With Easter coming up, thousands of people will be flocking to Herrington Country Park for some traditional family fun.

Sunderland’s annual Penshaw Bowl event will feature two children’s egg rolling contests in the park’s amphitheatre.

The Penshaw Bowl will this year be held on Thursday 18th April, with the free-to-enter egg rolling competitions taking place at 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm.

These contests, which will be grouped by age, will see kids competing for a range of chocolate prizes, with Easter eggs for the winners.

Every child taking part will receive a small treat, provided by Sainsbury’s Washington, one of the sponsors of the Penshaw Bowl. Sainsbury’s will also be providing the prizes for the winners.

Between 12.00 and 4.00 pm, the Penshaw Bowl will feature a range of other free, family fun activities including petting animals, kite flying, inflatable foot darts and a craft market.

The event will also include an Active Sunderland Festival (entry £2 per person), which will feature activities such as swing ball, mini-golf and tug-of-war.

The leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller, said, “The annual Penshaw Bowl is one of Sunderland’s most popular events, and we hope everyone will come along to help us celebrate this great Easter community tradition.”

“I’d urge people to book online in advance as this is a popular event that saw more than 2000 children take part last year.”

“We’ve got together with our event sponsors and community partners to provide a full programme of activities for all the family to enjoy in Herrington Country Park on 18th April.”

Families attending the Penshaw Bowl will have the opportunity to contribute to the annual Sun FM Easter Egg Appeal and the Sun FM Street Stars will be on hand throughout the event to collect donations.  

Sun FM are asking people to donate an Easter Egg (or more). The eggs will be distributed to families in need across Wearside via the Salvation Army (Sunderland Branch).

Tim West, Sun FM’s Big Drive Home presenter, said, “The Sun FM Easter Egg Appeal has been a regular fixture in our calendar for many years on Wearside, partnering up with the Salvation Army in Sunderland.”

“As Wearside’s local radio station, it is so important to give back to the community in any way we can. With the help of tens of thousands of Sun FM listeners, it is made much easier, and we thank them all in advance.”

Easter eggs can also be dropped off at one of the appeal partners in the Bridges Shopping Centre, at The Alexandra Steakhouse in Grangetown or at Sun FM’s reception before 12.00 pm on Thursday 18th April.

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