Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North
Beamish Museum
Beamish
Durham
DH9 0RG
England

Website

www.beamish.org.uk

E-mail

museum@beamish.org.uk

Telephone

0191 370 4000

Fax

0191 370 4001

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed demonstrators bring to life the 1900s Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine. At Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, experience firsthand how the Industrial revolution transformed agricultural life in the region. The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been reconstructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history.

Venue Type:

Museum, Transport heritage site

Opening hours

Winter Season 2014/15: 3rd November 2014 to 27th March 2015. Open Tues-Thurs and weekends, 10.00-16.00. Closed Mon and Fri (unless otherwised stated).

Main Season 2015: 28th March to 1st November 2015. Open 7 days a week, 10am to 5pm.

Winter Season 2015/16: 3rd November 2015 to 18th March 2016. Open Tues-Thurs and weekends, 10.00-16.00. Closed Mon and Fri (unless otherwised stated), also closed Christmas Day.

Last admission always 3pm.

Closed: Mon, Fri and Christmas Day in Winter season.

Admission charges

All tickets to Beamish are valid for 12months from date of first visit:

BEAMISH UNLIMITED

Adults £18.50
Senior/Student £13.50
Children £10.50
Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) £48.50
Family ticket (1 adult + 2 children) £34.50
Family ticket (2 adults + 1 child) £42.50

The Beamish Unlimited Pass allows you to visit again and again for a whole year after paying just once!

Under 5s always free of charge.

Discounted rates for prebooked parties of 15 or more and for pre-booked educational parties, see our website for prices.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library and photographic archive are open to the public by appointment only - Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.

Beamish, founded in 1970 to illustrate the development of industry, agriculture and the way of life in the North East of England, is situated in 300 acres of woodland and farmland. Home Farm, a fine 19th century model farmstead, and Pockerley Old Hall, with its medieval stronghouse dating to the 1400s, are both listed buildings preserved in situ. Other typical buildings brought together represent an early 1900s town, colliery village, farm and railway, linked by an electric tramway. The early 1800s period is represented by Pockerley Old Hall and an exhibit on early railways.

The Museum's collections are all Designated Collections of national importance and include a vast library and archive of books, periodicals, trade catalogues, photographs and oral history recordings.

Designated collections which are wide, varied and extensive, covering all aspects of life in North East England, including domestic life, farming & rural life, folk art, industrial and town life and transport.

Items from this collection

Collection details

Social History, Land Transport, Industry, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Architecture, Agriculture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Victorian
  • Georgian
  • Railway
  • Town
  • Colliery
  • Farm
  • Manor House
  • Steam train
  • Rare breed
  • Freemason
  • Masonic Hall
  • Trams
  • School
  • Co-op
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of working horses

Horses at Work

  • 18 — 19 April 2015 *on now

For many visitors a highlight of Beamish is seeing our beautiful horses at work, join us during this spring weekend for our brand new horse based event! Why not ‘trot’ along to see the stunning horses in action?

There will be the chance to admire our amazing collection of carriages and working machinery as well as fun family activities to enjoy.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/horses-at-work/

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Old King Coal

  • 22 — 26 April 2015

Come and celebrate the North East’s mining heritage at Beamish!

Follow the parade of miners banners through the pit village, take a trip down the mine or sit back and enjoy the sound of the brass bands. Join us to celebrate Old King Coal, which runs from 22nd to 26th April, and marks the start of our spectacular Great North Festival of Transport.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/old-king-coal/

May Day at Beamish

  • 3 — 4 May 2015

Join Beamish in The Pit Village on the 4th and 5th May for a host of May Day activities!

There will be maypole dancing both days, why not join in to celebrate May Day the traditional way?

There’s lots going on and activities are included in the regular Museum entry charge, we hope to see you there!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/may-day-at-beamish/

Music, Food and Fun at Beamish

  • 16 May 2015 5-9pm

Come and join us after hours for a fantastic evening of music, food and fun from 5pm on Saturday 16th May.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/museums-at-night/

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Georgian Fair

  • 28 — 31 May 2015

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Georgian Country Fair at Pockerley Waggonway from Thursday 28th May to Sunday 31st May 2015.

Roll up, roll up! Enjoy the wonders of this traditional country fair, from extraordinary entertainers and amazing animals to traditional crafts, games, stalls and fine food. Will you be chosen by the Squire of Pockerley at his hiring fair?

What's more as with all daytime events, there is no extra charge for this event, admission is included in the regular museum entry charge and Unlimited Pass holders can get in free!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/georgian-fair/

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Beamish Reliability Run

  • 21 June 2015

The 45th Beamish Safety and Reliability Run is taking place on Sunday 21st June 2015!

This 150 mile event is for Vintage cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles registered before 1956. The Run will begin and finish at Beamish, and follow a 150 mile route around County Durham and North Yorkshire.

The Reliability Run vehicles should begin returning from around 3:30pm, and make their way through The Town to the finish line on the Events Field!

The Museum will open from 8.30am for spectators to watch the entrants cross the start line down in the Events Field. The Museum will also remain open until 6pm to allow spectators to watch the vehicles return. Please note however, that the Museum exhibits and transport system will be running as usual from 10am-5pm only.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/beamish-reliability-run/

Festival of Fifties

  • 26 — 28 June 2015

Dig out your 50s finery and rock and roll along to this fabulous celebration of all things fifties.

Take your seat at Friday's cinema evening, followed by a weekend of 1950s fun, including food, fashion, music and transport. Visit the North East Police History Society Exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/festival-of-fifties/

Cricket at Beamish

  • 5 July — 30 August 2015

You won’t be stumped for things to do this summer – Beamish has a host of cricketing fun lined up!

The annual Beamish Colliery Cricket Tournament is back for the third year and will take place every Sunday in July and August.

Pull up a deck chair from 12noon to 5pm and enjoy the following fixtures. Remember, your Beamish Unlimited Pass allows FREE entry to the Colliery Cricket Tournament!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/cricket-at-beamish/

Quoits Weekend

  • 11 — 12 July 2015

Between twenty and fifty competitors from The Quoits Association will play the traditional game in the Pit Village here at Beamish on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July.

The sporting event, which is similar to the game hoopla, has been associated with mining communities for many years.

Quoits has been described as a developed form of horseshoe pitching and the name originates from Ancient Greece. Similar to the Greek discus, Quoits was brought to Britain by the Romans.

The English variant of the game in split into three versions, these are The Northern Game, The Long Game and The East Anglian Game.

The National Quoits Association, which was formed in 1986, will be playing The Northern Game. This variation uses specific rules which were published in 1881 and includes stakes which are placed eleven yards apart in three square feet of clay.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/national-quoits-championship/

photograph of classic cars at Beamish

Classic Car Day

  • 27 September 2015

On Sunday 27th September 2015, Beamish is hosting its annual Classic Car Day.

The North East Club for Pre-War Austins have organised the event, in which 300 vehicles dating from 1920 onwards, will be on display on the Events Field for visitors to enjoy.

We are expecting approximately 300 cars dating from 1920s onwards. Amongst the vehicles on display will be those made by famous manufacturers such as Austin, Daimler, Ford, Morris and Riley.

This magnificent collection of cars represents some of the finest motoring history, and will be a great spectacle for enthusiasts and novices alike.

There is no extra charge for this event, entry is included in admission to Beamish.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/classic-car-day-1-2/

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Halloween Evening

  • 29 — 31 October 2015

Halloween evenings at Beamish, now in their sixth year, are sure to give you a Halloween fright night you’ll never forget. With The Town, Pit Village, Pockerley Waggonway and Pockerley Old Hall swamped with petrifying creatures, only the brave will dare to knock on the doors to trick or treat...

Please Note: Beamish Unlimited Passes are not valid for evening events.

*Halloween Evening Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for an alternative date or event.*

Free parking is available in the main car park. No dogs are allowed, except for assistance dogs.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Visitors are also advised to bring a torch and wear sturdy footwear.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/halloween-31st/

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Beamish Bonfire Evenings

  • 1 November 2015

Remember remember, the fifth of November...

We are delighted to announce Beamish will host two evenings of autumn entertainment on the events field, including a bonfire and firework display on Sunday 1st and Thursday 5th November 2015. Please note: activity will be focused on the events field and no other areas of the Museum will be open to visitors.

Tickets on sale early September 2015

Please Note: Beamish Unlimited Passes are not valid for evening events.

*Bonfire Evening tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exhanged for an alternative date or event.*

Please wear sturdy boots or shoes and bring a torch as the event takes place on the Museum's Events Field and some of the paths to this area are uneven, steep and possibly wet and slippery in places. From the Museum's Entrance to the Events Field it is a 15 minute walk. For those who are unable to walk to the Events Field, three accessible buses will be in operation. No other Museum transport will be in operation. Free parking is available at the Museum's Main Entrance Car Park.

The Museum Fairground will be in operation on the Events Field. No other Museum exhibits will be open.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/bonfire-evenings/

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Christmas at Beamish 2015

  • 14 November — 24 December 2015

At the weekend:
Step back into Christmas past and join the celebrations as you explore 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, the 1900s Town and Pit Village and 1940s Farm.

Visit Father Christmas in his magical Grotto** and meet his wonderful reindeer. Glide on our real ice rink **, savour mouth-watering festive food, enjoy a steam train ride and browse the traditional stalls to find those perfect gifts.

** Small extra charge applies.

Father Christmas' Grotto £4 per child (1-16 years), includes gift.

Every weekend from 14th November - 20th December 2015, plus 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December.

Weekdays:
Enjoy half price midweek admission, as you discover the festive delights of an Edwardian Christmas.

Explore the delightfully decorated 1900s Town and Pit Village; visit Father Christmas in his magical Grotto** and meet his reindeer; indulge in delicious festive food and take a fun-filled ride on the Steam Gallopers**.

Open weekends - The Town, Pit Village & Tramway.

* Half price midweek admission is valid on day tickets only for adults, seniors/students and children. Excludes 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th December 2015.

** Small extra charge applies.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Normal admission charges apply. Additional charges apply for some activities.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/christmas-at-beamish-2015/

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Christmas Evenings

  • 4 December 2015 5-10pm
  • 11 December 2015 5-10pm
  • 18 December 2015 5-10pm

Beamish will open its doors from 5pm-10pm on the evenings of Friday 4th, Friday 11th and Friday 18th December for three extra special evenings in the Edwardian Town and Pit Village and the chance to experience Georgian twelfth night celebrations at Pockerley Old Hall.

Indulge yourself with roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and entertainment from the times. Take a turn on the Ice Rink and visit Father Christmas in his magical fireside grotto.

Please Note: Beamish Unlimited Passes are not valid for evening events.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Tickets on sale early September 2015.

Website

http://www.beamish.org.uk/christmas-evening-event-4th-december-2015/

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
School CHildren looking towards Pockerley

Florence Nightingale’s Nurse

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

The daughter of the house at Pockerley Old Hall is preparing to join Florence Nightingale in the Crimea as one of her nurses. Help her practice her skills by making up herbal remedies, perfecting bandaging and visiting the sick neighbour next door – who lives in a dirty, gloomy house. Can Florence Nightingale’s ideas about cleanliness help?

Appropriate for Key Stage 1 pupils

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

How to obtain

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.

1½ hr session £30 (first year introductory price offer)

An Edwardian Scout Camp at Beamish

‘I’m an Edwardian Scout – Get Me Out of Here!’

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Spend a day at our Edwardian Scout Camp and have a real adventure; form your patrol, set up camp, learn woodcraft and complete challenges – dare you try the camp stew?

Appropriate for participants aged 6 years and over.

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.

Full day session £30 (first year introductory price offer)

A Georgian Quack Doctor diagnosing his patient

Medicine Through Time – The Georgian Years

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Revision was never so much fun – come to Pockerley Old Hall and try to figure out why the master of the house lies dead in his bed. Explore the theme of vaccination and Georgian living standards through solving the mystery. Meet some Georgian characters – a Quack Doctor, a Woman Healer or a Physician, and help them make some real Georgian remedies – but are you doing more harm than good?

Appropriate for GCSE Medicine through Time students

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

If you would like more information, or to book this seesion for your class, please contact our Bookings Officer on 0191 3704026, or bookings@beamish.org.uk.
Half day session £30 (first year introductory price offer)

A school group washing the Edwardian way at Beamish

Mrs Scroggins’ Washday (Available from April 2012)

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Listen to the story of Mrs Scroggins’ busy washday, and help her do all the housework she needs to do around her house. Sweep the floors, beat the carpets, do the washing, and polish the pans. And what’s that under the bed…?

Suitable for nursery/reception age pupils

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

1 hr session £35 (max 20 children per session) (Under 5’s come in free)

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.

Tudor activity at Beamish

Tudors at Beamish

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

Come to Pockerley Old Hall and be transported back to 1569.

Meet the Hedley family – the ‘Lords of the Manor’, and experience everyday life in a Tudor household.

But be prepared for trouble! The Tudor Northeast was a dangerous place of political intrigue, and border raids were rife.

Appropriate for Key Stage 2 pupils

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

Call our bookings officer on 0191 3704026 for more information or to book your class in for this exciting activity.
Cost £60 per 1½ hr session.

A ladt pushing a Pram

Who’s going to mind the bairn?

http://www.beamish.org.uk/schools-and-community/

This innovative session allows students to explore a range of issues and attitudes surrounding sex and pregnancy. Students will explore these issues through role-play, investigating the story of a teenage mother and her abandoned baby at the end of the 19th century. Students will take the role of investigators, collecting clues and interviewing characters to determine what has happened to make the mother abandon her child. Students will also decide the fate of the child, determining what should happen. This session ties into the KS3 curriculum around relationships and encourages students to use investigatory, team work and analytical skills.

Pre-visit and post-visit resources are available with this session.

Suitable for KS3 and KS4.

Creator

  • Beamish Learning

Publisher

  • Beamish Museum

How to obtain

If you would like more information, or to book this session for your class, please contact our Bookings Officer on 0191 3704026, or bookings@beamish.org.uk.

Cost £60 for 1 hour session.

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