A week of free activities is happening now at a historic mining attraction this October half-term.
Killhope Lead Mining Museum, in Weardale, is hosting a variety of events to keep families busy. The museum, which is run by Durham County Council, is open every day during the October half term holiday from 10am to 4.30pm. Entry to the museum is free with the museum’s café and shop open throughout.
Cllr Elizabeth Scott, the council’s Cabinet member for economy and partnerships, said: “We know that it can be sometimes difficult to keep youngsters entertained during the school holidays, which is why we’re pleased to be able to offer such a variety of free activities at Killhope.
“There’s so much to do across the week so we’d encourage people across the county to make a day of it and visit what is an always popular family-friendly attraction.”
On Saturday 22 October, the museum hosted a blacksmith demonstration day and a promenade theatre performance, telling tales of what life was like for the lead mining community in Victorian times. Future performances are at 11.30am and 2pm on Wednesday 26 October.
Contribute to a giant mural at a workshop from 11am to 4pm on Tuesday 25 October. Inspired by the rare lead-tolerant flowers and other plants found at Killhope, artists Bridget Kennedy and Carole McCourt are creating the mural, which will be on display at the museum next season. The mural will be made up of small pieces of work created using printmaking methods.
There will also be a last chance to see several displays currently running at Killhope before the attraction closes for the winter on Sunday 30 October.
An exhibition of sculptures, /W/under, by Stuart Langley which is inspired by the minerals found underground at Killhope remains on show. Handworked, a series of photographic images sited around the museum and Love IRL heart, a sculptural art installation which is an ode to the contrasts between human connections in the digital and real worlds, are also available to view.
For further information on the museum go to https://killhope.org.uk/