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A popular event full of traditional Easter fun is set to return to Sunderland. Penshaw Bowl – a free, family event – will be taking place on Good Friday, 30th March, at Herrington Country Park. The centrepiece of the day will be a traditional egg rolling contest, which will be opened...
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A free fireworks display will light up Sunderland seafront on November 5th.  Great views of the fireworks can be had from all along the seafront and from Cliffe Park.  As well as celebrating Bonfire Night, the fireworks display will mark the end of the Sunderland Illuminations and Festival of Light.  The ticket-only...
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With Halloween approaching, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will be hosting a series of eerie events this half-term.   Visitors will get to follow a spooky trail, enjoy a Halloween party with a science twist, and even crochet false beards and moustaches. The spooky trail will involve searching for hidden treasures...
The incomparable Chinese State Circus will be at Sunderland from Tuesday 5th to Sunday 10th September in its fully heated big top venue. The internationally acclaimed Chinese State Circus is coming back, returning to its roots in an innovatively spectacular new production – “DYNASTY”. The incomparable Chinese State Circus will be...
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This year’s Sunderland International Airshow will be kicked off by an ensemble of Zulu performers, a ‘pit pop’ brass/folk band, and a nostalgic nineties extravaganza. The airshow’s Friday evening launch – on 21st July – will take place at Cliffe Park in Seaburn.  The Lions of Zululand will start the show...
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Sunderland-born actress Jessica Johnson has landed the role of Rita in a production of Educating Rita, which will be staged at Durham’s Gala Theatre. Ms Johnson will star opposite Patrick Driver, who will take on the role of Frank. Patrick Driver has previously appeared in Silent Witness and Call the...

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