Beamish Museum has announced it will be staying open seven days a week this festive period, due to popular demand.
At a time when visitor attractions are often winding down for the winter, Beamish has announced that it will continue to welcome visitors every day, from 10am to 4pm, from now until the end of its Christmas celebrations on January 3, 2016.
The only days it will be closed this year are Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said: “Just a few years ago Beamish used to be closed over the entire winter period - we were really known as a place to visit over the summer holidays. We can now be as busy at the weekend in the run-up to Christmas as we are over the August Bank Holiday. This year - for the first time ever - the open air museum will be open seven days a week right through to the end of the Christmas holidays. We came to the decision in response to the increasing popularity of our Christmas at Beamish event.”
Beamish has seen record visitor numbers in recent years, welcoming an amazing 655,936 visitors in 2014/15 – and figures have doubled in the last six years.
Christmas at Beamish runs from November 14 2015 to January 3 2016 and this year includes a new Frost Fair, open on weekends and school holidays. The celebrations will be launched on 14th November, when Father Christmas arrives with a magical parade, including two stunning unicorns. Festivitiesd include Father Christmas’ Grotto, reindeer and ice skating. Twelfth Night Celebrations run at Pockerley Old Hall from December 26 to January 3 2016.