Go wild at Woodhorn Museum! Get up close and personal with real creepy crawlies as we welcome Guy Tansley of ‘Bugsnstuff’ to the museum from 10am to 3.30pm. See giant tarantulas, tree frogs, geckos, snakes and beetles.
Try and spot the praying mantis and stick insects camouflaged amongst the leaves and guess the number of legs on a giant millipede. Guy Tansley has been keeping and breeding exotic insects for over 30 years and brings his enthusiasm and knowledge of the subject to his displays. His travels include the rain forests of Borneo, South America, and West Africa to study the habits and habitats of insects and spiders.
Having visited these rain forests he can tell you firsthand about the sights and sounds of these magnificent places and the amazing creatures that live there. Join museum staff on a guided Bug Hunt as part of Wild Wednesday. You’ll be able to find, identify and release insects living in the wild undergrowth within the museum grounds. These 30 minute Bug Hunts run at 11am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Wild Wednesday is free as part of your Museums Northumberland annual membership.
All visitors to Woodhorn will find a visit rewarding with almost all of the buildings open to the public fully accessible: only one or two places in the old colliery buildings are a little more challenging.
Access Plans for each of our museums can be downloaded from this website (you can find them on the Accessibility page), but please contact us if there’s anything we can do to support your access requirements at Woodhorn Museum:
Tel: 01670 624455
Visitors are welcome to borrow one of three wheelchairs or a motorised scooter during their visit, and staff are happy to discuss any special requirements in advance of a visit.
Please note that the Dark Side guided tours are only suitable for able bodied visitors.
Woodhorn is just off the A189 Coastal Route east of Ashington, Northumberland.
It’s only 25 minutes from Newcastle in the south and Alnwick in the north. It is also just off the C1 National and Coast & Castles cycle routes.
If you are planning to use a sat nav, take care! Woodhorn’s postcode will take you to the wrong location, so please watch out for the brown and white signs as you get close and then Woodhorn’s large, bright entrance banners.
Public transport: Use the following link to make your way to Ashington Bus Station: http://jplanner.travelinenortheast.info/
From here you can either take a 15 minute walk or take advantage of special taxi rates offered by Ashington Taxis on 01670 813315 or 01670 817382.
If you decide to walk, here are the directions: turn right out of the bus station, and right again at the roundabout along the A197.
Go straight over the mini roundabout, and after about 600 metres go through the white gates on the left-hand side. You’ll cross a freight railway line so please take care.
Bear right and follow the path through the QEII Country Park to the Woodhorn car park.
The nearest main line railway station is Morpeth and the nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport.
Wild Wednesday takes place at ...
Ticketing and entry prices for Wild Wednesday
|Type||Entry for||Guide price|
Dates & times for Wild Wednesday, Ashington
|Wednesday||08/04/2020||Wednesday||08/04/2020||10:00 - 15:30|
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