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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Opening times

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

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
More information

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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Pit Yard Play Area

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Daily, Woodhorn Museum

The Pit Yard Play Area is a a popular part of a visit to Woodhorn Museum for families.

The Pit Yard Play Area has been popular with families for many years. Inspired by our mining heritage, the new accessible play area encourages learning through play.

Following a successful fundraising campaign, we were delighted to expand the play area experience at Woodhorn Museum, allowing children of all abilities to play together.

The NEW Pit Yard Play Area features a range of new accessible play equipment, integrated with the original play equipment to encourage children of all abilities to interact and learn through movement, sound, vision and memory. The new equipment includes a new Pairs Game to build memory skills, themed around Woodhorn Museum’s mining heritage; a Ferraphone to introduce music and sound; a Cradle Nest Swing that can accommodate more than one child; Conference Stations to enable children to communicate across the play site; and a wheelchair accessible rotating plate.

The Pit Yard Play Area is accessible by a new wheelchair / pushchair friendly path – with a small slide linking the path with the lower level site. We have also installed new seating to allow parents to relax while being close by.

This experience is included at no additional cost as part of your Museums Northumberland Annual Pass where children can visit for free.

Check the museum’s opening times before you visit.

 

 

We took a visit to Woodhorn’s new accessible playground. Was amazing for the kids with loads of sensory activities…” 

Sustainably created by Timberplay Ltd:

The Pit Yard Play Area is made from Robinia and Mountain Larch which do not require any chemical treatment and can be used naturally as play equipment. This reduces the carbon footprint and eliminates children’s contact with unnecessary, harmful chemicals.

Timber and production processes have been certified according to CFCS 2002:2013/PEFC D 1003:2013 since 2015. The certificate confirms that processed and treated coniferous sawn timber and logwood comes from sustainably managed forests.

The new play area has been possible thanks to generous funding from:

  • SUEZ UK Communities Trust
  • The Ridley Family Charity
  • Ashington Town Council
  • Ecclesiastical Insurance Group
  • Morpeth Lions
  • A crowdfunder campaign which raised an additional £2,500 from 55 donations.

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