A step back in time at a Georgian Country Fair at Beamish Museum

Posted 18 Jun 13, written by Amanda Lambert

Thursday 30th May to Sunday 2nd June 2013

On Saturday 1st June we decided to make a trip to the award winning Beamish Museum visitor attraction in County Durham. Every year they hold a Georgian Country Fair, giving visitors a real experience of Georgian life.

On arriving at Beamish you are warmly greeted by Beamish hosts who are dressed in period clothing giving you a real sense of stepping back in time.

The Georgian Country Fair was held at the Pockerley Waggonway which is literally just a 5 minute walk along a path from the main entrance. The walk to the Pockerley Wagonway is very scenic with lots of open fields and woodland areas.

The fair was full of the hussle and bustle with lots of entertainment for all the family to enjoy including a display by the The Durham Light Infantry 68th Regiment, lavender brooch making, a Punch and Judy Show, a fire dancer and traditional regional music from the Northumbrian Piper.

There were lots of traditional Georgian games for the children (and big children!) to enjoy such as a swing boat ride, coconut shy and guess the weight of the pig (who I must say was rather large!) My little boy was even lucky enough to win a coconut after knocking one down, he was very proud of his win!

The children could also apply to become a new servant of the Squire of Pockerley. My daughter and her friend decided they would like to apply for this job so they carefully filled in the form including details of which post they were applying for (in their case it was to be a house maid).

They then had to say how many days holiday they would need and how much money they wanted to be paid (much consideration and thought went into answering these important questions!) and the reason why you thought you would be good for this job. My daughter answered with ‘I am good at tidying’, which later proved to be a winning statement.

The Squire then made an announcement that everyone who wanted to apply for a job with them should gather round for an interview (or grilling!!). If you were lucky enough to be employed by the stern Squire of Pockerley, you were given a gold coin (of the chocolate variety!). Needless to say, the gold coin didn’t last long.


There was also an opportunity to dress up in traditional costumes, stroke a ferret, say hello to the lamas, have your silhouette portrait cut and buy a selection of local produce including fruit, vegetables and bakery goods.


There was also a selection of market stalls to browse selling a range of traditional goods including, games, trinkets and scented goods. I did purchase a couple of lavender bags for my two children thinking these would be great next to their beds at bed time to help them sleep better. However I had no need to worry. After a fun day out at Beamish they were both fast asleep in no time, likewise so were we!


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