Beamish Museum fan aged four clocks up almost 500 visits

Bobby Nesbit, 4, from Teams has visited Beamish Museum twice a week since he was two-years-old

Bobby Nesbitt, 4, who has been going to Beamish regularly since he was a baby
Bobby Nesbitt, 4, who has been going to Beamish regularly since he was a baby

He's a farmer, an Edwardian tram driver and a drift miner - quite an impressive career list for a boy of just four.

Yet with almost 500 visits to Beamish Museum under his belt in three years, Bobby Nesbit is quite accustomed to his roles.

The youngster from Teams in Gateshead has visited the history attraction in County Durham twice a week with his mum since he was a toddler and loves dressing the part.

Mother-of-four Claire said: “We’ve been 498 times and he’s got a tram uniform and a pit uniform and he’s even got his own Davey lamp.

“When we get ready I ask him what outfit he wants to wear and he’ll go through phases. We just go to the museum like we’re going to a park - it’s just a normal part of the week.

“All the staff know him at Beamish now and they’re so friendly to him, it’s lovely.”

Claire Nesbitt with her son Bobby aged 4
Claire Nesbitt with her son Bobby aged 4

Claire’s trips to the open-air museum started when Bobby started taking an interest in trains when he was just 18 months old.

In a bid to find the real life Thomas the Tank engine, the 34-year-old brought him along to Beamish to look at the steam trains and trams but he soon developed a fascination with other parts of the museum.

She said: “He used to just want to go on the trams but last year he was obsessed with the pit and he just loved going down the coal mine.

“The old sweet shop in the Edwardian town is his second favourite and I think he’s tried every bon-bon flavour apart from the yellow ones.”

So taken with the place herself was Claire that she got married to Bobby’s dad Sam at the museum earlier this year.

They had the ceremony at the Georgian part of the attraction at Pockerley Old Hall which holds civil ceremonies.

“It’s been 498 times altogether in three years and I know because I get the ticket stamped every time.

“We’re now Friends of Beamish so we have a pass to come as many days as we want to every year,” said Claire, who is also mum to son Lewis Hill, 14, daughter Taylor Lawson, 11 and James, six months.

However the weekly trips with Bobby will have to be cut back on now the youngster has started reception class at Corpus Christi Catholic Primary School at Dunsmuir Grove, Gateshead.

She said: “He’s a bit disappointed about starting school because it means he can’t go as much as he would like to during the day.”

A spokesperson for the museum said: “Bobby has been to Beamish so many times that he’s a familiar face and all of the costumed staff know him. We probably won’t see him quite so often now that he’s started school, but I’m sure he’ll be popping in to see us at weekends.”


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