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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Empire Weekend And Flag Weekend. Beamish World-Famous Open-Air Museum, Durham. Saturday, 21 May, And Sunday, 22 May 2016.

Join us to celebrate Empire and Flag Weekend during this Spring weekend.

Empire Day was first celebrated in 1902, following the end of The Boer War. Traditionally, it was held on 24 May, the birthday of Queen Victoria  –  it was intended to encourage people, especially children, to be aware of their duties as citizens of The British Empire.


Illustration: GREAT DAYS OUT

In 2016, we also plan to tell the story of Flag Day, as part of our First World War Commemorations. Flag Days were held by organisations to raise money for causes, including Soldiers on The Front Line, Prisoners-of-War, and support for Disabled Servicemen. Whilst we will not be raising money for charity, we will be commemorating and celebrating the important contribution that young people made towards fundraising during The First World War.

We’ll have Brass Band performances, traditional displays, craft activities and a chance to learn more about The Empire and Flag Days, with the highlight of the day being The Parade at 2.30 p.m., from The Town to The Pit Village, we invite you to line the streets and wave your Flags, proudly !

Mini-break: Beamish Museum has teamed up with Lumley Castle

The Beamish Living Museum of The North.

The Borneo Band, from Durham Army Cadet Force, and Durham/Northumberland Wing ATC Band, will perform on both days, and buildings along the cobbled streets will be decked with Union Jacks and Red, White and Blue bunting. The Co-op shops will have colourful displays of goods from ‘The Colonies’ – teas from Ceylon and India, sugar cane and bananas from Jamaica, and produce from New Zealand and Australia.

For more information keep checking back here or follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

As with all daytime events, you can use your Unlimited Pass.

The Web-Site is HERE

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