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Bede's World on South Tyneside to close

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Bede's World on South Tyneside is to close because of a lack of funding.

A South Tyneside Council spokesperson said:

Despite receiving substantial support from South Tyneside Council, Bede’s World is closing.

This is because it is not currently financially viable and the Charitable Trust which managed the attraction has gone into liquidation.

We can confirm that ownership of the land and buildings will revert to the Council under the terms of the existing leases.

The Council is currently looking at a range of options for the site, and most importantly, to find a more affordable way to keep the facility open in the long term for the people of South Tyneside to enjoy.

– South Tyneside Council
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Bede's World announced the decision on their Facebook page:

Credit: Bede's World Facebook post

People have been sharing their fond memories of Bede's World on the museum's Facebook page:

I'm so very sorry to hear you're closing--I hope a solution is found! We love Bede's World and actually got engaged there :) Many good memories! If there's any kind of fundraising effort I hope very much to contribute. Thank you very much for being a fantastic museum and heritage site.

– Erika Graham-Goering

Really sad to see this place close - have so many fond memories of fun times there with the kids - especially the Christmas events they did a couple of years back. Hope the staff get sorted with new jobs - good luck to you all xx

– Nicola McIntosh

What a shame. Our first ever visit was the Medieval Festival there when the children were young. It was just so funny and one of the most memorable family days we still laugh about today.

– Andy Van Ouzman
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