Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Friday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Saturday 9.30am - 5pm
  • Sunday Closed
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Opening times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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Some of our museums are now running on Winter opening times. To find out more, visit the Opening Times page.

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First Footing

Special event

Sun 29th December – Sun 5th January, Woodhorn Museum

11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3pm

First Footing will take you on a thought-provoking, inspiring and uplifting journey through 100 years of Woodhorn’s unique heritage through storytelling, art installations, theatre and dance.

First stop on this immersive experience is the Cage Shop, where you will collect your own tallies – each with their own unique number as if you were venturing down the mine. Visitors will then set off to explore six extraordinary experiences in a variety of buildings across Woodhorn, some of which are not usually open to the public.

Workshop Galleries| Venture Into the Dark to hear tales of the miners’ experiences during the early history of the colliery.

Pick Sharpener’s Building | Angel in the Mine transports audiences to a homely front room on New Year’s Eve in the 1950s provides a glimpse into the lives and memories of the women who lived in Woodhorn.

Heapstead| Hanging Up – This poignant installation symbolises a devastating moment in the colliery’s history, giving audiences the opportunity to reflect on how it affected them personally and the impact on the community

The Winding House | Rebirth – After darkness comes light and the absence of coal transforms the Winding House into a contemporary dance performance space.

Cutter Building | A Landscape Redefined – head to the upper floor of the modern museum Cutter Building to consider what does the future hold for Northumberland, a landscape redefined offers a moment of hope and opportunity.

Free performances take place daily 11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm, no need to book and included within membership admission.

First Footing has been brought to life by Third Folly and was commissioned by Museums Northumberland for Woodhorn Museum thanks to public funding from Arts Council England and Northumberland County Council.

Museum Address

Woodhorn Museum
Queen Elizabeth II Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm

Some of our museums are now running on Winter opening times. To find out more, visit the Opening Times page.

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