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Tram running through Beamish Town

People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia), Mum and Dad (England)

On Tuesday, we decided to take a trip to the North East, to visit Beamish Open Air Museum. Whilst Mum and Dad had raved about the place, i half expected it to be a bit dour, if i'm been honest. I will happily admit that i was way off the mark, and it was actually a really fun place, where you felt transported back in time. The Museum was set up with exactly this aim, that the visitor could visit a town that was made up from a mixture of recreated and authentic buildings and experience what life was like 100+ years ago.

Our journey through the Museum began by taking a tram around to The Town, where we visited shops and businesses, to get a look at how they functioned.

Tram running through Beamish Town
The places i found most interesting were the confectionary shop, where we watched them making sweets, and the dentist, where we saw the crude tools that were used for extracting teeth. There was also a garage with some vintage cars and carriages.

As it was now lunchtime, there seemed only one sensible option, and that was to introduce Julia to the English cream tea. For anyone unsure of what a cream tea is, i can tell you that it's an snack consisiting of scones topped with butter, jam and clotted cream and accompanied with a cup of tea. It is truly delicious, and i enjoyed devouring mine in record time!

After lunch we caught the tram around to the Pockerley Waggonway, where a Puffing Billy Steam Train was running up and down a small track.

Puffing Billy Steam Engine and driver, at Beamish
The drivers were dressed in old fashioned clothes and covered in dirt from shovelling the coal. It was a fun little trip and the drivers were all really nice and stood for photos with us afterwards.

Nearby was Pockerley Old Hall, which had a pretty little garden outside and some women working inside, showing how the kitchen was operated. In a nearby field were some horses and carts, with workers stacking bales of hay.

Our final stop was the Pit Village, where we visited the school, chapel, pantry and colliery. The North East was famous for its coal mining, and the colliery was a genuine restoration. The worker explained how everything functioned, and the conditions that the miners used to work in. I was pleased that i didn't have to work there!

It had just started to drizzle, to we called it a day and headed to a nearby country pub for some grub. The food was excellent and rounded off a pretty great visit. As it still wasn't too late, we agreed to shoot over to Durham, to see if we could grab a quick look at the Cathedral, before it closed.

sylviandavid says:
From the description: what's not to like?... Sylvia
Posted on: Dec 29, 2010
Deats says:
She loved it of course! She has a sweet tooth like me :D
Posted on: Dec 28, 2010
sylviandavid says:
What did Julia think of English Cream Tea?
Posted on: Dec 28, 2010
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Tram running through Beamish Town
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Inside one of the houses at Beamish
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Inside the dentists at Beamish
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Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
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Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
Inside one of the houses at Beamish
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Tram running through Beamish Town
Tram running through Beamish Town
Tram running through Beamish Town
Tram running through Beamish Town
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Inside the printers at Beamish
Inside the printers at Beamish
Inside the printers at Beamish
Inside the printers at Beamish
Inside the printers at Beamish
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Inside the printers at Beamish
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Inside the confectioners at Beamish
Inside the confectioners at Beamish
Inside the confectioners at Beamish
Inside the confectioners at Beamish
Inside the confectioners at Beamish
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Inside a shop at Beamish
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Tram running through Beamish Town
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Book keepers room in Beamish Town
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Julia's yellow tongue, from eatin…
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Horse in a stable, in Beamish
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Old motor car, displayed in Beami…
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House in Beamish Town
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Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Be…
Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Bea…
Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Be…
Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Bea…
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Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Bea…
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Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Be…
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Horse at Beamish
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Me and a horse at Beamish
Me and a horse at Beamish
Me and a horse at Beamish
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Julia and a horse at Beamish
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Puffing Billy Steam Engine, at Be…
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Lazy pig at Beamish
Pockerley Old Hall at Beamish
Pockerley Old Hall at Beamish
Pockerley Old Hall at Beamish
Pockerley Old Hall at Beamish
Pockerley Old Hall at Beamish
Pockerley Old Hall at Beamish
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Duck and rabbit strung up at Pock…
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Old vehicle at Beamish
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Horse and cart collecting bales o…
Horse and cart collecting bales of…
Horse and cart collecting bales o…
Old vehicle at Beamish
Old vehicle at Beamish
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Tram and its drivers, at Beamish
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Horse and cart collecting bales o…
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Wind dial on the clock tower, at …
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Wind dial at Beamish
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Beamish school and chapel
Old car and tram at Beamish
Old car and tram at Beamish
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Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish school
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Julia practicing to become a teac…
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Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish school
Beamish Chapel
Beamish Chapel
Pitmans Pantry, at Beamish
Pitman's Pantry, at Beamish
Lady in Pitmans Pantry, at Beamish
Lady in Pitman's Pantry, at Beamish
Pitmans Pantry, at Beamish
Pitman's Pantry, at Beamish
Pitmans Pantry, at Beamish
Pitman's Pantry, at Beamish
Pitmans Pantry, at Beamish
Pitman's Pantry, at Beamish
Beamish Colliery
Beamish Colliery
Beamish Colliery
Beamish Colliery
Beamish Colliery
Beamish Colliery
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photo by: Deats