Shows galore this holiday weekend

It is going to be a bumper weekend of family fun this Bank Holiday, with a jam-packed list of activities to suit everyone.

It is going to be a bumper weekend of family fun this Bank Holiday, with a jam-packed list of activities to suit everyone.

The weekend kicks off today with Bellingham Show, from 9am to 5pm. Entry is £5 for adults, £4.50 for concessions and £2 for children.

Entertainment at the show includes a vintage car parade, quad bike sledge racing, a tug-of-war competition and the motorcycle madmen, as well as all the traditional industrial, horticultural and craft tents.

Also today is Weardale Show in St John's Chapel, which opens from 10am to 4pm and costs £3.50 for adults and £1 for children and includes the results of a village scarecrow competition.

There will also be a motorbike display, a cross-country run and a children's pet competition and all the traditional stalls and tents.

It is also the 153rd Allendale Horticultural and Industrial Society Show at Allendale Middle School from 1pm to 4.45pm, with competitions for flowers, fruit, vegetables and industrial work as well as children's sports and junior football.

On Sunday, the Duchess of Northumberland will officially open the Amble Lifeboat Day at 1pm, however activities are open to the public from 10am to 4pm.

The crew will be performing two exercises at 11.30am and 2pm, which will include the RAF helicopter from Boulmer. Entry is free and all proceeds go to the RNLI.

Top Asian artists will be performing at the Newcastle Mela which starts on Sunday and includes Bhangra artist Malkit Singh, the Crowned Prince of Bhanrga Jazzy B and Pakistani folk singer Arif Lohar.

The event, which is in its 13th year, is organised by Newcastle Asian Arts and Newcastle City Council.

It is held in Newcastle's Exhibition Park from noon until 7pm on Sunday and Monday, and as well as music and dance, there will be fashion shows, sporting events, a fairground, activities for children and food stalls.

The Alnwick Castle Tournament is also on Sunday from 11am, and includes music from Robbie Williams Tribute group Millennium, motorcycle stunt riders, Edinburgh swordsmen as well as stalls, fun fair and the Northumberland strongman competition. Entry is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and concessions.

Bank Holiday Monday sees a host of agricultural shows including the largest show in North Northumberland, Glendale Show, near Wooler. Now in its 114th year, the show will play host to The JCB Dancing Diggers, Icelandic horses and the Newcastle Pipe Band. The show runs from 9.30am to 5.30pm and costs £7 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £3 for children.

Monday is also Blanchland Show day, starting at noon. Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for children and attractions include a gymkhana, industrial and horticultural tents, stalls and children's sports.


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