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What's On This Month

THERE’S plenty to celebrate this month, we’ve got lots to keep the family entertained. There is no extra charge for the day time events; admission is included in the regular museum entry price.

Open Stores - Museum opening hours, 10am - 4pm
Step behind the scenes to see hundreds of exciting items from our vast, world-class collections – featuring everything from 1980s and 1950s objects to Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian artefacts. The store, located in the Regional Resource Centre is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Oak Apple Day - Friday 29th May

Oak Apple day, in Georgian times was to celebrate the Monarchy's restoration where men would wear an oak twig in their hat. The reason for Oak Apple was that it was an Oak tree that Prince Charles hid up whilst Parliamentary forces searched the area below, whilst he was trying to escape them on his way towards France and safety during the Civil War. See Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway men wearing oak twig in their hats today. 

Northern Counties Photographic Federation Exhibition - Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st May

The Northern Counties Photographic Federation of over 50 photographic clubs will be holding their fifth annual weekend at Beamish Museum with an exhibition of photographs for sale in the Collections Study Room. The exhibition will be open 10am - 5pm.   

Pit Village beer tent and games - Every weekend, school holiday and Bank Holiday

Enjoy some fun in the sun! Every weekend, school holiday and Bank Holiday families can try their hand at skittles, rope quoits, mini quoits, shove ha'penny, dominoes, pick-up sticks and noughts and crosses in The Pit Village. We also have a brand new beer tent, complete with a new bar, serving local ales. Come and have a pint!   

See our calendar below for the dates of visiting Brass Bands and Choirs to the Museum.



Please note: Bands usually perform in the Redman Park Bandstand in the Town, and Choirs in the Pit Village Chapel. All times are approximate, please check with at admissions on the day of your visit for exact times.

All details correct at the time of publication. The Museum reserves the right to alter or withdraw any event without notice.


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