LANE 7, headquartered in Darlington, is bringing a Covid-safe outdoor Christmas festival to the North-East this winter.

The independent bowling alley has announced plans to bring a seasonal outdoor festival, with a range of family-friendly attractions, tipi-style bars and themed party nights, to its Gutterball site at the Royal Quays in North Shields. 

There are also plans for a Christmas pantomime in a 200-seater covered arena called the MegaDome.

Lost in Wintertown is the brainchild of Gutterball and Lane7 owner Tim Wilks and North-East entrepreneur and leisure specialist Nigel Holliday. 

Mr Wilks said: “With all kinds of family-oriented fun, pantomimes and work Christmas parties being cancelled this year due to Covid, we want to inject some much-needed festivity back into the calendar.

"Crucially, this will be done in a safe and secure way in the lead up to Christmas and beyond.

“We all need something to look forward to right now!”

The Northern Echo: A map of WintertownA map of Wintertown

Lost In Wintertown will have fairground rides, street food vendors, firepits, a tipi-style bar area, giant yurt and a 200-seater MegaDome covered arena.

The arena will host a range of performances, including the pantomime Aladdin, performed by i-Stage theatre company, Disney-themed singalong events by Let It Snow Productions and nighttime party nights featuring Queen, ABBA and Beyonce tribute acts plus live singers, DJs and comedians. 

Nigel Holliday said “Lost in Wintertown brings together a range of key attractions from all of those things people are going to miss most this winter, not least in the run up to Christmas.

"As two operators with a long history in leisure, and recent experiences of operating leisure businesses during the pandemic, we will be strict on maintaining all appropriate safety measures.”    

The winter festival is also supporting Cash for Kids with a contribution from the ticket sales going to the charity.

Dependent on appropriate Covid restrictions, it will open daily from Friday December 4 through into 2021.

The Northern Echo: Lane 7 owner Tim WilksLane 7 owner Tim Wilks

Gutterball, which has indoor bowling, arcades, mini-golf and other attractions will also be open throughout.  

Mr Wilks added: “We have everything crossed that the current lockdown will have worked sufficiently to allow us all to emerge with positivity on December 2, in a way that will enable us all to celebrate Christmas with a few more of the traditional things we love about the season.”

For more information visit, follow @LostInWintertown on Instagram or search Lost In Wintertown’on Facebook.