Beamish to host special weekend for King’s coronation and tram anniversary

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The ‘living museum’ will have a schedule of events to keep visitors entertained this weekend.

Open-air museum Beamish will be hosting a royal celebration over the weekend, to mark King Charles III’s coronation on Saturday, May 6.

The special event which will take place from Saturday until Monday will also celebrate Beamish’s tramline 50th anniversary.

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Visitors at Beamish ‘The Living Museum’ over this upcoming weekend, will learn how previous generations celebrated royal coronations, while also screening King Charles’ live from The 1930s Pit Village chapel and 1950s welfare hall.

There will also be ‘street parties’ held at the museum in The 1940s Farm, in the back lane of The 1900s Pit Village and The 1950s football pitch at Coronation Park and Recreation Ground, and an opportunity for visitors to create ‘coronation crafts’ on Monday, May 8.

As the museum will also be celebrating their iconic Tramway turning 50 years old, they will also be an event named Fares Please! Public Transport Weekend, where around 20 buses will visit the tramline.

Paul Foster, Events Manager, said: “We’ve got a fantastic weekend of celebrations lined up at Beamish. We’ll be celebrating the King’s coronation with street parties, music and crafts and showing how previous generations celebrated coronations.

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“Our Beamish Tramway is 50 years old this year and we’ll be celebrating during our Fares Please! public transport event, when we are delighted to be welcoming up to 20 visiting buses to the museum.”


He continued: “There will be lots to see and do and our daytime events are included in admission and free to Beamish Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members. We’re looking forward to welcoming people to join in the celebrations.”

To view the full schedule of events for Beamish’s upcoming weekend, please visit their website. 

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