The Hoppings opening times as famous funfair returns to Newcastle's Town Moor

It wouldn't be summer in Tyneside without it and The Hoppings has now made its return to Newcastle.

Ask anyone who's grown up in and around Newcastle or the wider North East and there really is nothing quite like a trip to Europe's travelling funfair, when it sets up home on the Town Moor, on the outskirts of the city every year. There was devastation four years ago when the Covid pandemic forced The Hoppings to be cancelled, with the tough decision then made to also shelve it in 2021, with some social distancing measures still in place at the time.

Thankfully status quo was resumed 12 months later and this time round, while the weather has tried its hardest to ruin plans for the 2024 event, it hasn't succeeded and the Moor will soon be buzzling with activity, as this year's rides and attractions start to arrive. Among them is a new 60 metre big wheel, the biggest of its kind in Europe and a brand new white knuckle ride - XXL - with a G force pendulum and swings up to a height of 47m and a 60m high big wheel.

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If even the sound of those two make you feel a bit queasy, there will also be loads of smaller rides and traditional favourites like the waltzer and ghost train, as well an array of side shows and food and drink trucks. If you're planning a visit this year, here are the key timings you need to be aware of.

The Hoppings 2024 opening times for Newcastle funfair

Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23: 1pm -11pm

Monday June 24-Friday, June 28: 2pm-11pm

Saturday, June 29: 1-11pm

Sunday, June 30 TBC

Just like in other years, there will be several toilet blocks on site and baby changing facilities. There will also be on site ATMs to take cash out, but most rides will have the ability to take card/contactless payment.