What's on in the North East for Kids & Families | 17th & 18th September

Our guide to what's on for kids and families in the North East on 17th and 18th September. Includes the Festival of Thrift in Redcar and Alnwick Food Festival.

We're flying through September aren't we. My three have settled back into school and I'm not ashamed to admit that I have already started planning our best Christmas yet! If you love all things Christmas, make sure you join my North East Christmas Facebook group and like our North East Christmas Facebook page. Huge apologies to all of those who think it's too early to mention - SORRY! I'll bring it back to today now and here are our top 5 events happening in the North East this weekend:-

Washington Carnival
Saturday 17th September | 10am-4pm
Albany Park, Washington

There's all the fun to be had at the fair this weekend with a carnival parade, zorbing, storytelling, circus skills, drumming workshops, character visits, a funfair, vintage bus fair, traditional stalls and more. Free entry.

Whitley Bay Classic Car Show
Sunday 18th September | 10am-3pm
The Links, Whitley Bay

This popular annual car show returns to Whitley Bay on Sunday. There will be hundreds of classic cars on display with their owners on hand to chat about the history of their cars. Free entry.

Alnwick Food Festival
Saturday 17th September 9am-5pm | Sunday 18th September 10am-4pm
Alnwick Market Place

There will be local food & producers, chef demos, street food for sale, a smoothie bike plus entertainment and music at this fabulous food festival. Free entry.

Festival of Thrift
Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September | 10am-5pm
Kirkleatham, Redcar

The Festival of Thrift is an Award Winning Family Festival with FREE entry. There is A LOT going on from massive battleships and storytelling to outdoor theatre and contemporary dance. There will be music, upcycling, workshops, crafts, food and drink stalls and even a pop up 50s caravan from Beamish. 

The Fantastical Disney Season Launch - Snow White
Saturday 17th September | 10:30am
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle

Enjoy the season launch of Disney classics starring a host of Disney On Ice favourites. The Disney classic 'Snow White' is the first film to take to the big screen. All tickets are just £4. 

Let me know what you're up to this weekend in comments - give us a cheeky follow on Instagram to see a few snapshots from our weekend. 


  1. The Washington carnival sounds like a lot of fun. I do like a good carnival and I lik the sound of festival of thrift!

  2. Certainly lots on..... we'll be at Alnwick Food Festival. Also they are filming Transformers5 in Alnwick and Bamburgh. Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg are in town... as well as some amazing cars

  3. I'm moving over tomorrow so it's great to know there's thing going on to keep my occupied this weekend :D

  4. I've never heard of washington carnival before. Sounds like it'll be a great weekend there though :D xxx


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