Funding for museum to create a play area

Woodhorn Museum, Ashington
Picture by Jane Coltman
Woodhorn Museum, Ashington Picture by Jane Coltman

A Northumberland museum has been given funding to create a children’s play area.

Woodhorn Charitable Trust has received a £49,918 award from SITA Trust towards the outdoor facility at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington.

The site is a popular destination for families with interactive attractions throughout the permanent displays, while a programme of family learning and craft activities complement special events and temporary exhibitions.

There are also family guided tours as well as a narrow gauge railway which runs through the park operated by volunteers.

It has long been recognised, however, that an outdoor play area where families can enjoy the open space and children can let off steam, would be a huge bonus to the museum, complementing the existing facilities and offering a new amenity to the local community in addition to museum visitors.

Jo Raw, acting director at Woodhorn, said: “Being able to provide an exciting new play facility for young visitors will be beneficial.

“With the facilities, families will be able to stay for longer, enjoy a greater level of satisfaction and perhaps be likely to make more repeat visits.”