Beamish is in County Durham and is described as an open air museum which depicts the lives of those in the 1820’s, 1900’s, 1940’s and they now have plans to have a 1950’s town in the next 5 years. It’s an incredible place everything there is from that time period whether it’s the trams and busses which take you around the site, the steam trains, the sweet shop where you can watch sweets being made and you can buy them or the bakers where we bought our lunch of pork and bacon pies which we ate on the grassy hill of the park complete with bandstand and park bell.
You can visit a school, church, dentist, fairground and even go down the drift mine!
Each and every building has been found from elsewhere each brick numbered and painstakingly rebuilt and restored buildings to their once original beauty.
Their website and blogs on various parts of the museum are very interesting reads providing lots of behind the scenes information of where some things have originally been sited and their progress on new features.
It’s a long time since I’ve been to Beamish at least 10 years and for my husband much longer has passed not having been since primary school so we could certainly see many changes.
When I last visited I went with my parents and my grandparents who enjoyed it as they both pointed out items from their childhood that they remembered their parents having even comparing notes and some items they still had tucked away in their own home.
The entrance ticket is very good value for money as you can use the ticket again as many times as you like over the year which I think is fantastic particularly as we didn’t quite see everything such as the farm (with animals) and didn’t visit the houses around the pitt so another family day trip will be made here within the 12 months of our ticket.
During the summer they are having various events in their summer of fun for more information see the above link.
It’s more than just a museum, it’s history presented in it’s real-life form it’s very much worth a visit for all the family as there is something for everyone.