Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light

18/10/2018 to 18/11/2018

Sunderland Illuminations are back for 2018, 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 along with fairground rides and quality catering concessions.  

Roker Park will be transformed into a Festival of Light and will be open Thursday - Sunday every week, with the exception of Remembrance Sunday (11 Nov) when it will be closed.

See what's on where here

Closing evening- Sunday 18 November

A breathtaking firework display will take place on the last night of the event. The display will take place at 6pm and the best place to view the fireworks will be from Cliffe Park and all along the seafront. 

You don't need a ticket to view the firework display, but you will need to book a ticket on line if you also wish to visit the Festival of Light in Roker Park.  

Important ticket information  - Festival of Light

Tickets to the Festival of Light cost £2 per person (children aged 2 and under go free) and can be booked online now. There will be no ticket sales on the entrance gates of Roker Park, like in previous years. 

We have introduced entry times for the Festival of Light so we can safely manage visitor numbers in to the event.  This is the time you can enter the event, once inside you can stay as long as you wish until the event closes. 

The chosen date and time of your ticket is not transferrable so please ensure you select the correct information when booking.

The Festival of Light is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Under 2’s go free but still require a ticket for entry.

There is a £1 discount if you buy 5 tickets or more.

E-tickets or printed tickets will be accepted to gain entry to the Festival of Light.

General information

The Festival of Light is open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Illuminations along the seafront and the attractions on Cliffe Park will be open every day from Thursday 18 October – Sunday 18 November.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the park and on the park and ride buses.

Please use the Park & Ride service. A bus service will operate from Keel Square in the City Centre to the Tram Shelter on the seafront every 10 minutes. There are over 1000 spaces in St Mary’s and Sunniside Car Parks, and you travel on the bus to and from the event site for free when showing your parking ticket from these car parks.Thursdays after 3pm is free parking, so your entire journey to the event is free! Sundays are £2 all day and represents great value for money. Click here for more information on how to get to the event.

Please consider residents when visiting the area.

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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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