Mining Gala 2017

The Apedale Mining Gala returns this year on 15th and 16th July and we hope that this one will be the biggest and best yet.  The action will be moving to the events arena behind the centre giving us much more room for music and exhibitors. To get a flavour of what to expect, visit our picture gallery from the last event.

This year the gala is being supported by the Coop Local Community Membership Fund.  Under this scheme 1% of what Coop members spend on Coop branded goods or services goes to local causes, and members can elect to nominate a specific cause to back.  If you are  a member please consider backing the Apedale Heritage Centre, if not you can find out more about becoming a member here :- https://www.coop.co.uk/membership.

We’ll be opening at 10.30am each day.  There’ll be plenty to see and do:-

  • Live music (see below for the line up)
  • Stalls and demonstrations from mining organisations and other exhibitors.
  • Mine Tours
  • Blacksmithing Demonstrations from our resident Smith
  • Real Ales from Lymestone Brewery
  • Food!
  • Steam Train Rides on the Apedale Valley Light Railway
  • And more…

Exhibitors include Joy Mining, Shropshire Mining Trust, Chatterley Whitfield Friends, Hopewell Colliery (Forest of Dean), The Art of Mining, Newcastle Civic Society.

As more information is announced we will be updating this page, so pop back soon.

Programme of Events

Saturday 15th July

10:30 Official Opening The Gala will be opened by the Mayor of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Councillor Simon White with representatives from the Co-op and other
12.00 City of Stoke on Trent Male Voice Choir Formerly the Park Hall Colliery Choir
13.15 Bend The Rules Acoustic Duo, Playing covers in a unique style
14.30 Monikas Curse  Ger Parry & Andy Toft – Acoustic duo hailing from the city of Stoke-on-Trent
15.30 SCDC Dance School  Street Click Dance Crew, dance school based in Hanley
16.15 Mel Christi Male Vocalist and entertainer
17.15 The Trent Vale Poet  The legendary voice of the potteries!
17.30 Robbie Benson The return of a very accomplished Singer Mr Hit Mix.
18.15 Prof Higginbottom’s Bluuz Extravaganza A Blues Band Performing Classics from Yesteryear
19.15 Kokoro Kokoro (Ella) is an avant-garde, quirky and provocative writer and performer.

Sunday 16th July

13.30 The Maxxx  A variety of music encompassing many genres and styles from across the decades
14.45 Robby Benson The return of a very accomplished Singer Mr Hit Mix.
15.45 Knockers Revisited Original 80’s Line-up with Susan Highley from Holliwood Nights & Guests, performing covers through the decades.


Get Involved!

You can help simply by sharing this page on Facebook or other social media using the link at the top of the page, or following us.

If you represent either a group linked with mining or a local group and would like to take part or if you think you may be able to help in other ways, please get in touch via our contact page.

We’ve made every effort to make sure this information is correct at the time of publishing but the lineup and running order may change.