A whole host of heritage skills are on offer at Beamish this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) for visitors to try.
At Hands-On Heritage Skills amazing craftsmen and women will be hard at work at The 1940s Farm, Pockerley Old Hall, St Helen’s Church and the Waggonway, demonstrating their talents and offering the chance for visitors, young and old, to have a go.
In Pockerley Old Hall, there are demonstrations of corn dolly making and quilting and, around the gardens and undercroft, pole lathing, pottery and a Northumbrian piper. Near St. Helen’s Church a stone carver will be hard at work.
At the Waggonway, a Georgian falconer is in action with magnificent birds of prey in flight. There are musicians and storytelling in the bothy too.
Over at The 1940s Farm, visitors can try spinning, lino-cutting, lacemaking and patchworking and, outdoors, a spot of basket-making, pottery and harness-making is on offer. Those with energy to spare can join in the ceilidh dancing, courtesy of Old King Cole, or simply enjoy their foot-tapping tunes.
Paul Foster, Beamish’s Historic Events Officer, said: “So many traditional skills have been almost lost or are rarely seen nowadays, this is a great opportunity for visitors to have a go at them and to find out more from the fantastic craftsmen and women who will be with us for the weekend.”
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 30th September & 1st 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.