Beamish Museum has been named the best tourist attraction in the North-East.

The museum, near Stanley, won large visitor attraction of the year at the Pride of Northumbria Awards. The ceremony took place at Redworth Hall, near Darlington, last week.

The title means that Beamish will now go forward to represent the region in the national Visit Britain Enjoy England Excellence Awards 2005.

Miriam Harte, director of Beamish, said: "This is wonderful news for Beamish and a great credit to the dedication of all of the staff here. We are proud to have been selected as the region's visitor attraction of the year and hope to achieve similar success in the national awards."

The museum has a Victorian art event this Saturday. Visitors of all ages will be able to draw under the watchful gaze of a Victorian school ma'am at the Big Draw event from 10am until 4pm.

On Sunday, there will be a family day from 10am until 4pm, when visitors can try on costumes and follow an I-Spy trail.

Admission to the museum is £14 for adults, £11 for pensioners and £7 for children.