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Woodhorn Museum

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QEII Country Park
NE63 9YF

Woodhorn, just 20 minutes north of Newcastle Upon Tyne, is an amazing day out for all ages at any time of year.

Inspired by monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, the stunning Cutter building and original listed colliery structures house fascinating, interactive exhibitions and displays.

Take an emotional journey through Coal Town and find out about the life and loves, tears and tragedies of a proud mining community. Explore the colliery buildings and imagine just what it would have been like to work underground. Hum along to the brass band at the Miners' Picnic, see the colourful banners and even design your own for the parade. Marvel at the original paintings of the Ashington Group - miners from the 1930s whose story has inspired a wonderful and highly successful new play, Pitman Painters, by Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall (opens on Broadway, New York.

Enjoy the galleries too with their changing touring exhibitions and hands-on fun for all ages. It could be anything from colourful geometrical canvases reflecting Islamic art or internationally acclaimed wildlife photography to 100 years of the Women's Institute or an end of year show for the local college. There are often craft activities for children and special events linked to the exhibitions too.

Our large Workshop Galleries are designed for big shows and recently have hosted family favourites Wallace & Gromit in the amazing Animated Adventures exhibition. It has also been home to the Cars of the Star exhibition featuring some stunning vehicles from the world of film and TV. For those interested in researching the history of Northumberland or perhaps their own family, Northumberland's amazing archival "treasures" are stored at Woodhorn too with all kinds of records going back 800 years! Those with a casual interest or first time visitors will find touch screens to show you how to get started if you want delve into the past. Highly interactive Videogame Nation exhibition runs until 5 September 2011.

Visitors to Woodhorn often enjoy the QEII Country Park too in which the museum stands. Once a huge spoil heap a mile wide and 2 long, it was transformed more than 30 years ago in the largest earth moving project of its kind in Europe into a beautiful park complete with 40 acre lake. Today it teems with wildlife including the endangered red squirrel. If you don't fancy walking or cycling around, you might consider a trip through it on the narrow gauge railway that runs from the museum.

And of course Woodhorn has a café for that all important cuppa after a packed visit.

Groups welcome. Guided tours available. Function centre on site. Education products available.

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Just off A189 (Coastal Route) east of Ashington. Just 20 mins north of Newcastle Upon Tyne and south of Alnwick.

Watch out for the brown and white signs rather than following sat nav or you'll be off on a mystery tour instead.

Woodhorn Museum Postcode for SatNav: NE63 9YF


01670 528080
01670 528081

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