Enjoy action-packed visits to Beamish Museum in 2020
From spectacular steam engines and extraordinary equines to fantastic festivals and terrific traditions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North in 2020!
Beamish’s packed events programme gets off to an exciting start during February Half Term (15th to 23rd February) with Happy Birthday Beamish! This year marks the museum’s Golden Jubilee and celebrations will begin with birthday parties around the museum. Play party games and explore the history of childhood and toys in the 1950s – you will even be able to taste delicious birthday cake!
Take part in International Women’s Day celebrations (7th and 8th March), learn more about the Suffragette movement and chant “Votes For Women” as you march down The 1900s Town street. Treat your mum to a wonderful day out on Mothering Sunday (22nd March), learn the origins of the day and enjoy a variety of fun-filled activities across the museum.
All aboard for a fantastic four days of all things steam with the Great North Steam Fair (2nd to 5th April). See a whole host of steam locomotives and vehicles of all shapes and sizes gathered at the museum for this amazing annual event, part of the Great North Festival of Transport.
Discover how Easter was celebrated in the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s during the award-winning Easter Fun at Beamish (5th to 13th April). Enjoy a cracking range of fun family activities with extra fun, including egg jarping, decorating and rolling, over Easter weekend!
Trot along to Beamish for Horses at Work (25th and 26th April), the second event in the Great North Festival of Transport. See Gelderlanders, Shires and Friesians and horse drawn vehicles as part of this exciting equine extravaganza.
Dance around the Maypole during the museum’s May Day Celebrations (2nd and 3rd May) and find out who will be crowned May Day King and Queen. Take part in VE Day activities (8th to 10th May) and Flag Weekend (9th and 10th May), with the chance to join in with a parade!
Roll up, roll up and discover all the fun of the Georgian Fair (15th to 17th May). Be amazed by a fantastic fire eater, marvel at the musicians and pay a visit to the Quack Doctor. The Squire of Pockerley will be hiring new staff – have you got what it takes to be a milkmaid, shepherd or a farmhand?
Head down to The 1900s Pit Village to hear the best of the region’s brass bands battle it out in the Brass at Beamish contest (14th June).
See a display of pre-1939 vehicles by the Morris Car Club at the Morris Car Rally (20th and 21st June). The museum will celebrate 50 years of the Beamish Reliability Run this year (21st June). Starting and finishing at the museum, the event will see a fantastic array of cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles registered before 1956 embark on a 150-mile run though Durham and North Yorkshire.
Enjoy exciting hands-on events centred around science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) during Crank it Up! (1st to 5th July). Marvel at the skill of The Quoits Association as they play the traditional game in The 1900s Pit Village (4th and 5th July).
Fashion your fedoras, perfect your pin curls and rock ‘n’ roll along to the fabulous Festival of 50s (9th to 12th July). Try on costume, taste delicious 50s-inspired food and dance the day away with a wonderful line-up of live music.
There’ll be a whole host of amazing activities every day during the local school holidays as the museum embarks on a whole Summer of Fun (18th July to 31st August).
The Great North Festival of Agriculture is set to celebrate the rural and agricultural heritage of North East England. Dig For Victory (3rd to 6th September) and do your bit for the war effort – Grow Your Own, black out the windows and Make Do and Mend at The 1940s Farm.
Bring your beetroot, carry your carrots and lug your longest bean along to the Leek Show (12th and 13th September). There will be prizes to be won and an auction of impressive home-grown vegetables and exquisite floral arrangements at the end of the show.
The festival concludes with the wonderful Agricultural Show (17th to 20th September). Meet amazing 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. Entry to the Industry Classes is free and there are certificates and rosettes up for grabs!
Car enthusiasts will not want to miss the Classic Car Day (27th September). See an amazing display of vehicles dating from the 1920s onwards on display at the museum.
Help celebrate the safe gathering of the harvest during Harvest Festival (3rd and 4th October), enjoy a fantastic range of fun, family activities throughout October Half Term (24th October to 1st November) and remember those soldiers who gave their lives on Remembrance Sunday (8th November).
Welcome Father Christmas to Beamish during the Christmas at Beamish Grand Launch Parade (14th November) and discover a truly traditional Christmas with delightful decorations, scrumptious seasonal cooking, gorgeous gifts and, of course, a visit to see Father Christmas and his reindeer (14th November to 24th December).
End the year with Twelfth Night Celebrations (27th December 2020 to 3rd January 2021). Enjoy Georgian music, dancing and food as you blow the Christmas cobwebs away!
Paul Foster, Beamish’s Historic Events Officer, said: “We’re looking forward to a thrilling year of events for 2020. 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. Make sure you use your Beamish Unlimited Pass to come and enjoy our full range of 2020 events!”
Beamish Museum is open from 10am until 4pm in the winter and 10am until 5pm in the summer. Closed Mondays and Fridays until 14th February (inclusive), Christmas Day, Boxing Day and January 1st 2021. For more information on opening times, see the Beamish website.
With a Beamish Unlimited Pass, you can pay just once and visit for a whole year for free, including all daytime events. Visit www.beamish.org.ukto find out more and plan your visit.