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The Beamish Experience

Saturday 31 August 2019

Why not round off the summer with a trip to Beamish – a most extraordinary day out! A 300-acre site set amid the delightful rolling countryside of County Durham, it vividly depicts northern life in past centuries. Every year sees something new and different so it’s well worth another visit even if you’ve been before.

Our special train takes us to Durham where coaches will be waiting for the nine-mile transfer to Beamish. Here we have a break of around four hours. Once inside, you make your way around by tram – just as you would have done in bygone times.

Step off the tram at Beamish Town and go shopping in beautifully restored gaslit shops, call in at an old fashioned bank or enjoy a drink at the 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. Or get off at the colliery village with its school and chapel, or maybe Pockerley Manor where family life was very different from that of the servants.

This is the date of ‘Dig for Victory’, the first event in the Beamish ‘Great North Festival of Agriculture’. This is focused in and around the 1940s Farm and tells the story of life on the Home Front and the vital support role the British countryside played during the Second World War.

All in all this will be a day out to be remembered for a very long time.


Who could fail to be inspired by the sight of Durham Castle and Cathedral, rising high above the rooftops and cobbled streets of this great northern city with the River Wear winding peacefully below. This option uses the same train as the Beamish tour, alighting at Durham for a sightseeing break of over five hours.   Please note that Durham is a hilly city, but there is a regular shuttle bus linking the station with the cathedral.

First Class Dining includes the Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner.

Standard Adult£93.50Good
Standard Junior£83.50Good
First Dining£198.00Good
First Dining Party of Four£772.00Good
Standard Adult - Durham£78.50Good
Standard Junior -Durham£68.50Good
First Dining - Durham£183.00Good
First Dining Party of Four - Durham£712.00Good

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

London King's Cross08.2021.55
Potters Bar (for M25)08.3521.35

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