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Snap Time!

Saturday 19th February 2022 - Sunday 27th February 2022

This February we celebrate everything to do with coal mining and food, from snap tin essentials like “mucky fat” sandwiches to the rich pickings of community allotments. Work, community, family, home – food will always be present.


All Day Activities

Food Trail
FREE – Collect from Reception
19 & 20 February & 23-27 February                  
Miner’s loved their food! See what snap related items you can find as you walk through the galleries. Take your completed trail to reception to get your rhubarb and custard flavoured treat.


10am-4pm last orders at 3:30pm.

Caphouse Café

Enjoy snap time with some authentic miner’s snap including pies, butties and a rhubarb treat for afters.


10:15am – 2:30pm

Underground Tour

@ Caphouse

Delve 140m underground and discover 180 years of history with a captivating former miner.

Please pre-book at Reception or here


11:00am – 3:30pm

Paddy Train (Weather Dependent)

The Hub to Hope Pit

Travel in a train that used to carry miners at work. All Day Ticket £2.50 per person, available from Reception.


Timed Activities

11.00am, 12:00pm, 13:30pm and 14:30 pm

Peggy Thorpe, The WW2 Miner’s Wife £2
@ Parkinson’s Yard, Mining Lives Gallery, The Hub
Join Peggy in her back yard to learn about her life and the Bevin Boy who boards with her in the 1940s. Hear how rationing has affected them and what is for snap.

Pre-book at Reception or here



Makers’ Shed
@ Learning Space, The Hub

Craft your own allotment by making 3D fruit and veg then make a paper snap tin to take home in.


Discovery Spots
From 11:00 am
Look out for our friendly volunteers across site who will be running interactive activities throughout the day.


Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 February, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Caphouse Creators (7-12 YRS) £5

@ Learning Space, The Hub
Create your own herb garden with custom made plant labels from recycled and reclaimed materials.

Pre-book at Reception or here

11:30am & 2:00pm

Blacksmith Demonstrations

@ Blacksmith’s Workshop, Hope Pit

See the Museum’s resident Blacksmiths demonstrating their skills.


12:00pm & 2:30pm

Horsekeeper Talk

@ Pony Discovery Centre, Pit Wood

Discover more about our four-legged friends in the 12pm talk and see them being fed at 2:30pm.


Sunday 20 &27 February 2022, 11:30am-12:15pm & 12:30-1:15pm

Hope Pit Explore

Discover the people, the places and the expertise that was required to support the underground miners.

Pre-book at Reception or here


Thursday 24 February, 1pm & 2:30pm

Reed Bed Explore
Discover how we use nature and science to clean our bright orange mine water.
Pre-book at Reception or here


Sunday 20 &27 February 2022, 2pm-2:45pm

Pithead Baths Explore

Understand how revolutionary the showers were and how they boosted morale among the workforce.

Pre-book at Reception or here


Additional activities and tours may be organised on the day of your visit. Please check the noticeboards in The Hub and at Hope Pit.