Free day of entertainment

Action from the 2012 Glendale Free Festival.
Action from the 2012 Glendale Free Festival.

Sunday sees live music, free entertainment, local food and family fun come to a north Northumberland village as it hosts its annual free festival.

Whether you like good music, lively entertainment or the best in local food and crafts, the 13th Free Glendale Festival promises something for everyone.

The festivities kick off with the festival ceilidh and supper on Saturday in The Glendale Hall, which starts at 7.30pm and sees Heads on the Block calling the tunes.

Tickets cost £7.50 and are on sale at the Cheviot Centre or by ringing Rachel on 01668 282406.

The main festival day on Sunday brings together the usual mix of live music acts in the bus station, 10 minutes of fame featuring a series of new acts on the High Street, together with belly dancing, clog dancing and a junior dance troupe.

New this year is a jazz dance display and workshop.

Also on the High Street, which will be closed to traffic from 9am to 6pm, local food producers will be tempting the tastebuds.

For the youngsters, Punch and Judy will be making a return visit along with the Barnacre Alpacas.

The Cheviot Centre hosts a craft fair and also tea/coffee and cakes from Roddam WI.

The Wooler Cycle Hub is organising another free guided bike ride, the Glendale Festival Ride, on the day before the festival.

But this year will be slightly different as it will be a junior ride for children and accompanying adults. The format will be the same, with several stops to explore places of interest, but the ride will be easier to encourage families with younger children.

Participants must book in advance. Contact Kevin Malloy at or 01668 283703.