FROM taking selfies with giants to meeting a mad hatter, seeking out hidden beaches to patting and sitting on famous pigs, Visit Halton is marking  the borough’s golden anniversary with 50 Quirky Things to do!

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the borough of Halton, officially formed on April 1, 1974, uniting the two towns Widnes and Runcorn on either side of the River Mersey.

The name of the district was inspired by the ancient Barony of Halton which had owned land on both sides of the river with the iconic Silver Jubilee Bridge linking the two towns which share a common heritage. Widnes was regarded as the birthplace of the chemical industry and its development spread to Runcorn in the 19th century. This backstory inspires a fascinating and proven formula for visitors and residents to discover old and new; surprising, unforgettable and Instagrammable moments.

Rob Sanderson Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Norton Priory Museum and Gardens, Chair of Marketing Halton, says: “While it’s a landscape of waterways, pathways and built environments that have played a pivotal role in the past what is more exciting is how it has carved out today’s culture for residents and visitors alike.”

Today, Halton is a place where you can take a selfie with the Childe of Hale giant, a legendary figure in English folklore, be captivated at the Church of All Saints in Daresbury by a very beautiful stained glass window that features the characters from Alice in Wonderland, pose with pictures on Norton Priory Sculpture Trail includes bronze sculptures of a family of purple pigs, which are located in the Walled Garden orchard, step on stage where Gary Barlow, one of the biggest names in British music, took his first steps to stardom at Halton Royal British Legion Club. And if you are up for some outdoor fun, hike around a lighthouse and explore Paul McCartney’s favourite ‘childhood’ beach, the Oglet.

Rob Sanderson Thomas continues: “50 quirky things showcases the perfect formula for where visitors can embark on a journey of scientific exploration at The Catalyst, witness show-stopping performances at The Brindley Theatre, immerse themselves in the world of literary greats such as Alice in Wonderland at the Lewis Carroll Centre and not forgetting musical masterpieces including one of the most legendary concerts ever held in the UK, the iconic Stone Roses Gig at Spike Island.” 

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