Historical fun for all the family
Secret letters, Home Guard drills, Lindy hop dancing and animal antics – there’s lots to see and do at Beamish Museum this half term, from October 22-30.
Events at the award-winning open-air museum, in County Durham, include:
Saturday, October 22: Write a secret wartime letter at The 1940s Farm and discover life on the Home Front.
Sunday, October 23: Join Home Guard drills at The 1940s Farm at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm.
Monday, October 24: It’s Musical Monday, enjoy folk music in Hetton Silver Band Hall, The Pit Village, from 1.30pm to 3pm.
Tuesday, October 25: Do the Lindy Hop at The 1940s Farm and hear Kiddar’s Luck perform in Hetton Silver Band Hall. Visit the newly-rebuilt St Helen’s Church in the Georgian Landscape to learn about the organ and hear it in action.
Wednesday, October 26: Join the dancing at The 1940s Farm and pop into The Sun Inn in The 1900s Town, from 11am to 2pm, to enjoy folk music from Bill Elliott and Ken Tonge.
Thursday, October 27: School’s not out here – be on your best behaviour for Victorian lessons at 11am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm in The Pit Village school. Enjoy folk music in The Sun Inn between 11am and 2pm.
Friday, October 28: Meet the museum’s animals, including pit ponies at noon, 1.30pm and 3.30pm at the pit pony stables; goats at 11am and 2pm in The Pit Village and the pack horse at 12.30pm and 2.30pm at Pockerley stables.
Saturday, October 29: Visit The 1940s Farm and find out how to write a secret wartime letter. Enjoy Georgian tunes at Pockerley Old Hall and hear the Beamish Choir perform in The Pit Village chapel at 1pm and 2pm.
Sunday, October 30: Become a member of the Home Guard and take part in drills at The 1940s Farm at 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. Be entertained by Georgian folk tunes at Pockerley Old Hall and enjoy Singaround Sunday in Hetton Silver Band Hall from 11am to 3.30pm.
A steam locomotive will be running at Rowley Station daily during half term, and see a steam roller in action around the museum on Monday and Friday.
Beamish Unlimited Passes, which are valid for 12 months, can be used for October half term and all other daytime events.
Find out more about half term at Beamish at www.beamish.org.uk.