HORSE-DRAWN buses and a Romany gypsy fortune teller are among special attractions as Beamish gets the bit between its teeth.
The open-air museum is celebrating all things equine at its first Horses at Work event this weekend.
More than 40 horses are in action including pit ponies, elegant carriage horses, heavy horses, Clydesdales and Shires.
Chris Thompson, Beamish’s horse operations team leader, said: “Our new Horses at Work event brings together a unique line-up of horses and horse-drawn vehicles.
“Visitors will be able to take a ride on period horse-drawn transport, watch fascinating displays and see what towns and cities looked like when most of the movement of goods and people was done by horses.
“We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend.”
Visitors can take a trip on a charabanc or a late 1800s London omnibus, watch pit ponies at work, meet a pack pony and see the wooden waggonway and horse gin in operation.
There will also be a First World War military encampment, with the 16th Lancers Cavalry Unit, horse recovery ambulance and a Thresh disinfector, and sample army cooking from the 29th Field Kitchen.
Children can take part donkey rides, pegpony making or try hoof-like stilts. A horse logger, harness maker, farrier and traditional carriage painter will also be in action.
Heavy horses preparing farm land and a coach and four trotting past are among other attractions.
Horses at Work is part of the Great North Festival of Transport, which continues with Old King Coal from 22nd to 26th April.
For more information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.