Summer of Fun at Beamish Museum

Sat 2nd Jul - Wed 31st Aug

Be sure to visit Beamish, The Living Museum of the North for Summer of Fun 2022 and enjoy good old-fashioned family fun including traditional transport, Georgian games and creative crafts!

There are fun-filled activities lined up every day during the summer holidays at Beamish for the Summer of Fun event, which runs from 2nd July to 31st August.

Enjoy farm-related fun including hobby horses and traditional toys at Spain’s Field Farm and admire period transport in action around the museum during Transport Thursdays.

Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and try traditional crafts in The 1900s Pit Village including proggy mat making.

See and experience amazing activities centred around science, technology, engineering and maths during Crank it Up! on 9th and 10th July.

Marvel at marvellous Meccano creations during Meccano Weekend on 16th and 17th July.

All aboard for Buses at Beamish on 16th and 17th July, admire traditional tractors during the Tractors Assemble event on 23rd and 24th July, and the MG Car Club will be celebrating their Tyne-Tees Golden Jubilee event at Beamish on 7th August.

Learn about Lumberjills, Land Girls, make do and mend and ration cooking, as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War at Beamish’s Dig for Victory event from 1st to 4th September.

Plus, enjoy traditional live music, including Singaround Sundays, Musical Mondays and brass band performances, taking place throughout the summer.

There’s lots to see and do during a visit the Beamish! Swing by the museum’s latest exhibit, Coronation Park and Recreation Ground, and enjoy the 1950s-style playground, miniature golf course (small charge applies), sandpit, giant draughts board and football area.

Visit Spain’s Field Farm and discover the story of upland farming in the North East during the 1950s and see the farm animals. Initially open weekends and bank holidays only.

Be sure to pop by 1950s Front Street terrace – try tasty traditional ice cream from John’s Café, enjoy mouth-watering fish and chips from Middleton’s, get a 1950s hairstyle at Elizabeth’s Hairdresser’s and discover the recreated home of Norman Cornish at No. 2 Front Street.

In The 1900s Town visit exhibits including the bakery, chemist’s, Co-op, Ravensworth Terrace, garage, sweet shop, Sun Inn pub and bank. Be sure to pick up a sweet shop inspired ice cream from Beamish Delicious Ices – which flavour will you choose?!

Pop over to The Fairground and have a go on the gallopers, helter skelter and chair-o-planes (small charge applies to Fairground activities).

In The 1900s Pit Village see what’s growing in Francis Street gardens, visit the band hall, school and chapel. In The 1900s Colliery go underground in the drift mine and explore the engine shed, heapstead and winding engine house.

Visit The 1820s Landscape and admire the views from Pockerley Old Hall and pop over to St Helen’s Church. Take a ride through the Georgian landscape on Pockerley Waggonway (Thursday to Sunday).

Take a walk around The 1940s Farm, be sure to say hello to the Land Girls in Garden Cottage.

The museum’s trams and buses are running and the wheelchair accessible vehicle continues to operate on an on-call basis.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy these special events and activities.

All visitors aged five and over need to pre-book an entry timeslot online if visiting before 1pm and also require a valid Beamish Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership (these can be purchased online with timeslot). If visiting from 1pm onwards, you won’t need to pre-book (last admission is one hour before closing time). Timeslot entry tickets for up to 30th October 2022 are available to book now.

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Beamish reserves the right to alter or change this programme at any point.