Horses at Work

Sat 27th - Sun 28th Apr

Horses, homecoming and hours of fun to be had… enjoy an equine extravaganza during Horses at Work!

An amazing 50 horses will be in action around the museum, including pit ponies, elegant carriage horses and heavy horses, ranging from Irish Draughts and Friesians to Shires and Clydesdales.

There will be a brilliant parade each day, as well as opportunities to take a trip on a variety of horse-drawn vehicles, including two late 1800s London omnibuses, watch displays, meet the pit ponies and take part in fun, family activities.

This year, Horses at Work, which is part of the Great North Festival of Transport, takes on a homecoming theme, showing the country returning to peacetime after the end of the First World War.

There’ll be so much to see and do, including:

The 1900s Town

  • There’ll be the chance to see the Durham Pals returning home at Rowley Station with a celebratory homecoming parade. Led by the Borneo Band, and including an Armstrong Whitworth replica car, soldiers and several horse-drawn vehicles, the parade will travel from Rowley Station to The 1900s Town at 1pm each day. A speech will be given outside the Masonic Hall to welcome the troops home.
  • Find out about the North East War Memorials project in the Bank Board Room on Sunday, 28th.

The 1900s Pit Village

  • Visit the 16th Lancers Cavalry Unit.
  • See a pit pony demonstrating how tubs of coal were hauled, plus other harnessed ponies, outside the pit pony stables.
  • In Hetton Silver Band Hall, animal welfare charity Brooke – Action for Working Horses and Donkeys will be telling the story of rescued cavalry horses and other military equines.

1820s Pockerley

  • Meet the pack horse at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall.
  • Watch teams of horses carrying out field work and cultivation of the land in the fields beneath Pockerley.

Horses at Work will bring together a unique line-up of 50 horses and horse-drawn vehicles, including two Victorian omnibuses. We’re looking forward to a really exciting weekend, with lots to see and do!

Paul Foster, Historic Events Officer at Beamish

Horses at Work is part of the Great North Festival of Transport which also included the Great North Steam Fair.

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.