We are so fortunate here in the North East of England to have the fantastic resource that is Beamish on our doorsteps!
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in the North East of England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. There is so much to see there – you can go in houses set up like they were in the 1900s and stop in the shops in their village – including the grocers and sweet shop. There is an old school, farm, colliery, steam train, fairground. The site is vast and you can catch old fashioned buses and trams to get around – or just walk a lot. There is actually so much that we are on our second trip on our annual pass and will need to go a couple of times more to see it all. Although we do find it best to take shorter trips there with our little ones so they don’t get too restless.
Beamish was in the news this week for having just secured £17 million for a 1950s expansion which I am very excited about. Featuring both replicated and original period homes, a cafe and a farm, the 1950s area will also include the Grand Electric Cinema from Ryhope, Sunderland, which will be moved to Beamish brick by brick. Amazing!
In the vlog below you can see us check out the village, school, colliery, train and 1940s farm. If you are a Downton Abbey fan you may recognise the village from the finalé too.