Growing on the Home Front, Aug 31-Sept 3
Beamish Museum’s Great North Festival of Agriculture begins today with Dig for Victory, set in and around The 1940s Farm, and tells the story of life on the Home Front during the Second World War.
The farm will show how important the countryside was during the war, with land girls, lumberjills, 1940s beauty tips and hands-on activities to try.
You can take part in Home Guard drills, meet soldiers and farm workers and have a photograph taken in The Farm office to attach to an ‘official’ ID card.
Around the farmstead, there are 1940s vehicles and agricultural machinery, a blacksmith working in the forge and the chance to find out about ferret rearing.
Farmhouse kitchen Jam Drive
In the farmhouse kitchen, join the Jam Drive, sample some wartime cooking using rationed ingredients or master the art of keeping clothes for longer with Make Do and Mend.
In Garden Cottage, there’ll be wartime hair and beauty tips and next door, in Orchard Cottage, youngsters can make patriotic bunting.
Entertainment is provided by the Bright Street Big Band and Backstep Boogie Club.
Chat to Home Guard soldiers
A small army encampment will set up near The Farm with equipment, tents, and soldiers to chat to.
Historic events officer Paul Foster said: “This is an opportunity for us to give a taster of life on the Home Front, to show what a difference ordinary folk could make and just how much they could support the war effort in their own back gardens.”
The Beamish Unlimited Pass, which is valid for 12 months, can be used for daytime events, including Dig for Victory.
Other Great North Festival of Agriculture events are:
- The Leek Show, September 9-10;
- Agricultural Show, September 14-17;
- Hands-on Heritage Skills, September 23-24;
- Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, September 30-October 1.
Getting to Beamish Museum
Address: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG, call 0191 370 4000 (9am-4pm, Monday-Friday).
By road: From the North and South, follow the A1M to Junction 63 (Chester-le-Street exit), then the A693 towards Stanley for four miles, following the signs. From the west – take the A68 to Castleside, near Consett, and follow the Beamish Museum signs along the A692 and A693 via Stanley.
By bus: Go North East’s Waggonway service 28/28A runs from Newcastle, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street every 30 minutes Monday-Saturday daytimes, hourly in the evening and on Sundays. Connections with other bus, train or Metro services can be made in Newcastle, Gateshead, and Chester-le-Street. Coast & Country service 8 runs every 30 minutes Monday -Saturday from Sunderland Interchange, via Washington, Chester-le-Street, and Stanley. Travel to Beamish on any Go North East bus and get 25 per cent discount on a standard individual admission charge.
For more information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.