October Half Term Fun at Beamish Museum

Sat 23rd - Sun 31st Oct

Join us this October Half Term (Saturday, 23rd to Sunday, 31st October) and enjoy two transport events, live music and Halloween-themed family fun! Plus you can help us choose the winning scrumptious sundae which will be sold in John’s Cafe in The 1950s Town next year! There’s so much to see and do at Beamish during October Half Term.  

On Saturday, 23rd October, join us for our Bus Running Day where over a dozen buses of all shapes and sizes will be travelling around the museum site, plus there’ll be a fascinating display outside the Northern General Transport Bus Depot. 

Visitors can also enjoy Halloween-themed family fun during the local school holidays, with scary sights and pumpkin carving displays at Pockerley Old Hall, plus join in with a fun family activity. Share your best spooky jokes and add them to our ghostly bunting in the 1950s welfare hall and try your hand at a game of flap the bat!

The sweet shop and bakery in The 1900s Town will be making spooky sweets and terrifically terrifying treats! 

Can you spot the creepy costumed cast of not-so-cuddly bears in our Haunting Halloween Teddy Bear Trail? Find the bears in their handcrafted spooky outfits around the museum. Download a copy of our Haunting Halloween Teddy Bear trail here!

We also need your help during half term to decide which ice cream flavour will be used in John’s Cafe when the exhibit opens in The 1950s Town next year!  

During the summer we asked people to come up with creative and fun sundae suggestions that only use vanilla ice cream and toppings that were available in the 1950s or earlier. Over 300 entries were submitted and these have been whittled down to the top three flavours by staff, volunteers and members of John’s family. 

We’re asking visitors to vote for their favourite sundae suggestions at the museum in the 1950s welfare hall during October Half Term. Why not have a go at making some of the scrumptious suggestions yourself? The perfect excuse to eat ice cream!  

To find out more about the Remaking Beamish project, please visit https://www.beamish.org.uk/remaking/about-remaking-beamish/ 

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

Beamish is still fundraising for the project match funding, and there is a fundraising plan in place to guide this work. 

Relive tunes from the past and remember the good old days from 1.30pm on Monday, 25th October with our Musical Mondays. Join in with some traditional music, songs and dance outside the band hall in our 1900s Pit Village.  

Classic Car Day is due to take place on Sunday, 31st October where visitors will be able to see an impressive array of vehicles on the museum’s Events Field. Organised by Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society, the rally is for enthusiasts and novices alike! 

Plus, every day during October Half Term you can take a ride on The Waggonway in The 1820s Landscape and hop aboard one of our traditional trams or buses.  

Pop up to The 1940s Farm and discover what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War, spot the pit ponies in The 1900s Pit Village and grab some fish and chips from Davy’s. Visit the heapstead in The 1900s Colliery, take a walk down the cobbled street in The 1900s Town, plus, grab a pint from the pub and some sweet treats from the bakery and not-to-be-missed sweet shop.  

Admire the Georgian views at Pockerley Old Hall and visit the 1950s welfare hall, the first building to open as part of our 1950s Town. There’s so much to see and do at Beamish!  

All visitors will need to pre-book an entry timeslot online in advance of their visit, including Friends of Beamish members and Beamish Unlimited Pass holders. Book your timeslot tickets here. 

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our first priority as always, and we continue to have a range of COVID-19 Secure measures in place, in line with industry best practice and guidance from the Association of Leading Visitor Attraction. Find out more here. 

Beamish is continuing to follow government and public health COVID-19 safety guidance and reserves the right to alter events, activities, facilities, operations and opening times without prior notice. 

As with all daytime events, visitors can use their Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy activities and events during October Half Term.