AN event which has become one of the best-loved highlights of the Corbridge village calendar is back today.

The historic heart of the community will be transformed with a festival atmosphere as traders, community groups and local councillors unite to stage A Midsummer’s Evening in Corbridge.

The fourth annual event will see the streets filled with stalls, entertainers and pit stops for refreshments.

Locals and visitors alike will gather to enjoy the occasion, which is a summer take on the pre-Christmas late-night shopping event, famous for drawing crowds of thousands every festive season.

Local traders take the opportunity to stay open late for shoppers, while musicians and Morris dancers entertain young and old alike.

A popular feature from last year’s event – the mini boating lake set up by a team from The Pond – will be back in the grounds of St Andrew’s Church, with children’s activities also in the church and a treasure hunt around the village.

To make sure there’s no chance of anyone missing out, a free park and ride service between Tynedale Rugby Club and the Market Place will be provided.

Corbridge’s acclaimed shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants always go the extra mile for their customers and have been preparing their welcome for weeks.

There will be a host of activities happening across the whole village to mark the summer solstice, and not just confined to the Market Place.

Among the many organisations involved in the event are Corbridge First School, Angel Street Food, Corbridge In Bloom, Vintage ‘G & Tea’ Party, Scream For Pizza and the Rotary Club of Tynedale, as well as many more.

The event will run from 4pm to 9pm.