Hands-on Heritage Skills 2019

Sat 21st - Sun 22nd Sep

On Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22nd September, come along and have a go at some traditional skills at Beamish.

Head to our 1940s Farm, 1900s Pit Village, 1820s Landscape and 1950s welfare hall, where you can try your hand at many traditional crafts, and learn about their history and purpose in each area.

In the 1820s Landscape:

  • See quilting inside Joe the Quilter’s cottage.
  • Marvel at the potter at work near the hearse house.
  • Discover candle making, querning, corn dolly making, woodworking using a pole lathe and shave horse, spoon making, hand spinning (Sunday only) and bread making at Pockerley Old Hall.
  • See dry stone walling in the field opposite Pockerley tram stop (Saturday only).

Find out about the work of the Quilters Guild in the 1950s welfare hall.

In The 1900s Pit Village, the Young Quilters group will be in Hetton Band Hall (Saturday only).

In The 1900s Colliery Yard, marvel at the work of the blacksmith.

Be amazed by the basket maker in Birch Wood.

At The 1940s Farm:

  • See the blacksmith at work, lace making, knitting by the fire, basket making, spinning and weaving, chutney making, hedge laying, patchwork making and harness making.

The weekend concludes our month long Festival of Agriculture which celebrates the agricultural and rural heritage of the North East of England.

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

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