FAMILIES can once again enjoy all the fun of the fair this summer as The Hoppings announces its return to Tyneside.

The biggest traveling fair in Europe will take up residence on the Town Moor, Newcastle – for the 141st time – on Friday 16 June.

And not only do organisers promise it will be even bigger and better than last year, but also longer, as an extra day has been added so thrill-seekers will have until Sunday 25 June to explore everything the Hoppings has to offer.

Crow Events, which took over the operating of the Hoppings from The Freemen of Newcastle, has promised a whole host of attractions, from family favourites, such as the helter skelter and dodgems, to some of the “biggest, fastest and wildest rides” in Europe.

Classic favourites such as Magic Mouse Rollercoaster, the Ghost Train, Dodgems and Fun House will take up residence alongside white-knuckle experiences such as Tagada, Extreme, and Star Flyer.

Other top experiences include Reverse Bungee, a firm favourite for those with nerves of steel and the ability to stand being catapulted 150 feet up in the air and encounter 4.8 G force, and the chilling Ice Jet which is a turbo charged version of a Waltzer.

Feast Street – a vast selection of gourmet food stalls accompanied by a large dining area, licensed bar and live music – is also set to return, having proved hugely popular with the 400,000 visitors to The Hoppings last summer.

And Ryan Crow, of Crow Events, said visitors can expect plenty more besides.

“We have spent the past year scouring Europe for the most exciting, the most thrilling and the most hair-raising rides and attractions,” he said, “and we will be announcing them all in the coming weeks.

“The Hoppings is a North East institution and this year we have added an extra day to the event so we are determined to ensure there is something for everyone and every single visitor has the best possible time.”

Details of new additions for this year’s event will be fully revealed in the next few weeks.

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