Roll up for egg-cellent fun this Easter; Egg rolling is part and parcel of Easter. SARAH JEFFERY has all you need to know on where to go.
THERE are plenty of Easter egg hunts taking place across the North East over the bank holiday weekend, but what about egg rolling? The old Easter tradition, which involves sending hard-boiled, decorated eggs downhill to see whose can travel the furthest, is no longer popular among families but there are still a few places in the region going to the egg-stra mile.
On Good Friday, March 25 the Penshaw Bowl takes place at Herrington Country Park from 1pm. The event is free of charge but to take part you need to pre-book on the Sunderland Live website and children are asked to come along with their pre-decorated egg, clearly marked with their name and age, ready to roll.
There is also another free Easter Egg roll in Mowbray Park Sunderland which is open to families whose children are pupils at Hudson Road, Valley Road or Grangetown Primary Schools.
And if you're planning a visit to Beamish Museum over Easter you will be able to explore and celebrate the region's Easter traditions and have a crack at some of them yourself.
Visitors to the County Durham attraction can join in Easter celebrations from the Georgian, Edwardian and 1940s periods including traditions involving eggs being decorated, rolled, hidden and hunted.
So if you want to join in one of these celebrations, here's everything you need to know about the egg rolling events.
Penshaw Bowl, Herrington Country Park The much-loved annual egg-rolling competition, returns but at its new venue - the Amphitheatre, in Herrington Country Park.
The traditional contest will take place at 1pm and then again at 2pm. The competition will begin with the under-fives age group bowling first and the competition will move through the age groups finishing with the final bowl from the 10-11 age group.
Children are asked to come along with their pre-decorated egg, clearly marked with their name and age and, in order to avoid cracking up in any eggstreme queues, visitors need to preregister their egg roll.
There will also be an activity marquee in Herrington Country Park offering a range of Easterthemed activities for the entire family to get involved in, including a small funfair.
Date: Friday March 25, 2016 Time: 1pm and 2pm Cost: Free. Pre-booking required at www.sunderlandlive.co.uk/penshaw-bowl-2016.
Easter Egg Roll, Mowbray Park, Sunderland Back on the Map, a charity funded by Sunderland City Council, is holding its first Easter Egg Roll in Mowbray Park on Saturday, March 26.
The family-friendly event is open to all families with children who attend Hudson Road, Valley Road or Grangetown Primary Schools. All the children taking part in the Easter Egg Roll will receive a chocolate egg and get to meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny.
Date: Saturday March 26 Time: 11am - 12pm Cost: Free but it is a ticketed event as places are limited. Tickets can only be collected from Back on the Map at Carnegie Community Corner, on Toward Road, Hendon.
Easter Fun, Beamish, County Durham Join Beamish for some Easter fun this spring, as the museum will have loads of egg-citing activities going on including baking, crafts and games.
Explore the museum to find out how Easter was celebrated in the 1800s, 1900s and 1940s and sample some amazing baking along the way.
There will also be an Easter egg trail - can you find all the eggs hidden around the site? And try your hand at egg rolling and jarping.
Date: Saturday March 26 - Monday March 28 Time: Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Last admission 3pm.
Cost: Normal admission applies.
| Families enjoy the Easter Egg rolling competition at Penshaw Monument in Penshaw