Family fun for all this Bank Holiday at Bedes World…

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					Press Release
For Immediate Release

Museum offers exciting
entertainment for all ages
A spellbinding eco-magician, a gifted Anglo-Saxon potter, a living history group
recreating the life of Anglo-Saxon villagers on our demonstration farm and the
chance to try your hand at paddling a coracle, are just a few of the exciting
events scheduled at Bede’s World throughout the school holidays.

This summer Bede’s World is offering an action packed programme of events
and activities, providing parents with the perfect solution on how keep their kids
entertained throughout the school holidays. The family fun kicks off on Saturday
28th & Sunday 29th July, as we invite visitors to join our Anglo-Saxon potter in
his recreated medieval pottery workshop, where they can have a go at creating
their very own souvenir to take home.

The ‘hands on fun’ continues throughout the school holidays, with activities
including the chance have a go at spinning and weaving just as our Anglo-
Saxons ancestors would have done, as well as the opportunity to marvel at eco-
magician Martin Duffy’s spellbinding magic tricks.
A full programme of events taking place at Bede’s World is available on or by calling (0191) 4892106.

The special activities are designed to suit all interests and ages and complement
the regular attractions at the site. These include the permanent exhibition, The
Age of Bede, and also the Anglo-Saxon demonstration farm, which contains rare
breed animals.

A summary of events taking place at Bede’s World:
Anglo-Saxon potter – Come and see beautiful pottery being made and create
your very own souvenir to take home. Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July.

Spinning a Yarn- Have a spinning and weaving just as the Anglo-Saxons would
have done. 11am-4pm. Monday 30th July- Friday 3rd August

Build a Bread Oven- Come and watch the new Bede’s World bread oven being
built- lend a hand. Saturday 4th August

Magical messages- Eco-Magician Martin Duffy will be performing spellbinding
magic tricks. Sunday 5th & Monday 6th August

Puppet power! Have a look at the animals on our farm and make your own
puppet inspired by your favourite. 11am – 4pm Monday 6– Friday 10 August

Anglo-Saxon villagers-Visit the farm this weekend and discover what life was
like in Anglo-Saxon times! With Living history group Regia Anglorum. Saturday
10 & Sunday 11 August

Runes Rule! Explore the World of Anglo-Saxon runes and make your own
amulet. Monday 13th August- Friday 17th August. 11am –4pm

Don’t rock the boat-Try your hand at paddling coracle, which is small medieval
boat. Join historical boat makers Monos as they demonstrate how it’s done and
have-a-go yourself. Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August

Hats off to our animals- Make a farm animal hat to take home! 11am – 4pm
Monday 20 – Friday 24 August
Nocturnal neighbours- Discover the fascinating world of bats. Countryside
Officer Clare Rawcliffe will be presenting a short talk our furry friends, followed by
a bat walk. 7pm start. Pre-booking is essential. Thursday 23 August

Muskets and military men -Step back to the late 18th century, as we are joined
by a living history group ‘Best of Times Worst of Times, who will recreate the
daily lives of soldiers during the Napoleonic period. Saturday 25–Monday 27

Silversmith demonstrations with the talented Les Howe. Saturday 25–
Monday 27 August

Longships landed- Make your own Anglo-Saxon mini longship. Saturday 25
August - Friday 31 August


Media contacts – Sharon Thomson 0191 489 2106

Notes for Editors:
1. Bede’s World is a stunning tourist attraction in Jarrow, telling the story of the
      extraordinary life and times of the Venerable Bede (AD 673-
      735),described by many as England’s first historian.

It features:

     The Age of Bede, an interactive museum opened by the Queen in 2000
   featuring genuine artefacts and the sights and sounds of a powerful
   Northumbria, 1300 years ago

     Gyrwe, an Anglo Saxon demonstration farm containing rare animal breeds
   and experimentally reconstructed timber buildings

     St Paul’s ancient church and monastic site where Bede lived and worked,
   incorporating the ruins of the medieval monastery

     A herb garden, café (set in the elegant, Georgian Jarrow Hall) and well
   stocked gift and history book shop - all three can be visited free of charge.

For details of opening times please contact Bede’s World on 0191 489 2106 or

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