Celebrating our mining heritage

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A TRADITIONAL Miners’ Picnic will take place in Northumberland this weekend.

Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives will celebrate the county’s culture in the event on Saturday.

The picnic will follow the traditions of the event, with family entertainment, brass bands, heritage skills displays, a Memories are Made of This marquee, clog dancing, funfair rides and a regional food and craft fair.

And this year there will be two additional attractions.

The Great Boxing Booth Revival Stage, which is inspired by the old touring rings, will feature a range of performances, from Morris dancing to street dance and even a dalek-cyberman stand off linked to the museum’s science fiction Invasion exhibition.

Meanwhile, BBC Two’s roadshow, The Great British Story: A People’s History, will help visitors to find out more about their own personal heritage, as well as the history of the area.

North East presenters Chris Jackson and Paul Mooney will be there and experts from the Society of Antiquities will help to identify historic objects taken along to the show. There will also be the chance to have a go at weather forecasting and visitors will receive a free BBC fact pack.

The picnic takes place at the Ashington museum on Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free, but there will be a charge for parking and some craft activities.