Events to mark Woodhorn anniversary

Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Ashington.
Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Ashington.

A NORTHUMBERLAND museum is celebrating it’s fifth birthday with a string of events.

Woodhorn will be celebrating five years since its £16m redevelopment and relaunch at the end of the month, and the anniversary is being marked by a week-long celebration coinciding with October half term and featuring lots of family fun and a great history fair, so perhaps now is a good time to take a quick look back.

Director Keith Merrin said: “It’s been a busy five years, but extremely rewarding for everyone involved.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved and of course, we are all looking forward to the next five and beyond.

“We are very much looking forward to half term too when we have a full programme of activities; something for the whole family.

“We’d love to see as many of our regular visitors as well as new ones come along and join the celebrations.”

On Monday, October 24, there will be a Northumberland History Fair from 11am to 4pm, where visitors can celebrate the rich and diverse heritage of the region at the Northumberland History Fair.

Reel Northumberland will take place from noon to 2pm, as part of the BBC series Reel History hosted by Melvin Bragg, broadcast in autumn showcasing archive film from across the UK, Woodhorn invites you to take a journey into the past with Northumberland Archives and Time Travel Northumberland film showcase.

On Wednesday, October 26, from 11am to 3pm there will be a birds of prey display, and on the day of the anniversary itself – Friday, October 28, there will be the chance to see a specially commissioned ‘Cutter Building’ birthday cake and join in the creation of a giant artwork with the Big Draw.

And finally, on Sunday, October 30, there will be Spooky Hallowe’en Tours of the Woodhorn site, at noon and 2pm, which are priced at £2.95 for adults, and £1.95 for children, and must be booked in advance by calling (01670) 528080.

Full details of the birthday celebrations and all of Woodhorn’s events and services are available at