The start of a new era for Jarrow Hall with relaunch

Lee Smith draws his bow under the guidance of Danny Lancaster.

Lee Smith draws his bow under the guidance of Danny Lancaster.

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Glorious weather brought out the crowds for the re-opening of a popular South Tyneside tourist attraction.

The sun shone on Jarrow Hall as it welcomed visitors to the site which was formerly known as Bede’s World.

The Mayor and Mayoress Councillors Alan and Moria Smith, with Groundwork director Andrew Watts and re-enactment group members.

The Mayor and Mayoress Councillors Alan and Moria Smith, with Groundwork director Andrew Watts and re-enactment group members.

There was lots to enjoy at the venue which features an Anglo-Saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum. It opened its doors full-time at the weekend after it was taken over by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle (STAN).

Bede’s World – which celebrated the life and times of the Venerable Bede – closed in February last year because of financial problems.

But now the site has been officially relaunched and there will be lots to enjoy during the two-week Easter holidays.

Events on the way include talks on the Anglo-Saxon Farm, tours of the medieval herb garden, and arts and craft activities where people can try their hand at making friendship bracelets, or have a go at calligraphy.

Jarrow Hall - Anglo Saxon Farm Village, offical launch.

Jarrow Hall - Anglo Saxon Farm Village, offical launch.

People can also have a go at cooking on camp fires, or enjoy historical re-enactments and living history displays.

More than £120,000 has been invested to support key improvement and renovation works presented by Groundwork STAN in partnership with South Tyneside Council and supported by Port of Tyne.

This included working with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, and the development of masterplans.

Sophia and Georgina Greaves with Michelle Jones.

Sophia and Georgina Greaves with Michelle Jones.

Sisters Esmee and Isabeli Barton, help give pony Smurf a brush, with Lisa Walker and Scarlet Emily.

Sisters Esmee and Isabeli Barton, help give pony Smurf a brush, with Lisa Walker and Scarlet Emily.

Gabriel and Frances Murphy.

Gabriel and Frances Murphy.

Local crafts at the Jarrow Hall offical launch.

Local crafts at the Jarrow Hall offical launch.