When: 20th and 21st May 2017
Where: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG
£: Admission to Beamish costs £19 for adults, £14 for seniors and students, £11 for children, and £35.50 – £49.50 for a family. Children under 5 years go free
What is it?
TV’s Police Interceptors, a police helicopter and a 1,500-strong parade will be part of the celebration for Beamish Museum’s Empire & Flag Weekend.
A National Police Air Service helicopter will make an entrance at the event on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st May, landing at the museum at 12.30pm. As it takes off at 2.30pm, it will launch a Grand Parade featuring youth groups from across the North East including Mini Police, Brownies, Guides, Scouts and Cadets.
The weekend will be attended by The Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon, and Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton, on the Saturday; and The Vice Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Alasdair MacConachie, and Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg, on the Sunday.
The stars and cars of Channel 5 television show Police Interceptors, from Durham Constabulary, will be meeting visitors. People can also see Beamish’s horse-drawn fire engine, meet the police dogs and discover more about the Mini Police programme.
Watch displays from the Young Firefighters’ Association, Army Cadet Force, Durham and Northumberland Wing Air Training Corps and enjoy band performances including Durham Constabulary Brass Band and cadet bands. Chat to County Durham and Darlington Fire & Rescue Service, the RNLI (Saturday), and Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade (Saturday).
Visit the Durham Pals’ First World War training camp, take part in Home Guard drills, and young visitors can try on First World War uniform at the recruitment station.
Visitors can make a flag to wave during the parade, see traditional Empire cake and biscuits being made, meet ferrets, enjoy songs and stories around the campfire and learn Scouting skills. Have a go on the climbing wall, play traditional games, find out more about the Remaking Beamish project and visit the County Durham School Nurse Team’s Growing Healthy Bus. The Northern Counties Photographic Federation Exhibition will also be on display.
Visitors should note, the appearance of some attendees, including one of the National Police Air Service helicopters and the fire crew, will be subject to operational requirements. The Empire & Flag Weekend is included in admission to Beamish and is free to Unlimited Pass holders.
More info: www.beamish.org.uk