Themed activities every day of the week
School’s out! From explosive experiments, football and falconry to storytelling, secret letters and Home Guard drills, Beamish Museum’s annual Summer of Fun has started.
Every day during the school holidays, until August 30, there’ll be different activities each day for all the family at the County Durham open air museum.
Modelling Mondays: Have a go at Edwardian crafts with clay.
Tales on Tuesdays: Enjoy storytelling and songs.
Workhouse Wednesdays: Children can try on costumes and discover life in the workhouse, with traditional activities and “delicious” gruel.
Try It Thursdays: Get involved in a different activity each week such as thatching, tea dances or tin type photography. Join the Home Guard drills at The 1940s Farm and have a go at football skills with the Newcastle United Foundation.
Falconry Fridays: See birds of prey, and meet the pit ponies, goat, and the pack horse.
Science Saturdays: Watch the explosive Just One Spark demonstrations and write secret wartime letters.
Sewing Sundays: Have a go at quilting, see crafts and sewing demonstrations and find out about Joe the Quilter, whose Georgian cottage will be recreated at Beamish. Enjoy cricket matches on the Events Field, too.
Matthew Henderson, Remaking Beamish – Engagement Development Officer, said: “Our Summer of Fun looks to be our biggest and best yet, an amazing opportunity for all the family to get hands-on with history.
“Whether you are eight years old or 80 years old, there will be something to get involved in – from handling birds of prey to helping with workhouse jobs, every day will see something different taking place across the museum.”
Rowley Station will be offering steam train rides every day throughout the summer holidays and a steam roller will be in action every Monday and Friday.
July 29-30: Ferguson tractor rally.
August 19-20: Join in with craft activities to celebrate 100 Years of Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes.
August 31-September 3: Dig for Victory (start of the Great North Festival of Agriculture) – meet the Land Girls, Lumberjills and Home Guard and enjoy the music and hands-on activities, as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War.
September 9-10: Leek Show.
September 14-17: Agricultural Show.
September 23-24: Hands-on Heritage Skills.
September 30- October 1: Harvest Festival and Harvest Home.
There’s also the whole of Beamish to explore, including 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village and The 1940s Farm.
Summer of Fun and other daytime events are included in the Beamish Unlimited Pass, where visitors pay once and come back free for a year.
Beamish is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 3pm). For more information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.