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​Georgian fun to be had at Beamish this week

News   •   Jun 01, 2016 08:30 BST

Fire eating at Beamish's Georgian Fair

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend that won’t break the bank – how about joining in the fun of the spectacular Georgian Fair at Beamish?

See fire eating, live music, clogg dancing and exotic animals. Have a go at sedan chair racing and barrel rolling and watch a traditional Punch and Judy show. There's something for the whole family.

If you get the bus there, or have a Go North East key card, you get a whopping 25% off the admission price. Why not take a picnic and make a day of it?

Enjoy the hustle and bustle of a Georgian Country Fair at Pockerley Waggonway from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.

Experience a fair like no other as The Squire of Pockerley sets about hiring his staff for the coming months. There’s something for the whole family, including:

Here’s just some of the many things on offer at the fair;

  • New for 2016 – have a go at sedan chair racing and barrel rolling!
  • Watch a traditional Punch and Judy show.
  • Try on traditional Georgian costumes.
  • Enjoy traditional live music and clog dancing.
  • Have your shadow cut as a keep sake of the fair.
  • Meet the skilled folk who will be demonstrating their woodcraft talents.
  • You can roll up, roll up, to see a Flea Circus in action.
  • Browse the market stalls or see what the trinket sellers have to offer!
  • Learn about the exotic alpacas that will be taking up residence over the four days.
  • Do you dare to hold a snake or a spider? Some exotic animals from far away lands will be on display!
  • Be mesmerised as a fire eater shows you just what he can do – watch out for some surprises in his show!
  • See just how basket making is so expertly done.
  • Be amazed by a Georgian falconer and his birds as he explains just what people used falcons for in the 1800s.
  • Play traditional Georgian games such as shove ha’penny or have a go on the coconut shy!
  • Meet the corn dolly maker as she demonstrates her beautiful work.
  • Get your marching orders as the Durham Light Infantry join us on the Saturday and Sunday of the fair.
  • See if you can spot the pack horse on his travels around the landscape.
  • Or if you’re feeling under the weather, you can even meet our Quack Doctor who has a remedy for every ailment…
  • Get a Go North East bus to Beamish and you will get 25% off entry to the museum.

For information on buses that go to Beamish, including timetables, click here.

If you’ve never been to Beamish before and want to read a review of what it’s like to take your family there, read this article by award-winning blogger Samantha Rickelton from North East Family Fun.