Northumberland Miners

Celebrate...The Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2018: a fun, family day out rooted in local heritage reimagined with a contemporary twist!

Enjoy... a fantastic programme of performances on our main Stage. Full line up- TBC.

Discover... some of the regions most talented food producers and arts and craft makers in the Picnic Market located in our historic Workshop Galleries.

Explore… Woodhorn Museum and the historic colliery site. Get creative at our pop-up art workshops and refuel at our café, food stalls and beer tent!

Remember… the people, places and industry that brought us the tradition of the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic. 


11am- Miners' Memorial Service

11.45- Brass Marras featuring Ashington Colliery Band, Bedlington Brass Band, Ellington Colliery Band, Jayess Newbiggin Brass Bands and local young brass players.

13.30- PITMAN- perfomed by Eliot Smith Dance

14.15- The Baghdaddies

15.45- Martin Stephenson and the Daintees

Site Wide- Picnic Market, Family crafts, Circus skills, Pony rides*, Face painting*, Food and drinks stalls, Object handling and lots more. 

You can also find out more about the Heart of Hirst and Changed Lives Projects! 

* small charge applies 

Admission: Northumberland Miners' Picnic Admission is free, but parking charge- £5 per car applies. Picnic Day is one of the special selected community days when the Woodhorn Museum Membership Scheme does not apply), but you can find full details about the Membership Scheme here 

Walking: It's going to be a busy day, so if you can, why not consider walking to the event?

Main Car Parking: at the former ALCAN/Rio Tinto site with a Park & Ride service. Please follow signs. £5 per car. Allow up to 20 minutes for transfer. First bus 9.45am. 

Blue Badge/Accessible Parking: available at the Woodhorn Museum site £5 per car.

Bus: Free shuttle bus from Ashington Leisure Centre, first bus 9.45am.

Dogs: This is the first year that dogs are welcome on the Woodhorn Museum site (museum grounds and external buildings only, not in the main museum). The Miners' Picnic is a busy and noisy day, so please bear that in mind when deciding whether to bring your pet along to the event. 

This event is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Ashington Town Council and Northumberland County Council. 

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