Things shaping up for weekend

It's shaping up to be a bumper weekend for family events across the region, with the added bonus of beautiful weather to boot.

It's shaping up to be a bumper weekend for family events across the region, with the added bonus of beautiful weather to boot.

There's a sunny forecast all weekend, and today sees the launch of the annual Seahouses Festival, which features a wide range of singing and music events in pubs and other venues around the harbour village right through tomorrow.

A Ghost Walk takes place in the evening, while other attractions include a Craft Fair, Mini Food Festival and a Beach Festival with sand sculpting competitions and prizes for all ages. For more details contact Jim Thompson on 07871 478913.

Show season is still underway, with up to 10,000 visitors expected at the Stanhope Show taking place today and tomorrow at Stanhope showfield, off the A689, from 9am-6pm today and 10am-7pm tomorrow.

Ingram Show is also taking place today, off the A697 north of Powburn in Northumberland. The first event is the sheep dog trials at 11am, and the event continues throughout the day.

The annual Northumbria Historic Churches Trust Steeplechase takes place today, where Ken Carlisle of Barrasford will lead a sponsored cycle ride for over 18s visiting as many churches as possible during the day. Those who would like to take part can phone him on 01434 689996.

There will be an après-steeplechase at Humshaugh Village for supporters and cyclists at 7pm, and those attending should bring food for a pooled meal, wine and glasses if desired. Tea and coffee will be provided.

The Heritage Open Days, which celebrate England's fantastic architecture and culture, will be continuing to offer free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

Some of the sites opening free today are:

Northumberland: Alnwick Castle; Belsay Castle and Gardens; Brinkburn Priory, near Rothbury; Cherryburn, near Stocksfield, birthplace of artist and engraver Thomas Bewick, free also on September 10; Chesters Roman Fort, Chollerford; Corbridge Roman Town; Cragside, Rothbury; Dunstanburgh Castle; Etal Castle; George Stephenson's Birthplace, Wylam; Housesteads Fort;

Lindisfarne Priory; Prudhoe Castle; Wallington, Cambo; Warkworth Castle.

Tyne and Wear: Gibside, Rowlands Gill; Holy Jesus Hospital, Newcastle, also free on September 10; Tynemouth Priory.

County Durham: Barnard Castle.

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