Book your event in Sunderland

Sunderland is a vibrant city with the infrastructure, facilities and range of public spaces to host a variety of events, ranging from large music concerts through to small community festivals.

Working closely with partners, the city has hosted large events such as music festivals, national sporting events and the annual Sunderland Airshow, as well as the Tall Ships Races in July 2018.

Sunderland is also a great place for local community groups, clubs and charities to hold their events and we will work with you to choose the most suitable venue for your event. 

Your event

For an event to be successful it must be safe for organisers and attendees as well as consider residents or members of the public who might be affected. 

The following list gives an idea of some of the types of events to which the application process may apply;

  • Fun runs
  • Cycle rides or events
  • Charity walks
  • Festivals (music or otherwise)
  • Circuses
  • Shows and fetes
  • Zip Wires
  • Firework displays
  • Dog or animal shows

If you would like to hold an event in Sunderland It is essential that you submit your application at least 3 months in advance of the event taking place.  This allows your application to be considered by the council’s Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and provides enough time to provide all documentation needed for the event to take place safely and successfully.

If you would like to discuss your proposed event in more detail or have any questions, please contact the Events Team at  or by phone on 0191 5614600

Event spaces

Seafront: Cliffe Park , Recreation Park

City Centre: Keel Square, Market Square, Mowbray Park, Park Lane, Sunniside Gardens

Washington: Princess Anne Park

Houghton and Hetton: Herrington Country Park, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Rectory Park



Did you know?

L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.


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