When: 21st – 23rd April 2017
Where: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG
£: Admission costs £19 for adults, £11 for children, £14 for students and seniors, and from £35.50 for a family. The Unlimited Passes are valid for 12 months.
What is it?
An equine extravaganza featuring around 50 horses and ponies, from Shires to Shetlands, is taking place at Beamish Museum this weekend.
During Horses at Work, from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd April, visitors can see magnificent horses in action around the museum, enjoy a ride on horse-drawn vehicles, watch displays, meet the pit pony and pack-horse, and take part in fun family activities.
Horses at Work will be the biggest and best yet, after being extended to three days this year due to its popularity. The event is a unique chance to see a variety of horses, including Clydesdales, Percherons, Gelderlanders and Friesians, and lots of historic vehicles in the settings where they would have once been a common sight.
A First World War encampment will be set up in The Pit Village, featuring the 16th Lancers Cavalry Unit, alongside the 29th Field Kitchen who will be serving up samples.
Horse-drawn passenger vehicles, including wagonettes, broughams, brakes and charabancs, will be giving free rides. Visitors can also see the wooden waggonway and horse-powered gin – used to raise coal and men from the mines – in action. Meet the pit ponies in the school yard and get a hoof print ‘autograph’, and make your own peg doll horses.
Horses will be at work in the fields, preparing for spring planting, and will be transporting goods around the museum. A farrier demonstration will also take place in The Town stables on Friday.
Horses at Work is the final event in the Great North Festival of Transport, which also featured Old King Coal and the Great North Steam Fair. The event is included in admission to Beamish, and Unlimited Passes, which are valid for 12 months, can be used.
More info: www.beamish.org.uk