1864 – The first Northumberland Miners’ Picnic held at Blyth Links. It was organised by the Northumberland Miner’s Mutual Confident Association and Richard Fynes gave an address to the crowds that gathered. Attendees had afternoon tea, played games and danced.
1866 – The year of ‘Polly’s Folly’ picnic which followed the election of Mr Thomas Burt as General Secretary of the Northumberland Miners’ Association. Thomas Burt, a local miner, went onto to become one of the first working class MPs elected to Parliament.
1873 – The annual Miners’ Picnic is held on Newcastle Town Moor for the first time.
1875 – The annual Miners’ Picnic is held in Morpeth for the first time.
1898 – Lloyd George, British Statesman and later Prime Minister during World War I, addresses crowds at the picnic in Morpeth, thanking Northumberland miners for raising financial support for striking Welsh miners.
1909 – The Picnic is held in Tynemouth for the first time.
1913 – The Burt Challenge Cup was first presented to the Northumberland Miners’ Association by Morpeth Borough Council to be awarded to the winners of a band contest at the annual Picnic.
1914 – Keir Hardie, founder of the modern Labour party, addresses the picnic crowds, weeks before the start of World War I. His speech focused on issues of the day including Home Rule for Ireland and women’s suffrage.
1921 – A Miner’s Strike leads to picnic being cancelled.
1924 –Trade unionist William Straker delivers a speech to the picnic crowds.
1926 – The General Strike leads to picnic being cancelled.
1927 – The Deucher Challenge cup is presented as a trophy at the annual band contest.
1930 – The first recorded winner of the Burt Challenge cup is Backworth Colliery Band
1936 – The Picnic is held at Newbiggin for the first and only time.
1949 – Dudley Colliery Workman’s Band wins the inaugural Northern Divisional Coal Board Challenge Cup.
1952 – The picnic moves to Bedlington, its home for nearly thirty years.
1953 – Former Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party Clement Attlee addresses crowds at the picnic in Bedlington.
1956 – Aneurin Bevan, architect of the National Health Service, addresses crowds on picnic day.
1968 – Prime Minister Harold Wilson delivers the key note speech to picnic goers.
1975 – The picnic is held at Ashington for the first time.
1983 – Labour Party Leader Michael Foot addresses the picnic crowds and Jackie Grey becomes the last winner of the Northumberland Coal Queen title.
1984 – The National Miners’ Strike leads to the picnic being cancelled.
1988- Tony Benn, contender for the Labour party leadership against Neil Kinnock, addresses crowds gathered.
1992 – The picnic is held jointly at Ashington and Woodhorn.
1993 – Controversial trade unionist Arthur Scargill addresses crowds at the picnic.
2005 – The first Miners’ Memorial Service is held at the Holy Sepulchre Church in Ashington.
2014 – The Northumberland Miners’ Picnic celebrates its’ 150th Anniversary.
2020 – The first digital Miners’ Picnic held due to Coronavirus pandemic