HMS Ocean’s Visit To Sunderland

Home > Tyne & Wear > Sunderland

Sunderland's Adopted Warship HMS Ocean

Sunderland‘s adopted warship HMS Ocean will be visiting Sunderland this weekend.

HMS Ocean and her crew were granted Freedom of the City of Sunderland in 2004 and she last visited the city in 2012. If you’re staying with us this weekend and would like to go and see HMS Ocean in Sunderland it is 15-20 minutes drive from our bed and breakfast accommodation in South Shields.

HMS Ocean is due to arrive at the mouth of the river Wear at approximately 2.30pm and is due to berth at Corporation Quay opposite the National Glass Centre in Sunderland at approximately 3pm on Friday 1st May 2015 for her eighth visit to the city.

A 300 person freedom parade is due to set off from Burdon Road in Sunderland at 11am on Saturday 2nd May with a service at the War Memorial before the parade commences. The parade will then proceed to Fawcett Street, High Street West and Market Square before returning to Burdon Road past the war memorial.

HMS Ocean is open to visitors at Corporation Quay opposite the National Glass Centre in Sunderland on Sunday 3rd May 2015 from 1pm until 6pm and again on Bank Holiday Monday from 11am until 5pm.

You can see a short video about HMS Ocean here…

For more Sunderland related posts on our blog click here Sunderland.

Bedrooms   Breakfast Menu   Reviews   Special Offers

Check Room Prices, Availability And Book Direct Online At Our Lowest Rate

Sunderland National Glass Centre To Reopen

Home > Tyne & Wear > Sunderland

The National Glass Centre Liberty Way Sunderland SR6 0GL

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.

For more Sunderland related posts on our blog click here: Sunderland.

Bedrooms   Breakfast Menu   Reviews   Special Offers

Check Room Prices, Availability And Book Direct Online At Our Lowest Rate

New Restaurant Planned For National Glass Centre


Home > Tyne & Wear > Sunderland > Blog: New Restaurant Planned For National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Sunderland Association Football Club aka SAFC subsidiary 1879 Events Management have today announced that they have won the contract to run the restaurant at The National Glass Centre on Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL when it re-opens in the summer. Formerly the Throwing Stones restaurant, the new eatery will be part of a £2.25million investment programme in the Glass Centre which includes remodelled galleries and improved educational facilities at the centre.

The National Glass Centre was taken over by the University of Sunderland in 2010 with it’s redevelopment supported by Arts Council England through it’s award of a £750,000 improvement grant. The Heritage Lottery Fund also backed the redevelopment of the centre, providing £250,000 towards improvements. Director of the National Glass Centre James Bustard commented “Everyone involved in the redevelopment of the centre is thoroughly enthused about the reopening in the summer, and about its future success. We are extremely confident that the new-look centre will further enhance the region’s cultural offer while helping to reinforce ourselves as the leading centre for glass in the UK.”

It is hoped that “a first-class food offering will help strengthen visitor numbers, which can only benefit the city as a whole.” – Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at SAFC. “1879 Events Management is delighted to be providing such an important service to National Glass Centre at such an exciting time in its development. We’re proud to be in partnership with both National Glass Centre and the university on this venture.” The opening of the restaurant, to be named National Glass Centre Brasserie, is scheduled for summer 2013. It hopes to attract lovers of high-quality food and to be added to the list of premium restaurants in the region. Both daytime and evening menus are to be heavily influenced by local and regional fayre. A first class food offering is also expected to help strengthen visitor numbers which can only benefit the city of Sunderland as a whole.

Bedrooms   Breakfast Menu   Reviews   Special Offers

Check Room Prices, Availability And Book Direct Online At Our Lowest Rate