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What's On Museums Northumberland.

There is a lot happening over the next few months at the Museums Northumberland sites, so much so we thought we would pull it all together to share in a blog post.

Museums Northumberland sites are Woodhorn, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, Hexham Old Gaol and Morpeth Bagpipe Museum.

You can purchase an annual pass which allows entry for a whole year. Great news for families - under 16's go free!

As story-tellers, curators, collaborators and caretakers, we’re proud to offer amazing experiences for every visitor – bringing a contemporary take on major events in Northumberland’s history. - Museums Northumberland.

What's On at Museums Northumberland?

Berwick Museum and Art Gallery - photo by Beth Wardell

Early Years Story Time Group

This group runs every Friday during term time at Woodhorn museum and every Thursday throughout the month of May at Berwick museum. (Both at 10.30am)

No need to book, you can just turn up and the story times are included in your annual pass admission.

Each week there will be a story to read together, followed by a hands-on activity suitable for preschool aged children. There are extra toys and books for little ones to play with following the session if you wanted to stay to visit the cafe.

More information can be found here.

STEM Summer Clubs

Woodhorn Museum will be hosting a week-long summer club themed around Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for children aged 9 - 11 from 31st July – 4th August.

The summer club is aimed at children who live in South East Northumberland. It will be free to attend (including food and refreshments) and limited spaces are be available.

Places must be booked in advance and can be done so via the website, where you can register your interest.

Half-term fun!

During the May half-term, there will be a number of free drop in sessions at Berwick, Hexham and Woodhorn museums which will be open daily from 10am - 4pm.

Make a bug magnet at Woodhorn, become Runic Codebreakers at Berwick and create a Scratch Art bookmark at Hexham Old Gaol.

These craft sessions are included with normal admission and are drop in so no need to book in advance, just turn up.

Seeds Of Hope at Woodhorn.

From the 1st June until the 4th June, join artist Bethan Maddocks in the Cage Shop between 10.30am - 12.30pm and 1pm - 3pm to create your own 'Seed Of Hope'. Sharing what it is you think about your local environment and your hopes for the future.

Ideas will help shape a new exhibition at Woodhorn.

This is a drop in session and no need to book.

Northumberland Miner's Picnic.

A date for your diary - Saturday 10th June 2023, sees the return of the popular Miner's Picnic at Woodhorn museum.

An action packed day for the whole family, rooted in local heritage re-imagined with a contemporary twist.

This is a free event however car paring charges apply. Visit the website for more information on what to expect.

Union Chain Bridge reopens.

The Union Change Bridge, which links England and Scotland, has finally reopened after a challenging restoration of the 202-year-old structure.

The restoration project began in October 2020 and since then every piece has been removed, checked and restored, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It is worth a trip into the borders to visit the "world's oldest vehicular suspension bridge" after all the hard work that has gone into it's reopening.

Find out more on the Union Chain Bridge Website.

We recommend joining the Museums Northumberland mailing list to stay up to date with their latest news.

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