Plan your school visit

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to Beamish!

The safety of all of our visitors, including visiting schools, colleges and universities, is our number one priority and we wanted to give you information about your visit.

We’ve introduced additional health and hygiene measures across the museum, in line with the COVID-19 Secure guidance. We’ve been awarded the We’re Good To Go standard, for organisations that are following government and industry guidelines, have a risk assessment in place and have a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Our friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you and to answer any queries you may have during your visit.

Before you visit Beamish

For everyone’s safety all groups will need to pre-book beforehand. Spaces for groups will be limited and it may not be possible to take a booking for you on the day you hoped for. Activities on offer will also be limited to those we can safely carry out in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance. These are currently advertised on the Beamish website in the Learning section.

All groups will be invoiced on the day of their visit. You will only be charged for the pupils you bring. Entry is at a reduced rate for schools; pupils are charged at a rate of £6.50 each, with accompanying adults free in a ratio of 1:5 for over 5s, and 1:3 for under 5s. Pupils under 5 are free of charge, as are those who are classed as carers.

We can’t wait to see you, but if anyone in your group is feeling unwell we kindly ask that they stay at home.

Please bring face coverings with you to wear in line with government guidelines. We encourage you to wear face coverings inside all our indoor spaces and on transport.

Before you make your visit please contact the museum to check for the latest updates and information.

We are offering two complimentary tickets per school when you book so you can visit the museum beforehand. Teachers will find that the visit will be different than previous visits and will need to plan for the learning accordingly. Teachers will need to book a timeslot for pre-visits in advance through the museum’s website, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance.

When you arrive at Beamish

Access for educational groups will be through the gate to the left of the Entrance Building. When you arrive please park and walk to Entrance gate as directed by our staff. Please have your booking confirmation (either on your phone or printed out) ready.

Groups will need to use the toilets in The 1900s Pit Village and not in the Entrance Building. This is a 10 minute walk from the Entrance. Arrangements can be made for children with access needs, please ensure you inform the museum during the booking process of these particular needs.

Please ensure the children have their packed lunches with them.

During your visit to Beamish

We’re very excited to welcome our visitors back to enjoy our open air museum. During your visit, please ask our staff and volunteers if you have any queries, they’ll be very happy to help.

Your booking information will include a map of the museum site which will include the location of facilities such as lunch room and toilets. You may wish to print a copy of this off prior to arrival.

  • Please follow the signs and information around the museum.
  • For social distancing, please ensure you and your children stay two metres apart from other visitors and other school groups.
  • Handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the museum, please use them regularly during your visit.
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes have been introduced site wide.
  • Glass screens have been installed where necessary – but you’ll see the same friendly smiles from our staff and volunteers.
  • It is possible to pre-order sweets and shop items for the children in your group when you make your booking, these can be added to your invoice. We are currently a cashless site, so there will be no opportunity for your pupils to spend any cash they bring with them.
  • Please wear a face covering in all our indoor spaces as specified in government guidelines.
  • Our staff and volunteers have received additional COVID-19 Secure training.

Many of our museum exhibits are open and we’ve introduced one-way systems to help the visitor flow and to ensure your safety, please follow the signs. We will be opening up other areas as and when we are able to with everyone’s safety our top priority. In some spaces, we have opened up doors of exhibits you can’t get into, so you can still look inside.

Please note: We are currently running reduced period transport and the accessible bus is functioning. It is better to plan for longer periods between transport across the museum and to therefore decide on which areas to visit as a priority given the time available.

Toilets

Toilet facilities are open across the museum, with enhanced cleaning regimes and hygiene measures. There is no access to the toilets in the Entrance Building for school groups when they arrive. The nearest toilets available will be in The Pit Village next to Hetton Silver Band Hall, this is a 10 minute walk from the Entrance.

Lunchtimes

Your group will be allocated a lunchtime space of half an hour for the children to have their packed lunches. It is really important that you stick to these timings as the space will need to be extensively cleaned in readiness for the next educational group. Cleaning resources will be available in each space for you to carry out an additional clean should you wish to.

Retail

The museum is currently a cashless site, so pupils will not be able to purchase items individually themselves, unless they have a bank card with them. You can pre-order items from the shop for pick up as you leave the museum, or for sweets in the sweet shop, when you make the booking.


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