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Beamish Museum Summer of Fun 2018

Beamish's newest attraction, Joe the Quilter's cottage. Picture; Beamish Museum
Beamish's newest attraction, Joe the Quilter's cottage. Picture; Beamish Museum

County Durham museum’s packed summer of events

From explosive experiments to Suffragette marches, Home Guard drills and solving a murder mystery, there’s a Summer of Fun ahead at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.
Every day during the school holidays, from now until August 29, there’ll be amazing activities for all the family at County Durham’s multi-award-winning outdoor museum.

Melodious Mondays

Sing, dance and perform early 1900s scripts as you join in
with music hall rehearsals in Hetton Band Hall in The Pit Village.

Try It Tuesdays

Learn new skills and have a go at traditional game, ranging from croquet, proggy mat making, help the maid, Georgian costume try-on, pill making and hag stone making.

Women’s Wednesdays

Listen to the stories of the Suffragettes, grab a sash, and march for your right to vote in The 1900s Town at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Make a rosette in The Pit Village school – purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity and green for hope.
Women's Wednesdays. Picture; Beamish Museum
Women’s Wednesdays. Picture; Beamish Museum

Discover the story of North East Suffragette Connie Lewcock, is she guilty or not guilty? Decide at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm and 3.45pm at Rowley Station.

Durham County Cricket Club will be running cricket sessions
on the Events Field on July 25, August 1, 15 and 29, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
There’ll be the chance to have a go at writing secret letters at The 1940s Farm.

Thunderous Thursdays

In The Pit Village chapel, see the explosive Just One Spark demonstrations as you discover the dangers of working down a coal mine at 11am, noon, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
There will also be Tangram puzzles to try in Hetton Band Hall.
Thunderous Thursday. Picture; Beamish Museum
Thunderous Thursday. Picture; Beamish Museum

Have a go at football skills with the Newcastle United Foundation on the Events Field on July 26, August 9 and 23, between 11am and 3pm.

50s Fridays

Explore the 1950s front room in Ravensworth Terrace in The 1900s Town or visit the band hall in the Pit Village to
learn more about 1950s NHS clinics, Red Cross Cadets and teenagers.

Soldiering Saturdays

Learn to drill with the Home Guard at 11am, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm at The 1940s Farm.

Sleuthing Sundays

Be among the first to visit the museum’s newest attraction, Joe the Quilter’s cottage. Become a detective as you try to
work out who killed poor old Joe.
The Parish Constable will be carrying out investigations into crime at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
Soldiering Saturdays. Picture; Beamish Museum
Soldiering Saturdays. Picture; Beamish Museum

The cottage of murdered Georgian quilter Joseph Hedley, in the 1820s Landscape, is the first completed building in the £18million Remaking Beamish project.

Find out more about quilting and Joe’s murder, see the chickens and admire the vegetables growing in the garden.
Rowley Station will be offering steam train rides throughout the
holidays and a steamroller will be in action every Monday and Friday.

Great North Festival of Agriculture

  • Dig for Victory, August 30-September 2: Meet the Land Girls, Lumberjills and Home Guard, and enjoy music and hands-on activities as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War.
  • Leek Show, September 8-9
  • Agricultural Show, September 13-16
  • Hands-on Heritage Skills, September 22-23
  • Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, September 29-30
The Summer of Fun, The Great North Festival of Agriculture 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.
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