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Days Out | A Festive Visit to The National Coal Mining Museum


On Sunday we visited The National Coal Mining Museum for England (NCMME) and even got to go down t’pit to visit Santa!

Despite the museum only being a 40 minute drive from us, we had never actually been before. I’m really glad we’ve discovered it now as it’s a great place for a family day out and I like that the kids get to learn about the coal mining industry.

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The Santa Underground experience was the highlight of the day for us, where we put on our hard hats and travelled 140m underground to visit Santa in his grotto. This was such a unique experience, I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone local. The children even got a present each from Santa which they were really chuffed with.

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The Pensioners Bonus exhibition was really interesting. It’s about how acts of generosity by total strangers made Christmas possible for children of the Miners’ Strike in 1984, and what it was like for them to grow up in the shadow of the Miners’ Strike.


The Heroes & Heroines exhibition is also worth checking out, it focuses on famous heroes and heroines linked with the coal mining industry.

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We had lunch in the museum café which was delicious. The kids had giant Yorkshire puddings with sausages, mash and peas. My husband and I had Panini’s with chips, fantastic food which we all enjoyed.

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Admission to the museum, parking and underground tours is free. Tickets for Santa Underground are £6.50 for children and £5 for adults.

Thanks for reading.