FATHER Christmas will be visiting youngsters in Bishop Auckland this weekend during a day of festive fun.

The Bishop Auckland Town Team has organised the event on Saturday.

Youngsters will be able to have their photograph taken with Father Christmas at the Old Fashioned Sweet Shop, on Fore Bondgate, between 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Admission is free and the photographs cost £1.

Father Christmas will also be in his grotto at Newgate Shopping Centre on Saturday, December 16 and on Saturday, December 23.

There will also be some additional Christmas entertainment including festive singers, music from the Soundwaves Community Choir and the Fishburn Academy Band.

The Sandra Welsh School of Dance will be performing and there will be pantomime characters from Beauty and the Beast.

There will also be free face painting for the children as well as guest appearances from Bishop The Boar.

For more information, visit the Bishop Auckland Town Team website at bishopaucklandtownteam.org