Have a cracking Easter with family activities above and below the surface at National Coal Mining Museum for England

With a whole host of brilliant family activities at the National Coal Mining for England from 19 March – 8 April, there is plenty for everyone to enjoy.From underground adventures to a world of outdoor exploration, there’s a world of discovery.

On 19 March the Museum will host a day of interesting talks covering Yorkshire miners and WWI at their event ‘Lest we forget’. We will be inviting visitors to share their own stories and ask the experts about the history of their local area, along with being able to visit the on-site Library to explore their own history further.

On 20 March, the Museum will be hosting their explosive Science Show from 12pm which takes visitors on a journey through the design and creation of the Flame Safety Lamp. With interactive family-friendly science experiments and demonstrations of mining machines in action, it’s set to be an exciting day out for the whole family.

From 21 March to 8 April, the Museum is discovering the world that lies just below our feet and unearthing the geology of the local area with Fossil Frenzy activities. We will be exploring the Carboniferous period through fossils held in the collection and encouraging families to make their very own ‘fossil impression’ to take home.

For those visitors who want to learn about the life of a miner and the realities of life 140m underground, take one of the unique underground tours and find out how coal miners worked in the harsh conditions of a mine.

Visitors can discover the weird and wonderful at Fox & Moon’s Vintage Antique Fair on 20 March; and come along to the Yorkshire Craft, Gift and Produce Experience on 27 & 28 March, 29 & 30 May and 28 & 29 August to sample and purchase the best that Yorkshire has to offer.

For those who are looking to develop their creative side, the Museum is hosting a special Flower Arranging experience on 24 March which will teach you how to create a beautiful arrangement for Easter.

In Our Own Words: the language of Mining exhibition is the current special exhibition at the Museum and runs until 8 May. The exhibition aims to preserve the fascinating language used by miners throughout the years and hopes to inspire visitors to add their own mining terms to the ever-growing glossary.

For information about the Museum and events, visit www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley: sara@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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Editor’s notes

• The Museum is free admission
• Free car and coach parking
• Opening hours: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily except for 24-26 December and 1 January
• Café open 10am – 4.30pm daily
• Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times
• Please arrive early to book onto an underground tour, as at busy periods tours are often fully booked by midday
• Temperature underground is 12°C; we strongly recommend warm practical clothing and sensible flat shoes. Unfortunately children under five years old are not permitted on the underground tour
• Indoor play area for children under five
• Disabled facilities include level parking, ramp and disabled toilets with underground tours also available with prior arrangement

For more information please call the Museum on 01924 848806 or email info@ncm.org.uk or visit the website at www.ncm.org.uk ________________________________________

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