CIRCUS ACTS, angelic visitors and even a friendly dinosaur are all on hand to keep children entertained at the North East’s biggest live music festival.

Organisers of Hardwick Live Festival have revealed a whole host of talented acts for little ones to look out for at the event, which returns to Hardwick Live Hotel, Sedgefield from 17 to 18 August.

Festival-goers of all ages can try their hand at a range of different skills including trapeze, unicycles, hula hoops and juggling thanks to the popular circus school tent over the weekend.

Or budding artists can put their creativity to the test with a range of workshops across the two days, to make pom pom keyrings, badges, metal washer jewellery, colourful crowns and tiaras, festival postcards or paint their very own mandala stone.

The Vegetable Nannies will be make healthy eating fun by combining learning with arts and crafts at workshops on both days or families can enjoy some retro entertainment with a Punch and Judy show on Saturday.

And there will be a number of acts on the move around the festival site, including the Submercycle on Saturday – which takes children and families on a story-led bike ride.

Those at the event on Sunday can look out for the Segway Angels, while Roarsome the friendly dinosaur will also be roaming the grounds over the weekend.

Popular entertainer The Bubbleologist will also host a number of shows and families can purchase wristbands for a young children’s inflatable area.

John Adamson, who owns Hardwick Hall Hotel, believes Hardwick Live Festival is a fantastic day out for families.

“We have some really unique acts showcasing their talents over the weekend and I think they will bring a great energy to the event,” he said.

“The festival has something for all ages, whether people are staying for the whole weekend or planning a day trip, and there are some fantastic things to see and do this year across the whole grounds.”

Festival-goers can hear from a star-studded line-up on the main stage over the two days, including Manic Street Preachers, James, The Zutons, Lisa Stansfield, Stiff Little Fingers, Ziggy Marley, Sister Sledge featuring Kathy Sledge, Billy Bragg, The Sherlocks and The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club.

Across the site, music fans can enjoy a dance arena, top DJs who have performed all over the world, comedy, yoga and a range of food and drink.

Tickets for this year’s Hardwick Live Festival are currently on sale at £55 for one day or £99 for both days. Concessions are available for children and 13-17-year-olds.

Camping and glamping options are also available for those who want to immerse themselves in the festival experience.

For more information or to book tickets, visit