Last weekend I went on a day trip to the Beamish open air museum. I’d never heard of it before and when I arrived, I was utterly gob smacked. Forget the dull sounding ‘museum’ word. Here in England, Beamish is our very own WESTWORLD!
Okay, so there’s no robot staff (yet) but the fact the staff wear accurate period clothing and remain in character was absolutely superb. There’s tonnes to see and do with replica shops and facilities. The village has been used for film locations and it’s so easy to see why.
The Barclays bank had a manager who was very keen to point out that he wouldn’t give me an account because I wasn’t wearing a suit and should try the penny bank instead! The pharmacy recommended I try electricity to help with ailments. I went into a tailors and spoke to a lady there about a suit. There was a bakers where I got to eat freshly baked bread. I bought myself some lemon bon bons from the sweet shop and hopped aboard a tram to the next part.
In Beamish there are many modes of transport- tram, bus, there’s even a steam train. We then went onto the next village where there was a coal mine, school, church and a fish & chip shop. There’s no knives and forks there so we had to use wood picks! We were part of a day trip and we couldn’t spend the whole day there, but I hope to go back again when the weather is better.
Superb idea, such an exciting way to experience history, and I can’t wait to see the 1950s village when completed!