From explosive experiments, football and falconry to storytelling, secret letters and Home Guard drills, there’s a fantastic Summer of Fun ahead at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

Every day during the school holidays, from 22nd July to 30th August, there’ll be amazing activities for all the family.

Have a go at Edwardian crafts with clay on Modelling Mondays and enjoy storytelling and songs during Tales on Tuesdays.

On Workhouse Wednesdays, children can try on a costume and discover life in the workhouse, with traditional activities and “delicious” gruel.

On Try It Thursdays, get involved in a different activity each week such as thatching, tea dances or tin type photography. Join the Home Guard drills at The 1940s Farm and have a go at football skills with the Newcastle United Foundation.

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See birds of prey being trained during Falconry Fridays and meet the pit ponies, goats and the pack horse. Watch the explosive Just One Spark demonstrations and write secret wartime letters during Science Saturdays.

On Sewing Sundays, have a go at quilting, see crafts and sewing demonstrations and find out about Joe the Quilter, whose Georgian cottage will be recreated at Beamish.  You can also sit back, relax and enjoy cricket matches on the Events Field each Sunday.

Matthew Henderson, Remaking Beamish – Engagement Development Officer, said: “Our Summer of Fun looks to be our biggest and best yet, an amazing opportunity for all the family to get hands-on with history.

“Whether you are eight years old or 80 years old, there will be something to get involved in – from handling birds of prey to helping with workhouse jobs, every day will see something different taking place across the museum. Come along and make some family memories – we’ll try our best to organise some sunshine!”

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Rowley Station will be offering steam train rides every day throughout the summer holidays and a steam roller will be in action around the museum every Monday and Friday.

A Meccano Exhibition takes place this weekend (22nd and 23rd July) and don’t miss the Ferguson tractor rally on 29th and 30th July.

Join in with craft activities to celebrate 100 Years of Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes on 19th and 20th August.

Come and join the Dig for Victory, from 31st August to 3rd September. Meet the Land Girls, Lumberjills and Home Guard and enjoy the music and hands-on activities, as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Dig for Victory marks the start of the Great North Festival of Agriculture, which includes the Leek Show on 9th and 10th September, Agricultural Show from 14th to 17th September, Hands-on Heritage Skills on 23rd and 24th September and Harvest Festival and Harvest Home on 30th September and 1st October.

There’s also the whole of Beamish to explore, including 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and Waggonway, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village and The 1940s Farm.

Summer of Fun 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, including events, visit


Media contact: For more information, or if you’d like to visit, contact Julie Wilson, Communications Team Leader, tel. 0191 370 4034 or email

Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG.  Tel. 0191 370 4000 or email

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