Plans finalised for The Big Event 4
One of Northumberland’s biggest family fun days is set to return – and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
The Big Event 4, organised by local charity Leading Link, is the must-attend family fun day of the summer – and there is guaranteed to be “something for everyone”.
Taking place on Saturday June 20th, at Attlee Park in Bedlington - at the bottom of Bedlington bank - the event is in its fourth year and last year attracted in excess of 3000 people on one of the best days of sunshine that we saw in 2014.
The main event will take place between 12pm and 5pm and will feature children’s fun fair rides, a sizzling summer BBQ, ice cream, hot donuts and candy floss, an enterprise market of local businesses and organisations, including local enterprise Sugarushed rock, The Frock Exchange and VUE Cinema in Cramlington, as well as circus skill performers and traditional fun fair games including a coconut shy, The Big Raffle and much more.
There will also be laser quaser, mini-golf and BMX, pony rides, a children’s fun corner and live entertainment on the bandstand all day, including the highly anticipated final of the 8th annual Northumberland’s Got Talent competition.
There will be a Children’s University marquee, where Passport holders from across Northumberland can accumulate hours and collect stamps at free taster sessions, including circus skills, art and karate.
On top of all of that, the event will be broadcast live on local community station Radio Northumberland.
Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “The Big Event is always the perfect opportunity to invite all members of the community to celebrate everything that this fantastic area has to offer.”
“There are so many different activities, businesses, charities and causes involved, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone.
“Hopefully the sun will be shining and we can give people a day that they will really remember!”
On the evening of June 20th, Attlee Park will play host to 'The Big Outdoor Cinema', which will see the former Northumberland Miner's Picnic venue transformed into an open air cinema for one night only.
The giant 8m x 4m inflatable screen will show the feel good musical classic Grease, with build-up to the film from 8pm.
Jonny Hall, Assistant Manager of Leading Link, said: "We are always looking for new and exciting ways to make The Big Event something to remember for the local community - and continue to establish it as of one of Northumberland's biggest family fun days."
"We have been playing around with the novelty of an outdoor cinema for a long time and thanks to funding, we are now able to make this idea a reality for the community of Bedlington on June 20th."
The event is free to attend and people are encouraged to get dressed up, bring picnics, blankets and pop-up chairs and arrive in good time for an evening packed full of family entertainment, including a chance to learn some of the film's classic dance moves before the film begins.
Jonny added: "Grease is just one of those classics - everyone young and old has either seen the film, sang along to the soundtrack or danced around their living rooms pretending to be Sandy Denny or Danny Zuko."
"We want all members of the community to come along and help us create a real feel-good family atmosphere, dance like nobody is watching and enjoy a summer evening of fun down in Attlee Park."
As always, The Big Event has seen incredible support from the local community, with substantial funding from West Bedlington Town Council, R.W. Mann Trust and Northumberland County Council’s Community Chest Scheme ensuring that both the daytime and evening will be a success.
The charity has also had pledges of support from bait, part of the Creative People and Places programme, who are funding workshops and entertainment from circus skills performers and The Arts in Partnership from Newcastle College, who will be working with the community during the day offering free workshops and warming the crowds up ahead of the cinema showing in the evening.
Greggs, Warburtons and Northumbrian Water have offered product donations, whilst local firm Reay Security are providing their services free of charge for the third year running.
Phoenix Taxis will be offering a free park and ride service from Bedlington Front Street all day, and from the Co-op at Bedlington Station every 30 minutes, for those attending the event.
Parking on the day at Attlee Park is disabled parking only and must be pre-booked with Leading Link by calling 01670 820088.
However, there will be a temporary car park on the field at the top of the bank during the day.