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South Tyneside Council runs summer holiday sports coaching programmes and family fun days throughout August in various venues. Some events must be booked and paid for in advance but many are free. Coaching places are limited so early booking is recommended. For full details go to www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/28620/Summer-holiday-sports or ring 427 700.

South Bents Townswomen’s Guild meets tomorrow at the Sea Hotel, South Shields, 6.30pm for 7pm for the Guild’s 50th anniversary celebration meal. This is the last meeting before the August break. Sunderland Federation Coffee mornings in St Mary’s Church, Bridge Street, recommence on Wednesday, September 7. From Sunday, August 21, to Wednesday, August 24, Townswomen will visit Chester for a four-day holiday.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. Tomorrow from 11am to 4pm, meet in the Foghorn Field for 50 Things Activity Day, including bug hunting, pond dipping, snail racing and lots of other outdoor adventures. Be prepared to get a bit mucky, which is all part of the fun. This is a free event but some activities may attract a small charge. On Friday, the first of three Swash yer Buckle events for pirates of all ages takes place in the Foghorn Field from 11am to 4pm. Cost is £3 per person and come dressed-up (optional) for salty sea dog shenanigans. Dogs on leads are welcome. For details of these and all future special events and activities, go online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/souter-lighthouse-and-the-leas , email anne.cauwood@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 529 0909.

On Monday, from 11am to 4pm, join ORCA Shore Watch at Souter and learn about dolphins and porpoises. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these fascinating sea mammals and how to spot them. Admission charges to the lighthouse apply and booking is essential on rachael.forster@orcaweb.org.uk , or call 293 6202. Everyone is welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult but no dogs are allowed. Following an identification workshop, there will be a chance to observe from the shore and help gather invaluable data to aid conservation.

The Gaslighters will be playing on Saturday in the Victorian Bandstand in South Marine Park from 2pm to 4pm. This is a free weekly event with a different group each week until September 3, sponsored by the Friends of North and South Marine Park.

Brass bands play in the Amphitheatre (behind Minchella’s ice cream shop on South Shields seafront) each Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm until August 21. This Sunday’s band is NASUWT Concert Band.

UB40, which has sold more than 70million records with other support artists will be performing on Sunday from 1pm to 5pm in Bents Park, South Shields. This is the last of South Tyneside Festival free concerts. For more information, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/55327/UB40. You can bring your own food and drink, but lots of tasty treats will be on sale, ranging from fish and chips, noodles, crepes to Prosecco, Pimms and speciality craft ales.

From Tuesday, August 2, until Thursday, August 25, Kids Fun fest takes place each Tuesday and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm in South Shields Amphitheatre. Each afternoon will be full of fun, games and activities featuring a host of amazing performers and entertainers with the welcome return of the gunge tank. Details can be found at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/30147/Kids-Fun-Fest.