Sunderland City Council has announced more activities set to take place at Cliffe Park during the Festival of Light.

From Thursday 14 October to Saturday 13 November, the Festival of Light will be taking place in Roker Park every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as every day over the October half term.

To accompany the festival, a family funfair will be taking place in Cliffe Park between 4 and 9pm. This will include the return of the Observation Wheel to the seafront and family rides such as a vintage carousel and Grand Canyon roller coaster. Catering will also be available.


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Alongside the family fun activities, the much-loved Sunderland Illuminations are set to light up the night sky along the Roker and Seaburn seafront every night from 14 October.

Visitors planning to attend Roker Park during the Festival of Light are advised that all tickets must be pre-booked online in advance. Tickets are not required for Cliffe Park.

To ensure that everyone can remain safe throughout their visit, there will be a reduced capacity and visitors will need to select a timeslot for entry into the park to assist in managing the numbers on-site at any one time.

Throughout half term there will also be a quiet hour between 4pm-5pm for customers wanting a quieter and more relaxed experience.

During the quiet hour, music within the park will be turned down and performances and street theatre will be limited.

Tickets are £3 per person and discounts are available for groups of three or more, with free entry for children under two years old.

Cllr Linda Williams, Portfolio Holder for Vibrant City, said: “After such a long year of having no events, it is very exciting to have the return of the Festival of Light, as well as all of the family fun activities that coincide with it. Many will be delighted to hear of the return of the Observation Wheel, and it will be great to watch the illuminations light up the seafront once again.”

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