Life in the Fifties is brought to life with a twist in a new exhibition at Beamish, the Living Museum of the North in County Durham.

Its 1950s Front Street Terrace now features John’s Café, Middleton’s Quality Fish and Chips and Elizabeth’s Hairdressers, plus the new Coronation Park, named in honour of The Queen, includes a miniature golf course, sandpit, giant draughts board and football area. Plus don't miss Spain’s Field Farm, which originally stood for centuries in Weardale, before being dismantled and transported to the museum, where it’s been carefully rebuilt by Beamish’s team to show life in the 1950s on the region’s upland farms. Currently open weekends only, Spain’s Field had no electricity and water was sourced from a nearby spring.

  • Pre-booked groups of 15 or more get a discount.
  • There is free admission for the coach driver and group organiser, with free coach parking on hardstanding. Coach driver hospitality is also offered.
  • Exclusive dining options are available for groups of 15 or more (these are subject to availability and must be booked in advance).
  • For the latest visit information, full opening times and admission charges, visit
  • To book a group visit, email
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