Opening times

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am-4pm
  • Friday 10am-4pm
  • Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 10am-4pm
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  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm
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  • 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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Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2024

Special event

Sat 8th June, Woodhorn Museum

10am - 5pm Free admission

We are delighted to announce that the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic is returning to Woodhorn Museum on Saturday 8th June 2024. 

The Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, is a jam-packed day out for all the family, rooted in our local heritage re-imagined with a contemporary twist.

Main Stage Programme

Compered by Bread and Butter Theatre Company

10.30am – 11.15am | Miners’ Memorial Service
11.15am – 11.45am | The Northumbrian Ranters
11.55am – 1.45pm | Brass Marras
2.00pm – 2.35pm | Ryton Singers
2.45pm – 3.45pm | Mr Wilson’s Second Liners
4.00pm – 5.00pm | Paul Smith DJ Set

Throughout the day 

Look out for… pop up street theatre performances by Fairly Famous Family and Young Music Partnership North Young Clog Dancers and Pipers

Get involved… have a go at the family-friendly activities including making your own band costume and instruments from recycling in the Pit Yard marquee, create your own wacky brass band in the Cage Shop and get hands on with objects from the Museum Collections team.

Meet… the Age UK Gardening Volunteers – the Woodhorn Weeders and the Crofton Mill Pit Community Group

Explore… the museum, exhibitions and colliery buildings are all open to discover Northumberland’s mining heritage.

Relax… and enjoy tasty treats whether you bring your own picnic, visit the Winding House Café or enjoy a bite from our special street food stalls including Barista Sisters, Piggy Blinders, Scream for Pizza and Flip n’ Fast Crepes. Anarchy Brewery will be serving a range of alcoholic drinks. Only alcohol purchased on site can be consumed at the Picnic. Woodhorn Museum is a no smoking/no vaping site.

Bus… WATBus Community Transport are running the free shuttle bus service. The last shuttle bus to Ashington will be leaving Woodhorn at 5.15pm.

Remember… the people, places and industry that brought us the tradition of the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic at the Miners’ Memorial Service at 10.30am.

The main Cutter Building and heritage colliery buildings will be open to explore during the day.

PLAN YOUR VISIT:

Admission: to the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic and Woodhorn Museum is free. Parking £5.

Parking: is on the Event Field at Woodhorn Museum. £5 per car. Blue Badge/Accessible Parking is available in the main car park.

Bus: Free shuttle bus provided by WATBus Community Transport from Ashington Leisure Centre

Food and Drink: The Winding House Café will be open, and there will be a range of local food and drink producers on site. Only alcohol purchased on site can be consumed at the Picnic. Woodhorn Museum is a no smoking/no vaping site.

Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn Museum. Family pets may also accompany visitors in the grounds and historic buildings. The Picnic is a busy and loud event so please bear this in mind when deciding whether to bring your pet to the event.

Northumberland Miners’ Picnic Admission is free, but parking charge applies. (Picnic Day is one of the special selected community days when the Woodhorn Museum admission charges do not apply, but you can find full details about the Annual Pass and enjoy unlimited repeat visits https://museumsnorthumberland.org.uk/annual-pass/

This event is supported by Arts Council England, Ashington Town Council and Northumberland County Council.

 

Museum Address

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

Opening Times

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