Tourism campaign invites visitors to step back in time.

April 27th 2017

Beamish is taking part in a new national tourism campaign, aimed at promoting County Durham’s diverse and fascinating heritage.

Visitors are invited to step back in time and experience Durham’s past through award-winning attractions, enthralling exhibitions and exciting events at venues including Beamish, the world-renowned Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site and Palace Green Library.

The campaign highlights summertime at Beamish with a programme of special events, including the Georgian Fair (1-4 June), Festival of 50s (6-9 July), and Great North Festival of Agriculture (31 August-1 October).

Julie Wilson, Beamish’s Communications Team Leader, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the spring heritage campaign and to have the opportunity to raise awareness of Beamish, and all of the other  amazing attractions in the county, on a national platform.”

The campaign is led by destination management organisation Visit County Durham (VCD).

Other exhibitions and events visitors can look forward to in the county include Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta and The Forest Charters and the anticipated return of the Treasures of St Cuthbert, a permanent collection of Anglo-Saxon artefacts.

Durham University’s Palace Green Library is the venue for new exhibition, Time Machines: the past, the future, and how stories take us there, a celebration of HG Wells’ first novel, The Time Machine, where visitors can see the author’s original manuscript for the book.

The heritage campaign runs throughout April and May, and includes a Durham section on the Guardian newspaper’s website which will run for four weeks.

Michelle Gorman, VCD’s Managing Director, said: “We’re proud to be running our heritage campaign which will further raise our profile nationally and attract even more visitors to experience our wonderful county – boosting the visitor economy. What sets Durham apart are the opportunities to really get hands on with history, and during 2017 there are even more exciting chances to get a glimpse of times gone by.”