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A winter festival of arts, music, film and community spirit will set Hartlepool’s ancient Headland aglow in November once again. A three-day programme of events, activities and entertainment celebrate this proud area. Wintertide has been developed by volunteers and the programme aims to offer something for every type of visitor.

Taking place on Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November, this year’s event will include magical illuminations, a lantern parade, live music, an outdoor festive market, cinema screenings and community choirs amongst much more, and almost all of it is free.

Taking place at key locations across the heart of the Headland, festival goers can enjoy live music at The Fishermans Arms, The Duke of Cleveland and Mary Rowntrees, with a wealth of regional and national talent on offer. Festival highlights include a special show with folk musician Rachel Sermanni, who pairs up with ‘local boy done good’ The Lake Poets at St Hilda’s Church on the Saturday evening; plus there’s sets from funk behemoths King Bee; gypsy folk from Holy Moly & The Crackers and masterful vocals from Boss Caine; plus a host of superb local acts including slacker popster James Leonard Hewitson, hardcore rockers Future Horizons, lo-fi duo Mouses, rockabilly oddball Old Muggins, Victorian noir from The Black Sheep Federick Dickens among many others.

“After the success of last year we are going even bigger and better with the music programme for Wintertide 2016,” organiser Brian Barnes, from PinDrop promotions says, “we feel we have catered for all tastes with different genres that are covered. We are delighted to offer folk, funk, jazz and even some stoner rock at this year’s event, and we are looking forward to a very busy and buzzy festival.”

The inaugural film festival will celebrate local independent filmmakers and their work which showcases our region. Developed by local film company Daft As Rags, the festival will also screen two European premieres as well as an exciting full-length feature film Addicted To Sheep.

Elsewhere in the programme, Friday night sees The Lantern Parade, the switching on of the Christmas lights in the Town Square and also a Ghosts & Horrible History guided walk for all the family. Saturday meanwhile includes the Wintertide art trail, craft workshops and outdoor festive market in the Town Square, while on Sunday the Borough Hall will play host to a craft market and the Headland Sports Hall a festive decorations workshop, plus Hartlepool’s first ever Turkey Trot race around the Town Moor.

On all three evenings there will be a chance to see the Headland in a very different way thanks to some striking illumination, including dramatic projections which will throw light and life onto St Hilda’s Church, the Borough Hall and the nearby port. With something for everyone this year’s Wintertide festival is set to sparkle.

Wintertide Festival takes place from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th November at various locations in Hartlepool.

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