Take a trip back in time as part of Jarrow Festival

DRESSED FOR ACTION ... May bank holiday fun at Bede's World.
DRESSED FOR ACTION ... May bank holiday fun at Bede's World.

YOUNGSTERS in South Tyneside are being invited to step back in time during the half-term holiday.

South Tyneside Council has joined forces with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Bede’s World, Jarrow, to bring families a packed schedule of events, running from now until September.

Along with displays, exhibitions and interactive activities, The Treasures of South Tyneside 2015 programme will feature a variety of family-based events taking place during half-term week.

The events begin on Friday when this year’s Jarrow Festival brings 10 days of drawing competitions, exhibitions, craft sessions, live music and sports activities at venues across the town.

As part of the festival, visitors to Bede’s World, Jarrow, from May 23 to 25, will be able to take a trip back in time, with a Folklore, Legends and Myths craft weekend, including its annual Medieval Fair on May 24.

The fair, which is free to attend, is an action-packed day of battle re-enactments, living history encampments, a hog roast, storytelling and the chance to see a traditional blacksmith at work.

The Medieval Fair will be officially opened by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, at 11am on Sunday, May 24.

After the discovery of the stone head of a Roman goddess at Arbeia Roman Fort last autumn, the South Shields venue will hold a special, free, Gods and Goddesses event on Saturday, May 23.

Youngsters will be able to join storytellers as they investigate the origins of the Roman Gods and Goddesses who were once worshipped across the Empire.

May 26 will be another Tremendous Tuesday at South Shields Museum, with a day of free fun and crafts, with a ship-shape theme – and visitors will be encouraged to design their own boat with recycled materials, having taken inspiration from the maritime collection.

Bringing the Jarrow Festival to a close, St Paul’s Church, Jarrow, will hold a Song for Bede on Sunday, May 31.

Admission to all the events is free. For further information about the exhibitions, displays and live performances which make up the Treasures programme, and the venue opening hours, visit the events website HERE.