Roll up roll up as Georgian fair heads to Beamish this half term

Get ready for all the fun of the Georgian Fair at Beamish Museum this half term.

Visitors can marvel at the wondrous sights and sounds of the fair, from Thursday, 31st May to Sunday, 3rd June, including the amazing animals, fantastic fire eater and magician, sideshows, marvellous musicians, craftspeople and entertainers.

The Squire of Pockerley will be hiring his staff – will you be chosen as a milkmaid, shepherd or farmhand?

On the evening of Saturday, 2nd June, visitors can also enjoy a Grand Georgian Gathering, as the museum stays open until 9pm – with everything from a Georgian gin bar and live music to crafts, creatures, performers and Waggonway steam train rides.

During the daytime at the Georgian Fair, held in the museum’s 1820s Landscape, visitors can also test their strength with the barrel rolling, consult the quack doctor, see the birds of prey, discover the snakes and bearded dragon (Saturday and Sunday), enjoy music and dancing, meet the alpacas, take the King’s Shilling with the 68th Regiment, marvel at the flea circus, watch the talented craftspeople at work, browse the stalls, have their silhouette cut, try on Georgian costume and make a lavender bag.

Visitors can also see heather thatching and wattle and daub demonstrations at Joe the Quilter’s cottage, which is due to open later this summer – the first building in the £18million Remaking Beamish project.

Paul Foster, Historic Events Officer, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming people to enjoy the amazing sights and sounds of the Georgian Fair at Beamish.

“The fair brings to life the fantastic hustle and bustle of a Georgian country fair. With so much to see and do, it’s no surprise this is one of the most popular events in our calendar.

“We’ll also be open until 9pm for a Grand Georgian Gathering on the evening of Saturday, 2nd June, which, like the Georgian Fair, is included in admission to Beamish and free for Unlimited Pass holders.

“We hope everyone can join us – you may even end up being hired by the Squire of Pockerley!”

Beamish is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 3pm). The Grand Georgian Gathering takes place on Saturday, 2nd June from 5pm to 9pm (last admission 8pm).

The Georgian Fair and Grand Georgian Gathering are included in admission to Beamish and are free with an Unlimited Pass, which is valid for 12 months.

Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project, including Joe the Quilter’s cottage, has been awarded £10.9million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).