We had a wonderful day (though we could easily have spent longer) at Beamish Open Air Museum. It is a huge site with several areas reflecting life in County Durham at different periods of time. Everything is authentic, having been relocated from its original position to the site.
There are historic busses and trams that take you around between the different areas. The first area we visited was the Pit Village, reflecting life in the early 1900s. As Andy's ancestors had been working in the coal mines in Co. Durham at this period that was of particular interest to us. They have colliery house, a school, Methodist Chapel (at one period the Joyce family did attend the Methodist Chapel) and pit pony stables.
|Back entrances to the cottages, which was the main way used|
|Best room in one of the cottages|
|Kitchen, which was the main living room|
Nearby (as you'd expect) there was the Colliery. We did go down the drift mine, but I think I found the lamp cabin the most interesting.
|Inside the mine|
Next we went to the Town, reflecting life in the lead up to WWI. It has a co-op store, a terrace of homes, a dentist's (truly frightening), printers and stationers, a pub, sweet shop, Motor & Cycle works, bank and bakery (along with a few other things).
|Dentist with "modern" equipment|
Next was the 1940s Farm.
We didn't have time to visit Pockerly Old Hall or Pockerley waggonway
That night we stayed in a wonderful place – Beamish Hall Hotel. The stables out the back had been converted into a restaurant and brewery and we had a very nice dinner.
|Craft Beer menu|