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Dig for Victory at Beamish

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Join the Lumberjills for some wartime exercise

September 1-4, part of the Great North Festival of Agriculture

Life on the Home Front and the vital role the British countryside played during the Second World War is what Dig for Victory is all about at Beamish Museum, County Durham.

The 1940s Farm will be a hive of activity – from threshing to tractors, Land Girls to Lumberjills, blacksmithing to 1940s beauty tips and hands-on activities for everyone to try.

Drilling
Drilling on the Home Front

Visitors can take part in Home Guard drills, meet soldiers, see field communications in action and have a photograph taken in the farm office to attach to their ‘official’ ID card.

Around the farmstead, there are 1940s vehicles and agricultural machinery, a blacksmith hard at work in the forge and the chance to find out about poultry, ferrets and rabbit rearing.

The farmhouse kitchen will be buzzing – visitors can join the Jam Drive, watch apple pressing and have a go at Make Do & Mend.

Lumberjills
A hard day’s work

In Garden Cottage, there will be wartime hair and beauty tips.

Next door, in Orchard Cottage, you can write a letter home from the Front.

An army encampment will be based near the tram depot, with amazing military vehicles, tents and, of course, soldiers to chat to.

Musical entertainment includes the Bright Street Big Band, Backstage Boogie Club and Lindyhop lessons.

Band
The Bright Street Big Band

Community events officer Gemma Stevenson 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 during the daytime, including Dig for Victory and the other Great North Festival of Agriculture events.


Leeks
How leeks should look – Beamish leek show

The Great North Festival of Agriculture events are as follows:

  • Leek Show, September 10-11
  • Agricultural Show, September 15-18
  • Hands-on Heritage Skills, September 24-25
  • Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, October 1-2

For more information on the events, 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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