Pancake Day in Durham is better than in most counties. While the whole nation - and many countries across the world - celebrate it, Durham Pancake Day events have some unique advantages.
Not only is Durham one of the few places in Britain to still have the traditional Shrove Tuesday football match, but it even has its own pancake cafe. What's more, visitor venues across Durham hold their own Pancake Day events. Read on to find 2019 Durham Pancake Day events.
Durham Pancake Day #1: Beamish Museum Pancake Day
Pancake Day at Beamish Museum is a great chance to see how people would have enjoyed their pancakes on Shrove Tuesday in years gone by. Francis Street in the Pit Village will be cooking up some Pancake Day treats in front of the fire for visitors. You can then head to the 1900s Town to try out pancakes from a different era, in Miss Smith's House.
A third type of pancake will also be available to try at Beamish Museum: eggless pancakes. This was something that people did during the Second World War to continue marking Pancake Day even though rationing meant eggs were in short supply. If you're brave enough to give them a go, then head to the 1940s farm.
The Beamish Pancake Day event is available through the usual annual pass; an adult year-long Beamish ticket is £19.50, senior and student £14.50, family ticket one adult two children £36.50, family ticket two adults two children £51, and family ticket two adults and one child £44.50.
Durham Pancake Day #2: Georgian Townhouse Pancake Cafe
If you can't be bothered flipping and flopping your own pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, try heading down to Durham's very own pancake cafe. The Georgian Townhouse Pancake Cafe menu comes into its own on Pancake Day, with a range of savoury pancakes such as smoked salmon and asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, and bacon, blue cheese and leek. There are also the traditional sweet pancakes, with lemon and sugar through to black cherry and chocolate icecream; not to mention breakfast pancakes, including scrambled egg and smoked salmon.
Durham's pancake cafe is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-3pm. The Georgian Townhouse Pancake Cafe is located on Crossgate Durham - head up the hill next to Framwellgate Bridge.
Durham Pancake Day #3: Flat White Durham
Another cafe to try for Durham Pancake Day is Flat White Kitchen in Durham. The Flat White menu includes brunch options with pancakes including Ricotta pancakes, fresh fruit, maple syrup and cinder toffee butter. Located in Saddler Street, Flat White is open Tuesday to Saturday 9am-4pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.
Durham Pancake Day #4: Sedgefield Shrove Tuesday Football
If you've had your fill of eating pancakes, then the Shrove Tuesday football match Sedgefield is well worth watching - or even playing if you feel brave enough. Sedgefield in County Durham hosts a 'football' match every Shrove Tuesday, as it has done for the last 900 years. A four inch leather ball is passed through the bull ring - a metal ring on the village green - three times, and then the game begins, trying to claim possession of the ball. Some of the challenges might be described as robust - and would be unlikely to be waived on in the Premier League.
Durham Pancake Day #5: The Pancake Kitchen Seaham
Another County Durham place to eat pancakes is The Pancake Kitchen Seaham. This, as you might expect, has a range of pancakes on the menu as well as weekend specials (children's bubblegum sauce with vanilla icecream and sprinkles is a recent special), as well as a nice location down on Seaham Marina.
Durham Pancake Day #6: Bill's, Durham
Bill's in Durham also has pancakes on the menu. Located on Saddler Street in the centre of Durham, Bill's has buttermilk pancakes including smoked streaky bacon and banana, strawberries and blueberries.