"The people who have visited are a mix of former miners, descendants of local miners, people who have moved into the area, and most importantly children.
"The tours are a mix of history, humour and tragedy and takes in the control room, lamp room, medical centre, No. 2 pit top, winding house, and powder store - we tell our story of what it was like to be a coal miner before the end
of the industry."
The tours have shown that there is a great deal of interest in the local mining heritage and the Snibston Heritage Trust and Leicestershire County Council say they are proud to be able to maintain the heritage and make it accessible to the public.
The ongoing demand for tours of the colliery have led to the Snibston Heritage Trust establishing a programme of autumn and winter tours for 2022 which are on the following weekends.
• September – Sunday 11th and Saturday 24th
• October – Sunday 9th and Saturday 22nd
• November – Saturday 12th and Sunday 27 th
• December 17th which will be 'A Coalminers Christmas' theme
The tours times are 11.00, 12.45 and 14.30. Tickets are adults £2.50 and children under 16 free but must be accompanied by an adult.
Tickets can be bought via 'Eventbrite A Coal Miner's Story', or on the day subject to availability (pre-booking is advised). All the tours start at the Colliery Café and involve some steps and sensible shoes are recommended.
Dr Terri Eynon, Chair of the Snibston Heritage Trust said: "We are very proud of being able to open the colliery to the public and are grateful to Leicestershire County Council for their support.
"The tours and site are maintained by a dedicated team of volunteers who meet every Monday morning, and we are always keen to recruit new volunteers".
For further information about the tours or volunteering at Snibston contact Stuart warburton (Secretary to the Trust) on firstname.lastname@example.org telephone 01530 833521 or 07709957921.