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Woodhorn Museum launches art trail that changes with the seasons


Woodhorn Museum in Ashington has announced details of its bumper new season that will see magical art installations transform its museum and colliery heritage buildings from Saturday 27 October 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019.

Entitled, Coal Forest, the art trail is inspired by the Coal Forests of the carboniferous period and the complex human relationship with coal and the environment; past, present and future. 

The Coal Forest art trail will feature work by artists including Brass Art, Crowe & Rawlinson, Laura Ford, Kelly Richardson, Thrussells and Bethan Maddocks.

Accompanying the artworks is an exciting six-month events programme themed around the changing seasons; Let Go (autumn), Glow (winter) and Grow (Spring).

Rowan Brown, chief executive of Museums Northumberland, said: “Coal Forest will run throughout the autumn, winter and spring bringing some unique artworks to Woodhorn Museum.

“We’ve planned a huge events programme that shifts with the seasons so people can visit again and again and always experience something new.”

Let Go in the autumn invites visitors to explore the Coal Forest Art Trail and some of Woodhorn Museum’s spookiest Halloween events including, a pumpkin trail, bird of prey display and spine-tingling storytelling sessions.

Glow in the winter sees a very special guest arrive at Woodhorn Museum. From Friday 7 - Monday 24 December Father Christmas will be reading some classic festive stories, including ‘The Snowman’ and ‘The Polar Express’. The popular winter market returns, as does the WonderIce Rink in Woodhorn’s Pit Yard.

Grow welcomes the spring and with it a new open art exhibition, Into the Woods, alongside nature and wildlife-inspired walks and talks. There will also be a special programme of family-friendly events for Easter.

Coal Forest opens on Saturday 27 October and runs until Monday 22 April 2019.

For more information about Coal Forest and its seasonal events programme, visit

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