Droitwich Spa Salt Fest started in 2006 to celebrate the town’s unique salt heritage. Since then the event has grown considerably taking place across the whole town centre and attracting thousands of visitors. Whilst the salt heritage and Romans are still important aspects, the event has now become a showcase for the town, businesses and community. Many local groups take part running stalls and organising activities whilst the music showcase features young and up and coming local performers. Salt Fest is a great day out for all the family.
This year the programme has been extended and will start at 6pm on Friday 9th September with live music, real ale bar in Vines Park. The event runs throughout the weekend ending on the evening of Sunday 11th September.
Droitwich Spa has much to offer visitors. The town blends old and new and is a place of great charm and character. The town has a rich history of salt production, especially in the Roman, medieval and Victorian periods. In Roman times Droitwich was known as Salinae and the origins of salt extraction in the area go back to prehistoric times. Droitwich Spa brine exists far below the ground and emanates at the surface as springs. The brine is so salty, that the Dead Sea is the only other natural source of salt water able to equal its strength and density. Today, there is still evidence of this salt history in the High Street where many of the buildings lean at interesting angles due to brine extraction.