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Beamish Museum’s Summer of Fun

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Events for all ages run until August 31

From suffragette rallies, Home Guard drills and Victorian lessons to birds of prey, brass bands and country crafts, there’s a packed summer at Beamish Museum.

Exciting activities are taking place during the holidays, with something for visitors of all ages.

Mondays: Experience Victorian school lessons – be on your best behaviour for the schoolmaster as you learn the three Rs.

Take a Victorian-style lesson in The Pit Village school
Take a Victorian-style lesson in The Pit Village school

Tuesdays: Stroll up to Pockerley Old Hall to make a traditional clay pot, and venture into Birch Wood to join in with woodland craft activities.

Wednesdays: Take part in suffragette rallies in The 1900s Town on Wednesdays, will you support “Votes for Women”?

Thursdays: Enjoy storytelling, songs and music in The Pit Village band hall as we go all theatrical.

Fridays: See the falconer and her birds of prey in the Georgian Landscape and meet the museum’s animals, including the pit ponies, goats and pack horse.

Saturdays: Discover more about science as you explore the museum, including secret letters at the 1940s Farm and optical illusions in The Pit Village school. Why not make a science toy to take home?

suffragette
Become a suffragette and campaign for votes for women

Sundays: Join the Home Guard drills at The 1940s Farm or pull up a deck chair and enjoy colliery cricket matches.

At weekends, enjoy brass band and choir performances, see www.beamish.org.uk for the programme.

Paul Foster, historic events officer, said: “Whether you want to join the Home Guard or suffragettes, experience a Victorian lesson, try traditional crafts, join in singing, or relax in the sunshine as you enjoy a cricket match or brass band, come along and join us!”

The whole museum will be open to explore, including the new photographers’ studio and chemist shop. Visitors can experience the sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past at 1820s Pockerley, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village and Colliery and 1940s Farm.

With the Beamish Unlimited Pass, visitors pay once and can come back free for 12 months, including daytime events and activities such as Summer of Fun.

For full information about Beamish events, including activity times, visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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