This year's Easter Family Fun day at a North East venue has had to be cancelled due to poor ground conditions on site, it has been announced.

The annual event which includes Penshaw Bowl was due to be held at Herrington Country Park at Penshaw, near Sunderland, on Tuesday, April 2.

However prolonged spells of rain in recent weeks have left the site boggy in places. A site inspection carried out this week confirmed issues with the areas used for event parking and water beginning to pool in the areas used for bowling and activities.The Northern Echo: Boggy conditions at Herrington Country Park

Marion Dixon, Assistant Director of Regulatory Services at Sunderland City Council, said: "We're really sorry about having to cancel this year's Penshaw Bowl, I know it's an event that lots of families enjoy and look forward to.

"But the current ground conditions on site combined with the weather forecast for more rain over the coming week means that it just wouldn't be safe to go ahead, especially with all the family activities planned on site.The Northern Echo: Boggy conditions at Herrington Country Park

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"The safety and enjoyment of all those coming along to the event has to be our prime focus. It's disappointing news, but we hope everyone will understand why we have had to take this decision given the incredibly wet weather we've seen of late and continued poor weather forecast."

To find out about other things to do this Easter visit: Northern Echo: Boggy conditions at Herrington Country Park