If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at some crafts from the past, then Hands-on Heritage Skills Weekend at Beamish this Saturday and Sunday offers just that.
On 24th and 25th September, craftsmen and women will be working at The 1940s Farm, Pockerley Old Hall and the Waggonway, demonstrating their talents and offering the chance for visitors, young and old, to have a go too.
At Pockerley, there’s wood carving, stone carving and a pole lathe in action. Visitors can have a go at pottery and candle making, explore the landscape with a Georgian falconer or take part in a foraging activity.
A little less physical, but equally fascinating, a corn-dolly maker will be happy to pass on the basic skills of her ancient craft and, for the musically inclined, there’s the opportunity to try out the Northumbrian pipes. King Cole, a talented trio of folk musicians, will provide entertainment with traditional Northumbrian tunes.
Over at The 1940s Farm, there’s the chance to have a go at blacksmithing and harness making. There are knitters, quilters and jam makers, all ready to share their skills, and tasty wartime treats to try.
Energetic visitors can join in the ceilidh dancing, courtesy of Sunniside Up, or simply enjoy their foot-tapping tunes.
This is the penultimate event of the museum’s Great North Festival of Agriculture. The final event, Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, takes place on 1st and 2nd October.
There’s no extra charge for Hands-On Heritage Skills – it’s included in the admission charge to Beamish and, as with all daytime events, Unlimited Passes can be used.