Jarrow Hall: Anglo-Saxon farm, village and Bede Museum sets out plans for reopening as it thanks public for support after vandal attack
A popular family visitor attraction has set out plans for reopening as lockdown restrictions ease.
Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm and Village is set to open on Saturday July 18, with the site’s Bede Museum to follow at a later date.
The reopening comes after the attraction’s team was overwhelmed by public support after a vandal attack in May, which damaged one of its reconstruction buildings.
Initially, Jarrow Hall will be opening only for existing annual pass holders, and new visitors will be able to book tickets from Thursday July 23.
Rebecca Maw, Operations Manager – Communities, Groundwork South & North Tyneside, which operates the site, said: “We are delighted to be reopening and our small team are working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the site can safely welcome visitors back.
“We have been inspired by the financial response following the vandal attack and the words of support on social media. The fundraising will, in large part, pay for repair work using traditional techniques, hopefully with support from local volunteers”
Those hoping to visit the site will have to book a timed slot online prior to attending and Jarrow Hall will be releasing more information on additional safety and social distancing measures in the coming days, via its website.
Jarrow Hall is still accepting donations for the damage done during the vandal attack and can be made by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/JarrowHallAnglo-SaxonVillage?invite=true
Set across 11 acres, Jarrow Hall features a museum dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Bede, alongside reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings and an extensive farm home to rare-breed and rescued animals.
Animals include curly-coated pigs, Dexter bullocks, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more, our farm houses rare breed and rescued individuals which are representatives of the kinds of animals that would have been present 1300 years ago.
The centre is suitable for visitors of all ages and pet-friendly.
The attraction was forced to close in March as the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the UK.