Picnic day has always been a community day with a packed programme of events. Taking place in early June the weather is often warm and sunny. People customarily enjoy food and drink, eating their picnics while lounging on the grass in the sunshine. Historically, one of the most memorable parts of the day were the speakers. Political and trade union leaders were invited to make speeches and addresses to the crowds of picnic goers. Some of the most notable figures include, Thomas Burt, Lloyd George, Clement Attlee, and Bessie Braddock. Another highlight was the crowning of the Northumberland Coal Queen from amongst local winners representing their respective towns and villages. The last Northumberland Coal Queen was crowned in 1983.
The Miners’ Picnic at Woodhorn continues to attract people of all ages from across the North East with family friendly live music, events and activities.