Next Extended Tours

Our next extended tours will be held on the 25th March and the 29th April.  Visit our Delve Deeper! page for more information.

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Winter Half Term 2017

Apedale Heritage Centre Mine Tours

It’s nearly half-term again and we’re going to be able to run mine tours on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd February. The museum will be open as well, so its just the thing thing to keep the little cherubs occupied!

The extended tour that we are running on the 18th is now fully booked, we’ve had a great response. We’ll announce further dates as we arrange them.


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Extended Tours

Some exciting news.. On February 18th we will be running extended mine tours to parts of the mine not previously open to the public.  This a bit more of a demanding tour so we have a lower age limit on 14 and you need to be reasonably fit, some parts are a bit steep.  Leave the Jimmy Choos at home, as you’ll need sturdy footwear and clothes that you don’t mind getting the off splash of mud on!  For full information see http://www.apedale.co.uk/attractions/extended-mine-tours/

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We are now able to offer Wi-Fi access in the Cafe are for customers. Using it is easy, just connect to the “ApedaleGuest” network and use the access key shown behind the counter. So no annoying signing up to anything.  The system is setup to be as secure as we can make it, so you are isolated from any one else using the system and we have a web-filter in place.

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Minnie Pit Rememberance 2017

We’ll be attending the annual Minnie Pit Remembrance Event this Sunday (8th) with our museum stand, and we’ll be sure to bring along some interesting artefacts. This year is the 99th Anniversary of the disaster.

For more information… http://www.halmerendmethodists.org.uk/news/minnie-pit-disaster-remembrance-sunday.html


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New Year 2016

Happy New year everyone! 2016 has had its ups and downs, but on the whole it’s been a successful year down at Apedale.  We’ve made a whole host of improvements over the year to the museum, café and mine, one of the biggest being our new café floor.  We’ve supported a couple of theatre productions by the Garrick Theatre, Lichfield and the Congleton Players as well as attending several events with our museum stand. We also won a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor and also became a Pokéstop in the game, Pokemon Go!

The Apedale Valley Light Railway has run another great programme of events this year, cumulating with probably to most successful Santa Special ever, and not forgetting the amazing Tracks to Trenches event in the summer.

So onto 2017, and next year’s confirmed events are up on our website.  We have some interesting things in the works for the year, but more on those as plans come to fruition!  Thanks to customers, visitor, volunteers and friends, for all your support over the year.

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Christmas Opening 2016

Christmas Opening 2016:
Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December – 10:30am to 3pm
Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December – Closed
Boxing Day, Monday 26th December – Closed
Tuesday 27th December – Normal Hours PLUS MINE TOURS
28th-30th December – Normal Hours
New Years Eve, Saturday 31st December – 10:30am to 3pm
New Years Day Closed.
On Saturday 24th and 31st December the last mine tour will be at 2pm as we will close at 3pm, but we will be offering mine tours on Tuesday 27th December.
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Trip to Caphouse Colliery

Volunteers from Apedale recently visited The National Coal Mining museum at Caphouse Colliery at the invitation of Ian Wibberley, who as well as being involved at Caphouse. is one of our trustees. We were given a tour of the underground workings including a lot of areas that aren’t part of the standard tour. We entered via their drift, which is also their second exit in emergencies, and were also shown their excellent underground educational experience which is a relatively recent addition. We even had a tour of Santa’s grotto, although sadly the big man wasn’t there yet! The mining team made us feel very welcome, with plenty of banter and even the odd practical joke. After bacon buttie and a brew in their restaurant we were left to explore the surface attractions for the rest of the day.

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Santa, Dales Dash and Travellers

A little news round up – firstly the traveler camp that arrived on Sunday and cause the Loomer Road Entrance to be closed yesterday is gone, and the park is open as usual today.  Thanks to Staffs Police for taking quick action as it could have impacted on upcoming events.

This coming Sunday (4th) sees the Annual Dales Dash, which starts and finishes right on our doorstep, for more details including how to take part visit http://newcastlestaffsac.org.uk/races/dales-dash/#therace

Sunday is also the deadline for booking your tickets online for the Santa Special Service. To book or for more information please visit http://www.avlr.org.uk/. Tickets are selling well, especially for the Sundays, so get in there!

Please note that the Santa Special event is run and organized by the Apedale Valley Light Railway, so any queries should be directed to them.

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Visit by Horton St Michael’s First School Leek

After a recent visit to Apedale, the children of Horton St Michael’s First School in Leek have produced a newsletter about their day out.  They have kindly given us permission to share it here.  As well as a mine and museum tour, Genesis the blacksmith was on hand to demonstrate his skills.

You can view there work by clicking here. (PDF 293k)

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