WHETHER it is a blast of nostalgia, wide open spaces, or the thrills of a theme park, the North East and North Yorkshire have an exciting summer in store for every family.

Enjoy good old-fashioned fun at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North this summer with den building, ice cream making, teddy bear trail and traditional live music.

There are fun-filled activities lined up every day during the local school holidays at the open air museum for the Summer of Fun event, which runs from July 17 to August 31.

Paul Foster, historic events officer, said: “Beamish is the perfect place for days out with friends and family this summer. From ice cream making and adventurous play to Georgian games and croquet in the park, there’ll be lots for everyone to see and do.

“Our theme is ‘girls and boys come out to play’, following the difficult time everyone has had due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re really excited to welcome more families and friends back to the museum. We have a range of Covid-19 Secure health and hygiene measures in place across the museum, including pre-booked timeslot entry tickets.

"We have also been awarded the ‘We’re Good To Go’ standard, so you can really make the most of the summer holidays and enjoy our fantastic events and activities in the safe and scenic surroundings of Beamish."

On Mondays during Summer of Fun, join in with Georgian games at Pockerley Old Hall, on Tuesdays enjoy croquet in The 1900s Town park, get creative with chalk drawing on Wednesdays in The 1900s Pit Village school yard and on Thursdays have a go at adventurous play by the 1950s welfare hall.

Ice cream making in the welfare hall is Friday’s fun activity, plus there’ll be the chance to help Beamish design a scrumptious sundae. The selection of sundaes will be put to a vote and the museum will sell the winning creation, as voted for by the public, in John’s Cafe when it opens in The 1950s Town as part of the Remaking Beamish project.

Den building rounds off the jam-packed week, can you build the best den? The activity takes place by Hetton Silver Band Hall in The 1900s Pit Village on Saturdays and Sundays.

Plus, every day during the local school holidays, have a go at the Teddy Bear Trail, can you spot all the teddies as you make your way around the museum?

There’ll be a fascinating Second World War encampment set up at The 1940s Farm.

There will also be traditional live music performances including by band Hop, Skiffle and Jump on Sunday, July 25 outside the 1950s welfare hall and the museum’s popular Singaround Sunday session will take place on Sunday, August 8 outside in The 1900s Pit Village with The Cloth Cap Temperance Band.

Plus, be sure to visit the museum for the Tractor Gathering event on Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25. Visitors will be able to admire traditional tractors as they travel around the museum during this special weekend.

From September 2 to 5, the Dig for Victory event takes place, where you can learn about lumberjills, Land Girls, make do and mend, the Home Guard and ration cooking, as you discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War.

There is lots to see and do during a visit the Beamish. Take a walk down an Edwardian cobbled street, try tasty treats from times gone by and chat to cheerful costumed engagers – who knows who you’ll meet?! Find out fascinating facts, explore the history of the museum across its 50 fantastic years, and discover the various stories the museum tells in its exhibits, most of which have been moved brick by brick from around the region to Beamish.

In The 1900s Town visit exhibits including the bank, bakery, chemist’s, Co-op, Ravensworth Terrace, park, garage, sweet shop, Sun Inn pub and enjoy refreshments in the Tea Rooms.

Plus, follow in the footsteps of the Downton Abbey stars – Beamish featured in the Downton Abbey movie and TV show, which was a huge hit worldwide. Filming took place in The 1900s Town and involved museum staff, exhibits and vehicles.

Pop over to The Fairground by The 1900s Town and have a go on the gallopers, helter skelter, chair-o-planes and sideshow.

In The 1900s Pit Village see what’s growing in Francis Street gardens, visit the band hall, school, chapel and enjoy traditional fish and chips from Davy’s fish and chip shop.

In The 1900s Colliery visit the lamp cabin, engine shed, heapstead and winding engine house.

Visit The 1820s Landscape and see Pockerley gardens, see downstairs in the new house and pop over to St Helen’s Church. Plus, take a ride through the Georgian landscape on Pockerley Waggonway.

Take a walk around the cottages at The 1940s Farm, visit Garden Cottage and the farmhouse during weekends and local school holidays. The 1950s welfare hall is also open weekends and local school holidays.

The museum’s buses are running and the wheelchair accessible vehicle continues to operate on an on-call basis.

Beamish has a range of Covid-19 Secure health and hygiene measures in place across the museum, with the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers as the top priority and in line with industry best practice and guidance issued by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions. These include pre-booked timeslot entry tickets, use of face masks, reduced capacity to manage the number of visitors and allow space, enhanced cleaning, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and contactless card payments. The museum has been awarded the “We’re Good To Go” standard. All visitors must book a timeslot entry ticket online in advance, visit www.beamish.org.uk. Beamish is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

The museum is continuing to follow government and public health Covid-19 safety guidance and reserves the right to alter events, activities, facilities, operations and opening times without prior notice.

In North Yorkshire, Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, is celebrating a Summer of Fun during the school holidays with a series of brand new themed games and attractions from July 19 to September 12.

Throughout the holidays, families can enjoy the park’s more than 30 rides and experiences, including the new Go Safari area and Treetop Trails, alongside a number of new pop-up ‘All the Fun of the Fair’ attractions.

Whizz down the helter skelter, hop on the mini carousel, fly on the vintage swings and jump for joy on the bouncy castles and inflatable slides as part of the Summer of Fun ticket.

Pick up tasty treats from the market stalls including candy floss and freshly popped popcorn.

Families can also test their skills at classic fairground favourites such as Hook a Duck and take on the challenges in the new arcade.

Among the other new attractions for the 2021 season is Go Safari. Step aboard the Savanna Express on a sightseeing journey through the African wilderness.

Leap for joy on Kangaroo Jump before flying high on Elephant Flight and the Monkey Drop rides. Other new additions to the park include the Hot Air Balloons.

Also new to the Lightwater offer this year is the Treetop Trails, formerly treetops nets. This much-loved attraction provides a net walk through the tree canopy high above the park and is now included as part of the admission price.

As well as new rides, there’s all of the park’s young family favourites including Little Dipper, Carousel, Skyrider, the Lady Bird rollercoaster, Splash Falls and many more.

Take a peaceful glide around the lake on board a Swan Boat and see the park from a whole other angle on the Lightwater Valley Express train.

Get behind the wheel and practice your steering on the Vintage Car ride and flap your arms as you fly through the sky on Pirate Swinger.

With over 170 acres of parkland Lightwater has sufficient space for all our customers to enjoy a day out safe in the knowledge that if they want to continue to socially distance they can do so in complete safety, as well as added hygiene measures in place.

Lightwater Valley is open daily from 10.30am for the summer holidays until Sunday, September 5. Book tickets online now.

For more details visit www.lightwatervalley.co.uk or call 01765 -635321.