Sunderland Illuminations

Bigger and brighter than ever before, Sunderland Illuminations will take place in Roker Park and along the seafront from 24 September until 5 November.

This year's event will see all of Roker Park being used for a whole host of new and exciting features, including pirates, dinosaurs and fairies, as well as old favourites including the Sunderland Tap and a Sea of Stars on the lake,.

A small entrance fee for Roker Park has also been introduced for the first time this year, with a cost of £1 for everyone (children aged 2 and under are free).

Nissan: 30 Years On

Monwearmouth Station Museum

Nissan: 30 Years On

16 July - 6 November 2016

Museum opening times (Mon – Sat 11-3, Sundays Closed from 1 September)

Photographer James Sebright and writer/audio artist Rachel Cochrane explore how Nissan has impacted the lives of people in the region, to create a present-day snapshot of the effect of 30 years of Nissan in the North East.

Admission free

Seaburn Historic Vehicle Rally

The Seaburn Historic Vehicle Rally brings together classic buses, lorries, vans, fire engines and cars.

The event also gives a rare chance to ride in a variety of historic buses on a scenic coastal route for free. The first bus will depart at 11:00 and departures will be every 30 minutes thereafter, until the last bus at 16:00.

The event is organised by the North East Bus Preservation Trust as its annual showcase and regularly attracts over 200 vehicles.

Beach School

Every week day in the six weeks holiday (except August Bank Holiday Monday)

Activities include rockpooling, shelter building, beach education, coastal walks, scavenger hunts, cooking, sports and games. Suitable for ages 6+

Meet at the Roker Pods on Marine Walk, Roker.

£5 per day.

To sign up or for further information visit

Plays in the Park, George and the Dragon

The people of England have long feared the stories of a terrible, fearsome dragon, but before they can be rid of that, our hero George has the small matter of the Rampaging Raven and the Mighty Magnetron to deal with.

Grab your sword and join us on a fantastical, daring and noble quest. Into a world of mythical beasts, feisty princesses and the odd fire-breathing dragon thrown in for good measure, in this specially created family adventure which puts you right in the heart of the action.

Horrible Histories - Groovy Greeks

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead!

So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage. Using actors and 3D special effects, these two world premieres are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.

Sister Act

Sing Hallelujah for the all new production of Sister Act starring Alexandra Burke!

An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK starring Alexandra Burke (The X Factor, The Bodyguard).

Directed and choreographed by Craig Revel Horwood, Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit movie starring Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith.

Best of British

This Bank Holiday weekend Roker's Bede's Cross becomes a hive of family friendly fun! 

A packed programme of activities where visitors can pit their strength against a climbing wall, tackle an inflatable assault course or enjoy face painting and storytelling.


Did you know?

Sunderland is one of the few cities in the UK to have a river, beautiful coastline and two award winning beaches at Roker and Seaburn.


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