Summer of Fun at Beamish Museum

Daily until 31st Aug

Be sure to visit Beamish, The Living Museum of the North for Summer of Fun 2022 and enjoy good old-fashioned family fun including traditional transport, football fun, Georgian games and creative crafts!

There are fun-filled activities lined up every day during the summer holidays at Beamish for the Summer of Fun event, which runs daily until 31st August.

Monday

  • See Colliery blacksmith demonstrations in The Colliery Yard
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage
  • In the 1950s welfare hall, have a go at making your very own rocket!
  • Meet animals at the museum.

Tuesday

  • Have fun solving Tangram puzzles in The 1900s Pit Village school
  • In the 1950s welfare hall, create your own comic strip inspired by originals from the Beamish Collection
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage

Wednesday

  • Have a go at crafts in The 1900s Pit Village cottages
  • Grab your sash and march with suffragettes in The 1900s Town
  • See the soldier at the 1940s cottages
  • Try your hand at outdoor sketching on our 1950s Front Street terrace, inspired by Norman Cornish’s street scenes
  • In the 1950s welfare hall, create your own comic strip inspired by originals from the Beamish Collection.
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage
  • Meet animals at the museum.

Thursday

  • See Colliery blacksmith demonstrations (Excluding 18th August) in The Colliery Yard
  • In the 1950s welfare hall, create your own comic strip inspired by originals from the Beamish Collection
  • Admire some of the museum’s transport collection on Transport Collection Thursdays
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage
  • Pop to The 1900s Pit Village to take part in a science activity
  • Meet animals at the museum.

Friday

  • In the 1950s welfare hall, Create your own comic strip inspired by originals from the Beamish Collection
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage
  • Join in with cricket on The Events Field from 11.30am
  • Meet animals at the museum.

Saturday

  • See Colliery blacksmith demonstrations in The Colliery Yard
  • Play with traditional toys at Spain’s Field Farm
  • In the 1950s welfare hall, create your own comic strip inspired by originals from the Beamish Collection
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage

Sunday

  • See Colliery blacksmith demonstrations in The Colliery Yard
  • Play with traditional toys at Spain’s Field Farm
  • In the 1950s welfare hall, create your own comic strip inspired by originals from the Beamish Collection
  • Join in with Georgian games such as knurr and spell, nine men’s morris, card games and draughts at 1820s Pockerley Old Hall
  • Get creative and colour in 1940s characters Pete the Potato and Doctor Carrot, and play with traditional  hobby horses at the 1940s Land girl Cottage
  • Meet animals at the museum.

Plus!

We’ll be joined by Animals About Town petting zoo at our 1950s welfare hall on Monday, 15th August – pop by and say hello to visiting sheep and baby goats!

Develop your football skills with Gateshead Football Club, Tuesday, 16th August, 1-3.30pm at our 1950s welfare hall, and find about about North East sporting history with our very own youth club.

Don’t forget to take part in our teddy bear trail. The activity is based on the real story of Colonel Thomas Blood who tried to steal the Crown Jewels in 1671 along with his friends! You can pick up a copy of the teddy bear trail from the Entrance or download a copy of The Crown Jewels Mystery teddy bear trail here (PDF).

Enjoy traditional live music, including Singaround Sundays, Musical Mondays and brass band performances, taking place throughout the summer.

Learn about Lumberjills, Land Girls, make do and mend and ration cooking, as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War at Beamish’s Dig for Victory event from 1st to 4th September.

There’s lots to see and do during a visit the Beamish! Swing by the museum’s latest exhibit, Coronation Park and Recreation Ground, and enjoy the 1950s-style playground, miniature golf course (small charge applies), sandpit, giant draughts board and football area.

Visit Spain’s Field Farm and discover the story of upland farming in the North East during the 1950s and see the farm animals. Initially open weekends and bank holidays only.

Be sure to pop by 1950s Front Street terrace – try tasty traditional ice cream from John’s Café, enjoy mouth-watering fish and chips from Middleton’s, get a 1950s hairstyle at Elizabeth’s Hairdresser’s and discover the recreated home of Norman Cornish at No. 2 Front Street.

In The 1900s Town visit exhibits including the bakery, chemist’s, Co-op, Ravensworth Terrace, garage, sweet shop, Sun Inn pub and bank. Be sure to pick up a sweet shop inspired ice cream from Beamish Delicious Ices – which flavour will you choose?!

Pop over to The Fairground and have a go on the gallopers, helter skelter and chair-o-planes (small charge applies to Fairground activities).

In The 1900s Pit Village see what’s growing in Francis Street gardens, visit the band hall, school and chapel. In The 1900s Colliery go underground in the drift mine and explore the engine shed, heapstead and winding engine house.

Visit The 1820s Landscape and admire the views from Pockerley Old Hall and pop over to St Helen’s Church. Take a ride through the Georgian landscape on Pockerley Waggonway (Thursday to Sunday).

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The museum’s trams and buses are running and the wheelchair accessible vehicle continues to operate on an on-call basis.

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

All visitors aged five and over need to pre-book an entry timeslot online if visiting before 1pm and also require a valid Beamish Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership (these can be purchased online with timeslot). If visiting from 1pm onwards, you won’t need to pre-book (last admission is one hour before closing time). Timeslot entry tickets for up to 30th October 2022 are available to book now.

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