We'd never been to Beamish before. People had told us that it's great. Turns out they were wrong.
It's history meets Disney in a wonderful way. Think of something on the scale of a theme park, but with a strong historical strand running all the way through. It has themed areas, rapid transit all around and helpful and enthusiastic staff everywhere. Plus you learn stuff.
We didn't quite see it at its best, what with the weather and all, but we saw enough to make us want to go back there.