Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset
Chesil Beach & the Fleet, Dorset

Monday, 30 July 2012


I love open-air working museums, and Beamish has to be one of the best. Beamish is in County Durham, UK, some 12 miles North West of historic Durham City and 8 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne.
The site is so huge, it would take all day to walk around and see everything. Luckily you can hop on and off the vintage trams and buses which run around the site, from the farm, to the hall, to the pit vallage, and to the jewel of the site, the town.
The buildings and displays represent life during Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times, and everywhere there are people in period costume demonstrating life in the apropriate times of the buildings.
I could write a book on the experiences to be had, but you really need to visit it yourself. So, for now, I'll just post a few pictures:

 This is Flash - a little pit pony from the colliery village. These tiny ponies could pull many times their own weight, and were the only way to transport coal to the surface in the days before mechanisation.
This is the park and the bandstand in the town. There's also a railway station, a steam-driven funfair, restaurant and shops where you can but traditional goods and handmade sweets.

One of the trams just leaving the town to go up to the Old Hall
The replica of Locomotion No.1 which takes passengers on a short ride
The colliery
Miners' houses in the pit village, complete with vegetable gardens

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