Bank Holiday fun for all the family in store

Rennington Scarecrow Festival 2011.
Rennington Scarecrow Festival 2011.

From scarecrows invading a north Northumberland village to the thrills and spills of a Shetland Pony Grand National – a fun-filled Bank Holiday weekend is in store.

One of the highlights is Monday’s Glendale Show, which attracts around 15,000 visitors each year.

The 2013 event offers a huge choice of attractions for all the family, including monster trucks, grand parade of livestock and bicycle stunt team.

There will be the Shetland Pony Grand National, exhibit tent, 200 trade stands, catering, bar facilities and more at the event, which is north Northumberland’s premier show. More details, visit www.glen

Rennington Scarecrow Festival runs from Saturday to Monday, 10am to 4.30pm.

There will be a sausage sizzle from 11.30am each day, refreshments in the village hall, stalls in the marquee and tombolas throughout the weekend. A scarecrow quiz can be bought from the marquee. Admission and parking is free.

On Sunday, Amble holds its annual lifeboat day from 10am, with stalls, children’s rides, refreshments, raffles and more.

An exercise involving the Sea King and the Amble inshore lifeboat is planned for 2.30pm, operations depending.

Seahouses annual lifeboat fete takes place on Monday, from 10am to 4.30pm.

A lifeboat and RAF helicopter display is scheduled for 1pm, service calls permitting. There will also be stalls and other entertainment on the day.

Thousands of collectible and rare books on all subjects, including children’s and local history, will be on offer at the Alnwick Book Fair in the town’s Northumberland Hall on Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm.

A rare working copy of a script from the 1970s film Get Carter will also be for sale. It is signed by Sir Michael Caine, among others who were involved with the film.

Bamburgh’s cricket field stages a classic car show on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, while Vikings will invade Lindisfarne Priory from Saturday to Monday.