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Christmas @ Caphouse

Friday 24 November 2023 - Sunday 7 January 2024

🎄 Seasons Greetings! Travel 140m underground to find Santa in his atmospheric grotto, join our Lantern Parade and see Caphouse lit-up, and enjoy a fun-filled programme of events over the Christmas period. 🎄

🎅 Santa Underground

Sat 25 Nov 2023 – Sun 24 December
£12-13 per child (£10-11 per adult), pre-bookable

Before Santa goes down your chimney he is going down the mine! Travel 140m underground to join Santa in his unique and atmospheric underground grotto where he will be waiting to meet a few select children. Will the bell place you on the naughty or nice list? Good children will receive a present and certificate while naughty ones will get coal…

📚 Christmas Storytelling

Every weekend (Saturday & Sunday) until Sat 23 December
Free, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm

Join Peggy and Frank as they chats about Christmases past and host parlour games in Parkinson’s Yard.

🎁 Makers’ Shed

Every weekend (Saturday & Sunday) – from 2 – 23 December
Free, 11:30am – 5pm

Get crafty this Christmas and make your own wrapping paper and Christmas decorations.

🎉 Caphouse Creators Christmas Special  (7–12-year-olds)

Sun 3 December
£5 per child, pre-bookable

Construct your own personalised Christmas crackers and their crafty contents in this hands-on, festive workshop.

📸 Adult Art Workshop

Sun 10 December 2023
£10 per adult, pre-bookable

Get arty and join artist Lee Graham for a workshop on photomontage. Photographs can tell us stories – but what happens if you alter them to change the narrative? Reimagine and reinvent photographs in this creative workshop. 

Wacky Wednesday Christmas Special (under 5 year-olds)

Wed 13 December
£5 per child, pre-bookable

Play and learn with your pre-schoolers through Christmas-themed interactive storytelling, activities, singing and crafts. Oh and if you’ve been good, a very special guest may be swinging by to say hello..!

Home Education Workshops (7–13-year-olds)

Wed 13, Thu 14, Fri 15 December
£7 per child, pre-bookable

Nothing is more thoughtful than a handmade gift. See some handmade presents that were passed through generations of coal miners, whilst making your own personalised creations using authentic materials such as stained-glass resin, clay and wood.

🚶 Heritage Walk

Thu 21 December
Free, 10am, pre-bookable

Enjoy a festive ramble? Fascinated by local heritage? Combine the two by joining our friendly guide in this 2-hour circular walk around the Museum. Discover shadows of the industry hidden in the landscape that may surprise you!

📅 Makers’ Shed

Wed 3 – Fri 5 January
Free, 11:30am – 3:30pm

Get set for the year ahead and use printing to create 2024 calendars.


Festive treats are available from the Café and there will be chance to catch up on your Christmas shopping at the Museum Shop.

Other activities also include our Nature Trail, Blacksmiths Demonstrations, Horsekeeper talks and much more!