100 things to see and do at Beamish!
How many of our 100 things on our list have you done…and how many can you tick off during your Beamish visits this summer? Let us know about your Beamish favourites and what you would add to the list….
1.Time travel across history – take photos in the 1820s at Pockerley, early 1900s in The Town and Pit Village, 1940s Farm and the 1950s at the welfare hall. We’d love to see your photos!
2. Enjoy a ride on a vintage bus.
3. Complete the Teddy Bear Trail activity, download the trail CLICK HERE
4. Taste Beamish sweets! No visit is complete without a trip to Jubilee Confectioners in our 1900s Town! See mouth-watering sweets being made in the factory before choosing what traditional treats to take home. Will it be cinder toffee, bon bons or black bullets?
5. Take a steam train ride at Pockerley Waggonway – choo choo!
6. Pick your perfect Beamish home…if you had to live in a Beamish house, would it be The 1940s Farm, Pockerley Old Hall, a Francis Street pit cottage or Ravensworth Terrace in The 1900s Town?
7. Visit The Fairground – what is your favourite ride? The gallopers, helter skelter or chairoplanes?
8. Admire the stunning view of The 1820s Landscape from Pockerley Old Hall gardens.
9. See our friendly engagers in their wonderful historical costume, what’s your favourite era – Georgian, Edwardian, 1940s or 1950s?
10. Peek into our Northern General Transport Bus Depot. See the buses and perhaps even get a glimpse of our team carrying out work on historic vehicles!
11. Take a selfie in front of our garage in The 1900s Town. Did you know you are following in the footsteps of Downton Abbey stars? It was used as the set for Tom Branson’s garage in the Downton Abbey movie and TV show!
12. Make your friends jealous…take a photo of you enjoying our delicious Davy’s fish and chips!
13. Take part in our Summer of Fun activities! Why not use your Unlimited Pass to come back again and again, and try our activities across the summer? CLICK HERE to find out more.
14. Sample delicious bread or cakes made the traditional way in Herron’s Bakery.
15. Stand in The Colliery Yard and look up at the impressive heapstead and winding engine house. The winding engine in our 1900s Colliery is the sole survivor of a type once common in the Northern Coalfield, making it one of the most important objects at the museum!
16. Visit Redman Park in our 1900s Town. A beautiful spot to enjoy a well-earned rest! Did you know the bandstand was originally from Saltwell Park in Gateshead?
17. Play hopscotch in the Beamish Board School play yard.
18. Indulge in a spot of Edwardian shopping on our stalls in The 1900s Town, with a beautiful range of unique Beamish items and delicious local produce.
19. Can you spot the chaldron waggons (as featured on the Beamish logo) on The Colliery Railway? What letter of the alphabet is featured on them?
20. Discover life in Georgian times at Pockerley Old Hall…did you know that Pockerley is original to the site, with the first record of a settlement dating back to 1183?
21. Enjoy our beautiful open air museum site – we’re set in 350 acres of stunning County Durham countryside.
22. See what’s growing in The Pit Village allotments. Many miners grew their own vegetables and enjoyed taking part in community leek shows. Can you spot any GIGANTIC leeks?
23. Visit Rowley Station and the Goods Yard – look at the boxes of produce ready to be transported.
24. Get excited about your Beamish visit as you arrive under our red steam hammer at the Entrance car park. Time to have a Summer of Fun! (Did you know our steam hammer is known as “Tiny Tim”?).
25. Dare you take a peek at the Edwardian dentist’s equipment in Ravensworth Terrace in The 1900s Town?
26. Spot how we numbered stones on the beautiful medieval church, St Helen’s, in our 1820s Landscape as we moved it stone by stone to be restored at the museum.
27. Share a fun fact you discovered on a visit to Beamish on our social media and with your friends.
28. Visit The 1940s farmhouse and see life on the Home Front during the Second World War.
29. Enjoy a picnic in one of the many beauty spots across the museum.
30. What types of food you can spot in the Co-op grocery department?
31. Find your favourite Beamish sign – we have lots of eye-catching enamel adverts.
32. Find the communal bread oven in Francis Street back lane. Imagine all of the pit wives baking bread for their families in here!
33. Tuck into an ice cream – perfect on a sunny day!
34. Make special memories – take a Beamish selfie to remember your adventure!
35. Stand at The Waggonway Great Shed and look up at the decorative weather vane. What can you see on the weather vane and which way is the wind blowing today?
36. See if you can spot some real coal during your visit – the North East was famed for its coal production and 1913 was the year of peak production in the Great Northern Coalfield.
37. See how many sounds of history you can hear, from an old bus rattling over the cobbles in our 1900s Town street to a steam train on Pockerley Waggonway.
38. See a real heather-thatched roof at the quilter’s cottage in our 1820s Landscape.
39. Find an object that you or a family member used to have in your/their house.
40. Look for the brass plaques beside exhibit doors in our 1900s Town. What kinds of businesses were people running in the 1900s?
41. Take your photo at the gigantic steam navvy near the bus depot and share your picture with us!
42. Can you spot a proggy mat?
43. Look up and spot the Masonic symbols on the spectacular Masonic Hall ceiling in The 1900s Town.
44. Spot an original tin bath hanging in a backyard.
45. Look out over The 1900s Colliery yard from the top of the winding engine house.
46. Find the sundial in Pockerley gardens. Can you tell what time it is?
47. What Edwardian cures can you spot in W Smith’s Chemist in The 1900s Town?
48. Visit Garden Cottage at The 1940s Farm and see how the Land Girls lived.
49. Can you see the pit ponies and their stables? They helped miners carry out lots of work down the region’s mines. The Durham coalfield had 22,000 ponies in 1913!
50. Follow the path through peaceful Birch Wood.
51. Do miners get out of bed earlier than you do? Look for the chalk boards in Francis Street back lane. Before alarm clocks existed miners would write when they needed to be woken up and a “knocker upper” would bang on the door or window at that time!
52. What is the job of the person who lives at No. 2 Ravensworth Terrace?
53. Spot the Super Human Kneader – it would take a very long time to knead our Herron’s Bakery bread without this!
54. What 1950s items can you see in our welfare hall?
55. There is a bulldog in The 1900s Town garage, can you spot him?
56. Be inspired to ask a family member to share their memories of “the good old days”.
57. Take a look at our What’s On list and make plans to come along to some of our Beamish events and activities, CLICK HERE
58. Can you find the “netty” (outdoor toilet)?! *Museum artefact, not for actual use.
59. Do you know your pounds, shillings and pence? Step into our bank and see the grand banking desks, safes and strongrooms.
60. Can you see the Anderson shelter outside The 1940s Farm cottages? If air raids happened during the Second World War, people would shelter here to protect themselves.
61. See the NHS clinic, telling the story of the early days of the health service, in our 1950s welfare hall.
62. See how mining families lived in the Francis Street cottages in our 1900s Pit Village.
63. Relax or play on our Events Field grass.
64. Walk along The 1900s Town street and imagine you are a real Edwardian on the way to do their shopping!
65. See if you can steer a booler in the school yard.
66. Find the tractor in the farmyard at our 1940s Farm.
67. Can you spot the sweet rollers in Jubilee Confectioners’ sweet factory? They all have interesting shapes for the different boiled sweets.
68. What year is featured on the front of the Great Shed at Pockerley Waggonway? Clue – it’s the year Stockton and Darlington Railway opened.
69. See if you can find a larder or pantry, used before households had refrigerators.
70. Can you find items for work, sport and homeware in the Co-op hardware department?
71. Discover the miners’ safety lamps in our lamp cabin, a recreation of a typical colliery lamp cabin.
72. Look at the beautiful orchard next to The 1940s Farm cottages. Land Girls would collect fruit to eat and make jam with – vital in a time of rationing, waste not want not.
73. Spot a poss tub. Do you know what that is and why it was used?
74. Discover how much cars cost in the early 1900s in our Town garage.
75. See if you can spot food pickled in jars at Pockerley Old Hall, what kinds of foods did they preserve?
76. See the encampment on the hill up at The 1940s Farm.
77. Play “I Spy” in The 1900s Town.
78. Take a peek through the viewing windows and see the progress we’re making with The 1950s Town.
79. Visit Hetton Silver Band Hall in The Pit Village, which shares the story of colliery bands and their importance in the region.
80. Find the perfect reminder of your Beamish visit in our Museum Shop at the Entrance.
81. Spot the gargoyles in St Helen’s Church in our Georgian landscape – can you find the gargoyle man eating a fish and the “toothache man”?
82. Find out what colour bags were used for sugar in the Co-op grocery.
83. See the headteacher’s neat handwriting on The Pit Village school blackboard. You can even buy a real slate in our Museum Shop or from our online shop so that you can practise yourself!
84. Hula hoop at the 1950s welfare hall.
85. Wave at a bus, perhaps passengers might wave back at you or the driver might even ring the bell!
86. Find the Land Girl sign at The 1940s Farm – what does it say? It was a popular war slogan…
87. Discover what cooking and medicinal herbs have been planted in Pockerley gardens.
88. What Beamish animals can you spot during your visit?
89. Buy the Beamish Monopoly board game – a fun way to remember your visit to the museum!
90. Can you find the whale bone arch near St Helen’s Church?
91. Say hello to the horses!
92. Visit The Pit Village chapel…did you know it was moved to the museum from nearby Beamish Village, where it was originally opened in the 1850s?
93. Choose your favourite Beamish exhibit…will it be the sweet shop or Davy’s, or how about Pockerley Old Hall or the 1950s welfare hall? It’s a difficult choice!
94. Can you spot the pill box outside The 1940s farmhouse? These were placed in strategic points to be used in the event of attack during the Second World War.
95. See the whim gin in The 1820s Landscape – it was horse powered and lifted men and coal up from the mine.
96. Watch the ducks and geese in the pond at The 1940s Farm – keeping poultry was a great source of free eggs during rationing times!
97. Pick up a copy of the latest issue of the Beamish Magazine, a great way to keep up with the museum news and events.
98. Spot the hidden hen house in the poultiggery – hens like roosting above the pigs as it keeps them warm and pigs scare foxes away!
99. Admire the beautiful sign-writing that can be spotted around the museum.
100. Take a photo of you enjoying a Summer of Fun at Beamish!