Traditional fun and crafts at North East’s greatest museum
Enjoy a cracking day out at Beamish Museum this Easter weekend and join in the traditional fun and games.
Visitors can take part in Easter celebrations from the 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s, from egg decorating, rolling and jarping to bonnet making.
On Good Friday (March 30), create a beautiful chalk drawing in The 1900s Pit Village school, discover the fish dishes being made around the museum – and, of course, Davy’s Fried Fish Shop will be serving up fish and chips cooked in a coal-fired range.
From Saturday (March 31) to Monday (April 2), make Easter bonnets in the school and create carrot lollies, rabbit finger puppets and Easter cards at The 1940s Farm.
Decorate an egg in the dentist’s waiting room in The
1900s Town and join in the egg rolling in the park.
On Easter Sunday and Monday (April 1-2), at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, there’ll also be the traditional egg jarping – a game played with hard-boiled eggs, often compared to conkers – as well as egg dyeing and decorating.
An Easter egg hunt is taking place throughout the Easter holidays, from March 30 to April 15 – children can follow the clues to find the eggs hidden around the museum.
Celebrate Easter by making a traditional bonnet. Picture; Beamish Museum
Hot cross buns at Herron’s Bakery. Picture; Beamish Museum
Herron’s Bakery, in The 1900s Town, will be creating mouth-watering Easter delights, including hot cross buns, simnel cake and biscuits.
Beamish’s Easter holiday events will continue with the Great War Steam Fair, from April 5-8, followed by Horses at War from April 13-15, both part of the Great North Festival of Transport.
Beamish is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 3pm). Easter activities and the Great North Festival of Transport are included in admission to Beamish and are free to Unlimited Pass holders – pay once and come back free for a year, including daytime events.
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