Balloons and Tunes event coming to the North East

Stewart Park in Middlesbrough is getting set to host the Balloons and Tunes Hot Air Balloon Festival later this month.

Aside from daytime ballooning displays, there will also be a glow night on the Saturday evening, where music will accompany the balloons as they light up. With such events often drawing large crowds, a funfair is also planned, as well as a series of acts playing tribute to a number of popular performers.

For people who like to shop, a number of trade stalls will be offering browsing opportunities, and attendees will be able to find refreshment in the food court and at a licensed bar.

KP Promotions, which is organising the 29th-31st May event, also originally planned to offer helicopter rides at the festival, but this experience has unfortunately been recently cancelled.

In addition, the theatre company Artizani will be providing entertainment over the weekend. As well as on-stage mini-circus performances, such as trapeze artists, jugglers and acrobats, performers will also roam the grounds to demonstrate balloon modelling and stilt walking.

The entrance fee for the Balloons and Tunes festival is reportedly to be £3 per person on the gate, with children under a metre tall getting in free of charge. Car parking is also said to be free. However, enthusiasts should note that the hot air balloons will only be there on the Saturday and Sunday, but entry will be just £1 on the Friday, with funfair rides costing only a pound each. More information can be found on the festival’s official Facebook page.

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