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09th July 2019 Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Festival of 50s fun at Beamish Museum

It’s time to practise those 50s hairdos and fashion your fedoras, Beamish Museum’s four-day Festival of 50s starts this Thursday and there’s plenty of fun to be had!

Hop aboard the fabulous 50s bus at the museum and be transported to the days of rock ‘n’ roll and petticoats from Thursday, 11th to Sunday, 14th July. There’ll be fantastic live music, costume to try on and delicious 50s-inspired food and drink.

Beamish is building a 1950s Town as part of the £20million Remaking Beamish project, which has been awarded £10.9million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The first building, the 1950s welfare hall, has just opened its doors.

50s fun at Beamish

50s fun at Beamish

On all four days of the festival, sample the delights of macaroni cheese, coronation chicken sandwiches, corned beef pie and Swiss roll (made in Herron’s Bakery)! Plus, there’ll be 50s milkshakes available at the coffee shop in the museum’s Entrance Building.

See the 1950s kitchen set-up and visit three 1950s living rooms, which will show what living rooms looked like in 1950, 1955 and 1959, and how the style changes over the years. Plus, you can have a go at planning a 1950s New Town.

You can even try on clothing from the times and see the change in fashion, looking at everyday dress and design throughout the decade. Pop across to Wanda, the 50s caravan, and have a go at traditional toys and games.

Beamish’s 1950s Town will also include a cinema, houses, shops, café, fish and chip shop, hairdresser’s and bowling green. Aged miners’ homes will provide a centre for older people, including those living with dementia.

The Festival of 50s and the Meccano Exhibition are included in admission to Beamish and are free to Unlimited Pass holders, as with all daytime events.

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG. Tel. 0191 370 4000 or visit

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