Picnic will honour region’s heritage

A previous Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.
A previous Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.

The heritage of the North-East will be celebrated at a free family event this weekend.

The Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2015 will feature traditional and contemporary music, song and dance from around the region.

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.

The Northumberland Miners' Picnic at Woodhorn.

A North-East food and craft fair, street theatre and art activities also planned for the event, among other things.

The Picnic takes place at Woodhorn, in Ashington, on Saturday and the entertainment will take place throughout the day.

One of the highlights will be Haalin’ the Lines – a premiere of new songs performed by musicians and choirs, inspired by the stories from Newbiggin Genealogy project.

Other things to look out for on the day include a performance of brass melodies by the Ashington Colliery Band, traditional dance from the Hexhamshire Lasses and free animation and model-making activities with artist Lesley-Anne Rose.

There will be a poignant start to the event, with a miners’ memorial service at 10.15am.

It will remember and celebrate the industry and its people and feature Ashington Male Voice Choir and Ashington Colliery Band. It will be followed by wreath-laying at The Miners’ Memorial.

Parking on the day will be £3.50. Assistance dogs are welcome at Woodhorn, but family pets are not permitted within the fenced museum area. It is suggested they are left at home. To download a programme, visit experiencewoodhorn.com or call 01670 624455.