It was a day of laughter and excitement for youngsters visiting a family fun day on a South Tyneside estate.
Chuter Ede Community Centre threw open its gates to host its fifth annual fun day on Saturday.
Crowds of people lined the street outside the centre, in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, ahead of the event – and once the gates opened at 11am, youngsters couldn’t get enough of the activities on offer.
Centre manager Jason Meiers said: “It was a really good day and we had quite a good turnout throughout the event with everyone looking as though they were enjoying themselves.”
Throughout the fun day, which kicked off at 11am, a range of inflatable assault courses, bouncy castles and slides were available for youngsters to play on – all for free – while older visitors were able to browse a number of stalls that had been set up.
A host of craft classes were on offer along with music, including a performance by singer Mea Dean, to entertain visitors.
Children’s favourite characters Dora the Explorer, Ben 10 and Elsa from Frozen also called in to the delight of little ones, courtesy of CE Sports.
Mum Angela Houston, who was at the event with daughter Abi, said: “Abi has had a great time. Events like these are excellent for the kids and for the community. I’m just glad the rain stayed away.”
Meanwhile, at Arbeia Roman Fort in Baring Street, South Shields, crowds were treated to folk bands, storytellers and circus acts on Saturday.
The event was the first of a range of days which will take place throughout the summer at the museum and saw 15 musicians and groups showcase their talents.
Visitors to the site were also able to take part in circus workshops and join in a traditional folk music jam.
Further events planned to take place throughout the summer include the Arbeia Festival, which will run across the August Bank Holiday weekend, and Acoustic Arbeia, on Saturday, August 23, which will feature a line-up of local bands.
For more information, go to www.arbeiaromanfort.org.uk