Eight things to do at Beamish Museum this summer holidays

From explosive experiments, football and falconry to storytelling, secret letters and Home Guard drills, there’s plenty going on at Beamish Museum this summer.

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Thousands of spectators defy the weather at Sunderland airshow

Sunderland Airshow bosses finally lost the war with the elements today, with the final display of the day cancelled as the clouds opened.

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52nd Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance. Pic by Danielle Cutler.

Billingham festival to stage premiere of ice dance spectacular

The premiere of an ice skating, dance and music spectacular is coming to Billingham next month.

Part of We Will Remember Them exhibition by Amy Thompson at the Heugh Battery Museum

Artist’s poignant reminder of war on show at Hartlepool museum

A unique art exhibition which pays tribute to the sacrifice of men and women of the First World War has gone on show at a Hartlepool museum.

Vintage vehicles were on show at last year's Festival of the 50s.

Let's go retro with Beamish's celebration of the 1950s

Four days of fabulous food, fashion, hair dos and parade floats is lined up as one of the region's top attractions celebrates the 1950s.

Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone is 20 today.

Harry Potter anniversary quiz: 20 questions to test your knowledge

Today marks the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first book in J.K. Rowling’s phenomenally successful series.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released on June 26, 1997. Picture: PA.

Harry Potter fans celebrate anniversary of first book being published

Harry Potter fans around the world will today celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first book about The Boy Who Lived.

The Greatham Feast is into its 556th year.

Historic Greatham Feast returns for 556th year this weekend

The historic Greatham Feast returns this weekend.

Seven Dials, near Covent Garden, London

LONDON REVIEW: Seven top shopping finds in and around Seven Dials

In need of direction when shopping in London?

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Beamish is giving visitors the chance to try out their hand at barrel rolling at its Georgian Fair.

Georgian fair set to roll into Beamish for four days of fun

Amazing animals and extraordinary entertainers will feature in a celebration of Georgian entertainment at Beamish later this week.

Peterlee Library could be on the move.

Council fits up leisure centre for new library

People could exercise their minds as well as their bodies as a proposal is put forward to create a library inside a leisure centre.

Reg Smythe, creator of Andy Capp.

Town tips its Capp to man behind cartoon character

The life and work of the man behind the Andy Capp character will be put on show in his home town next month.

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Museum uses virtual reality mask to bring viking camp back to life

The sights and sounds of a Viking army camp have been brought to life through state-of-the-art virtual reality.
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A Grand Georgian Gathering

Georgian gin bar and more as Beamish opens its doors after hours

Beamish will open its doors after hours for A Grand Georgian Gathering to celebrate Museums at Night.

Ali and Grace wowed the BGT judges, and progressed to the next round.

Hartlepool dancer Ali Rasul praised by Britain’s Got Talent judges

Hartlepool dancer Ali Rasul was praised by Britain’s Got Talent judges after appearing on the show with partner Grace Durkin.

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

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Breech! by Benjamin Sullivan which is on the shortlist for the BP Portrait Award 2017, which features an all-female line-up of sitters. Picture by Benjamin Sullivan/National Portrait Gallery/PA Wire

Painting of breastfeeding mother heading to Sunderland as part of National Portrait Gallery exhibition

A painting of a mother breastfeeding her baby daughter has been shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017 which this year features an all-female line-up of sitters.

Private Alfred Campin of the 6th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry during battle training in Britain, March 1944.

Image of Durham Light Infantry soldier to feature in groundbreaking war book

An extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it.
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How many of these top 20 books have you read?

Top 20 books Brits claim to have read (but probably haven't)

Four in ten Brits claim to have read a book they've never picked up in order to appear more cultured in front of friends.

The grammar vigilante at work, correcting an errant apostrope. Pic: BBC News.

'Grammar vigilante' tackles the scourge of rogue apostrophes

A self-confessed 'grammar vigilante' has been secretly correcting bad punctuation on street signs and shop fronts for more than a decade.

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