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South Tyneside Festival 2018



Monsters, myths and magic will herald the start of a summer of entertainment, when the South Tyneside Festival returns

The three-month long event is once again bringing together music and family fun across a whole host of venues in South Shields, cementing it as one of the UK’s biggest free festivals. The Vamps will headline the second of this year's Sunday Concert Series at Bents Park.

The annual Summer Parade will take place on 30 June, when hundreds of youth groups, schools and community organisations will be taking up the theme of monsters, myths and magic, under the artistic direction of South Shields-based Community Interest Company, Creative Seed.

The parade will make its way throughout the town and end at Bents Park, where visitors can enjoy a range of family-friendly activities and live music.

The town’s Sandhaven Amphitheatre will be the venue for a whole range of performances, with live music every Thursday and Saturday evening from 2 – 23 June.

It will also host brass band concerts every Sunday afternoon from June through to August, apart from 1 July, when music lovers can enjoy Proms in the Park which this year will move to Bents Park.

Bents Park will once again be hosting the extremely popular Sunday concerts on 8,15,22 and 29 July, with the promise of big names to follow in the footsteps of the previous acts who have taken to the stage.                                                                                                         

Parents worried how to keep their young ones amused throughout the long holiday will also be relieved to know that the Kids Fun-Fest is also returning to the amphitheatre, with activities every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 2 – 23 August.

The latest news can be found at, at South Tyneside Events on Facebook and on twitter @STynesideEvents.



Jarrow Festival

Fri 25 May – Sunday 3 June


Various events and activities taking place across Jarrow


Great North Dog Walk

The Leas, South Shields

Sunday 3 June 10.30am


Join the world’s biggest dog walk along the South Shields Coast. Pre – register at or turn up on the day.


Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally

Bents Park

Sunday 3 June 11am-5pm


More than 180 historic commercial vehicles will be on display.


Pepperpot Fayre

Market Square, South Shields

Sunday 3 June 10am-3pm


Craft and food market in the town centre featuring local artists and fresh produce.


Live Music at Sandhaven Amphitheatre – PART OF South Tyneside Festival

Thursday and Saturdays 7-9pm


Sat 2 June – The Troubleshooters - three-piece Rock ‘n’ Roll/Rockabilly band

Thurs 7 June – Rivelino – classic pop and rock covers band

Sat 9 June – Post Rome and Animal Sons – two bands from The Garage Studios

Thurs 14 June – The Understudies – leading pop/rock/punk and more covers band

Sat 16 June – The Sleeze Sisters – glam sounds of T-Rex, Sweet, Mud and more

Thurs 21 June – South Tyneside College – students from the college’s music department

Sat 23 June – Panic Report, local band playing mix of own songs and classic covers


Brass Bands at Sandhaven Amphitheatre – part of South Tyneside Festival

Sundays 2-4pm


Sun 3 June – Westoe Brass Band

Sun 10 June – Craghead Colliery Band

Sun 17 June - Sunderland Monkwearmouth Salvation Army Band

Sun 24 June – People’s Mission Silver Band


Armed Forces Day Parade and Fun Day

South Shields seafront/Bents Park

Sunday 24 June 10am-5pm

FREE/Suggested donation (14s & over) of £3 on entry, with all profits going to various armed forces organisations.


Celebrate the armed forces with a military parade along the coast followed by a family fun day in Bents Park.

Enjoy classic car and motorbike display, live music and more, profits go to various armed forces.


Summer Parade – Part of South Tyneside Festival

South Shields Town Hall to Bents Park

Saturday 30 June, 1-4.30pm


The biggest carnival in the North East, starts at 1pm at the Town Hall and then travels through the streets to end at Bents Park.

This year’s theme is Monsters, Myths and Magic, and the carnival will feature a colourful collection of dazzling costumes, floats, dancers and performances.

The parade will culminate at Bents Park for an afternoon of entertainment for all the family including the town’s only performance of Icarus: The Fall, Michael Jackson impersonator James Aston and more.

Whitburn Festival Fun Day

Cornthwaite Park

Saturday 30 June noon-4pm

Special fun day for all the family as part of the month-long festival. Lots of fun and entertainment for all ages.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Priority Access Tickets£5.00 per ticket type

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



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