am – 12am
Wed 27th Dec 10am – 12am
Thu 28th Dec 10am – 12am
Fri 29th Dec 10am – 12am
Sat 30th Dec 9:30am – 12am
New Year’s Eve 9:30am – 12am
New Year’s Day 10am – 12am

 

Saturday 16th & 17th December welcomed two Rockin’ Robins and a Giant Snow Globe to Barons Quay.

Following on from the Giant Christmas Puddings, visitors of Northwich were accompanied by singing and dancing Rockin’ Robins joining in with the festive cheer on Saturday 16th December.

To add to the Christmas spirit around Barons Quay, a Giant Snow Globe landed in Barons Square where families of all ages enjoyed taking photos in the snow.

Check out photos from the weekend as well as the other December activities on our Facebook page. 

 

Receive a £10 voucher for every member of your party, simply by booking with Wildwood for Christmas!

More details can be found here .

Wildwood’s Christmas menu is still available. Celebrate the festive season with 3 courses for £19.95. Add a 4th course of Prosecco & nibbles for £24.95.

View Wildwood’s Christmas menus here.

Terms & Conditions apply.

 

The video of Northwich’s Christmas Extravaganza is finally here! Thanks to Visit Northwich who created such a great video capturing the festive spirit in Barons Quay and throughout Norhwich on Saturday 25th November.

Can you spot yourself? Let us know over on our Facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/visitnorthwich/videos/2264561327103564/

Don’t miss out this January at Wildwood Barons Quay with 40% off your food bill.

Click here to download your voucher to be used from 2nd January until 9th February 2018.

Valid Sunday – Thursday only. A valid code must be downloaded from the Wildwood website & presented to your waiter before ordering.

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer, set menu, take away, delivery, or kids meal.

Maximum table/party of 8, excludes Bank Holidays & Graduation days.

Book online to see ‘Coco’ at Barons Quay!

Join Miguel and Dante as they venture to the Land of the Dead in the brand new Disney-Pixar adventure ‘Coco’.

To celebrate the release of ‘Coco’, Odeon are giving away an amazing family holiday to Los Angeles! You’ll stay for 4 nights in the popular Santa Monica area whilst dining out on typical Mexican food. And that’s not all, you and the family will get to experience the famous LA Dia De Los Muertos Festival in style!

Simply book online at Odeon Barons Quay here before January 19th to be entered into the prize draw to win.

Expires 19/01/2018.

Terms & conditions apply. 

Fancy £100 gift voucher for Wildwood Northwich? 

Check out our post on our Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning!

Simply comment with a dish you want to see added to Wildwood’s menu here.

Competition closes Monday 15th January 2018.

Terms & Conditions

  1. The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 18 years or over except employees of Wildwood Restaurants and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  2. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  3. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  4. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are via Barons Quay’s Facebook page.
  5. Only one entry will be accepted per person. 
  6. Closing date for entry will be Monday 15th January at 1pm. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions.
  9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  10. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  11. One winner will be chosen at random from all entries received.
  12. The winner will be notified by direct message on Facebook within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 3 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  13. The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected.
  14. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  16. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  17. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network.

Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Zendaya star in ‘The Greatest Showman’, a soaring musical with songs by the Academy Award-winning songwriters behind ‘La La Land’.

Odeon describes the film below:

‘When P.T. Barnum loses his job after the company’s bankruptcy, he sets out to finally give his family the life he promised them by reinventing himself as ‘The Greatest Showman’.
He starts putting together a circus, trying to create a show like nobody’s ever seen before. But for a unique show, he’ll need unique performers unafraid to stand out – after all, no-one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.’

See The Greatest Showman at Odeon Northwich and get 2 courses + 1 drink for £10!

Be quick as the offer is valid until 18th January 2018.

Terms and conditions:

2 Courses + 1 drink for £10

With every valid Odeon adult ticket for the 12:30pm viewings of Coco at Barons Quay, a child eats for FREE at Wildwood!

From the director of ‘Toy Story 3’ comes Pixar’s ‘Coco’, an extraordinary journey into the afterlife to solve an ancient family mystery.

‘Coco’ follows the adventures of a 12-year-old boy named Miguel, who finds himself in the Land of the Dead while on a quest to prove his talent as a musician.

His family has banned music for generations, but Miguel is determined to defy them and follow in the footsteps of his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. But when he’s magically transported to the vibrant and colourful Land of the Dead, he sets out to discover the true story of his family’s history.

Book your tickets here.

Terms and conditions:

Kids Eat Free

 

The beautiful town of Northwich in Cheshire is situated between the two major cities Manchester and Liverpool. With plenty of options and places to go, it can be a bit overwhelming deciding where to venture out. Not to worry, we have comprised a list of amazing family friendly activities that are great for those looking for things to do in Northwich.

Anderton Boat Lift  

The Anderton Boat Lift has a range of adult and child friendly events throughout the year, making it one of the perfect places to visit in Northwich. Originally designed to lift boats and barges 50 ft from the River Weaver to the Trent and Mersey canal, the Anderton Boat lift is a fantastic historical structure on the canal system.  The Canal River Trust website has information and maps to help you plan your route if you decide to cycle or walk, the Nature park is close by, so you can choose to go for a long walk to observe the wildlife and wood sculptures. And to top off  the perfect family day out in Northwich, you must enjoy a boat ride along the river.

Lion Salt Works

The Lion Salt Works is a wonderful piece of heritage residing in Northwich and is now one of the last open pan salt making sites in the UK. The Salt Works closed in 1986 and after a recent National Lottery funded restoration, opened in 2015 as a visitor and museum attraction, perfect for a historical family day out in Northwich. Explore the newly restored site and enjoy a family learning experience by discovering the history of how the Salt Works operated with various interactive exhibits and walkthrough buildings.

Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse

The Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse, formerly known as the ‘Salt Museum’ houses; social, industry and cultural history from West Cheshire. Full of displays and tales, stories are told through a variety of formats including; models, reconstructions and artefacts which all relate to the buildings former history, local industry, archeology, market towns and transport.  With many events running throughout the year, it is worth visiting the museum in Northwich with the family for a fun educational day.

Northwich Woodlands

The Northwich Woodlands are a perfect and FREE way to enjoy a family day trip to Northwich. Made up of 9 areas and more than 350 hectares, the grounds are perfect for a free day out in Cheshire.  The areas include the: