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Mayoress Launches Jarrow Festival

Families across South Tyneside can enjoy an action-packed programme of activities and entertainment with the return of the Jarrow Festival this month.

The Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Moira Smith, joined organisers to launch the festival at Jarrow Hall.

This year's festival kicks off on Friday 26 May and runs until Sunday 4 June with a variety of events taking place across Jarrow, over the May Bank Holiday weekend and beyond.

Attractions include art and history exhibitions, craft sessions, music, children's activities, guided tours of St Paul's Church, afternoon tea dances, sports activities including the Aaron Todd Memorial Football weekend and much more. Activities will take place at venues across the town, including Jarrow Hall, Jarrow Hub, the library, community associations, the Viking Centre and local churches.

The Mayoress said: "The Jarrow Festival is a highlight in the town calendar and a brilliant way of bringing local people together. It's a true community celebration of art, culture, education and sport for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike.

"The activities and entertainment usually attract people of all ages and this year will be no different with something to suit the whole family. This year also celebrates all the wonderful charitable and volunteer organisations and the local volunteers we have in South Tyneside.

"We hope that people will come along and join in the fun. We also hope that the weather will be on our side so visitors can enjoy all that the Jarrow Festival has to offer."

Among the highlights is a free family fun day on Saturday 27 May, from 12noon to 4pm, at Hedworthfield Community Association.

On Sunday 28 May, visitors will be able to enjoy live music and entertainment while browsing and buying from the arts, crafts and artisan food fayre, as well as give local good causes a boost at their charity fundraising stalls at the free Jarrow Festival Community & Charity Fayre, taking place at Drewett's Park, Church Bank, from 11am to 3pm.

There will also be plenty of activities to keep young ones entertained with children's fairground rides, a bouncy castle and face painting.

Jarrow Hall, Anglo-saxon Farm, Village and Bede Museum, will also come alive with action packed medieval re-enactments and activities from 10am to 4pm,on Sunday 28 May.A specially discounted day entry fee of £1 per person will apply. Children under five are free. Jarrow Hall is getting involved with a range of activities and displays focusing on the history of the area.

The festival will end on Sunday 4 June with the free Jarrow Festival Finale Fun Day at Perth Green Community Association. An obstacle course, stalls, traditional activities, fun games and zoo lab are just some of the attractions on offer between 12noon and 4pm.

For further information about the Jarrow Festival programme of activities, pick up a booklet from Jarrow community centres, libraries or churches or visit


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