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From your arrival on Friday to departure on Sunday we want you to experience a warm North East England welcome, whether you are interested in railways, industrial archeology, social history, or simply Senate friendship
On arrival on Friday afternoon there will be tea/coffee and scones awaiting at Hotel52.
The three course evening meal is in the informal surroundings of the integral Pazzo restaurant, washed down with wine / beer. For anyone with a caravan or motor home the nearby Baby Shafto caravan park provides the necessary facilities, whilst breakfast and dinner are taken at the hotel.
After a hearty breakfast, a short (5 minutes) drive to the large free car park at Beamish museum where we will enter as a group at 10am. Maps of the museum will be available to help plan your visit but accessing the interactive map before you arrive may save some time. The morning will be for personal exploration of the many aspects of the collection on foot, or using the trams and buses. Choose from hundreds of original individual buildings across the 150 ha site including the 1900 town with baker, dentist, photographer and Co-op, Rowley Station, pit village with Methodist Chapel and band hall, colliery yard with steam winding engine and underground drift mine. The 1940’s Farm demonstrates life on the Home Front during WWII, whilst the 1820 landscape includes Pockerley Old Hall, waggonway, St Helen’s church and Joe the quilter’s cottage. The ongoing £18 million Remaking Beamish project will see the completion of the 1950’s Town within 4 years. For those who need additional sustenance between meals a voucher will be provided to spend in one of many locations, including the Sun Inn. Back to the hotel for relaxation prior to pre-dinner drinks and our evening meal at Pazzo.
Up in time to enjoy breakfast before the 5 minute drive to the world’s oldest (1725) railway at Tanfield. The Fat Controller’s whistle blows at 10.30 for the ride, with opportunities to stop off at halts en route to see the Marley Hill Engine shed and Causey Arch, returning to the assembly point for a picnic lunch before saying our farewells. For those keen to extend their visit there are numerous other attractions in the vicinity. Please let us know what interests you and we will help you plan ahead. If you wish to book additional nights at the hotel we can help to arrange this at group rates. For those still hung over from Hogsmere we recommend a “hair of the dog” visit to the Harry Potter film locations at Durham Cathedral and Alnwick castle.
For anyone interested in having a pre-visit to whet their appetite, NewcastleGateshead is hosting the Great Exhibition of the North from June to September : the “No. 1 place in the world to visit in 2018” according to Rough Guide.