Hundreds to attend picnic day

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.
The Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.

An event commemorating and celebrating the region’s coal mining history and heritage will take place this weekend.

Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2015 takes place at Woodhorn Museum on Saturday, June 13, with a programme of entertainment and family fun.

The event celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, and continues to commemorate and celebrate the coal mining history and heritage.

Many people fondly remember when brass bands accompanied miners and their colourful union banners through the streets before listening to rousing speeches from mining leaders and political greats, but the picnic still endeavours to bring everyone together with a programme of traditional entertainment and community celebration.

The Marquee Stage shines a spotlight during the day on the mining heritage beginning with the Miners’ Memorial Service at 10.15am accompanied by Ashington Male Voice Choir and Colliery Band.

Following wreath laying at The Miners’ Memorial statue, the marquee features performances by a young Northumbrian pipers ensemble, acclaimed folk singer songwriter Jonny Handle, music by Appletwig Songbook and a celebration of the distinct dialects of the region with the Northumbrian Language Society.

Elsewhere, there will be more music from Ashington Colliery Band, Bedlington Youth Brass Band, the brilliant New Rope String Band with their superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius, plus the Baghdaddies whose mad musical blend of brass, harmony and rhythm will make it impossible not to dance, and there will also be lots of activities to keep the kids entertained.

Full details of all the events, activities and performers taking part in the picnic, can be found online at

Admission to the picnic is free and a free bus will operate from Ashington Bus Station every 20 minutes.