Beamish is a ‘living museum’ meaning that it’s a replica of a Co. Durham town, villages, farm and industry.
This is a pretty picture heavy post (and my last ever instaspam – I’ve been reunited with my camera!) but I would really recommend checking out their website for more details.
Beamish is huge and each section is easily accessed by the traditional transport links.
You can go and explore in each house and there are staff giving talks and answering questions, the dentist was particularly interesting and the staff are so knowledgeable.
The mining tour was really interesting and experiencing the conditions that my relatives worked in was pretty humbling.
And of course everyone’s favourite part of the museum is the traditional sweet shop! There are demonstrations, testers and such a wider variety of choice.
I had a great day out (despite the cold..I’m from Co. Durham, why didn’t I know to wrap up warmer?!) but it maybe will be better appreciated from someone who lives away from the area. It didn’t seem such a ‘step back in time’ because I used to live in and know all the local pit villages. Plus, my Dad actually supplied some of the bits and pieces during the refurb. Once you pay for your Beamish ticket you are in for the year. I will be visiting when the new bakery is opening. It’s a great place for a summer picnics and I can’t wait to see the town at Christmas time.
Has anyone ever been or know anything similar? I can't wait to explore more!