Step through the looking glass into Sunderland Illuminations

Sunderland Live have announced that the newly entitled Sunderland Illuminations will light up Roker and Seaburn from Saturday 27 September until Sunday 2 November.  Building on the success of last year’s Roker Park Lights, this year’s event will see the sparkle spread to include several new locations along the newly refurbished Roker and Seaburn seafront.

Visitors to Roker Park will see Lewis Carroll’s classic tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’ being retold by several larger than life light installations depicting classic scenes and characters from the 19th century novel. The characters themselves will come to life every weekend to tell stories and help visitors explore the park’s magical spaces.

Things continue to get curiouser and curiouser as the Fairy Dell returns bringing with it a charm of hidden fairies that are waiting to be found by patient eyes and ears. Visitors will also enjoy the colourful dancing fountains that have grown in number since last year and will perform to a range of fantastical music and light. During the October half term a full programme of free craft activities and family entertainment will take place every day for families to enjoy.

On sale throughout the event at the Marriott Hotel, Roker Park catering concessions and The Beach House will be a special Illuminations booklet packed with an exciting Hunt the Rabbit trail, a word search, pages for children and big kids to collect character autographs plus the chance to win a fantastic prize. Available for just £1 throughout the event.

We are delighted to announce that the Roker Park Miniature Railway will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 5pm to 8pm as part of the Illuminations.  

Please note the free park and ride runs every 20 minutes from the Seaburn Centre car park on Lowry Road and dropping off at Roker Park Road – at the gate nearest the lake

On the following dates:

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September 2014,

                Friday 3, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5th October 2014,

                Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 October 2014,

                Friday 17, Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 October 2014,

                THEN DAILY between Friday 24 October 2014 until Sunday 2 November 2014 (21 days in total)

At the following times:

-              First Park & Ride at 5pm

-              Buses depart the Park & Ride site at 00, 20, 40 minutes past each hour

-              Buses depart Roker Park Illuminations event at 10, 30, 50 minutes past each hour

Last bus departing from the Seaburn Centre is at 20.30 and departing from Roker Park is 20.50.


Half Term Week Activity

Every day throughout half term there will be a different craft activity taking place in the bowling club between 5pm and 8.30pm. These activities are FREE and you can pop along anytime.

Saturday 25th - Secret Book Box

Sunday 26th - Mini Fairy Gardens

Monday 27th - 'Eat Me' pretend cakes

Tuesday 28th - Fairy Lanterns

Wednesday 29th - Alice Story Stones

Thursday 30th - Fairy Chimes

Friday 31st - HALLOWEEN Cheshire Cat Door Hangers

Saturday 1st - Mad Hats

Sunday 2nd - Mini Alice/Hatter Figures