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If it’s on in Sunderland, it’s in!

Summer 2017

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Hello and welcome to our summer 2017 edition.

Hello and welcome to our summer 2017 edition, bringing you news about all the great things happening in and around Sunderland. Our theme for this, our eleventh edition, is music and celebrating a busy programme of events and activities happening throughout the city over the coming summer months.

You can read our interview with Social Room online at

Our cover picture shows Social Room, a Sunderland-based band who are part of the Sunniside Live line-up this year. The band won the Sunniside Live Battle of the Bands in 2015 and this year will line-up alongside the likes of Happy Mondays, Heather Small, Incognito, The Farm, K-Klass and Chris Helme, of The Seahorses. This year’s event is on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.


The city’s biggest attraction of the summer months will once again be Sunderland International Airshow, which this year will be held on the weekend of Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23. Meanwhile on the ground, the city’s cultural sector has had some great news since our last edition. Sunderland Culture, the new company set up to manage and develop the city’s cultural venues secured a £1.25m Great Place grant from Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The money will be spent over three years and the aim of the grant is to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of local communities. The Great Place funding announcement came just weeks after ACE revealed it was investing £6m toward the building of a new £8.2m auditorium adjacent to the £3.6m redevelopment of the Fire Station. Sunderland Music Arts and Culture Trust is behind the development of this new auditorium which will have retractable seating for 450 and will also be able to host 700 people standing. Sunderland was also named as one of only ten places across the UK to secure special Heritage Action Zone status from Historic England. The scheme aims to unlock the potential of historic areas and help them achieve economic growth. The Sunderland scheme is around Fawcett Street, High Street East and High Street West. Meanwhile, Sunderland’s first round bid to become City of Culture 2021 was submitted and the city’s preparations to welcome the Tall Ships Race next year have stepped up a gear. Thank you and enjoy our eleventh edition. Rob Lawson Editor, Vibe


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Get the latest festival fashion at the Bridges 4 Sunniside Live – the sound of summer 5 See amazing things at family fun day 6 Sunderland International Airshow – eyes to the sky 7 8 ‘You still can’ at the University of Sunderland University of Sunderland giving voice to musicians 9 Gentoo homes 10 11 Gentoo bringing communities together Sunderland College - academic prowess to the fore... 12-13 Markets in Sunderland 14 If It’s On, It’s In 15-21 Summer culture workshops unveiled 22 Try something new at Arts Centre Washington 22 Sundays in Sunderland 23 High Street West party 24 This summer’s best buys 25 Your health is Spire’s priority 26 Step forward Siglion 27 Stepping out in Sunderland 28-29 New homes in new locations that don’t cost the earth 30-31 Let there be light 32 University investments supporting region’s growth 33 What’s in your first aid kit? 34 WIN overnight stay for two at Ramside Hall 35 Know why Sunderland’s great? It’s in the water. 35

A Peacock on the High Street One of Sunderland’s oldest pubs has reopened under its original name. The Londonderry, built on High Street West in the city centre in 1901, is one of the finest examples of Edwardian Baroque pub architecture in the UK. It is now under the management of Pub Culture and has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme in partnership with the building owners Leighton Management. “It is now The Peacock,” explained Pub Culture Director Andrew Burnett. “The current pub was built on the site of the former Peacock Inn, an 18th century coaching house. It became The Londonderry Arms in 1834 in honour of Charles William Vane Stewart, the third Marquis of Londonderry who was the founder of Seaham Harbour and the owner of several local coal mines,” Andrew added.

“The ground floor of The Peacock is now a vibrant bar, while the first floor function room has been restored to become the popular performance venue it was in the 1960s and 1970s when people like Bert Jansch and Sunderland’s own Dave Stewart played there,” said Andrew. Fellow Pub Culture director Richard Buckley added: “Our great quality traditional pub food is provided by Juniper’s Pantry, who are doing a fantastic job running the Chop House

restaurant at The Dun Cow. The Peacock features fine craft beers, a great range of ales and high-quality wines.” The performance space, which can host 220 people standing or 100 seated, will predominantly feature live music programmed by regional promoters Think Tank and other Wearside-based promoters. “Although The Peacock had significantly fewer original features than The Dun Cow, the building has been painstakingly and sympathetically restored, and people will be impressed,” said Richard. The restoration has been overseen by Grace Hunter, development surveyor at land and property experts Buckley Burnett, Richard and Andrew’s other company. Buckley Burnett have been consultants to the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust on its work in the surrounding area to date. The first phase of the development of the MAC Quarter was the restoration of The Dun Cow; the second phase is the ongoing £3.6m renovation of the Fire Station; the third is the restoration of The Peacock, and the fourth will be the construction of a new £8.2m auditorium which will wrap round the Fire Station behind The Dun Cow and will open in 2019.

The original Londonderry was demolished at the turn of the century, to be replaced in 1901 by the current building which was designed by Sunderland architect Hugh Taylor Decimus Hedley. Its unusual triangular shape was due to the demands of a local traffic management scheme and its distinctive copper-domed towers echo the style of the nearby Sunderland Empire and the recently rejuvenated Dun Cow pub, the latter also being successfully run by Pub Culture.

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The sound of summer

Sunniside Live - the sound of Sunderland’s summer - is back with a bang this year.

Saturday’s lineup sees local musical sextet and Vibe 11 cover stars, Social Room, back to the Sunniside Live stage. Fueled by dance-induced rock and roll beats, the 2015 Battle of the Bands winners will play ahead of the The Farm and main festival headliners The Happy Mondays.

The two-day music festival makes its hotly-anticipated return on Friday, July 7 and Saturday July 8, with a line-up certain to get Wearsiders dancing in the streets. Thousands of music lovers will descend on Sunniside, where dance music legends K Klass and Allister Whitehead will open the festival from 4pm on Friday. The microphone will then be passed to soul legend, Heather Small, as she belts out feel-good classics Proud and Moving On Up before Incognito take centre stage to close the show with their undying love for funky jazz.

A variety of food and drink stalls - selling bottled drinks and spirits, will be available throughout the event to ensure festivalgoers are well catered for whilst enjoying the amazing music on offer. If street food isn’t your style, then be sure to check out the great choice of exciting bars and restaurants that surround the Sunniside area.

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Eyes to the sky... and the sea As a city by the sea and home to fantastic open spaces, Sunderland has a long history of hosting successful outdoor events, and they’re set to get bigger and better. We talked to two people at the heart of delivering amazing experiences in the city. Victoria French is Head of Events for Sunderland City Council, and is leading the events team through what promises to be the biggest two years in Sunderland event’s history. Victoria said: “These are really exciting times for the city, there’s so much happening in terms of regeneration, plus the City of Culture bid, there’s definitely an increased vibrancy and confidence is growing. “Events play a huge part in attracting visitors to the city; there are significant economic benefits for local businesses and also the chance to change some perceptions about what we have to offer.”

“We’re well underway with planning for this year’s events, and were delighted to announce that the RAF Typhoon, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and The Red Arrows will be displaying on all three days at the airshow. 2018 is, of course, the year of The Tall Ships Races, and also the 30th anniversary of the airshow, so it promises to be a fantastic summer.” Michelle Daurat joined the City Council as Tall Ships Project Director, having previously managed the successful Tall Ships Races in Hartlepool in 2010. In July 2018 Sunderland will welcome a fleet of over 80 Tall Ships to take part in a four day festival. Michelle said: “It’s difficult to describe the spectacle of a Tall Ships Races, it needs to be seen to be believed!

and entertainment, plus the carnivalstyle crew parade, the Parade of Sail as the ships leave the city and plenty of fireworks.” And there are opportunities for Sunderland people to get involved. “The Tall Ships Races are about adventure! They give young people the opportunity to travel on a ship, trying something new, and working with others from across the globe.” Michelle added.

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Visitors will have the chance to do just that, for free, as well as enjoy other activities, as Michelle explains: “The ships will be open for free public access at set times, there’ll be music

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Giving voice to the next generation of musicians The successful acapella singing group Dodici Voce will again be performing at this summer’s university graduations at the Stadium of Light. The all-girl group of students and performing arts graduates are much in demand at events and concerts across the North East. They are, like so many other bands and musicians, the product of the University of Sunderland’s music department. As well as providing music courses at its city campus, the Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries offers specialist performance degrees in Community Music and Popular Music and Jazz at the Sage, Gateshead. There’s an accomplished University choir led by Graeme Danby of English National Opera and Simon Fidler - director of Voices of Hope - which recently won Choir of the Year. There’s also a University Big Band which every year hosts the Great North Big Band Jazz Festival. Meanwhile the University’s student radio station Spark FM continues to win awards for showcasing Sunderland’s emerging music talent. Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graeme Thompson, who is chair of Sunderland Culture said: “Music plays a massive role in the life of Sunderland. From Dave Stewart, Lauren Laverne and the Futureheads to the latest visit to Sunderland schools by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The University is proud to play its part in providing opportunities for the next generation of musicians.” Images: Future Grooves at Sage Gateshead, photographs by Gemma Rutherford





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Kamareswaradas Ramanathas, Chairman of the Sunderland BME Network, said: “The Aspire grant provided an opportunity for local community members to come together at the Mini Mela.

Gentoo is offering Aspire grants to support a variety of activities for voluntary, community groups and individuals for a range of community-led causes.

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The housing association is committed to making a positive difference to people’s lives by bringing communities together. Recently, 21 nationalities in Sunderland joined together for a cultural celebration, as Sunderland Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) Network along with the Sunderland City of Culture Bid team hosted a Mini Mela to a jam-packed crowd funded by an Aspire grant. 21 acts, including singers, dancers and DJs, performed at Sunderland Bangladesh International Centre in Hendon, showcasing Sunderland as a multicultural city that’s brimming with talent.

An Aspire grant recently supported four community groups to purchase new equipment for Easington Lane Community Access Point (ELCAP), improving the Centre’s facilities and reducing social isolation. To celebrate being awarded the grant, the groups held a Nostalgia event at the Centre, inviting local residents of all ages to join them for an afternoon of High Tea.

The performers included singer Jessica Dale and singer/guitarist Lewis Conlin, who appeared in last year’s Genfactor talent competition, along with Genfactor winner, Olivia Glover, lead singer of Saturn Highway.


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Sunderland Sixth Form - academic The academic prowess of Sunderland College is being brought to the fore following the creation of a new sixth form centre. Building on the College’s impressive track record in A-Level provision, which has seen it achieve a 99 per cent pass rate for the past eight years, all sixth form courses will now be delivered from a specialist hub at Bede Campus. Sunderland Sixth Form has been created to provide a dedicated home for all A-Level students and offers a central point for teaching, learning and support. Jackie Moreland is the new Director of Sunderland Sixth Form and is relishing the opportunity to launch the new centre for academic excellence. She said: “Sunderland Sixth Form is more than re-branding our provision, we’re creating an exciting new sixth form centre where we and our students


work together to strive for excellence in everything we do and everything we deliver. “Bringing all of our A-Level courses together at Bede Campus helps us create this amazing facility that is bursting with knowledge and enthusiasm. We have an incredible roster of A-Level specialists who have years, often decades, of experience at teaching A-Level subjects successfully. “Sunderland College has worked hard to earn a fantastic reputation for A-Level results, and we want to build on that. However, that is not just about constantly striving for the very best pass rates it is also about making sure our pastoral support, student guidance, teaching standards, and quality of learning environment are all of the highest possible standard… and they are.”

Sunderland Sixth Form has welcomed 500 students through its doors this year, and by September 2017 all A-Level provision will be delivered from Bede Campus. Sunderland College principal, Ellen Thinnesen added: “Appointing someone with an outstanding record for standards and results, and the ability to engage with teaching staff and

prowess brought to the fore... students alike, and also build on the College’s excellent record for A-Level delivery in recent years has been a significant priority.” Sunderland Sixth Form delivers A-Levels in 28 subjects - for more information about courses available and how to apply, visit, email or call 0191 5116000.

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I’m pleased I chose to do my A Levels at Sunderland Sixth Form. The teachers are all extremely passionate and knowledgeable and I have grown in confidence whilst I have been here. I hope to go to Newcastle University once I leave and Sunderland Sixth Form has given me a strong foundation to progress in my future studies.









A new offer for Summer 2017, Modern Markets brings diverse and unusual goods from around the globe straight to Market Square in Sunderland. Popping up in Sunderland during June, you’ll definitely be leaving with bags full of quirky and unusual gifts. TRADING BETWEEN 10am–5pm on: Wednesday June 14 – Saturday June 17.


To this day, the market remains home to local and diverse traders – including renowned family businesses: Ibbotson Butcher, Thoburns Fruit & Veg and The Jewellery Box. Take a wander down the aisles to find everything from fresh deli goods and flowers, to beauty products and hardware tools – Jacky Whites really does cater to all wants and needs! TRADING DAILY Monday to Saturday from 9am – 5pm, fully accessible from within the Bridges Shopping Centre.


Seasonal craft and food fayre hosted by EVENTS 2GOGO returns to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens this summer. TRADING BETWEEN 10am – 4pm on: Saturday August 19, Saturday November 19.


On the fourth Friday of every month EVENTS 2 GOGO bring Sunderland’s Market Square to life with street stalls selling crafted, unique and fresh local produce. TRADING BETWEEN 9am – 4pm on: Friday June 23, Friday July 28, Friday August 25.


This local craft and vintage fair, located inside the historic Sunderland Minster, welcomes traders from across the North East to showcase their fantastic range of crafts, retro goods and delicious homemade cakes. TRADING ON first Saturday of every month from 10am–3pm. Admission 50p, children visit for free.

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BE PART OF IT Sunderland Business Improvement District will continue to develop a more exciting market offer within Sunderland city centre. Want to be involved? Get in touch on 0191 562 3130 or email

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Your essential guide to what’s happening in your city, who’s doing what, where and when.

IT’S IN No matter what you’re looking for, there’s something for everyone in Sunderland this summer. Sunderland International Airshow returns for the weekend of Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23. There will be the traditional spectacular launch party at Cliffe Park on the Friday evening followed by a full programme of activity in the air from 10am 6pm each day. For music lovers Sunniside Live is back on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8, with this year’s line up including Happy Mondays, Heather Small, Incognito, The Farm, K-Klass and Chris Helme, of The Seahorses. There’s also plenty for theatre lovers, with Dirty Dancing (June 26 - July 1), Swan Lake (June 16 - 17) and La Cage Aux Folles (August 1 - 6) among the shows coming to Sunderland Empire. You can see Oliver Twist at The Royalty Theatre (June 19-24) and there’s a packed programme at Arts Centre Washington. If you’re looking for something to do with the family, Active Sunderland will be hosting their BIG bike ride (June 11) again, as well as their area sports festivals taking place across the city. There’s also plenty of family activity at National Glass Centre to get the creative juices flowing. For graphic novel fans, Wonderlands (June 3) is back for a third year at University of Sunderland’s CitySpace, with another fantastic day of workshops, panels and talks. If vintage cars are your thing, why not pop down to the Seaburn Classic Car Show on June 11. And don’t forget the Bridges is open until 8pm every Thursday, with free parking in the centre’s car parks between 5.30pm and 9pm so you can shop even longer. Whatever you’re up to over the hopefully sunny summer months, keep logging on to for the very latest on what’s going on.






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May Tues Ancestry taster sessions at City Library@Museum & Winter Gardens (2.30pm or 3pm) - Investigate your family history with a short introduction on how to use the Ancestry website and resources available at your Local Studies Library To book contact Local Studies on 0191 5618439 Thur Late Night Shopping at the Bridges - open until 8pm With free parking from 5:30pm - 9:00pm you can shop even longer now on Thursdays at the Bridges Thur Ancestry taster sessions at Houghton Library (10am) Investigate your family history with a short introduction on how to use the Ancestry website and resources available at your Local Studies Library - To book contact Houghton Library on 0191 5616383 Nifty Fifties at City Library@Museum and Winter Gardens The over fifty interest group meet every second Thursday of the month at 2.30pm and new members are welcome - free to attend - donations welcome - Thur 25 Sunfest: Coriolanus at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more for a hero and defender: Coriolanus - from £6 Thur 25 - June 2 Creative Age at Arts Centre Washington A celebration of the weekly Creative Age group, designed for people living with the early stages of dementia - Free - www. Thur 25 - June 3 Play on the Pitch at Stadium of Light Take your place in 90 minutes of adrenaline fuelled action as the Stadium of Light offers football fans and aspiring players an exclusive chance to show off their skills, at the home of Sunderland AFC this spring - £1500 per team - 0371 911 1555 Thur 25 - June 4 Taylor Wessing Portrait Exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - A leading international photographic portrait competition, which celebrates and promotes the very best in contemporary portrait photography - Free -


Thur 25 - June 10 Ken Watts at Arts Centre Washington A retrospective of work by the late Jarrow painter - Free Thur 25 - June 18 North Lands Creative Glass 2017 at National Glass Centre - National Glass Centre and North Lands Creative Glass work in partnership to support and promote the finest work by international artists working in glass - Free Thur 25 - June 18 Victoria Scholes: Artist Access to Art Schools at National Glass Centre - Victoria Scholes has just completed her Artist Access to Art Schools residency and this exhibition presents the work she has created while working at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland - Free Thur 25 - June 21 Glasmuseet Ebeltoft at National Glass Centre - Ebeltoft has kindly loaned a selection of works from its collection for display at National Glass Centre - Free Thur 25 - October 1 Jewellery: Wearable Glass at National Glass Centre - Jewellers and artists specialising in glass have collaborated, share their skills and challenge what is accepted as standard practice in both jewellery and glass - Free Fri 26 Bourbon and Blues at The Glass Yard - 3 courses, welcome drink and live music from North East duo Hokum Hotshots - Booking essential - £27.50 per person - 0191 515 5555 Fri 26 & 27 Sunderland Stages: Mobile - Step into a magical caravan and explore people’s dreams of the future in this 40-minute show where the walls project faded memories and kettles talk - Pay what you decide Sat 27 Sunfest: Romeo & Juliet at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - University of Sunderland students’ take on Shakespeare’s most famous romance and one of the greatest and most tragic love stories of all time - from £6

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June Sat 27 Meet Your Neighbour Festival: Family Day at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10am - 4pm) Explore the food, fashions and culture of Poland and Eastern Europe in this colourful family festival - Free -

Thur 1 Marketing Surgery at NE BIC (10am - 3pm) - The monthly Marketing Surgery at the North East BIC, Sunderland provides you with access to marketing support - Free

Sat 27 Meet Your Neighbour Festival: Music at Independent, Sunderland (7pm) - Especially from London - Monika Lidke, also local support bands and after party by Local (blind) DJ Blue Wings - Free -

Thur 1 Glass Fused Accessories at National Glass Centre Learn how to safely cut glass and use glass frits to make your own fused glass badges and pendants - £12

Sat 27 - June 4 History Heroes Family Trail at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Follow the trail to find out amazing facts about Sunderland’s history heroes including Jack Crawford, Harry Watts and Margaret Dryburgh £2.50 -

Thur 1 - July 21 Story and Rhymetime sessions at Sunderland Libraries - The following libraries hold weekly story and/or rhyme time sessions during school term time: City Library@ Museum & Winter Gardens Tuesday - Storytime 11am, Wednesday - Rhymetime 10am; Washington Town Centre Library Tuesday - Story and Rhymetime 10am; Houghton Library Monday - Story and Rhymetime 10am

Mon 29 Glass Collage at National Glass Centre Participate in a tour of the current exhibition and take inspiration from the artists’ work - £12 Mon 29, June 1 & 3 Half Term Holiday Sandcast Fish at National Glass Centre - Create a glass shape using sand to make a mould. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique - £15 Tue 30 Wearable Clay at National Glass Centre - Craft clay badges and pendants using air dry clay and an array of decorative materials. These will be drop in sessions - £3 Wed 31 Geometric Glass Painting at National Glass Centre Create your own brightly coloured glass painting in a geometric design - £3 - Wed 31 Social Media Café at NE BIC (12pm - 1pm) - Free

June Thur Late Night Shopping at the Bridges - open until 8pm With free parking from 5:30pm - 9:00pm you can shop even longer now on Thursdays at the Bridges


Thur 1 & 2 Mr Corvan’s Music Hall at Sunderland Minster - A fantastic new musical play telling the incredible story about the North East’s first music hall superstar Ned Corvan - £15 Fri 2 Bags Full of Ideas at National Glass Centre - Choose a colourful fabric bag and adorn it with a range of decorative materials - £4 - Sat 3 Decorative Fused Glass at National Glass Centre Make an amazing glass mosaic using glass tiles and grains of glass on a special water-jet cut glass shape which will be fired in our kilns - £10 - Sat 3 Wonderlands 2017: The UK Graphic Novel Expo at CitySpace, Sunderland (10am - 5pm) - Workshops, panel discussions and exhibitors from the graphic novel and comic world come to Sunderland for this free, family friendly event Free - Sat 3 Miners Fête at Bowes Railway - Washington Heritage Fair, miners banners, brass bands, fun fair attractions, traditional games, local authors and more - Free





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June Sat 3 Stand By Me at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - The phenomenal musical history of a group that helped to define Atlantic Records - from £30.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee Sun 4 Gardens Open for Charity: Washington Old Hall and Bede Crescent (11am - 4pm) - The picturesque stone manor house and its gardens provide a tranquil oasis in a historic setting while you enjoy snacks and ice cream in the café Tue 6 Start Up Workshop: Getting Customers at NE BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) - Interactive seminar packed full of practical marketing hints and tips aimed at anyone looking to start a new business - Free - Wed 7 Community Lecture Series: Gary Bankhead at University of Sunderland (2.30pm) - Durham Wear Assemblage: A collection of over 9000 objects found in the River Wear - Free - Thur 8 Scorched at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - As the Gulf War rages, the past drags a former soldier back to the scorched sands of Egyptian World War II - £8.50 Fri 9 - 15 Creative City 2017 Degree Show: Glass and Ceramics at National Glass Centre - Celebrate the work of University of Sunderland final year art and design students Free - Sat 10 Hollywood Glam Charity Ball at The Point (7pm) Themed charity ball in aid of Amber’s Law & Macmillan cancer £15 - Sat 10 Open Day at University of Sunderland (9.30am - 4pm) - Spend your day meeting your future lecturers, looking around our Campuses and getting the lowdown on what financial help and scholarships are available to you - Free - Sun 11 Active Sunderland: BIG Bike Ride - Join hundreds of cyclists enjoying three routes of varying difficulty - £10


Sun 11 Classic Car Show at Seaburn Recreation Park A variety of lovingly cared for and restored classic cars will be on display - Free - Wed 14 The ELO Experience at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - The world’s foremost tribute to The Electric Light Orchestra from £25 plus £2.85 transaction fee Thur 15 - 17 The Haunting of Hill House at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Join Washington Theatre Group this summer as they are led by Dr. Montague, who is conducting research into supernatural phenomena, and invites three unacquainted guests to delve into the morbid history of the house - Tickets £6 - 0191 561 3455 Fri 16 & 17 English Youth Ballet present Swan Lake at Sunderland Empire - from £20.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee Fri 16 - 22 Creative City 2017 Degree Show: Advertising, Animation, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphics, Illustration, Photography at National Glass Centre - Celebrate the work of University of Sunderland final year art and design students. Including Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Art and Design Extended programmes - Free Sat 17 & 18 Father’s Day Sandcast - Car at National Glass Centre - Create a glass shape using sand to make a mould £15 - Sun 18 Father’s Day Lunch at The Glass Yard Celebrate how special your Father is and treat him to a delicious lunch in the riverside surroundings of The Glass Yard. All Dads receive a bottle of National Glass Centre Ale Gaffer’s Quaff or Prince Rupert’s Drop - Booking essential - from £9.95 0191 515 5555

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July Mon 19 - 24 Oliver Twist at Royalty Theatre - Jeremy Brock’s stage version of Oliver twist is splendidly theatrical, combining the richness of Dickens’s classic tale with the sinister antics of Fagin - £8 -

Thur 28 Social Media Café at NE BIC - A place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, share ideas and lessons learnt - Free

Mon 19 - 24 Dreamboats and Petticoats at Sunderland Empire - Featuring some of the greatest hit songs of the rock ‘n’ roll era - from £16.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee

Thur 29 Raising Cash for Your Business at NE BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) - The BICs experts are on hand every month at this one-to-one surgery to help you navigate your way around the different fundraising options - Free

Wed 21 Post-graduate Open Day at University of Sunderland (2pm - 7pm) - Speak to academic staff, and look around the campus. You’ll also be able to attend talks about funding Post Graduate study - Free - Thur 22 Sales Surgery at NE BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) - The monthly Sales Surgery at the North East BIC in Sunderland provides you with advice as you plan your sales strategy - Free Fri 23 - 25 Armed Forces Weekend Celebration at Seaburn Jammed packed programme, to celebrate the commitment that the Armed Forces provide throughout the year - Free Sat 24 - October 8 Chad McCail ‘Liars of Earth’ at NGCA in National Glass Centre - McCail’s parable has a political twist in the tale, presenting a world in which ordinary people can overturn the malign rule of monstrous giants - Free

Thur 29 Declaration at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Declaration examines when we want, need or are forced to declare our differences and the faces we wear to fit in - £8.50 - Fri 30 Gin and Jazz at The Glass Yard - 3 course meal, welcome drink and live music - Booking essential - £27.50 per person - 0191 515 5555 Fri 30 Sunderland Stages: Mixtape at The Peacock, Sunderland (7.30pm) - Part comedy show and part pop quiz it’s the perfect night out for pub quiz and music fans. Join Mixtape for their 90s show in celebration of this most bangin’ decade - £5 -


Mon 26 The Lovell Lectures at Donnison School (1pm - 3pm) - Jack Curtis: The old pond on the Town Moor 0191 565 4835

Thur Late Night Shopping at the Bridges - open until 8pm With free parking from 5:30pm - 9:00pm you can shop even longer now on Thursdays at the Bridges

Mon 26 - July 1 Dirty Dancing at Sunderland Empire Exploding with heart-pounding music, breath-taking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing; Dirty Dancing is back - from £15.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee -

Sat 1 Healthy High Street Summer Party (10am - 4pm) Get ready for the street party of the year as Sunderland celebrates its new and improved High Street West - Free

Wed 28 Read Regional: A. A. Dhand at Washington Town Centre Library - ‘Streets of Darkness’; a tense crime thriller full of pace, power and passion about a high-profile murder set in the city of Bradford - 0191 561 3441

Sat 1 Gardens Open for Charity at Woodlands (1.30pm - 4.30pm) - Explore the mature garden on a site of approx one seventh acre - with tropical themed planting and a Caribbean inspired bar -






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July Sat 1 Science, Engineering and Environment Family Funday at Barnes Park (10am - 5pm) - Free event with activities for all the family - Thur 6 Gardens Open for Charity at Woodlands (1.30pm - 4.30pm) - Explore the mature garden on a site of approx one seventh acre - with tropical themed planting and a Caribbean inspired bar - Fri 7 Lee Kyle: Burning this Place to the Ground at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - If you have seen him do comedy and liked it, you might like this show, if you have seen him and thought he was rubbish, this might change your mind I suppose, probably not - £8 Fri 7 - 8 Sunniside Live 2017 - The annual summer festival is back! - from £14 - Sat 8 FOSUMS: The History of Washington Old Hall - This session will be delivered by an appointed speaker from the National Trust - £2 - Thur 13 The Pass it On Tour at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - From internationally acclaimed Northumbrian master Alistair Anderson, to the exciting up and coming talent of Folkestra - tunes and songs from the collections and living memories of North East tradition will be brought to life! - £12 Fri 14 - 16 More than Music at Silksworth Cricket Club Beer, street food, street art, circus performers, retrogaming, cosplay and music for the community of Silksworth! - from £10 Sat 15 Summer Streets at Thompson Park (12pm - 7pm) Summer Streets is a one-day music festival celebrating the depth of musical talent coming out of the North-East region. It’s an extremely family friendly festival, with lots of ‘hands-on’ opportunities for the audience to get involved. There is some dedicated programming for early years and kids, and three stages for live music performances. Street food served all day and Wylam Brewery are operating the bar - Free


Sat 15 Morgan and West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show for Kids at Arts Centre Washington - Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza! - £6.50 Fri 21 - 23 Sunderland International Airshow - The annual spectacular show returns with a roar for its 29th year. Expect amazing aerial displays and lots of fun on the ground - Free Sat 22 - Sun September 3 National Summer Reading Challenge 2017 with City Library - Children can sign up to read six library books over the school holidays and collect incentives along the way. The challenge is open to all children aged between 4 and 11 years old. - 0191 561 1235 Mon 24 - 28 Bring Your Talent - National Glass Centre Summer School! At National Glass Centre - Whether you are interested in the visual arts, craft and design or photography this week long summer school will give you the opportunity to develop your artistic practice by learning how to work with glass - £180 - Mon 24 & August 14 Glass Collage at National Glass Centre - Participate in a tour of the current exhibition and take inspiration from the artists’ work - £10 Mon 24 - August 29 Open Days at Washington F Pit Museum - Step back in time, remember the region’s coalmining heritage and see the impressive winding engine. The F Pit is open on Mondays and Tuesdays only. Please check the website for details. Free - Mon 24 - Sept 1 Festival of Fun at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - An amazing summer of fun at the Museum with theatre shows, drama workshops and arts award activities - £2 - 0191 561 2323 -

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August From Tues 25 Children’s crafts at Sunderland Libraries Sunderland Library Services have a range of exciting children’s crafts throughout school holidays at the following locations and times: City Library@Museum & Winter Gardens Tuesday 2.30 -3.30pm, Thursday 2.30 -3.30pm; Washington Town Centre Library Tuesday 2.15 -3.15pm, Thursday 2.15 - 3.15pm; Houghton Library Wednesday 2.30 -3.30pm. These are free and suitable for all age groups. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult - Tue 25 Create & Craft at National Glass Centre - A day packed full of activities inspired by the exhibition of jewellers and their new work in glass - £10 - Wednesdays 26 - August 30 Active Sunderland BIG Area Sport Festivals - A series of community sports festivals held across the city during the six week school holidays, with sports taster sessions and fun family activities - Wed 26 & August 16 Wearable Clay at National Glass Centre - Craft clay badges and pendants using air dry clay and an array of decorative materials - £3 Thur 27 & August 17 Glass Fused Accessories at National Glass Centre - Learn how to safely cut glass and use glass frits to make your own fused glass badges and pendants - £12 Fri 28 Tapas Night! at The Glass Yard - A selection of tapas, welcome drink and live mariachi music - Booking essential £27.50 per person - 0191 515 5555 Fri 28 & August 18 Paint a glass Postcard at National Glass Centre - Take inspiration from the local area to design and use colourful paint pens to create a glass postcard - £4 Fri 28 Assessment of the Critically Ill Child at University of Sunderland (6pm - 8pm) - This event forms one of a three-part mini lecture series by the University of Sunderland, highlighting current research trends and clinical practice guidance - Free


Sat 29 The Carpenters Story at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - Celebrating the music of one of the most successful duos in music history - Mon 31 The Bridges Indoor Beach - Bring your little pirates along to the Bridges’ treasure island themed indoor beach and enjoy swashbuckling fun in the sand - £1.50 -

Mon 31 & August 21 Decorative Fused Glass at National Glass Centre - Make an amazing glass mosaic using glass tiles and grains of glass on a special water-jet cut glass shape which will be fired in our kilns - £10 -

August Thur Late Night Shopping at the Bridges - open until 8pm With free parking from 5:30pm - 9:00pm you can shop even longer now on Thursdays at the Bridges Tue 1 & 22 Fused Glass Postcards at National Glass Centre Take inspiration from the local area to design and make a glass postcard memento - £8 Tue 1 - 5 La Cage Aux Folles at Sunderland Empire Tantalising and touching, this is a lavishly funny tale of unconditional love and family values - from £17.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee - Wed 2 Community Lecture Series: Dr Andy Lane at St. Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland (2.30pm) - The Geology of the River Wear - Free - Wed 2 & 23 Bags of Ideas at National Glass Centre - Choose a colourful fabric bag and adorn it with a range of decorative materials - £4 - Thur 3 & 24 Family Fusing at National Glass Centre - Learn about the fusing process, discuss your ideas and draw a design for your collaborative project - £30




Summer culture workshops unveiled Summer is finally here - and a new programme of arts and craft workshops has been launched to keep you busy and active over the coming months. The Cultural Spring, a three-year Arts Council-funded project aiming to encourage and increase arts participation on Wearside and in South Tyneside, has launched a host of workshops across the city. The workshops include: • A writing group at Back on The Map, Hendon • A singing group at Back on The Map, Hendon • Make Do and Mend workshops at St Mark’s CA, Millfield

June and July within the Cultural Spring’s Sunderland wards - Hendon, Millfield, Pallion, Sandhill and St Anne’s. Some will be free and others will have a small voluntary donation to support the running of the workshops. Professional artists leading the workshops come from across Sunderland and South Tyneside. For further information or to see the full summer workshop programme, log on to workshops or look out for the Cultural Spring’s workshop brochure. * The Cultural Spring’s Your Art initiative is open to applications. Your Art is designed to help community groups try out their own arts ideas and support of up to £1,000 could be available. For more

information or an application form log on to and applications for this round of support must be in by June 30. * The Cultural Spring is also looking for participants for an ambitious event to mark the opening of Sunderland’s new participatory arts space, The Fire Station. The event will have dance, music and theatre elements, and participants will be part of a large-scale performance in the heart of the city. If you’re interested, or want more information, email uk or call 0191 427 8197. The Cultural Spring’s four partners are the University of Sunderland; The Customs House in South Shields; Sangini and the Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust.

• Theatre Skills at Grindon Community Project, Grindon WORKSHOPS… Try something new at one of the Cultural Spring’s sessions

• Furniture Upcycling at the Parker Trust, Pallion • Fun with Fabrics at the Tansy Centre, South Hylton The workshops take place in the above venues - and many more - throughout

Have you ever wanted a new hobby? To try something different? Do you have a child who loves to be creative? If you do Arts Centre Washington has a host of classes and courses to cater for all ages - from regular classes and one-off workshops including art clubs to youth theatre, drum tuition, creative writing, dance classes and much more. Look out for special events for children and families during the summer holidays. For adults, they have classes in watercolour and oil painting, life drawing, ukulele lessons, community choirs, salsa and ballroom dancing, tap dancing, tai chi, yoga, pilates and much more!

They also stage some of the best touring theatre, music and comedy in the region upcoming highlights include: • Scorched, Thursday, June 8, a powerful and visually stunning play that captures the horror of war and the disorientation of dementia. • Declaration, Thursday, June 29, a new play which challenges stereotypes with a curious, comic and candid look at ADHD, mental health and diagnosis. • Cornered / Wise Men Say, Thursday, September 14, following the massive success of ‘I Left My Heart in Roker Park’ Cranked Anvil presents two one-act SAFC themed plays. Cornered is penned by Look North presenter and massive SAFC fan Jeff Brown. • Children and families should get along to see Morgan & West’s Utterly Spiffing Spectacular Magic Show For Kids (And Childish Grown-ups!) on Saturday, July 15. The time-travelling magicians present a jaw dropping, heart stopping magic extravaganza!


• Local funny man Lee Kyle is Burning this Place to the Ground (hopefully not literally) on Friday July 7. • Highly rated Hartlepool blues rockers The Jar Family visit on Friday September 29. For more information visit or call 0191 561 3455

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The Bridges has asked two brilliant North East fashion and beauty bloggers to give us the 411 on this summer’s best buys: Tor Bennett from That’s Peachy

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The award-winning That’s Peachy blog was started almost eight years ago by blogger Tor Bennett.

Sarah Jayne started her blog in 2014 while working as a features writer. She is now our resident blogger at the Bridges.

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What is your lip shade of choice this summer? TOR: It has to be Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in ‘Peach Club’, a peachy nude shade which lasts ages on the lips and works for daytime or night time on almost any skin tone. The colour is really bold on my lips, and the matte finish is gorgeous against sun kissed, dewy skin. SARAH: Well I’m usually a MAC Honeylove girl, I just love a nude lip as it goes with everything. However, at the moment I’m loving coral hues in beauty and the Sleek Make-Up’s True Colour Lipstick in Peaches and Cream is perfect.

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What colour will you be wearing on your nails? TOR: A mixture of Barry M’s Coconut Infusion polishes. They are a mixture of brights and neutral shades, all perfect for a summer manicure used together or apart. My favourites are Laguna; a light but bright blue, Aloha; the perfect pink/coral shade and Oyster; a gorgeous grey nude. SARAH: I love KIKO and Barry M for varnishes. Maximum colour, and no chips!

Going on holiday? What products will definitely be in your suitcase? TOR: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer to cover any under eye bags or blemishes, and the Benefit Bad Gal waterproof mascara.

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SARAH: I’m heading to Ibiza this summer and since this year is all about the accessories I’ve bought a ton of cool picks from Primark, including an awesome metallic pink purse, and an inflatable unicorn ring for the pool!

What is your ultimate summer essential when it comes to beauty products? TOR: My ultimate summer essential has to be bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. It’s a cooling, light/ medium coverage base that moisturises and leaves me with radiant looking skin.

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Step forward Siglion Sunderland’s skyline is transforming, from the New Wear Crossing, which has been sweeping its way across the river, its pylon now proudly piercing the sky; to the stunning reinvention of the Hope Street Xchange, restoring an old building to create a state-of-the-art hub for enterprise. The new kid on the block - Vaux - is set to be one of the most symbolic developments in the city in decades and will see a site that once housed one of Sunderland’s most iconic companies spectacularly reinvigorated. Vibe finds out more. Once the bustling base of the nationally-famous Vaux Brewery, one of the city’s most prime development sites will soon become a hive of creative businesses, who want to be part of an innovative, original community at the heart of Sunderland. Vaux had been little more than a wasteland, until Sunderland City Council stepped in and bought the land in 2011, paving the way for a transformational city-centre development. Step forward Siglion, formed in 2014 by a partnership between the council and Carillion, for which Igloo Regeneration provides development, asset and partnership management service.

Vaux is the first of five areas in the city being developed, as part of Siglion’s 20year regeneration scheme which aims to create healthy, happy and sustainable communities in Sunderland. John Seager, CEO of Siglion, explains: “Vaux is a special site. It’s one of the key entrance points to the city centre, a place with a unique history, and somewhere that has vast potential to really transform Sunderland’s fortunes. “It’s really starting to take shape, with the steelwork for the first building now in place and more and more of the building blocks being put in place each day. By June next year, Vaux will be home to a fantastic new office building, capable of accommodating new businesses employing up to 650 people.” The 60,000sq ft office building designed by award-winning architects Field Clegg Bradley Studios, and being built by Carillion - will be five storeys high with space suitable for a



café, bar and restaurant on the lower level overlooking the River Wear and Wearmouth Bridge. The views from the upper floors will be magnificent. Sitting alongside it will be the final metres of the Keel Line, which will be punctuated by a symbolic new structure standing at the foot of the cliff’s edge, connecting Vaux to the riverside. The Launch, as the new promontory will be known, will celebrate Sunderland’s shipbuilding days, standing 25 meters tall, with a swinging pendulum that honours every champagne bottle to strike against the bow of a ship built in the city. Mr Seager adds: “Sunderland has a proud past. We want to pay tribute to that, but also create something that is progressive and iconic - a built environment that can make people proud in the future and create a stronger city with more jobs and more places to enjoy.”



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Stepping out in Sunderland From organised weekly walks to downloadable maps for heritage trails, here are just a few of the ways you can stretch your legs, explore what’s on your doorstep and make new friends through walking in Sunderland…

The Active Sunderland wellness walking programme is an accredited national walking for health scheme. All weekly walks are FREE and delivered by friendly volunteer walk leaders. Walks include; Health Walks - These are suitable for all ages and abilities and last between 30 and 120 minutes. Nordic Walks - Using special Nordic walking poles which are provided FREE of charge, this activity engages the upper body muscles as well as the legs. Research shows it is ideal for those with neck, shoulder, knee and back problems. Mums on the Move - Aimed at new mums. Walks are led by a trained walk leader who will take mother and baby on a structured walk which includes strengthening and toning exercises.

If you’re interested in getting more involved in walking, you can also volunteer to become a walk leader. Full training is provided free of charge.

A range of maps and pre-planned routes are also available across the city to help you take in some of the sites and local landmarks including… Active Sunderland 321 routes - Three circular routes of varying distances which you can walk, jog or run Washington Way - Take a walk amongst the beautiful green spaces and see interesting wildlife and key heritage attractions along the way Heritage trails - Our city is steeped in history and there are many hidden treasures to discover. These walks take in some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and places of interest, including Penshaw Monument, St Peter’s Church and the Queen Alexandra Bridge.

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New homes in new locations that Thanks to a new ÂŁ109 million investment from Gentoo Homes, hundreds of The developer is building modern homes to meet the diverse needs of local people in Sunderland, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to delivering a great choice of new housing in the city. If you are looking to move or buy a new home, there will be more than 600 new properties available across six carefully selected locations in Sunderland, with spacious two, three, four and five bedroomed homes available to buy. Whether you are a first-time buyer or looking to upgrade your family home, there will be something available for everyone.


Preliminary work has already started at Glebe Village in Washington to transform empty land off Parkway Road, adjacent to the AMF bowling alley and Washington Primary Care Centre, into a new 59 home development. Gentoo has also received planning permission to build 56 new homes for sale elsewhere in Washington, on the site of the former High Usworth and Donwell Primary School, with a combination of semi-detached and detached three and four bedroomed homes on offer.

Great value for money Prices start from just £131,950, so if you qualify for the Help to Buy mortgage scheme, you could buy a new home with a deposit from as little as £6,597*. This is available to both first time buyers and existing homeowners, needing a minimum deposit of 5% against the value of a property and then receiving a 20% equity loan from the Government to help them purchase a dream new home. To find out more about the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, visit

don’t cost the earth new homes are being built across Sunderland. In addition, off Houghton Road in Hettonle-Hole, a modern mix of 128 new homes will be built, with two, three and four bedroomed homes available. Whilst its hugely popular Meadow View development off Coaley Lane in Houghton-le-Spring, will be extended by a further 128 homes. The scale of Gentoo Homes’ house-building this year demonstrates its ongoing and long-standing commitment to providing new and varied housing for Sunderland. Since it was formed in 2001, Gentoo has invested £342 million in building 2710 new homes in Sunderland, regenerating and transforming many areas of the city into desirable locations for people to live.

Helping first time buyers onto the housing ladder Gentoo Homes’ Castle Rise development in Downhill launched last year and sold out in the space of twelve months to become one of its fastest selling developments ever. In total, 88 new homes were built, with 51 of them available for rent and 37 built for sale. From the homes that Gentoo sold, 65% of buyers were purchasing a home for the first time and 70% of buyers bought a property using the Government’s Help to Buy mortgage scheme.

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University investments supporting growth in the region’s skills, culture and economy The University of Sunderland is embarking on a new growth programme to respond to the latest industry needs. £1m is being invested into the University’s School of Engineering - housed at its Sir Tom Cowie Riverside Campus - for the September 2017 intake. The high-level skills taught on the programme are so in demand by regional and global businesses that 100% of graduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving. The investment will see the department’s facilities modernise and its capacity increase, with a dedicated mechanical lab, a fluid lab, demonstration space and new manufacturing lab, where students can design solutions to industry problems. Rebecca Chandy, Academic Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing commented:

We want to be a stepping stone for students pursuing a career in engineering and we’re supporting businesses to solve real-world problems; the role of an engineer has so much to offer the world.

The University is investing £3.5m into refurbishing Shackleton House to accommodate the growing Sunderland School of Nursing, after it received approval to work with three new partner Health Trusts. To complement the high-tech facilities in the Living Lab within the existing Sciences Complex, Shackleton House will include a mock Patient Transfer Suite, complete with functioning ambulance parked outside and a positive pressure isolation unit.

Sue Brent, Head of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences added:

We’re really excited about this growth in our Sunderland School of Nursing, we’re delivering excellent teaching in excellent facilities, so our ambition to improve patient care in the region is really gaining momentum now, that’s our driver and we are committed to that. Meanwhile at National Glass Centre, which is the base for Sunderland’s glass, ceramics, fine art and foundation programme, the University is investing £300k into a new


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Win an overnight stay for two at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa, with full access to the spa and afternoon tea for two. Vibe has teamed up with our friends at Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa to offer one lucky reader an overnight stay for two in a premier room, with full access to the spa and afternoon tea for two. State-of-the-art conference and events facilities, the region’s top spa and two champion golf courses are just some of the reason’s to visit Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa. The largest privately-owned hotel in County Durham is now a destination in its own right, thanks to its award-winning spa, luxurious rooms and its acclaimed golf courses. Visitors can choose from a number of dining options - from the informality of the traditional Pemberton’s Carvery to the fabulous Rib Room Steakhouse and Grill and the spa’s famed Asian Fusion restaurant. The real joy of Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa is its suitability for every conceivable occasion.

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