The summer holidays are officially underway here at Beamish! We are working our socks off to make lots of lovely tasty treats for all the visitors to enjoy! We are baking cakes, scooping ice cream and pulling pints at full speed – everywhere is a hive of activity.
There really is something for everyone to enjoy! In our 1900s Town we have lots of foodie sights; in Herron’s Bakery you can see our goodies being made using traditional methods using our replica Edwardian oven, it always smells amazing in there! Things are done “the old fashioned way” in Jubilee Confectioners as well. We hold demonstrations throughout the day – you can see cinder toffee bubble and foam, and rhubarb and custards being pulled through our original sweet rollers!
If you’re feeling a bit thirsty, why not get a local ale or gin (or soft drink for the children!) from the Sun Inn? If the sun is shining who can resist a cold drink and an ice cream cone (locally produced and sold in the Ice Cream Kiosk, Tea Rooms, Sinkers Bait Cabin, WH Smith & Son Kiosk and British Kitchen) while lounging on the grass?
If you can move after all that, have a wander down to The Pit Village and sample our famous fish and chips from Davy’s Fried Fish Shop, where we make our own batter, use a coal-fired range and use traditional beef dripping. We even serve it in newspaper that we have specially made with headlines and adverts from 1913! If you are somehow still feeling peckish after your fish and chips you can also find delicious delights in the Sinkers’ Bait Cabin, including hot pork pies, pasties and soup, or just pop in for a cuppa if you’re passing. The newly-refurbished Pit Hill Miners Institute will also have summer specials all the way through the summer holidays and beyond, from bottles of local ale to a selection of soft drinks, the perfect pit stop after a few games of quoits!
You are never far from yummy treats here at Beamish, at The 1940s Farm there is The British Kitchen for your ration bags and taste of wartime (along with a few other treats we sneaked in)! Even on your way in or out of the museum you can get something to nibble on; the Coffee Shop at our Entrance has lots of homemade goodies and some of the best scones in the North East! Just in time for summer we have also just opened a special branch of WH Smith & Son Kiosk in the 1900s Town tram stop! Perfect for that tram journey where a small refreshment might be needed!
We hope you enjoy our Summer of Fun as much as we will, and feel free to follow our foodie trail round our site as many times as you fancy! If you manage all of the outlets in one day we will be very impressed!
There are lots of activities taking place throughout the summer to keep the little ones entertained, for more information check out our website.