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Summer Mine Tours

Through August we are offering mine tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The museum will be open too, and the café is open everyday.

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Closed on 26th-27th July

We will be having some work done on our main electricity supply on the 26th and 27th July, and so will be closed for those two days. Apologies for any inconvenience while we carry out this vital maintenance.

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Café Flooring – closed Nov 14th to 18th

We are planning to renew the flooring in the Heritage Centre during November as the existing vinyl floor has pretty much reached the end of it’s life.  Its been down for 15 years or so and is showing serious signs of wear and tear, particularly in the loos.  While it’s not exactly an exciting thing to […]

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A visit from the BBC

Recently we had a great time working with a Team from BBC Research and Development and Rewind who recorded some 360o footage at the Heritage Centre.  Even if you didn’t know that the BBC has a R&D department, you’ll almost certainly have used some of the technology that they have worked on over the decades like Ceefax (for […]

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Open Door Wheel Walk

Open Door Stoke-on-Trent (http://www.opendoorstokeontrent.co.uk) are organising a charity walk around Apedale to support their work with homeless and vulnerable people. Tickets include a bowl of lobby, a roll and a drink. Contact the number shown below for information and booking. PLEASE NOTE: The meeting point address is incorrect on the image below it should be […]

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Christmas Opening and 2016 Prices

Now that the AVLR Santa Specials are over and we’ve all more or less recovered, our thoughts turn to Turkey, Christmas pud and terrible jokes from crackers.  We’ll be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, but will be open as usual on the other days.  So mine tours and the museum […]

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Oaks Colliery Disaster

We’ve been asked to pass on this request for information and help… Does anyone have, or know of anyone who’s relatives were a victim of the Oaks Colliery Disaster, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. in which 361 men and boys lost their lives on December 12th 1866. For nearly 50yrs this was the worst mining disaster in […]

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