Whitley Bay Fiesta to return this weekend with music, stalls and free activities

Visitors can check out live music, stalls and activities for the whole family
-Credit: (Image: Fiesta Whitley Bay)

One of Whitley Bay's most beloved attractions is back this weekend offering a fun and free day out for all the family.

The town's Fiesta will return this Sunday, July 7, with a jam-packed day of live music, food and drink, craft stalls and activities for all ages to enjoy in the grounds of St Paul's Church from 11am. Held four times a year, the Fiesta is free to attend with the aim of bringing the local community together through a focus on creativity, sustainability and health.

The theme of the latest Fiesta is aptly the coast, featuring deck chairs, dolphin and mermaid décor, and a sea-themed Nature Quest alongside a raft of creative activities which will give visitors the chance to take home their very own sea creature. Visitors have been told to watch out for the Whitley Bay Whale, who wants to be in everyone's photographs in her Fiesta debut, along with Freda the Fish who will be educating guests on the dangers of single use plastics.

There will also be a total of three music stages to look forward to on Sunday featuring a stellar line-up of local talent, with the likes of the Spanish City Rollers, Salvation Army Band and Dead Canaries Samba Fusion taking to the Whitley Stage in the town centre. Meanwhile, the Garden and Sanctuary stages located outside and inside St Paul's Church will welcome Bay Uke, Backworth Male Voice Choir, the Tyne Signature barbershop quarter and more.

In addition, this year's Whitley Bay Poetry Trail will be launched at the Fiesta, inviting people of all ages to don their creative caps with a theme of Salt and Spirit. Last year's trail saw more than 800 poems submitted, which went on to be displayed in the windows of shops and libraries around the town for everyone to read.

With the Fiesta having had its two-year-old Facebook page hacked last month and losing all of its followers as a result, organisers are having to work harder than ever to spread the word and hope to see the community out in full force to support the event. Fans of the Fiesta can like and follow the new Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest announcements here.

Whitley Bay Fiesta has proven to be a huge hit with locals since it first began in September 2021, run by a dedicated team of volunteers with funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority and designed to provide a welcoming and entertaining space for everyone no matter their circumstances. Having made its 2024 debut with a special Light Waves trail in February, the Fiesta will return on October 6 and December 1 following its summer outing.