THE magic of the festive season is set to come alive with a special event at a South Tyneside community centre.
Hedworthfield CA, in Cornhill, Jarrow, is gearing up to open its doors to its first Winter Wonderland fair on Sunday.
And organisers hope the event will prove just as popular as the centre’s summer festival, which attracts hundreds of people of all ages.
Jill Charlton, the centre’s assistant manager, said: “We have held summer festivals here for as long as I can remember and they have always been really popular with residents.
“At Christmas we have parties for the children, but this year we have decided to hold a big Winter Wonderland festival for all the family as something a little bit different.
“We have lots going on throughout the event and hopefully it will prove to be as popular as our summer festival.”
The event kicks off at 2pm and will feature performances from The Creative Seed Community Carnival Group, which includes pupils from Sarah Shaw’s School of Dance, Hadrian Primary School and Marine Park Primary Schools, plus a performance by Oscars out-of-school club, face painters, as well as a Santa’s Grotto for children to visit.
There will also be a range of giant puppets and aerial performers.
Visitors will be able to try roasted bananas cooked on an open campfire, while youngsters can also enjoy a range of fairground rides.
Ms Charlton added: “We are all looking forward to the Winter Wonderland event and if it proves popular, it could become an annual event.
“As well as all the attractions, local traders are also being given the chance to sell their goods.”
The Winter Wonderland will close with a performance by the Creative Seed – a South Tyneside-based production company run by husband and wife team Garner and Sandy Harris.
Their Winter Carnival show has been made possible after the Creative Seed received an Arts Council Grant for the Arts award of £14,990.
Entry to the festival is free, but tickets to the danceshow finale, which will take place at 5pm, are priced £2 for adults and £1 for children.
For information or tickets, contact Hedworthfield CA on 519 6700, Garner Harris on 07725 267478 or Sandy Harris on 07920 107479.