Health & Wellbeing

Providing everyone, regardless of age, health needs and abilities, with opportunities to enjoy the museum.

Beamish’s programme of activities to support health and wellbeing has been commended by the Royal Society for Public Health for its excellent and innovative contribution to arts and health practice.

We aim to provide everyone, regardless of age, health needs and abilities, with opportunities to enjoy the museum, take part in traditional activities, learn new skills and improve self-confidence, and to thoroughly enjoy the company of others.

We work with a range of organisations across the region, such as local NHS adult mental health teams, occupational therapists, social prescribing link workers, Alzheimer’s Society & community support groups.

Our cosy Orchard Cottage, with its treasure trove of objects, as well as its accessible facilities, make it an ideal place to host many of our activities. We also run activities in other parts of the museum too.

Here are our current weekly activities:

Day Activity Meeting Point & Time Booking Information
Mondays ‘Best Foot Forward’ Beginner’s Walking Group

Dementia Friendly

A gentle walk of 1-2 miles around the museum

Small  group

Meet at the museum Entrance 1.45pm

Walk 2pm – 3.30pm

Booking required

Open to anyone wanting to do some gentle exercise and socialise with a small group of people

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Mondays Musical Mondays’

Dementia Friendly

Live musicians playing traditional familiar songs.  Come along and join in!

1900s Pit Village band hall

1.30pm – 3pm

No booking required, open to all

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Tuesdays Men’s Groups

Dementia Friendly

Small weekly group sessions for men aged over 55 to support mental health & wellbeing

Orchard Cottage, 1940s Farm

10am – 12pm

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Places are limited so booking is required.

Referrals open to anyone living in County Durham.

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Wednesdays ‘Midweek Melodies’

Dementia Friendly

An hours of music, singing and some gentle movements, all to lots of familiar 1950s songs and music

Welfare Hall, 1950s Town

Meet at museum Entrance 1.30pm.

Session 2pm – 3pm

Places are limited, so booking is required

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Thursdays ‘Canny Cuppa’

Small social activity session to support mental health and wellbeing

Orchard Cottage, 1940s Farm

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Referrals from Chester-le-Street Link Workers/GPs

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Fridays Walk Durham Health Walk

A walk of between 3-4 miles, starting from the museum car park.  Lead by Walk Durham Volunteers music

Meet in top bay of museum car park 9.45am

Walk 10am – 11.30am

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Small group sessions in Orchard Cottage are able to be booked by groups too. Click here to find out more.