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Children's Activity Event, Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb 2020, free entry


Work Hard, Play Harder - Half Term @ Pit

Work Hard, Play Harder - Half Term @ Pit


This February Half Term @ Pit, celebrate 100 years of Miners' Welfare, getting hands-on with our mining-themed activities!

Caphouse Creators Special – Make Your Own Soap
Monday-Friday (11am)
Suds up! Working underground was dirty work, which meant a trip to the Pithead Baths and a good wash at the end of the day was a miner must! This February half term, join us for our Caphouse Creator Special, where we’ll be celebrating 100 years of Miners’ Welfare by designing and making our very own soap to take home. Each session will cost £5 per person and have limited availability. To book, click here or ring us on 01924 848806.

Maker Shed - Miniature Miners’ Magnificent Playground
15th-23rd February (12.30 – 4pm)
“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” - thankfully this wasn’t the case for miners, who had lots to do in their spare time all thanks to the Miners’ Welfare. To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miners’ Welfare, we’re challenging visitors to get experimental with different materials, designing and even helping make a model playground fit for our miniature mining families. Suitable for 5 years and upwards.

Traditional Games
Monday–Friday (10am–12.30pm and 1.30–4pm)
Try your hand at giant games, dominoes, French skipping and coits in the galleries and board games in the library.
Suitable for 7 years and upwards.

Meet Peggy Thorpe!
Monday-Friday (12, 1, 3 & 4pm)
Meet Peggy Thorpe during this special, interactive performance in our back yard reconstruction. Learn about her life as a miner’s wife in the 1940’s and the Bevin Boy who boarded with her. Suitable for 7 years and upwards.

Explore the Pithead Baths
23rd February (12pm, 1pm and 2pm for 30 minutes, book on arrival)
Join us on an interactive tour lead by volunteers around the Pithead Baths. Find out what systems were used and about the people who used them. Understand how revolutionary the showers were and how they boosted morale amongst the workforce.

Explore Hope Pit
23rd February (1:30-2pm)
There’s more to mining than digging! Join us on an interactive tour lead by volunteers around Hope Pit. Find out about this historic part of our site. Learn the stories of the buildings and the many different roles miners did above ground. Suitable for 11 years + and adults

Pop-Up Activities
15th-23rd February
Meet one of our knowledgeable volunteers in the mining lives gallery and delve into the history of coal mining with a family-friendly activity.
Suitable for all ages.

Horsekeeper Talks
15th-23rd February (12 & 2pm)
Head down to the stables where you will find our friendly horsekeepers, who can tell you all about our ponies Eric, Ernie and Budd as well as Finn the gentle Clydesdale!
Suitable for all ages

Pocket Passport
15th-23rd February
Pick up one of our Pocket Passports to help you explore our site and collect a sticker from the people you meet at each stop. Collect all the stickers for the chance to win a prize!
Suitable for 5 – 11 year olds.

Blacksmith Demonstrations
15th-23rd February (11:30am & 2pm)
Drop in to the Blacksmith's Workshop up at Hope Pit & see the Museum's resident Blacksmiths Jayne & Martin demonstrating their skills, with demonstrations at 11:30am and 2pm.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled access

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 15 - Sun 23 Feb 2020


Free entry

Drop in, Free activity, but we welcome donations to cover the cost of materials.
Special events in the school holidays are £5 per ticket and must be booked.

Also see



See location of National Coal Mining Museum for England on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 252164  Lat: 53.64376 Long: -1.61925

By Road:
Leave the M1 at jct 40 (A638) towards Wakefield, take the 1st right after the traffic lights (Broadway). The Malt Shovel pub will be on your right. At the end of Broadway turn right onto the A642 to Horbury and Huddersfield.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Bus Route: Yorkshire Traction Bus 232 from Wakefield Bus Station. Drops off outside the Reindeer Inn.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Wakefield or Huddersfield station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

NEW Adventure Playground and Mining Lives gallery