Jarrow Hall announces reopening plans under lockdown roadmap

One of South Tyneside’s best-loved attractions is to open its doors again as lockdown rules are eased.

Saturday, 10th April 2021, 10:34 am

Jarrow Hall’s Anglo-Saxon farm and village is set to open to the public once again on Tuesday, April 13, with the site’s Bede Museum to follow in May once restrictions allow.

In 2020 the venue ran a successful pilot scheme of customers paying once and visiting all season. This will be continued in 2021, with a small increase in the price of tickets which go on sale from April 2.

Members of the Acle Early Medieval Re-enactment Society will be encamped in the Anglo-Saxon village on April 17 and 18 and a new exhibition will be on display in the farm. A family trail will be included in ticket price.

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Children love seeing the animals at Jarrow Hall.

The Jarrow Hall site covers 11 acres of land and features a museum dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Bede, alongside reconstructed Anglo-Saxon dwellings such as the Grubenhaus, and an extensive farm which is home to a variety of rare-breed and rescued animals.

Animals include curly-coated pigs, Dexter bullocks, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens and more. These are the sort of animals which would have been present around 1,300 years ago in the Anglo-Saxon period.

Rebecca Maw, operations manager for Groundwork South & North Tyneside which operates the site, said: “We are delighted to be reopening and our small team are working extremely hard behind the scenes to ensure the site can safely welcome visitors back.

“Thanks to funding from Culture Recovery Fund, DCMS, Lottery Heritage Fund, the Postcode Lottery and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we have revamped our website.

The Anglo-Saxon village is Jarrow Hall's star attraction.

“We have some exciting new additions to the site including a new exhibition, sculptures and improved fencing.

“We are also starting an exciting project to repair our Grubenhaus (re)construction, thanks to the kind donations from our public fundraising appeal. We can’t wait for our wonderful visitors to experience it all.”

People wishing to visit the site will have to book a time slot online before arriving at the site.

Jarrow Hall will be releasing more information on additional safety and social distancing measures in April via its website.

There will be re-enactments of Anglo-Saxon scenes when Jarrow Hall reopens on April 13.

The centre is suitable for visitors of all ages and is also pet-friendly.

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Jarrow Hall staff are all set for their April 13 reopening.