Magnificent Miners' Gala 2015!

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

We had a fantastic day on Sunday (28th June) for our Miners' Gala but we couldn’t have done it without the support of our many visitors!

View more photos of the day on our Facebook page. 

Yes the weather may not have been perfect, but the crowds kept on flowing and supporting us, raising funds to help us in our ongoing aim at the Museum to keep coal mining alive.

The traditional family FUN-draising day did a fantastic job at raising awareness of the Museum and we're so happy everyone seemed to enjoy it on the day. 

We had some great performances throughout the day from various sources, Grange Moor Youth Brass Band, Wakefield Stage Coach Theatre, Wakefield Music Services and Rhubarb Tarts Molly to name a few! 

Our pit ponies had some brand new shoes fitted by the farrier and Health and Safety Manager Gerry had fun in the stocks being pelted with sopping wet sponges! 

Get Cycling came along with a range of bikes for use by all ages and abilities which remained busy throughout the day, as well as an animal farm and under 5s Giggletots and much more!

Winners of the plate competition, congratulations! Sophie Hazelgrave, Isla Milner and Lena Young, please pick up your prizes from reception! All other entrants, if you'd like to pick up your plate please do so before the end of July. And congratulations to our craft competition winners, details can be dowloaded below. 

All in all we had a great day and could not have done it with out our suppliers, performers and stall holders, not to mention our visitors! 

It's days like our traditional Miners' Gala that allow us to create new memories and keep the mining industry alive, by ensuring a thriving Museum to visit, and as a charity it's YOUR donations that matter - THANK YOU!

But the fun doesn’t end there! We're open daily from 10am - 5pm with our gallery displays constantly being updated and with our pit ponies, nature trail and underground, there's always something new to look forward to. 

Have you explored our brand new Path of the Ponies exhbition yet? Or why not plan to visit us in summer for our summer fun activities?

Find out more about what's coming up at the Museum on our What's On page and as we pack away this years' gala, we look forward to next year's event - watch this space!


Did you join us on the day? Leave your comments below!

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we had a great day out on Saturday. our kids were fascinated by the farrier & the morris dancers. thank you!

NCMME Marketing Assistant

Thank you Liz, we're glad you and your family had a great time, hope to see you next year!

Douglas Spencer

I had a great day visiting with our local Beaver Colony, which my Grandson, is a member of. I think his highlight of the day was the paddy train :-)
I cannot find the results of the programme raffle - it states on the programme that the winners will be advertised on social media and the website. Please advise. Thank you.

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