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Place to visit - Beamish
« on: May 11, 2005, 22:46 »
Beamish is a unique living, working experience of life as it was in the North of England in both the early 18th Century and 19th Century. It shows how the region was transformed in that time from it's thinly populated rural roots to being the home to heavy industrialisation.

Follow signs from junction 63 of A1(M)

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Going to Beamish today
« Reply #1 on: Jul 09, 2006, 09:38 »
Going to Beamish today. Hopefully the weather will be good for photos.  :)

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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #2 on: Jul 09, 2006, 11:09 »
Going to Beamish today. Hopefully the weather will be good for photos.  :)

Just come through Chester and it was like a monsoon

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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #3 on: Jul 09, 2006, 13:11 »
I really rate Beamish during the summer season. I has a life all of its own.

Think it's a bit expensive in winter for what you get for your money, but if you join the Beamish Club you get in free.  :D

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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #4 on: Jul 09, 2006, 13:36 »
my lady wants to go there - and I haven't been there since I was a kid!

will go in the coming weeks.. :D

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« Reply #5 on: Jul 09, 2006, 18:03 »
I used to go when I was a kid and have thought about taking my family (2 adults and 5 kids).

But when at work a couple of weeks ago someone must have left? a beamish leaflet on the back seat of my taxi as another customer got in and was reading the prices.

Thanks but no thanks I think I will give that one a miss.? I could take the whole family to Alton towers for the price it would cost to get into Beamish.

For us all it would cost over ?80? :shock:

Are they having a laugh or what?? What happened to all museums being free?? I donlt mind paying but they can shove prices like that up their jacksy's.

I think the prices were something like ?10 for kids and ?17.50 for adults or very very close as I worked it out I think at ?85 for us lot.

?10 for a six year old?? Yeah she will appreciate the history won't she?? Not!!

If there are massive discounts for families then someone please correct me.? If there are any regulations about children being a certain age before they pay full price and so on also let me know.

I know Beamish is good for what it is but ?85? :shock:?? I can think of lots of better places.

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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #6 on: Jul 09, 2006, 22:48 »
We have done it on Tesco Days Out Vouchers. You get 4 x the face value for Tesco Vouchers if you redeem them against Days Out, so we paid ?2 for 3 people (2 adults + 1 child). Full price is ?16 per adult and ?10 per child.? If you're from Durham, you can buy an annual subscription season ticket for ?26 and get free visits for a year, whilst taking two other people at half price. So there are ways of making it much cheaper.

We were there for about 6 hours.? :)

Full details of admissions : http://www.beamish.org.uk/visitor-admin.html

Incidentally, we also have tickets for Longleat courtesy of Tesco, have been to Muncaster Castle and Beamish, and hope to visit Ligh****er Valley and South Lakes Animal Park all for free by saving Tesco Vouchers and exchanging for Days Out :

http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/p.aspx?id=seealldeals

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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #7 on: Jul 10, 2006, 09:38 »
The friendly face of the Co-Op, Beamish Town.



Making boiled sweets in the sweet shop in Beamish Town



The fireplace in the Manor House



The Pit Yard from the winding house



Beamish Drift Mine, afternoon shift



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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #8 on: Jul 10, 2006, 10:38 »
Some memories in those photos there. It reminds me of the school trip, we spent a week there.

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« Reply #9 on: Jul 10, 2006, 12:22 »
Memories indeed. I was there a full afternoon the very first time I was in your beautiful country many moons ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself. As did my fellow travellers who were on the trip with me. We spent a week in the NE and one of the highlights for me was the afternoon here. We even had a picture taken all sitting on the "bus" thingy going through the village and was interviewed by the Sunderland Echo. I still remember the headline "Great, Danes say". That still makes me smile, I love how the English press use play of words like that.

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« Reply #10 on: Jul 10, 2006, 12:24 »
We have done it on Tesco Days Out Vouchers. You get 4 x the face value for Tesco Vouchers if you redeem them against Days Out, so we paid ?2 for 3 people (2 adults + 1 child). Full price is ?16 per adult and ?10 per child.? If you're from Durham, you can buy an annual subscription season ticket for ?26 and get free visits for a year, whilst taking two other people at half price. So there are ways of making it much cheaper.

We were there for about 6 hours.? :)

Full details of admissions : http://www.beamish.org.uk/visitor-admin.html

Incidentally, we also have tickets for Longleat courtesy of Tesco, have been to Muncaster Castle and Beamish, and hope to visit Ligh****er Valley and South Lakes Animal Park all for free by saving Tesco Vouchers and exchanging for Days Out :

http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/p.aspx?id=seealldeals

I am lucky if I go to Tesco 5 times a year to do some shopping. 
Also I don't intend on visitng THAT regualr to warrant becoming a member.  And if both me and our lass made outselves members that would cost ?52 + another 5 children at half price would cost another ?25.  Still ?77 for a trip to a museum just 15 miles away.

Think I will give it a miss.  I can't see the kids enjoying it that much to be honest.

I honestly thought the fees would be more like ?8 adults and maybe ?5 children or something.  Maybe I am getting the wrong idea about Beamish but I can't see any reason why it should be so expensive.


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Re: Place to visit - Beamish
« Reply #11 on: Jul 10, 2006, 12:59 »
Aye, maybe not the best choice for all kids. Some would enjoy it, some wouldn't, so maybe you're right.

You don't have to go regularly to make it pay, twice would be enough. If you and your lass went by yourselves on one season ticket, it would be ?34 the first time and ?8 the second. In the example you give, it would be ?77 (?11 each) the first time you went, but the second time it would only be ?30 (?4.28 each).

Obviously if you don't shop at Tesco you can't take advantage of their deals, but it was just an option I thought i'd tell people about because I know a lot do shop there and you can get a lot out of their voucher scheme by NOT spending them at the store.

Without knowing the ins and outs of the Beamish accounts, I can't really comment, but I guess they've got to pay all the wages and the upkeep of the site, along with money to allow for new developments, and the fact that their business is slightly seasonal. I don't think they get any help from anywhere else now either.

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