Agricultural Show at Beamish Museum

From archery and beekeeping to birds of prey displays and blacksmith demonstrations, there’s something for everyone at Beamish Museum’s Agricultural Show.

Recreating a typical early 1900s country show, the popular event runs from Thursday, 12th to Sunday, 15th September and includes the chance for visitors to enter crafts and produce into the Industry Classes.

Paul Foster, Historic Events Officer, said: “The Agricultural Show is one of our most popular events at Beamish. There’s lots for visitors to see and do, from 16th Lancers displays to woodworking demonstrations and geese and duck herding. Not to mention the chance for visitors to enter their produce and crafts into our Industry Classes – there are certificates and rosettes up for grabs!”

On all four days of the event, which takes place between Pockerley Old Hall tram stop and the 1950s welfare hall, visitors canadmire working displays of traditional crafts including rake making, blacksmith demonstrations, willow basket making, quilting, clog making, spinning and harness making. Plus, see the work of the clock repairer, wheelwright and corn dolly maker.

There will be a chance to see alpacas, ferrets, retired greyhounds and birds of prey, get a hoofagraph from our pony and admire the tractor trade standand the heritage garden bulb and vegetable stall.

Be fascinated by geese and duck herding, eagle and vulture displays, strong men demonstrations, Gordon Highlanders set-up (11am-4pm), beekeeping display and Ferguson Tractor talks.After working up a thirst, visitors can head to the Temperance Tea Tent, Field Kitchen and beer tent for refreshments.

On Thursday and Friday, visitors can see a horticultural display and catch Punch and Judy shows at 11.15am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 4pm. Local schools will also be visiting the show, bringing along their horticultural, craft and artwork entries for their very own competitions.

On Saturday and Sunday, there’ll be a chance to have a go at archery (11am to 4pm), find out about Scots in the Great War, see the 16th Lancers and the Gordon Highlanders display. Admire the work by talented lace makers and see oak swill basket making and cavy handling. Punch and Judy Shows will be on at 11am, 12.30pm, 3pm and 4.15pm.

The Darlington Community Wind Band will play from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday and the Beamish Choir will perform at 1pm and 2pm on the same day. Spinoff Sax will play 1pm to 3pm on Sunday.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, be sure to catch the heavy horses and the Beamish Art Club display.

Visitors can enter the Industry Sections on Saturday and Sunday. Competition is sure to be fierce – cooks, crafters, knitters, photographers and winemakers will enter their creations, hoping to win a coveted red rosette and first prize certificate.

All Agricultural Show Industry Classes are free to enter. You can return your entry forms to the Entrance prior to the event or bring them along on the day.

Entries in the arts and crafts categories to be delivered to the Agricultural Show marquee by 11am on Saturday, 14th September.

Entries in all other categories to be delivered to the Agricultural Show marquee by 11am on the Sunday, 15th September.

With the owners’ permission, the baking, preserves, and beverages only will be auctioned on the show field on Sunday, 15th September at 3.30pm.

The Agricultural Show is part of the month-long Great North Festival of Agriculture, which celebrates the rural and agricultural heritage of the North East of England. The final event of the festival is Hands-on Heritage Skills, which runs on 21st and 22nd September. Visitors can try their hand at many traditional crafts and learn about their history and purpose.

The festival is included in admission to Beamish and is free for Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members. A Beamish Unlimited Pass allows visitors to pay once and come back free for a year.

Beamish Museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information, including events, visit www.beamish.org.uk.