HALTWHISTLE is gearing up for a full weekend of exciting events in the lead up to this year’s Haltwhistle Carnival.

The carnival is one of the biggest event’s in the town’s social calendar and sees dozens of separate events take place as carnival day itself approaches.

The town has already seen a number of activities, with the run-up to the carnvial starting on June 28 with the children’s disco.

There’s also been the usual car treasure hunt, as well as a game of prize bingo with an American theme. The preparations were rounded off by a quiz at the Comrades’ Club and the open bowls competition on Monday.

Saturday signals the official start of carnival weekend.

A series of events will mark the occasion, kicking off with the duck race from 12.30pm.

The ducks will race from the Old Tyne Bridge to the Alston Arches.

Also on Saturday is the annual children’s party, taking place on the showfield from 1pm to 3pm, featuring entertainment from Amazing Wonder, as well as a bouncy castle, games, and face painting.

The industrial tent will also be open for entries from 10am, with viewings starting at 1pm.

On carnival day itself – Sunday, July 14 – the annual procession of floats will depart from Haltwhistle fire station at noon, led by the City of Newcastle Pipe Band.

Carnival day will include judging for floats and fancy dress, along with live music by Diablo Northeast.

There will also be entertainment, music, beer, stalls, and vintage vehicles throughout the day on the showfield. The event is for the whole community.