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Beamish Museum Christmas launch parade

Festive season kicks off on Saturday, November 17, at 1pm

You can expect the unexpected when Santa arrives for his stay at Beamish Museum – transport in the past has included an RAF Sea King helicopter, motorbike, fire engine, camels and ‘unicorns’!

This year will be no different, with a procession of vintage vehicles, huskies, marching bands and Mrs Claus in her sleigh marking Christmas at Beamish, which runs from November 17-Christmas Eve, from 10am-4pm at the County Durham museum.

They will make their way through The 1900s Town street to the Fairground, for the Christmas tree lights switch-on.

Experience the magic of a traditional Christmas as you join in the celebrations at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village and 1940s Farm.

The guisers entertain the crowds at last year's Christmas launch parade. Picture; Beamish Museum
The guisers entertain the crowds at a previous Christmas launch parade. Picture; Beamish Museum

Festive events

  • Meet Father Christmas in his grotto: Say hello to his reindeer at Pockerley Waggonway. £5 per child includes a small, traditional gift.
  • Beamish Bazaar: Find quirky gifts and festive food at the bazaar in The Town park.
  • Winter fun fair: Take a ride on the gallopers and shuggy boats or try your hand at the sideshows. Galloper rides £1.50, shuggy boats and sideshows 50p.
Go skating on the real ice rink. Picture; Beamish Museum
Go skating on the real ice rink. Picture; Beamish Museum

Real ice rink

Get your skates on and buy tickets at the Winter Fun Fair, including skate hire, for £4 for children and £5 for adults, for at least a 20-minute session. For every full paying adult, one child skates free of charge.

Open daily until January 6 (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day), then weekends only from January 7 to February 15, daily from February 16-24.

See Father Christmas's reindeer. Picture; Beamish Museum
See Father Christmas’s reindeer. Picture; Beamish Museum

Twelfth Night celebrations

For a perfect post-Christmas outing, celebrate Twelfth Night and first footing at Pockerley Old Hall from December 27 to January 6 (closed New Year’s Day).

Enjoy music, dancing, food and first footing, the perfect outing to blow away the post-Christmas cobwebs.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass during the festive period.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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