Every year people come from far and wide to the Beamish Steam Fair. Unlike many other fairs; at Beamish the engines are in their proper settings, and not just standing motionless in a field to be admired. They are worked and driven around the Museum constantly. This year, the Beamish Steam Fair focused around World War One, with many vehicles and displays from this era.
Apart from the fantastic steam engines, there were also displays such as wood cutting using a steam powered machine – very interesting.
Along with the larger steam driven engines, there was a great show of steam cars and military motor bikes. Not to mention the poor chap who had the task of riding a penny farthing bicycle across tram lines and down the cobbled streets of Beamish under his own ‘steam’.
Another trip to Beamish made extra special as a Birthday treat for a member of the family.
The Beamish Steam Fair is always a date I look forward to. We were treated to first class weather on the day.
A great selection of steam, from traction to farming methods was on display.
It has been forecast today that snow has blanketed the whole country according to the BBC. In other words, there is one millimetre of snow from London to the Watford Gap and obviously the whole country has now come to a standstill.
I don’t think so. On a frosty day like this there is nothing better than a walk in the country.
We ventured forth, trudging through the winter blocked country, through mountains of snow to take another tour of Beamish. A location to the very famous series Downton Abbey. This is no film set. Beamish is a living and working museum.
Picture of a tram at Beamish Museum
Picture of a fancy weather vane atop a building at Beamish Meuseum
Fantastic to see the church finally complete and we were treated to a detailed history of the building which parts of date back to medieval times.
Today we visited Beamish It just gets better and better each year.
With many steam rollers, traction engines and even a road sweeper plus many vintage cars and bicycles. Not to mention the great smell of a steam engine.
Great day out at this years Beamish agricultural fair.
Picture of a Furguson tractor
Not only a great selection of tractors this year but threshing machines, vintage cars and bikes.
And of course STEAM!
The farm at Beamish is actually a working farm, it is not simply there for show and originally belonged to the Shafto estate. A lot of old traditional methods, long since died out in modern farming are kept alive on the farm.
Picture of a giant haystack at Beamish Museum
Picture of Ferguson tractor
Arrangement of bicycles from yesteryear.