Woodhorn

Woodhorn
QE II Country Park
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 9YF
England

Website

www.experiencewoodhorn.com

E-mail

generalenquiries@woodhorn.org.uk

Telephone

01670 624455

Fax

01670 626121

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A view along the main entrance path at Woodhorn with the old colliery buildings in the background
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Woodhorn is a vibrant, exciting place to visit all year round with a great programme of activities and exhibitions for the whole family.

Inspired by monster coal cutting machines once used deep underground, the stunning Cutter building and original listed colliery structures house fascinating, hands-on exhibitions and displays. Take an emotional journey through Coal Town and discover a proud mining community; explore the colliery buildings and imagine 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. Marvel at the original paintings of the Ashington Group – miners from the 1930s whose story has inspired remarkable play, Pitmen Painters, by Billy Elliot writer, Lee Hall.

Woodhorn is home to Northumberland’s public archive too.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site, Gallery

Opening hours

Open: Wednesday through to Sunday (+ Mon & Tues in Northumberland School Hols)
October until March, 10am - 4pm
April until September 10 am until 5pm
(Archives Open 10am - 4pm Wed-Sun until August 31st 2014. From September, for an initial period of 6 months, the Study Centre will close on Sundays.)

Admission charges

Free admission
All day parking £3.50

Getting there

Just off A189 Spine Road and C1 National/Coast and Castles Cycle Route east of Ashington.
Nearest public transport Ashington Bus Station - 15 minute walk

Additional info

Access: Most of the buildings at Woodhorn are accessible but as you might expect with the old listed colliery buildings, access to some is restricted. See our main website for a full access statement. Visitors are welcome to borrow one of three wheelchairs or a motorised scooter during their visit, and staff are happy to discuss any special requirements in advance of a visit.

The Pitmen Painters were a group of mostly miners from Northumberland who founded the Ashington Art Group in the 1930s and who took as their subject everyday life in their mining community. Woodhorn museum holds the main Ashington Group collection of their work.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Pitmen Painters - Northumberland miners who founded the Ashington Art Group
  • Mining history
  • Oliver Kilbourn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Dinosaur Encounter

  • 24 May — 1 September 2014 *on now

No one has ever seen a living dinosaur but scientists have been able to give us a very good idea of what they looked like and how they moved. Although we often imagine them as colossal flesh-eating beasts that lived on our planet for an incredible 160 million years, and some were indeed gigantic, some were only as heavy as a Labrador dog and many were vegetarian!
The stunning animatronic dinosaurs in this fantastic exhibition will transport you back into a land that time forgot where you will meet the most awesome creatures that ever roamed the Earth…

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult - £4.50
Concession - £4.00
Child (5 - 16) - £3.50
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) - £15.50
Family (1 adult & up to 3 children) - £11.50
Group rate (advance bookings) - £4.00
Under 5s - Free

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/dinosaur-encounter/

Bruised Not Broken

  • 7 June — 14 September 2014 *on now

Developed in collaboration with community groups in Ashington, artist Patrick Murphy presents a series of work that explores the impact of the loss of the mining industry and the resilience of communities.
Marking the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike, Bruised not Broken was commissioned for the BBC Great North Passion, a contemporary retelling of the Easter story, which was broadcast live on BBC One on Good Friday 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All-day parking charge of £3.50 applies.

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/coming-soon...bruised-not-broken/

Oliver Kilbourn - My Life as a Pitman

  • 28 June — 2 November 2014 *on now

This unique collection of paintings by Ashington Group artist Oliver Kilbourn acts as a visual memoir of his working life experiences. This collection forms a comprehensive record of his life underground and offers valuable insight into the life and environments of a working miner throughout the mid 20th Century.
Part of Ashington Group 80.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/coming-soon...-oliver-kilbourn--my-life-as-a-pitman/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Thank Folk It's Friday

  • 29 August 2014 2-3pm
  • 26 September 2014 2-3pm
  • 31 October 2014 2-3pm
  • 28 November 2014 2-3pm

Thank Folk it's Friday is a free programme of Folk music held in the Woodhorn Cafe on the final Friday of each month from 2pm.
TFIF line up for 2014 includes...
25th July- Jim Wigfield
29th August- Pipers Fancy
26th September- John Campbell
31st October- Jim and Marilyn Gibson
28th November- Chris Kelly

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/thank-folk-its-friday/

Birds of Prey Display

  • 25 August 2014 11am-3pm

See beautiful birds of prey on display from 11am to 3pm and catch one of the spectacular flying displays by the team at Ridgeside Falconry with flying demonstrations at 12pm and 2pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All-day parking charge of £3.50 applies.

Website

http://www.experiencewoodhorn.com/birds-of-prey-display/

Periscope rifle Gallipoli

History Fair - WW1 Event

  • 26 October 2014 11am-4pm

Celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of the region at the Northumberland History Fair. Come along to learn more about local history and to meet some of the organisations who preserve it.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All day parking charge of £3.50 applies.

Christmas Fayre

  • 29 — 30 November 2014 11am-4pm

A chance to buy special foods and crafts at our ever popular Christmas Fayre.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

All day parking charge of £3.50 applies

Getting there

Just off A189 Spine Road and C1 National/Coast and Castles Cycle Route east of Ashington.
Nearest public transport Ashington Bus Station - 15 minute walk

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