Why not Come down t’ pit this February Half Term at The National Coal Mining Museum for England?

With February half term fast approaching, the National Coal Mining Museum for England announces a packed programme of activities from 11 February to 24 February, suitable for the whole family to muck in.

From 13 – 17 February, families are invited to come along to enjoy free arts and crafts activities as part of the Museum’s Family Craft activities.To celebrate the exhibition Heroes and Heroines, visitors can get creative with the Bands and Banners free daily craft activities between 1 – 4pm.

In addition, on 14 February the Museum will be hosting a free Puppet Workshop, which will take place in two workshops designed to encourage children to get hands-on and use crafts to design their own figurines.

The Museum’s living history characters will be regaling tales of their times on the pit. Hear the stories of Peggy Thorpe talking about life in the pit village, or Lord Shaftsbury who will be talking to visitors about the welfare reform brought in to prevent child miners from working underground.

From 11 February, the Museum will be hosting their explosive Science Show from 12.30pm, which takes visitors on a journey through the design and creation of the Flame Safety Lamp.

For visitors looking for an enchanting experience, on 22 February the Museum will be hosting a performance poetry & craft workshop titled 'Wyrm Wednesday', as part of a partnership with The Coal Shed poets, the Museum’s volunteer poetry group. Visitors can find out about the terrible dragon that lives underground and take part in craft activities including poster making, games, writing monster poems and stories, and character development of their own monster.

As well as a jam- packed schedule of special events, visitors can also enjoy the Museum’s underground tour, which delves deep into the world of mining, 140m beneath the surface. Above ground, visitors can stroll around the Museum grounds on the nature trail and meet the pit ponies, Eric and Ernie, and explore the rest of the museum site by downloading the free app, iSPY Explore and take part locating items around the Museum.

Visitors can complete their visit with a freshly-baked treat in the Museum café.

For information about the Museum and February Half Term events, visit the What’s On Page on www.ncm.org.uk or call 01924 848806.

For press information, images and interview requests please contact Jessie Leong at Bonner & Hindley: Jessie@bonnerandhindley.co.uk 0113 243 4713 ENDS

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 12C; 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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