We waited for the tram in the town area of Beamish and then jumped off again at the next stop – Pockerley. A short stroll from here to the Waggonway where you get the chance to ride a replica of the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive – Puffing Billy. The original hauled coal wagons from the mines to the docks in Northumberland. This replica hauled people a short distance and was definitely fun to ride.
We strolled over to St Helen’s, a little church due to be demolished until it was saved and brought here.
After that it was up the hill to Pockerley Old Hall, one time home of a tenant farmer.
Son (to my amazement as he never does craft activities) sat down and made a lavender scented pomander while we explored upstairs.
The house and terraced gardens are lovely, we chatted with the friendly staff and then made our way back to the main Beamish entrance area.
Of course there had to be a quick browse in the gift shop then back to our car. We stayed in Beamish until closing time and left all in agreement that this is the most wonderful family day out.