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

With a host of family activities taking place over the Easter period at the National Coal Mining for England, there is plenty to keep all ages entertained, above and below ground.

During the school holidays (8-23 April), there will be free storytelling sessions and themed crafts based on the ‘Wakefield Wyrm’ plus new living history characters on site and free Easter Bonnet making.

Over the Easter weekend (14-17 April), visitors can see a specially commissioned piece of promenade theatre, inspired by the lives of the Bevin Boys who served in the coalmines during WWII.

There’s a chance to sample delicious Yorkshire produce and shop for gorgeous gifts and crafts at the Yorkshire Craft, Gift and Produce Experience (16-17 April) or do some antique hunting at the Fox and Moon Vintage Antique Fair (23 April).

On 22 April, the family-friendly Yorkshire Geology Day puts the focus on rocks and fossils.

From 8 – 23 April, ‘School’s Out: Easter’ offers lots of free family fun, including Easter bonnet making and, on 12 & 19 April, Wyrm Wednesdays invites young visitors to explore the legend of the ‘Wakefield Wyrm’, a secretive and fearsome dragon, through poster making, games, and writing monster poems and stories with help from the Museum’s Coalshed Poets. Living history characters will be on hand to help bring the stories of coal mining alive. The stories of the men, women and children who toiled in the mines continues below the surface on an underground tour, 140m below ground, brought to life by an ex-miner guide. Above ground, visit the Museum's galleries and original colliery buildings such as the Hope Pit store and the Pit Head baths. A stroll around the nature trail, visiting the ponies in the stable yard, an under 5’s play area and refuelling in the Café complete a visit.

On 14 - 17 April ‘We Also Served’, is a promenade performance delivered in partnership with the Theatre Royal Wakefield's young company of talented theatre-makers IN ON THE ACT. Inspired by the lives of the ‘Bevin Boys’, who served in the coalmines during WWII, ‘We Also Served’ reflects the feelings of the young men who had hoped to join the armed services but were, instead, sent away to work in the coal mines in unfamiliar communities. Bringing accessible theatre to the Museum, IN ON THE ACT’s performance will recognise the war efforts of the Bevin Boys and bring their poignant stories to life.

On 22 April, the Yorkshire Geological Society joins the Museum for Yorkshire Geology Day. This annual family-friendly event includes the chance to view micro beasts through a microscope, have your own rocks and fossils identified by experts, get your own rocks cut and polished or make a fossil to take home in the craft activity sessions. There will be a rare opportunity to take a special underground tour of Caphouse Colliery entered via the drift mine to learn more about rocks found underground and the harsh conditions in which miners worked, accompanied by a geologist and ex-miner guide. Back on the surface, there’s an expert-led walk to explore coal-bearing rocks as well as drop-in talks that reveal geology's contribution to everyday life and manufactured goods all around us. Visitors can complete their visit by browsing the range of precious stones and rocks in the museum gift shop and picking up a souvenir of the day.

For information about the Museum and events, visit www.ncm.org.uk or call the museum on 01924 848806. For press information, images and interview requests please contact Jessie Leong at Bonner & Hindley: jessie@bonnerandhindley.co.uk; 0113 243 4713

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Events Listings - April 2017 School’s Out:

Easter Sat 8 April – Sun 23 April Join us at the Museum for family-friendly activities incl. Easter bonnet making, Wyrm Wednesdays & living history characters.

FREE ‘We Also Served’ Easter Weekend Fri 14 April - Mon 17 April, 11am, 1pm & 3pm Promenade performances performed by Wakefield Theatre Royal youth drama group In On The Act inspired by the lives of the Bevin Boys who served in the coalmines during WWII. FREE - book tickets on 01924 848806

Yorkshire Crafts, Gifts & Produce Experience Easter Sunday 16 April & Easter Monday 17 April Sample delicious Yorkshire produce and browse our extensive range of crafts and gifts.

FREE Yorkshire Geology Day Sat 22 April, 10.30am-5pm Join Yorkshire Geological Society - meet the experts, enjoy hands-on activities and book a special underground tour. Morning session: hands-on activities and demonstrations from local groups and societies

 10.45am: Underground tour of Caphouse Colliery entering via the drift mine accompanied by a geologist and ex-miner guide

 11:15am: Underground tour of Caphouse Colliery - book on the day at the Museum reception.

 12pm: Surface walk to an exposure of coal-bearing rocks led by Dr John Knight

 Afternoon session: 'Geology in your shopping basket'

 2pm-5pm: Illustrated talks on geology's contribution to everyday life and the manufactured goods around you. Light refreshments provided at 3.15 & 3.45pm. FREE, drop-in

Vintage & Antique Fair Sun 23 April, 10.30am–4pm Fox and Moon present their quality fair with more than a touch of the unusual. £1.50, (free for under 16s)

Editor’s notes

 The Museum is free admission
 Free car and coach parking
 Opening hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm 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 fives.
 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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