Another venue for popular North Tyneside festival

The new Glasshouse Tea Room and community education space in Northumberland Park, North Shields.
The new Glasshouse Tea Room and community education space in Northumberland Park, North Shields.
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A popular and newly-revamped North Tyneside park is also playing host to the Mouth of the Tyne.

Festival fever is gripping North Tyneside with less than a week to go until the ever-popular event. And while most artists will perform at Tynemouth Priory and Playhouse Whitley Bay, Northumberland Park is also hoping to draw in the crowds. On Saturday, July 11, young musicians will perform in the park’s new charming bandstand from noon.

Ahead of the event, Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “The Mouth of the Tyne Festival offers plenty of entertainment that the whole family can enjoy. As well as the big headline acts performing, there are lots of free activities along Tynemouth Front Street, in Tynemouth Station and at Northumberland Park.

“And now that the Glasshouse Tea Room is open in the park, which the bandstand overlooks, visitors can enjoy a coffee and a tasty treat while watching the young musicians perform.”

The tea room opened last week as part of the multimillion-pound revamp of the Victorian park, which is nestled between North Shields and Tynemouth.

Other work has included an archaeological dig, which found an outline of a medieval hospital, restoring or replicating lost Victorian features, enhancing the bowling green, creating the sculpture trail and general planting and landscaping. Improvements are also being made to the children’s playpark, set to open during the summer.