The Beamish Museum in County Durham has announced some of its events for 2017, and a festival celebrating the 1950s is one of them.

The Festival of 50s, confirmed to take place next July, is described as a must-visit for lovers of the 1950s. 

The four-day festival will present live music, fashion, food and activities typical of the era.

Details are yet to be announced, but groups visiting the festival can enjoy similar highlights to that of this year’s event.

The chance to get a 50s hair-do, go on a vintage fairground ride, watch archive footage in the Masonic Hall and experience a telephone exchange were all highlights, and similar activities can be expected in 2017.

Further events at Beamish

Throughout the year, the Beamish Museum hosts a programme of group-friendly events, and the majority of them are included in museum entry price.

As well as the Festival of 50s, Beamish will host the Great North Festival of Transport in April, and the Great North Festival of Agriculture in September.

The Festival of Transport will celebrate County Durham’s transport history. Visitors will see demonstrations of road and rail vehicles, and learn about horse power and steam power.

The Festival of Agriculture, meanwhile, will celebrate all things related to the rural heritage of the region. A leek show, a harvest festival and agricultural displays are all to be expected.

Specific dates for both of these events will be announced in due course.

Group visits to the Beamish Museum

Group travel organisers planning a trip to Beamish can take advantage of group rates for parties of 15 or more, as well as free coach parking.

GTOs can also add a buffet lunch to their day trip. Afternoon Fare is exclusively available to parties of between 15 and 50 people and served in a private room on weekdays.

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