Launch of North Tyneside's annual winter festival to start with a bang

Families will be spoiled for choice over the festive season with a bumper programme of winter treats – starting with a host of firework displays.

Monday, 28th October 2019, 4:11 pm
Updated Wednesday, 30th October 2019, 2:38 pm
Last year's spectacular fireworks display at Whitley Bay. Picture by Ricky Stiles

The annual Winter Festival, organised by North Tyneside Council, attracts thousands of people with an array of events taking place over the coming months, including Christmas markets, Santa’s grottos and pantomimes – running up until January 2020.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Our Winter Festival has become a staple of our annual events calendar, so I’m delighted that we have been able to host it again this year.

“We know how important it is to our residents, the programme is packed full of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy and I can’t wait for us to get underway at the fireworks display on The Links.”

A number of events are taking place for Bonfire Night.

North Tyneside Council’s free fireworks display will launch the festival on Sunday, November 3, on The Links, in Whitley Bay.

Fairground rides and hot food available will be from 6pm, with the show starting from 7pm.

The display is supporting the national Every Mind Matters scheme, promoting healthy mindsets in people of all ages.

Whitley Bay will also be seeing in the new year with another fireworks display at the Spanish City on New Year’s Eve.

Hundreds of spectators are expected gather in Wallsend at the annual Segedunum fireworks at the fort. As well as firework fun, visitors can explore the museum for free.

The display is at November 5, entry is from 4pm, with the fireworks starting at 6.30pm.

A family fireworks display will be held at the Blue Flames Sporting Club, in Benton, on November 5, with fairground rides, stalls and food also on offer.

Gates open at 5pm and the display starts at 7pm. Advanced tickets are £4.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, plus booking fee.

Tynemouth Cricket Club’s annual grand fireworks display will be held on November 9, at 7pm.

The family event will feature a bonfire, rides and refreshments. Tickets cost £5 for adults, £2 for children, and family tickets are £12, plus booking fee.

Away from the fireworks, the popular North Shields Victorian Market will take place on December 7 and 8. With over 100 stalls available, there will be a wide range of Christmas gifts on offer.

Tynemouth Station will be hosting a popular Christmas market under its glass canopies.

Visitors can choose Christmas gifts and quirky stocking fillers from 250 unique independent stores. It will be held on weekends during November and December between 9am and 3.30pm.

Shoppers can also enjoy the village’s Christmas Shopping night, on November 7, when selected businesses will be open until 8pm, offering discounts, mulled wine and mince pies.

For more information search for Tynemouth Village Christmas shopping night on Facebook.