An informal and extended 5 day MBT House Party is planned for March 13-18, 2022 at historic Beamish Hall, a delightful 13th century country house hotel, bursting with unequalled character and charm, set in 24 acres of outstanding rolling parkland on the borders of County Durham and Tyne & Wear in the heart of North East England.
An MBT House Party?
This is not an MBT Immersive and there will be no structured program or schedule.
Rather, this is all about you, the MBT readers and supporters, and will give you the chance to simply hang around and interact with other MBT fans in a wonderful country house setting reminiscent of days gone by.
Because all of the bedrooms are actually in the main building and we will have exclusive use of the entire property for our stay this will truly be a home away from home. Curl up by the fire with a book (we suggest MBT of course), go for a walk in the spacious and elegant grounds, or find and make new friends and while away the day chatting?
Tom is going to be there, of course, and there will be Q&A sessions with him and other talks scheduled throughout your stay but these are not the main focus of this event.
With roots set firmly in the 13th century, Beamish Hall Manor started life as a wedding gift to celebrate the union between two Norman families; Isabella de la Leigh & Guiscard de Charron, who in the mid 13th century were gifted with the land as a thank you for helping William the Conqueror successfully invade England. Built originally as a fortified farmhouse, the estate controlled all the nearby small villages, towns and hamlets, dispensing justice as the proverbial ‘Lords of the Manor.’
Five generations of the Charron & Monboucher families occupied Beamish Manor, as it was then called, with the direct line of the family dying out in 1400, at which point the estate passed through the hands of many northern aristocratic families. These included the Percy Family, the Earl of Northumberland, whose primary seat, Alnwick Castle is well within traveling distance of Beamish Hall and ideally placed for a day trip. It is during the Percy’s time when Beamish Estate in its entirety was forfeited to the crown as a consequence of his part in the failed Rising of the North, 1569, and the hall then passed to the Wray family.
The Wray family greatly extended the hall according to the architectural fashions of the time in the early 17th century, and the hall changed hands again in 1693 to the then Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Timothy Davison, a wealthy merchant looking to obtain & create a family estate. Additional building work took place in the early 18th century and the Davison family married into the Eden family who further down the line married in to the Shafto family, each family adding on various entertaining spaces to create the hall we see today which offers architectural glimpses into the Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and Elizabethan eras.
Post World War Two, and with the introduction of death duty, Beamish Hall was taken from the Shafto family in lieu of non-payment of death duties, as many large estates were at this time, and the remaining family members moved to Bavington Hall in Northumberland.
It is at this point, after 700 years of history as a private home, that the hall began a new and varied chapter, first as the headquarters of Durham Coal Board and before being obtained by a very new Beamish Museum.
After the museum moved to a new site (next door!), the hall passed into the hands of one hotelier before being purchased and transformed by the Craggs family who own and run the hotel as it stands today, returned to the ownership of one family.
Beamish Hall offers 43 individually designed bedrooms in a number of different categories as well as a luxury apartment and, with all the bedrooms are located within the main building, is the perfect venue for a private party.
We will be taking over the entire property for this event
If all the rooms in the hall itself are sold out, then there may be the possibility of overflow accommodation at a couple of properties just down the road. For those of you who may end up with this option, you would take your breakfast at your chosen property before being shuttled over to Beamish Hall for the day where you will take both lunch and dinner, before being returned to your chosen accommodation that evening
Five breakfasts (for those of you staying at Beamish Hall itself), four lunches and five dinners are included with this MBT House Party.
Complimentary tea, coffee, water, and snacks such as fresh fruit and nuts will be available throughout the day. Bottles of premium still and sparkling water along with a selection of juices, beer, wine and spirits will be available to purchase from the bar.
Dietary requirements will be catered for wherever possible and we will be asking you about this prior to the event so we can liaise with the hotel's catering team
If you will be flying in to join us, Newcastle International airport is located just 30 minutes drive away from the hotel.
Round-trip transfers via air-conditioned coach are included to and from Newcastle Airport if needed.
The coach will depart from the airport at 3.30pm on Sunday 13th March and from Beamish Hall for the trip back to the airport at 10.30am on Friday 18th March
Please book your flights accordingly if you want to take advantage of this service
If your flight arrives too late for the coach, you will need to make your own way to the hotel. A taxi should cost between £40 and £80 depending on the vehicle type chosen and the number of passengers while an Uber should be between £30 and £40
We have envisaged this MBT House Party as an informal and unstructured event, a chance to hear Tom speak, ask him questions and relax and socialize with other MBT readers and supporters without the constraints of a rigorous program or schedule.
An opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of MBT without having to take the event too seriously!
You will be free to arrive from 3pm onwards on Sunday 13th and settle into your chosen accommodation before joining the rest of the group for dinner at 6pm
After dinner, we will gather in one of the hotel's meeting rooms for Tom's introduction
The next four days will follow an informal schedule which has yet to be finalized but may look something like this:
A leisurely buffet breakfast will be served from 8am
Tom will speak and answer questions in one of the meeting rooms from 10am to 12 Noon
Luncheon will be served at 1pm
Tom will speak and answer questions in one of the meeting rooms from 3pm to 5pm
Dinner will be served at 6pm
The evening is free for you to mingle and interact with the other attendees
One of the highlights of this house party is the chance to sit down to a small group mealtime with Tom. We envisage that there will be no more than 8 or 9 people joining Tom at each meal and everyone will get the chance to do this once during the event. We will be allocating places for each meal at random about a week prior to the event. We encourage you to mingle and sit with different guests for each meal in order to meet and socialize with as many new people as possible during your time with us at Beamish
The House Party will finish after breakfast on Friday morning
when we all say our fond farewells
The price for this 5-night MBT House Party is as follows:
Classic Single Occupancy - £1,900 per person
Classic Twin/Double Occupancy - £1,700 per person
Deluxe Single Occupancy - £2,000 per person
Deluxe Twin/Double Occupancy - £1,800 per person
Premier Single Occupancy - £2,100 per person
Premier Double Occupancy - £1,900 per person
2-bedroom apartment (2 people) - £2,000 per person
2-bedroom apartment (4 people) - £1,800 per person
Should all the rooms located in Beamish Hall itself be sold out, then we will have a number of overflow accommodations that we can offer people. There are two properties located just down the room that we can offer if this happens and transportation to and from these properties will be offered every day. You will take your breakfast at your chosen property before catching our free shuttle over to Beamish Hall where you will spend the day and take the rest of your meals before returning to your accommodation that evening. The overflow accommodation will only be offered once all the rooms at Beamish Hall have been allocated. Prices for this MBT house party when using the overflow accommodation start at £1,700 per person for single occupancy and £1,500 per person for double/shared occupancy.
Please email us for more information on the overflow accommodation options
or if you have any questions
Prices are all-inclusive of accommodation, round trip airport transfers
and meals as previously mentioned
If you would like to join us for this MBT House Party at Beamish Hall in March 2022 please complete our booking form to register. Once we have confirmed availability you will be asked to pay a £600 per person deposit within 30 days to confirm that reservation. For those of you living outside of the US, we have a way of accepting your payments by direct transfer in Pounds Sterling, Euros, Australian Dollars and several other currencies. You can also call us with credit/debit card details or send us your payment via PayPal (although in each of these two cases a 4% fee will apply). If you do not make your deposit payment within 30 days, MBT Events reserves the right to cancel your reservation and offer your place to the next person on the waiting list. Your balance will then be due no later than 90 days prior to the start date of the event you have booked to attend.
The cancellation policy pertaining to this event can be found in our terms and conditions which we recommend you read in full.