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Beamish Museum’s Summer of Fun

Be a Suffragette! Picture; Beamish Museum
Be a Suffragette! Picture; Beamish Museum

Keeping the family entertained at the Living Museum of the North, July 20-August 28

Solve age-old crimes, learn traditional skills and Home Guard drills as County Durham’s Beamish Museum launches its Summer of Fun.

Visitors can pick up a free Beamish Bingo card and search for 10 items around the museum, answering questions and learning as they go.

Jonathan Blackburn, engagement and participation assistant, said: “We’re looking forward to a jam-packed Summer of Fun with something different happening across the museum every day of the week.”

There are different activities every day:

Home Guard drill at the Summer of Fun. Picture; Beamish Museum
Home Guard drill at the Summer of Fun. Picture; Beamish Museum

Mystery Mondays

Take part in a Joe the Quilter Murder Mystery before taking a trip to The 1900s Town to help the police constable solve a crime – can you pick the guilty person from the line-up?

New Welfare Hall: Art-based activities.

Tinkering Tuesdays

Become an inventor as you create your own self-propelled vehicles in The 1900s Pit Village band hall.

New Welfare Hall: Youth Club.

Women’s Wednesdays

Listen to stories of the Suffragettes then grab a placard and sash and join in the campaign to get women the vote.

New Welfare Hall: explore your theatrical side with amateur dramatics sessions.

Try It Thursdays

Try your hand at traditional skills such as proggy mat making or bread making.

New Welfare Hall: NHS Mother and Baby Clinic.

50s Friday

Take a look around the front room at No. 6 Ravensworth Terrace in The 1900s Town and see if you can work out who used to live there.

New Welfare Hall: Visit the Friendship Club in the morning and a seated exercise class in the afternoon.

Soldiering Saturdays

Take part in Home Guard drills at The 1940s Farm.

New Welfare Hall: First a coffee morning, then music from the 1950s during the afternoon, plus a live band on the last Saturday of every month!

Activities at the Summer of Fun. Picture; Beamish Museum
Activities at the Summer of Fun. Picture; Beamish Museum

Celebration Sundays

Hear tales of homecoming from the First World War as peace is declared.

From July 21 to September 8, support teams taking part in the 2019 Beamish Colliery Cricket Tournament.

New Welfare Hall: First a coffee morning, then music from the 1950s during the afternoon.

Great North Festival of Agriculture

All daytime events are included in museum admission and are free to Beamish Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members – pay once and visit for free for a year. For more information visit 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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