Want to get in the Christmas spirit? Here's something that'll help you...
Beamish is always one of those places that has been on my list of places to visit but I've never actually got around to going. I vaguely remember a school trip there when I was in primary school, where we had to get dressed up and were taught an actual lesson there.
So this weekend was the start of their Christmas celebrations and when G asked me if I'd like to go, I jumped at the chance. For anyone who doesn't know what Beamish is, it's an open air museum which transports you back in time to the 'good old days.' This Christmas as well as lots of extra crafty activities for children (or big kids), you can visit Santa, meet his reindeer, go ice skating in the old pit village, listen to carol singers in the church and take in the traditional pit band in the old town. Plus it's beautifully decorated with traditional wreaths, paper chains and big fat real pine trees decorated with dried fruit ornaments.
Once you've tired yourself out on the ice rink, you can take a horse-drawn carriage ride to your next destination or hop on the tram. There's also lots of extra market stalls set up at the moment selling traditional goods and hot chocolates so it's the perfect time to visit. The fab thing about Beamish as well is that once you purchase your ticket, it lasts for a whole year, so you can go back and visit anytime. I had such a lovely day and made a special little gif for my readers when I was playing in the snow - click here to see it.
To find out more about Christmas at Beamish, click here.