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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Matt Stokes: Soundmirror Exhibition
Daily Exhibition In Summer 2019, Museums Northumberland is thrilled to be sharing some of Northumberland’s most extraordinary hidden stories with you. Over the past year we have been working cl ...
Invasion X
Family event
Join us at Woodhorn on Sunday 21st July for the 10th instalment of the annual sci-fi extravaganza, Invasion Meet a host of science fiction characters ranging from Daleks to Doctors, Jedis to Jawas an ...
Historic buildings at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
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 ...
Vintage Car Rally
Shows & Displays
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 ...
The Floraphone Make & Do
Arts and Crafts
Weekends and Northumberland school holiday days, 12noon-3pm Our historic Colliery Cage Shop (and former Tanky Engine Engine Shed) will be playfully transformed into a family friendly creative space th ...
Little Inventors Takeover - Makers Day
Arts and Crafts
Calling all children and their families! Explore Woodhorn Museum, be inspired by the theme of Energy, and dream up your own invention ideas. Here’s your chance to bring to life your invention idea ...
Sing Morpeth
Music & Dance
Join us at Woodhorn on Saturday June 22nd for an informal concert by Sing Morpeth. Sing Morpeth is a community choir based in Morpeth, Northumberland, built on the ethos of accessibility and inclusiv ...
Northumberland Miners’ Picnic 2019
Outdoor Event
You're warmly invited to the Northumberland Miners Picnic 2019 Celebrate the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, a jam-packed day out for all the family, the Miners’ Picnic is rooted in our loc ...
Family on beach
Bus & Coach
Looking for somewhere to go this summer? Why not go and explore the scenic North Northumberland Coast? ...
Ashington Market Day
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 ...
Little Inventors Takeover - Invention Creation!
Arts and Crafts
Calling all children and their families! Explore Woodhorn Museum, be inspired by the theme of Energy, and dream up your own invention ideas. What does Energy mean to you and what inventions ideas do ...
Ashington Fayre Day Poster
Family event
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 ...
Summer Bloom
Arts and Crafts
Every weekend until 14th July 2019 get crafty this Summer at Woodhorn Museum and make a spectacular summer bloom from tissue paper and pipe cleaners. ...
Park Setting
Caravan & Camping
Sandy Bay Holiday Park gives you everything the name suggests! Enjoy a family holiday of beach walks and building sandcastles. ...
The historic Woodhorn site
Group Attraction
Discover Northumberland's proud industrial heritage at a stunning historic site featuring art by the famous Pitmen Painters and an exciting exhibition programme.  ...
St Oswald's Everything's a £1 Event
Shows & Displays
We'd love for you to join us at our special Everything's a £1 event in Ashington. The shop is perfect for those that like to upcycle and want to get the maximum value out of every item. We sell ...
Coal Town
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 ...
A view of Druridge Bay Country Park
Great Outdoors
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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