Um, so I was supposed to post about this AGES ago, and just realized recently that I never had. So please ignore the overly Christmassy theme to some of these photos, and step back in time with me to a magical place called Beamish.
The whole thing is set up to mimic what life would have been like in Victorian Era England. There is a town, a colliery, a farm, and a railway station. In the town, there are houses representing the homes of a piano teacher, a solicitor, and a dentist.
I also visited the print shop, where a nice older gentleman scared me off platen presses for life. I’d like to keep all my limbs intact, thanks…
Next it was off for a quick look around the railway station (where you can take a short trip on a train drawn by a steam engine), the farm (where I saw a rake that’s even older than my dad’s), and the colliery (where I took a tour of the mine shaft, but it was too dark to take pictures).
But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my favorite part of the day was all the critters! Horses, ponies, pigs, goats, and reindeer? They sure know how to pamper a girl.
The weather was kind of lousy and we only had 4 hours to explore, so I definitely want to go back. Maybe in the early summer, when there will be crops growing in the fields–especially since I didn’t really get over to see the farm before we had to leave. Even if we’d had all day, I still don’t think I would have been able to see everything. It is a wonderful place, and definitely worth a second (or third or fourth or fifth) visit!