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Beamish Museum: winter opening hours

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Beamish Museum entrance. Picture; Beamish Museum

Half-term musical celebration, October 21-29

Beamish Museum is a great place to take the kids this half-term – whatever the weather, there are plenty of things both indoors and out to keep them amused.

The themes this holiday are very much music and dance-based, exploring the traditional tunes and dances of North East England during various time periods.

Starting on Saturday, October 21 (and every day until Friday, October 27), join in the sing-along in The Sun Inn, in The Town, at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

There are also gramophone demonstrations in No.2 Ravensworth Terrace, The Town at 10.15am, 11.45am, 1.15pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm and 4.30pm, and at 10.45am, 1.45pm, 3.45pm & 4.45pm in No.4 Ravensworth Terrace, The Town.

There is a theme each day – here’s what you can expect:

  • Monday, October 23: Musical Monday, join in with traditional songs, music and dance in Hetton Band Hall in The Pit Village.
  • Tuesday, October 24: Enjoy thrilling tales by the storyteller and enjoy 1800s music at Pockerley Old Hall.
  • Wednesday, October 25: Be part of the musical activities at Hetton Band Hall in the Pit Village.
  • Thursday, October 26: Join the Tea Dance at The 1940s Farm at 11am-noon and 1-3pm.
  • Friday, October 27: Put on your dancing shoes and take part in the ceilidh at Pockerley Old Hall at 11am-noon and 1-3pm.
  • Saturday, October 28: Here’s your chance to have a go on a brass instrument, at Blasting Brass in Hetton Band Hall, from 10am to 2pm.
  • Sunday, October 29: Musical activities for everyone in Hetton Band Hall throughout the day, including Singaround Sunday from 11am-2pm.

Half-term activities are included in admission to Beamish and are free for Unlimited Pass holders.

New winter opening hours

Address: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG, call 0191 370 4000 (9am-4pm, Monday-Friday).

Opening hours: From October 30 to March 23, 2018, open daily, 10am to 4pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Mondays and Fridays from January 8 to February 9, last admission 3pm.

By road: From the North and South, follow the A1M to Junction 63 (Chester-le-Street exit), then the A693 towards Stanley for four miles, following the signs. From the west – take the A68 to Castleside, near Consett, and follow the Beamish Museum signs along the A692 and A693 via Stanley.

By bus: Go North East’s Waggonway service 28/28A runs from Newcastle, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytimes, hourly in the evening and on Sundays. Connections with other bus, train or Metro services can be made in Newcastle, Gateshead, and Chester-le-Street. Coast & Country service 8 runs every 30 minutes Monday -Saturday from Sunderland Interchange, via Washington, Chester-le-Street, and Stanley. Travel to Beamish on any Go North East bus and get 25 per cent discount on a standard individual admission charge.

For further information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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