Each year every effort is made to ensure that there are events likely to appeal to all ages, such as the Teddy Bear Trail and Model Steam Train Rides for children and families, to events organised with the help of the Elders Council of Newcastle, to cater for older people. The venues are also very varied, including most of Jesmond’s Churches and Church Halls, schools, parks, Jesmond Library, Jesmond Pool, the Star and Shadow Cinema, the Royal British Legion, the People’s Theatre, Jesmond Old Cemetery and several of Jesmond’s residential homes.
Most individual festival events are organised by the host organisation or venue and are self-financing and either free or at low cost for attendees. Some raise money for specified charities. Jesmond Community Forum, the coordinating body for the festival, covers the costs of printing the festival programmes, other publicity, insurance and incidental expenses from grants, donations and collections at festival events. The Council’s Ward Committees have been major sources of funding, but in recent years, as they themselves have been hit by budget cuts, other local businesses and organisations have come forward with offers of funding, including Jesmond Community Leisure (the operators of Jesmond Pool and Gym), Jesmond Nursery, Waitrose Community Matters and City Retreat. Many of the local community organisations organising festival events also contribute to central costs.