This Easter in Sunderland, visitors can enjoy a variety of free activities such as circus skills, face painting, crafts, and the opportunity to meet a princess or even the Easter Bunny up close.

In addition to this, there is a full schedule of events organized by Sunderland BID and supported by the city council. Visitors can also participate in a fun Easter Egg Trail that features virtual characters and giant-sized eggs.

The activities are being unveiled on a daily basis as part of the Cracking Countdown to Easter, which can be found on the Sunderland Experience Facebook and Instagram pages.

There is also time for parents to register for a number of sessions planned throughout the holidays, which will help keep young people occupied.

Although the activities are free, they must be booked in advance.

Sessions on offer include:

Circus Skills Workshops at Pop Recs, High Street West, 1 and 13 April (11am to 2pm), Attendees can learn how to be an aerial artist, spin a plate and walk a tightrope to name but a few of the activities on offer.
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Springtime Fun Workshops at Hills Art Centre, Waterloo Place 3 April ( sessions at 11am and at noon)
Face painting along with Easter and spring-themed crafts. Meet and greets with Princess Belle

Fun & Frolics Easter Party at Diego’s Joint, Norfolk Street, 6 April, Sessions at 11 AM & 12:30 PM
Meet the Easter Bunny and join Alice for Storytime, followed by games and woodland theme crafts.
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The Sunderland Experience app will also give families the opportunity to visit the city’s augmented reality trail and discover a range of characters, as well as visit the six giant eggs, which have been painted by schools and community groups and are scattered around various businesses in the city.

As part of the Easter trail, each egg has a secret letter hidden on it. Users should take a photo of each letter, DM them to the Sunderland Experience Facebook or Instagram Page and guess the secret codeword.

The winner will be selected at random on 17 April after the trail ends and will win a £50 Sunderland Gift Card.

The free app can be downloaded or there is a hard copy map available from the customer service desk at the Bridges or at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, believes this year’s programme is one of the best yet.

“Along with our very popular AR trail and the incredible Easter eggs. which have been designed so brilliantly by local schools and groups, there’s a really packed schedule of events on offer,” she said.

“Keeping children occupied is always a challenge so hopefully these great activities will help solve that problem for many families.”

Other activities taking place includes a kids’ club at the Bridges with crafting sessions between 11am and 2pm on 5 and 12 April plus a themed day of events at Harry’s Game Shack on 9 April.

Anyone who pops in between 10am and 6pm can take part in colouring activities, special gaming deals, a raffle, retro games and refreshments.

The full programme of events can be found at

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