Explore the great outdoors this May Half Term with hands-on activities, woodland wonders and much more at the National Coal Mining Museum!

🎨 Makers’ Shed

Daily, Free, Drop-in


Get creative and make tree-themed crafts, from a peg doll to a gemstone bookmark.

🐤 Canary Capers Puppet Show

Daily, Free

11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.45pm

What has Sparky the Canary been up to? Find out about his capers in our shadow puppet sure to delight the young at heart.

🌳 Encounters with Trees

Daily, Sitewide

Discover different types of trees and how wood was used in the mining industry, by finding ten beautifully crafted benches across our site.

Steam Winder Demonstrations

Daily, 11am-2pm

See how a few puffs of steam can work with some giant machinery to move the mighty Pit Wheel.

🛤️ Hope Pit Explore

Every Sunday, 12.30pm

Free, pre-bookable, meet at Hope Pit

Explore Hope Pit to understand the functions of giant mechanical machinery and explore the Lister-Kaye Tunnel.

Pit Poetry Walk

Wed 29 May, 11am

Free, pre-bookable, meet at Reception

Discover the history of the Museum and the mining industry through poems and stories.

🚂 The Railways of Caphouse Tour

Wednesday, 1pm

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. 

Reed Bed Tour

Sat 25 May, 1.30pm

Free, meet at Reception

Discover how we pump and purify orange mine water, through our innovative water treatment system.

✏️ Caphouse Creators (7-12 yrs)

Wed 29, Thu 30 & Fri 31 May


£5 per child, pre-bookable

Make impressions into clay with organic materials to create a unique botanical relief casting.

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
  • Dementia Friendly
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Parent And Baby
  • Relaxed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

New Road, Wakefield, WF4 4RH