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Beamish Museum: 2020’s events and highlights

May Day Celebrations. Picture; Beamish Museum
May Day Celebrations. Picture; Beamish Museum

Enjoy action-packed visits to County Durham’s magical museum

Giving families a chance to step back in time and relive the lives of their ancestors makes Beamish Museum the jewel in the crown of North-East attractions, celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year.

Here’s what to expect:


February 15-23: This year marks the museum’s Golden Jubilee and celebrations will begin with birthday parties. Play party games and explore the history of childhood and toys in the 1950s.


March 7-8: Take part in International Women’s Day celebrations, learn more about the Suffragette movement and chant “Votes For Women” in a march down The 1900s Town street.

March 22: Treat your mam to a day out on Mothering Sunday, learn the origins of the day and enjoy fun-filled activities.


April 2-5: Great North Steam Fair – see a host of locomotives and vehicles of all shapes and sizes, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.

April 5-13: Discover how Easter was celebrated in the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s during the award-winning Easter Fun at Beamish. Enjoy egg jarping, decorating and rolling, during Easter weekend!

April 25-26: Horses at Work, the second event in the Great North Festival of Transport. See Gelderlanders, Shires, Friesians and horse-drawn vehicles.

Georgian Fair. Picture; Beamish Museum
Georgian Fair. Picture; Beamish Museum


May 2-3: Dance around the Maypole during the May Day Celebrations and find out who will be crowned May Day King and Queen.

May 8-10 and 9-10: Take part in VE Day activities and Flag Weekend, with the chance to join a parade!

May 15-17: Georgian Fair – see the fire eater, marvel at the musicians and pay a visit to the Quack Doctor. The Squire of Pockerley will be hiring new staff – could you be a milkmaid, shepherd or a farmhand?


June 14: Brass at Beamish contest in The 1900s Pit Village.

June 20-21: A display of pre-1939 vehicles by the Morris Car Club at the Morris Car Rally.

June 21: The museum will celebrate 50 years of the Beamish Reliability Run. Starting and finishing at the museum, the event will see cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles registered before 1956 embark on a 150-mile run through Durham and North Yorkshire.

Classic Car Day. Picture; Beamish Museum
Classic Car Day. Picture; Beamish Museum


July 1-5: Enjoy hands-on events centred around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) during Crank it Up!

July 4-5: The Quoits Association play the traditional game in The 1900s Pit Village.

July 9-12: Festival of 50s – try on costume, taste 50s-inspired food and dance the day away to live music.

July 18-August 31: Summer of Fun during the six-weeks school holiday.


The Great North Festival of Agriculture is set to celebrate the rural and agricultural heritage of North East England runs throughout the month.

September 3-6: Dig For Victory and do your bit for the war effort – Grow Your Own, blackout the windows and Make Do and Mend at The 1940s Farm.

September 12-13: The Leek Show, with prizes and an auction of home-grown vegetables and floral arrangements at the end.

September 17-20: The festival concludes with the Agricultural Show. Meet animals, admire traditional crafts, listen to live music and be delighted by impressive demonstrations. Show off your own skills and take part in the Agricultural Show Industry Classes.

September 27: Classic Car Day, with a display of vehicles dating from the 1920s.


October 3-4: Harvest Festival.

October 24-November 1: Half-Term activities.

Dig for Victory. Picture; Beamish Museum
Dig for Victory. Picture; Beamish Museum


November 8: Remembrance Sunday.

November 14-Christmas Eve: Christmas at Beamish Grand Launch Parade with delightful decorations, seasonal cooking, gifts and, of course, a visit to see Father Christmas and his reindeer.

December 27-January 3 2021: End the year with Twelfth Night Celebrations. Enjoy Georgian music, dancing and food.

Paul Foster, Beamish’s Historic Events Officer, said: “This will be a very special year for the museum as we celebrate our Golden Jubilee so, as well as the firm favourites such as the Great North Steam Fair and Festival of 50s, we will be hosting some exciting events and surprises throughout the year.”

Beamish Museum is open from 10am until 4pm in the winter and 10am until 5pm in the summer. Closed Mondays and Fridays until February 14 (inclusive), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1, 2021.

With a Beamish Unlimited Pass, you pay once and visit for a whole year for free, including all daytime events. Visit www.beamish.org.uk to find out more.

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