BEAMISH has revealed the opening day for the latest attraction at the County Durham museum – and you can book your visit now.

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North near Chester-le-Street will open its 1950s terrace with a week of celebrations during February half term.

From Saturday, February 19 to Sunday, February 27 Front Street terrace features John’s Café, Middleton’s Quality Fish and Chips, Elizabeth’s Hairdresser’s, and a recreation of the 1950s home of celebrated North East artist Norman Cornish.

Visitors will be able to enjoy an ice cream sundae while listening to the jukebox at John’s Café, a recreation of the popular café from Wingate, County Durham.

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They will be able to get a 1950s hairdo and pose for photos under the dryers at Elizabeth’s, which is in a recreation of an end-terrace shop from Bow Street, in Middlesbrough.

Fish and chips will be served at Middleton’s, which recreates a fish and chip shop from Middleton St George, near Darlington.

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Visitors can also try their hand at sketching in No. 2 Front Street, a recreation of Norman Cornish’s Spennymoor home and discover more about the Spennymoor Settlement.

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All visitors will need to pre-book an entry timeslot to visit the museum – with spaces from February 19 to March 27 are now available to book online.

The terrace in The 1950s Town is part of the Remaking Beamish project, which also includes 1950s Spain’s Field Farm and an expansion of the Georgian landscape, including early industry and overnight accommodation.

Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project was awarded £10.9million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2016.

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