Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

The North East's very own X-Factor winner Joe McElderry dons the coveted coat in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

Having enjoyed sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s “Amazing”, “Superb”, “Wonderful” and “Brilliant” production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical continues to enjoy huge success across the country with standing ovations at every performance.

Snakes Alive!

Snakes Alive...a slither into a secretive life

Discover the amazing world of snakes and come face to face with live snakes and find out all about these fascinating reptiles.

See boa constrictors, pythons, corn snakes and king snakes. Learn about what they eat and how they catch their prey; where they live and hide; how they reproduce and grow and much more.

Jurassic Gardens

Hidden amongst the lush vegetation of our indoor garden a whole series of amazing dinosaur models are waiting to be discovered.

See a baby T Rex as it hatches from its giant egg, watch a stegosaurus and a triceratops grazing on the greenery and spot some pteranodons flying over-head. Hunt down a veloicraptor before it finds you and try not to disturb the sleepy crocodile as it lurks by the pool.

Our collection now also includes an impressive 3 metre high utahraptor, a baby camarasaurus and a huge pterodactyl with a 2 metre wingspan.

Admission Free

 

The International Garden Photographer of the Year

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world’s premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. Run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the main exhibition is held annually at Kew, with a rolling programme of touring exhibitions all over the world.

The exhibition is on show at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens showing over 60 entries in the 2015 competition.

Doors open for Arts Centre celebration

Arts Centre Washington is throwing open its new (automatic) doors for a fun filled ‘Open Day’ on Saturday 19 March.

The daylong celebration will marks the completion of work to improve facilities at the centre, following a £257,609 grant from Arts Council England and further investment from Sunderland City Council.

There will be activities to take part in, performances to watch and exhibitions to see or just wander around the studios inhabited by a number of local creative businesses.

Activities, workshops and performances for all ages include:

Beyoncé - The Formation World Tour

Beyoncé, one of the biggest female artists of all time, is set to light up the North East in the summer following the announcement of her hotly-anticipated world tour.

Recognised as the most powerful woman in the music industry and Billboard’s Artist of the Millennium, Beyoncé will take to the stage at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in what will be the prestigious opening night of the European leg of the Formation World Tour, on Tuesday 28 June, 2016.

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Annie the Musical

Annie, the world's favourite family musical, starring Birds of a Feather star Lesley Joseph as the tyrannical Miss Hannigan!

Set in the 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie is force to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan's orphanage.

Determind to find her real parents, her luck changes when she is chosen to spend Christmas at the residence of famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches a plan to spoil Annie's Search. 

Family of 4 - £5 off per person, Mon – Thu (Price bands A & B).

Tadpoles

A tadpole catching competition challenges a superhero duo to overcome rivalry and harness their strengths. Working as team, can they save the world…together?

Superheroes with a BIG problem – a very disgruntled Mission Control (voiced by Sue Johnston OBE – Downton Abbey, The Royle Family)

Captain Clever is good at code breaking and problem solving, whilst Captain Conker is super-fast and not scared of anything - except, perhaps spelling… 

M6's exciting new production Tadpoles is a highly visual and energetic play about rivalry, strengths, weaknesses and superheroes!

New Year's Eve celebration

Come to Sunderland’s award winning seafront and celebrate the New Year with a bang, a whizz and a pop as a breathtaking firework spectacular finishes off an evening of fire-lit family fun.

An early evening event, funded by the Coastal Communities Fund, will see Cliffe Park, Seaburn play host to awe-inspiring fire acts, children’s fairground rides and a range of delicious catering delights.

The fiery fun will run from 4.30 to 6pm on Thursday 31 December 2015.  

The events are delivered by Sunderland Live on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

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