The Hoppings launches kids competition to mark return of beloved Newcastle fair

The Hoppings returns later this month
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If you live in or around Newcastle, there's one highly anticipated attraction synonymous with summer that you're probably looking forward to: yes, The Hoppings is back this month.

Europe's largest funfair will take up residence on the Town Moor from Friday June 21, bringing hundreds of rides and attractions to the city for 10 days. The fair has been an iconic part of summer on Tyneside for more than 140 years - and for the first time this year, visitors will be able to spot a brand new display capturing memories of the beloved attraction.

Organisers have launched a competition asking funfair fans under the age of 18 to draw something which represents a personal experience of The Hoppings, which could be anything from eating a candy floss to having a spin on a favourite ride. They can then send in their artwork to be displayed at the fair - and be in with a chance of winning a VIP visit.

Young artists can take a picture of their drawing or painting and upload it via The Hoppings website by June 14 - which will need to be authorised by a parent or guardian - along with their contact details. All of the artwork will go on display at the event, with the person who creates the best piece as judged by organisers receiving a package of goodies including free ride tickets and vouchers for food and drink.

Ryan Crow of Crow Events, which organises The Hoppings, said: "We are always wanting to add new elements every year to get the local community more involved with The Hoppings. This is a great way for children of all ages to show what The Hoppings means to them and then be able to come and see their artwork on display. We can’t wait to see what they will produce."

The Hoppings is free to enter with more than 400 attractions for all the family to look forward to, from traditional favourites such as spinning teacups and hook-a-duck to some of the UK's biggest thrill rides including the 200ft Star Flyer and the 80mph Mach 5 Bomber. First arriving in Newcastle in 1882 as a temperance fair, The Hoppings was originally designed as an additional attraction for the annual race week which was held at the nearby Newcastle Racecourse.

This year will also see the return of the Feast Street food village, with food and drink on offer from a range of cuisines as well as a licensed bar and music stage. The epic funfair attracts more than half a million visitors every year, and will be open from June 21 to June 30 - organisers have teased that more announcements, including a full list of rides, are coming soon.