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Beamish Museum’s Georgian Fair

Marvel at the fire eate at the Georgain Fair. Picture; Beamish Museum
Marvel at the fire eate at the Georgain Fair. Picture; Beamish Museum

Take a trip back in time to the 18th Century

Enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of the Georgian Fair at County Durham’s Beamish Museum this week (May 10-12, 2019).

The Squire of Pockerley is inviting visitors to join him – consult the quack doctor, marvel at the fire eater and magician, be entertained by the flea circus and travelling showman, meet the alpacas, falcons and ferrets, and turn detective to help the parish constable investigate Joe the Quilter’s murder.

The 16th Light Dragoons and the Durham 68th Regiment of Foot will be setting up camp on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors will also be recruited by the Squire at his hiring fair – will they be shepherds, bird scarers, dairymaids, gardeners or labourers?

Georgian fun and games

Watch skilled craftspeople at work, try on Georgian costume, enjoy clog dancing and the Northumbrian piper (Saturday and Sunday), browse the stalls, have a go at Georgian games and sample traditional gingerbread.

Also taking place at Beamish this Saturday and Sunday (May 11-12) is the Meccano Exhibition, held by the North East Meccano Society.

The event, in the Collections Study Room at the Regional Resource Centre, will feature models on display, made with Meccano, a toy first patented in 1901.

The Georgian Fair and Meccano Exhibition are included in admission to Beamish and are free to Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members.

Beamish is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm), find out more about these events at 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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