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Business Booming at Beamish

Beamish is celebrating a record year, with more people than ever before visiting the award-winning living museum.

Over the past 12 months an incredible 589,474 visitors have passed through the gates – people from throughout the North East region, the rest of the UK and from overseas. The result is 19% higher than last year and means Beamish has just enjoyed its most successful year ever. The Museum has been open now for 43 years and the next best result was back in 1991, the year of the Gateshead Garden Festival, when Beamish welcomed 520,000 visitors.

Visitor numbers to Beamish have almost doubled over the last 5 years, since the museum introduced an ‘Unlimited’ ticket with 12 months unlimited admission for the same price as a day ticket. More than £4 million has been invested to create a range of new attractions, including a 1940s Farm opening this February half term. Beamish also created more than 100 new jobs in the same period, from engineers to traditional fish and chip shop keepers.

2013 was an unforgettable year at Beamish. It began with the launch of ‘The Great Donate’, collecting of 20th century everyday items for developments over the next decade that are to include a 1950s Town. The highlight of the spring was the opening of Hetton Silver Band Hall, witnessed by hundreds of local people. Later in the summer the working Town Bakery, set in the early 1900s, opened its doors. Evening events such as Halloween and Bonfire Night were a huge success and every single one was completely sold out.

Richard Evans, Director at Beamish, said: “This upturn in numbers, revenue and employment is great news not just for the people who love and work for Beamish - it is a real boost for our region’s economy. More than half of our visitors come from outside the North East on holiday. They visit other attractions across the region and stay overnight in our hotels, guest houses and campsites.”

Beamish is a charity and all of the surplus from this bumper year will be re-invested in a range of new attractions opening over the next 2 years including a medieval church set in the 1820s and a chemist/photographers’ studio set in the 1900s.

For more information about Beamish, visit: www.beamish.org.uk/


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