May Day Celebrations 2024

5th & 6th May 2024

In the Edwardian period, May Day was second only to Christmas in popularity and each town or village all over the country would have its own range of traditions and customs.

Speak to our friendly costumed folk to find out more about the customs of May Day, including how a 1900s Pit Village would have prepared for May Day as sprigs are placed on the doors of the Francis Street cottages in a tradition called May birching.

Our May Day Celebrations are included in museum admission and are free to Beamish Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members, pay once and visit free for a year!

Beamish reserves the right to alter events, activities, facilities, operations and opening times without prior notice.