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A Summer of fun in Sunderland - Find out what's on in this mega guide

Updated: Jul 5

This post has been updated for 2023

There are lots of brilliant things going on in Sunderland for the summer holidays, I thought I would put together one mega list in a handy place for you to come back to when you are looking for inspiration. Click on the blue links to find out more.

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Please do let me know if I have missed anything or you have something running for summer and I will add it to this guide.

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What's On

Sunderland City Centre
Sunderland Bid's Summer in the city is back!

Jurassic Jungle AR Trail - 22nd July-3rd September

Free Crazy Golf - 27th July, 10th, 24th August

Free Inflatable assault course 29th, 30th July

Free outdoor Cinema 5th, 19th August, 2nd September

Free circus skills workshop 16th, 23rd, 30th August

50p climbing wall

WWT Washington

Drawn To water - Quentin Blake - Running until 3rd September

Daily Otter and Flamingo Talks

Wild walk Dragon Flies - 23rd July

Author & Illustrator Storytime and Crafts - 1st August

Wild walk Bees & Butterflies - 5th August

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National Glass Centre

Big Science Workshop - 25th July - 31st August

Glass Fusing - Various dates from 29th July

Sandcasting Fish, Car, Cat, Hedgehog from 2nd August

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Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Tuesday Museum club - Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month

Wild Wonders Trail - 22nd July - 2nd September

Hooray for History - 24th July - 21st August

Arty Wednesdays - 26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd August

The Wild Escape - 28th July

Discovery Zoo - 4th & 25th August

Minibeast Hunt - 11th August

Bears Museum Adventure - 18th August

Heads Up! Family Emotional Wellbeing Days - 8th August

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Arts Centre Washington

Creative You, teenage craft club - Every Other Tuesday

Creative You, Bright lights young artists - Tuesdays

Washington Young Film Makers - Every Monday

Young writers collective - every other Wednesday

Washington Youth Theatre - Every Saturday

Art Club - Saturdays

Right Track Music Project

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The Fire Station

The Amazing Bubble Man - 30th July

Fireman Sam Live - Sam saves the circus - 5th August

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Souter Lighthouse National Trust

Souter Sports - From 24th July

Nature Crafts for kids - Various dates from 27th July

Moth & Storm Petrel night - 28th July

Seashore safari 4th, 20th August

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Wildlife Trust

Damsel & Dragonfly spotting - Rainton Meadows Nature reserve - 29th July

Wildflower wander - Elemore Park - 3rd August

Elemore parks family music festival - 25th August

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David Lloyd Sunderland

Summer holiday tennis camp - 31st July, 1st, 2nd, 4th August

Football Camp - 24th-27th July

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Sunderland Training and educational farm

Pony Week starting 24th July

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Sunderland Empire

Creative learning presents - Theatre school - 24th-28th July

Charlie & The Chocolate Factory - 2nd-13th August

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Summer Holiday club - 24th July -1st September

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Stack Seaburn

Winkle & Storm pirate show - 26th July, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August

Magician Marvin 2nd August

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Toy Fair - 22nd July

Music for Toddlers 1st August

Creative play - Building & Construction - 4th August

Stained glass suncatchers family workshop - 4th August

Lego Day - 10th August

Make your own fun board game workshop - 16th August

Zine making family workshop - 17th August

Creative play - dressing up - 18th August

Bee beads - National Bee day - 19th August

Make your own fun - playground games - 24th August

Creative play - exploring nature - 24th August

Creative play - Photography & Images 25th August

Make your own fun Marble run - 30th August

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Beacon Of Light

The Beacon of light have various summer clubs including:

Football course, FIFA Tournament, Future Lionesses day, summer holiday and lots more

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Community Kids Club CIC

Summer club Weeks 1-6

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Silksworth Cricket Club

Kids summer fun day - 23rd July

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North East Land Sea & Air Museum

Summer Classic Car show - 23rd July

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AP coaching Sunderland

Football Camp 24th-26th July

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Seaburn & Roker

The big swim bike run - 29th July

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Sunniside Food Market

29th July

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Thompson Park

Opening Event 5th August

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Kayll Road Community Hub

Summer Market 5th August

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Big Bear Beach Clean - Roker 13th August

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Herrington Park

Soapbox Challenge 19th August

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Choice wellbeing service fun day 26th July

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Seaburn Rec

Mini Mania Car Show - 27th August

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Seaburn Rec

Historic Vehicle Rally - 28th August

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Minster Park

Family Fun Day - 28th August

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Hylton Castle

The battle of the Hylton -29th July

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Other Ideas

Super tramp is an amazing idea if you are looking for a place for the kids to burn some energy

Empire Cinema - Is always a great rainy day idea and they usually have summer events running

Summer Reading Challenge - You could set your own or you could follow your local libraries who usually have craft/activities sessions throughout Summer.

Sunderland Bowl always have deals running so make sure you check the website for the offers.

Harry's Game Shack is also a great way to kill a few hours and they always have deals running.

Sunderland Sculpture Trail ( You can grab a leaflet from the Glass Centre) we love doing this! Start at the Wearmouth Bridge, work your way along to Roker, enjoy the beach grab an Ice cream then go dolphin spotting along Roker Pier.

Enjoy the gorgeous beaches. We have a few to choose from Roker, Seaburn, Whitburn, Hendon and Ryhope beach are all beautiful. Ryhope beach is not suitable for those with mobility issues or pushchairs as there are lots of steps to get down.

Hike up Penshaw Monument and enjoy the views and then walk down to Cox Green and enjoy a lovely river/woodland walk

Head up Tunstall Hill and enjoy the views, if the grass is short you could also enjoy a picnic

Visit A Play Park!

Roker Park which sometimes has a miniature railway and free crafts/trails on a Sunday

Herrington Country Park - The biggest park in Sunderland. You will find a play park, woodland walk, lots of birds to feed (seed please) and plenty of picnic spots

Silksworth leisure complex has a pretty impressive play area

Hylton Castle which also has a disability swing (you need a radar key to use it)

Mowbray park has a half decent play area and the park is lovely and well kept

Backhouse Park is ideal for those who like somewhere a bit quieter

Ryhope Playing Fields has a fairly new play park

Ryhope Cricket Club has a lovely little play area for the younger kids (it is quite small though)

Thompson Park (Southwick end) has a good play area and loads of room to run around.

Downhill Sports Complex

James Steel Park

Hetton Lyons Country Park

Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve has a lovely wild play area

Barnes Park

Silksworth Park (we love the tennis courts in here!)

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Woodland Walk and hunt for Zog

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Potters World - Lanchester Garden Centre

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