Sunderland River Festival

Saturday, August 31, 2019 to Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunderland's famous riverside, which welcomed some of the 1.2 million visitors to last year’s award-winning Tall Ships Races, will host the Sunderland River Festival 31 Aug - 1 September, celebrating the city's maritime heritage, and its creative future.

What's on

Out on the water, community maritime activities and watersports partners Sunderland Yacht Club and City of Sunderland Rowing Club will be organising a range of activities and demonstrations.

On opposite sides of the Wear at St Peter’s Quayside and Low Street, there will be a weekend of music and water based entertainment, with events, street theatre, activities and performances for all the family to enjoy.

Live music, including performances from leading local band Dennis and national folk/rock favourite Martin Stephenson, best known for the acclaimed album Boat to Bolivia, will be performing a solo set to close the event.

Low Street will have a heritage focus where visitors can meet costumed characters and famous faces from the city’s past such as Jack Crawford and Peggy Potts.

At St. Peter’s visitors can experience a beautiful interactive show within ‘The Whale’, which is an impressive 18m giant inflatable blue whale.

Roker Pier tours will be taking place. Please visit www.rokerpier.co.uk  for more details

The RNLI Lifeboat Station will be open for visitors on Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September 10.30 – 16.00.

National Glass Centre will be hosting Stained Glass Painting drop in sessions on both days, 10.00 - 16.00.

 

The full Whats on guide can be downloaded by clicking on 'Attachments' below

 

Getting there/parking

If travelling by car please use the various city centre car parks. See information on them here. It is then a short walk to Low Street and approximately 20 minutes to St. Peters.

For access to St. Peter’s Quayside a Park and Walk will operate from the Yellow car park at the Stadium of Light. Access will be available from 11am both days

St Peter's and Sunderland Metro stations are closest to the event sites. Local bus and metro services will be operational please visit https://www.nexus.org.uk/  for further timetables.

Event Information

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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