National Coal Mining Museum for England set to host its first ever Festival @ Pit

The National Coal Mining Museum for England is to host its first ever Festival @ Pit on 23 July. Nestled within the shadow of Hope Pit in the Museum grounds, the Festival will feature a range of performances from local musicians including main acts Vital Signs and Helter Skelter.

Vital Signs and Helter Skelter, both local bands from Huddersfield incorporate the very best of rock, indie, Brit pop and pop from the 60s to now, including favourites from The Rolling Stones to Kings of Leon.

This inaugural festival is a chance for audiences to experience an exciting music event in a heritage setting and marks a new phase for the Museum who has recently launched its' Wedding packages.

The Festival gates will open at 5pm, with the bands taking to the stage at 7pm running until 10:30pm. In addition to a fantastic line-up of music, there will also be a delicious selection of food stalls serving BBQ food, hog roast, crepes, alongside a Beer Tent and a Pimms and Prosecco Bar all catered for by the Museum’s catering company Asparagus Green.

Katharine Morley, at the Museum, comments, “We’re really excited to be hosting Festival @ Pit this year. We’ve been wanting to hold an exciting music event at the Museum for some time and encourage visitors to the Museum that have perhaps not been before. We hope that everyone enjoys it and that this is the start of more to come.”

Tickets to the Festival cost £10 each and must be booked in advance. Tickets can be booked at the Museum, online at or by ringing 01924 848806. Onsite parking is available at a cost of £5 per vehicle.

For information about the Festival visit or call 01924 848806.

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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, opening at 9am 16 – 20 February.

 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 or visit the website at

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