Following the announcement of the Tier 3 restrictions for the North East, as an open air museum we will be able to open our GROUNDS ONLY for Christmas visits from 5th December.

We know that a visit to Beamish is a Christmas tradition for many of our visitors, and we wanted to be able to offer some festive cheer, with the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers as the top priority.

Enjoy a stroll around the museum grounds from 5th December, with festive food and Edwardian stalls in The 1900s Town.  In line with government COVID-19 rules, you’ll be able to enjoy takeaway treats from our bakery, sweet shop, The Sun Inn and Davy’s fish and chip shop.  Can you complete the Christmas Elf Trail by spotting the mischievous hidden elves?  However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we will be unable to open our Christmas Grotto, exhibits and operate our transport (except the wheelchair accessible bus, which will be running each day that we are open).

Timeslot tickets for visits to the museum from 5th to 18th December (open Wed-Sun, 10am to 4pm) will be available to book on our website.

We’re really looking forward to being able to welcome you back this Christmas, albeit in a different way, in line with COVID-19 restrictions – every visit supports the museum, helping to secure our future, and is greatly appreciated.

Although the restrictions mean that we won’t be able to open our Grotto, we wanted to make sure families can still meet Father Christmas virtually, so we’ll be extending our video calls during December.  Families can chat to Father Christmas via video call from their own homes, as he sits by the fireside in his cosy cottage.

Thank you again everyone, we’re so incredibly grateful for your kindness and support.


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