Free event Family friendly


Now - Fri 31 Dec 2021


10:00 - 17:00

Age guidance

Recommended for people from 2 years old

This Christmas, join us round the fire to kindle the flame of pride, honest graft, community, loyalty and strength. As we delve deep into memories of miners’ Christmas traditions, we might just leave you with a new tradition of your own to pass on…

Torchlit story trail (Running Daily | 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 (Free)

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, 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 (£2 per person (+ VAT) – children under 1 go free)

27 – 28 November & 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 22 and 23 December – 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12.00pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm: Join our living history performers for a Wintery story and festive songs. Perfect for families, including children with SEND.

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