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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 call 0191 424 7998.

From today until Thursday, August 25, the 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 at www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/30147/Kids-Fun-Fest

Slimming World is held in the Barnes Institute every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. The consultant is Janet and she can be contacted on 07984 629749.

Souter Lighthouse, the gift shop and tea room are open daily from 11am to 5pm. This Thursday until Sunday from 11am to 4pm, life-sized models of marine mammals take over the Foghorn Field for a four-day roadshow event. This is a free event but there may be a small charge for some activities. Dogs on leads are welcome.

On Sunday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, join a Souter Ranger for a Seashore Safari, cost £1 per child. Discover salty sea creatures galore, learn how to tell winkles from whelks and even more watery wildlife facts. The ramble is suitable for children of all ages accompanied by an adult, and dogs on leads are welcome. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather, footwear suitable for slippery surfaces and meet in the Foghorn Field. Nets and buckets can be provided but please feel free to bring your own. For details of this and 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 0191 529 0909.

The Little Big Band 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 Cockerton Prize Silver Band.

Coffee mornings take place every Saturday morning in Whitburn Methodist Church hall, and Churches Together Lunch Club is on Thursdays from noon to 1.30pm. Soup, sandwiches, salad, sweet, unlimited tea or coffee and stimulating conversation are available for £3 and all are welcome. For more information or to offer voluntary help, contact Michael Vallance on 0191 903 1408.

Regular free activities at Whitburn Library include Baby Bounce – gentle knee bouncing, finger and action rhymes for babies on Mondays from 10am to 10.30am, Library Storytots – stories, crafts and songs for pre-school children on Tuesdays from 2.30pm to 3.30pm and on Thursdays, Mat Making from 10.30am to noon, and friendly Knit and Natter from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. The library has five public computers together with photo-copying and fax services. For more information call 0191 529 3412.