If itâ€™s on in Sunderland, itâ€™s in!
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Hello and welcome to our first Vibe magazine of 2018 This year promises to be an amazing one for Sunderland as we are start host port for The Tall Ships 2018. The city will welcome Tall Ships from all corners of the globe – and hundreds of thousands of visitors between Wednesday, July 11 and Saturday, July 14. Organisers have been working hard to ensure our visitors are made to feel welcome and Sunderland BID’s Mak’em Smile initiative continues to train a growing team of ‘welcome ambassadors.’ For more on this, see Page 13. As such a year of possibilities begins, we thought it apt our first edition of 2018 had a theme of ‘welcome’ which is also the theme for 2018 in Sunderland Economic Leadership Board’s 3,6,9, Vision for the city. We’re known as a friendly city, a place where folk take the time to say hello and the Mak’em Smile initiative will help to make the most of the opportunities such as the Tall Ships and the International Airshow provide for us. It was certainly a warm welcome that awaited two Royal guests, when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – William and Kate – visited the city to mark the opening of The Fire Station and see The Northern Spire, the new Wear bridge. And while work on the bridge will be finishing, it will be starting on another new iconic addition to the Sunderland skyline. After The Fire Station opened late last year, work on the adjacent auditorium will start later this year. The auditorium will be a new performing space, with a seating capacity of 450 or a standing capacity of 700. We’d love to hear what you think of Vibe – send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome to your life with University of Sunderland
Life-changing career lift with University of Sunderland
Gentoo’s Chester Gates development revealed
6 and 7
A warm welcome to the Bridges
8 and 9
Save in Sunderland with Go North East
Come along and join the fun with Dance City
Sunderland BID has made its mark
11 to 30
If It’s On, It’s In
17 to 24
2018: A year of great events in the city
A family holiday with a difference
Find your dream home with Gentoo
Red and White Wine Challenge in aid of the NSPCC
College apprenticeships open a pathway to your future
Apprenticeships are for everyone
What can your pharmacy do for you?
Let your pharmacy improve your health
Working together for a cleaner city
Get out and explore with a Day Rover ticket
Rob Lawson Editor, Vibe
The UK’s most inclusive University The Times Good University Guide 2018
Welcome to your life The University of Sunderland has an enviable reputation for being warm, welcoming and supportive – the Times Good University Guide 2018 named it the UK’s most inclusive University. Proud of its 25-year record of raising aspirations and promoting social inclusion across the region, the University of Sunderland is giving people with talent the life-changing opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter what their age, background or personal circumstances. The University has invested millions of pounds across its two city campuses to enhance the learning experience and employment prospects of its students and graduates. As a result, the University received a silver award in the 2017 teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the same year as it celebrated its 25th anniversary.
Developing graduates with the capability and confidence to become leaders is at the heart of the University of Sunderland’s approach. It is training and developing the professionals our communities rely on: the pharmacists, nurses, paramedics and teachers; the engineers, designers and computer scientists. Its research improves lives, its business support is helping companies to succeed and its community of students and staff adds to the cultural, creative and economic vibrancy of the city and region. What might surprise readers of Vibe is that students of all ages are attracted to study at the University, with 7 in 10 of its undergraduates over 20 and one in five of students over 30.
Vice Chancellor Shirley Atkinson explained:
Increasingly, we teach students at all stages of their lives and careers. We know for example university is a strong option for those who left school some time ago who are now considering a career change or wishing to pursue their passion. Often people leave school unsure of what they want to do and then after a few years feel trapped in an unfulfilling job with no prospects of promotion or development. We have lots of examples of students who have come to us via college or an access course who have gone on to successfully accomplish their full time or part time degree. Our message to anyone considering studying for a degree is ‘you still can’, it’s never too late to change the course of your life.
Lifechanging career lift Going to university later in life can be a daunting prospect – but a Sunderland man has proved it can be done, and is urging others to fulfil their potential – including his own family, who have all graduated from, or are currently studying at the University of Sunderland.
a plant operator, then 12 years at Nissan working on the production line, and 10 years working as a taxi driver, but had always had bigger ambitions – which were quickly realised at University.
Gary made the decision to enrol onto a BA Business and Financial Management degree at the University Gary Waller lifted his career to new of Sunderland, in his late 40s, he said: heights as Logistics Manager at crane “I decided to attend university to prove producer Liebherr Sunderland Works something to myself. I left school with Ltd. Before joining the firm Gary served few qualifications and I also wanted to for seven years in the Royal Engineers as improve my job prospects.
“While at Sunderland I applied for a part time job at Liebherr through the University’s Careers and Employability Service. Effectively I started to work for Liebherr while I was in my second year at Sunderland, and now I am the Logistics Manager.” Whether you are looking to enhance your career, embark on a new challenge or follow your passions, the University of Sunderland has a life-changing course for you, visit www.sunderland.ac.uk/ youstillcan to find out more.
Drop-in to an Open Day 14 March 2018 4-7pm, City Campus
18 and 25 April 2018* Subject-specific events
9 June 2018*
* Campus venue to be confirmed. See website for details.
Book your place at: www.sunderland.ac.uk/open-days Tel: 0191 515 3000
Apply today. Start your degree in September.
New ‘Chester Gate’ housing development to transform city’s housing offer Gentoo Homes is preparing to submit plans for a new £37 million flagship housing development in Sunderland.
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The council is delighted to be supporting Gentoo Homes on the new Chester Gate development. The council is keen to see more housing of all kinds developed in our city. Using Government guidelines and data, it is estimated that Sunderland requires nearly 14,000 more new homes over the next 15 years to help deal with the expected population growth. The City Council is always looking at options and ideas to work with developers and other partners in the city to enable housing growth.
We are hugely excited about the prospect of the new Chester Gate development and are immensely proud to play a key role in Sunderland’s ongoing transformation in to a modern and prosperous 21st century city. Our plans to redevelop the site represent a huge investment for Gentoo and this once again demonstrates our commitment to providing much needed new housing in Sunderland. Keith Loraine OBE, Chair of Gentoo Group
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The masterplan for the proposed development, which is to be called ‘Chester Gate’, will feature 500 new homes available to both buy and rent. The site holds a prominent position on Chester Road, at one of the main gateways into the city from the A19. The Chester Gate development will be ‘unlocked’ by the construction of a new access from Chester Road, which will be part of Sunderland City Council’s £2million highway improvement work.
Proposed plans for Chester Gate include a range of new and contemporary housing, with two, three and four bedroomed properties available. Gentoo Homes is set to apply for planning permission to build the first phase of the project, featuring 118 new homes, all of which will be available to buy. Improvement works to Chester Road will be carried out later this year, subject to planning approval, with
Cllr Graeme Miller Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet member Health, Housing and Adult services
Gentoo Homes aiming to begin construction work on site at the beginning of 2019. Redevelopment of the vacant land is hugely important for the continued regeneration and transformation of Sunderland’s housing offer, diversifying the type of housing on offer to both existing residents and people looking to move into the city.
Sunderland is throwing open its doors to the world later this year, with more than 1.5 million visitors expected to be heading to the city for the Tall Ships Race 2018.
TK Maxx Welcome Door Mat Nothing says glad to see you better than the welcome mat! £35
And that’s why we’re putting out the welcome mat and guaranteeing you a friendly smile - no matter if you’re friend, family or a tourist heading here for the very first time. The good news is that the welcome doesn’t have to be lavish – check out these great buys from the Bridges.
Debenhams J by Jasper Conran Three Pack Of Guest Towels Whether you’re in a hotel or at home, there’s something about having a fresh set of towels that feels so satisfying. £11-£32
New Look White A5 Lightbox Why not brighten up someones day with a nice message. £14.99
Tiger Artificial Plant House plants add a touch of nature to any room and you don’t even need to remember to water these ones for your guests to be able to appreciate them. £3
Debenhams Cosmo Party Plates Be the hostess with the mostess (or host with the most) by serving up snacks and nibbles. £22
Primark Two Tone Grey Sherpa Throw Cosy throws are ideal for making people feel right at home and if you’ve got an open fire too, you’re on to a winner. £6
TK Maxx Grey Kettle Nothing makes a guest feel at home than a hot cuppa. Make it fast and stylishly with this great kettle. £19.99
to the TK Maxx Pastel Pink Biscuit Tin There’s nothing more welcoming that a biscuit to go with that cuppa. Keep them fresh for when visitors call. £4.99
Tiger Round Coaster Balls And when you’ve got the drinks made, use these crafty coasters to give your guests somewhere to put their cups. £7 Primark Metallic Heart Cement Votive Candle There’s nothing as welcoming as a fragrantly scented candle – perfect for creating a warm atmosphere in any living room. £3
Tiger 10 Coat Hooks For Door Lots of guests can meet lots of coats – tuck them away somewhere safe with this jaunty coat hook. £5
TK Maxx Wooden Bird House Make your garden more inviting by giving them a home of their own. £12.99
Next Alphabet Bunting Spell out the word WELCOME or personalise a message suited to your guests – it’s bound to make them feel special. £6
Primark Tassel Bunting This welcoming accessory will add a bit of colour to your home. £3
Next Grey Sausage Dog Doorstop Prop the door open with this little fellow to let visitors know that they’re free to enter at any time. £18
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Come along and join the fun! Ignite your passion for dance at our new studios in The Fire Station, Sunderland!
And have fun with our Aerial classes too – we’ve sessions for adults, kids, or come along as a family.
We’re offering classes for all ages and abilities, from 0 - 55+, whether you’ve never danced before or want to come along and try something new. From Belly Dance to Ballet, Salsa to Tap, there’s a dance style to suit everyone.
Dance is a creative, fun, social and physical activity that is great for keeping fit and active, boosting selfconfidence and coordination. Our friendly and welcoming staff are on hand to meet you and can help you
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choose a suitable class. And we’re offering everyone their very first class for FREE: simply choose and book online at dancecity.co.uk entering code DCSUNDERLAND at the checkout or call our Ticket Office on 0191 261 0505.
S UNDERLAND CITY CENTRE
Sunderland BID Sunderland’s Business Improvement District (BID) continues to inspire change in the city, four years after it was set up. It’s been a busy few years for the BID who have delivered and supported a number of highly successful events. The city’s popular Restaurant Week, a BID-led project, is about to return for a fourth time, with the first three having provided a significant boost to the city’s economy.
and they must be re-elected every five years. As Sunderland approaches the next BID ballot, the team have big ambitions for the future.
Sharon Appleby, Head of Business Operations, said: The BID were also the driving force behind a “The BID has made good city centre clean-up campaign, which you can inroads in the last four years, find out more about on the next page of Vibe. working tirelessly to help the city centre and its business Many major events in the last four years community to thrive. wouldn’t have gone ahead without the input of the BID. Music festival Sunniside Live, “However, we know there is still Chinese New Year and the Christmas a lot of work to do to help the programme are just a few that have city reach its potential. There are fantastic benefitted from their support. developments happening in Sunderland and we are determined to ensure businesses The decision to form a BID is made by a ballot are given every opportunity to capitalise on of businesses within the organisation’s area, these.”
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Business Improvement Districts are a national initiative, set up to enhance the local economy of an area. Sunderland is in good company, with some of the biggest towns and cities in the country having BIDs.
Keep informed - stay up to date with all the BID’s activities and opportunities. Please email email@example.com sunderlandexperience/ sunderlandBID sunderland_experience/
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Keeping the city clean… It may have been an ambitious initiative set up by the BID, but you only get one chance at a first impression - which is why it’s vital that when people visit Sunderland they see a clean, vibrant city. And it’s not visitors that benefit from a spick and span city centre, it’s the community at large regardless of whether you live, work or spend your leisure time in the area.
Three further Clean Sweep events are planned throughout 2018 and the BID would like to hear from any individuals or companies interested in getting involved. For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunderland BID is one of a number of organisations which have committed to sprucing up the city centre, particularly in the light of the fact that this year hundreds of thousands of visitors will head to Wearside. Last October, the BID held the first Clean Sweep initiative over three days, where thousands of students from Sunderland College embarked on an intensive programme of litter picking, painting and weeding.
“A smile is the universal welcome” Max Eastman, American writer.
Something To Smile About… You may not have heard of Max Eastman but there’s no denying the truth in his quote.
best out of the city, covering things like where to eat, things to do, events and local history.
And Sunderland BID has set out to create a very special kind of welcome for visitors to the city, with its very own unique scheme.
Sunderland’s Business Improvement District developed the training in the hope that it will see the city being viewed not only as being filled with positive people but showing it as somewhere with plenty to offer.
Mak’em Smile was introduced last summer - a training scheme to create a whole host of city ambassadors who had the knowledge to ensure anyone visiting Sunderland would leave with a good impression. Staff from the city’s pubs, shops, restaurants, taxis and hotels were invited to take part in a training course where they were given information about how to get the
The scheme already has a number of “graduates” who are spreading the word and the hope is that there will be hundreds of people ready for the massive influx of visitors expected when the Tall Ships arrive in July. For more information on how you can become an ambassador email email@example.com
Mar 17 - Mar 25 2018
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£5 £10 £15 For menus and T&C’s visit www.sunderlandbid.co.uk
Some New Restaurants To Get Your Teeth Into..
All In The Best Possible Taste… Dinner is served – and so is breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, as Sunderland’s Restaurant Week returns for the fourth time.
Alternatively – or dare we say as well as – you can take advantage of the £5 daytime offer running through the city’s many stylish cafés and smaller restaurants.
Since its launch in 2017 the event has gone from strength to strength, with the opportunity to enjoy every conceivable cuisine under the sun at an absolute bargain price.
And if all that well priced food means you decide to splash out on a cheeky cocktail or a glass or two of wine, don’t worry about getting home.
Want to try somewhere new? Here’s our guide to the new additions to Sunderland’s restaurant scene.
• El Nido Mexicana, Frederick Street – Missing those two weeks in Cancun? Pine no more!
Tuck into Egyptian, Mexican, Greek, Italian, Chinese, Thai and traditional English favourites over nine, fabulous food-packed days from 17 to 25 March.
• Engine Room at the Fire Station, High Street West – Adding some heat to the Sunderland Restaurant Week. Great food in amazing surroundings.
Our partner, Station Taxis, has been a great supporter of Restaurant Week so why not take the pain out of your journey home by booking with them on 0191 555 5555 or downloading their app at www.stationtaxis.com. Sunderland’s busy restaurants, cafés and bars have totally embraced Restaurant Week – and so have diners from across the region, evident by the fact that last time round an amazing 8,000 free vouchers were downloaded. And who could blame them, given that you can enjoy two or three course meals for the price of just £10pp or £15pp respectively.
To see who is participating in this Sunderland Restaurant Week and to download those allimportant vouchers, visit: www.sunderlandbid.co.uk/ restaurant-week
• Kings Indian Tapas Lounge, Olive Street - A hidden boudoir of taste and flavour. • Boar’s Head Bistro, High Street East – One of Sunderland’s oldest pubs transformed into a stylish bistro with hearty portions.
Your essential guide to what’s happening in your city, who’s doing what, where and when.
IT’S IN If you’re looking for something to do over the next couple of months, Sunderland has something for you – no matter what art form you’re interested in. For those who enjoy visual art, Arts Centre Washington is hosting a celebration of the city’s talented young artists. The Youth Arts Exhibition is at the Centre between Thursday, March 1 and Saturday, March 24, and admission is free. Meanwhile, another exhibition will highlight the excellent work of Sunderland Photographic Association, whose work will be on display at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens from the beginning of March to the beginning of May. And also returning to the Museum and Winter Gardens between late March and June is the prestigious BP Portrait Award exhibition. If it’s the biggest names in UK entertainment you’re interested in, then the Empire will deliver. Comedians Brian Conley and Russell Brand, and pop icon Gary Barlow are among the stars appearing at Sunderland’s premier theatre over the coming weeks. But perhaps the biggest show of the year will be West End smash-hit Matilda, which arrives at the Empire on May 8. As you’d expect, there is plenty going on over Easter, both for the young and young at heart. Sunderland Minster will be welcoming the Easter Candle at an Easter Sunday service, starting at 9.45am, and on the following day, April 2, there will be traditional Egg Rolling at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve. There will also be egg rolling at Herrington Country Park on Good Friday, Friday, March 30. Meanwhile at National Glass Centre, you can create your own Easter egg, bird or flower using sand. Visit NGC’s website for details. See the following pages for a host of other art and crafts workshops near you. So if you’re looking for something to do by yourself or with your family, keep If It’s On, It’s In close at hand!
March 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.thebridgesshopping.com Thur 1 - Sat 24 Youth Arts Exhibition at Arts Centre Washington A celebration of the talented young artists who live in our city - Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Thur 1 Sartaj Live 2018 at Sunderland Empire (8pm) Performing with his live band, the charismatic poet will be performing his infamous hits as well as new material - from £29.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Thur 1 World Book Day at Washington Town Centre Library (2pm - 3pm) Read Regional Author Event hosts crime author Guy Mankowski - Donation of £2 - Must book in advance 0191 561 3441 Thur 1 Print & Dye Fabrics Workshop at St. Mark’s Community Association (10.30am) Weekly session experiment with printing and dyeing techniques - Must book in advance 0191 427 8197 Thurs 1 - 29 Set the Sails at St. Mark’s Church (9.30am - 12pm) Build your own model boat with artist Chris Folwell at this weekly session. You will explore Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage and create your own boat by experimenting with materials, designs and more with brilliant artists Must book in advance - £2 voluntary contribution 0191 427 8197 Thurs 1 - 22 Rainforest Rascals at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10.30am - 11.30am) Join for stories, songs and crafts for toddlers in the Worlds Alive Gallery overlooking the Winter Gardens - £3 per child and £2 per additional child/sibling - Must book in advance firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 2 Gin School at Gin & Bear It (7pm) Monthly gin school £5 - www.facebook.com/ GinandBearItSunderland
Fri 2 - 30 Set the Sails at CHANCE, Sunderland (10am - 12.30pm) Build your own model boat with artist Steph Sykes at this weekly session. You will explore Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage and create your own boat by experimenting with materials, designs and more with brilliant artists - Must book in advance - £2 voluntary contribution 0191 427 8197 Sat 3 Art & 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 entry www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 3 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster (10am - 3pm) Get your vintage and retro goods, local crafts and handmade gifts here - 50p email@example.com Sat 3 Jens Kommnick with Tom McConville at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The Davy Lamp Folk Club present amazing musicianship from the guitar and fiddle virtuosos www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 3 The Rocket Man - A Tribute to Sir Elton John at Sunderland Empire (8pm) Travel back in time and be treated to all the hits from £27.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sat 3 Mind, Body & Soul at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10am -4pm) Yoga, mindful walking, massage treatments, holistic gift stalls, beauty and pamper products, jewellery, candles, gluten free and vegan products and so much more - Free www.events2gogo.com Sat 3 Circus of Horrors at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) The phenomenon returns with its latest brand new incarnation Voodoo - from £19.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sat 3 - May 6 Sunderland Photographic Association at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens An exhibition of work by members of this long-established photography club - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
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Sat 3 Funk Essential at The Point (10pm) Return of Ibiza Queen and saxophonist Lovely Laura £20 - www.facebook.com/ sunderlandthepoint Sun 4 North East Vegan Festival at Stadium of Light (10.30am) The Largest Vegan Festival in the North East is back at its original home of the Stadium of Light in aid of Farplace Animal Rescue from £3 - www.northeastveganfestival.com Sun 4 The Illegal Eagles at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute returns in 2018 for another outstanding show - from £26.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sun 4 The Ginger Bread Man at Arts Centre Washington (1pm & 3pm) Hiccup Theatre cook up a brand-new version of this classic tale adding delicious original live music, tasty storytelling and dollops of fun - £7 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sun 4 - 25 Theatre & Performance Workshop at Grindon Community Church Project (2pm) Join Theatre Space North East every week for these exciting sessions exploring theatre in a practical and engaging way - Must book in advance - 0191 427 8197 Tue 6 Proper Poetry at The Fire Station (1pm) Cultural Spring poetry session with Rowan McCabe aimed at over 65s www.theculturalspring.org.uk Tue 6 - Sat 10 Beautiful - The Carole King Musical at Sunderland Empire The inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit song writing team, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history - from £15 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Tues 6 - 27 Falling on Your Feet at St. Luke’s Church Hall (1pm) A bespoke, weekly, dance programme for people aged 65 years and over who are living independently to work with a talented choreographer - Must book in advance £3 - 0191 427 8197 Wed 7 Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and Record Keeping at North East BIC (9.30am 1.30pm) The BIC are raising awareness of financial matters relevant to anyone planning to start a new business - Free - www.ne-bic.co.uk/events
Wed 7 - Sat 10 Durham & Sunderland One Act Festival at Arts Centre Washington Amateur theatre groups from Durham, Sunderland, and the wider North East come to Arts Centre Washington for the first Durham & Sunderland One Act Festival www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Thur 8 International Women’s Day: Reflections and Light at Donnison School (1.30pm) International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women across the world. Often the most influential women in our lives are those nearest to us. Share the impact made by women on your life and create a remembrance tea light for those who have inspired you – Must book in advance – 0191 565 4835 Fri 9 Lee Kyle: Folly at Independent (7.30pm) Stand-up comedy - 18+ www.independentsunderland.com
Sat 10 The Old Rectory Fayre in Houghton-leSpring (10am) A collection of outdoor and indoor local crafts, gifts, food and fresh produce, antiques and collectibles, craft and food workshops and demonstrations and so much more www.facebook.com/events2gogo Sun 11 Icons of the 80s at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) The eighties are back and the legendary stars have joined forces for a truly incredible, once in a lifetime, concert experience from £33.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sun 11 Tesco Community Fayre (10am) A vibrant and friendly fayre with a whole host of unique gift stalls, fresh produce and children’s activities - www.facebook.com/events2gogo Tue 13 Start-Up Workshop: Getting Customers at North East 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/events Tue 13 Wild Yoga at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (10am - 11.15am) Connect the mind, body and soul with the earth and with nature in the
Sat 10 Mother’s Day Breakfast Club at Katie’s Garden (10am) Design your very own beautiful wooden heart trinket box - Must book in advance - £6 - www.facebook.com/ katiesgardenuk Sat 10 Crafting for Mum at Katie’s Garden (11.30am) Be welcomed in store to your own table, decorated with gorgeous spring time flower centrepieces along with your china tea cups & saucers to kick start your relaxing crafting visit - Must book in advance - from £15 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk
Sat 10 - Sun 11 Mother’s Day Owl Sandcast at National Glass Centre Create a truly unique gift for your Mum for Mother’s Day - £16 - Must book in advance www.nationalglasscentre.com Sun 11 Mother’s Day Lunch at The Glass Yard in National Glass Centre Celebrate how special your Mum is and treat her to a delicious lunch in The Glass Yard. Mums also receive a special glass gift - from £10.95 - Must book in advance 0191 515 5555 (Option 1) Sun 11 Mother’s Day Ramble at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (11am) Mums and their guests are invited to Rainton Meadows to enjoy a stroll around the reserve for Mother’s Day - Must book in advance www.durhamwt.com
Sat 10 Build Mum a Bear at Katie’s Garden (11.30am) Get mum something different this year Sun 11 Mother’s Day Indian Afternoon Tea and build her a bear for Mother’s Day - Must Treat Mum at The Funky Indian’s high tea book in advance - £25 £12.95pp – www.thefunkyinidian.co.uk www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk
Nature Reserve Yoga class - £5 - Must book in advance - www.durhamwt.com Tues 13 & 27 Creative Writing Workshop at Back on the Map (1.30pm) ideal for aspiring short story writers, as well as writers who wish to develop richer characters for longer form writing Must book in advance - 0191 427 8197 Wed 14 Undergraduate Open Day Drop-In at University of Sunderland (3-7pm) At this event the University will be able to provide information about available courses, and you will have the opportunity to take a look around their campuses www.sunderland.ac.uk Wed 14 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join volunteer Kath Price for a traditional mat-making demonstration in the Textiles Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Tue 15 - Sat 17 The Rat Pack - Live From Las Vegas at Sunderland Empire If you wish you’d swung with the hardest partying pack in town, now’s your chance - from £15.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Sun 11 Mother’s Day Lunch at Washington Wetland Centre (12pm - 2pm) Treat your loved one to a delicious two-course meal in the tranquil surroundings of Waterside Café, overlooking our spectacular barnacle geese, wigeon, Eurasian Cranes and other waterbirds - from £6.95 Must book in advance www.wwt.org.uk Sun 11 Mother’s Day Breakfast Club at Katie’s Garden (10am) Design your very own beautiful wooden heart trinket box - Must book in advance - £6 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk Sun 11 Mother’s Day Crafting at Katie’s Garden (11.30am) You’re invited to spend a lovely lunch time instore where you’ll be treated to a delicious afternoon tea along with a handmade keep sake - Must book in advance - £24 www.facebook.com/katiesgardenuk
Thur 15 Random Acts at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Random Acts Presents screens an exciting selection of short films by young artist filmmakers aged 16-24 - £4 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Thur 15 Sunderland College City Campus Open Event (4.30-6.30pm) Meet your future lecturers and choose a course that will lead you towards your career www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events Thur 15 Read Regional Author Event at City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (2.15 - 3.15) Fiction author Sarah Dunnakey - £2 donation - Must book in advance 0191 561 1235 Fri 16 Get Creative Festival in City Library at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (11am – 1pm) Bookmark Workshop for Adults - £2 donation – Must book in advance – 0191 561 1235 Sat 17 Lee Kyle: A Brilliant Comedy Show for kids and stupid adults! At Arts Centre Washington (2pm) Hilarious stand-up comedy for children aged 5+ - from £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 17 Wildlife Watch at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (10.30am) A morning of fun, learning and exploration - £3 - Must book in advance - www.durhamwt.com Sat 17 – Sun 25 Sunderland Restaurant Week Return of the popular foodie week, dine out for £5, £10 or £15pp - www.sunderlandbid.co.uk Sat 17 - Apr 15 Dinosaur Egg Hunt at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Can you find all the dinosaur eggs hiding in the Museum & Winter Gardens? Find each one and crack the mystery code to win a dinosaur themed prize - £2.50 www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
Mon 19 - Sat 24 Jeeves & Wooster in ‘Perfect Nonsense’ at Royalty Theatre When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker… - £8 www.royaltytheatre.co.uk Tue 20 - Sat 31 Jersey Boys at Sunderland Empire - from £18 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 21 Start-Up Workshop: Cash Flow and Record Keeping at North East BIC (9.30am - 1.30pm) The BIC are raising awareness of financial matters relevant to anyone planning to start a new business - Free - www.ne-bic.co.uk/events Wed 21 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join volunteer Kath Price for a traditional mat-making demonstration in the Textiles Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Thur 22 Circled in the Radio Times (7.30pm) The new storytelling show looking at the changing nature of the way all of us watch television from £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 23 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) With local crafts, local farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats, holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, streetfood, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture www.facebook.com/events2gogo Sat 24 Marty’s Madhouse at Arts Centre Washington (10.30am) Part workshop, part performance the madhouse is ideal for children 4 -9 years and their parents - £3 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
Sun 18 SunCityTri Duathlon from Sunderland Marriott Hotel (7.30am) A straight up Run, Bike, Run - 5k, 20k, 5k taking in the superb coastal road of Seaburn - from £27 suncitytri.co.uk/our-events
Sat 24 Bishopwearmouth Choral Society at Sunderland Minster (7.30pm) ‘Requiem’ by Duruflé & ‘Gloria’ by Poulenc. Conducted by David Murray - from £8 www.wegottickets.com/BCS
Sun 18 Finders Keepers Craft Market at The Barnes Toby Carvery, Sunderland (11am 3pm) Housing up to 40 very talented traders all showcasing their unique products - Free www.facebook.com/aspireeventsne
Sat 24 - Jun 10 BP Portrait Award at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens This prestigious exhibition returns to Sunderland from the National Portrait Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
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Sat 24 - Jun 10 Arty Backpacks at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Borrow a backpack and explore the amazing portraits in the BP Portrait Award exhibition with Eddie the Teddy and try different puzzles and challenges - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Sun 25 Easter Crafternoon (12pm) Craft with Serendipity Tea & Trinkets £25pp www.facebook. com/serendipitysunderland Mon 26 The Dorothy Lovell Lectures at The Donnison Centre (1pm - 3pm) The History of Rock Lodge 1790 - 1870 : By Bill Greenwell. Homemade refreshments included - from £2.50 0191 565 4835 Mon 26 - Thur 29 Holy Week - Stations of the Cross at Sunderland Minster (7pm) This is a daily event - Free - firstname.lastname@example.org Tue 27 Start-Up Workshop: Getting Customers at North East 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/events Wed 28 Movie Screening: Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Arts Centre Washington (1.30pm) from £3.50 - www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Wed 28 Social Media Café at North East BIC (12pm - 1pm) A place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, share ideas and lessons learnt - Free www.ne-bic.co.uk/events Thur 29 - Apr 15 Celebrity Dusty Duck Trail at Washington Wetland Centre Designed by the world-famous Aardman studios to celebrate WWT’s 70th anniversary, Dusty is a big duck on an exciting adventure - exploring, trying new things and of course making friends along the way www.wwt.org.uk Fri 30 Penshaw Bowl at Herrington Country Park (1pm - 4pm) A range of free Easter activities centred around a traditional egg rolling competition in Herrington Country Park - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Fri 30 An Hour at the Cross at Sunderland Minster (2pm - 3pm) Free email@example.com
Fri 30 Haze Good Friday special w/ Lawler (10pm) Night of house music and dance at The Point £15 - www.facebook.com/ sunderlandthepoint Fri 30 Angelic Upstarts + The Lurkers + The Relitics (7pm) www.independentsunderland.com Fri 30 - Apr 2 Dusty’s GIANT Duck Hunt at Washington Wetland Centre Calling all kids WWT’ve lost their GIANT yellow ducks and Dusty Duck needs you and your family to help him find them at WWT Washington this Easter www.wwt.org.uk Sat 31 Guided Pony Pootle at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (11am) Join the wardens for a ramble and hear firsthand about the difference these four legged volunteers are making to wildlife across the North East - Free Must book in advance - www.durhamwt.com
Sat 31 An Easter Eggstravaganza and Egg Hunt at The Donnison Centre (10.30am) Fun For All The Family - 0191 565 4835 Sun 1 Welcoming the Easter Candle at Sunderland Minster (9.45am) There will be a sung Eucharist for Easter Day - Free firstname.lastname@example.org Sun 1 Easter Sunday Lunch at The Glass Yard in National Glass Centre Celebrate Easter together in the relaxed surroundings of The Glass Yard - from £10.95 - Must book in advance -0191 515 5555 (Option 1) Sun 1 Easter Egg Hunt at Enchantment Café (10am) Find all the egg and receive a chocolate egg if you do £5 – www.facebook.com/ EnchantmentSunderland
Sat 31 The Craft House at Raich Carter Sports Centre (10am - 4pm) A BIG one day event housing 100 traders all under one roof. Small businesses all showcasing, selling, carrying out demonstrations and workshops - Free www.facebook.com/aspireeventsne
Wed 4 Andante Live: Blowin’ in the Wind at Royalty Theatre (7.30pm) This show takes you back to the era of PEACE , PROTEST & LOVE with uniquely arranged classic songs - £8 www.royaltytheatre.co.uk/tickets
Sat 31 The Maverick Rejects at The Lambton Worm (9pm) Live music FREE -www.facebook. com/thelambtonwormsunderland
Wed 4 Clay Faces at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (various times) Make a clay portrait inspired by the BP Portrait Award exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery - £2 www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
Thur 5 First Steps at Sunderland Empire (1pm) A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet £10 - 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 Wed 4 Oskar’s Amazing Adventure at Arts Centre Washington (11am & 2pm) An original, heart-warming and entertaining play for young children and their families, full of good humour, adventure, and music and song. A perfect treat for ages 2 - 8 - from £7 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
Mon 2, Thur 5 & Sat 7 Easter Sandcast at National Glass Centre Create your own Easter egg, bird or flower using sand to make a mould from £16 - Must book in advance www.nationalglasscentre.com Thur 5 Easter Craft Activities in City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Washington Town Centre Library (2.30pm – 3.30pm) Matilda Workshop - £2 donation – Must book in advance 0191 561 1235/0191 561 3441 Fri 6 Easter Craft Activities at Houghton Library (2.30pm – 3.30pm) Matilda Workshop - £2 donation – Must book in advance 0191 561 6383
Mon 9, Thur 12 & Sat 14 Easter Sandcast at National Glass Centre Create your own Easter Mon 2 Egg Rolling at Rainton Meadows egg, bird or flower using sand to make a mould Nature Reserve (11am & 1.30pm) Eggstravagant - from £16 - Must book in advance eggtivities for Easter Monday - £4 - Must book in www.nationalglasscentre.com advance - www.durhamwt.com
Thur 5 - Sat 7 Coppelia at Sunderland Empire A timeless classic from the golden age of classical ballet - from £13.90 plus £2.85 transaction fees www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Thurs 5 - 26 Set the Sails at St. Mark’s Church (9.30am - 12pm) Build your own model boat with artist Chris Folwell at this weekly session. You will explore Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage and create your own boat by experimenting with materials, designs and more with brilliant artists - Must book in advance - £2 voluntary contribution - 0191 427 8197
Tues 10 Easter Craft Activities in City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens and Washington Town Centre Library (2.30pm – 3.30pm) Matilda Workshop - £2 donation – Must book in advance 0191 561 1235/0191 561 3441 Wed 11 Easter Craft Activities at Houghton Library (2.30pm – 3.30pm) Matilda Workshop - £2 donation – Must book in advance 0191 561 6383 Thur 12 Easter Craft Activities in City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (2.30pm – 3.30pm) Matilda Workshop - £2 donation – Must book in advance0191 561 1235 Fri 13 Easter Craft Activities at Houghton Library (2.30pm – 3.30pm) Matilda Workshop - £2 donation – Must book in advance 0191 561 6383
Thurs 5 & 12 Family Fusing at National Glass Centre (2pm) Get together as a group to make a large fused glass panel. Learn about the fusing process, discuss your ideas and draw a design for your collaborative project - from £30 Must book in advance www.nationalglasscentre.com Fri 6 War of the Worlds at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons invade the stage in this funny yet faithful new adaptation as they use musical instruments, puppetry and, um, enthusiasm to recreate deadly heat-rays, giant fightingmachines, squidgy tentacled Martians and interplanetary warfare on an epic scale - £10 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 6 - May 5 Dymaxion - Jonathan Marshall at Arts Centre Washington Jonathan’s monumental charcoal drawings explore the boundaries of figure and form - Free www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 6 Dino Masks at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (Drop in) Decorate a dinosaur mask to take home. The activity is FREE but donations are welcome www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Fri 6 Gin School at Gin & Bear It (7pm) Monthly gin school £5 - www.facebook.com/ GinandBearItSunderland Fri 6 - 27 Set the Sails at CHANCE, Sunderland (10am - 12.30pm) Build your own model boat with artist Steph Sykes at this weekly session. You will explore Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage and create your own boat by experimenting with materials, designs and more with brilliant artists - Must book in advance - £2 voluntary contribution 0191 427 8197 Sat 7 Art & 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 entry www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 7 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster (10am - 3pm) Get your vintage and retro goods, local crafts and handmade gifts here - 50p email@example.com
Sun 8 Justin’s Band at Sunderland Empire (11am & 3pm) Join Justin and his friends on a musical journey singing lots of songs and learning about musical instruments along the way - from £16.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Sun 8 Family Fun Day at Raich Carter Sports Centre (10am - 3pm) Enjoy refreshments and cakes, browse the very talented traders stalls while your little ones enjoy their time on the bouncy castle, softplay, playing outdoors and much more - £1 www.facebook.com/aspireeventsne Tue 10 - Sat 14 Thoroughly Modern Millie at Sunderland Empire From explosive tap numbers to a ‘Fred and Ginger’ dance routine on a window ledge, and featuring hit songs including Gimme Gimme and Not for the Life of Me - from £13.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 11 Collage Portraits at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (various times) Make a collage portrait with different art materials inspired by the BP Portrait Award exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery - £2 www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Wed 11 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join volunteer Kath Price for a traditional mat-making demonstration in the Textiles Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Thur 12 Pond Dipping at Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve (1pm - 3pm) Calling all pond dipping detectives, get down to Rainton Meadows and join the search for the secretive creatures of the pond - £3 - Must book in advance www.durhamwt.com Thur 12 Booster Cushion Performance in City Library @ Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10am – 11am) Alan in Wonderland - £2 donation – Must book in advance – 0191 561 3495 Thur 12 Booster Cushion Washington Town Centre Library (3pm – 4pm) Alan in Wonderland - £2 donation – Must book in advance – 0191 561 3495 Dun Cow host ‘Buskers Night’ every Tuesday from 8pm www.pubculture.com
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Thurs 12 - 26 Rainforest Rascals at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10.30am - 11.30am) Join for stories, songs and crafts for toddlers in the Worlds Alive Gallery overlooking the Winter Gardens - £3 per child and £2 per additional child/sibling Must book in advance firstname.lastname@example.org Fri 13 - Sat 14 Matchbox Theatre: A Bunch of Amateurs at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steel arrives in England to play King Lear at Stratford only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard but some sleepy Suffolk village - £8 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 13 Pop Up Dinosaur Cards at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (drop in) Make a pop-up dinosaur card inspired by the dinosaurs in the Winter Gardens. The activity is FREE but donations are welcome www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Sat 14 Patrick Monahan - Rewind Selector 90s at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Brand new stand up show from multi award winning Patrick Monahan and inspired by his Irish/ Iranian/Teesside teens in the 90s - £12 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 14 The Old Rectory Fayre in Houghton-leSpring (10am) A collection of outdoor and indoor local crafts, gifts, food and fresh produce, antiques and collectibles, craft and food workshops and demonstrations and so much more www.facebook.com/events2gogo Sun 15 Finders Keepers Craft Market at The Barnes Toby Carvery, Sunderland (11am 3pm) Housing up to 40 very talented traders all showcasing their unique products - Free www.facebook.com/aspireeventsne Fri 16 Get Creative Festival in City Library at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (11am – 1pm) Bookmark Workshop for Adults - £2 donation – Must book in advance – 0191 561 3495 Mon 16 - Sat 21 Legally Blonde The Musical at Sunderland Empire This all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest, so bend and snap up your tickets today from £15 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Wed 18 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join volunteer Kath Price for a traditional mat-making demonstration in the Textiles Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Thur 19 If I Say Jump at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) A bold and exhilarating tale of contemporary Britain! - from £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 20 Classic Albums Unplugged (8pm) A new Acoustic music event celebrating great albums and artists - £6 - www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 20 VIDA at Independent (7:30pm) Live music £4 www.independentsunderland.com
Thur 26 What’s the Future of Public Health Research? (6-7pm) Lecture focusing on the need to plan for an uncertain future and for a research environment that can flex in response to change - free but must be booked www.sunderland.ac.uk Fri 27 Jonny & the Baptists: The World is a Mess, Here are Some Songs at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) It’s very hard to tour topical material these days. For multi-award-nominated musical comedy stars Jonny & the Baptists, it’s been a real nightmare... - £10 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk
Sat 21 Northern Exposure at Independent (7pm) Night of live music £3 – www.seetickets.com
Fri 27 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) With local crafts, local farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats, holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, streetfood, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture www.facebook.com/events2gogo
Sun 22 Soul Unlimited - Heatwave & Odyssey at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) Return to the glory days of disco, funk and soul with real dance music legends - from £22.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Sat 28 Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Fayre (10am) Browse a whole host of wonderful local craft and gift stalls, handmade items, fresh produce, cakes, bakes, clothing, jewellery and so much more www.facebook.com/events2gogo
Sun 22 Saying Goodbye Service at Sunderland Minster (3pm) www.sayinggoodbye.org
Sun 29 Brian Conley: Still The Greatest Entertainer (In His Price Range) at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) Featuring brand new comedy, sketches and songs alongside some of his best-known material from stage and screen from £26.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Tue 24 - Sat 28 Crazy For You at Sunderland Empire Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals - from £22.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Wed 25 Movie Screening: Dunkirk at Arts Centre Washington (1.30pm) - £3.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Wed 25 Social Media Café at North East BIC (12pm - 1pm) A place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, share ideas and lessons learnt - Free www.ne-bic.co.uk/events Wed 25 - Sat 28 Temple at Royalty Theatre This is a fictional account of the ‘Occupy London’ movement - £6.50 www.royaltytheatre.co.uk
Mon 30 The Dorothy Lovell Lectures at The Donnison Centre (1pm - 3pm) Amy Robsart’s little trip: By Stuart Miller. Homemade refreshments included - from £2.50 0191 565 4835 Mon 31 - May 1 Gary Barlow at Sunderland Empire (6.30pm) Gary is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters, having written 14 Number One singles as well as being a six-time recipient of an Ivor Novello Award - from £40.15 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Bonded Warehouse host a monthly session every last weekend of each month www.bondedwarehouse.co.uk
May 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 Tue 1 Sunderland Sixth Form Open Evening (4.30-6.30pm) Meet your future lecturers and choose a course that will lead you towards your career - www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events Wed 2 A Country Night in Nashville at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) A celebration of country music - from £25.40 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Thur 3 Testosterone at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Refreshingly honest and darkly comic theatre exploring masculinity and gender identity - from £6 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Thur 3 Russell Brand: Re-Birth at Sunderland Empire (8pm) Russell Brand unravels the matrix of modern media, politics, sex, fatherhood and death. Join one of comedy’s fiercest talents as he tries to make sense of life having just made a new one - from £31.65 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Thur 3 iQuiz at Revolution (9pm) Pub quiz at popular Sunderland venue www.facebook.com/revolutionsunderland Thur 3– Sat 5 Sunderland Shorts Film Festival (Various locations) Bringing you the best short films from across the world www.facebook.com/SunderlandShorts Thurs 3 - 24 Rainforest Rascals at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (10.30am - 11.30am) Join for stories, songs and crafts for toddlers in the Worlds Alive Gallery overlooking the Winter Gardens - £3 per child and £2 per additional child/sibling - Must book in advance - email@example.com Thurs 3 - 24 Set the Sails at St. Mark’s Church (9.30am - 12pm) Build your own model boat with artist Chris Folwell at this weekly session. You will explore Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage and create your own boat by experimenting with
materials, designs and more with brilliant artists Must book in advance - £2 voluntary contribution 0191 427 8197 Fri 4 Whitney: Queen of the Night at Sunderland Empire (7.30pm) Share her life and get ready for the greatest love of all in Queen of the Night - from £23.90 plus £2.85 transaction fee www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland Fri 4 Martin Mor - Adventure Comedian at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Martin Mor comes from Northern Ireland, and after a successful career as a circus performer, he turned his attention on the unsuspecting comedy circuit £10 - www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 4 Gin School at Gin & Bear It (7pm) Monthly gin school £5 - www.facebook.com/ GinandBearItSunderland Fri 4 - 25 Set the Sails at CHANCE, Sunderland (10am - 12.30pm) Build your own model boat with artist Steph Sykes at this weekly session. You will explore Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage and create your own boat by experimenting with materials, designs and more with brilliant artists - Must book in advance - £2 voluntary contribution - 0191 427 8197 Sat 5 Art & 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 entry www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Sat 5 Craft & Vintage Fair at Sunderland Minster (10am - 3pm) Get your vintage and retro goods, local crafts and handmade gifts here - 50p firstname.lastname@example.org Sat 5 - Jun 4 Time Traveller’s Trail at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens Discover amazing facts about Sunderland’s history as you travel back in time. Find the clues and gather the evidence to claim a prize. This activity supports Local History Month - £2.50 www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Tue 8 - Jun 2 Matilda The Musical (UK Tour) at Sunderland Empire The multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl - from £17.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee - www.atgtickets.com/Sunderland
Tue 8 Sunderland College Bede Campus Open Event (Professional and Technical) (4.30-6.30pm) Meet your future lecturers and choose a course that will lead you towards your career - www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events
Wed 16 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join volunteer Kath Price for a traditional mat-making demonstration in the Textiles Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
Wed 9 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (1pm - 3pm) Join volunteer Kath Price for a traditional mat-making demonstration in the Textiles Gallery - Free www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk
Sun 20 Finders Keepers Craft Market at The Barnes Toby Carvery, Sunderland (11am 3pm) Housing up to 40 very talented traders all showcasing their unique products - Free www.facebook.com/aspireeventsne
Thur 10 Sunderland College City Campus Open Event (4.30-6.30pm) Meet your future lecturers and choose a course that will lead you towards your career www.sunderlandcollege.ac.uk/events
Mon 21 The Dorothy Lovell Lectures at The Donnison Centre (1pm - 3pm) A trip down The River Wear from Wear Head to Roker Pier: By George Nairn. Homemade refreshments included - from £2.50 - 0191 565 4835
Sat 12 The Old Rectory Fayre in Houghton-leSpring (10am) A collection of outdoor and indoor local crafts, gifts, food and fresh produce, antiques and collectibles, craft and food workshops and demonstrations and so much more www.facebook.com/events2gogo
Mon 21 - Sat 26 Move Over Mrs Markham at Royalty Theatre (7.30pm) To Sylvia it’s the goose that she learned from Alistair, but to Philip, Joanna Markham’s husband, it’s “a variety of geese” and fifteen years of marriage is just about undone along with everything else in this wild zany free for all - £8 - www.royaltytheatre.co.uk/tickets
Sun 13 Siglion Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon from Keel Square (10am) With spectacular coastal views and a brilliant atmosphere don’t miss out, make sure you’re part of it - www.sunderlandcity10k.com Sun 13 Active Sunderland BIG: 3km Run from Keel Square Offering everyone, of whatever age or ability, the opportunity to be part of a fantastic running weekend in the city and the route will take place on part of the same closed road course as the Siglion Sunderland City 10k and the Siglion Half Marathon - £10 www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk Sun 13 Tesco Community Fayre (10am) A vibrant and friendly fayre with a whole host of unique gift stalls, fresh produce and children’s activities - www.facebook.com/events2gogo Wed 16 Live algorithms for music (6-7pm) Can computers be creative? How would we know? The Live Algorithms for Music network explores such questions - free but must be booked www.sunderland.ac.uk Hairy Mikers Karaoke night, every Wednesday at Life of Riley
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Wed 23 Austen’s Women (7.30pm) Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works - £11 - www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 25 Lee Kyle: Adorable at Arts Centre Washington (7.30pm) Politics eh? Everyone is talking about politics these days aren’t they? Fancy a break from it? Well, Lee Kyle provides just that, he knows that somebody needs to find answers to the world’s problems but he’s equally certain that he isn’t the man for the job - £8 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Fri 25 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) with local crafts, local farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats, holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, streetfood, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniturewww.facebook.com/events2gogo Wed 30 Movie Screening: Their Finest at Arts Centre Washington (1.30pm) - £3.50 www.artscentrewashington.co.uk Wed 30 Social Media Café at North East BIC (12pm - 1pm) A place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, share ideas and lessons learnt - Free www.ne-bic.co.uk/events
Music event brings sun to Sunniside… It’s fast becoming THE go to event on the North East festival calendar and has already brought music legends including The Brand New Heavies, Heather Small and The Happy Mondays.
Grammy-award winners Soul II Soul, headed by producer/singer/songwriter Jazzie B, will headline Friday’s soul vibe, before a line-up of classic Indie bands take to the stage on Saturday including: So it’s no surprise that Sunniside Live will Lightning Seeds, Reverend and the be back once again this summer, when soul Makers, CAST and The Bluetones. legends Soul II Soul lead a star-studded “Each year we build on the strengths line up. and weaknesses of the year before to make the festival even better,” said The brainchild of local bar owners Sean Maddison and Helen Davies – who run Gin Helen Davies. and Bear It and Bar Justice - Sunderland’s very own outdoor music festival will be held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 July, bringing live music from leading bands and artists to the city’s streets. The event is supported by Sunderland BID, who recognised what a huge boost bringing thousands of music fans into the city brings.
Gemma Dishman, Marketing and Communications Manager at the BID said Sunniside Live was an important event for the city. “The BID is delighted to sponsor Sunniside Live which has now become an important date on the calendar. It brings music fans into the heart of the city and is a great showcase for what we have to offer.”
“We are so excited for this year’s Sunniside Live and have worked hard to secure an amazing line up. “Soul II Soul are incredible live, and we are thrilled to have them headline the opening night. Rather than have one main headliner on the Saturday we decided to have several established bands making it even better value for money.”
Tickets for this year’s Sunniside Live are now on sale, with tickets priced at £27.60 for Friday, £34.40 for Saturday and £50 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available via www.sunnisidelive.co.uk or email email@example.com.
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Got a real life soap dilemma? Advice from the experts
Love them or hate them – television soaps are a large part of TV viewing. And while storylines can sometimes seem over the top, they have also been praised for bringing to the fore real life issues that many people face. Sunderland has a whole host of experts – from solicitors to accountants – who are able to use their extensive professional skills to give advice on similar situations. Surprising at it may seem, life does sometimes imitate art but that doesn’t make the problem any less real…
EASTENDERS The decision to switch off Abi Branning’s life support after she fell from a roof and what now happens to her new born child. David Place, from Richard Reed Solicitors agreed that this is a complex situation: “When a parent dies the natural consideration would be to place the child with its surviving parent if there is one,” he said. “If the parents were married and lived together there would be no issue. If the parents were unmarried and the father is not named on the birth certificate then unless there was a good reason why he shouldn’t care for the child, it would still be placed with him. “He would then need to apply to the Court for Parental Responsibility to ensure he could make appropriate decisions for the child. “In this case we have the added complication of there being no surviving parent. The law that governs the placement of children is the Children Act 1989. The principles of the Act
are such that any placement of a child should be in their best interests with their welfare being the paramount consideration.” Mr Place said that it was usually considered best for the child to be placed with its natural family if possible and in the case of older children, a court would look at their attachment to someone such as a grandparent and if they were capable of caring for the child. “Whoever the child lives with will need to obtain Parental Responsibility. For a nonparent that can only be achieved by an application to the Court,” said Mr Place. “In practical terms it means the power to make important decisions examples being determining the child’s school, name, medical treatment, religion or taking the child abroad.” He added, “Where a child’s parents are
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married to each other at the time of his birth each has parental responsibility. “Otherwise, the mother has it alone, unless the father acquires it either by becoming registered as the child’s father, court order or by agreement with the mother. “The parents are not married and the mother alone has parental responsibility then only she can appoint a guardian and she can do so with effect from her own death. “In this case the father is also deceased so had Abi prepared a Will appointing a Guardian then he or she would seek approval from the Court to be appointed.” www.richardreed.co.uk 0191 567 0465
Vicar Ashley Thomas having to cope with vascular dementia. Andrew Simpson, a director at Morton’s Law which has a branch in the city centre, says it is vital for everyone to have someone on hand who could look after personal financial affairs and make decisions, in case the worst happens. “If you have not taken any action and you do become mentally or physically incapacitated, no one would be able to gain access to your finances or pay bills on your behalf,” he said. “This could leave your finances in a mess and your family distressed at a time when they are already going through the trauma of seeing someone they love lose their capacity and independence. This is what happened to Ashley in Emmerdale. “The answer is a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), a legal document which empowers someone you nominate to act on your behalf - known as an attorney - if you can no longer deal with your own financial and personal affairs, due to mental or physical ill health.” Mr Simpson says it is vital to choose someone you trust, and adds that it is particularly important to steer clear of those you don’t.
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Jacqueline Emmerson, Managing Director of Emmersons Solicitors in Sunderland advises that when deciding to get divorced “it’s important to try and be amicable if possible.”
“You should particularly make a LPA if there are any family members you really would not trust or want to look after your affairs, or there is any conflict or animosity in your family,” he said. “You can nominate different attorneys to assume different responsibilities, one to deal with your financial affairs and another to deal with decisions relating to your personal welfare. You can, if you wish, add restrictions and conditions where you would not wish an attorney to have powers to act.” He also warns that if you were to become mentally incapacitated without having a power of attorney in place, your family will then need to apply for a Court of Protection Deputyship Order, which is a much more time consuming and expensive process. “If this happens, then someone will need to apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as their Deputy, unless their affairs are very simple,” he said.
“The more you agree on the cheaper this will probably be because you will avoid contested court hearings,” she said. The solicitor, who specialises in all aspects of family law, stressed the importance of getting legal advice on what kind of settlement can be expected. “Splitting everything 50/50 is rarely what a court would order,” she said. “For example, equally dividing pensions is not a good idea. They could be worth the same but one may pay out far more than the other a month. “A lawyer will help to spot the gaps in financial information from the other party as you are both obliged to fully disclose all the information.” Although in the case of this particular TV divorce, children aren’t an issue, when they are involved the court will treat their needs as priority.
This application can take some time to complete as it must include details such as the person’s assets, income, expenditure and family circumstances. Morton’s Law is the only firm in the Sunderland and East Durham area and one of just 182 nationally, to have the Law Society’s Wills & Inheritance Quality Scheme Accreditation.
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“The courts will then look at the needs of the parties, any major financial contributions they may have made and their ability to work, especially if they are not working at the moment,” said Jacqueline. One person giving up their job to raise children, suffering ill health or has a lack of skills because the couple decided only one of them should work will also be taken into account, along with their assets and investments. Jacqueline also highlighted the fact that even if an agreement is reached without going to court, couples should ensure that it is finalised with a Consent Order setting out the arrangement. “It may seem like a paper exercise but the court will seal the order which means no comeback later,” she said.
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A year of events 2018 is finally here, and what a year of fantastic events it’s going to be! Whether you’re interested in cycling, running, walking, aeroplanes, ships or just some traditional family fun, there’s something for you in Sunderland this year.
Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening between now and the end of July. Keep an eye on www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk for full event details and new events added to the calendar.
30 March (Good Friday)
Traditional family Easter event with egg rolling and crafts.
Herrington Country Park (Amphitheatre)
BIG 3k Run
A running event for the whole family, or running beginners.
Keel Square and City Centre
Sunderland City 10k and Half Marathon
Whether your aim is to finish your first half marathon, or beat your PB, see the city sights on these runs.
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BIG Family Bike Ride
Family cycle ride.
Herrington Country Park
BIG Bike Ride
20 and 35 mile cycle rides.
St Peters Riverside
29 and 30 June
Barnes Park Family Fun Day
Annual free family fun day, with a nautical theme for 2018.
Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018
Our biggest event ever! The spectacular Tall Ships Races sail into the city for a four day festival.
Port of Sunderland, St Peter’s Riverside, Roker, Seaburn and East End
Sunderland’s 30th Airshow
2018 is the 30th anniversary of this annual event, set to be better than ever.
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A chance to get active and try some new sports.
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You might know of Derwent Hill as somewhere you went on a school residential trip, or maybe your children have visited, but did you know you can go on holiday there?
rope challenges. It’s the perfect opportunity to get active as a family in the great outdoors, try something new and make some amazing memories.
The venue, which is owned by Sunderland City Council, is in the heart of the Lake District National Park, overlooking Derwent Water, one mile from Keswick.
Derwent Hill also offers a campsite, facilities to host special and bespoke events, and corporate packages for team building, development training or conferences.
Family activities include food, accommodation and a huge range of activities, from orienteering and rock climbing, to sailing and high
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Sunderland to host a Red and White Fine Wine Challenge to raise funds for NSPCC And the good news is even if you aren’t a connoisseur don’t worry – as there’ll be experts on hand to give tips along the way.
Do you know your Shiraz from your Sauvignon? Your Asti from your Alberino? Put your wine knowledge to the test at a fun, fundraising event, in aid of the NSPCC in Sunderland.
The Red and White Fine Wine Challenge is taking place at Sunderland’s Roker Hotel on 18 May 2018 from 6.30pm, sponsored by LWC Drinks and Tavistock Hospitality, and will be an exciting evening of wine tasting, great food and entertainment. The night is being organised by NSPCC’s Sunderland Board, which raises funds to support projects in the area, including the charity’s Schools Service. The service runs the Speak Out Stay Safe programme and in Sunderland over the 2016/17 school year the charity spoke to 8825 children and visited 33 primary schools, teaching children how to keep themselves safe from abuse and neglect.
Red and White Fine Wine Challenge 18 May 2018 Roker Hotel Sunderland
Chair of NSPCC’s Sunderland Board, Umesh Patel said: “This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy a great night out in Sunderland and give back to the local community. All of
the money raised will have a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable children living in Sunderland.” Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director (Gentoo) added: “At Gentoo we are passionate about protecting and supporting vulnerable young children and adults. As Vice Chair of NSPCC’s Sunderland Board I get to see some of the great work the NSPCC carry out in our city. The Boards role is to raise as much money as possible to help transform the lives of vulnerable children right here in Sunderland. I would encourage everyone to get a ticket!”
The wine evening includes drinks reception, three course dinner, some tasting tips from experts from LWC Drinks, the wine challenge – with prizes – and entertainment.
Tickets are £50 each and can be bought individually or in tables of 10. For more information about the event call 0191 265 6111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the UK’s leading children’s charity, visit www.nspccc.org.uk
College apprenticeships opening the pathway to your future In recent years you will no doubt have seen a real increase in publicity about apprenticeships, in fact, in England, almost half a million people started an apprenticeship last year, over 43,000 of which were in our region. Their increase in popularity comes in the wake of rising university tuition fees and people seeking real hands-on work experience to either begin, or change their career. What is perhaps more surprising is that almost half of those who began an apprenticeship are aged 25 or over, proving that they provide a real development opportunity regardless of age, or position. Ellen Thinnessen, Principal and Chief Executive at Sunderland College said, “Apprenticeships ultimately give people the chance to earn as they learn. We’re one of the largest providers in the area and as a College we are working with around 600 businesses a year. We work alongside some of the major employers in the region across a wide range of sectors, particularly in health and care, advanced manufacturing and engineering and digital and IT. With 95% of our apprentices remaining employed once they have completed their qualification, we know that an apprenticeship gives learners one of the best progression opportunities. Employers such as Sunderland Care and Support, Calsonic Kansei and Gentoo work with the College to invest in apprentices to strengthen their workforce for the future.”
Victoria Moyse, Employment Team Leader at Sunderland College, helps potential apprentices get their CVs in order to stand out with employers.
Victoria’s top tips for perfecting your CV ❶
Keep it short – It is an overview of your skills and experiences. Ideally you should aim to keep it under two sides of A4, using bullet points, so it is clear, concise and easy to read.
Tailor it – this is so important, every employer is looking for something different, so keep amending your C.V. to reflect that and only include information that they need to see.
Keep it up-to-date – every time you gain more skills or experience, get it on your C.V.
Keep it positive – sell your skills in the best way you can to stand out from others.
Make it look professional – it needs to be spell and grammar checked, have someone else do this for you if need be, but also well presented and clear.
Don’t miss key information – don’t forget to include the basics, like your contact details, qualifications, work experience, a personal profile and referees.
Be honest – if you lie on your C.V. it may be found out when an employer checks references etc. So stick to the facts.
Everyone has some work experience – this is something that people starting out often struggle with, but babysitting, helping out with older relatives, work experience you’ve done at school/college, they all count.
Add your hobbies and interests – this can give employers an insight into your personality, but do remember tip number 7, stick to the facts.
Lastly, a professional email address – we’ve all had funny/ nickname email addresses, their place isn’t on your C.V. just stick to your name, wherever possible.
Apprenticeships are for everyone, not just school leavers! Apprenticeships aren’t just for someone starting out. Sunderland College can work with your employer to develop your skills through cost-effective or funded training. With apprenticeships now covering training all the way to degree programmes, the range of opportunities available is huge.
Reaching for the stars… Dylan Smith, 19, completed an advanced apprenticeship in professional cookery and is now creating à la carte cuisine at celebrity chef Simon Rogan’s eatery Rogan & Co. Dylan said, “I really enjoyed my time at the College, the lecturers were really supportive and showed me a lot of cooking techniques. If it wasn’t for the College, I wouldn’t have had the motivation and confidence to go out and apply for this job!”
Kelsey Richardson (R), pictured with Plant Manager Robin Finley (L) and Sunderland College Business Development Manager Peter Robertson (C)
Engineering a better future Kelsey Richardson, 22, completed an advanced apprenticeship in engineering technical support at Peterlee-based ZF and has now successfully progressed onto a higher national certificate in engineering at the same company. Kelsey said, “You don’t see many females in engineering, but hands-on has always been a better way of learning for me. I get to work alongside experienced engineers and that’s something you can’t get from reading a book. I’d say to anyone, if you are considering an apprenticeship to just go for it. I wish I had done it earlier.”
To find out more about apprenticeships at Sunderland College, including current vacancies, visit sunderlandapprenticeships.co.uk Dylan Smith pictured in the kitchen at City Bistro
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Everyone wants to live in a clean, green city, and despite massive budget cuts, the City Council has kept Environmental Services as a top priority Work takes place around the clock seven days a week, across the city, to collect rubbish, maintain parks, investigate fly-tippers and make roads and footpaths safe in winter.
The City Council empties 126,000 wheelie bins every week. Waste collection crews walk an average of 12 miles per day.
Up to beginning of January 2018, the council gritted 27,835 km of roads, using 4000 tonnes of rock salt.
Everyone can do their bit to look after where they live or reduce their impact on the environment. Recycle more: Currently we recycle 26% of household waste. The government target is 50% by 2020. It’s a big ask, and all residents are encouraged to use their recycling bins more, for the right things. To find out more go to www.sunderland.gov.uk/bluebin Don’t dump your dog waste: If the nearest dog waste bin is full, please take it to the next bin, or take it home and put it in your green bin.
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In 2017, the council’s Environmental Enforcement Team carried out over 4000 investigations into environmental crimes, including fly tipping, littering and dog fouling. 450 warnings and 84 fixed penalty notices were issued and over 400 tonnes of waste was removed.
How can you help?
If you see it, report it: Fly-tipping is a crime. Don’t let others spoil where you live. You can report fly-tipping anonymously online at www.sunderland.gov.uk/ report-it
Book a bulky waste collection: If you’ve got a lot of waste, or bulky items, flytipping isn’t the answer. Book a bulky waste collection with the council or other licensed provider. Over 12,000 bulky waste collections were carried out in 2017. You can book online at www.sunderland.gov.uk/bulkywaste Take a trip to the tip: If you want to get rid of excess household waste, you can use the household waste and recycling centres for free if you visit them in a car. They’re at Beach Street in Deptford or Campground at Springwell Village. www.sunderland.gov.uk/householdwaste-centres
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