Sunderland to host Hoppings–style funfair after Newcastle event cancelled

The Hoppings, Europe's largest travelling fun fair, pictured in Newcastle.
The Hoppings, Europe's largest travelling fun fair, pictured in Newcastle.
Have your say

SUNDERLAND’S answer to The Hoppings is set to go ahead.

The nine-day extravaganza, which is being billed as the “North East’s largest funfair”, will kick off next month at Herrington Country Park.

The announcement, which comes after the cancellation of the historic Newcastle attraction, follows talks with Sunderland City Council and months of planning.

Co-organiser Colin Noble said: “It has taken a while to get everything finalised, but we’re there at last. We want to thank the council for all their help.”

The event, which will feature more than 100 attractions and run from June 21 to 30, is expected to pull in bumper crowds.

Mr Noble, who organised the funfair with Keith Turner, said: “We’ll have a roller coaster, log flume and bungee jump and all the old favourites. Many of the families there will be those who had planned to go to The Hoppings.

“We’ve set up a Facebook page under the ‘North East’s Largest Funfair@Penshaw Monument’ so we can keep everyone up to date on times and attractions.

“We’ll see how everything goes, but it could be an annual event.”

Earlier this year, the Echo revealed how Sunderland City Council had been approached about staging a funfair.

A dispute between the Showmen’s Guild, whose attractions illuminate Newcastle’s Town Moor each year, and the Freemen of Newcastle, who took over organisation in 2012, led the showmen to opt out of The Hoppings, set up in 1882.

Citing disagreements, including location of pitches, rent hikes and pricing of attractions, Guild members voted unanimously to declare the event “out of order”, meaning they will not participate for the foreseeable future.