Sunderland Illuminations 2016

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Sunderland Illuminations 2016

If you are visiting our bed and breakfast accommodation with children over the next six weeks then you may like to visit Sunderland Illuminations aka Roker Park Lights a few miles south of us in Roker, Sunderland.

Sunderland Illuminations start this Saturday 24th September until Saturday 5th November 2016. If you drive along the A183 coast road you can see the seafront illuminations for free but there is a £1 charge to see the attractions inside Roker Park, SR6 9NB.

The Illuminated Observation Wheel is located on Cliffe Park, SR6 9NS and operates from 6pm until 10pm on Saturday 24th September (launch night) then every night until Saturday 5th November 2016. The cost to ride on the wheel is £4 for adults and £3 for children. A family ticket for two adults and two children or one adult and three children is £10.

Entrance to Roker Park costs £1 per person. You can purchase tickets from cabins at the entrances on Cliffe Park, Bede’s Cross and Marine Walk. These cabins are open from 5pm daily.

You can also buy Roker Park entrance tickets from the City Library in Fawcett Street, Bunnyhill Customer Service Centre, Washington Town Centre library, Houghton Library, Sandhill Customer Service Centre and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Inside Roker Park the Model Railway will be running on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the event from 5pm until 8pm. There is no charge but donations are welcomed.

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Sunderland Airshow 2016

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Sunderland Airshow 2016

The free Sunderland Airshow takes place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday just fifteen minutes drive from us along the Coast Road.

Sunderland Airshow begins at 6pm on Friday at Cliffe Park, Seaburn, featuring music from the The Rat Pack Boys, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire) with live musical accompaniment from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Portsmouth; Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team – the Red Arrows (9 x Hawk T1); RAF Typhoon (Typhoon FGR4); Twister Duo pyrotechnic display (2 x Silence Twister) and The brand new AeroSPARX display team (2 x Grob 109). Friday night will close at 10pm with a firework display.

Road closures are in place from 2pm on Friday from the Bungalow Café to Marriott Roundabout, as well as in surrounding streets. Several park and ride schemes are in operation but if you are staying at our bed and breakfast accommodation for your visit to Sunderland Airshow we recommend you take the E1 bus service to Sunderland. The E1 service can be boarded at the Keppel Street bus station in South Shields or at The Sundial pub on Sea Road at the bottom of our street. Timetable information for this route can be found heree: E1, E2 and E6 buses to/from South Shields and Sunderland.

Flying will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 12.30pm until 5.15pm.

Sunderland Airshow is free to attend with the best viewing points along Roker and Seaburn.

Flying on the Saturday only will be Royal Air Force Aerobatic Display Team – the Red Arrows – 9 x Hawk T1.

Flying on the Sunday only will be Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15 and Mitchell 320 – B-25 Mitchell.

On both Saturday and Sunday spectators can enjoy RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, RAF BBMF – Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire, Vortex 525 – Chinook, The Tigers Freefall Parachute Display Team, Royal Navy Swordfish – Fairey Swordfish, Royal Navy Black Cats – 2 x Wildcat HMA Mk 2, Red Bull Matadors – 2 x Xtreme XA41, OV-10 Bronco, Gyrocopter – Calidus Rotorsport, Twister Duo, Amphibious Beach Assault, Vampire Pair – de Havilland Vampires FB52 and T55, The Blades – 4 x Extra 300 , RAF Typhoon 35 – Typhoon FGR4, Strikemaster Mk82A and Hangar 11 Combo – P40 Kittyhawk and P51D Mustang.

HMS Bulwark arrives in the city today from 3.30pm and will be docked at Corporation Quay for the weekend. She won’t be open to the public, but the best place to spot her is from the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL.

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Sunderland Marathon of The North

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Sunderland Marathon of the North Runners Crossing Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland

The Marathon of The North is a brand new marathon to be held annually in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. Sunderland City Council and the organisers of the Sunderland City 10K have scheduled ‘The Marathon Of The North’ to take place on Sunday 28th April 2013. You can see a short video of the Sunderland City 10K here…

The Marathon of the North course starts and finishes at the Stadium of Light on the north bank of the river Wear. After crossing the Wearmouth Bridge, the route follows the first few kilometres of the Sunderland City 10K course. The first half of the race course is on the south side of the river Wear it is predominantly flat with few noticeable gradients and includes a circuit of picturesque Barnes Park. At the halfway mark the route returns back across the Wearmouth Bridge and the last ten miles is run adjacent to the river Wear and Roker and Seaburn beaches.

You can see a map of the Sunderland Marathon Of The North route here…

Sunderland Marathon of the North Marathon Route Map

The Sunderland half-marathon route is shown here…

Sunderland Marathon of the North Half Marathon Route Map

Finally the Sunderland 10K route can be seen here…

Sunderland Marathon of the North 10K Route Map

A video of previous running events in Sunderland including the Sunderland City 10K can be seen here…


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