Friends of Beamish

Be amazed, be inspired. Be part of history. Be our Friend.

Want to make the most of your visits to Beamish? Join the Friends of Beamish and you’ll get a fantastic package of FREE entry, free regular Beamish Magazine, discount on a guidebook, plus other great discounts and exclusive offers.

You’ll be giving vital support to one of the world’s greatest museums.

Be a supporter. Be our Friend.

By joining the Friends of Beamish, you’ll be helping to secure the future of The Living Museum of the North for future generations. The Friends have donated £887,000 since founding in 1967, helping museum projects such as Hetton Band Hall and Eston Church and buying Model T Fords.

Your subscription will also go towards restoration work carried out by the Friends of Beamish.

Be rewarded. Be our Friend.

As a thank you for their valued support, Friends of Beamish members receive:

  • Unlimited FREE admission to Beamish during normal opening hours, including daytime events
  • 10% discount in museum catering and retail outlets
  • FREE copy of our Beamish Magazine
  • Discount on a guidebook
  • Fantastic monthly talks by visiting speakers

Terms and conditions apply.

Be involved. Be our Friend.

Some of our Friends of all ages volunteer their time to help the museum. You can be a Friend of Beamish without being a volunteer, but if you’d like to get involved you’d be made very welcome.

There are lots of ways to help, from using practical skills to restore vehicles and equipment, wearing costume in exhibits or at events, or providing admin support.

To visit the Friends of Beamish website please click here.

How to Join

Adult  £37.95 
Senior Citizen Individual £31.25
Adult Partners (at same address) £61.50
Senior Citizen Partners £49.00
Student   £31.25
Child (5 – 16 years)   £27.25
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) £57.50
Family (1 Adult + 3 Children)   £67.00
Family (2 Adults + 1 Child) £71.00
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children)   £81.00
Family (2 Adults + 3 Children)   £88.25

Join the Friends of Beamish at our main Entrance or online. We encourage members to join the Friends of Beamish online before visiting to save time at the Entrance and help support our Entrance Team staff.  If you are unable to purchase online beforehand, you can join or renew at the Entrance when you visit.

Friends of Beamish Membership, c/o Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, Beamish, Co Durham, DH9 0RG.

Email;, Tel: 0191 370 1104 (Please leave a message as the Friends Office is not staffed daily and volunteers from the Friends will respond as soon as they can).

The Friends of Beamish is a registered charity (No. 1059959) and a limited company registered in England (No. 2987256). Registered office: The Friends’ Office, Beamish (The North of England Open Air Museum), Beamish, Co Durham, DH9 0RG.
Click here to visit Friends of Beamish Membership Terms and Conditions.

What about a gift or legacy?

The Friends are very grateful for any gifts or legacies, whether large or small, which help crucial restoration projects and developments at Beamish. A £200,000 legacy was used to create the interior of Davy’s Fried Fish Shop, including the painstaking restoration of the beautiful ceramic tiles.