Weekend Fun and ideas for Half Term Holidays.

BEAMISH MUSEUM HISTORY - History of Beamish Mueseum

The Children are back in School; do I hear cheers? Believe it or not the Half Term Holidays will soon be upon us. Meanwhile, there is lots to do at weekends whilst we still have good weather enabling us to get out and about.

Did you know?

Beamish Wild Tree Top Adventure, is set in the Treetops of our ancient woodland, close to Stanley a short drive out from the City, this is an opportunity to try something completely new. Outdoors adventure on a High Ropes Course that takes about two 2 hours is non-stop fun with challenges guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. The organisers have packed your fun day out in the treetops with 4 zip-wires, rope bridges, swinging tyres and you will be finishing off with the awesome Powerfan free-fall experience. Not for the faint hearted.

Beamish Local Living Heritage Museum has a full programme of attractions up and coming. Between Sept 15th and 18th they will be holding their Agricultural Show, recreating a typical country show from the early 1900s. Beamish never fails to impress with its authentic view of life in yesteryear, the Agricultural Show is no exception with a huge range of things to do, to see, and to eat. On the 17th September there will be a performance by the Durham Miners Association Brass Band, and the Pittington Brass Band, both of whom will set toes tapping and bring joy to the hearts of all Brass Band lovers with their silken tones and tunes old and new.

Later in September on the 24th and 25th Beamish will see a Hands on Heritage Skills weekend, with basket making, falconry, pottery, corn dolly making, stone carving, lino cutting and printing and many more traditional skills for you to enjoy.

On the Sunday 25th there will be the Classic Car show with 300 or so cars on display featuring cars from the 1920’s in all their glory. These vehicles have been cosseted, and in some cases completely restored from the chassis up, and can be seen strutting their stuff for all to appreciate. This gives us chance to wonder at the styles and technology that has gone into building cars since the 1920’s with almost 100 years of motor car development on show. ‘Any colour you like so long as it is black’ was the whimsical offer before the Second War, following on with the onset of coloured ‘ultra-modern’ styles that followed and some bizarre models and modes as a result. Feast your eyes on these cars and just think they are a fine example of 100 years of ingenuity.

Broom House Forest Adventure Trail, close to Witton Gilbert, a short way out of the City is packed with activities to keep most children happy and worn out by bed-time. The Farm estate offers Fun, Food, and Farming and the Adventure Playground is great.

Summer may be drawing to a close but the clocks have not gone back yet so we still have long days and some sunshine too, what better reason to get out and about as Autumn draws nigh?

Have fun in the sun.


Get Durham Magazine direct to your inbox

* indicates required


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here