Cultural venue closures in Sunderland for the foreseeable future

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Following careful consideration, Sunderland City Council has taken the difficult decision to close the following venues or to cancel or postpone events, please see below: .   

Beaches and Parks

From this weekend (4 April) seafront car parks and car parks at all parks will be closed seven days a week for the foreseeable future. 

Facility closures for the foreseeable future:

  • Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens 
  • Arts Centre Washington 
  • Local History Library @ ETR 
  • Houghton Library 
  • Washington Library 
  • City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
  • Bowes Railway
  • National Glass Centre
  • North East Land Sea and Air Museum
  • Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
  • Sunderland Empire Theatre
  • Washington Old Hall
  • WWT Washington

Together for Children

Children and family centres - Anybody requirgin family support should contact the Early Help Advice and Allocations Team on 0191 561 1501 or by emailing

Event updates:

Penshaw Bowl cancelled 

Sunderland Airshow cancelled

Sunderland River Festival cancelled

Active Sunderland 3K run postponed until 27 September

Active Sunderland Big Walk change of date

Active Sunderland Big Bike Ride change of date 



We will review the situation on a weekly basis and further updates will be provided

We would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your ongoing support and understanding.

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