Armed Forces Weekend

The Armed Forces Weekend returns to Roker this Friday for a full weekend of celebrations for all ages.

Why not come along, join in and show your support for our Armed Forces over what’s going to be a great weekend of entertainment for all the family.

Friday 26 June – Open ceremony and reunion,

Saturday 27 June – Military Parade and Union Flag Waving Concert

Sunday 28 June - Family day which includes:

St Peter's Medieval Festival

Living history group Regia Anglorum will turn St Peter's Church grounds into a tented living history encampment.

See the past brought back to life, with hands on displays of clothes, crafts, cooking, armour and weapons of the medieval period.

Learn how the Anglo-Saxons lived and worked, slept and ate, watch warriors training and see them take on the Vikings in battle - at 2pm on both days.

Plus a longboat, guided tours of the 7th century church and more.

Summer Streets 2015

Thompson Park, Southwick will once again play host to Summer Streets Festival; a celebration of music in the community creatively directed by Ross Millard.

The Cultural Spring's community music festival caters for many tastes – and all ages.

Futureheads singer and guitarist Ross Millard is the creative director has pulled together a programme which includes:


Join the heroic Aladdin on a magical carpet ride this Christmas, alongside a host of panto gems including Terence Maynard (Coronation Street’s Tony Stewart) as the evil Abanazar, Alison Hammond (This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing) as the Slave of the Ring and children’s presenter Derek Moran (Channel 5’s Milkshake) as Wishee Washee, plus the mystical Genie, a beautiful Princess and not to mention a flying carpet!

Sunderland Illuminations 2017

Bigger and brighter than ever before, Sunderland Illuminations will take place in Roker Park and along the seafront from 5 October - 5 November .

Seafront lights and activities on Cliffe Park and Bede’s Cross will run from from Thursday 5 October until Sunday 5 November, 5-10pm each day.

Roker Park will be transformed into a Festival of Light, with a Disney theme.  The Park will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 5 October to 5 November plus every night at half term, from 5pm – 10pm each night.  Last entry into Roker Park will be 9.00pm.

BP Portrait Award 2014

The BP Portrait Award 2014 from the National Portrait Gallery will be at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in October and November.

The BP Portrait Award showcases fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits from around the world. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing images of famous faces, the exhibition features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait.


Did you know?

Sunderland marks the easterly end of the 140-mile C2C (Coast to Coast) route. The C2C cycle trail from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland is Britain's most popular long distance route, with up to 15,000 cyclists completing it every year.


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