THOUSANDS of visitors are expected to head to the Headland this weekend for an event set up to celebrate the area’s history.
Now in its ninth year, the Headland Heritage Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, and is centred around the Town Square and the Borough Hall.
Previous events have attracted thousands of visitors keen to take a step back in time and learn more about Hartlepool’s rich history.
The festival has added significance this year, with the 100th anniversary of the First World War looming.
The event normally takes place on one day, but because of this commemoration of the Great War organisers have arranged activities to be spread over two days.
David Geen, chairman of the organising committee and part of the Headland History Group, said: “This is an event we look forward to each year and as soon as one finishes the planning starts for the next one.
“Obviously this year, with the anniversary of the Great War there is added significance and we’re hoping to get a good crowd along on both days.”
The festival centres around the Town Square, with displays based within the Borough Hall, and stalls and activities taking place in the street on both days, between 10.30am-4pm.
Visitors will be able to learn more about the history of Hartlepool, and there are plenty of activities to keep people of all ages entertained.
Hartlepool Borough Council is involved this year and there will be displays from the libraries and tourist information centre.
There will be plenty of photographs on display in the Borough Hall, as well as knights having mock battles and re-enactments in the street.
The event, which is also supported by the Headland Parish Council, runs on both days from 10.30am-4pm.