Travel Back in Time at Beamish Museum

Fully immerse yourself in history at Beamish Museum, ‘The Living Museum of the North’! Experience amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes as the past comes back to life. Beamish is a unique museum that doesn’t keep history locked away in glass cases; it really is a hands on experience. Step into the past at this world famous open-air museum, telling the story of life in the North East of England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Explore the 350 acre site and taste traditional food from a coal-fired range, hop on board a tram or steam train, play schoolyard games or take a ride on the tramway and experience the atmosphere of an earlier generation.

What catering options are on offer?

The experience engages all your senses and taste is no exception! There are lots of traditional food options available, both sit-in and takeaway. These range from the pub or the tearoom in the 1900s town to the British Kitchen in the 1940s farm. And be sure to check out Davy's fish and chip shop in the Pit Village! Enjoy traditional tasty treats, delicious snacks, cakes and drinks.

Explore the 1900s town and see how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the First World War. Visit the 1900s Pit Village and see what’s cooking in the cottages, practise your handwriting in the school and visit the chapel. Don’t forget to say hello to the pit ponies in their stables! Visit the 1940s farm and discover how life was on the Home Front during the Second World War. Look out for the Land Girls and the Home Guard! No recreation of the history of North East England would be complete without a 1900s colliery and the people who worked and lived around it. Go back to the 1820s and visit beautiful Pockerley Old Hall’s new and old houses and enjoy the magnificent gardens. Take a ride on Pockerley Waggonway and wander through the glorious Georgian landscape. All aboard! See Rowley Railway Station as it looked in Edwardian times with its signal box, waiting rooms and goods yard and spot a variety of wagons on display.

You’ll easily want to spend 3 hours or more wondering around this unique museum. It is open 10:00 – 4:00. Prebooking online is essential.

  • Under 5s- Free!
  • 5-16 – £11.50
  • Adults – £19.50
  • Family 1 – £36.50
  • Family 2 – £44.50
  • Family 3 – £51.00
  • Students – £14.50
  • 60+ – £14.50

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Summer of Fun at Beamish Museum

8 - 21 August, 2022
Be sure to visit Beamish, The Living Museum of the North for Summer of Fun 2022 and enjoy good old-fashioned family fun including traditional transport, Georgian games and creative crafts! There are fun-filled activities lined up every day during the summer holidays at Beamish for the Summer of Fun event, which runs from 2nd July to 31st August. At The 1950s Town, release your inner artist during our outdoor sketching club at the 1950s terrace, take part in football fun at the newly-opened Coronation Park and Recreation Ground, plus have a go at a 50s-themed craft activity in the welfare hall. Enjoy farm-related fun including hobby horses and traditional toys at Spain’s Field Farm and admire period transport in action around the museum during Transport Thursdays. Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and try traditional crafts in The 1900s Pit Village including proggy mat making. On Wednesdays, see the 1940s encampment display at The 1940s Farm. See and experience amazing activities centred around science, technology, engineering and maths during Crank it Up! on 9th and 10th July. Marvel at marvellous Meccano creations during Meccano Weekend on 16th and 17th July. All aboard for Buses at Beamish on 16th and 17th July, admire traditional tractors during the Tractors Assemble event on 23rd and 24th July, and the MG Car Club will be celebrating their Tyne-Tees Golden Jubilee event at Beamish on 7th August. Learn about Lumberjills, Land Girls, make do and mend and ration cooking, as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War at Beamish’s Dig for Victory event from 1st to 4th September. Plus, enjoy traditional live music, including Singaround Sundays, Musical Mondays and brass band performances, taking place throughout the summer.

Afternoon Tea

8 - 21 August, 2022
Treat yourself to one of our Afternoon Teas Take a look at our menu choices below to decide which option to treat yourself with. Our Traditional Afternoon Tea includes: finger sandwiches, selection of mini cakes, slices and strawberry tart, plain and fruit scones with jam and clotted cream, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Vegan Afternoon Tea includes: freshly prepared falafel wraps and vegan sausage rolls, selection of delicious vegan cakes (brownie, orange and apricot slice, banana and berry slice, carrot and pistachio slice), plain and fruit scones with fruit jam, plus a pot of tea or filter coffee. £12.95 per person Our Kids' Afternoon Tea includes: two flower shaped sandwiches, carrot and celery sticks with cream cheese dip, mini treats: chocolate muffin, mini doughnuts, chocolate strawberry and grapes, plus a Capri-Sun. £6.95 per person Choose to upgrade your hot drink to a delicious Latte, Cappucino, Mocha, Hot Chocolate or Speciality Tea for just £0.50 extra. Please note: In line with current local and national social distancing rules you may be required to sit at separate but adjacent tables depending on your party size.

Food Glorious Food -- Evening Talk

9 - 9 August, 2022
Join local author and historian Andrew Clark for this fascinating, illustrated talk about North East food. Local author Andrew, gives a taste of North East food over the years with humorous stories from the days of rationing to old family favourites. Remember when a treat was bread and drippin' and home made stottie cakes would cool on the window sill. Andrew will also be providing samples from a wartime recipe book for the audience to eat - including chocolate potato cake, carrot marmalade and bananas made out of parsnips. Come along to this relaxed and fun evening to enjoy this fascinating talk from Andrew while enjoying a glass of wine and platter of nibbles. There will also be the opportunity to ask questions and purchase signed books from Andrew at the end of the talk. Booking essential, tickets £14.50 including glass of wine and platter of nibbles (vegetarian/vegan option available). Our evening talks are really popular and often sell out quickly.

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Hotspot Friday's

12 - 19 August, 2022
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13 - 13 August, 2022
During the session you will learn traditional blacksmithing techniques with the outcome of a forged masterpiece. You will be guided through the process by Darren, who will give support throughout, enabling you to create your very own beautifully crafted ironwork by the end of the session. Heat the iron in the flames of the forge, hammer, and notch it into shape on the anvil, and learn cooling techniques to finish your piece. You can then take your finished piece away, a truly individual and unique wedding present, or to have as an extra-special keepsake in your own home.

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20 - 20 August, 2022
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