· We visit the famous Beamish, North of England Open Air Museum, capturing the spirit of the North East in the 1800s and 1900s. Attractions here include: restored tram and replica bus rides; authentic town street; colliery village; old fashioned sweet shop; working farm; steam locomotives and much more.
· We make our way to Locomotion at Shildon, an outpost of the National Railway Museum in York which contains locomotives, artefacts and memorabilia dating to the birth of the railways. Following this visit we make our way to Weardale, probably the least known major dale of the English uplands. At Stanhope we take a short break before continuing along the dale and across to Alston where we join the South Tynedale narrow-gauge railway for our included train ride.
· We travel to Gateshead, on the south bank of the Tyne and walk across the Millennium ‘Winking Eye’ bridge into Newcastle’s famous Sunday Quayside Market. Here we have time to browse around. In the afternoon we join the boat at the quayside for our cruise on the River Tyne, with commentary. Following the cruise and to round off our day we take a ride on the world’s oldest existing railway – The Tanfield Railway – part of which was built over 300 years ago.