WONDER Woman, Darth Vader and North-East television personalities Ant and Dec are all set to be carved into ice this year as part of a now-annual festival celebrating the art form.

A team of ice sculptors, who have worked on hit TV show Game of Thrones, will be recreating a whole host of characters inspired by the theme of heroes and villains at this weekend’s Fire&Ice InDurham.

The two-day festival starts tomorrow and will take place across Durham city.

Organiser Adam Deathe, business engagement manager at Durham BID, said: “Each year we try to build on the previous one and out-do ourselves. I can safely say, this iteration of the festival is our most ambitious yet, with the heroes and villains theme. The ice sculptures are fantastic, in fact breath-taking.

“From the die-hard comic fan and movie buff, to local historian and fans of North-East famous faces, there’s something for everyone of all ages to see, do and enjoy in the city this weekend at Fire&Ice InDurham.”

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The sculpture trail will also feature characters like Lego Batman, Maleficent and a Thunderbird as well as North-East heroine Grace Darling.

TV duo Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will also feature after topping a public vote, which asked people to pick their favourite North-East personalities

The event also features a number of free activities, including live ice-carving demonstrations by experts at Glacial Art, who are creating the sculptures, the opportunity to have a go at it yourself, street performances and a grand finale event, which will see jets of water and shooting flames “dance” in time to music.

The trail is open between 10am and 6pm each day.

Scott Hillary of AH Events, festival producers, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to share the final details of Fire&Ice InDurham and can’t wait to welcome people to the City this weekend.

“We’re hoping for lots of dry, fine and bright weather, as with the whole event being outdoors, we really are open to the elements. While we’ve shared the timings and programme of events, all aspects of the festival are subject to change depending on the weather.”