When: 9th & 10th September 2017
Where: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG
£: Admission to the event is included with the Beamish Unlimited Pass, which costs £19 for adults, £14 for students and seniors, and £11 for children. Family tickets are also available
What is it?
Beamish Museum will be hosting a Leek Show this weekend, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September. Avid gardeners among the museum’s visitors, staff and volunteers will be competing for prizes with their home-grown garden produce.
As well as a class for giant show leeks, there will be a range of competitions to enter, including for onions, carrots, tomatoes, the heaviest marrow and the best misshapen vegetable. There will be flower categories too, for sweet peas, ladies’ buttonholes and floral arrangements.
Judging will take place on the Saturday morning and the winners in each class will be awarded a certificate and a commemorative rosette. The show will be open for visitors to view throughout the weekend.
A Grand Auction Parade, led by Off Key Music, will set off from the Town at 2.30pm, calling at the Entrance, then heading for the Pit Village. A second parade, accompanied by Pittington Brass Band, will set off from the Town to the Pit Village at 3.10pm. The arrival of the parades in the Pit Village will be the signal for the Grand Auction to begin. Leeks, vegetables and floral entries from both shows will be up for grabs, a great chance for everyone to make a bid and take home some prize-winning produce.
Alongside the Beamish Show, members of Shield Row Allotment Association will hold their own annual extravaganza of allotment-grown leeks, flowers and vegetables. Enormous leeks will vie for the prestigious title of ‘Best Leek in Show’ and a wonderful array of vegetables and flowers will be on view throughout the weekend.
The Leek Show is the second event in the Great North Festival of Agriculture at Beamish. Still to come are the Agricultural Show (14th to 17th September), Hands-on Heritage Skills (23rd and 24th September) and the Harvest Home & Harvest Festival (30th September and 1st October).
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, brings history to life with the unforgettable sights, sounds, and delicious tastes of the past. Visitors to the 350 acre open air museum can discover fascinating stories, meet costumed folk and explore homes, shops and other buildings; many of which were moved to the museum from across the region.