Explore Ashington

Ashington is one of the largest towns in Northumberland and is located in the Woodhorn and coast region. It grew from a few farms in the early 19th century to a large coal mining village when the colliery opened in 1867. At one point, Ashington was known as the largest mining village in the world.

The Cutter at Woodhorn

The Cutter, Woodhorn Museum

The mines closed in 1988, but Ashington is proud of its history which is remembered at the nearby Woodhorn Museum, housed in a stunning new building, inspired by the massive cutting machines that were once used deep underground. The Ashington Colliery Heritage Trail consists of a circular route around the former colliery site. The town also acquired a new high-tech business park designed to generate new enterprise following the closure of the colliery. Make the most of your stay and stay in an Ashington Self Catering property.

Ashington offers a good range of shops and market day is Tuesday. It has two country parks, Wansbeck Riverside Country Park and the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park at Woodhorn, which is located next to an Ashington hotel. The latter is enhanced by the QE II Country Park Railway. Enjoy the culture and tradition of this Northumberland town by staying in a Ashington bed and breakfast.

Ashington has produced some of Britain’s most outstanding sportsmen, including footballers Jackie Milburn, Jack Charlton, and Sir Bobby Charlton, cricketers Steve Harmison and his brother Ben, and golfer Kenneth Ferrie to name a few.

QE II Country Park Railway

Enjoy a ride around the Queen Elizabeth II Country Park

Ashington Market Day


The regular market day is Tuesday on Station Road in the town centre. Visitor enquiries please contact Morpeth Tourist Information Centre. Stall enquiries please call: 07909 688174


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Wild Wednesday
Family event
Go wild at Woodhorn Museum! Get up close and personal with real creepy crawlies as we welcome Guy Tansley of ‘Bugs n Stuff’ to the museum from 10am to 3.30pm. ...
The historic Woodhorn site
Group Attraction
Ashington
Discover Northumberland's proud industrial heritage at a stunning historic site featuring art by the famous Pitmen Painters and an exciting exhibition programme.  ...
Easter Bunny
Family event
The Easter Bunny will be visiting Woodhorn Museum over the long Easter weekend. Find him on site to receive a small treat! The Easter Bunny is due to visit between 11am and 3pm every day from Friday 1 ...
The Fallen Forest
Arts and Crafts
12noon-3pm Weekends and every day during the Northumberland School Holidays. Help us create The Fallen Forest this winter at Woodhorn Museum as part of our Coal Forest season. ...
Wild Wednesday
Family event
Go wild at Woodhorn Museum! Get up close and personal with real creepy crawlies as we welcome Guy Tansley of ‘Bugs n Stuff’ to the museum from 10am to 3.30pm. Go wild on your own bug hunt ...
Park Setting
Caravan & Camping
Ashington
Sandy Bay gives you everything the name suggests! Take life easy on the golden sands: enjoy family walks along the beach, building sandcastles, exploring the rock pools and soaking up the stunning cli ...
Coal Town
Exhibition
Find out about an industry and a way of life that has vanished forever Woodhorn Colliery and the people who worked it were typical of a way of life that has vanished forever. So what was coal mining r ...
Ashington Fayre Day
Family event
Ashington
Ashington Fayre Day, an event for the whole family to enjoy. Lots to do and see, there will be Fairground Rides, Market Stalls, Live Music, Hot & Cold Food, Facepainters, Street Entertainers, Rock ...
Ashington Market Day
Markets
Ashington
The general market operates every Tuesday on Station Road in the town centre. Visitor enquiries: Morpeth TIC 01670 623455 – Stall enquiries: Neil Brown. Market Manager, Northumberland neil.brown ...
Historic buildings at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
Ashington
Enjoy our excellent facilities, cutting-edge arts and cultural exhibits and a fun-filled events programme Located in what was once the largest pit village in the world, the former colliery is now hom ...
Coal Forest art trail opens at Woodhorn Museum
Exhibition
Coal Forest sees magical art installations pop up throughout Woodhorn Museum and its colliery heritage buildings from Saturday 27 October 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019. Accompanied by a six-month ...
Coal Forest
Exhibition
Coal Forest will see the site transformed through a series of magical and thought-provoking art installations in our museum and colliery heritage buildings. Neon lungs glow in the heart of the collier ...
Museums Northumberland launches new exhibition, Into the Woods
Exhibition
Museums Northumberland will be showcasing work by talented artists from across the North East as part of its new exhibition at Woodhorn Museum, Into the Woods, which opens on Saturday 16 February. ...
Family on beach
Bus & Coach
Ashington
Looking for somewhere to go this summer? Why not go and explore the scenic North Northumberland Coast? ...
Into the Woods: Open Exhibition
Exhibition
An open art exhibition at Woodhorn Museum exploring the theme of trees, woodlands and forests: past, present and future. Following the success of Woodhorn Museum’s inaugural open art exhibition ...
Vintage Car Rally
Shows & Displays
Ashington
Enjoy a grand day out at Woodhorn Museum's Vintage Car Rally. The North of England Classic and Pre-War Automobiles (NECPWA) club will be back at Woodhorn with their amazing array of classic cars. Enjo ...
Into the Woods: Open Exhibition
Exhibition
An open art exhibition at Woodhorn Museum exploring the theme of trees, woodlands and forests: past, present and future. Following the success of Woodhorn Museum’s inaugural open art exhibition ...
A view of Druridge Bay Country Park
Great Outdoors
Ashington
Woodhorn Colliery is a heritage museum. The country park, once the site of a colliery spoil heap, features a wide variety of wildlife in its woodland and 40-acre lake. ...

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