Beamish superfan Bobby Nesbitt has celebrated his 800th visit at the age of just seven.
Bobby was just nine months old when he came to the museum for the first time and he has now made his 800th visit during a school trip with his classmates from Corpus Christi School in Gateshead.
It’s not just Bobby who loves Beamish – little brother James, aged three, has been to the museum more than 400 times. His first visit was when he was only two days old, on the day he came home from hospital!
Parents Claire and Sam even got married at Beamish – a year after Sam proposed in The Pit Village school. Their wedding ceremony was held at Pockerley Old Hall, followed by a reception in Davy’s fish and chip shop and in The 1900s Town.
The boys’ older brother Lewis, 17, and sister Taylor, 14, also like coming to visit Beamish. And the family’s dog, cockapoo Alfred, even came to the museum for his first walk!
Claire, 37, of Teams, Gateshead, said: “The whole family just love coming to Beamish. I love how friendly everyone is and the kids having the freedom. Beamish is like an extended part of our family.”
During his 800th visit, to mark the occasion, our print shop made a special newspaper bill and Claire arranged balloons for his arrival.
He said: “I’m happy that I’ve been to Beamish 800 times.” He said he enjoyed his milestone visit, adding: “My favourite place is the mine and I like going to the park”.
Claire said: “Bobby loves Beamish! It’s amazing to think he’s reached 800 visits. He still loves Beamish just as much now as he did when he first started coming.”
The family have vowed to continue their regular trips to Beamish – we’re sure it won’t be long before Bobby reaches his 1,000th visit.