I loved Beamish and everything about it but my favourite part was undoubtedly the town – set in the 1900’s there is so much to see, do and explore. You could spend the whole day here without going anywhere else.
Before our visit Son had read about the old fashioned sweet shop. The moment we stepped off the tram he made a beeline for this place. It was wonderful, jars and jars of just about every sweet treat under the sun including loads of old favourites like cinder toffee. We all picked something we liked, got a “quarter” each and left the shop content. My Turkish Delight was delicious.
We had a peek in the back and watched while they made sweets too.
The stables and carriage house was packed full of gorgeous old vehicles.
We had a quick look in the Sun Inn Pub but didn’t linger….
One of my highlights in the little town was the printer’s shop. We watched the printer in action, so interesting and knowledgeable, he gave us a demonstration of the equipment he used and how it all worked. He also told us about some common phrases – ” getting the wrong end of the stick,” “to coin a phrase” and loads more which actually originated in printing. All of the old posters we had seen around Beamish advertising various events had been printed here.
Ravensworth Terrace was fascinating with houses to explore and nose around. Each one had a slightly different style and belonged to a different person. The first was the home of a music teacher, another was a dentist’s surgery and one was the home of a solicitor.
Starting to tire a little, we strolled through the gorgeous park and past the bandstand to a coffee shop. After rest and refreshment we were raring to go again and explore the rest of the shops.
The Co-Operative with its wide range of wares was amazing.
The garage was intriguing too with so many old cars, bikes and motorbikes.
We visited an old pharmacy, a photographer’s studio and our mouths watered at the delicious smells in the bakery.
Across the street we found a Masonic Hall with some intriguing objects and symbols.
Our last stop was the bank. We chatted with the teller and even got to go downstairs and look in the safe and strong room.
Every shop and house here has staff who are super friendly and bursting with knowledge. The whole experience was fascinating.