Discover how communities pulled together to support each other in the Miners’ Strike. Enjoy sunshine at the beach, explore the great outdoors, and much more in a fun-filled programme of events throughout the summer holidays at the National Coal Mining Museum.

From Saturday 20 July – Sunday 1 September, there will be a £5 charge per car (payable via cash or card) for the museum’s Summer offer which includes The Beach, car parking and unlimited rides on the much-loved Paddy Train (usually £2.50 per person). Blue Badge holders can park for free, but if they would like to ride our Paddy Train, the £5 per car charge will be payable.

If due to adverse weather conditions the train is unable to run, then there will be no charge. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Seaside Striking Stories

Daily, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm

Free, drop-in @ The Beach, Hope Pit

Come and enjoy a day out at the seaside. Play games and find out how the community entertained children during difficult times.

Makers’ Shed

Daily, 11.30am-3.30pm

Free, drop-in @ Pony Discovery Centre

Get creative with different crafts each week inspired by how the community supported miners in the strike.

Caphouse Creators Summer Special (7–12-year-olds)

Alternating weeks from 24 Jul – 23 Aug

£7 per child, pre-bookable

The Hub

Get crafty and make a colourful glockenspiel, your own soap and a poseable puppet.


STEAM Club Summer Holiday Special (9–16-year-olds)

Alternating weeks from 31 July – 30 Aug

£7 per child, pre-bookable

The Hub

Investigate how the sun emits energy, make ochre art and a delicious ice cream.


Minecraft Escape Room In A Box

Fridays in August (2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 August)

£10 per family, pre-bookable

The Hub

Take part in a Minecraft themed escape room challenge. Solve riddles, crack codes and problem solve your way to victory.


Cambridge Hands On Science

Sat 10 August, 10.30am–4.30pm

Free, drop-in @ Pit Yard

Hands on science experiments for the whole family to enjoy.

Other activities also include the Nature Trail, Paddy Train (weather dependent), Pithead Baths Explore, Reed Bed Tour, Railways of Caphouse Tour, Horsekeeper talks 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
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Relaxed
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

New Road, Wakefield, WF4 4RH