This week we headed to the beach, a beach with a difference. Not only was it 70 miles inland but it was at the National coal mining museum for England. Not somewhere you might associate with having a beach, but it’s one of the many attractions the site has for visitors during the summer holidays.
We only had a few hours there to meet my sister and nephews so took the opportunity to discover some new additions since we last went. With it being a lovely sunny day after so much rain the kids had great fun exploring the new playground. The kids ages range from 3-9 years-old but we found something for everyone to enjoy. We haven’t yet ventured underground, but for an extra charge if you’re over the age of 5 you can see what’s beneath your feet and meet a real miner.
After the playground, we bought tickets to take the ‘Seaside special’ miners train up to Hope pit and ‘the beach’. It’s a lovely area just past the pretty memorial garden, and there’s a nature trail, bird hide and some more buildings to explore. We headed to the beach area where the kids had great fun playing in the sand. There’s even a beach hut selling ice cream! We had our picnic up there and all too soon it was sadly time to head home, we hadn’t even ventured inside where there were craft activities taking place later on. The kids though had great fun and there’s lots more for us to discover next time.
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