Beamish to open for nights at the museum

The 1940's farm at Beamish Museum.
The 1940's farm at Beamish Museum.
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MUSEUM fans can find out what goes bump in the night at Beamish when it opens its doors to evening visits.

The attraction will welcome visitors this weekend as it joins a UK-wide festival aimed at promoting museums, galleries and heritage sites after hours.

The living history museum will lay on fun, food, music and dance, with entertainment by The Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra, who will perform their own brand of early 20th century swing music.

There will be appearances by traditional North Eastern rapper dancers the Bill Elliott Band and King Cole, and a chance to try a few moves with ceilidh dancing.

Organisers say those who prefer a more relaxing evening can sit back and just enjoy the music.

Games, food and crafts will also be among the activities.

When all of the fun becomes too much, visitors can treat themselves to a bit of bait and banter, in the newly-opened Sinkers’ Bait Cabin, soup and a stottie from the field kitchen or a traditional fish supper from Davy’s.

In the pit cottages, the miners’ wives will be offering samples of tasty regional treats fresh from the oven. Beamish will be open from 10am to 9pm on both days, though only The Pit Village and Colliery will be open after 5pm.

Museum bosses say there is no need to book in advance for the events.

Unlimited Pass holders are admitted free of charge and daytime visitors are invited to stay for the evening activities at no extra charge. Admission after 5pm, without Unlimited Pass, is £5 per person, payable on arrival.

More details about the Museum At Night Festival can be found via