The Jersey Boys

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation, Jersey Boys is working its way back to round the UK and returns to Sunderland in March 2018!

This smash hit musical has won 57 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

Jersey Boys tells the true life story of four boys from the wrong side of the tracks who wrote their own songs, invented their own unique sound, and sold 100 million records worldwide.

BIG 3km Run

The Active Sunderland BIG 3K offers everyone, of whatever age or ability, the opportunity to be part of a fantastic running weekend in the city and the route will take place on part of the same closed road course as the Siglion Sunderland City 10k and the Siglion Half Marathon taking place on the same day.

The Active Sunderland BIG 3K will use the same start and finish line, and takes place on part of the same city centre closed road course, as the Siglion Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon.

How to get here

For most people, the safest and easiest way to get to #SunAirshow is by public transport.


There will be Park and Ride bus services in operation, alongside standard and special event bus services. More details will be available nearer the time.


Nearest Metro station to the heart of the airshow is Seaburn, a 15-minute walk to the seafront.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Top pop star Pixie Lott will join The Right Worshipful Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, for the switch on event, taking place in Keel Square on Thursday 23 November.

The singer, who was a judge on television's The Voice and has appeared in a number of West End shows, will be performing a number of her best loved songs as part of the official launch of Christmas

The performance - which will take place at 5.30pm - is one of a whole host of events planned for the city's Christmas festivities.

Santa's Garden Grotto

Saturdays 2, 9 & 16 December, Sundays 3, 10 & 17 December

12pm – 3.30pm (30 minute sessions)

£5 per child

Meet Santa in his Winter Gardens Grotto, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive an edible gift. Make a magic beanstalk inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk at the elf station and follow the golden egg trail. The Winter Gardens will be open exclusively to ticketholders during these events.

Tickets available from the museum shop or

Shrek the Musical

Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is the hilarious and spectacular production that turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see musical comedy.

Mamma Mia!

The sensational feel-good musical Mamma Mia! will come to Sunderland Empire from 17 October – 11 November 2017 as part of its first ever UK tour.

Mamma Mia! is Judy Craymer’s ingenious vision of staging the story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs with an enchanting tale of family and friendship unfolding on a Greek island paradise.

To date, it has been seen by more than 60 million people in 50 productions in 16 different languages. Mamma Mia! The Movie starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan, is the highest worldwide grossing live-action musical film of all time.


Did you know?

2013 marked 21 years since Sunderland city status from HM The Queen, on 23rd March 1992.


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