Orchard Cottage

Make yourself at home in our cosy cottage!

Orchard Cottage at our 1940s Farm is full to the brim with fascinating and familiar sights, sounds, smells and even tastes.  It’s an ideal space for groups of older people and people living with dementia, and their families and carers, to enjoy together.

We’re looking forward to welcoming groups back for sessions at Orchard Cottage very soon.

We’re also able to offer virtual sessions; exploring our unique 1940s style cottage and its wonderful things inside, sharing stories and memories together and enjoying a good sing-a-long too. The sessions are one hour and cost £20. To find out more and to book your session please contact Michelle Kindleysides, Head of Health & Wellbeing  0191 370 4050  michellekindleysides@beamish.org.uk

Dad doesn’t try to talk very much after his stroke but he was determined to talk in today’s session. It was lovely to see him joining in.


Orchard Cottage is opposite the 1940s farmhouse and has its own parking space for a minibus.

The cottage is wheelchair friendly and has an accessible toilet.  To help plan your visit please download the Accessibility Leaflet and a Hazard ID for the cottage.


A half-day session is £50 for a group of 3-5 people, plus carers. (Additional admission cost applies for Museum visit, if required, carers free.)

Loans boxes

We have a range of themed loans boxes contain objects, photographs and ideas for activities, which you can borrow, free of charge, to use with your group.

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Skills Workshops

We run skills workshops for care home staff and support group leaders.

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