We were fortunate with the weather this weekend, with bright blue skies we ventured out again. This time to Preston Park Museum which is located on Yarm Rd in Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees. It is a stunning Georgian mansion filled with exhibits, a recreated Victorian street all within beautiful riverside grounds. Preston park also boasts an impressive adventure play and skate park too. The ground is also home to Butterfly World somewhere we hope to visit soon and of course, write a blog about.
The park has a large free car park but this is a popular park and in the summer months it is always advisable to arrive early in the day. The museum itself is well priced at only £5 for a family ticket(2A+4C) which then lasts 12 months. The museum often has additional events throughout the year. In the summer months, we enjoyed the pop-up beach event, where an area of the Victorian street is transformed into the seaside. The event was included in the museum admission and a huge hit with the children.
We explored the mansion first and with so much to see it’s easy to keep coming back here to visit as I often notice something that I have missed previously. There are many different collections to view, with interactive touch screens for the children to get to grips with and learn a little more. The girls were quick to find a dress-up area and thoroughly enjoyed themselves trying on the various jackets.
We ventured upstairs and found a relaxed area for the children to enjoy colouring in. There is also an interactive quiz which when answered correctly a model of the Locomotion No.1. goes around a suspended track, much to the delight of the children.
There are a huge variety of exhibits, taking you on a journey through time as you walk along the ‘clocking off’ section of the museum. With a clocking off machine to get you started as you punch your card; you can then browse the collections of displays showing the after-hours fun that was to be had in the years gone by.
With so much to see and we hadn’t even ventured outside yet into the Victorian street which is one of my favourite parts of the museum. So that is where we headed next and my girls spot the Victorian games dotted about on the street. They jump straight in playing, whilst I soak up the atmosphere of the street under the bright blue sky, it really does transport you back in time especially when the costumed volunteers pass you by.
With a range of different buildings including a toy shop, chemist, grocers and a police station to name a few. Many have volunteers inside explaining how things were done in the Victorian times. It’s great to see the volunteers really getting into the role and breathe life into the whole experience for everyone. The laughter and ‘wow’ moments often come from the adults listening too. Then, who can resist a trip to the sweet shop with a great selection of sweets including the old favourites such as rosy apples and Bon-Bons. Of course, we ended up coming away with a bag of treats.
There really is so much I could write about each different area of the street but I think it’s somewhere best experienced for yourself and if you haven’t been already get yourself along to Preston Park Museum. More information on the Museum and Grounds can be found here
We will be back soon enough as my daughters always love to come here and having the annual pass makes it such great value for money.
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