The Great North Festival of Agriculture is a month-long celebration of the region’s rural heritage. Featuring everything from vehicles and vegetables to harvest celebrations and heritage skills, there’s plenty of fun to be had for all the family.
The festival kicks off with Dig for Victory, 31st August to 3rd September, which tells the story of life on the Home Front during the Second World War.
Competition will be rife for the Leek Show, 9th & 10th September, followed by the Agricultural Show, 14th to 17th September, featuring incredible birds of prey demonstrations, brass band performances and a chance to meet pit ponies, horses and guinea pigs. Why not enter your out-of-this-world onions or impressive patchwork into the shows? Certificates and rosettes are up for grabs!
Come and have a go at some traditional skills at our Hands-on Heritage Skills event, which runs on 23rd & 24th September, and see the wonderful displays and beautiful choir performances on 30th September and 1st October for Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, the last event of the Great North Festival of Agriculture.
What’s more, as with all daytime events, there is no extra charge for the Festival. Daytime admission is included in the regular museum entry charge and it’s free for Unlimited Pass holders.
Thu 31st Aug - Sun 3rd Sep
Dig for Victory is the first event in our Great North Festival of Agriculture. The event is focused in and around our 1940s Farm and tells the story of life on the Home Front and the vital support role the British countryside played during the Second World War.Read more
Sat 9th - Sun 10th Sep
Pack up your potatoes and bring your beetroot to the Beamish Leek Show. The annual contest will see home-grown vegetables and flowers battle it out in an attempt to take first prize.Read more
Thu 14th - Sun 17th Sep
From eagles and vultures to sheep dogs and shearing, join us for a traditional 1900s Agricultural Show.Read more
Sat 23rd - Sun 24th Sep
Try your hand at some traditional skills! We'll have basket making, falconry, pottery, corn dolly making, stone carving, lino cutting and printing and many more traditional skills for you to enjoy.Read more
Sat 30th Sep - Sun 1st Oct
Harvest Festival and Harvest Home is part of the month long Great North Festival of Agriculture.Read more