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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Relaxed Early Opening: Pit Yard Skating
Family event
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum will open early and this magical event will provide a more relaxed session for visitors on the autism spectrum and those who would feel more comfortable in a quieter environment. Come ...

Ashington Christmas Light Switch-On & Christmas Market
Family event
A fun family event is planned to run from 1pm till 7pm on the main section of Station Road. The event will include musical performances, children’s fairground rides, face painting and costumed c ...

Ghost Stories of Woodhorn Museum
Family event
Join professional storyteller Stephen Skelton and enjoy some spine-chilling tales about Woodhorn Museum These special ghost stories are all based on spooky encounters experienced by staff and visitors ...

The historic Woodhorn site
Group Attraction
Ashington
Discover Northumberland's proud industrial heritage at a stunning historic site featuring art by the famous Pitmen Painters and an exciting exhibition programme.  ...

Family on beach
Bus & Coach
Ashington
Looking for somewhere to go this summer? Why not go and explore the scenic North Northumberland Coast? ...

Ashington Market Day
Markets
Ashington
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 ...

Pumpkin Trail
Family event
Can you find all the pumpkins that are hiding in the shadowy corners of Woodhorn Museum? Pick up your trail sheet at the Welcome Desk then explore the museum and colliery buildings to try and find all ...

Park Setting
Caravan & Camping
Ashington
Sandy Bay gives you everything the name suggests! Take life easy on the golden sands: enjoy family walks along the beach, building sandcastles, exploring the rock pools and soaking up the stunning cli ...

Historic buildings at Woodhorn
Museums and galleries
Ashington
From coal mining communities to contemporary art: discover a proud past, The Pitmen Painters and the best in art and heritage at Northumberland's biggest museum. ...
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Hugh Cairns Service
Ceremony
Ashington
HUGH CAIRNS VC & DCM Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone on the 100TH Anniversary of the awarding of the Victoria Cross THE ASHINGTON AIRFIELD Unveiling of the Commemorative Stone marking Ashingt ...

Coal Forest art trail opens at Woodhorn Museum
Exhibition
Coal Forest sees magical art installations pop up throughout Woodhorn Museum and its colliery heritage buildings from Saturday 27 October 2018 – Monday 22 April 2019. Accompanied by a six-month ...

Beneath the Cutter roof at Woodhorn
Wedding Venue
Ashington
Woodhorn Museum is a stunningly different venue for your wedding. The romantic, iconic exteriors fusing industrial heritage with cutting edge modern architecture, will give your day the  ...

A view of Druridge Bay Country Park
Great Outdoors
Ashington
Woodhorn Colliery is a heritage museum. The country park, once the site of a colliery spoil heap, features a wide variety of wildlife in its woodland and 40-acre lake. ...

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