A coastline to savour

A coastline to savour

There’s something special about a day on the beach. Somehow the sea air makes memories stronger and the golden sands make everything sweeter.

Sunderland’s twin Blue Flag Award winning beaches are the perfect place to unwind. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to let the kids run off some excess energy or to sit and relax with a picnic; there’s miles of beautiful coastline from which to choose the ideal spot.

Roker and Seaburn beaches have been favourite family spots for hundreds of years.  It’s easy to see why when you’re gazing out towards the horizon with just the lighthouse of Roker Pier to punctuate the view. It’s a sandcastle builders paradise.

But every top sandcastle builder needs refreshment, or an ice cream at the very least. That’s where the cafés and restaurants at Pier Point in Roker come in to their own.

Underground, overground

Alongside Pier Point work is well underway on a brand new attraction, one that will transform how you view the coastline.

Roker Pier is in the latter stages of a massive restoration. As part of the work, the original tunnel used in construction is being opened to the public for the first time. This new underground tour will help visitors understand the huge skill and effort needed to build such a structure… and allow visitors into the stunning lighthouse for the first time.

If underground isn’t your thing, then look to the skies for Sunderland International Airshow every July. Some of the rarest aircraft and very best air-borne performances take over Roker and Seaburn for the full weekend. From the world famous Red Arrows display team to historic metal like the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight this show has it all. There’s a whole load of family entertainment on the ground throughout too.

Bright lights

Just a short hop from the coast is Roker Park. This fantastic traditional park, with play areas, a lake and a miniature railway alongside the floral displays you’d expect to find. It’s ideal if you fancy a break from the sands.

The fun doesn’t stop when summer ends though; Sunderland Illuminations brightens up the seafront every September to November with dazzling displays. Roker Park is the epicentre of all things illuminated with stunning displays throughout the park.

It’s a perfect opportunity to wrap up warm and take in the crisp evening air… and the best possible excuse for a hot chocolate.

Did you know?

Sunderland is home of the National Glass Centre - the only UK centre celebrating the history of glass making and providing a world focus for glass. The centre reopened in 2013 after undergoing a major refurbishment.

Twitter

Great food, a seat and a front row view of the flying sounds like the perfect way to enjoy https://t.co/xvwXHFWt34 9 hours 30 min ago
You've got just over a week left to see this outstanding photography exhibition https://t.co/VHUfG6qdDE 12 hours 30 min ago
And we are very pleased to have it! Very important for us to highlight our beautiful location, attractions and hidd… https://t.co/CE4csf7qGt 1 day 14 hours ago
Beautifully restored opens tomorrow night, on Keel Square. A great addition to our city centre. https://t.co/AUs5quzrVz 2 days 13 hours ago
Ever seen a show inside a caravan? You can this weekend https://t.co/QwHRbCsLQ6 3 days 8 hours ago
Need some ideas for things to do during half term? Look no further! https://t.co/S9UO9E6UYx https://t.co/b4qRvdHdlO 3 days 13 hours ago
RT : Are you a photographer looking for a volunteer opportunity? Check out our 'Visitor Experience Photographer' role: https://t.co/cPF29oZz6e 4 days 4 hours ago
Did you see Penshaw Monument in today? Beautiful photo by https://t.co/QvEhsSkPXW 5 days 9 hours ago
You're invited to Mowbray Park's 160th birthday party, today, from 2pm. All part of Local History Month. https://t.co/z2a4ujAqAc 1 week 16 hours ago
RT : What's on this weekend at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens? Find out here! > https://t.co/FeaKrjj9yI https://t.co/3rPThByUOG 1 week 1 day ago
We're even shouting about it from the lampposts now! Proud to support https://t.co/UncEZneVnE 1 week 2 days ago
Did you know is rebuilding a 1950s town, including some of Sunderland? Find out more this week… https://t.co/GfhNzfKizz 1 week 4 days ago
Not that anyone really needs a reason to go to the beach, but this is a good one! Good luck to all running… https://t.co/oY2jhCqgoT 2 weeks 1 day ago
Huge congratulations to for last night's win, very well deserved https://t.co/1j3BkFvZpR 2 weeks 1 day ago
Are you geared up for the BIG Bike Ride? 11 June, two distances to chose from, £10pp. Enter online now… https://t.co/sCKDL15hyz 2 weeks 3 days ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter

Supporting the Sunderland City of Culture bid 2021