A CHRISTMAS family fun day is making a return to a Durham church after a gap of several years.

The event, which used to attract around 450 people before it ceased four years ago, is run by Emmanuel Church Durham and will be held on Saturday, December 9.

It has not been held in four years but is returning due to popular demand.

There will be large inflatables, a Santa’s Grotto, Nerf Wars, face painting, crafts, games consoles, a film room, henna and nails, live music and festive refreshments. Entry and all activities are free, and open to all.

Pete Gray, Emmanuel Church’s Children and Youth Worker, said: “Our Christmas family fun day was always very popular, and we’re very excited it’s back for this year. There is something for children of all ages, and it’s all free. We hope this year is going to be the best yet.”

It takes place between 1.30pm and 4.30pm at The Durham Centre, in Belmont Industrial Estate.

Some free transport will be available, with pick-up and drop-off points at Laurel Avenue Community Centre and Pelaw View Community Centre on Sherburn Road Estate, near Sainsbury’s on Sunderland Road in Gilesgate, Carrville Methodist Church and in Pittington.

The church is also hosting a charity brass band concert, with sing along carols, at 5pm on Sunday, December 10.

The concert will feature Aycliffe and Brancepeth Brass Band.

Entry is free and there will a collection for the If U Care Share Foundation, which supports families affected by suicide.