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We’ve put together 5 great ways to make the most of summer in Sunderland


We’ve officially reached summer 2016 (although it may not always feel like summer thanks to our classic British weather). Despite the occasional rain cloud, it’s still a great time to get out and about across the City and make the most of any rays of sunshine and all that Sunderland has to offer throughout the next few months.  We’ve put together a handy list of days-out and places to visit across the city to inspire you to have a fantastic summer.

The Seafront
Breathe in the fresh sea air and treat yourself to some delicious fish and chips and make the most of our city by the sea. Explore the seafront and all it has to offer, from sandcastles and sealife to playgrounds and panoramic views. Summer is the perfect time to relax on the blue flag beaches, or take a stroll along the pier to see Sunderland from a new angle. Visit our In the Area page to find out more.
Sunderland International Airshow – 29th – 31st July
One of the biggest events of the year for the City. Taking place over three days, be impressed by the incredible aerial displays and enjoy the entertainment on the ground too, with classic planes, music and so much more.  It’s definitely worth seeing! Find out more here.
Take advantage of green space
As much as we love the seaside (although we may be a little biased here at Roker Pier), the parks and green spaces across Sunderland are also well worth a visit. Take a picnic, grab an ice cream, and take along a ball or Frisbee and make the most of all the leisure facilities and green space across the city.
Get Active
Be active and make the most of the nicer weather! From a leisurely wander across the seafront to community sports festivals and a whole host of clubs and centres, Sunderland has a number of places to help you to get moving. If you’re more of a spectator, then don’t worry, the Stadium of Light will be full of energy once more from August. Visit the Active Sunderland website to see what’s happening over the summer.
Explore Sunderland then and now
Sunderland is full of history and interest, and there are so many events and places to visit that are fantastic for discovering more about our city by the sea. There’s the Heritage Open Days in early September, giving you the chance to celebrate and experience local history, architecture and culture. Until then, why not have a wander to the National Glass Centre or Sunderland Museum to find out more about Sunderland’s vast and rich heritage.

Whatever your plans are for the summer months, get out and about and make the most of Sunderland and all of its places to visit and things to do this season.


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