Thousands expected at popular Victorian market

Crowds flock to a previous North Shields Victorian Christmas Market.

Crowds flock to a previous North Shields Victorian Christmas Market.

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Thousands of people are expected as a popular Christmas market returns this weekend.

The North Shields Victorian Christmas Market, now in its 17th year, will feature more than 100 stalls selling a range of goods including food, crafts, gifts and more.

It will take place in Northumberland Square, North Shields, on Saturday and Sunday.

Local choirs and school children will perform in the bandstand, while there will also be Morris dancing, a Punch and Judy show, small fairground for children, birds of prey and more.

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “Stalls sold out in record time this year so we know the traders are all really keen to come and sell their products at what is surely one of the best Christmas markets in the UK.”

The market opens at 10am on Saturday morning, with the traditional carol service led by local churches, and trades until 5pm. On Sunday, the market is open from 10am until 4pm.

North Shields Customer First Centre will offer a range of festive activities, while the Beacon Shopping Centre will be offering free car parking as well as entertainment.

The market is organised each year by a partnership including North Tyneside Council, North Shields Chamber of Trade, Beacon Shopping Centre, the YMCA, local churches and schools.

The event is supported by Kier North Tyneside and Tyne and Wear Metro.

Timings and events are subject to change or cancellation in the event of severe weather.

For further information, call (0191) 643 7409, email events@northtyneside.gov.uk or visit www.victorianmarket.co.uk