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Play area launched

August 1st 2016

An exciting new play area for younger visitors has been unveiled at Woodhorn Museum just in time for the start of the school holidays and the influx of summer visitors.

The play facilities which have been specially designed to complement the museum and industrial heritage site, have been paid for through funding from SITA Trust, Northumberland County Council, and the small grant schemes of County Councillors Val Tyler, Ken Parry and Jeff Gobin.

The timber play area has been specially designed for Woodhorn with fun and interactivity in mind,” explains Woodhorn’s Interim Director Jo Raw. “Designers have taken the site’s heritage as a theme and have included a special interactive mining platform with shovels, hoists and wheels, a tower tunnel slide, a crawl though tunnel, mining carts and even a pair of wooden pit-ponies: something for kids of all ages to enjoy. 

"We are really excited about our new facilities and hopefully families will be encouraged to stay for longer and get even more out of their visit to the museum overall. I am sure that spending time in the open will also encourage people to explore the site’s historic colliery structures. 

"Having something new to do over the summer holidays will be great for our regular visitors and the play space will also add to the overall family experience all year round.” 

Councillor Val Tyler, Cabinet member for Arts, Leisure and Culture at Northumberland County Council, attended the launch. Councillor Tyler said, “The new play facility is a fantastic new addition to Woodhorn Museum, just in time to be enjoyed by hundreds of visiting families this summer.

“The play area will not only expand and develop the already popular attraction but it’s also a great way to get young people involved in celebrating our proud mining heritage.” 

Woodhorn will be open every day from now up to and including Monday 5th September when it will resume normal Wednesday – Sunday opening. Full details of the summer events and exhibitions programme as well as information for new visitors can be found at


Notes to the editor 

For information on how to apply for funding from SITA Trust call (01454) 262910 or visit SITA TrustWoodhorn Charitable Trust received a grant of £49,918.00 from SITA Trust for the creation of an outdoor children’s play area at Woodhorn. SITA Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund. To date SITA Trust has supported more than 3,700 projects to a combined value of over £105 million using tax credits donated by SITA UK.SITA Trust funds improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with the scheme regulator, ENTRUST, as Environmental Bodies (EBs) EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit (currently 5.7%) against the landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.Since its inception, in 1996, over £1.4 billion has been spent on more than 53,000 projects across the UK.  

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