A visit to Beamish living museum is always a treat, but to go there after dark at Christmas time is just fantastic!!!
This is the 2nd year I have been to one of the Christmas evenings and have to say, it's well worth the price of the ticket and more.
The atmosphere is brilliant. People dressed in period costumes all over the venue, brass bands from times gone by stand on streets and play your favourite tunes of the festive season, and the trams and buses ferry people in and out of a magical wonderland. A visit to the fairground and especially the outdoor ice rink is a must.
The condensation on the windows of the old trams and the incandescent lights really make you feel like you have travelled back in time to an era where Christmas was celebrated for all of the right reasons and was truly about the children and the awe of meeting Santa himself, not about the latest video console or iPhone.
From a photographer's point of view these events give you the opportunity to capture Christmas as once was and the lighting and atmosphere are amazing. If you like low light and night photography you will absolutely love this place at this time of year and day. Although you can use flash when you need it I would highly recommend bringing a tripod and capturing the scenes with long exposures and just the ambient light.
Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to try Davy's fish and chips where a Dab (half a fish) n Chips will set you back £4.95 but are scrumptious. They are all cooked on coal fired fryers and done in beef dripping. If you have never had fish n chips done this way you're in for a treat. The queue is always long, hence why I say make sure you leave plenty of time, my visit this time took me about 40 minutes from start to getting my order.
All in all, this place is probably the best of its kind in the country and I love going there any time of the year, but a Christmas evening visit takes some beating.