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 involving the area’s nursery, junior and primary schools.

The event – the fourth annual West Area Community Celebration – will be held in Barnes Park.

Visitors will enter the park through the deck of a ship. There will be a huge range of displays and activities, with children getting the chance to explore their own Tall Ships knowledge and develop their engineering, scientific and creative skills.

The Saturday fun day will see a full programme of music from the park’s bandstand – featuring choirs, singers, dancers, local groups and seven-piece bands – as well as food and drink stalls and even a funfair.

The event is being funded by Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee. The chair of the committee, Cllr Peter Gibson, will welcome children on Thursday and Friday to the first two days of the event. The Saturday family fun day will kick off at 10.00 am.

Cllr Gibson said, “Our annual community celebration event has become increasingly popular and I hope this year will be the most successful yet.”

“This year’s theme based around the Tall Ships has been chosen to inspire children to discover more about our shared maritime, industrial and cultural heritage and encourage them to develop their own skills and talents.”

“There is so much for them to try and take part in – everything from getting involved in scientific experiments and building a ship to learning sea shanties, drawing a pirate, Meccano sculptures and jumping on trampolines.”

“Everyone visiting this year can also learn more about Sunderland’s amazing history of ship building with Sunderland Maritime Heritage Society, who are bringing their ship to Barnes Park.”

“On Saturday, we open the doors for all the family to enjoy, with a full programme of sports, recreation and leisure activities, live music, food stalls and much, much more including a funfair.”

Please note that no car parking is available for this event so visitors are urged to use public transport where possible.

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