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Take to the Tees - River Festival

Watersport festival planned

'Take to the Tees', will be the North East's first ever watersports and river festival, held in Stockton.

It will give people the chance to try jet skiing, rowing, kayaking and something a bit strange with balls.

The festival, due to start on August 22, is being organised by Stockton Borough Council with the aim of publicising the River Tees' world-class facilities, activities, wildlife and history.

Programme, Saturday, August 22
  • 9.45am - Opening ceremony

  • 12 noon to 4pm - Watersports demonstrations, including jet skiers, water skiers, Fire Brigade, RAF, Thunder Cats and powerboats
  • 1pm - Take to the Tees photography competition prizegiving
  • Visitors on Saturday can book a place on taster sessions of the watersports on display, which will be held on the Sunday.

    It will all begin with a flotilla of watercraft and boats taking to the Tees, but a week long programme of events, including free watersports sessions, will be held along the riverbank.

    Among the attractions will be a demonstration of giant walk-on-water balls, which are like hamster wheels which people can use on the river yet stay dry. Event director Victoria Rogers said she hopes it will open the public's eyes to what the Tees has to offer.

    "If you want to take up a watersport, then this is the place you come and do it.

    "We're really lucky in this area. There's nowhere else that's really town or city based this far north, where you can actually enjoy the river and waterski, jetski, quietly row, sail, kayak and canoe on the whitewater course.

    "It's really here for people to realise what's on their doorstep."

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