What's on at Beamish in 2020?

January 9th 2020

Diaries at the ready! Find out what’s on at Beamish in 2020 and plan a whole year of action-packed visits…

From spectacular steam engines and extraordinary equines to fantastic festivals and terrific traditions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Beamish this year!

Our packed events programme will kick off with an exciting February Half Term event (15th to 23rd February) as we say Happy Birthday Beamish!  We’ll be celebrating 50 years of Beamish with birthday parties around the museum. Play party games and explore the history of childhood and toys in the 1950s – you will even be able to taste delicious birthday cake!

What's on at Beamish in 2020: International Women's Day - A group of women march down The 1900s Town street, demanding the right to vote

Join in with our International Women’s Day celebrations (7th and 8th March), learn more about the Suffragette movement and chant “Votes For Women” as you march down The 1900s Town street. Treat mam to a wonderful day out on Mothering Sunday (22nd March), discover the origins of the day and enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities across the museum.

What's on at Beamish in 2020: Great North Steam Fair - traction engines making their way through The 1900s Town

It’s full steam ahead as we enjoy four fantastic days of all things steam with the Great North Steam Fair (2nd to 5th April). Marvel at magnificent steam locomotives, traction engines, steam rollers, cars, lorries and motorbikes as vehicles of all shapes and sizes gather at the museum for this amazing annual event, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.  

Enjoy a cracking day out during the award-winning Easter Fun at Beamish (5th to 13th April). Hop along the museum to discover how Easter was celebrated in the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. Plus, across Easter weekend, we’ll be egg jarping, decorating and rolling – will your egg roll the furthest?

What's on at Beamish in 2020: Horses at Work. Horses ploughing the field

Gallop along to the museum for Horses at Work (25th and 26th April), the second event in the Great North Festival of Transport. With Gelderlanders, Shires, Friesians and horse-drawn vehicles this exciting equine extravaganza is not to be missed!

Dance around the Maypole during our May Day Celebrations (2nd and 3rd May) and find out who will be crowned May Day King and Queen. Take part in VE Day activities (8th to 10th May) and Flag Weekend (9th and 10th May), with the chance to join in with a parade!

What's on at Beamish in 2020: Georgian Fair - visitors sample Georgian food at the Georgian Fair

Roll up, Roll up… Be amazed by the fantastic fire eater, marvel at the musicians and pay a visit to the Quack Doctor and enjoy dazzling displays as you enjoy all the fun of the Georgian Fair (15th to 17th May).

There’s nothing more relaxing than the sound of a brass band on a summer afternoon! Pack a picnic and get yourself down to The 1900s Pit Village to hear the best of the region’s brass bands battle it out in the Brass at Beamish contest (14th June).

Browse the fantastic display of pre-1939 vehicles by the Morris Car Club at the Morris Car Rally (20th and 21st June). This year, we’re celebrating 50 years of the Beamish Reliability Run (21st June). Starting and finishing at the museum, see a wonderful array of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles registered before 1956 embark on a 150-mile run though Durham and North Yorkshire.

What's on at Beamish in 2020: Crank it Up! - Two children build structures out of colourful bricks.

Take part in exciting hands-on activities centred around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) during Crank it Up! (1st to 5th July). Marvel at the skill of The Quoits Association as they play the traditional game in The 1900s Pit Village (4th and 5th July).

Fashion your fedoras, perfect your pin curls and rock ‘n’ roll along to the fabulous Festival of 50s (9th to 12th July). Try on costume, taste delicious 50s-inspired food and dance the day away with a wonderful line-up of live music.

Join us for a whole summer of fun where we’ll be hosting amazing activities every day during the local school holidays (18th July to 31st August).

What's on at Beamish in 2020: Dig for Victory - two children stand beside a Second World War vehicle

The Great North Festival of Agriculture will celebrate the rural and agricultural heritage of North East England. Dig For Victory (3rd to 6th September) and do your bit for the war effort – Grow Your Own, black out the windows and Make Do and Mend at The 1940s Farm.

Bring your beetroot, carry your carrots and lug your longest bean along to our Leek Show (12th and 13th September). There will be prizes to be won and an auction of impressive home-grown vegetables and exquisite floral arrangements at the end of the show.

The Great North Festival of Agriculture concludes with the brilliant Agricultural Show (17th to 20th September). Meet amazing animals, admire traditional crafts, listen to live music and be delighted by impressive demonstrations. Show off your own skills and take part in the Agricultural Show Industry Classes. Entry to the Industry Classes is free and there are certificates and rosettes up for grabs!

Car enthusiasts will not want to miss the Classic Car Day (27th September). See an amazing display of vehicles dating from the 1920s onwards.

We’ll be celebrating the safe gathering of the harvest during Harvest Festival (3rd and 4th October), enjoy a fantastic range of fun, family activities throughout October Half Term (24th October to 1st November) and remember the soldiers who gave their lives on Remembrance Sunday (8th November).

What's on at Beamish in 2020: Christmas at Beamish Grand Launch Parade - Father Christmas waving at visitors

Join us as we welcome Father Christmas to Beamish during the Christmas at Beamish Grand Launch Parade (14th November) and discover a truly traditional Christmas with delightful decorations, scrumptious seasonal cooking and gorgeous gifts. Don’t forget to visit Father Christmas and his reindeer (14th November to 24th December).

Blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs with our tremendous Twelfth Night Celebrations (27th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021). Enjoy Georgian music, dancing and food as you learn about the traditions of first-footing.

Paul Foster, Beamish’s Historic Events Officer, said: “We’re looking forward to a thrilling year of events for 2020. This will be a very special year for the museum as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee so, as well as the firm favourites such as the Great North Festival of Transport, Festival of 50s and the Great North Festival of Agriculture, we will be hosting some exciting events and surprises throughout the year. Make sure you use your Beamish Unlimited Pass to come and enjoy our full range of 2020 events!”

Beamish Museum is open from 10am until 4pm in the winter and 10am until 5pm in the summer. Closed Mondays and Fridays until 14th February (inclusive), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1st 2021. For more information on opening times, visit our Plan Your Visit page.

With a Beamish Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish Membership, you can pay just once and visit for a whole year for free, including access to all of our wonderful daytime events!

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