Opening Times and Visitor Information

Opening Times

Open 10:00 - 16:00 every day from 16th - 24th February 2019, then every Thursday - Sunday following. 

Hive Coffee Company remains open 7 days a week.

School bookings, private hires and public events will still take place during our seasonal closure. Please contact us or check our What's On page for more details.


Hive Coffee Company

Whether you're visiting the Bede Museum or coming along for a quick coffee, lunch or meeting, Hive Coffee Company is open every day for all to enjoy.

Find out more and see the menu

School and Group Bookings

The Groundwork education team welcomes school groups Monday to Friday by prior appointment. To find out more please visit our Schools page.

To make an enquiry or book your visit please contact the team at or on 0191 424 1585


We welcome advance group bookings and are happy to discuss additional extras including catering, room hire and tour guides, as well as visits to our site outside of regular opening hours.

To explore your options, please contact our team at

Visitor Information

We want you to enjoy your visit, so for your own health and safety please:

  • Keep children and any other persons requiring dedicated care under your supervision at all times - our site is very extensive and contains live animals, large exhibition spaces, deep water and dense wooded areas.
  • Keep out of all animal fields and pens.
  • Only feed animals the food provided and avoid hand-feeding them.
  • Practice good hygiene; refrain from eating or drinking anything on the farm, and be sure to keep hands and fingers away from your mouth. Always wash your hands after spending any time on the farm, and ensure children and any other persons under your care to do this too.
  • Be careful around the animals who live here; they are intelligent and have personalities of their own. In particular pigs have strong jaws and sharp teeth so keep your distance and do not attempt to touch them. Cattle and goats have large horns which can hurt you, while birds and ferrets can give a painful nip.
  • Help us look after our historic and environmental oasis; recycle using the dedicated containers provided or use the general waste bins if necessary.
  • Be mindful of others, and help us to ensure everyone enjoys their visit.


Hand-washing facilities can be found in our Bede Museum and at Hive Coffee Company in Jarrow Hall House.

Jarrow Hall is a no-smoking or vaping site. Smoking and the use of any e-cigarette or vaporising devices is not permitted anywhere within our buildings or grounds.

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