Party down the pit – Beamish to host after-hours event for Museums at Night

Musicians Laura Connolly and Bill Elliott at Beamish.
Musicians Laura Connolly and Bill Elliott at Beamish.

HAVE a party down the pit as part of a national after-hours initiative.

Beamish Museum will open its doors until late for an evening of music, food and fun.

From drumming and dancing to clogging, ceilidh and fish and chips, The Pit Village will come alive for the Museums at Night event on Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.

Visitors of all ages can enjoy entertainment from internationally-acclaimed concertina player Alistair Anderson – who has performed with Kate Bush – and the King Cole Ceilidh Band, musicians Kevin Youldon and Bill Elliot with clog dancer Laura Connolly.

The night will be rounded off with a parade featuring samba band Drumdin.

Highlights will include meeting the miners and their families in the pit cottages to find out how they spent their evenings.

Visitors can also take part in fun-filled family crafts and activities and explore the school and chapel.

Museums at Night is a UK-wide festival which sees museums, galleries and heritage sites hosting special after-hours events.

l Tickets cost £5 each (under fives free) from or by calling 370 4000.