Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light 18/10/2018 to 18/11/2018

How to get here

We would encourage all visitors use the Park and Ride service or public transport to help with traffic congestion at the seafront.

There is no parking available in the residential streets around Roker Park

Park and Ride Service 2018

A park and ride service will operate from Sunderland City Centre, from the bus stop opposite Keel Square, to the Tram Shelter on the seafront, via Newcastle Road and Sea Road. Buses will operate every 20 mins from 3.30pm and then every 10 mins from 5pm.

Last bus will leave Keel Square at 9.50pm, and the Tram Shelter at 10.05pm. View the full timetable here

The park and ride service will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event (not Remembrance Sunday 11 November) plus every day of half-term (22-26 October)

How will it work?

If you park at St Mary’s Car Park or Sunniside Car Park (details below), show your ticket to the driver and you and up to 4 passengers will travel for free.

St Mary’s Car Park -  St Mary's Boulevard, SR1 3AH. More details and charges here

Sunniside Car Park - William Street, off High Street West, SR1 1UL. More details and charges here

Haven’t parked in St Mary’s car park or Sunniside car park?  Don’t worry, you can still travel on board the service.  Fares are:

  • £1.50 per adult single trip
  • £2.50 per adult return
  • £1 single fare per journey for everyone aged 18 and under

All buses are wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Go North East tickets and passes are valid on this service. Concessionary Passes and all other Network One tickets/passes will not be valid.

Special Offers

Thursdays – Parking is free after 3pm in both car parks so your journey to the event is entirely free! Just show your parking ticket for free travel on the Park and Ride service.

Sundays – Parking is at a flat rate of £2 all day in both car parks so represents excellent value for money.


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.


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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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