The first event in Beamish Museum’s 2017 Great North Festival of Agriculture begins August 31 and runs until September 3.

Dig for Victory, set in and around The 1940s Farm, tells the story of life on the Home Front and the vital support role the British countryside played during the Second World War.

The Farm will be a hive of activity – from Land Girls to Lumberjills and 1940s beauty tips to hands-on activities for everyone to try.

Visitors can take part in Home Guard drills, meet soldiers and farm workers and have a photograph taken in The Farm office to attach to their ‘official’ ID card.

Around the farmstead there are 1940s vehicles and agricultural machinery, a blacksmith hard at work in the forge and the chance to find out about ferret rearing.

The farmhouse kitchen will be buzzing – visitors can join the Jam Drive, sample wartime cooking or master the art of Make Do & Mend.

In Garden Cottage, there’ll be wartime hair and beauty tips and next door, in Orchard Cottage, youngsters can help to make patriotic bunting.

A small army encampment will set up near The Farm with equipment, tents and, of course, soldiers to chat to.

Fantastic entertainment is lined up throughout the event too – foot-tapping wartime tunes from Bright Street Big Band and Backstep Boogie Club.

Paul Foster, Historic Events Officer at Beamish, said: “We’re really looking forward to Dig for Victory.  This is an opportunity for us to give a taster of life on the Home Front, to show what a difference ordinary folk could make and just how much they could support the war effort in their own back gardens.”

The Beamish Unlimited Pass, which is valid for 12 months, can be used for daytime events, including Dig for Victory.

The Great North Festival of Agriculture at Beamish continues with the Leek Show on September, 9 and 10; Agricultural Show from September 14 to 17; Hands-on Heritage Skills on September, 23 and 24, and Harvest Festival and Harvest Home on September, 30, & October 1.

For more information visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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