Sunderland Illuminations

Sunderland Illuminations are back for 2017, with lights spreading sparkle from St Peters Church all along the seafront. 

As well as feature lighting, the illuminated observation wheel will return to Cliffe Park and traditional fairground rides and quality catering concessions will run from Cliffe Park to Bede’s Cross.

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 FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

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.

CLOSING EVENING

Sunderland Illuminations 2017 will end in spectacular style with a firework extravaganza on Sunday 5 November at 6pm. Best viewing points will be from Cliffe Park and all along the seafront. There is no charge to view the fireworks and the best viewing points will be from Cliffe Park and all along the seafront.

Entry into Roker Park on 5 November will be TICKET ONLY. There will be no cash sales on the day, so please book your tickets online in advance.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS

Entry into Roker Park will cost £1 per person, with children aged 2 and under free. Entry into Roker Park on 5 November will be TICKET ONLY. There will be no cash sales on the day, so please book your tickets online in advance

Due to a system update any customers purchasing tickets after 10am on Saturday 3 November will not receive an e-ticket. Please show your payment confirmation email to gain admittance to the event.

A limited number of tickets will also be available to buy at the event, from a ticket booth on Cliffe Park, for £2 per person (with the exception of 5 November, which is pre-booked tickets only)

Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime Offer from Sunderland Empire: All customers purchasing tickets for The Festival of Light will receive a discount code to use when buying tickets for Jack and The Beanstalk, this year’s pantomime at The Sunderland Empire.

By purchasing your ticket you agree to the terms and conditions, available to download at the bottom of this page.

HOW TO GET THERE

There will be no parking available in the streets surrounding the event. Limited pay and display parking is available at Marine Walk car parks.

Park and Ride from city centre

Service 101, operated by Go North East, will run from Thursday 5 October - Sunday 5 November on Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, plus every day during half term week (23-27 October)

Buses will run every 20 minutes from Keel Square (north side bus stop near to St Mary’s Car Park) via the Wheatsheaf, Newcastle Road and Sea Road, and will drop off at Seaburn Tram Shelter. Return journeys will be from any bus stop on the sea front starting at the Tram Shelter going southwards, and the bus will run towards Bungalow Café, along Harbour View and then back to Keel Square.

£1.50 per adult single trip, £2.50 per adult return, and £1 for a child day ticket (age 5-16). Under 5s travel free. Buses are wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Concession Passes and all other Network One or Go North East tickets/passes will not be valid

Travel on the bus is free for people parking in St Mary’s (postcode SR1 3AH) or Sunniside (postcode SR1 1UL) car parks and showing their car park ticket to the bus driver. These car parks are also free to park in after 3pm on Thursdays.

Public transport

The nearest Metro stations are Seaburn (20 minute walk to Roker Park) and Stadium of Light (14 minute walk to Roker Park).

To find the best bus or Metro route for you go to Travel Line.

 

Did you know?

Perhaps Sunderland's most prominent landmark is Penshaw Monument. It was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Penshaw was modelled on Theseion, the Temple of Thesus in Athens.

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