The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL is set to re-open this weekend following its six month closure for a £2.2 million refurbishment. From this weekend visitors can see new exhibitions, special events and family friendly activities including hands-on arts and crafts activities, themed tours and treasure hunts and free glass-blowing demonstrations. A new permanent exhibition “Stories of Glass in Sunderland” will also be unveiled tracing the history of glass-making in Sunderland from the 7th century. The new gallery spaces will also host a wide range of international exhibitions, presenting the work of leading contemporary artists in glass and ceramics.
The National Glass Centre in Sunderland’s re-launch on Saturday 29th June is part of the Festival of the North East and the film below courtesy of North East Film Archive (NEFA) features craftsman glass blowers at the Wear Flint Glass Works in Sunderland in the 1960s.
Sunderland’s glass making tradition dates back to 674 when French and Italian glaziers were invited over by the Anglo-Saxon abbot Benedict Biscop and made the windows for the Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Priory. The Wear Flint Glass Works shown in the video above was launched in 1858 by Angus and Greener, with ownership passing to James Augustus Jobling in 1885. Jobling and Co. enjoyed great success from 1921 when Jobling Purser purchased the right to manufacture and market the PYREX brand heat resistant glassware from the American firm Corning Inc. Few people outside the north east realise that each item of desirable and durable PYREX domestic glass ware, with designs such as Gaeity, Snowflake, Matchmaker, Fiesta and Tally-Ho hunting for Ringtons, found in every British kitchen after World War II, originated in Sunderland with Joblings. Corning Glass took control of the Pyrex factory in 1973. The business was again sold to Newell Ltd in 1994 and then to Arc International. But in 2007 production moved to France, and commercial glass manufacture ended in Sunderland after hundreds of years. The region’s few remaining glass craftsmen now practice their art in the workshops of the National Glass Centre, close to the site of the original Monkwearmouth priory.
A video of current glass blowing at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland can be seen in the video below.
If you’re looking for hotel accommodation near The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way in Sunderland SR6 0GL our bed and breakfast availability is here: online booking. We are approximately 15 minutes drive from the National Glass Centre in Sunderland.
Bazil Brasserie at the Windsor Hotel, South Parade, Whitley Bay, NE26 2RF has a steak meal deal special offer on at the moment – a 28-day matured sirlion steak with chips, grilled tomato and mushrooms for £13 – although the fine print limits the offer to one discounted steak meal per table so this might be a good discounted meal offer for contractors visiting the area who will be eating alone vs a couple.
I’m sure fans of authentic Thai food will like this special offer at Thai Central at 116 Ocean Road, South Shields, NE33 2JF. Using the link below you can purchase a two course Thai meal at the restaurant for £10 or a two-course meal for four people for £20, a discount of 56%.
Starters at the Ocean Road restaurant include tiger prawn spring rolls and chicken strips; main courses available include stir-fried sweet and sour beef, Thai green curry and chicken in black pepper. You can take a look at their full menu here…
If you will be visiting the restaurant whilst staying at our guest house Ocean Road is just a short three minute walk from our bed and breakfast accommodation. Guests staying with us are welcome to bring take-away food into the guest house and although excluded from this special offer Thai Central’s take away menu is here…
Bon Jovi are scheduled to perform at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on Thursday 13th June 2013 and if you haven’t bought your tickets yet then this 50% off ticket offer may be of interest to you. General admission standing tickets are available at a 50% discount for Thursday 13th June 2013 so you can see the band for £32.50 instead of the usual price of £65.
The pdf map above shows the the Stadium of Light concert venue information, if you’re staying with us for any of the 2013 gigs at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland then there is a regular Sunderland to South Shields bus service that you can catch at the bottom of our street that will take you to the roundabout shown on the top left of the above map. Journey time by bus is just 15 minutes. After that’s it’s a two minute walk to reach the Stadium.
This bus service will take you both to and from the concert so there’s no need for you to drive or take a taxi. We highly recommend you use this bus service instead of the Tyne and Wear Metro as you will get back to South Shields a lot quicker after the concert ends. We have recommended this method of travelling to and from the Stadium of Light to all our previous guests who have attended concerts at the Stadium of Light and they concur that it’s the best way to and from the Stadium…
Jewel in the Crown! What a smashing little find! We were going to a concert with a day or so off tagged on. Annie’s was the best recommended in the area, so we went for it. Couldn’t have been better. Spick and span, spotlessly clean. Enthusiastic and friendly welcome from Linda. I imagine that she can tell from the booking date and the ticket release dates why we were there – and she dispensed great advice about how best to travel. Saved us hours – we bumped into another couple the following day at TAOTN (The Angel of the North) who stayed elsewhere and did the Metro, it took them half the night to get back. It’s also quiet. Very quiet. Pull down the blackout blind and you may just miss breakfast! South Shields itself offers a wide variety of evening food and entertainment, and again our host had all the details to hand. All within walking distance in a nice quiet part of town. Annie cooks a fine breakfast – one of the best. Scrambled egg is the acid test and she passes with flying colours. Just superb. I’d be surprised if I didn’t stay again very shortly as I travel to that part of the country quite often. 6/6
If you’re looking for hotel accommodation for a concert at the Stadium of Light our bed and breakfast room prices and availability is here: online booking.