From pirates to pyrotechnics, even more fun at Sunderland Illuminations

Half term at Sunderland Illuminations

Tens of thousands of visitors have already enjoyed a fantastic night at Sunderland Illuminations and the family fun continues this half term.

Witches, Pirates, Ghosts and fun activities will all be happening in Roker Park this week.

Sunderland City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture Councillor John Kelly said:” We’ve had a great turnout so far and there’s even more to see and do this half term. It is always fantastic to see so many people having a great time and this year we have even more activities during the holidays and of course our spectacular firework finale on bonfire night.

"I hope people make the most of the stunning location and come to make the most of our beautiful coastline and its dazzling lighting displays.”

This year's event sees all of Roker Park being used for a whole host of new and exciting features, including pirates, dinosaurs and fairies, as well as old favourites including the Sunderland Tap and a Sea of Stars on the lake. Children can take on the role of a pirate, ride on the shuggy boats and take a trip to Treasure Island which leads to the lost island of dinosaurs. There’s a pirate adventure golf course, illuminated arts and lots of other exciting activities to keep the whole family entertained.

The lights are on 5-10pm every evening, with last entry into Roker Park at 9pm.

To help ensure that the event will continue to grow and develop a small entrance fee of £1 for Roker Park has been introduced for the first time this year (children aged 2 and under are free)

Tickets can be bought from: City Library (Fawcett Street), Bunnyhill Customer Service Centre, Washington Town Centre library, Houghton Library, Sandhill Customer Service Centre and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Tickets are also available from booths on Cliffe Park, Bede’s Cross and Marine Walk from 5pm every day during the event.

Cllr Kelly added: “I’d encouraging people to buy tickets in advance, to save queuing on the night, and to also use of the park and ride service too. It’s free for those using St Mary’s or Sunniside multi-storey car parks, and picks up and drops off in Keel Square.

October half term activities

Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October from 6-8pm try and spot our special guests Captain Jack, Captain Hook and our very own Spotty as they enjoy an evening out at Sunderland Illuminations.

From Friday 28 until Monday 31 the Illuminations will take on a spooky theme for Halloween. Come along each night and find our Witches on walkabout from 6- 8pm, can you spot these scary witches trying to spoil the fun?

From Friday 28 until Monday 31 there are some special activities each night at the bandstand right in the middle of Roker Park.
Friday 28 Oct 6-6.30pm:Stardust Academy, 7-8pm Story Telling with Sugar Candy Skull Princess

Sat 29 5-7pm Crafts by CEED, 7-8pm Story Telling with Sugar Candy Skull Princess

Sunday 30 Oct 6-7pm CASA Performing Arts, 7-8pm Story Telling with Sugar Candy Skull Princess

Monday 31 Oct Between 7-8pm there will be a special story telling activity with Sugar Candy Skull Princess

The event concludes with a spectacular firework display at 9.30pm on Saturday November 5 with the best views from Cliffe Park

 

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