Explore the power of mighty machines this February Half Term with hands-on activities, explosive experiments and so much more.

🎸 The Rock ‘n’ Coal Show

11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm & 3pm

Daily, Free

Discover how coal was formed and how we know where to find it! Meet famous people from history such as the Father of Geology William Smith and Marie Curie who was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize for her scientific discoveries.

🎨 Makers’ Shed


Daily, Free, Drop-in

Get creative with crafts celebrating the mighty machinery of mining.

👩‍🎨 Adult Art Workshop

Sun 11 February 2023

£10 per adult, pre-bookable

Learn one of the earliest forms of printing to create vibrant patterns on fabric, with artist Alison Taylor. Experiment with shape, contrast and texture to make a bespoke masterpiece.

🚂 The Railways of Caphouse Tour

Wed 14 February

Free, meet at Pit Yard

Unearth the secrets of our coal’s incredible journey, from the mighty locomotives that carried it, to the hidden passage that saw it vanish far away from site. 

🏗️ IzWiz Robotics Workshop (6-14yrs)

Wed 14 & Thu 15 February

Free, 11am-12:30pm & 2pm-3:30pm, pre-bookable

Love LEGO? Keen on coding? Build your own Mighty Machines and learn how to make them move in this creative programming workshop. No experience required. 

🚶 Heritage Walk

Thu 15 February

Free, 10am, pre-bookable

Enjoy a country walk? Fascinated by local heritage? Combine the two by joining our friendly guide in this 2-hour circular walk around the Museum. Discover shadows of the industry hidden in the landscape that may surprise you!

✏️ Caphouse Creators (7-12 yrs)

Wed 14 & Thu 15 February


£5 per child, pre-bookable

Experiment with negative and positive images as you skillfully wire and solder a circuit board, bringing illumination to your bespoke illustration.

🧪 STEAM Club (11-16 yrs)

Fri 16 February – 11am-12:30pm

Sun 18 February – 11am-12:30pm & 2pm-3:30pm

£5 per child, pre-bookable

Experiment with different liquids and solids to learn about density, use this knowledge to make your own lava lamp.

Other activities include the Power House (open daily 10am-4pm), Nature Trail, Paddy Train (weather dependent), Horsekeeper talks (12pm & feeding 2:30pm), Pithead Baths Explore (12pm daily), Discovery Spots, and lots, lots more!


Venue opening hours

Monday : Closed

Tuesday : Closed

Wednesday : 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday : 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

Friday : 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday : 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday : 9:45 am - 5:00 pm

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Dementia Friendly
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Parent And Baby
  • Relaxed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

New Road, Wakefield, WF4 4RH