The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and we’ve introduced additional COVID-19 Secure health and hygiene measures across the museum.
Catering will be available, offering takeaway “grab and go” menus, adhering to COVID-19 safety regulations. Where some indoor spaces can’t yet be opened, such as the Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop, this is in line with safety guidance and we’re working on opening them when we are able to.
Picnic bags and takeout afternoon teas can also be pre-ordered online when booking tickets for your visit, and these can be collected during your visit. For more information about visiting the museum please click here.
You can still enjoy your favourite Beamish treats, including Herron’s Bakery, Davy’s chip shop and Jubilee Confectioners.
If you want to take home a reminder of your visit, you will be able to purchase unique Beamish items and souvenirs in our Museum Shop at our Entrance, as well as W Smith’s Chemist, Jubilee Confectioners and our stalls in The 1900s Town.
1900s Town Park Stalls
Browse traditional products ranging from tea, coffee and biscuits to items handprinted in our Eagle Press Print Works including cards, bags, calendars, posters and notebooks.
You’ll also find unique souvenirs featuring exclusive 1900s Town designs such as postcards inspired by originals in our collections, a range by artist Julia Gash and enamel signs based on the Beamish businesses, coasters, magnets and mugs. If you’re looking to support the suffragette movement, you’ll find sashes, playing cards, posters and much more!
There are also traditional toys and games available, based on those you would find in Edwardian Britain, as well as a wide range of bespoke stationery.
Herron’s Bakery, 1900s Town
Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being made using Edwardian recipes. Why not treat yourself to a freshly-baked treat to take home?
Jubilee Sweet Shop, 1900s Town
What will you choose from the mouth-watering range of traditional sweets? From Beamish mix to bonbons and cinder toffee to strawberries and cream, it’s difficult to decide! You can even see sweets being made.
Click here for more information about the sweet shop.
Ice Cream Kiosk, 1900s Town
Enjoy “grab and go” refreshments from The 1900s Town kiosk.
W Smith’s Chemist, 1900s Town
Call into the chemist where you’ll find Mr Kerrison’s cold creams, balms and bath salts, all of which are inspired by original 1900s recipes taken from our collection.
W Smith’s also offers a wide and interesting range of traditional soaps, as well as liquorice roots and pellets.
Click here to find out more about the chemist’s.
Sinkers’ Bait Cabin, 1900s Pit Village
Enjoy “grab and go” refreshments from this cabin which represents the huts used by colliery shaft sinkers.
Davy’s Chip Shop, 1900s Pit Village
Try our famous chips, made in coal-fired ranges using beef dripping and served up in specially-printed newspaper! This working exhibit uses traditional cooking methods, which means there may be queues during busy periods.
Please note, vegetarian chips are not currently available. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Welfare Hall, 1950s Town
Enjoy “grab and go” refreshments from the Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare Hall and Community Centre, which opened at the museum last year.
Museum Shop, Entrance
From fabulous local food and drink to a wide range of homeware, toys, books and lots more, there’s something for everyone at our fantastic Museum Shop.
We have also launched an online shop, where you’ll find Beamish items inspired by our exhibits and collections, click here to browse our fantastic selection of products.
Beamish is a charity and 95 per cent of our income is from our visitors, including ticket sales, catering and retail. Our closure due to the coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on the museum – your purchases are supporting the museum and helping to secure our future, thank you!
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