Shrove Tuesday

Tue 5th Mar

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with a pancake or two at Beamish!

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Pancake Day, was an opportunity to use up rich foods, such as eggs, milk and sugar before the fasting season of Lent where people would, and often still do, give something up for the 40 days leading up to Easter.

Sample pancakes through the ages. Visit Pockerley Old Hall, and Francis Street in The 1900s Pit Village, to sample traditional treats before catching the bus to The 1900s Town to sample the pancakes in Miss Smith’s house and to learn about the tradition of Shrove Tuesday “medieval football” matches.

Discover how rationing during the Second World War changed the way Shrove Tuesday was celebrated and try egg-less pancakes.

At Joe the Quilter’s cottage, in our 1820s Landscape, you can learn about some of the more obscure traditions of the day.

Of course, we’ll also be serving pancakes in our Tea Rooms so there’s plenty of opportunities to try tasty treats during your visit!

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.