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Beamish Museum springs into action with a packed programme for all the family

The popular County Durham open air attraction has a string of festivals and events planned for 2015

Horses at work at Beamish Museum
Horses at work at Beamish Museum

Spring is in the air – and Beamish Museum’s main season is springing into action accordingly this month.

There’s an exciting programme of festivals and events lined-up throughout 2015 at the County Durham attraction, with new additions this year including Horses at Work, Dig for Victory and a 1950s film evening.

During the Easter holidays, there’ll be traditional activities including crafts, recipes, games and an egg hunt trail during the school holidays.

The Great North Festival of Transport begins with the Great North Steam Fair, from April 9-12, and promises to be a classic. Featuring vehicles of all shapes and sizes – from steam engines and trams to traction engines, cars, buses and lots more – there’s something for all.

Great North Festival of Agriculture at Beamish Museum
Great North Festival of Agriculture at Beamish Museum

The festival continues with the new Horses at Work event on April 18 and 19. Visitors can see beautiful horses in action, admire the museum’s comprehensive collection of carriages and working machinery, and take part in family activities.

Later in the month we are being invited to celebrate the North East’s mining heritage at Old King Coal, which rounds off the festival from April 22-26. There will be banner parades, the sound of traditional brass bands and trips down the drift mine to get involved with.

May Day celebrations will take place on May 3 and 4 and there’ll be fantastic music and food at the out-of-hours Museums at Night event on May 16.

Old King Coal at Beamish Museum
Old King Coal at Beamish Museum

The Georgian Fair will be taking place between May 28 and 31, offering the attractive sights and sounds of entertainers, craftspeople, stalls, music, activities, food and more. The annual Beamish Reliability Run, which starts and finishes at the Museum, takes place on June 21.

Towards the end of June, the fabulous Festival of Fifties, kicks off with a film evening on June 26 June and runs on until June 28 with 50s music, fashion, food and lots of fun.

Later in the year there’s the Summer of Sport, with activities on weekends during the summer holidays, including the annual colliery cricket tournament; The Great North Festival of Agriculture which begins with the new Dig for Victory event at the 1940s Farm from September 4-6; The Beamish Leek Show on September 26 and 27; and the Harvest Festival on October 3 and 4.

Beamish’s popular evening events for Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas, will also be taking place, with tickets on sale nearer the time... and then it’s time for the Museum’s popular traditional Christmas programme, which starts on November 14.

Georgian Fair at Beamish Museum
Georgian Fair at Beamish Museum

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* Beamish’s main season begins on 28th March, when the museum will be open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm. For more information on Beamish events go to www.beamish.org.uk/events .

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