Families dig in for sandcastle competition

Hundreds of people took part in the Whitley Bay Sandcastle Competition, held on Whitley Bay beach. Picture by John Millard.
Hundreds of people took part in the Whitley Bay Sandcastle Competition, held on Whitley Bay beach. Picture by John Millard.

Weird and wonderful sculptures were created on a beach as a popular event returned.

More than 500 people took part in or watched those at work in the Whitley Bay Sandcastle competition last Sunday on Whitley Bay beach.

Over 110 sandcastles and sculptures were constructed, including a sofa and a dragon, with others based on a Frozen or Star Wars theme.

There was music, a chances to meet Princess characters and traditional Shuggy Boats to ride on.

June Tolson, from Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, said: “This was a fabulous community event for all age groups and people came from across the region to take part.”

Elsewhere in Whitley Bay, there was a packed programme of events at the weekend, with crowds enjoying a fantastic mix of family entertainment.

The Under the Dome weekend kicked off on Saturday with a salsa party on the Spanish City Plaza and a performance by maverick English folk band The Demon Barbers at Playhouse Whitley Bay.

Hundreds of people visited the arts and crafts exhibition in the event marquee across the weekend and the special inflatable Dome saw performances from the Vieux Carre Jazzmen and eclectic folk band The Coast Road.

The Under the Dome Festival continues until August 2, when even more entertainment is lined up on the new Plaza area including a mini Roller Rink and film screenings by the Whitley Bay Film Festival.

Mayor Norma Redfearn added: “This weekend’s packed programme of entertainment really kicked off our summer festival in style.

“It was fantastic to see Whitley Bay full of visitors, especially on the Spanish City Plaza and beach, all enjoying what our magnificent coastline has to offer.”

For information and tickets for the Under the Dome Festival, visit www.under-the-dome.org

North Tyneside’s Summer Festival features a six-week long programme of free events which will run daily during the school holidays along the new Spanish City Plaza and inside the temporary, inflatable Dome in Whitley Bay.

There will be live music, Punch and Judy shows, a kite show, street entertainers fresh from Edinburgh Fringe Festival, film screenings, a mini roller rink, princess characters and more.

North Tyneside’s Summer Festival is supported by DFDS Seaways.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “As a local employer, we are an active supporter of local community events and are proud to sponsor this exciting, summer-long festival.”

For further information about the full programme of events, see www.visitnorthtyneside.com, email events@northtyneside.gov.uk or call 0191 643 7409.