Georgian fair set to roll into Beamish for four days of fun

Beamish is giving visitors the chance to try out their hand at barrel rolling at its Georgian Fair.
Beamish is giving visitors the chance to try out their hand at barrel rolling at its Georgian Fair.

Amazing animals and extraordinary entertainers will feature in a celebration of Georgian entertainment at Beamish later this week.

The fair will be staged at the museum from Thursday until Sunday.

The fair will help guests at Beamish discover entertainment during the Georgian era.

The fair will help guests at Beamish discover entertainment during the Georgian era.

Visitors will be able to see the Georgian peep show this weekend, visitors will be able to test their barrel rolling skills, meet the quack doctor - who will have a remedy for every ailment - and watch the flea circus.

Be amazed by the fire eater, meet fascinating animals including snakes, spiders, alpacas and, on Thursday and Friday, birds of prey, get marching orders from the

Durham Light Infantry and enjoy live music and clog dancing.

The Squire of Pockerley will be hiring his staff for the season, who will he choose to be a milkmaid, shepherd, bird scarer or housemaid, before they arre put to work at

Amazing animals will be on show as part of the event.

Amazing animals will be on show as part of the event.

Pockerley Old Hall.

Visitors can see woodwork, basket making, corn dolly and shadow cutting demonstrations, and browse the market stalls. Watch the Punch and Judy show, play traditional games, sample the gingerbread, see the pack horse and look the part by trying on Georgian costume.

Seb Littlewood,head of rural life, said: "The Georgian Fair is an amazing experience.

"It really is a fair like no other, bustling with unforgettable sights and sounds, and lots to do for visitors of all ages.

"We're bringing to life a traditional fair from the early 1800s, giving people a unique chance to experience this exciting historical event."

The Georgian Fair takes place at Beamish's 1820s Pockerley Waggonway from Thursday, June 1, to 4, from 10am to 5pm, with the last admission at 3pm.

The fair is included in admission to Beamish and is free for holders of Unlimited Passes, which are valid for 12 months and include daytime events.

For more information visit www.beamish.org.uk.