Popular festival is now over two days

More attractions in more locations are promised at the Wallsend Festival, which returns this weekend.

Now in its 13th year, the event will take place over two days – from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday – for the first time.

The action on Saturday will take place in the town centre while on Sunday it moves to Richardson Dees Park.

On Saturday there will be live music, food, craft stalls, workshops, dance, street entertainment and the funfair, with the main stage being next to the Anson pub.

Children’s workshops will take place inside the Forum shopping centre while High Street East will be closed to traffic to accommodate the activities, with Alexandra Street car park being host to a climbing wall, Parkour and skateboard displays.

The events on Sunday mark the Phase 1 launch of the multi-million pound Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funded redevelopment of Wallsend parks.

The theme will focus on past and future, with the park promoting urban sports and entertainment against the backdrop of regeneration.

There will be skateboards, BMXs, mini competitions held by the YMCA, street dance, Parkour, music and more.

Coun Eddie Darke, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “There can’t be many festivals where the action takes place down a high street, in a shopping centre, car park, library and park.”

For more details visit www.wallsendfestival.org