Bede’s World to reopen this weekend as Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm Village

Andrew Watts, Chief Executive of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, and, right, Leigh Venus, Groundwork's Operations Manager Culture and Heritage, with, l-r, Jarrow Hall supporters David Howland, Steve Watson, Susan Moor and Adam Brunn.
Andrew Watts, Chief Executive of Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle, and, right, Leigh Venus, Groundwork's Operations Manager Culture and Heritage, with, l-r, Jarrow Hall supporters David Howland, Steve Watson, Susan Moor and Adam Brunn.

Tourist attraction Bede’s World will reopen for business this weekend.

Now called Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm Village and Bede Museum, it is opening again to the public after financial problems led to its closure earlier this year.

Melvyn Bragg

Melvyn Bragg

It is now being run by environmental charity Groundwork.

On Sunday, families are being urged to go along to see the new attraction officially re-open to the public.

The new venture has been backed by writer and broadcaster Lord Bragg, and visitors will be welcomed through the doors from 10am to 4pm.

They will be able to take part in a programme of indoor and outdoor activities – including getting up close to rare breed animals, sampling life 1,300 years ago and travelling back to the 10th century through living history and combat demonstrations.

Visitors can also join historical re-enactors Breguswith and Yrmenlaf for an authentic 8th-century experience with storytelling and music, and learn about the Venerable Bede.

There is also free entry to a separate Autumn craft and food fayre, which will have over 30 stalls featuring local artists, crafts people and artisan foods.

The site, on Church Bank, Jarrow, will be open throughout the half-term holidays when a range of other activities will be held by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN).

Andrew Watts, chief executive of Groundwork STAN, said: “It’s great that the Jarrow Hall site will again be open to the public.

“Lots of great activities are planned for Sunday and for the half-term holidays.”