Summer Events at the Mining Museum

Summer comes to Skinningrove bringing with it a full and exciting programme of family events from the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum.

This year, summer comes to Skinningrove bringing with it a full and exciting programme of family events from the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum. Drop the children off at our kids-only club or bring the whole family down to discover our wide range of themed crafts events. Learn about our natural environment, go rock-pooling to uncover the marine life of the Cleveland coasts, compete in our horribly historical Olympic challenges then experience a Zeppelin raid as we shelter in the mine!

Throughout the summer, Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum is running a wide variety of family and kids-only events in Skinningrove. Our family activity sessions are open to children of any age to come along with their parents to enjoy activities with crafts, games and exploring wildlife in the Skinningrove valley. Families can just turn up on the day and join in the history and wildlife activities, or drop in crafts sessions.

Our kids-only club features woodland activities with local botanical illustrator Martin Allen, rock-pooling, Olympic games and historical recreations as we look back at the Somme and later film the history of Skinningrove. Children aged 8-12 years old are welcome to book onto these popular free activity Tuesdays, from 11am-3pm, in the safe hands of our experienced leaders.

Visitors can also discover our vibrant new free exhibition, Wildflowers of the Cleveland Coast. This exhibition from Tees Valley Wildlife Trust, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, showcases a range of award-winning natural photography, expert information and advice for naturalists and photographers.

Visitors can also join our award winning 1.5 hour fully guided tours with our excellent guides who bring to life the hard times of miners during the Victorian era. Jean Banwell, Education Manager at Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, said:

“We are really thrilled to be hosting such an exciting range of events and - whether you love dinosaurs, sports, crabs or just making things - we are sure you will find something to help you enjoy the long summer holidays”

With all the activity at the Museum, we are particularly keen to hear from people with life experience who feel they could use it to benefit the growing Museum. We are particularly looking for guides and retail/reception volunteers. We offer a friendly environment and full training. Should you be wanting employment experience we have an excellent record of helping young, and not so young, people find work. Anyone wishing to volunteer at the Museum should contact the Education Manager, Jean Banwell, by email jean@ironstonemuseum.co.uk or call 01287 642877 (be prepared to leave a message).