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Lane7 owner brings outdoor entertainment festival to the North East

A North East leisure group has revealed plans to bring a new seasonal outdoor entertainment experience to its site this summer.

Tim Wilks, the operator behind the Lane7 and Gutterball boutique bowling alleys, has launched Burn It Up, which is an outdoor festival-style street food, drinks and entertainment venue in North Shields.

Catering for up to 1000 guests across a 1.6 acre space, Burn It Up has five areas – The Pavilion, The Picture Yard, The Village Hall, Gin Garden and Feastery Street.

Around 100 hospitality staff will be recruited to join the Burn It Up team, with the venue set to open today (April 12).

An array of fairground rides, live music, comedy nights, and bingo will take place in the Pavilion while the Picture Yard will play host to screenings of cult film and this summer’s sporting events such as the delayed UEFA Euro competition, Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

Burn It Up will also become hub to a range of child-friendly clubs, entertainment, and kids’ films, with dedicated family-friendly morning opening hours.

Owner Tim Wilks said: “With outdoor socialising becoming the new norm in hospitality, we want to inject some much-needed entertainment back into the calendar.

“Crucially, this will be done in a safe and secure way in the lead up to summer and beyond. We’ve worked very closely and positively with all parties to make sure we deliver a safe, friendly environment for people to enjoy themselves in what is a large outdoor space.

“We’re encouraging everyone to book ahead and it’s heartening to see those bookings coming in thick and fast.”

Burn It Up will be open daily from 3pm till late Monday to Thursday and from 9am till late Friday to Sunday.