Once again, Newcastle Cricket Club is proud to be playing a key part in the Jesmond Community Festival, a series of (mostly) free events throughout the area that begin with a warm-up on Friday 12th May and continue through to 4th June.

This year there are more than 100 events, and there’s something for everyone, from toddlers to pensioners, with events including talks, readings, open days, family fun activities, jazz, walking tours, a fair and much more.

Some of the events at NCC include:

PIMMS Weekend and live cricket

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May, come and enjoy a spot of cricket in the sunshine, along with a glass of PIMMS. There’s free entry to NCC’s matches against Tynemouth and Washington respectively (from 1pm), along with a barbecue and a spot on Jesmond’s favourite sun-trap terrace.

There will be regular fixtures each weekend throughout the festival, including Northumberland County Cricket Club’s match with Lincolnshire on Sunday 21st May. Entry is free to NCC members, and there’s a small entry charge for non-members for this match.

Women’s and juniors coaching

If you’re feeling more active, come along and try a spot of participation on the evening of Monday 15th May, from 6:30 to 8pm. All girls and women aged 13+ are welcome to come and give cricket a try.

On Friday 26th as part of the PIMMS weekend there’s a taster session of coaching for juniors (girls and boys, aged 7-11) from 6:30 to 8pm, too.

The Jesmond Debate

Organised by the North East Humanists, this year’s topic will be ‘Is private education good or bad for society as a whole?’, and will feature speakers including Bernard Trafford, Head of the Royal Grammar School. The event is free, and runs from 7 to 9pm on Tuesday 16th May.

For a full run-down of events at the festival, head to www.jesmondfestival.org.uk to find out more.