Dogs are regularly described as man’s best friend, but sadly for many visitors to Woodhorn Museum, they’ve had to leave their pets behind on their family outings. But that has changed as the museum has recently opened its gates to four legged friends for a trial period.
The museum which is located on the edge of the QEII Country Park east of Ashington, has not allowed dogs inside its fenced area since a major redevelopment almost 11 years ago, but now the decision has been taken to allow responsible owners the opportunity to visit with their pets.
“We know that many local people visit the country park with their dogs, and we’d like the opportunity to invite them in to enjoy our heritage site as part of their walk,” explains Rowan Brown, Woodhorn’s Chief Executive. “We also appreciate that for many people, their pet is a member of the family, going on outings and holidays. Being unable to take their pets along can actually put people off visiting attractions, so we’re trialling dog friendly visits to see if we can make it an enjoyable day out for everyone. Dogs are already welcome at two of Woodhorn Charitable Trust’s other venues, Hexham Old Gaol and Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, and hopefully we’ll be able to adopt this permanently at Woodhorn.
“We ask that dog owners keep their pets on a lead and accompanied at all times, and they must of course pick up any deposits and use the designated doggy bins located on site. Whilst we are very happy for visitors and their best friends to use the outdoor seating for the café and visit the historic buildings, we do have restrictions on access inside some of the buildings: with the exception of assistance dogs, pets are not permitted inside the main Cutter Building, café, Winding House function rooms or Workshop Galleries.”
The museum would like to thank Moorview Vets of Newbiggin for their support by providing a number of dog bowls, slip leads and waste bags.
For more information on dog guidelines for visiting Woodhorn and planning a visit, check the Woodhorn Museum website www.experiencewoodhorn.com and keep up with the latest activity and information on the event section of Woodhorn’s Facebook page.