Packed weekend of events planned around the North East

Fun for all the family is on offer at public events around the North East this weekend from a car rally to computer games

Classic cars on show at Corbridge
Classic cars on show at Corbridge

Family fun is on offer during a packed weekend of events in the North East.

Fans of classic cars will be heading to Tynedale Park in Corbridge, Northumberland, tomorrow for a car show featuring more than 700 cars organised by the MG Northumbria club.

Tomorrow will also see the first 5K Kaleidoscope run organised by St Oswald’s Hospice, in which around 1,000 runners will be pelted with powder paint in Rising Sun Country Park in North Tyneside, transforming them into rainbow runners.

Gemma Crabb, St Oswald’s Hospice fundraiser, said: “We wanted to dispel the myths that hospices are sad places and have invited some of our young service users and their families along on the day to start the event off.

Launching the St. Oswalds Hospice Kaleidoscope 5k, on Northumberland Street, volunteers from the Hospice
Launching the St. Oswalds Hospice Kaleidoscope 5k, on Northumberland Street, volunteers from the Hospice

“They will be waving a giant coloured flag, created by staff and volunteers from our Day Hospice Craft Room.”

The third North East Chilli fest takes place at Seaton Delaval Hall tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday with more than 80 stalls offering some of the hottest chillies in the world.

There will also be the Shiremoor Treat, which is expected to attract more than 1,000 people today and Kites over Souter displays taking place throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, computer games fans will be heading to the Gateshead International Stadium where North East Retro Gaming 2014 is taking place Saturday and Sunday complete with Street Fighter II, Chuckie Egg and Bomberman competitions.

In its second year, the event will feature over 100 video arcade machines including many old favourites like Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Tron and Street Fighter.

Organiser Philip Murphy from Consett, County Durham, said: “My generation grew up playing some of the best video games and pinball machines and that love for these games has stayed with us as technology has evolved.

“We’re delighted to be hosting the region’s only event where all of those favourite machines and consoles are under one roof, and they’re all set to ‘free play’ so it’s never game-over.”


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