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Northumberland Miners' Picnic

Saturday 13th June, All day.

This fantastic free family day out is jam packed with things to see, hear and do!

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic 2015 will celebrate Northumberland's heritage with a full programme of traditional and contemporary North East music, song and dance, a regional food and craft fair, street theatre, family art activities and much, much more.


Marquee Stage

10.15  Miners' Memorial Service - remember and celebrate an industry and its people. Featuring Ashington Male Voice Choir and Ashington Colliery Band and followed by wreath laying at The Miners' Memorial

12.00  YPG 4 TIPS! - young Northumbrian pipers group

12.45  Acclaimed folk singer songwriter Johnny Handle

14.00  Music from Appletwig Songbook

15.15  Celebrate our heritage with the Northumbrian Language Society

Main Stage

12.00  Traditional dance from the Hexhamshire Lasses

12.35  Ashington Colliery Band presents favourite brass melodies

13.30  Haalin' the Lines - a premiere of new songs performed by musicians and choirs, inspired by the stories from Newbiggin Genealogy project

15.00  The New Rope String Band - great music and a bit of humour

16.15  The Baghdaddies - with their unique brand of music from around the world

Workshop Galleries

All day Craft Fair with an array of gorgeous local goods

11.30  Music from Bedlington Youth Brass Band

Around the site:

Gallery of Wonder - discover a mysterious and spellbinding exhibition

ANIMATE with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - free animation and model making activities with artist Lesley-Anne Rose

Wansbeck Matters - traditional hooky and proggy mat making

The Squirrels - street theatre from two larger than life cheeky dancing squirrels

20,000 Voices and Wansbeck Voices - pop-up choir performances during the day

Children's craft activities with Jane Gower

Face painting by Izzy

Food stalls

Download the picnic programme here.

Admission free. Parking £3.50

Free bus from Ashington Bus Station. First bus Ashington 12pm and runs every 20 minutes via QEII Country Park. Last bus leaves Woodhorn 5.45pm

Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn, but family pets are not permitted within the fenced museum area. We advise that you leave pets at home.