24 May 2008

Fine vintage and steamed up

May 23 2008 by Alan Little, Evening Gazette

AWAY from Preston Hall, vehicles of a more vintage kind from buses to military, vans and cars will be on show at a rally at Head Of Steam, the renamed Darlington Railway Museum on Sunday.

Taking place on the event field from 10am-4pm, entry is free. There will also be craft stalls, face painting, Punch And Judy, mini train ride and refreshments.

Normal charges will apply to the museum where local artist Liz Million will be featured from 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

BARNARD Castle Steam Fair takes place at Streatlam Farm, Stainton Village, off the A668 Barnard Castle to Staindrop road tomorrow, Sunday and on Monday.

Open from 9am-midnight on Saturday and Sunday, and 9am-4pm on Monday, entry is £6 adults, £3 children. Tel 01833 640492 for details.

HEAR all about Mythical Monsters at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, tomorrow and on Sunday (10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm) when storyteller Adam Bushnell invites everyone to come on a journey around the world. He will be recounting stories of giants, ogres, trolls and beasts in The Story Garden.

Entry is £5 per child plus concs and includes a chance to look around the museum. Contact 01833 690606 for details.

HEAD to Whitby Abbey at 11am from tomorrow to Monday where Mrs Cook, the mother of James, will be boasting of her son’s exploits while young Jim Hawkins will be bumping into pirates, smugglers, privateers and sea dogs as he recounts sailing on the Hispaniola in search of Treasure Island.

Entry is £5 adults, £4.50 concs, £3 children, £14 family.

WORLD champion jet sport champions will be battling it out with 60 other competitors at the Tees Barrage, Thornaby, tomorrow and on Sunday in the first round of the Jet Sport Racing Associations (JSRA) 2008 British Championships. Action takes place tomorrow from noon and from 9am on Sunday.

COME and browse local produce and crafts in Saltburn tomorrow at the town’s Speciality Market in Station Square from 10am-4.30pm.

FOR an event that’s decidedly different, check out the didgeridoo workshop at Cowpen Bewley Activity Centre on Sunday from 1-3pm. Advance bookings required on 01642 371633.

ENJOY half-term craft events at Middlesbrough’s Newham Grange Leisure Farm on Thursday from 1-3pm. Details on 01642 515729.

FIND out what it was like to live in Roman Britain at workshop activities based on the contrasting lifestyles of native Britains and Roman settlers at Middlesbrough’s Dorman Museum. Being held in conjunction with its Colosseum exhibition, sessions are from 1-3pm on Wednesday and Friday, details on 01642 813781.

A RARE 19th century forge, badly storm damaged last year, is back in working order and on show on Monday.

The building in Chop Gate on the B1257 Stokesley-Helmsley road is part of a private house but has been restored by the North York Moors National Park Authority. To celebrate this, artist blacksmith David Stephenson will be firing up the hearth to make ironmongery while John Steele from Pickering’s Beck Isle Museum, who helped put back together the pieces of the collapsed stone smokehood above the forging hearth, will be talking about the history of blacksmithing.

The forge will be open from 10.30am-4pm, entry free.

JOIN the staff at Lingfield Countryside Centre for lots of froggy fun on Wednesday. Have a go at pond dipping followed by froggy crafts from 1-3pm. Booking essential on 01642 577325.

DROP in sessions are being held at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Tuesday and Thursday from 1-3pm to celebrate half-term. Details on 01642 311211.

STOCKTON Farmers’ Market in Dovecot Street on Thursday from 10am-4pm will be selling everything from home-made bread to buffalo burgers.

IT’S Dizzy Duck Day in Darlington a week today and you can enjoy a treasure hunt, entertainment, stalls and crafts around the town centre from 10am-4.30pm. More details on 01325 388665.

YOUNGSTERS can have fun with arts and crafts workshops at Whizz Kid Wednesday at Preston Hall Museum on May 28. Details on 01642 527375.

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