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A project is underway to gather people’s memories of a historic Sunderland landmark. Ghosts of Hylton Castle aims to capture people’s recollections of growing up near the ancient monument. Hylton Castle – a 14th century structure – is currently being restored thanks to a partnership between Sunderland City Council and the...
A nautical launch for the 4th annual West Area community
Stilt-walking pirates and mermaids will be among the attractions at a free family fun day taking place on Saturday 30th June. Taking its theme from the upcoming Tall Ships Race, the fun day will focus on ships, pirates and sea shanties and will mark the culmination of a three-day event...
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This week a public awareness programme is being launched in Sunderland to raise awareness of how people can stay safe around dogs.  A range of activities will provide information for carers, parents, health professionals and the general public. This information will give tips on how babies, children and youngsters can...
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The Tall Ships Races 2018 will soon be coming to Sunderland, but this great event will be just the latest chapter in the north east’s long history of seafaring. This half-term, the region’s residents will have the chance to learn more about this important aspect of the north east’s heritage...
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This year’s Sunderland Airshow will be launched with a spectacular evening of musical nostalgia. There will also be breath-taking displays of night flying and amazing fireworks. The event – produced by the Sunderland-based i-Stage group, who were also responsible for last year’s opening night – will take place on Friday 27th...
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The Run Sunderland Festival 2018 saw thousands of people – of all shapes, sizes and ages – running through the city at the weekend. The festival – which took place on Sunday – featured three races: the Active Sunderland Big 3K, the Siglion Sunderland City 10K and the Siglion Sunderland...
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Sunderland’s Summer Streets music festival will return this year, but the event will have a new home. Summer Streets – which this year will be part of the Tall Ships Race – will move from its traditional site of Thompson Park, Southwick, to Seaburn Recreation Park. The festival, which will take...
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A north-east production of the gothic classic Dracula is to be staged with a difference – as part of the play audiences will walk through a spooky regional landmark. The show, directed by University of Sunderland drama graduate Kylie Archer, will take the audiences on a ‘horror tour’ of Newcastle’s...
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Sunderland City Council has earmarked £3.1 million for repairs to Sunderland’s coastal defences, which were badly damaged by spring storms. Yesterday (Wednesday 25th April) the council’s cabinet agreed to fund a series of repairs to the Old North Pier, New South Pier and Stonehill Wall. Storms in March have been assessed...
Sunderland half marathon
If you fancy getting active this spring, there’s still time to register for the Run Sunderland Festival on Sunday May 13th. The festival’s main races will be the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and the Siglion Sunderland 10K, but there will also be a gentler option in the Active Sunderland...

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