A major North East festival is living up to its reputation of being family-friendly, with a special programme aimed at youngsters. Hardwick Festival takes place at Hardwick Hall near Sedgefield over the weekend of 20-21 August.
And alongside headline acts including The Stereophonics and The Specials, award-winning performers such as Becky Hill and Ella Eyre and internationally renowned DJs, young festival goers can also be part of the action. Organisers have brought children’s entertainers from as far afield as Japan, USA and Germany to keep young people happy over the two days in a dedicated children’s arena.
The programme for youngsters at Hardwick
Acts include Witty Look, a comedy unicycle act originally from Japan but who now appear worldwide, street performer, Herbie Treehead and Club Groovy – a special dance event for mini movers.
Visitors can also watch clown, magician and sword swallower, Tom Timon, originally from Berlin but again with a massive following across the globe. Youngsters can learn some new skills at the Have A Go Circus School or can pop into the mobile museum belonging to the Rock Showman, where they can enjoy the displays of fossils, crystals and gems.
A number of walkabout acts will also be out and about at the site across the weekend, including penny farthing rider and juggler, Felix Brent and unicyclists and jugglers, The Flying Wheelnuts.
The children’s programme will run daily from noon until 6pm throughout the festival, with fairground rides also on offer. John Adamson, owner of Hardwick Hall, believes the busy children’s programme will ensure the festival is a family affair. He said:
“Being able to bring the whole family to Hardwick has always been an important part of the festival for us. There is something for children of all ages which means it’s a great day out for everyone.”
Day tickets cost £69 for adults, £35 for young people aged 12 to 18 and £15 for children aged 5 to 12, with all under 18s to be accompanied by an adult over 25.
Camping and glamping passes are also available for those who want to immerse themselves in the festival experience.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.hardwickfestival.co.uk.