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Hello Season’s greeting and welcome to our festive edition of Vibe – bringing you news of what we hope will be the bestever Christmas in Sunderland.
The City Centre’s bars and restaurants will all be open as usual, with many of them putting on special Christmasthemed nights and activities.
Whether you’re looking for the best places to do your Christmas shopping; a great venue for your office party; something to do with your family over the holiday period; fabulous places to eat and drink or a church service to contemplate a deeper meaning of the festive period, this is the magazine for you.
I hope you enjoy your Christmas, whatever you choose to do in the city, and I also hope you enjoy your Christmas edition of Vibe. As always, we’d love to hear what you think – send your feedback to email@example.com
We’ve included a great gift guide from The Bridges, while Sunderland BID has ensured our popular If It’s On, It’s In section is our biggest ever. The BID is behind a packed programme of old favourites and new initiatives which will brighten up Sunderland over Christmas.
Rob Lawson, Editor, Vibe
The ice rink will return to Keel Square offering fun for all the family while Park Lane Market will come back to life every weekend up until Christmas Eve, with stalls offering a range of gift ideas. Perhaps the biggest day in the city this year arrives on Thursday, November 23. The annual Christmas Lights switch-on will take place in Keel Square on the evening of 23rd and on the same evening, just round the corner, a spectacular performance will mark the opening of The Fire Station after a £3.5m renovation project to turn it into Sunderland’s newest arts hub. The performance is being delivered by well-respected theatre company Periplum who were commissioned by the MAC Trust and the Cultural Spring.
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After the performance, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott appear at the Sunderland Empire, and if all of that’s not enough, Sun FM are bringing pop superstar Pixie Lott to the city to entertain the lights switch-on audience.
The Empire has two further major shows coming up over the coming weeks, starting with popular musical Blood Brothers, which is on from November 27 to December 2. The Empire’s main Christmas production, of course, is the annual pantomime, which this year is Jack and the Beanstalk, from December 15 to January 7 next year. This year’s panto will star award-winning West End actor Bill Ward alongside Benidorm star Janine Duvitski and children’s TV star Jade Natalie.
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7 Alleys by Periplum for Land of Green Ginger, Hull city of Culture 2017 © Anete Sooda Photography
A spectacular live performance will mark the opening of Sunderland’s new arts hub. A joint commission from the Cultural Spring and Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture (MAC) Trust to deliver a free performance for the opening of The Fire Station was won by internationallyacclaimed outdoor theatre company Periplum. The performance named Fireflight will be presented outside The Fire Station after Sunderland’s annual Christmas Lights switch-on in Keel Square on the evening of November 23. More than 100 local people will perform at the 30-minute show, which is based on the legend of the Lambton Worm and will start at about 6pm. Workshop sessions around the city have been going on for weeks in preparation for the performance. Funding has come from the Cultural Spring, MAC Trust, the Arts Council’s
Grants for the Arts scheme and smaller grants from Tyne and Wear Metro, Sunderland BID and Gentoo. Three delivery partners have worked with Periplum on the performance – Live Theatre, Dance City and Sunderland Music Education Hub. It will be a mixture of movement, music and drama and is expected to attract audiences up to 1,500 people. Helen Green, Director of The Fire Station, added: “Excitement is starting to build for Fireflight. It will give so many people of different ages a great opportunity to play a part in a major performance, and from a spectators’ point of view, prepare to be wowed!
Building work is nearing completion on the £3.5m transformation of the old fire station in High Street West, which after standing empty for 22 years, will house a bar, drama studio, dance studio and heritage centre, thanks to £2.4million of Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF). The MAC Trust won the funding as part of its drive to create a cultural quarter centred around the 110-yearold building. For information about how to obtain your FREE ticket, keep an eye on The Cultural Spring website theculturalspring.org.uk/ - and social media two weeks before the event. Timings subject to change, check for latest details.
“The Fire Station will be a centre for arts activities that all can take part in, so budding actors and dancers will enjoy the building’s fantastic studio spaces – and the bistro of course.”
Well-respected outdoor theatre company Periplum has a reputation for staging spectacular events. The main image and top right image were taken at their 7 Alleys performance in Hull by James Mulkeen
Disney Store Beauty and the Beast Rose Christmas decoration £14.99
TWICE It’s that time of the year again - where a flurry of flustered grown-ups rush to the shops to get their hands on food, toys and gifts to give this festive season.
Boots Ghost Dream 50ml Gift Set £38
Debenhams Floozie by Frost French Purse £25
Clintons Yankee Candle Multi Fragrance Gift Set £60
Luckily for you lot, our hard-working elves at the Bridges are on hand to help make present shopping that little bit easier, with a gift guide of goodies to surprise your loved ones with this year.
Free Parking And to help lessen the stress, we’re extending our opening hours and providing free parking from 5.30-9pm during late night shopping evenings.
Late Night Shopping Every Thursday during the countdown to Christmas, the centre will be open until 8pm and on Black Friday (Friday November 24), we’re open until 7pm.
Goldsmiths 9ct White Gold 0.15 Carat Total Weight Diamond Multi Stone Stud Earrings £400
Superdrug Zoella Beauty Treasure Me Gift Collection £40 The Fragrance Shop Gucci Bloom for Her £51.50 Debenhams Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette £39
From Monday, December 11 until Friday, December 22, the Bridges will be open from 9am until 8pm, Monday to Friday, 9am until 5.30pm on Saturdays and 11am until 5pm on Sundays (including Christmas Eve).
Lush Christmas Bathtime Favourites with 9 bath bombs £44.95
Santa’s Grotto Santa’s Grotto will also be at Central Square from November 16 to December 24, where little boys and girls on the Nice List can meet the big guy himself.
Debenhams Too Faced Melted Matte Lipstick £19
HMV House of Marley Get Together Mini £129.99 The Fragrance Shop Emporio Armani Stronger With You for Him £42.50
Debenhams Drumond Park Catchphrase Board Game £23
Beaverbrooks Michael Kors Rose Gold Chronograph Men’s Watch £229
Tesco McVitie’s Jaffa Pole 600g £6 HMV Sol Republic Amps Air Wireless Earphones £149.99 Footasylum adidas Originals Swift Trainer in Grey Heather £69.99
TK Maxx 3 pack of socks £7.99
River Island Unicorn Pegasus Power Bank £15 The Entertainer JoJo Siwa Bow Maker £15
The Entertainer HEXBUG BattleBots Arena £79.99
River Island Bubble T Bath Fizzer Crackers £8
The Entertainer King Pong game £24.99
Toys R Us and The Entertainer LeapPad Ultimate Tablet for 3+ years £109.99
The Entertainer The Elf on the Shelf - A Christmas Tradition £29.95
Toys R Us and The Entertainer Vtech Kids 5-in-1 Stroll & Grow Trike for 9 months - 6 years £109.99
For further information about the Christmas programme at the Bridges, visit www.thebridges-shopping.com @SunderlandVibe
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A clear winner for festive foodies If you’re planning a night out with friends to celebrate the festive season, a relaxed freshly-cooked lunch or an indulgent afternoon tea – complete with mulled wine to warm you after a bracing walk along the coast - then National Glass Centre is a clear choice this winter. Just remember to allow time for a meander round the craft shop before you relax in the airy surroundings with their dramatic riverside views. Packed with artisan crafts, one-off jewellery pieces, twinkly baubles, and of course glass pieces created on site, it’s a winner for the hard-to-buyfor, or even a little self-gifting!
An Evening of Swing and Sparkle 7pm, Saturdays 2 & 16 December, and Friday 8 December £35 per person Spend an evening being warmed by the Christmas cheer of Frank, Sammy and Dean’s finest festive tunes performed by the Rat Pack tribute act as you indulge in a festive four course feast, then take to the floor for a night of dancing with National Glass Centre’s resident DJ.
Festive Afternoon Tea 2.30 – 4pm, available daily, except Sundays, Christmas Day and Boxing Day between 27 November and 31 December The Traditional Package is £14.50, or treat yourself to the Indulgent Package at £18.50, which includes a warming glass of mulled wine. Enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches such as roast turkey & cranberry, fresh baked scones and a selection of pastries - think stollen slices, rich iced Christmas cake bites and delicious mini sweet-mince pies.
Festive Lunches in the Glass Yard 12 – 2.30pm, available daily, except Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 December, Christmas Day and Boxing Day between 27 November and 31 December £15 for two courses or £19 for three
To book call 0191 515 5555 (Option 1 for Festive Lunches and Afternoon Tea, Option 5 for An Evening of Swing and Sparkle) and for more information visit www.nationalglasscentre.com
Genfactor finalists to take the stage this Christmas Jorja Horner
Anne Marie Gray
Jane Usher Singer
Sophie Bulmer Musical Theatre
Alessia Fortunato Dancer
Tahnee Kelly Singer
Daisy Pringle Singer
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Gentoo’s Genfactor competition is back. This is the ninth year the talent competition has taken place and 13 talented acts from Sunderland will take the stage this December. Over the school holidays auditions took place and in September acts were invited to attend a boot camp, where a panel of judges decided who would make it through to the final. Those acts will now perform in front of more than 1,000 people at Rainton Meadows Arena with judges deciding who will be crowned the Genfactor 2017 winner. Organised by housing association, Gentoo, the talent competition is designed to give young people aged between 11 and 18 the opportunity to showcase their talents. By taking part they learn new skills, meet new people
Gentoo Giveaway! Gentoo is giving away 10 tickets to this year’s final that is taking place at Rainton Meadows Arena on Wednesday 6 December at 6pm. If you would like a ticket email competitions@ sunderlandvibe.com quoting ref: GENFACTOR by Friday 24 November 2017. Maximum of two tickets per person. For terms and conditions see vibemagazine.co.uk
and gain confidence by performing in front of a live audience. Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director, Gentoo (Operations) said: “The amount of talent that has come out of Sunderland since we launched the Genfactor has been amazing. It’s great to watch young people’s confidence grow and we are so proud of all of our Genfactor finalists and of their achievements. The amount of emerging talent in our region is amazing and we can’t wait to showcase the talents of our 2017 finalists. I hope the competition continues to inspire future generations and open new opportunities for young emerging talent made in Sunderland.”
For further information visit www.gentoogroup.com Gentoo Group Limited is a charitable community benefit society.
Giving the best gift of all this Christmas
Staff at Gentoo will be giving the best gift of all this Christmas – their time. This year some of their 1,200 strong workforce will be getting into the spirit of Christmas by giving up their time to help some of the most vulnerable people in the city. In the run-up to Christmas, Gentoo staff will be going out of their way to help those in the community, who are socially isolated or struggling financially. Volunteers who play a brass instrument will be bringing a little Christmas cheer to Gentoo’s sheltered housing schemes and their team of ‘Befrienders’, will be volunteering to spend time with those who are socially isolated. In addition, Gentoo has also launched their annual Christmas campaign, encouraging the local community to
donate gifts, food and toys. These are then given to local charities and food banks across the city.
donations from people like Gentoo bring a little peace and joy into people’s lives and maybe a little hope for the future.”
Last year, more than 300 adults and children across Sunderland received toys, gift sets, clothing and toiletries, while food parcels were delivered to Elim Church Food Bank, Washington Community Food Project, the Armed Forces Veterans Group and Hetton Food Bank – Loaves and Fishes. All donations were delivered by Gentoo volunteers. Margaret Scanlin, Hetton Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes who received a donation last year said: “The donations of food have brought a lot of happiness and joy. As churches together working to help those in need, we feel that
Make someone smile this Christmas and donate a gift Often a donated present is the only gift someone receives. Donations can vary from food, toys, toiletries, selection boxes, clothing, pet treats and other unused gifts. You can make a donation up until Friday 8 December. You can drop these off at any Gentoo office. To find out more visit www.gentoogroup.com
Gentoo Group Limited is a charitable community benefit society.
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK TO SCALE GREAT HEIGHTS FEE, FI, FO, FUM, the countdown to panto fun has begun! We’ve teamed up with Sunderland Empire to offer one lucky reader the chance for their family to join the madcap adventure, Jack and the Beanstalk when the magical pantomime hits the Sunderland Empire stage this festive season from December 15 2017 – January 7 2018. So get ready to GO!GO!GO! with Nick Jr’s Jade Natalie as ‘Princess Jill’, TV legend Janine Duvitski, swaps Benidorm for Sunderland as the delightful Vegetable Fairy, Bill Ward (Emmerdale and Coronation Street) takes on the villainous role of the giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep alongside the devilishly delightful, Phillip Meeks as Dame Trott, and Legally Blonde the Musical’s, David Barrett joins us as our fairy-tale hero Jack. Family offer: Family 3+ £21pp Band A and £18pp Band B, must include at least one child in group. (All performances until Friday 22 December 10.15am, and Tuesday 2 – Sunday 7 January).
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To be in with the chance of winning all you have to do is answer the following question: Which character will be played by Jade Natalie in Jack and the Beanstalk at Sunderland Empire? Email your answer to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, December 1. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.vibemagazine.co.uk FEE, FI, FO, FUM, WE SMELL PANTO CHRISTMAS FUN! Tickets available from the Box Office on High Street West, via the ticket centre 0844 871 3022* or www.ATGtickets.com/Sunderland *calls cost 7p per minute plus standard network charges. Booking and transaction fees may apply to telephone and online bookings. T&C’s: Prize – one family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) to the performance of Jack and the Beanstalk at Sunderland Empire on Friday 15 December 2017 (7pm). Tickets are non-transferable and no monetary value will be given.
Regional dance agency Dance City is launching new dance classes at The Fire Station. Here Dance City Artistic Director & Joint CEO of Dance City Anthony Baker, explains all… What’s Dance City Sunderland? We’ve been running dance classes in Newcastle for over 30 years and we’re really excited to be launching a new programme of dance classes for children and adults in Sunderland, opening in January 2018. What classes will there be? Bookings will open in early November, with classes ranging from Ballet to Hip Hop, Belly Dancing to Aerial. We’d also love to hear your ideas for any other classes you’d like to come to.
Who are they for? We will have a class for everyone. All ages and all abilities are welcome. You don’t need to have any previous dance experience. We also have classes specially designed for people aged 55 and over, and for those with additional needs. Dancing is excellent for your health and is also lots of fun. Where are they happening? Our two brand new dance studios are opening in The Fire Station. They’ll be state of the art spaces, with fully sprung floors, designed especially for dance and will be a joy to dance in.
Do you have a connection to Sunderland? I’m actually from the area and my dad used to own a toy shop on the high street, so I am so excited that we’re going to be running dance classes in Sunderland. More info We’re offering everyone their first class absolutely free! To be the first to know about Dance City Sunderland classes and free taster events email: email@example.com and ask to join the Sunderland mailing list.
To find out more or for bookings visit dancecity.co.uk or call 0191 261 0505
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Christmas officially begins in Sunderland on Thursday November 23, when the festive switch-on heralds the arrival of the best time of year.
And what a night it’s going to be, with celebrities, pyrotechnics, street food and an incredible, original, live performance piece. If you want to be at the centre of all the events, then make your way to Keel Square, Sunderland City Centre which is at the heart of all the evening’s excitement.
Christmas is always a special time in Sunderland but this year in particular, it’s going to be something that you won’t want to miss. And the fun isn’t just taking place over one night, as there’s a full programme of events planned throughout the festive season for all the family – just flick through the rest of the magazine and you’ll see what we mean!
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This year’s big event is being held in conjunction with the NSPCC, with kick off time at 4.30pm, when there’ll be a range of community entertainment.
The Mama Do singer has had a string of hits, along with being a judge in television show, The Voice and appearing in West End musicals.
The children’s charity is teaming up with towns and cities across the UK for its Light Up Christmas for Children campaign, where giving donations and buying merchandise will help young people.
Pixie will appear live on stage at Keel Square to really give the celebrations star quality.
Jackie Dawson, community fund raising manager for the NSPCC in the North East said she was “absolutely delighted that Sunderland is joining our fight for every childhood.” “Christmas should be a magical time for children, but for some it can be a dark and lonely time,” she said. “With everyone’s help, we can continue to be there for the children that need us most.” The festive season will officially get underway with the switching on of the Christmas tree and city lights at 6pm, when Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Doris MacKnight, officially presses the button.
Youngsters will also not want to miss the Sky Cinema Bus, which will be around all day, showing some favourite Disney shorts. There’ll also be a number of costumed characters and the opportunity for young people to get a festive face painting. And because everyone knows enjoying yourself is hungry work, there’s a whole host of street food operators bringing a wide variety of world cuisine to the city centre. Enjoy the authentic taste of pizzas cooked in a wood oven from Truly, Madly Pizza, some seafood specials from Little Fishy or mouthwatering crepes from Flip and Fast. The Peacock will also be setting up shop, with a range of festive treats. Add some firm favourites like burgers into the mix and you’re on your way to food heaven. And if that wasn’t enough, the evening also coincides with the official opening of Sunderland arts hub, The Fire Station. To mark the occasion an ambitious, original, live performance piece has been commissioned which you won’t want to miss. Turn to page 3 for full details.
And she won’t be alone – because this year she is being joined by top pop star, Pixie Lott.
The evening is set to end with a bang – literally – with a pyrotechnics display at the front of The Fire Station at 6.45pm.
Please note all timings are subject to change. Please visit www.sunderlandbid.co.uk and follow us on social media for the most up-to-date information.
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Thursday 30 Nov – Sunday 7 Jan 2018
School group bookings are available at an hourly rate of £100 for up to 20 children, with additional skaters incurring a charge of £5 - teachers / carers go free.
12noon - 9pm public skating (30 Nov - 22 Dec) 10am - 9pm public skating (23 Dec - 7 Jan 2018) Xmas Eve & New Year’s Eve closes at 6pm Xmas Day & New Year’s Day closed
12 & under: Over 12’s: Family:
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For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07749 454994
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All prices include skate hire
To book tickets www.sunderlandchristmas.co.uk
Ready for a real “ice” time this Christmas?
Ice Programme Ice Gala Thurs 30 Nov: 6pm - 7pm Skate through the Decades Every Friday Night: 6pm - 9pm
Then get your skates on and head down to Keel Square and our fabulous ice rink!
Super Heroes & Princess Skating Sat 2 Dec: Spot prizes for best costumed skating
We kick off with a gala event on 30 November where professional solo skaters Gary Beacom and Lisa Brewin will officially open the rink – and show how it should be done. But even if you’re not a professional there’s plenty of fun to be had. Every Friday night we’re turning back the clock and revisiting the 70s, 80s and 90s so you can groove to your favourite tunes.
Snowy Sleepover Sat 9 Dec: Wrap up warm in your onesies
We’ve a full programme of events for the young and the young at heart, with Super Heroes & Princess Skating on 2 December and even a Snowy Sleepover on 9 December where you can pirouette in your PJs!
Christmas Countdown Sat 23 Dec: Santa hats & Rudolph ears welcome
On 16 December the Force is Frosty, where we pay our own special tribute to all things Star Wars. And finally in the run up to the big day itself, join us for our Christmas Countdown on 23 December. Get into your favourite festive costume and see how many santas we can get on the ice. Don’t worry about keeping the cold at bay as you’ll be kept warm and well fed every Friday – Sunday courtesy of The Peacock and its festive food stall.
Force is Frosty Sat 16 Dec: Come as your favourite Star Wars character
Christmas Eve Sunday 24 Dec: Open 10am - 6pm booking advised Rockin' Revel Sat 30 Dec: Old school rock around the rink New Year's Eve Sun 31 Dec: Open 10am - 6pm booking advised
Check the website or Facebook for full details on themed skating sessions and more to be announced! www.sunderlandbid.co.uk sunderlandexperience/
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Thai Bay, West Sunniside
D’Acqua, John Street
Not a sprout in sight at Thai Bay, but you can indulge in an array of Asian dishes that’ll make you dream of sunnier times. Choose from Dim Sum and Salt and Chilli Calamari to start, then finish your meal with the Bangkok Roast Duck or a Thai Red Curry. www.thaibaysunderland.co.uk
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me – the very best of British, Italian and French cuisine. Try the Tempura Vegetables, Hake and a festive Gingerbread Sponge for dessert. www.dacqua.co.uk
Angelo’s, West Sunniside
Banish thoughts of the North Pole and take yourself to Italy with Angelo’s choice of authentic dishes from their Christmas menu. Start with Bruschetta Caprese, Pollo Cordon Bleu for main and finish off with an indulgent White Chocolate Crème Brulee. www.angelosristorante.co.uk
The Funky Indian, Mowbray Park Centre
Giving a whole new meaning to winter wonderland, warm your taste buds with The Funky Indian and their exciting range of tapas dishes. Choose from Poori Prawn Roast, Village Beef Burritos and Boti Kebab or tuck into a main portion of Lobster Vadouvan Curry. www.thefunkyindian.co.uk
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Bar Justice, West Sunniside
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a tipple or two and Bar Justice has a cocktail for every occasion. Go for the all-time favourite Pornstar Martini, try something new with the Strawberry Cheesecake or sample a revamped classic like the Blueberry Mojito. www.barjustice.co.uk
Libby May’s, St Thomas Street
Libby May’s is the perfect place to take a break from the ongoing festivities. Tucked away down a flight of stairs, grab a Singapore Sling or a French Martini and relax in this 1920s themed speakeasy with quirky décor from a bygone era. /libbymays1
Christmas is looming on the horizon – so let’s talk turkey. Once you’ve been to a number of parties it’s fair to say that you may have had enough of the big bird to ensure that, come Christmas Day, the novelty of a festive dinner is long gone. Never fear, as the restaurants around Sunniside can still fill you full of seasonal spirit - but with menus that’ll wow without taking the shine off your festive feast.
Gin and Bear It, High Street West
Who needs a partridge or a pear tree when you can choose from more than 50 gins from across the world? Sample flavours and notes from Spain and the USA, or come closer to home with Masons Dry Yorkshire Tea Gin. www.ginandbearit.co.uk
9 Doner Haus, High Street
Doner Haus brings the taste of Berlin to Sunderland, for a turkey fix without the parsnips and roast potatoes. With a choice of Berlin Doner Kebaps, you can get your poultry fix without all the trimmings. www.donerhaus.uk
Serendipity Tea and Trinkets, Frederick Street
If present shopping has got you well worn out, take a festive break at Serendipity’s Christmas Crafternoon. Grab a glass of mulled wine or enjoy a seasonal afternoon tea while you try your hand at making your own Christmas Rag Wreath. www.serendipityteaandtrinkets.co.uk
12 Sweet Tooth Delivery, High Street West
Forget about Christmas puddings, gingerbread houses and fruit cake - treat yourself to a Sweet Tooth Delivery special instead with indulgent waffles, fresh warm cookie dough or chocolate fudge brownie batter with a range of toppings and sauces. www.sweettoothdelivery.co.uk
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Arabesque, High Street West
Yorkshire puddings? Not at Arabesque. Their Egyptian and Mediterranean themed cuisine is a welcome distraction to the usual festival menus - so you can enjoy a real cracker of flavour on a festive night out. www.arabesque-restaurant.co.uk
Mulled wine isn’t for everyone and there’s nothing wrong with a good old-fashioned cocktail. Hidden in the basement of an old maritime building, Sam’s Bar provides the perfect backdrop to enjoy a Caipirinha or a Cherry Rocket. /samsbar1
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Mon Wonderfully Make at Sunderland Minster (1pm - 3pm) - Knitters, sewers and crafters of all abilities to make children’s church resources. Wool, patterns and tea provided Free - email@example.com 07866 426177 Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (open until 8pm) - With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges www.thebridges-shopping.com Wed 1 - 11 Mamma Mia at Sunderland Empire - Join the ultimate feel-good party at MAMMA MIA!, the world’s sunniest and most exhilarating smash-hit musical! - from £17.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 1 - 15 Getting To Grips With Your Sewing Machine at St Mark’s Community Association (10.30am - 12.30pm) - Learn how to use appliqué and free machine embroidery to make and personalise simple items to use as Christmas decorations and gifts with Sheila Biggs - Booking required - booking@ theculturalspring.org.uk - 0191 427 8197 Wed 1 - Feb 25 Port 300 at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Celebrating 300 years of the River Wear Commissioners and Port of Sunderland - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Thurs 2 - 16 Upcycling Furniture with Cultural Spring at Parker Trust (10am 12pm) - Join Wayne Noble to upcycle furniture; bring your own item or pick something from the Parker Trust’s storage - £2 - Booking required firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 427 8197 Thurs 2 - 30 Screen Printing on Glass at National Glass Centre (6pm - 9pm) - Learn how to select suitable imagery, coat a screen with photosensitive emulsion, screen-printing techniques, suitable enamels to kiln firing cycles and how to fuse the printed layers of glass together - 5 week course - £125 www.nationalglasscentre.com - 0191 568 9700
Tues 7 Start Up Workshop: Getting Customers at NE BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) - A lively, interactive seminar packed full of practical marketing hints and tips aimed at anyone looking to start a new business - Free www.ne-bic.co.uk/event Tues & Fri 7 - 24 Falling on Your Feet at Pallion Action Group (1pm - 2.30pm) - An opportunity for men and women aged 65+, living independently, to work with a talented choreographer to co-produce and co-curate their own dance works www.theculturalspring.org.uk - 0191 341 4931 Tues 7 - 28 Singing for the Soul at Back on The Map (10am-11.30am) - A social, relaxed and easy-going group led by local musician Jennie Brewis - Booking required - booking@ theculturalspring.org.uk - 0191 427 8197 Tues 7 - Dec 19 Drumming Workshop at Pallion Action Group (4pm - 5.30pm) - Using West African djembes and bass drums learn traditional rhythm pieces and also boomwhackers to create instant and playful musical arrangements - Booking required - email@example.com 0191 427 8197 Wed 8 Sunderland Stages: Disaster Party at The Peacock (5pm & 8pm) - You are cordially invited to the party of the year, at the exclusive residence of Texan oil tycoon Dame Esmerelda Malone. Get ready to play as you become the star of this exhilarating experience £10 - www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 8 - 29 November Crafty Wednesdays at Washington Old Hall (11am - 2pm) - If you’d like a natural, homemade Christmas look no further than the Christmas craft workshops £10 - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washingtonold-hall/whats-on - 0191 416 6879 Thurs 9 Sales Surgery at NE BIC (9.30am 12.30pm) - Each business faces its own particular challenges to grow profitable sales. The monthly Sales Surgery at the North East BIC in Sunderland provides you with FREE advice as you plan your sales strategy www.ne-bic.co.uk/event
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Thurs 9 Jane Eyre: An Autobiography at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Performer Rebecca Vaughan embodies everywoman Jane - and several other characters - in this intimate study of love’s realities - £10 - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 11 Stocking Making at Katie’s Garden (11.30am-1.30pm) - Why buy your stockings when you can make your very own personalised stocking at Katie’s Garden! - Booking required £25 - www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Sat 11 Remembrance Concert at Sunderland Minster (11am) - admin@ sunderlandminster.org - 0191 565 4066 Sat 11 Undergraduate Open Evening at University of Sunderland (9.30am - 4pm) Spend your day meeting your future lecturers, looking around campus and getting the lowdown on what financial help and scholarships are available to you - Free www.sunderland.ac.uk Sat 11 Sunderland Stages: Canny Carnival Festival of arts for 5’s and under at Arts Centre Washington (10am & 2pm) - Roll up, roll up and join the Canny Carnival, a mini festival of theatre, dance, music and art for you and your minis aged 5 and under - £8 - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 11 - Dec 9 Glass Tableware Club at National Glass Centre (1pm - 4pm) - Learn the basic skills of Fusing, Slumping and Casting glass along with kiln firing techniques Booking required - £125 - 0191 568 9700 www.nationalglasscentre.com Sat 11 - Dec 23 Blow Your Own Christmas Bauble at National Glass Centre - Create a beautiful glass bauble to hang on your Christmas tree or to give as the perfect handmade gift - Booking required - £27 www.nationalglasscentre.com - 0191 568 9700 Sun 12 Christmas Unicorn Horn Making at Katie’s Garden (11.30am - 1.30pm) - Make some dazzling unicorn horn headbands that are a ton of fun to make and perfect for every unicorn princess to wear - Booking required £15 - www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422
Sun 12 Mini Christmas Tree Decorating at Katie’s Garden (11.30am- 1.30pm) - Head in store for a family workshop filled with Christmas spirit this winter - Booking required - £18 www.katiesgardenuk.com - 07519 824422 Sun 12 & 19 Christmas Crafternoon Tea at Serendipity Tea and Trinkets (2pm - 5pm) Festive afternoon tea and rag wreath making. Deposit of £10 required to reserve space - £35 www.facebook.com/serendipitysunderland Sun 12 - Dec 17 Blow Your Own Christmas Bauble at National Glass Centre - Create a beautiful glass bauble to hang on your Christmas tree or to give as the perfect handmade gift - Booking required - £27 www.nationalglasscentre.com - 0191 568 9700 Tues 14 - Dec 12 Arts & Crafts at St Oswald’s Church (1pm-3pm) - Join Visual Artist David Wilkinson who will show you different craft making techniques in preparation for Christmas during this five-week course - £2 - Booking required - firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 427 8197 Wed 15 Sunderland Sixth Form Open Evening at Bede Campus (4.30pm-6.30pm) - Meet your future lecturers and choose courses that will lead you towards your career - Free www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events 0191 511 6000 Wed 15 Sunderland Stages: Launch Day at Sunderland College - Bede Campus (7.30pm) - In collaboration with visual artist Alexander Millar, Launch Day celebrates the industrial history of our North East shipyard communities £8.50 - www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 15 - Dec 20 Blow Your Own Christmas Bauble at National Glass Centre - Create a beautiful glass bauble to hang on your Christmas tree or to give as the perfect handmade gift - Booking required - £27 www.nationalglasscentre.com - 0191 568 9700 Thurs 16 - Dec 24 Santa’s Grotto at the Bridges - Come and see Santa in central square - £2 per child www.thebridges-shopping.com
Fri 17 Gavin Webster - It’s About Time We Had More Women in There at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Expect pertinent and vacuous points from both sides by a man arguing with his inner self - £10 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Fri 17 - Dec 22 Stitchin’ in the Kitchen at Arts Centre Washington - Jane Sanders produces funny, quirky and totally unique portraits of pop and rock stars using textiles from her kitchen! - Free - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 18 Autumn Fair at Sunderland Minster (10.30am - 1pm) - With games, stalls, gifts, tombola, Christmas stall and Grand Draw - 20p - email@example.com 0191 565 4066 Sat 18 Jack’s Beanstalk Trail at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens - Jack has chopped down the magic beanstalk to escape from the giant and has lost his stolen treasures. Can you find all of the treasures and reveal the secret message? - £2.50 - museumlearning@ sunderland.gov.uk - 0191 561 2323 Sat 18 Davy Lamp Folk Club present The Folk Degree Students en Masse at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Students from Newcastle University’s Folk Degree will play in a variety of sets with some beautiful vocal arrangements - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 18 GLOW + Neon Party at Arts Centre Washington (6pm + 7pm) - Enter a stunning world of light, performance and projection. Glow is an immersive performance of breathtaking Hip hop dance and circus skills. The performance will climax with a jaw dropping fire dance in the Courtyard. Performance, 6pm; Party 7 - 8.30pm - £8 - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 18 Flameworked Glass Pendants and Earrings at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) - This one day class using borosilicate glass (PYREX) will explore making pendants and earrings, creating interesting shape twistsBooking required - £80- 0191 568 9700 www.nationalglasscentre.com
Sun 19 Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music at Sunderland Empire (7pm) - The original Sing-a-long-a show is back and celebrating the film’s half century giving it a birthday party to remember! - from £12 plus 2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sun 19 Christmas Craft & Food Fayre at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10am - 4pm) - Craft and gift stalls, food, festive entertainment, Santa’s grotto, children’s activities and so much more. Organised by Events2gogo - Free www.facebook.com/events2gogo Sun 19 Flameworked Glass Hearts at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) - In this one day class you will make a number of glass hearts using clear and coloured glass rodsBooking required - £80 - 0191 568 9700 www.nationalglasscentre.com Mon 20 - 22 Tango Moderno at Sunderland Empire - An irresistible hot new stage spectacular from tango superstars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace - from £16.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 22 Bede Campus Open Event (Professional and Technical) (4.30pm - 6.30pm) - Meet your future lecturers and choose courses that will lead you towards your career - Free 0191 511 6000 www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events Thurs 23 The Fire Station: Launch Night (6pm) - MAC (Music, Arts & Culture) Trust is working together with internationally-acclaimed outdoor theatre company Periplum to open Sunderland’s brand new cultural venue, The Fire Station. The event will be a spectacular live performance which will see a mixture of movement, music and drama. The project is the culmination of an ambitious participatory programme delivered by partners - Live Theatre, Dance City and Sunderland Music Education Hub (SMEH) - who have been working alongside Periplum. FREE, but ticketed, for details please see www.culturalspring.org.uk
Thurs 23 Christmas Light Switch On at Keel Square – Join the Mayor of the City of Sunderland and special guest Pixie Lott as they switch on the city’s Christmas lights with an evening of entertainment and fireworks. – www.sunderlandchristmas.co.uk Thurs 23 Sunderland Stages: Record Play - Hound of Love - Kate Bush at Pop Recs (7.30pm) - Now in its 6th year, Mr Drayton’s Record Player celebrates classic albums in the way they should be heard: on vinyl, with friends, from start to finish with no interruptions - £5 www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Thurs 23 City Campus Open Event (4.30pm - 6.30pm) - Have a chat and discuss your options. Meet your future lecturers and choose a course that will lead you towards your career Free - www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events 0191 511 6000 Thurs 23 Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott at Sunderland Empire (7pm) - Standing room only available now - from £31.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Thurs 23 - Dec 14 Rainforest Rascals Wild Christmas at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10.30am - 11.30am) - Join the new Rainforest Rascals toddler group on Thursday mornings for festive story-time, songs and craft activities - Booking required - £3 firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 561 2323 Fri 24 Black Friday at the Bridges - the Bridges will be open until 7pm www.thebridges-shopping.com Fri 24 The Police Sting Show at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - The ex-members of Hotel California, KT Tunstall and Fish return to the touring circuit with this new exciting project £8 - www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 514 3455 Sat 25 Christmas Crunch at Sunderland Empire (7pm) - Presented in true panto style this is a must as a pre-festive treat for all of the family, young and old alike - from £15.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Sat 25 Decorate a Hot Chocolate Mug at National Glass Centre - Get ready for the cold nights by hand painting a ceramic mug with enamels - £4 - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 25 Elf Door Designing at Katie’s Garden (11.30am - 1.30pm) - Design your very own magical elf door - Booking required - £22 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Sat 25 - Dec 9 Christmas Ceramics Family Taster Course at City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (11am-2pm) - Free Booking required - enquiry.desk@sunderland. gov.uk 0191 561 2323 Sun 26 Sunderland Diwali Festival 2017 at National Glass Centre (1pm - 6.30pm) Embrace a wonderful afternoon at the National Glass Centre for a day of celebration, colour, vibrancy, culture, diversity, joy, happiness and friendship - Free - www.sunderlandbid.co.uk Sun 26 Stocking Making at Katie’s Garden (12pm-2pm) - Why buy your stockings when you can make your very own personalised stocking right here at Katie’s Garden? - Booking required £25 - www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Mon 27 - Dec 2 Blood Brothers at Sunderland Empire - A captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences - from £17.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 29 Artificial Wreath Workshop at Katie’s Garden (6.30pm - 8.30pm) - Resident florist Kathryn who will teach you how to wire your fruit, pine cones, ribbons, and other beautiful decorations you choose to your gigantic artificial wreath - Booking required £38 - www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Wed 29 Film Screening: La La Land at Arts Centre Washington (1.30pm) - A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles - £3 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
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Wed 29 Social Media Café at NE BIC (12pm-1pm) - The monthly social media cafe at the North-East BIC is a place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, share ideas and lessons learnt - www.ne-bic.co.uk/event Wed 29 - Dec 13 Christmas Ceramics Family Taster Course at Houghton Library (3.45pm-6.45pm) - Free - Booking required email@example.com 0191 561 6383 Thurs 30 Welcome to Paradise at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Expect danger, hilarity and horror as they tap-dance lightly back and forth over the lines of decency for your amusement and enjoyment - £8.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Thurs 30 Raising Cash for Your Business at NE BIC (9.30am - 12.30pm) - Help navigate your way around the different fundraising options as NE BIC introduce you to loan, grant and investment providers www.ne-bic.co.uk/event T hurs 30 Ice Gala – The launch of Sunderland’s real, open air ice rink with special guest appearances from professional ice skaters: Gary Beacom and Lisa Brewin – www.sunderlandchristmas.co.uk Thurs 30 - Dec 14 Christmas Ceramics Family Taster Course at Washington Town Centre Library (3.30pm-6.30pm) - Free Booking required - washtown.library@ sunderland.gov.uk 0191 561 3441
Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (open until 8pm) - With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges www.thebridges-shopping.com Fri 1 Stocking Making at Katie’s Garden (11am-1pm) - Why buy your stockings when you can make your very own personalised stocking at Katie’s Garden? - Booking required - £25 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422
Fri 1 Artificial Wreath Workshop at Katie’s Garden (6.30pm - 8.30pm) - Resident florist Kathryn who will teach you how to wire your fruit, pine cones, ribbons, and other beautiful decorations you choose for your gigantic artificial wreath - Booking required - £38 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Fri 1 & 15 Fused Glass Snowflake Decoration at National Glass Centre (4pm) - Create fantastic fused glass artwork as unique as every snowflake - Booking required- £8 www.nationalglasscentre.com - 0191 568 9700 Sat 2 Mini Christmas Tree Decorating at Katie’s Garden (11.30am - 1.30pm) - Have fun planting your very own miniature conifer tree before dressing it with twinkly lights and decorating your creation - Booking required £18 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Sat 2 Artificial Wreath Workshop at Katie’s Garden (2pm - 4pm) - Resident florist Kathryn who will teach you how to wire your fruit, pine cones, ribbons, and other beautiful decorations you choose for your gigantic artificial wreath Booking required - £38 - www.facebook.com/ katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Sat 2 Bishopwearmouth Choral Society at Sunderland Minster (7.30pm) - A cornucopia of Christmas music featuring ‘Ceremony of Carols’ by Britten, ‘On Christmas Night’ by Chilcott, and ‘What Sweeter Music’ by Rutter £14 - www.wegottickets.com/BCS Sat 2 Sunderland Stages: Three at National Glass Centre (11am - 2pm) - Three wishes, three witches, three sisters, three pigs, three bears, three musketeers...Three singing actors weave together famous tales, featuring the elusive number three - £5 per child www.sunderlandstages.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 2 Christmas Craft Fair at Arts Centre Washington (10am - 3.30pm) - A variety of stalls selling products created by local and regional artists and crafts people - Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
Sat 2 Davy Lamp Folk Club present Billy Mitchell at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Billy is a great friend of the Davy Lamp and a wonderful singer and musician - as well as being a good laugh - £8 - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
Sun 3 Christmas Themed Glass Casting at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) - This one day course is ideal for beginners who want to create Christmas themed cast glass pieces Booking required - £80 - 0191 568 9700 www.nationalglasscentre.com
Sat 2 Glass Painted Tealight at National Glass Centre - Brighten up the dark nights with your own handmade glass jar and battery tea light - £3 - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555
Tues 5 Undergraduate and Postgraduate Open Day at University of Sunderland (3pm - 7pm) - An informal event providing information on both undergraduate and postgraduate study - Free www.sunderland.ac.uk
Sat & Sun 2 - 17 Santa’s Garden Grotto at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (12pm - 3.30pm) - Meet Santa in his Winter Gardens Grotto, tell him your Christmas wishes and receive an edible gift. Make a magic beanstalk inspired by Jack and the Beanstalk at the elf station and follow the golden egg trail. The Winter Gardens will be open exclusively to ticketholders during these events - £5 firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 561 2323 Sat & Sun 2 - 17 Flameworked Christmas Decorations at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) - Make your own flameworked decorations in this festive special - Booking required - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 568 9700 Sun 3 Serendipity Annual Christmas Fair at Serendipity Tea and Trinkets (10am - 3pm) - Craft stalls, homemade treats, tombola, raffle, mulled wine - www.facebook.com/ serendipitysunderland Sun 3 Family Fusing at National Glass Centre (10.30am & 2pm) - Get together as a group to make a large fused glass panel Booking required - £30 - 0191 568 9700 www.nationalglasscentre.com Sun 3 Christmas Themed Screen Printing on Glass at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) - An introduction to this glass screen printing technique using our specialised equipment Booking required - £80 0191 568 9700 - www.nationalglasscentre.com
Tues 5 - 19 Christmas Time for Rhyme Sessions at Houghton Library (9.30am10.15am) - Come along and join the lively session of Christmas songs and rhymes - houghton. email@example.com 0191 561 6383 Tues 5 - 19 Christmas Time for Rhyme Sessions at Washington Town Centre Library (10am-10.30am) - Come along and join the lively session of Christmas songs and rhymes - firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 561 3441 Wed 6 Christmas tea, cake & clairvoyance at Katie’s Garden (6.30pm-10pm) - A special evening of tea, cake & clairvoyance from the amazing Kerry Bagley - Booking required - £22 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Wed 6 - 10 Lilly and the Snowbear at Arts Centre Washington - A glittering, snowy tale about a little lost bear and a brave little girl - £10 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Wed 6 - 20 Christmas Crafty Wednesdays at Washington Old Hall (11am - 2pm) - Learn how to create beautiful decorations and unique gifts while enjoying the festive surroundings of the places the National Trust look after - £10 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall/ whats-on 0191 416 6879 Wed 6 & 13 Fused Glass Snowflake Decoration at National Glass Centre (4pm) Create fantastic fused glass artwork as unique as every snowflake - Booking required - £8 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 568 9700
Wed 6 - 20 Christmas Time for Rhyme Sessions at City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10am-10.30am) Come along and join the lively session of Christmas songs and rhymes - enquiry.desk@ sunderland.gov.uk 0191 561 2323 Thurs 7 Sales Surgery at NE BIC (9.30am 12.30pm) - Each business faces its own particular challenges to grow profitable sales. The monthly Sales Surgery at the North East BIC in Sunderland provides you with FREE advice as you plan your sales strategy www.ne-bic.co.uk/event Thurs 7 Marketing Surgery at NE BIC (10am - 3pm) - If you’ve ever wondered how to improve your marketing activity, design an effective promotional leaflet or wanted feedback on your website, this is your opportunity to obtain expert marketing advice with Pulse Creative Marketing Free www.ne-bic.co.uk/event Thurs 7 Sunderland Stages: Singles Club at Pop Recs (7.30pm) - The concept is simple; celebrate Sunderland’s 7” Single Successes across the decades - £5 - 0191 561 3455 www.sunderlandstages.co.uk Thurs 7 Age UK Carol Service at Sunderland Minster (2pm) - Free email@example.com 0191 565 4066 Thurs 7 - 17 Dick Wittington at Royalty Theatre - Join Dick Wittington as he travels to London to make his fortune with the help of his preening puss - £8 - www.royaltytheatre.co.uk Fri 8 Rob Brydon at Sunderland Empire (8pm) - Full of hilarious stories, abundant with quick witted audience interaction, fast paced humour, improvisation and the most amazing impersonations, this is a show that is sure to delight old and new fans alike - from £26.65 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Fri 8 Sgraffito Glass Decoration at National Glass Centre (4pm) - Compose a glass scene and decorate a hanging decoration by scratching your own designs and messages into the enamel - Booking required - £8 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 568 9700
Fri 8 - 23 Festive Fridays and Saturdays at The Quayside Exchange - The Quayside Exchange is delighted to welcome one and all to our festive celebrations - £29.95 0191 514 4574 www.quaysideexchange.co.uk/whats-on S at 9 Ha'way in a Manger 2017! Park Lane, (2pm to 5pm) – Join us to celebrate the reason for the season with story telling, dance and music performances from local school children, choirs and musicians from local churches, schools and community groups, throughout the afternoon and be part of a community Christmas Carol Singing celebration! Sat 9 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster (10am - 3pm) - With vintage and retro goods, local crafts, handmade gifts, refreshments - 50p - admin@ sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066 Sat 9 The Suggestibles Impro Pantso at Arts Centre Washington (8pm) - You might expect goodies, baddies, fairies and furries, soppy love songs, scary bits and bags of sweets, but most of all, expect the unexpected - £14 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sat 9 - 10 Love Christmas at National Glass Centre (10.30am - 4pm) - Begin the festivities by making a range of lovely gifts to give this Christmas at our fantastic family craft day - £10 www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sun 10 Gingerbread House Making at Katie’s Garden (11.30am - 1.30pm) - Reserve your table for a special gingerbread house making workshop this Christmas time - £18 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Sun 10 UN Vigil at Sunderland Minster (3pm) - Free - firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 565 4066 Sun 10 Blue Christmas at Sunderland Minster (6pm) - A reflective candlelight service Free - email@example.com 0191 565 4066
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Sun 10 Ceramic Christmas Decorations & Thrown Mug at National Glass Centre (10am) - A day with your hands in clay making bespoke Christmas decorations and working the wheel - Booking required - £60 0191 568 9700 - www.nationalglasscentre.com Mon 11 University of Sunderland Carol Service at Sunderland Minster (5.30pm) Free - firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 565 4066 Mon 11 - 24 Late Night Shopping at the Bridges - (open until 8pm) - the Bridges will be open Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm www.thebridges-shopping.com Wed 13 Baroque Christmas by Candlelight with Royal Northern Sinfonia at Sunderland Minster (7.30pm) - Get into the Christmas spirit with a selection of seasonal instrumental favourites, including ‘Winter’ from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons - £15 - www.sagegateshead.com/ event/rns-baroque-tour Thurs 14 The Book of Darkness and Light at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) - Be thrilled, chilled and thoroughly entertained by this charming storytelling experience. But, be warned, once the pages of the book are opened, anything could happen - £8.50 - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 15 Grace House NE Carol Service (tbc) - email@example.com 0191 565 4066 Fri 15 CozyJo’s Christmas Cracker at Arts Centre Washington (7pm) - COZYJO (City of Sunderland Youth Jazz Orchestra) and friends present and evening of Christmas classics to really get you into the festive spirit - £4 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Fri 15 - Jan 6 Jack and The Beanstalk at Sunderland Empire - From the producers behind Sleeping Beauty comes a pantomime that’s guaranteed to scale great heights and offer you a gigantic helping of magic - from £11.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Sat 16 & 17 Meet the Green Man - Winter King at Washington Old Hall (11am-3pm) Meet the Green Man in his indoor woodland grotto and find out if you have been good this year. Book a place to be sure you see him and receive a gift - £5 - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ washington-old-hall/whats-on 0191 416 6879 Sat 16 & Feb 25 Glass Painted Christmas Decorations at National Glass Centre - Take inspiration from our exhibition and decorate a unique glass shape, designed and made onsite! £4 - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sun 17 Sung Eucharist and Nativity Service at Sunderland Minster (9.45am) - Free firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 565 4066 Sun 17 Mayor’s Carol Service at Sunderland Minster (6pm) - Free - admin@ sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066 Mon 18 - 23 Illuminating the Gardens at Washington Old Hall (4pm-6pm) - Take in the sparkling and colourful lights as night falls at Washington Old Hall; wrap up and head outside to discover ribbons of lights winding their way through the terraces and parterre gardens www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall/ whats-on Tues 19 Film Screening: Sing-a-long Muppets Christmas Carol at Arts Centre Washington (1pm) - Make your own Christmas character then join in for a fun filled Sing-a-long Christmas classic. Kermit and Co tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve - £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455
Wed 20 Sandblasted Glass Decorations at National Glass Centre (4pm - 5.30pm) Create your own contrasting frosted design on a pair of hanging glass decorations - Booking required - £10 - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 568 9700 Thurs 21 Christmas Cabaret at Arts Centre Washington (7pm) - A fun packed festive variety performance suitable for the whole family that will feature music, comedy, circus and magic - £5 - 0191 561 3455 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 22 Gingerbread House Making at Katie’s Garden (10am - 12pm) - Reserve your table for a special gingerbread house making workshop this Christmas time - £18 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk 07519 824422 Fri 22 My Wild Sunderland at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (11am - 3pm) Discover how you can help us protect the wildlife in our parks and green spaces across Sunderland - Free www.durhamwt.com Sat 23 & 24 Meet the Green Man - Winter King at Washington Old Hall (11am-3pm) Meet the Green Man in his indoor woodland grotto and find out if you have been good this year. Book a place to be sure you see him and receive a gift - £5 - www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ washington-old-hall/whats-on 0191 416 6879 Sun 24 Christingle Service at Sunderland Minster (5pm) - Free - admin@ sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066 Sun 24 Christmas Eve Eucharist at Sunderland Minster (11.30pm) - Free email@example.com 0191 565 4066
Mon 25 Christmas Day Eucharist at Sunderland Minster (10am) - admin@ sunderlandminster.org 0191 565 4066 Wed 27 Glass Painted Thank You Notes at National Glass Centre - Give back to family and friends by making a personalised glass keepsake - £4 - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Thurs 28 - 29 Christmas Snowman and Snowy Owl Sandcast at National Glass Centre - Create a glass Snowman or Snowy Owl using sand to make a mould. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Sat 30 Time Capsule at National Glass Centre - Decorate a glass jar with your ideas for 2018 then hide it for someone else to find in years to come - £4 - 0191 515 5555 www.nationalglasscentre.com Sun 31 New Year’s Eve Monster Ceilidh Bash at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Celebrate New Year’s Eve is style at Arts Centre Washington and enjoy a night of dancing and great food and drink - £26.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Sun 31 New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Quayside Exchange - Say goodbye to 2017 and see in a prosperous 2018. The evening will consist of top class entertainment, in the fabulous surroundings of the Grand Room - £61 www.quaysideexchange.co.uk/whats-on 0191 514 4574
Pop up Christmas Market in Park Lane every weekend
Open air skating at Keel Square from 30 Nov – 7 Jan
Live community entertainment and activities at the Park Lane container hub
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New Year ON guide WHAT’S
Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (open until 8pm) - With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges - www.thebridges-shopping.com Wed 3 & 5 Christmas Snowman and Snowy Owl Sandcast at National Glass Centre Create a glass Snowman or Snowy Owl using sand to make a mould. Add your own colour and decoration to make your design unique www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555 Mon 8 Sunderland Sixth Form Open Evening at Bede Campus (4.30pm - 6.30pm) - Meet your future lecturers and choose courses that will lead you towards your career - Free sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events 0191 511 6000 Fri 12 - 27 Jack and The Beanstalk at Arts Centre Washington - Join Washington Theatre Group for their popular annual pantomime - £5 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk 0191 561 3455 Mon 15 Bede Campus Open Event (Professional and Technical) (4.30pm 6.30pm) - Meet your future lecturers and choose courses that will lead you towards your career Free - sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events 0191 511 6000 Tues 16 City Campus Open Event (4.30pm 6.30pm) - Have a chat and discuss your options. Meet your future lecturers and choose a course that will lead you towards your career - Free sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events - 0191 511 6000 Sat 20 Sleeping Bag Ceilidh at Sunderland Minster (7pm) - Ceilidh in aid of the Sleeping Bag fund which provides sleeping bags for the homeless - firstname.lastname@example.org 0191 565 4066 Sat 20 One Night of Queen at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - One Night of Queen is a spectacular live concert, recreating the look, sound, pomp and showmanship of arguably the greatest rock band of all time - from £24 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/ Sunderland
Sun 21 Decorate a Hot Chocolate Mug at National Glass Centre - Get ready for the cold nights by hand painting a ceramic mug with enamels - £4 - www.nationalglasscentre.com 0191 515 5555
Wed 24 A Country Night in Nashville at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - With songs including Ring Of Fire, Crazy, Sweet Home Alabama, Don’t Rock The Jukebox, Need you Now, 9-5, Don’t Worry Baby to name just a few, this incredible celebration of Country music is a night not to be missed - from £22.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Thurs 25 The Sensational 60s Experience at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - For one night only five legendary names take to the stage and guarantee a night not to be forgotten! - from £30.65 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Fri 26 Ellen Kent’s La Traviata at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La Dame aux Camelias - from £15.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sat 27 Ellen Kent: Madama Butterfly at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - This award winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan - from £15.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sun 28 Bowie Experience - The Golden Years Tour at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) - A breath-taking concert celebrating the music of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie - from £27.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 31 - Feb 11 Shrek: The Musical at Sunderland Empire - Based on the story and characters from the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks Animation film, this hilarious and spectacular production turns the world of fairytales upside down in an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see
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musical comedy - from £17.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges (open until 8pm) - With free parking from 5.30pm - 9pm you can shop even longer on Thursdays at the Bridges - www.thebridges-shopping.com Sat 2 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster (10am - 3pm) - Vintage and retro goods, local crafts, handmade gifts, refreshments - 50p email@example.com 0191 565 4066 Thurs 15 Postgraduate Open Day at University of Sunderland (2pm - 7pm) - If you are looking for the next step after your undergraduate degree, looking to change career, or even to expand the career you are already in, why not come along to our postgraduate open day to see what the University of Sunderland has to offer - Free www.sunderland.ac.uk Thurs 15 - 17 Thriller Live at Sunderland Empire - Direct from London’s West End, where it’s in its record breaking 9th year, Thriller Live is a spectacular concert created to celebrate the career of the world’s greatest entertainer - from £28.65 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Mon 19 - 24 Rabbit Hole at Royalty Theatre (7.30pm) - Rabbit Hole delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief, and learning what it means to live a fruitful life when things fall apart £8 - www.royaltytheatre.co.uk
Tues 25 Chinese New Year Wed 28 Sing-a-long-a Beauty and the Beast at Sunderland Empire (7pm) - Celebrate the brand new adaptation of Disney’s iconic fairy tale with on-screen lyrics and join in the fun! - from £15 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/ Sunderland
COMMUNITY This Christmas, Sunderland BID are bringing something special to Park Lane.
From 25 November and running every Thursday evening and weekend until Christmas Eve, there will be a unique programme of events to showcase the talent of Sunderland’s diverse communities and to spread the spirit of Christmas. Ranging from headline performances from Marty Longstaff (aka. The Lake Poets), This Little Bird and Sunderland’s youngest rock star Tom “Mouse” Smith to Bollywood dancers, ukulele bands and school choirs, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Or, if you’re keen to get involved yourself, there will be family activities from Moo Music and the Family Arts Network, upcycling and crafting workshops and henna hand painting to give you a break from the Christmas shopping!
The final weekend will be a riot of Christmas activities, with Christmas storytelling and goodie bags for children, Westoe Brass Band playing carols and some Christmas pop classics to get everyone in the mood for the big day. All performances and activities take place in a converted shipping container on Park Lane and are supported by Gentoo and Nexus (look out for the Christmas tree on top!). There will be activities programmed from 5-8pm every Thursday and 11am-5pm on a weekend.
Get involved with family activities
We smell festive family fun! Sunderland Business Improvement District are working in collaboration with the Sunderland Empire this Christmas and inviting families to take part in a special Jack and the Beanstalk themed trail around Sunderland city centre – to help hero Jack search for his missing cows. Using the opposite map, follow the trail through key areas of Sunderland city centre, discovering new businesses and special offers as you search for the hidden cows. Each cow will be attached with a clue or special letter that will help lead you to spell out a mystery word. Once the trail has been completed and the puzzle solved - take your map to Sunderland’s real, open air ice rink on Keel Square and a treat may be waiting for you! The trail runs from 4 December up until 7 January. For full T&Cs visit www.sunderlandbid.co.uk
This Christmas the Sunderland Empire brings a pantomime that’s guaranteed to scale great heights and offer you a gigantic helping of magic – Jack and the Beanstalk! West End, award-winning actor Bill Ward (Emmerdale, Coronation Street) takes on the villainous role of the giant’s henchman, Fleshcreep. Joining him is TV legend Janine Duvitski (ITV’s Benidorm, One Foot in the Grave, CBeebie’s Old Jack’s Boat) as the delightful Vegetable Fairy, plus children’s TV favourite Jade Natalie (Nick Jr’s GO GO GO!) as Princess Jill. With stunning costumes and sets, hilarious song and dance routines, plus more jokes than a bag full of magic beans, let’s hope our hero Jack lives happily ever after with the beautiful princess – or will a beastly giant stop him in his tracks? With a host of crazy characters, this is one madcap adventure your family won’t want to miss! Jack and the Beanstalk is set to be another spectacular panto that promises to add a fairy tale touch to your festive season and it arrives at the Sunderland Empire from Friday 15 December 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018. For tickets go to www.atgtickets.com/sunderland
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Live service updates
The judges who will decide whether Sunderland will be the UK City of Culture in 2021 have visited the city. Led by panel chair Phil Redmond CBE, creator of TV shows Grange Hill and Hollyoaks, a team of judges arrived on Wearside in early November. They spent several hours assessing our bid through meetings and visits to some of the city’s cultural assets. The judges had previously visited the four other shortlisted cities: Coventry, Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea. The Sunderland bid has been backed by local and regional businesses, councils, MPs, colleges, universities, transport companies, health authorities as well as organisations like Sunderland BID, SAFC, Gentoo, the Echo and local celebrities. The winner will be announced in Hull, current holder of the title City of Culture, in December. Sunderland’s annual road races are open to entries.
After nearly two years of roadworks, the end is in sight for disruption to motorists along Wessington Way in Sunderland.
As usual, the Siglion Sunderland City Half Marathon and 10k will start and finish in Keel Square, with the race festival being held on Sunday, May 13, 2018. The festival is organised by a partnership between Steve Cram’s company Events of the North, Sunderland City Council and Active Sunderland.
The roadworks, between the Colima Avenue roundabout and the Queen Alexandra Bridge, have been part of the New Wear Crossing project. The major works along the route are nearly complete, just leaving minor works and landscaping.
A discount on entry fees for both races is available until midnight on Thursday, November 30. Affiliated club runners can enter the half marathon for £29 – the price for unaffiliated runners is £31. Early bird prices for the 10K are £20 and £22 respectively.
Later this year, a section of Timber Beach Road and Hylton Park Road will be close to allow a new road to be built under the bridge. Works should last about three weeks.
From Thursday, December 1, the prices for the half marathon will be £33/£35, and the 10K £23/£25. For more information visit www.sunderlandcity10k.com.
Diversions will be in place and replacement bus services provided.
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A new way to find a home in Sunderland Gentoo has launched a new and improved way to search and apply for social and affordable housing in Sunderland.
Gentoo has a range of 1 and 2-bedroom flats available to rent, all within walking distance of Sunderland’s City Centre. All benefit from a 24 hour concierge service, with no bond required.
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Gentoo is one of the largest housing associations in the North East that owns and manages more than 29,000 homes. Following a review of their Allocations policy, Gentoo alongside other landlords now advertise their homes using HomeHunt.
Gentoo continues to be the biggest provider of new housing in Sunderland, building new homes for sale and for affordable rent via its development arm, Gentoo Homes. It is investing £206m in building 1,563 new homes at various locations right across the city, including at High Usworth, Glebe, High Ford, HomeHunt is a national website that Hillcrag, Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-leallows you to search and apply for homes Spring, Downhill and Doxford Park, as in your area. To find a home with Gentoo well as a flagship scheme on Chester you need to create an online account Road. More than 250 of these homes and complete a Gentoo application. will be for affordable rent. As a charitable community benefit To find out more or to register for a society Gentoo need to ensure they new home visit www.gentoogroup.com prioritise those who have a housing need and disabled and chronically sick people
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Your chance to be involved in The Tall Ships Races 2018 Sunderland is the first host port in The Tall Ships Races 2018. The city will welcome up to 80 spectacular Tall Ships and their crews, to take part in a four day festival of culture and entertainment.
Set sail on the adventure of a lifetime You could sail to Denmark as a Sail Trainee as part of The Tall Ships Races 2018. Tall Ship trainees will spend 7 nights onboard one of the ships on a voyage to Esbjerg in Denmark, from Friday July 13 until Friday July 20 2018. In Esbjerg trainees will take part in the Crew Parade and prize-giving ceremony before flying back to the UK. Sail Trainees experience hands-on sailing, learning about every role on board including steering the ship, climbing the mast, cleaning the decks and kitchen duties.
Help out on dry land The Tall Ships Races 2018 is a major event for our city, and we need help to make it happen. We’re looking for over 300 volunteer Event Makers to cover roles across the event, including; liaising with the ship’s captain and crew, technical support, supporting the running of the media, crew and volunteer centre, welcoming and directing visitors, staffing information points or selling merchandise. You’ll need to be enthusiastic, reliable and available from July 9 - 14 2018, plus be able to take part in training sessions before the event.
If you’re enthusiastic and looking for an experience you’ll never forget, apply now! Sail training is open to anyone, regardless of ability and experience and trainees don’t need to have any previous sailing experience.
Applicants must be 15 years old or over on the date of sailing (July 14 2018). If you’re younger than 18 years when you apply you’ll need permission from a parent or guardian.
Sponsors will benefit from extensive media exposure and brand association with the event, and there is a wide variety of bespoke options and packages available, starting at £1000.
With over 1.5 million visitors expected, The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 offers a fantastic sponsorship opportunity for companies to showcase their organisation to a huge audience.
For more information on being a sail trainee, volunteer or sponsor please visit www.tallshipssunderland.com/get-involved
Recycling made easy this Christmas
Christmas bin collections in Sunderland:
We’re approaching the festive season, a time for presents, parties and family gatherings. Most families generate more rubbish at this time of year, but if you put it in the right bin, everything will fit in.
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Christmas cards – in the main bit of the blue bin, but none that are glittery please!
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Drinks bottles and cans
Packaging, trays or plastic containers with any food waste on
Sweets/chocolate tins and tubs
Food boxes – from mince pies, party food and biscuits
Wrapping paper tubes
all collections will be one day later than usual. Friday collections will be on the Saturday.
Remember to flatten boxes and tubes before you put them in your bin. For more information on Christmas recycling go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/ christmas-recycling If your blue bin gets full, either keep the recycling that won’t fit in and put it in your bin for your next collection, or take it to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre
www.sunderland.gov.uk/household-wastecentres. They’re even open on Boxing Day. If you have a large amount of waste you can book a bulky waste collection from your house. Go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/bulky-waste
all collections return to the usual day.
Cut out and keep these dates as a handy reminder...
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College army mobilises to spruce-up Sunderland streets Over 3,000 Sunderland College students and staff armed with paint, brushes, bin-liners and spades took to the streets to spruce up the city.
Dubbed the #CleanSweep across social media channels, the project gained huge interest across Twitter and Facebook.
With military precision, the red-shirted army spread out across Sunderland city centre to reinvigorate run-down areas and clean-up cluttered corners.
Sunderland College Principal and Chief Executive, Ellen Thinnesen, said: “The College is not just based in the city, we are part of it – our students and employees contribute towards making Sunderland the vibrant place it is, attending events, driving the economy and generally creating a feel-good buzz.
The College teamed up with Sunderland City Council and Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID) for the threeday project, which is part of the BID’s “100 Quick Wins” initiative to improve the city centre.
“We’re now proud to be permanent city centre fixtures, so it’s only right that we give something back, and here we have the opportunity to make sure Sunderland looks as good as it can. The students attacked this innovative project with real enthusiasm and I think most recognised the opportunity to deliver positive change in a relatively short period of time.
“Many of the volunteers are from Sunderland and saw it as a unique opportunity to demonstrate how we are united as a city, especially as we enter the final few weeks of the UK City of Culture contest.” Some of the jobs undertaken included litter picking and weeding planters, sweeping debris from cluttered streets and painting run-down shop-front shutters.
Art and Design student, Christian Green-Beavis, 16, said: “I think 100 Quick Wins is a good thing and we’re contributing to the community by cleaning and tidying up the city centre.”
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The project has been applauded by Sunderland2021, the team driving the city’s UK City of Culture bid. Rebecca Ball, Sunderland 2021 Bid Director said: “It is this unity and desire to make Sunderland an even better place to live, work, study and visit that is helping power our UK City of Culture bid. This city has such vibrant, motivated communities – where else could mobilise 3,000 people to devote three days to demonstrating their love for their city?”
How Alcohol Aware are you? With Christmas Party season just around the corner, it’s the time of year when many of us find we’re drinking more than usual. The latest chief medical officer guidelines advise that to keep health risks low, men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week. But what does that mean? What is 14 units ? Does it matter what you drink and when? And what are the risks if you drink too much? Test your knowledge with this short quiz and see how alcohol aware you are… just answer true or false to these statements… and check out the answers over the page.
A pint of regular beer, lager or cider and a 175ml glass of wine all have the same amount of units in them.
Red wine is good for you.
Moderate alcohol consumption is good for your health.
3 Alcohol is a stimulant.
It is okay to save my units up for the weekend.
Alcohol can contribute to weight gain.
Introducing children to alcohol earlier makes them less likely to binge drink.
Beer gets you less drunk.
Mixing drinks will make you more drunk.
Women who drink a lot can find it more difficult to conceive.
14 units a week. Monday
Dropping the drink… Reducing the amount you drink can make you feel healthier, save you money and it’s good for your waistline. The good news is that there are lots of tips, hints and tools to help you cut back on the booze. Here are just a few… •
Don’t save up your 14 units, it’s better to spread them evenly over the week and have regular alcohol-free days. One You drinks tracker - A free drinks tracker app to help you keep an eye on the booze and take control with daily tips and feedback. Search One You apps.
How Alcohol Aware are you? Pregnant women shouldn’t drink alcohol at all!
• One you days off app - Track the days you drink alcohol and the days you don’t and get practical, daily support to help you stick to it. Search One You apps.
➊ True: They all have 2-3 units. ➋ False: A review from the
Committee on Carcinogenicity (CoC) concluded there is no justification for drinking for health reasons and that drinking even a small amount of alcohol increases the risk of some cancers.
➏ True: There are around 200 calories in a large glass of red wine or a pint of lager. Alcohol can also reduce our self-control, making it easy to eat too much.
You can reduce the short term health risks➐ by: False: Young people who
• Dry January - Give 2018 a booze free start and give up the drink for a whole month. Search ‘Dry January’ for information, tips and advice to help. • www.reducemyrisk.tv – think about how much you’re drinking and find out more about the steps you could take to cut back. Help and support in Sunderland
Limiting the total amount of alcohol you drink on any occasion
• The Live Life Well service can provide free advice to help you reduce the amount you drink. Call them on 0800 107 0741 or see www.livelifewell.org.uk • If you or someone you know is experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol there’s a dedicated service which can help. Contact Wear Recovery - Sunderland Integrated Drug and Alcohol service on 0800 234 6798 or visit www.ntw.nhs.uk/wearrecovery
➌ False: If you regularly drink as
start drinking at an early age drink more, and more frequently, than those who delay their first alcoholic drink.
much as 14 units per week, it is best not to ‘save up’ the 14 units for 1 or 2 days, but to spread them over 3 or more days and have several alcohol free days a week.
➑ False: An average pint of
from drinking alcohol.
beer, large glass of wine or a ‘large’ double vodka and coke all have around 2.8 units of alcohol.
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6 pints of 4% lager/beer
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Come Home For Christmas 2017 Come home to St. Mary’s in Sunderland City Centre this Christmas. We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or poor. We love to welcome crying babies or excited toddlers. We welcome those who can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly. You’re welcome home this Christmas if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic than the Pope or haven’t been to Church in years. We extend a special welcome to those over 60 but not grown
up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast! We welcome mams, dads, grannies and grandpas. We welcome those who pray everyday and those who haven’t tried. We welcome those who are super happy or down in the dumps. You’re welcome if you’re covered in tattoos or pierced all over your body. Christmas Eve: Carols at 5pm First Mass of Christmas: 5.30pm Christmas Day: Holy Mass at 10.00am Christmas Lunch in the Parish Hall from 12 noon for those in need or alone, or happy to share Christmas Lunch as a community in the city this Christmas Day.
We welcome students, migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees especially, aware that the Holy Family were refugees on the first ever Christmas night. You’re especially welcome if you’re having difficulties or problems. We welcome those lost in Sunderland City centre, tourists, or those who find themselves here by mistake. We welcome culture vultures and Keeping Up With the Kardashian fans. We even welcome Geordies! But most of all we extent a very warm welcome to YOU. So why not come home for Christmas in St. Mary’s Sunderland this Christmas Eve? Father Marc Lyden-Smith St. Mary’s, Bridge St, Sunderland.
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