Blue sky sunshine for all the holiday fun

Glorious sunshine and blue skies gave families an early taste of summer yesterday as they flocked to a variety of Easter Sunday events across the region.

Glorious sunshine and blue skies gave families an early taste of summer yesterday as they flocked to a variety of Easter Sunday events across the region.

A cool breeze kept temperatures down to more seasonal levels.

But that didn't deter crowds of people from heading for the coastline and countryside or to enjoy a packed programme of Bank Holiday activities at castles, stately homes and visitor attractions.

At Bede's World in Jarrow, Northumberland, craftsman Steven Lunn gave a demonstration of the blacksmith's ancient arts and invited people to try their hand at making their own souvenirs.

Mining history enthusiasts were given the chance to tour unique former pit buildings at the £16m Woodhorn Museum and Archives centre in Ashington for the first time and learn about their hitherto hidden secrets.

The special Dark Side and Great Woodhorn guided tours, which start at 11am and 2pm respectively, continue today.

Easter egg trails were a popular attraction for youngsters across the region yesterday.

The venues included South Marine Park in South Shields, Woodhorn, Wallington Hall, Cragside in Rothbury and Lindisfarne Priory.

Puppeteers The Flying Buttresses entertained young and old alike at the Alnwick Garden. They will be there again today with their amazing 8ft, animatronic Obobee bird Pogo as the star attraction.

Today young animal lovers can enjoy the delights of new-born lambs and other four-legged residents at the Whitehouse Farm and Visitor Centre near Morpeth.

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