Jarrow Hall and its supporters, Big Local Jarrow and Port of Tyne, are set to launch a substantially reduced-rate annual pass for local residents.  

The new offer, which is the first of its kind to be offered by Jarrow Hall, means annual passes can be purchased for the cost of a day ticket at just £5.00 for adults or £3.00 for children and concessions.

The offer, which is available from Saturday 20 October until the end of November, applies to residents living in the Big Local Jarrow postcode area.  This will allow the pass holder unlimited general admission to Jarrow Hall alongside a range of benefits and discounts for a period of twelve months from the date of purchase.

Jarrow Hall is operated by Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle working with South Tyneside Council – which owns the Jarrow Hall land and buildings – to ensure the venue has a long-term future for the people of South Tyneside, the wider region and beyond.

Leigh Venus, Operations Manager (Culture and Heritage) at Groundwork South Tyneside and Newcastle is responsible for the direction and development of Jarrow Hall. He said:

“Genuinely engaging with our local community is deeply rooted in Groundwork’s values, so the Resident Pass offers a fantastic, straightforward way for people living locally to visit Jarrow Hall whenever they like to discover their heritage, as well as just enjoy exploring nature across our 11-acre site too.”

“With a Resident Pass in their pocket, local people can enjoy a whole year of visiting Jarrow Hall whenever they fancy alongside discounts and other perks. They can descend on the Anglo-Saxon village to see the reconstruction buildings and learn about the past, meet the resident animals including pigs, goats, ducks and chickens, and discover the story of Bede from his birth through to the extraordinary legacy he left behind.  Visitors can enjoy great fresh food and drink all week long at our coffee shop, Hive Coffee Company, too.”

Big Local, a £200m investment, was launched by the Big Lottery Fund in July 2010 to support 150 small urban and rural communities to come together to make their areas even better places to live.

Roy Merrin, chair of Big Local Jarrow Partnership Board, adds:

“Each Big Local area received at least £1m Lottery funding over 10 years to help residents develop plans to improve their area and empower them to find solutions that work for their communities. We work with a number of partners and organisations and believe this initiative with Jarrow Hall will make a real difference to those people living in the local area. Jarrow Hall has so much to offer that one visit just isn’t enough. This annual Resident Pass is fantastic value for money and gives individuals and families unlimited access all year round.”

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said:

“The Port of Tyne is proud to support Jarrow Hall. We hope that the local residents enjoy visiting the museum, village and farm and take the opportunity to visit the fully renovated site.”

Residents can check their eligibility via the postcode list at https://www.jarrowhall.org.uk/jarrow-hall-tickets and can claim their Resident Pass by taking photo ID alongside a utility or bank statement with their name, address and postcode on to the Bede Museum reception from Saturday 20 October.