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Welcome to The Friends of Beamish.


Visitors may prefer to skip to our popular Online Newsletter to find out what's on at Beamish and what the Friends are doing:


Christmas has arrived at Beamish

Rowley Staion in the snow


For everyone's safety, all visitors will need to pre-book a timed entry slot online in advance of their visit, including Friends of Beamish members.  You'll see additional health and hygiene measures across the museum site in line with Covid-19 Secure safety guidance. 

We've been awarded the "We're good to Go" standard, for organisations that are following government and industry guidelines, have a risk assessment in place and have a process to maintain cleanliness and social distancing.

For more details about visiting and to book an Entry Timeslot once Beamish is able to reopen, please follow these links. Beamish Visits FAQ         Entry Timeslot Bookings  


Donations to the Friends - help us support Beamish

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends of Beamish, please follow this link. Donations to the Friends   Donations can be made from £1 upwards and are all gratefully received.

We particularly thank you for your continued Friendship, and support, as Beamish needs its Friends more than ever at present.

The Friends will continue to service your membership and respond to you as soon as possible but please note our access is limited to email communication due to access restrictions on the museum site.  We thank you for all your understanding during these difficult times we are all experiencing.


Friday Evening Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

January 28th 2022  8:00pm - Battleships - Dreadnoughts - Malcolm Byrne   

To be held on site and/or virtually via Zoom as part of our ongoing measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.  Beamish is continuing to review and revise Covid-19 restrictions, so please check this site regularly for updates on meeting details. 

Please contact the Friends' Office, by e-mail, for more details on how to join us and to receive updates on the Friday Meetings.

Remaking Beamish gets Lottery Fund Green light

Staff and volunteers at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North are celebrating a £10.9million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The funding is a major milestone in Beamish’s history and it will help the museum create a range of new ways for people to experience the heritage of the North East, in a major project called ‘Remaking Beamish’. It is the largest single investment ever seen at Beamish.

To find out more go to our Online Newsletter

What's on at Beamish?

Keep checking for special events at Beamish

See the full list of special events planned for this year at Beamish.

To keep up to date with Transport Developments at Beamish visit  Beamish Transport OnLine

Have a look at these fantastic illustrated diaries by Samuel Tuke Richardson

Click here to journey with him into the past. Family Annals by Road and Rail, By Flood and Field                 The Road to Albalanda  

Always a Warm Welcome from the Friends.

No matter where you live. We have members from all around Britain and in other parts of the world. You don't have to live locally to join The Friends.

An Independent Registered Charity.

The Friends of Beamish is an Independent Registered Charity protecting and re-creating the regions past for future generations to enjoy. We also assist the official staff of the Museum, where required, with voluntary workers from our membership.

Friends' Membership Deal.

Benefits of Joining the Friends:

  • Friendship.
  • Free admission to the Museum for a whole year.
  • Free quarterly magazine (worth £3.00).
  • 25% Discount on the Museum Guidebook.
  • A Gold Membership Package gives you free admission as often as you like PLUS half price day admission for two guests on each visit.
  • Social events and special behind the scenes visits around the site.
  • 10% discount in the Museum's catering and retail outlets (excludes Sun Inn, Fairground and Photographic Experience).
  • Helps support our volunteers and our work for the Museum.

Friends of Beamish Membership Details.

  • Adult Individual Membership: £27.00.
  • Senior Citizen Individual: £22.00.
  • Adult Partners (at same address): £45.00.
  • Senior Citizen Partners: £35.00.
  • Family (1) - 1 Adult and 2 children: £42.00
  • Family (2) - 2 Adults and 1 child: £52.00.
  • Family (3) - 2 Adults and 2 children: £60.00.
  • Young person (5-21 years): £20.00.
  • Gold Membership Package: £50.00. (Free daytime admission for member plus half price day admission for two guests on each visit.)
  • Members Brooch - each: £1.50.

NOTE: fees are payable in pounds Sterling only.

NON-UK members can arrange payment by contacting the Friends' Office.

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