Fun-packed weekend means it's showtime

A weekend packed full of events across the North-East kicks off today.

A weekend packed full of events across the North-East kicks off today. As the summer sun continues to draw thousands out for weekend festivities, the show season takes centre stage.

Tomorrow will see Glanton Show, which has run since the turn of the century, take place. It includes sections for horticulture, cookery and handicrafts, as well as a sheep show, sheepdog trials, pony sports and jumping. The event takes place throughout the day, just off the main street through the village.

Just north of Glanton, Simonside Country Fair is also taking place tomorrow, featuring a sheep show, a fell race, terrier racing and wrestling.

The show takes place from noon-4pm at the Forestburngate pub, Netherwitton, just south of Rothbury.

Taking place tomorrow in the Tyne Valley is the 147th Slaley Show, full of attractions for all the family including watercolours, alpacas, falcons, quoits, a bouncy castle and children's sports. The field opens at 10am, with marquees opening at 1pm. Entrance is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions at Townhead Field, Slaley.

Kicking off the events today is the Alnwick Castle Country Fair and Horse Driving Trials at the Pastures, underneath Alnwick Castle. The three-day event, with main ring entertainment and a carriage driving competition, takes place from 9am-4pm today and tomorrow, and from 10am-5pm on Sunday. Entry is £7 for adults and £1 for under-15s.

Northumbria Police are hosting their annual open day at Saltwell Park, Gateshead, from 11am-4pm on Sunday. Attractions include a special visit from the force helicopter, displays from the force's dog section, marine unit, mounted section and cars and motorbikes.

Free park-and-ride facilities will be available from Gateshead Civic Centre to Saltwell Park on the day.

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