Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Get out and about for Some Half-Term Fun; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Get out and about for Some Half-Term Fun; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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THE bank holiday weekend provides the perfect opportunity to get out and about and enjoy all the North East has to offer.

As summer approaches, the sheep are almost ready to be sheared at Hall Hill Farm, near Lanchester.

Sheep shearer Gary Tyers will be giving demonstrations of this traditional skill over the bank holiday weekend. The farm has a variety of breeds from the black and white Jacob sheep and woolly Southdowns to Shetlands.

There is a daily programme of events over half-term week, including feeding the pet lambs, donkey rides, puppet shows and free tractor and trailer rides.

See the fluffy chicks, cuddle a rabbit or guinea pig and feed the goats. Other facilities include a tea-room and giftshop, indoor soft play area and the exciting Barrel Train. Sheep shearing will take place today, from 12pm, Sunday 26 and Monday, May 27.

Visit tel: 01388 731 333.

There's something happening every day at Beamish and this half-term is no exception. Meet people who lived and worked in the past, ride on the trams and steam train, sample cinder toffee in the Jubilee Sweetshop or delicious fish & chips from Davy's Fried Fish Shop.

Adding to the half-term fun there are a few special treats in store. Today and tomorrow, join the Empire Weekend celebrations. The Edwardian Town will be decorated with patriotic flags and bunting and the Borneo Band will play in the park bandstand.

The annual Georgian Fair takes place from May 30 to June 2. Meet the trinket sellers, strolling musicians, browse the market stalls and see the labourers at work in the fields. Watch traditional craftsmen demonstrating their skills and join in the Squire of Pockerley's hiring fair.

A visit to Beamish is great value too, with the Unlimited Pass, you pay just once and visit for a whole year free of charge. That's twelve months of exciting special events, family activities and fun for everyone. For more information, visit

At Whitehouse Farm Centre, near Morpeth, it's Wild West Week from Saturday May 28, until Sunday.

Get dressed up real nice now and join in the fancy dress competition twice a day in the saloon followed by western-themed games, magic shows and line dancing with great prizes to be won. …

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