Welcome to our city by the sea

There is plenty to see and do in Sunderland from beautiful beaches and countryside, to theatres, museums and galleries. Many of the city's attractions are free and all offer a great family day out, packed with fun.

Sunderland is a welcoming, bustling city set right on the coast and at the mouth of the River Wear. It boasts wide sandy beaches and acres of relaxing and invigorating green spaces. Culturally its offer includes Sunderland Empire Theatre, National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, while its underground music scene is considered one of the most vibrant in the UK. This proud city by the sea also has a fascinating history, outstanding sporting attractions and a family-friendly programme of events and festivals.

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The Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free airshow in Europe and celebrated its 25th show in 2013, with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying magnificent flying displays and activities on the ground.


RT @KeRicoCatering: Trying out the #Hijab @ the #OneWorldParty @SundMuseum :D http://t.co/ziMALBoRc0 14 hours 9 min ago
RT @KeRicoCatering: And this is our colourful and tantalising stall :D @SundMuseum #OneWorldParty http://t.co/d7R4OhjFhB 14 hours 9 min ago
RT @NGCAsunderland: FREE poetry workshop for young people 13+ with artist Harry Burke - TODAY 1-3pm - in Sunderland City Library @harryb_rk 14 hours 13 min ago
There's half-term crafts and activities at @WWTWashington all about the incredible journeys of birds.#GREATdayout http://t.co/CrmSPkg7M1 16 hours 53 min ago
There's 'Little Artists' from 11am to 2pm at @NGC_GlassCentre today. Drop in for lots of fun activities. #GREATdayout http://t.co/U7oUuvT5rc 18 hours 53 min ago
Do the boxer beat with a beat boxing piece of theatre. 'Staggering...' says the Metro. http://t.co/OMN1VdYtoZ http://t.co/eP8qyKizBu 1 day 9 hours ago
RT @ArtsCtrWton: 2x UK beatboxing champion @_GraceSavage comes to @sunstages this Sunday #blind @ThePaperBirds @sunderlandsu http://t.co/c 1 day 9 hours ago
RT @LamplightFilmNE: Want to kick off Halloween early this year? Come to our screening in @holmesidecoffee https://t.co/Fl2TyEoLYK! 1 day 9 hours ago
A celebration of our global community this Sat. Music, food and family games. http://t.co/9meMDqkuRs‘one-world’-party http://t.co/t5wIe8T5GW 1 day 10 hours ago
Always plenty to see and do in Sunderland and half-term is no exception #GREATdayout http://t.co/Nx95jZitF2 http://t.co/Wrttv0bs2d 1 day 11 hours ago

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