A look ahead to the ninth annual Oyster Festival, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

PUBLISHED: 14:09 10 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:50 20 February 2013

A look ahead to the ninth annual Oyster Festival, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

A look ahead to the ninth annual Oyster Festival, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

A look ahead to the ninth annual Oyster Festival, Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield

Visitors to the ninth Annual Oyster Festival at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield will be able to hit the heights this month. Not only will they enjoy top quality seafood and live entertainment, there will also be the chance to soar above the festival in a hot air balloon.

Guests will be able to experience a tethered flight in the luxurious Champagne Taittinger hot air balloon and managing director of Ramside Estates John Adamson said: We wanted to bring something new and exciting to the festival. Were thrilled that sponsors Taittinger have agreed to bring the Champagne Taittinger hot air balloon for the first time. Proceeds from donations for the flights will benefit our festival charity the Foundation of Light.

And balloon pilot Pete Dalby added: Im sure all the guests who get the opportunity to go up will thoroughly enjoy themselves. Hopefully, well get a clear day so we can admire the views of the stunning County Durham countryside.

Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan will provide entertainment at the festicval, which will be held on Friday September 21st from 11am-6pm, and there will be live music from Mike McGrothers Rogues, The Happy Cats and Badness.

Foundation of Light has been named as the nominated charity of the 9th annual Oyster Festival.

The festival, which takes place on 21st September at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, is recognised as one of the corporate events of the year in the north east social and corporate calendar.

The Foundation of Light will be running a variety of fundraising activities throughout the day including auctioning ownership of a racehorse for a year and giving guests the chance to win an Aston Martin car.

Speaking of the events support, Foundation of Light Fundraising Chief Executive Lesley Spuhler commented:

Were honoured to have been chosen as a nominated charity for the Oyster Festival and would like to thank the event organisers for their consideration and support.

The Foundation of Light works hard to improve the quality of life for all across the region, often in some of the countrys most deprived areas. It is very fitting that guests at this years festival will have the opportunity to take part in fundraising that will benefit their own communities.

The North East Oyster Festival has a reputation for being one of the regions most prestigious events and we are proud to be associated with it.

Managing Director of Ramside Estates John Adamson said: The Oyster Festival is now in its 9th year and is a well-established and eagerly anticipated event. The festival attracts hundreds of people every year, many from leading regional businesses but also lots of groups of friends who enjoy the unique style of entertainment.

As well as being a memorable day out the Oyster and Lobster Festivals have also both raised a significant amount for regional charities over the years and we are delighted to be able to support the Foundation of Light this year. The Foundation is renowned for its ground-breaking and pioneering programmes and works with thousands of young people in our region.

The Foundation of Light (formerly known as SAFC Foundation) is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC which works with more than 40,000 people every year.

The organisation uses the power of football to inspire, involve and educate children, families and adults across the North East through programmes that can improve their lives.

Structurally and financially independent of the football club the organisation relies on fundraising for 95% of project costs.

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