Performers, puppeteers, dancers and entertainers will perform magic inspired by the fire and shadows of fall for the free Family Folk Festival.
Visitors will be able to catch live performances at the heart of the festival in Headland Town Square, also known as the Squircle, while sampling delicious food from independent local vendors.
Meanwhile, the main folk festival will see ticket holders enjoy performances by some of the best UK and international folk, including Martin and Eliza Carthy, Edward II, Flook and Urban Folk Quartet, plus two specially commissioned concerts, workshops and talks . , and projections.
St Hilda’s Church will serve as a unique venue while Borough Hall will be a hub for lectures, screenings and workshops as well as evening concerts.
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The Fisherman’s Arms pub will host sideline events and late night singing sessions, The Pot House will provide a high-end pizza cart as well as comfortable workshop and performance spaces, and there will be partnered events with the Heugh Battery Museum.
Everyone is also invited to take part in a spectacular twilight procession to the sea on Sunday evening.
People can apply to volunteer over the weekend.
Hartlepool residents get a discount on weekend tickets.