Festival of 50s

Thu 11th - Sun 14th Jul

From Thursday, 11th to Sunday, 14th July, be transported back to the days of Teddy boys, Pathé News and petticoats at our Festival of 50s.

Dig out your 50s finery and rock ‘n’ roll along to this fabulous celebration of all things 50s. Enjoy fantastic food, fashion and fun!

Schedule for the Entertainment marquee on the Events Field:

Thursday, 11th July

10am Р11.30am 50s music 
11.30am – 12.15pm Yvonne Slater
12.15pm Р1pm 50s music 
1pm – 1.45pm Yvonne Slater
2pm – 4pm Graeme Scarlett’s Tea Dance
4pm – 5pm 50s music

Friday, 12th July

10am Р11.30am 50s music 
11.30am – 12.15pm Yvonne Slater
12.15pm – 1pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
1pm – 1.45pm Yvonne Slater
2pm – 4pm Graeme Scarlett’s Tea Dance
4pm – 5pm 50s music

Saturday, 13th July

10am Р11.30am 50s music 
11.30am – 12pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
12pm – 12.30pm The Linsey School of Dance
12.30pm – 1pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
1pm – 1.30pm Beamish Choir
1.45pm – 2.30pm Miss Mary & the Mr Rights
2.45pm – 3pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
3pm – 3.30pm Beamish Choir
3.45pm – 4.30pm Miss Mary & the Mr Rights
4.30pm – 5pm 50s music

Sunday, 14th July

10am Р11.30am 50s music 
11.30am – 12pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
12pm – 12.30pm TBC
12.30pm – 1pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
1pm – 1.30pm Beamish Choir
1.45pm – 2.30pm Davie T & the RazzBerries
2.45pm – 3pm Hop, Skiffle & Jump
3pm – 3.30pm Beamish Choir
3.45pm – 4.30pm Davie T & the RazzBerries
4.30pm – 5pm 50s music

The Object Pavillion on the Events Field

  • Three 1950s living rooms will be set up to show an example of what living rooms looked like in 1950, 1955 and 1959, and how the style changes over the years. Plus, have a go at planning the 1950s New Town.
  • Take a look at our 1950s kitchen display and have a go at a creative writing activity.
  • Treat yourself to a fantastic hairdo during the weekend (small charge applies).
  • Try on clothing from the times and see the change in fashion.
  • Meet the Beamish Telecom engineers and have a go on the switchboard.
  • Step inside a police office and see 50s uniforms and equipment courtesy of the North East Police History Society.
  • Durham Amateur Football Trust will be looking at amateur cup finals at Wembley Stadium in the 1950s, when teams from County Durham won the FA Amateur Cup six times! See how much the game and life has changed since the 1950s.
  • On Friday, playwright and facilitator Christina Castling will be talking to visitors about Category D houses, which she has researched for her upcoming play on the subject.

The Festival Garden on the Events Field

  • Visit Durham North and South Trefoil Guild and Girlguiding to see a 1950s Guide camp – view the ephemera and learn hands-on Guide skills.
  • Have a go at seed planting and see horticultural machinery.
  • Step inside Wanda, the 50s caravan, and have a go at traditional toys and games.
  • See amazing 1950s vehicles on display, including a BBC broadcasting bus.
  • Try your hand at bowls – sponsored by Co-operative Funeral Care.

Over in our recently opened 1950s welfare hall…

  • On Thursday we’ll be running a mother and baby clinic activity where you can weigh the baby and get advice on feeding, layettes and bathing.
  • On Friday, join in with our Friday Friendship Club and keep fit activity.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, come along for the coffee morning, followed by an afternoon of dancing.

Catering

  • During all four days of the festival in the Catering Marquee on the Events Field, sample the delights of macaroni cheese, coronation chicken sandwiches, corned beef pie and Swiss roll (made in Herron’s Bakery).
  • Plus, there’ll be 50s milkshakes available at the Entrance Coffee Shop.

Also…

  • The North East Meccano Society will hold an exhibition on Saturday and Sunday in the Collections Study Room, next to Open Stores. There’ll be working Meccano models of all kinds for visitors to enjoy.
  • The Beamish Model Engineering Group railway will be running on Saturday – hop aboard a miniature steam train for a short ride.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to enjoy this special event.

Beamish is building a 1950s Town and 1950s Farm, and a Georgian coaching inn where visitors can stay overnight as part of the Remaking Beamish project, courtesy of a £10.9million grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The 1950s Town is set to include houses, shops, police house, cafe, cinema and recreation area. Aged Miners’ Homes will be a centre for people living with dementia and their families and carers. A 1950s trolleybus system and restored buses will transport visitors.

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Beamish reserves the right to alter or change this programme at any point.