Sparkling fun at the Diamond Festival

A HARTLEPOOL tourist attraction is offering fun for free as the town celebrates 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

From street theatre to storytelling – a host of entertainment is on the way at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience as part of the Diamond Festival.

And it all starts with lots to do for all the family on Saturday, June 2.

The Hartlepool Mail today takes a look at some of the line-up and also at other events planned for the celebratory weekend.

There’s a chance to enjoy 1950s inspired entertainment such as street theatre. Vintage cars will also be on show and there will be a funfair as well.

And for the fashion-conscious among you, there’s a chance to have your hair and make-up done in the style of the period.

Songs and magic are on the way in a pirate adventure with Pearl and Gump on board the ship The Black Diamond, and toddlers can tap their toes to some retro 50s beats.

Craft sessions, and boat trips around Hartlepool Marina, on board The Adventure, are planned and so are story time sessions to help youngsters explore the magic of classic 1950s picture books.

On Sunday, the venue becomes a children’s 50s wonderland with costumed characters of famous 50s children’s film and television stars including the Lone Ranger, Noddy and Sleeping Beauty.

There’s also some 50s-inspired street theatre ranging from the Coronation Chickens to towering stilt walkers.

Plus there’s another chance to join in with storytelling and craft sessions as well as a curiosity show filled with fascinating characters.

Entry to Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience on both days is free, although there’s a small admission charge to HMS Trincomalee.

The Diamond Festival is supported by main sponsor Niramax Total Waste Solutions plus the Vela Group, TFM Radio and Camerons Brewery.

For information about all the Diamond Festival events, pick up one of the free Diamond Festival guides or visit

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