One of the most popular events in the Beamish Museum calendar, the Agricultural Show, takes place this week..
Recreating a typical country show of the early 1900s this four-day event, on from tomorrow to Sunday, will be packed with all things rural – from sheep shearing to stick dressing, basket making to beekeeping and tractors to a tea tent.
In the main ring there are amazing displays of birds of prey flying and horse logging, alongside strong men demonstrations and duck and geese herding. Around the show field visitors can have a go at archery, explore the Scout Camp, meet First World War soldiers and see period tractors and agricultural machinery on show.
The craft marquee is packed with traditional craftsmen, woodworkers, a clog maker, a rake maker, spinners and weavers, all happy to share their skills and knowledge. When visitors have worked up a thirst, they can pop into the beer tent, selling locally-brewed ales, or visit the Temperance Tea Tent.
On Thursday and Friday local schools are visiting the show, bringing along their horticultural, craft and artwork entries for their very own competitions and having a go at hobby horse racing.
On Saturday and Sunday the Industry Section replaces the schools classes. Competition is sure to be fierce – cooks, knitters, photographers and winemakers are entering their creations, hoping to win the coveted red rosette and first prize certificate.
Paul Foster, Beamish’s Historic Events Officer, said: “The Agricultural Show is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the rich rural heritage of North East England. With displays in the show ring, demonstrations by craftsfolk and loads of activities, we’re looking forward to four days of fun.”
There is no extra charge for the Agricultural Show, it’s included in the admission charge and Unlimited Passes are valid for the event. This is the third event in the museum’s Great North Festival of Agriculture. Still to come are Hands-on Heritage Skills (September 23 and 24) and Harvest Festival and Harvest Home (September 30 and October 1). For more information visit www.beamish.org.uk/whats-on.