Old King Coal

Wed 29th Mar - Sun 2nd Apr

Now in it’s fifth year Old King Coal celebrates the rich mining history of the North East.

Visitors can:

    • Support the local schools as they parade at 11.30am on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the event.
    • Take part in the parade of miners’ banners and brass bands from The Town to The Pit Village at 1.30pm on the Saturday and Sunday of the event.
    • Admire the mining banner exhibition in the Collections Study Room near Open Stores.
    • Learn how the pit villages of the North East supported the war effort whilst continuing to supply essential coal.
    • Tap their feet along to the brass bands which will also be taking part in the parade on the Saturday and Sunday.
    • Listen to local folk music and performances in Hetton Band Hall and our performance marquee in The Pit Village.

Why not take a look at some of the photos from Old King Coal 2016 which had a First World War focus?

 

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As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass!