Torchlit story trail
Free – borrow torch from Reception
A self-guided trail using phone torch or a torch borrowed from reception, explore the darkened corners of the museum to reveal a Winter mining story.
Christmas Maker’s Shed
26 November 5 pm – 8pm
27 & 28 November 10 – 6.30pm
Families can design their own 3D Christmas lanterns, taking inspiration from our extensive collection of miners’ lamps.
4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22 and 23 December 11 am – 5.30pm 29, 30, 31 December 11am – 4pm
Families can come and make their own stocking or a “first footing” bag out of traditional sacking cloth complete with a piece of coal to go inside.
First footing is a tradition that used to be common across Britain but is now mainly seen in Scotland. The first footer is the first person to cross the threshold of a house in the new year, bringing good fortune symbolised as a piece of coal.
Families can enjoy rekindling this tradition by making and decorating a bag with a piece of coal in to bring good fortune to their own homes.
Pop Up Activities
Volunteers will be on site with interactive family-friendly activities about mining with a Christmas twist.
Winter Storytelling and Songs
27 - 28 November & 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22 and 23 December - 10.30, 11, 11.30, 12.00, 1.30, 2, 2.30, 3
£2 per person (+ VAT) – children under 1 go free
Join our living history performers for a Wintery story and festive songs. Perfect for families, including children with SEND.