The National Coal Mining Museum for England welcomes visitors to their underground Winter Wonderland this Christmas

Visit the National Coal Mining Museum for England this winter for a season packed full of festive activities for the whole family to enjoy. The museum is taking Santa 140m underground and celebrating Christmas ‘miner’s style’ with a whole host of musical adventures, crafty fun and great seasonal food in the run up to Christmas.

 Get kitted out and head deep below the surface as Santa takes up residence in his underground winter wonderland grotto complete with snowy walkway and a gift for every child that he meets. Santa isn’t the only character dropping into the museum this Christmas; Mother Goose will be starring in this year’s Pocket Panto on 12 December, as she tells her rags to riches tale with the help of some of your favourite Pantomime friends including the loveable dame, the villainous baddy and of course, the delightful Priscilla the goose.

 The fun continues on the 17 December as the museum holds a special ‘under 5’s’ day filled with musical adventures, Christmas crafts and festive stories to get your little one’s into the Christmas spirit – plus a magical performance from the bubbly Hey Diddles.

 For those who aren’t so keen on getting hands-on with the arts and crafts, the Christmas Craft fair will be bringing a whole host of yuletide traditions that we love to enjoy at this time of year. With over 40 charming stalls offering home-made crafts, quality gifts and jewellery it is the perfect opportunity to find a unique gift for someone special this Christmas.

 It’s not just the museum that is going all out with the festive decor, drop by the stables and see how our pit ponies, Eric & Ernie, and our beautiful Clydesdale horse Finn are getting into the swing of Christmas with their impressive Christmas decor.

 This winter the museum is home to a Special Exhibition: ‘The Craft of the Miner, Agricola’s Masterpiece’, which explores the fascinating book De Re Metallica, written by Georgius Agricola in 1556. The displays concentrate on its author and the book itself, exploring why it was written and how it became such an important manual in mining history. In addition, the exhibition delves into mining manuals, self-help and training in mining methods up to the nineteenth century.

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