Experience life in The Pit Village, showing a colliery community at the time of peak coal production in the North East.
Explore this terrace of miners’ cottages – No.2 is the Methodist family’s home, in No.3 live a family of Irish descent, No.4 is home to a widow who lost her husband in a pit accident, and the Colliery Pay Office is at the end.
Look out for the communal bread oven in the back lane – where there may be some delicious home-made bread baking.
Davy’s Fried Fish Shop
Try our delicious fish and chips, cooked the traditional way in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping. Not to be missed!
Practise the 3Rs in the schoolroom (watch out for the stern teacher) before trying your hand at playground games. Can you master the booler?
Hetton Silver Band Hall
Discover the region’s proud colliery band heritage in this century-old band hall, that was rebuilt at Beamish after being donated by former band members.
Pit Pony Stables
Meet our pit ponies and discover their work down the region’s mines – the Durham coalfield had 22,000 ponies in 1913.
Pit Hill Chapel – which once stood in nearby Beamish village – is a typical early-1900s Wesleyan Methodist chapel, hosting choirs, services and community events.
Sinkers’ Bait Cabin
Tuck into snacks from the Sinkers’ Bait Cabin – the sinkers were the men who sank new mine shafts and their huts acted as canteens and places to dry out.
There is nothing like the taste and smell of freshly baked goods straight out of the oven. During your Baking Day, you will make a selection of delicious traditional goodies, just as grandma would have done.Read more
Ever wondered what the working life of a pit pony was like? If so, our Pit Pony Experience is just what you’re looking for. This is a unique opportunity to discover more about the role a pit pony played in colliery life.Read more
Be inspired by Beamish Museum's collection of original and unique proggy mats! Make your own proggy mat and take it home, along with your own mat making kit.Read more