Seaham Carnival: Your guide to what’s going on this weekend

Rides will feature in Seaham Carnival once again.
Rides will feature in Seaham Carnival once again.
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Seafront screenings will open a weekend of carnival celebrations.

The popular outdoor cinema shows will make a return as they launch Seaham Carnival, which takes place on Terrace Green and surrounding area this weekend.

Star Wars on the open-air screen at Seaham Carnival during last summer's carnival.

Star Wars on the open-air screen at Seaham Carnival during last summer's carnival.

Pitch Perfect 2 will be the first film at 6pm on Friday, followed by Stand By Me at 8pm.

Saturday’s events will start with a showing of Disney’s Moana at noon, with Beauty and the Beast at 3pm, with Seaham Music Academy to perform during the interval at 2pm.

Seaham Town Council, which organises the event, has brought in a bigger screen for this year’s event - doubling the size of the cinema screen.

Live music will continue from 5pm, with local bands including Thieves of Liberty to appear ahead of tribute group Rollin Stoned at 8.30pm, with the night’s entertainment due to come to a close at 10pm.

I hope as many people as possible come and enjoy what will be a very entertaining weekend by the sea.

Paul Fletcher

On Sunday, traditionally the carnival’s biggest day, events will start at 11am with local groups to appear.

Tribute acts will follow, with one to Justin Bieber at 2pm, a Kylie at 3.20pm, Paul McCartney at 4pm, The Beautiful South at 6pm, Abba at 7pm, Freddie Mercury at 8pm and the Killerz at 9pm.

The seafront will also welcome buskers from 2pm to 5pm, visits from Disney characters, with money to be raised for St Benedict’s Hospice, free children’s fairground for under sevens will be set up and there will also be a free climbing wall, penalty shootout, kids go karting and activities on Church Street.

The marina will be open for business as usual.

Seaham Music Academy playing at Seaham Carnival last year.

Seaham Music Academy playing at Seaham Carnival last year.

Deputy clerk Paul Fletcher said: “I hope as many people as possible come and enjoy what will be a very entertaining weekend by the sea.”

The full run down of the celebrations can be found on the council’s Facebook page.