Old King Coal

Wed 27th Jun - Sun 1st Jul

Join us for Old King Coal, a celebration of the region’s proud coal mining heritage.

Enjoy banner parades and brass band performances and find out more about the contribution made by North East miners and their families on the Home Front during the First World War.

Banner parades, led by a steam vehicle, will take place each day and bands will be performing. Banners from Beamish’s collection, North East communities and schools will be on show around the museum and a Coal by Rail display in the Open Stores will tell the story of how coal was transported.

Meet the pit ponies each day. From 27th to 29th June, meet the ferrets and also see The Colliery railway in action. On 30th June & 1st July, make flags for the parade and help decorate the Beamish School banner.

Bands and musicians performing include Valley Brass Band, The Salvation Army Divisional Fellowship Band, Off Key Music, Benny Graham, Kiddar’s Luck, Bill Elliott and Kevin Youldon.

Why not take a look at some of the photos from Old King Coal 2016 which had a First World War focus?

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As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass!