Beamish Museum Christmas 2021 Gift Guide

November 23rd 2021

Find that perfect present from the past with a fantastic range of unique Christmas gifts from Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

From tempting treats, including Christmas cake, tins of Beamish hot chocolate and a luxury box of chocolates to handmade soap bars, Christmas tree decorations and a festive jigsaw, there’s something for everyone!

The Christmas gifts are inspired by Beamish’s collections and exhibits, and are available from our online shop or can be purchased during a visit to the museum. Beamish is a charity and every purchase supports the museum and is hugely appreciated.

Matthew Henderson, Product Development Manager, said: “Be sure to get your loved ones something really special this Christmas with our range of Beamish-inspired products.

“We have introduced lots of new items for the festive season, including our first ever luxury box of chocolates, add extra merry magic to your Christmas tree with our beautiful decorations, give someone 1,000 pieces of the museum with our jigsaws, and don’t forget about yourself – be sure to melt the Christmas stresses away with our lovely W Smith’s Chemist range.

“Many of our products have been made at Beamish or by local suppliers and are exclusive to the museum.

“Celebrate the festive season and show loved ones how much they mean to you by giving them a gift inspired by their favourite North East museum.”

Discover Beamish’s Christmas 2021 gift guide below. Click here to browse the full range of fantastic festive items available. All of the beautiful gifts can be sent with a free personalised message. Please note, last online Christmas orders need to be placed on 16th December, to be posted out 18th December.


Beamish Bars of Soap

Treat yourself or your loved ones to some “me time” this Christmas with our new luxury soap bars – the perfect gift or stocking filler!

Made using the traditional cold-process soap-making method, the handmade bars look as great as they smell.

Choose from: Beamish Coal, made with activated charcoal and scented with basil, sage and mint; Pockerley Lavender, infused with lavender essential oils and sea salt; or Christmas Clementine, scented with sweet orange, with soft grape and floral notes.

Bars are 120g, £4.99 each.

Available online and from W Smith’s Chemist in The 1900s Town at the museum. Visit our website for full list of ingredients.


Jubilee Confectioners Sweet Treats

Bring Beamish’s famous sweet shop to your own home, with an exclusive Jubilee Confectioners reusable tin filled with your choice of scrumptious sweets. The beautiful tin is based on an original design in the museum’s collections, will you fill it with bon bons, Beamish Mix, jelly babies, rhubarb and custards, pear drops or soor plooms?!

Blue tin £4.99 each. Contains 4oz of Beamish sweets.

Available online and at the museum from the market stall and Jubilee Confectioners sweet shop in The 1900s Town, and Museum Shop at the Entrance.


Jute Bag

Perfect for all your Edwardian essentials! Our new jute bags are made with sustainable jute fabric and feature artwork designed by hand in the 1900s print shop. They make a great gift or can be used to carry all your beautiful Beamish-inspired yuletide treats!

30cm x 30cm x 16cm, £8.50 each.

Available online and from The 1900s Town market stall at the museum.


Christmas Tree and Gingerbread Decorations

These traditional-looking Christmas decorations are the perfect additions to your tree!

Made out of pewter, you can choose from a smiley gingerbread ornament, complete with silver buttons, or a decorated Christmas tree with a star on the top. Both hang on a red ribbon.

Gingerbread decoration 6.5cm x 7cm. Christmas tree 10cm x 6cm. Both £9.75 each.

Available online and from The 1900s Town market stall at the museum.


Christmas Beamish Jigsaw

With our new Christmas jigsaw you can bring a festive piece of the museum to your own home – 1,000 of them to be exact!

Featuring a snowy scene of the front of the Co-op and the beautiful Armstrong Whitworth car, the picture-perfect puzzle is sure to keep you busy over the Christmas period. There are also designs featuring The 1900s Town, Co-op hardware store and four festive scenes at the museum.

The puzzles are produced by one of the UK’s few remaining jigsaw puzzle manufacturers, the puzzle boards and boxes are made from recycled card. The paper for the photograph is FSC certified and the glue is starch based, all of which helps to reduce the carbon footprint of these products.

1,000 pieces, the size of this puzzle once completed is around 69cm x 48cm. £23.50 each.

All puzzles available online. Christmas Co-op and hardware designs available from 1900s Town stall. The 1900s Town and four festive scenes jigsaws available from the Museum Shop at the Entrance.


Luxury Box of Chocolates

Beamish visitors often admire the beautiful chocolate boxes in Jubilee Confectioners window display and now, for the first time, the museum is selling a luxury box of chocolates – the perfect festive gift!

The beautifully-designed purple box with decorative gold writing includes 12 delicious individual chocolates, with flavours including chocolate brownie truffle, milk caramel heart, coconut cream and strawberries and cream truffle.

160g, £13.50 per box.

Available from Jubilee Confectioners sweet shop in The 1900s Town at the museum.


Bakery Tea Towel

This 100% cotton, bakery-inspired tea towel is the perfect present for budding bakers! It shows a page from A R Wood and Co trade catalogue from Beamish’s collection.

Featuring baking utensils including cream horn and cherry cake tins and cream bun coffins and fancy cake moulds, it’s sure to inspire you or the baker you know to create a mouth-watering masterpiece! Made in the UK.

76cm x 47cm, £9.99 each.

Available online and from The 1900s Town market stall at the museum.


Jubilee Confectioners’ Hot Chocolate

Perfect for those cosy Christmas nights in! Our delicious new hot chocolate is produced by a local company and is inspired by the 1828 Dutch method for making hot chocolate from cocoa powder. The artwork is based on originals in the collection and is inspired by Edwardian produce in our Co-op store in The 1900s Town.

200g, £10.99 per gift tin.

Available online and at the museum from the 1900s Town market stall.


1905 Cadbury Chocolate Bars

For the chocolate-obsessed family member or friend… buy delicious Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate wrapped in 1905 design packaging. The replica wrapping is inspired by original packaging from the museum’s collection and has been made in a collaboration between Beamish and Cadbury.

Fun fact – the name “Dairy Milk” was suggested by a customer’s daughter after George Cadbury Junior was given the task to develop a milk bar with more milk than anything else on the market. Dairy Milk launched in June 1905 and was Cadbury’s best seller by the start of the First World War. Beamish is now selling Cadbury’s chocolate wrapped in the design that featured on this first ever Dairy Milk chocolate bar!

110g, £5. 360g, £9.99.

Available online and at the museum from the market stall and Jubilee Confectioners sweet shop in The 1900s Town, and Museum Shop at the Entrance.


Herron’s Bakery Treats

As well as brownies and gingerbread, we are selling scrumptious Christmas cake and Beamish firelighters on our online shop – perfect for the festive season!

Made on site in our bakery in The 1900s Town, the tea time treats come wrapped in Herron’s Bakery-branded greaseproof paper and are presented in a beautifully-designed keepsake tin, so they also make a great gift!

We recommend enjoying the delicious firelighters within seven days and the Christmas cake within three months.

Beamish firelighters – approximately 548g, £7.95.

Beamish Christmas cake – approximately 800g, £16.

Available online and from Herron’s Bakery in The 1900s Town at the museum. For full list of ingredients visit the Beamish online shop.

Also available from our online shop are transport-inspired items including a tram money box and Beamish bus pin badge and bakery items include Herron’s chopping board and rolling pin, and pieces of delicious crumbly gingerbread in a keepsake tin. Plus, there are chemist creams, spiced apple bath salts, enamel signs, Beamish Monopoly, Top Trumps, Town street magnet, museum mugs, hand printed cards and much more! And be sure not to forget those perfect pooches – there are delicious dog biscuits available, including a festive cranberry and oats flavour.

Other terrific treats available at the museum include Christmas mugs, jars of chocolate baubles, toffee-flavoured snowball bonbons, white chocolate Christmas stars, Beamish bank coins, Turkish delight, chocolate Turkish delight, new Jubilee Confectioners chocolate bars, bags of clotted cream fudge, Belgian chocolate fudge and rhubarb and custard fudge. Plus, there’s Beamish blue cheese and a selection of alcoholic beverages available at the museum, including cherry wine, pinot grigio and damson wine.

Fill up those festive stockings and pile those presents up high with our fantastic range of Beamish Christmas gifts!

Beamish is a charity and 95 per cent of the museum’s income is from its visitors, including ticket sales, catering and retail. Purchases made from the online shop and at the museum continue to support Beamish and are greatly appreciated.

Click here to see the full range of unique Christmas gifts and stocking fillers available. Please note, last online Christmas orders need to be placed on 16th December, to be posted out 18th December.