1950s Front Street Terrace Opening Celebrations - February Half Term 2022

Join us as we celebrate the opening of our new 1950s terrace from 19th to 27th February 2022!

Front Street terrace in The 1950s Town, which is part of our Remaking Beamish project, will include four new exhibits for visitors to explore.

At John’s Café, take a seat in the booths and eat delicious homemade ice cream whilst listening to the jukebox, or head to Middleton’s Quality Fish and Chips, where you can buy delicious fish and chips.

At No. 2 Front Street you can see the replicated home of famous North East artist Norman Cornish, which will include an accessible art space.

Visitors can even ensure they look the part with a trip to Elizabeth’s Hairdresser’s, where you’ll be able to get your hair done – 50s style!

During February Half Term, enjoy toys and games outside Front Street terrace and see 1950s vehicles on display and travelling around the museum on Saturday, 19th & Sunday, 20th February and Saturday, 26th & Sunday, 27th February.

Plus, every day during half term in the welfare hall, you will be able to enjoy displays of work from the community groups we have worked with in Wingate, Gateshead and Spennymoor.

Live Music

  • From Saturday, 19th to Tuesday, 22nd February you can listen to the one man band play at Front Street terrace (enjoy 30 minute performances at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm).
  • On Saturday, 19th February, Enter CIC will be performing 1950s songs in the 1950s welfare hall from 1pm.
  • Catch the Beamish Volunteer Choir on Sunday, 20th and Saturday, 26th February. They’ll be performing in the 1950s welfare hall at 1pm and 2pm on both days.
  • Dance along to the music of Beamish’s very own skiffle band in the welfare hall on Sunday, 20th February (11am-1pm), Monday, 21st February (12pm-3pm), Wednesday, 23rd February (12.30pm-2.30pm) and Sunday, 27th February (12pm-3pm).
  • Hear the Dead Skunks Skiffle Band in the welfare hall on Saturday, 26th February (10am-12.30pm).

Sketch and Seek Trail

Our Sketch and Seek Trail is inspired by our recreation of coal miner and North East artist Norman Cornish’s Spennymoor home in Beamish’s new 1950s Front Street terrace.

Norman Cornish was taught to “paint the world you know” and painted landscapes and people where they lived and worked. Why not sketch your visit during your February Half Term visit using our Sketch and Seek Trail. Download your copy of the art trail here.

Visiting Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

All visitors will need to pre-book an entry timeslot to visit the museum – timeslots for visiting the museum are available to book online (Entry timeslots are your entry time into the museum, not the 1950s terrace – no separate timeslot is needed to visit the terrace).

Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project was awarded a £10.9million grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016 – a major milestone in Beamish’s history and the largest single investment ever seen at the museum.