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THE BEAMISH STEAM FAIR


Saturday 7 April 2018

Beamish is the most extraordinary day out! A 300 acre site set amid the delightful rolling countryside of County Durham, it depicts northern life in past centuries. Each year sees something new and different so it’s well worth a visit even if you’ve been before.

At Durham coaches will be waiting for the nine mile transfer to Beamish. Here we take a break of around four hours. Once inside the huge site you make your way around, as you would have done in bygone days, by tram.

Step off at Beamish Town which features beautifully restored old-fashioned gaslit shops, a bank, a village blacksmith, the fish and chip shop and the welcoming Sun Inn. The tram can also drop you off at the waggonway where you can take a ride on a steam train dating from 1823. Then there’s Home Farm, an authentic Colliery Village with its school and chapel, Pockerley Manor and much more besides.
This is the date of Beamish Steam Fair which is set to feature a whole host of road vehicles, engines and trains in action around the museum. The extraordinary line-up of around 120 exhibits includes steam locomotives, around 26 steam road vehicles and up to 80 motor vehicles, such as motorcycles, cars and lorries and a fire engine or two! There will be a real sense of the roads and railways of the Home Front during the Great War, including a fine selection of military vehicles. The colliery railway will be in operation and there will be passenger steam train rides from Rowley Station. This promises to be a really memorable springtime day out in the north-east of England!

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepartArrive
London King's Cross08.2022.05
Potters Bar (for M25)08.3521.40
Stevenage08.5521.25
Peterborough09.3520.35