Barnes Park family fun day

Celebrate our local heritage and find out what life was like in Sunderland 100 years ago, with local history and heritage displays.
Activities also include craft demonstrations, music, singing, face painting, story tellers, sports activities, a fun fair and much more.

No car parking available in Barnes Park on this date. Please use public transport where possible.

This event is funded by Sunderland City Council West Area Committee.

Solar System Shows

Find out some fascinating facts about the planets in our solar system in this interactive show, suitable for 8 to 12 year olds.

Free tickets will be available to collect from museum reception from 10am on the day.

Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

Stargazing Live

Join local astronomers for two fun nights of assorted astronomical treats at the Cygnus Observatory at WWT Washington Wetlands Centre!

Powerful telescopes will be available to unveil; the Moon, the mighty planet Jupiter and its four largest moons, the amazing stellar nursery, the Orion Nebula (M42), gorgeous star clusters such as “The Seven Sisters” and “The Beehive” clusters and many other wonders of the night sky."


This is a story about a girl.  The story happened in a once upon a time, and in a once upon a place.  The girl was called Rapunzel.

Placed high-up in a tower above the world and faced with the challenge of growing-up, she is found alone, dreaming....

The sun goes up

The moon goes down

The world keeps turning

Round and round.

The moon comes up

The sun goes down

Can things that are lost

Ever be found?

Chicken Licken

A baby chick is born and thinks the sky is falling down. On the way to tell the King, she meets Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky & Turkey Lurkey, but there's a shocking surprise! Chicken Licken grows up to be the Little Red Hen and asks her friends to help her make bread, but no one wants to play! Mixed into this recipe of food, puppets and music is the story of Little Red Hen and the sly Foxy Loxy. Will she outwit him and save her stuffing?

Suitable for ages 3 to 8

Big summer holiday fun in Sunderland

Spending time, rather than money, as a family is so important; sharing experiences and creating lasting memories. Sunderland has a surprising mix of fun things to see and do indoors and out, as well as good value places to eat and drink that can keep the whole family happy and entertained. Many of Sunderland's attractions and events are free and offer a great fun-packed family day out!

Up in the Attic

Join three children on an unforgettable bedtime adventure: a journey through the attic at the top of an old house.

As the children work together to unravel a mystery, they meet a wolf, a crab, a whale and a goose – and when they finally open the dusty suitcase in the far corner of the attic, they realise that there really is no need to be frightened of the dark ever again.

Enchanting music and puppetry for ages 3 to 6 and their families.


Splash out at the first ever WearSlide event this April at Herrington Country Park.

Tickets are £10 for over 16’s and £5 for 5-15year olds and group tickets are £100 for a 10 minute time slot for up to 10 people.

Find out more and book for the WearSlide.


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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