A GIANT snow globe arrived in the region at the weekend so visitors could have their photograph taken against a picturesque winter backdrop.

The globe came to Stockton as part of the borough council’s four-week Stockton Sparkles festival, which sees a host of family-friendly activities in the town centre.

Visitors could step inside the globe, on Dovecot Street, for a souvenir photograph against a winter backdrop on Saturday.

For more information about forthcoming events, which include Christmas markets and a reindeer parade, visit www.stocktonsparkles.co.uk.