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

Learn more about market days and farmers markets in Northumberland.

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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 ...

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Sandy Bay Holiday Park gives you everything the name suggests! Enjoy a family holiday of beach walks and building sandcastles. ...

Ashington Cricket Club Real Ale, Cider, Gin and Music Festival
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Real ale, cider and music weekend. Friday - from 6pm. Music from Dead Man's Shoes from 8pm Saturday - from midday. Music from 'Buddy' - Buddy Holly tribute from 8pm Sunday - from midday. Music from Gr ...

Sing Morpeth
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ashington Fayre Day Poster
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Vintage Car Rally
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Matt Stokes: Soundmirror Exhibition
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Summer Bloom
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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. ...

A view of Druridge Bay Country Park
Great Outdoors
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