The National Coal Mining Museum for England introduces new activity workshops for Out of School Clubs this summer 2016

The Education Team at the National Coal Mining Museum for England are offering daily activity sessions for out of school clubs this summer from 25 July to 2 September.

In a bid to enhance holiday clubs such as Cub Scouts, Brownies, play-schemes and out-of-school groups, the Museum has put together a programme of themed craft activities to keep the kids busy during the summer months.

The weekly themes will be linked to the Museum’s new special exhibition Heroes and Heroines, looking at the different roles of heroes in the mining industry, from pit nurses to inventors and rescue teams, ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition to these dedicated workshops, groups can extend their visit by discovering the world of mining with a special guided tour, 140m underground. When it’s time to resurface, wander around the Museum’s galleries and take a look at the special exhibition, Heroes and Heroines. Visitors can also explore the picturesque nature trail, before meeting resident pit ponies Eric and Ernie and giant Clydesdale Horse, Finn.

Sessions will take place Monday – Friday from 11.00am – 11.45am throughout the summer holidays and will cost £1 per child for the craft workshop (minimum £10 charge).

The workshops will cater for groups up to 30 children and must be booked in advance.

Groups wishing to take part in an underground tour can pay £3 per head refundable deposit for a pit-check, payable at Reception on arrival.

To book, please email

For information about summer events at the Museum, visit or call 01924 848806.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Laura Barr or Sara Merritt at Bonner & Hindley:; 0113 243 4713 ENDS

Heroes and Heroines 28 May – 31 December This year the National Coal Mining Museum for England is celebrating the extraordinary lives of the heroes and heroines of coal mining. The exhibition has been developed in two stages, with the first phase looking at heroes and heroines of the coalfield as nominated by the Museum staff. The Museum is also asking the public to get involved and provide their own nominations for their own coalfield heroes and heroines, which will be featured in the second phase of the exhibition. The exhibition will feature a combination of famous heroes and heroines, along with the everyday, hard-working men and women who fought for the right to work in the pits over the decades. Visitors are encouraged to ask Museum staff about their own heroes and heroines during this first phase of the exhibition.

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 or visit the website at

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