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What a summer we have in store in Sunderland - on land, on the water and in the air! For many people, the highlight over the coming months will be the visit of the world-famous Tall Ships Race, with dozens of majestic vessels visiting the Wear between Wednesday, July 11 and Saturday July 14. More than a million visitors are expected to flock to the city to welcome a fleet of ships from around the world. Vessels will open at specific times for visitors to explore over the four-day visit, when the ships will be moored in the Port of Sunderland and the north bank of the Wear. Each day will offer something different and there is a full arts and culture programme, delivered on behalf of Sunderland City Council by Sunderland Culture, to keep the hundreds of thousands of visitors thoroughly entertained. Little more than two weeks later, we’ll be turning our attention to the skies to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sunderland Airshow over the weekend of Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29.


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How The Tall Ships can be good for you

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All hands on deck at the University of Sunderland

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Get out and explore with a Day Rover ticket


Enjoy Summer in the City with Sunderland BID

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Big days out with Go North East


Home is where the heart is


Essentials for outdoor events from the Bridges


Hotel Chocolat founder returns to his roots


Earlier in July, we’ll see the return of the popular Sunniside Live Festival (Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7) when acts will include Soul II Soul, the Lightning Seeds and Reverend and the Makers.

Making urgent care work better in Sunderland


Model fleet will greet Tall Ships


Take off with the 30th Sunderland Airshow


And after the success of hit musical Matilda, the Sunderland Empire is bringing yet another West End blockbuster to town when Wicked arrives in September.

Tall Ships offers Gentoo customers the opportunity of a lifetime

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Sunderland College's digital revolution


Truly a once-in-a-lifetime few months ahead of us on Wearside!

Digital courses for school leavers at Sunderland College

Sunderland City Council organisers have already confirmed displays from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, an RAF Typhoon fighter jet, a MiG 15, The Blades, and of course, The Red Arrows.

Let us know what you think of the events planned in Sunderland - and we’d also love to hear what you think of Vibe - send your feedback to Rob Lawson Editor, Vibe



Our front page model is wearing a Tall Ships inspired hat and dress created by acclaimed North East fashion designer and bridalwear specialist, Kathryn Russell. Kathryn sources vintage materials and embellishments from around the world for her bespoke pieces.





SUNDERLAND 2018 There’s less than two months until Sunderland welcomes a majestic fleet of Tall Ships, from 11-14 July.


There’s plenty of fun for people staying on land too! A festival of culture and entertainment will take place across four event zones, at the Port of Sunderland, Town Moor and East End, St Peter’s Riverside and the seafront. There will be music, circus and dance as some of Sunderland’s best creative talent take to the stage with international performers. Of course there’s also the opportunity to explore the ships and chat to the captains and crews about life at sea, and each event zone has food, drinks, exhibition stands and activities.

Sunderland has the honour of being the start port in this month long international event. The ships will embark on a race covering over hree hundred nautical miles to Esbjerg in Denmark, a cruise in company to Stavanger, Norway, then the final leg of the 2018 Races to Harlingen in the Netherlands. On 13 July, 150 Sunderland Sail Trainees will have the adventure of a lifetime, as they join with young people from around the world on the voyage to Denmark.

Event open from 10am-10pm. All ships berthed by 12noon. The music starts at 10am on stages in Town Moor and St Peters Riverside. A circus programme will be in full swing with Extraordinary Bodies new show “What Am I Worth?” and high flying girls with attitude, Sisus Sirkus, all the way from Finland. Local East Enders will celebrate the arrival of the ships with their own special Welcome Parade at 6pm. The day closes with a short firework display from the Port at 9.30pm.

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Event open 10am-10pm.

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A Georgian Festival comes to the East End and Southpaw Dance will be whirling themselves around a real fairground carousel.

Crew changeover day – all Sunderland sail trainees join their ships.

Close Act’s astonishing stilt dancers and electro drummers will accompany the ships’ crews on the carnival-style Crew Parade at 3pm, as it makes its way from the Civic Centre, via Fawcett Street and Wearmouth Bridge, to the crew prize-giving ceremony at St Peter’s Riverside. The day closes with a short firework display from the Port at 9.30pm.

On land an upturned shipwreck is the stage for Citrus Arts “Shipwrecks” dance and aerial performance and Paulo Nani is “Jekyll on Ice” an hilarious clown ice cream seller. An awe inspiring high wire walk across the River Wear by Cirque Bijou at 9pm is the cultural highlight of the week, accompanied by live music and a few surprises! Best viewed from the riverside.

SATURDAY 14 JULY Events opens at 10am, with plenty to see and do at the Port and Riverside before the ships set sail. For this year only, Summer Streets Music Festival moves to Recreation Park, Seaburn from 12pm onwards.

Between 1.30-5pm the ships will leave their berths and from 5.30-7pm the spectacular Parade of Sail takes place, as all ships travel up the coast to Souter Point, before turning around and heading out to the North Sea. Best viewing points will be Seaburn and Roker 8-9pm – Race to Esbjerg starts. And keep an eye out for Sunderland’s own artists: Sophie Lisa Beresford brings out the Mackem Goddess with music and dance; Emma Bloomfield’s stunning aerial act suspended from a ship’s mast; Penella Bee and her dancers on an interactive chess set… spin the wheel and the dancers move; Thomas Potts – meet Spottee, Dottee and Pottee on your travels around the Port and hear their stories of old Sunderland. The culture and heritage programme is produced in partnership with Sunderland Culture with support from Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Be part of The Tall Ships Ra Did you know that being part of The Tall Ships Races could help improve your mental health and wellbeing? Evidence suggests that there are five steps we can all take to help us look after our mental health and with the chance to meet new people, move more, experience new sights and sounds, learn new things and get involved – The Tall Ships Races has it all. So whether you’re planning to visit, volunteer or get involved, we’ve listed just some of the activities you can enjoy while also benefiting your health!



When it comes to wellbeing, other people matter and good relationships with family, friends and the wider community are important.

We might think that the mind and body are separate, but being active is not only great for your physical health it can also improve your mental wellbeing.

So why not get involved in the Races? There’s still time for budding sailors to fund their place and get on a tall ship to Esbjerg where adventure and international friendship awaits. Find out more at:

If you’re planning on visiting the event why not walk one of the many heritage trails and explore the city’s riverside and maritime history on foot. Take part in a guided walk or use the new heritage trail app and walk at your own pace. Keep an eye on for details.



It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment, your thoughts and feelings and the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.

Learning new skills can be useful and it doesn’t have to mean getting new qualifications, there are lots of ways to bring learning into your life.

The Tall Ships Races will provide a full programme of culture and entertainment including a carnival style Crew Parade, 3pm on Thursday 12 July. Find out what’s on each day at

There’s a packed programme of heritage events and activities taking place across the city over all four days. From sightseeing tours to a Georgian Festival – there are lots of opportunities to learn new facts and discover new places. Visit for details.

STEP 5 GIVE Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones – such as volunteering in your local community – can give you a sense of purpose.

If you or someone you know wants advice, information or support around mental health and wellbeing the Live Life Well service can help.

Take part in a litter pick at Roker Beach on Friday 1 June, helping to improve our environment and getting the city shipshape for visitors. To register and for more information see

Call 0800 107 0741 or Visit:

It’s all hands on deck as the University of Sunderland prepares to welcome the Tall Ships Races to Sunderland this summer.

We’re creating opportunities for students to benefit by gaining valuable experience, and we’re supporting the City Council with its organisation of the event Graeme Thompson, Pro Vice-Chancellor University of Sunderland


The University’s community of staff and students are on board to support the Tall Ships event… The University is closing its Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s to staff and students so event organisers can use its prime riverside location to programme activities and open up key viewing spots for visitors. “Our Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s will be central to all the action - providing excellent views of the ships themselves and the many activities planned for 11 to 14 July, including the packed stage programme every day and Cirque Bijou's epic performance on Friday night", added Graeme Thompson. The Students’ Union has sponsored the Black Diamond, opening up seven places on the ship which were quickly snapped up by students keen to embark on the life-changing five-day voyage.

The University’s community radio Spark 107FM will be at close quarters to all the action. Richard Berry, Spark’s Station Manager, said: “We will have Spark crews out and about throughout the event with our studio right at the heart of all the Tall Ships action.” Tune in via or follow @SparkSunderland for updates on Twitter and Facebook.

Two students from the University’s campus in London will travel from the capital on the tall ship Atyla to join the festivities in Sunderland.

Academics are involved too… Naomi Austin is Senior Lecturer in Fashion Product and Promotion at the University of Sunderland and 25 years ago was

a Sail Trainee for the 1993 Races in Newcastle, an experience that inspired a lifelong love of Tall Ships. Now she is turning that love into The Call of the Sea - a commemorative book full of illustrations and interesting facts about Sunderland’s maritime heritage and a post-event exhibition at Arts Centre Washington, opening in August. She said: “When the Tall Ships Race comes to Sunderland it’ll be 25 years to the day that I was just off Roker pier on the Sir Winston Churchill, hanging onto the yard arms for dear life and being shown how to sail a ship. I celebrated my birthday in the middle of the North Sea with a crust of bread with candles on it!” Naomi will sail with the crew of the German ship Alexander Von Humboldt II from Sunderland to Esjberg in Denmark. For more information visit

A life-changing voyage The University-sponsored Sail Training Ambassador, Ellie Lyall, will sail with the Tall Ships from Sunderland just days after graduating from her BA Journalism degree. “Being an Ambassador has given me opportunities I never in a million years imagined myself taking up when I first enrolled at University in 2015. I also didn’t consider the benefits it would bring to my journalism degree. “My biggest highlight so far has to be the voyage I took part in on the Lord Nelson. It was my first experience

Ellie Lyall

sailing on a tall ship, and also my first experience with seasickness unfortunately! “As well as picking up new skills we also took a step back from our reliance on technology. Our phones had no signal, and the close proximity meant you could strike up a conversation with practically anyone and at almost any given time. The conversations were one of my favourite parts of the voyage, second only to the sunrises over the clear horizon: breathtaking!”






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IF IT'S ON IT'S IN Chilli Fest 2018

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Sunniside Live

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Feeling hot, hot, hot... This summer things are heating up in Sunderland.

Sunniside Live Now in its fourth year, Sunniside Live is fast becoming the go to event of the summer - bringing a jam packed schedule of soul vibe and classic indie hits to the streets of Sunderland. Grammy - award legends Soul II Soul will get the crowds moving as they kick start the weekend on Friday 6 July, performing: Back to Life and Keep On Movin’. DJ Jazzie B will accompany Friday’s smooth headliners before the Lightning Seeds, Reverend and the Makers, CAST and the Bluetones create an unbeatable atmosphere on Saturday. Make sure you’re well fed and watered over the weekend with the great range of street food stalls and surrounding eateries selling bottled drinks and a range of spirits.

The Tall Ships Races Ships Ahoy! The Tall Ships Races will be docking in Sunderland from 11-14 July. See pages 4 and 5 for more information.

If fiery food isn't your forte, there will also be a range of live entertainment and street food stalls surrounding the exhibits.

Northumbria in Bloom After winning the Britain in Bloom Gold Award for a Large City in 2014, Sunderland is set for another bloom’in good makeover as the city gets ready to compete for 2018.

Weekend tickets from £55 at

The campaign has helped transform cities through community gardening since 1964, and now Sunderland has the chance to flourish once again as final judging takes place on Wednesday 11 July.

Join the action with: #SR1Summer2018

Think flower power - share your support and green photos with the hashtag #SunderlandinBloom


On Saturday 11 August, the POPup Chilli Festival will be in Keel Square, bringing along a selection of the UK’s finest chilli products; from mild to extreme cooking sauces, chilli beer and cocktails, merchandise and much more.

brought to you by Sunderland BID

The day will close with a special chilli eating contest, so whether you're a hardcore chilli connoisseur looking to test your taste-buds or curious as to how much heat you can handle, there'll be flavours of fun for everyone. For more information visit:

Little Book of Offers

Sunderland Airshow This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the Sunderland Airshow. See page 27 for more information.

Pay a visit to the big, red Pop-up City Centre container this summer for a chance to get your hands on the city’s best offers. The Little Book of Offers is set to be your go to accessory, bringing together a range of discounts from both high street brands and independent businesses. Discover what makes Sunderland so unique with money off vouchers for: food & drink, leisure, retail, health & wellbeing , plus much more… Copies will be available at the city’s biggest summer events: The Tall Ships Races and Sunderland Airshow - with all offers available to use from July to September 2018.

Bridges Beach Swap your shoes for flip-flops as The Bridges in Sunderland sees the return of its indoor beach from Thursday 26 July to Sunday 2 September - entry £2 per child. 10am - 4pm: Mon - Wed & Fri - Sat. 10am - 7pm : Thu. 11am - 4pm: Sun. Visit for more information.

To market, to market Shop a tempting range of local and continental goods as Sunderland hosts a variety of regular monthly markets in the city centre. Check out a full list of Sunderland’s Markets:

Mowbray Movies The Summer FanZone big screen (see page 14 for more information) will be making a special appearance in Mowbray Park on Friday 29 June. For one night only, enjoy a free outdoor screening of retro, classic indie films. Grab a snack or hot drink from the nearby Holmeside Coffee before you sit down.

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Port of Call


Nautical bar serving real ales, cocktails and hearty food to take-out.

Soak up the sun outside at this muchloved bar.


The Cooper Rose

Pre-match brekkie from 9:30am or make it a late one with a cocktail or two.

Good old grub and drink deals that won’t break the bank.

The Crow Tree

Hidden by name and nature, step into Sunderland’s secret garden.

Keep the action going at this newly opened sports lounge bar.


After the action… Fusion


Larger than life micro-bar!

Enjoy all the anthems at this weekend hotspot.

Legacy Live music, karaoke and pool tables - all under one roof.

Ttonic Enjoy the light nights at the city’s only Shisha bar.

Glitter Ball Get on the dance floor and bust some moves while you groove.

Illusions Dance the night away at Sunderland’s super-club.

Sunderland has its Summer in the City gets off to a kick-start as Sunderland welcomes the FanZone back from 14 June - 15 July. Put on your football shirt and head into the city centre as you watch England take on the world, for what is set to be an exciting month-long schedule of summer sporting events. Passionate supporters may remember the FanZone from 2016, when all eyes were glued to the giant screen set up at the bottom of Park Lane for the Euros tournament.

For a full list of the bars & restaurants in the city centre visit


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And this year, Sunderland BID are making sure the sporting atmosphere is back better than ever. Eyes to the sky as all matches will be broadcast from a 20-foot screen on the side of a double decker bus, complete with an on-board bar and designated seating area, running 11am until late each day. The plans don’t stop there! Fans will be excited to know that the bus will be travelling around Sunderland city centre visiting: Low Row, Park Lane, Sunniside Live Weekend

Summer Sports


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LOW ROW The Lambton Worm Enjoy affordable food and a wide choice of drinks.

Revolution Sunderland


A special cocktail on the sun terrace is a must!

eye on the ball…


and Mowbray Park for a special film screening.

After the action…

From the moment the FanZone opens on 14 June you can enjoy a range of special drink offers, street food and entertainment programme - which is set to change throughout the month.

Don’t worry about missing any courtside, field or track action, the FanZone will also be showcasing the best of Wimbledon, Ascot and the Formula One on days when no matches are scheduled. With firm support from the local bars and restaurants, the Summer FanZone is set to be THE place to be this Summer, where everyone can cheer on their favourite teams and sporting heroes in a family friendly environment. For full event details visit

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Fri 06 - Sat 07

Low Row

Sunniside Live

Cultural Quarter Featuring the stunning Dun Cow, Engine Room and The Peacock, this part of town is the perfect pit-stop.

The Rabbit Enjoy craft cocktails and handmade burgers on the roof terrace.

Tequila Tequila

The Terrace


Life of Riley


The Pickle

¡Arriba, arriba! Enjoy the fiery flavours of Mexico at this new restaurant. Start your night out right with this bar’s drink deals. Watch all the sporting action from this bar’s outdoor seating area.

True to its namesake, this popular bar has the most laid back lounge in town. Showing the best of local live music and talent. The destination for house music and DJs.

For a full list of the bars & restaurants in the city centre visit

Screen Timetable 2018 July

Quality ales served in traditional surroundings.


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Your guide to What’s on in Sunderland June

Sat 9 Summer Fayre at Sunderland Minster Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges

Minster Summer Fayre with stalls, games, refreshments and more.

Classic Greek party night featuring: meze, live music, traditional belly dancer and famous plate smashing. £30pp booking by deposit only.

Fri 15 - 13 Jul Art Centre Washington present Washington Camera Club 50th Anniversary Exhibition Washington's own camera and

Sat 2 - 22 Naval Heroes at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens This exhibition of

Sun 3 Sunderland Race for Life 5k and 10k Race for Life brings

thousands of women together to support Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research into all 200 types of cancer. Sign up or help us spread the word. sunderland-race-life-5k-and-10k

Thu 14 Re-Take That Get set for Wonderland in

Sunderland as Re-Take That and Robbie Live present their Wonderland tour at the Sunderland Empire for one night only!

Fri 1 Greek Night at Olive Affaire (7pm)

Britain’s naval heroes includes an iconic portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, and is being hosted to coincide with the International Tall Ships Race coming to the city. Free.

Buskers Night at The Dun Cow - every Tuesday at 8pm

photography club will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. It will hold talks, shows and practical evenings most Fridays at its club in Shiny Row.

Thu 14 - 15 Jul Summer FanZone

Everyone’s favourite outdoor big screen event is making a return for the summer right in time for a month-long schedule of sporting events. This year the FanZone will be broadcast from a 20-foot double decker bus, visiting multiple locations around Sunderland city centre with a programme of activity. More information:

Father’s Day - 17 June

Sat 16 - 17 BIG Family Bike Ride Family cycle ride at Herrington Country Park.

Fri 22 Sunderland Market Square Monthly

(9am) with local crafts, farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, street food, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture. Holmeside Book Club - 3rd Wednesday of every month

Thu 7 Cupcake Day for Alzheimer’s Society

(10.30am - 5.30pm) Join Crystal Moon Emporium to enjoy a cupcake or two as they raise funds for charity. Bring or buy sale.

Family Sat 2 - 2 Sep Dress up on Deck! At Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Dress up in maritime costume on our very own ship’s deck in the Open Space Gallery and take a sea themed selfie.

Sat 16 & Sun 24 Walk with a warden at WWT (11am) Join their wildlife reserve manager as he leads a guided tour around their site, taking in the sights, sounds and seasonal wildlife.

Fri 8 Live Tales Volunteer Open Day at The Fire Station Come to this drop in open day to find

out more about Live Tales in Sunderland and how you can get involved, both at Sunderland and Newcastle. Meet some current volunteers and learn more Live Tales, an inspiring project which helps develop creativity in young people and encourages them to explore their imaginations and write stories. Free.


Fri 29 - 1 Jul Sunderland Armed Forces Weekend (10am - 4pm) This 3 day event brings the whole community together to help celebrate our Armed Forces, with a weekend of non-stop entertainment and activities for all. Free entry.

Sat 30 Ship’s Ahoy! Family Fun Day

Annual free family fun day in Barnes Park, with a nautical theme for 2018 .

brought to you by Sunderland BID

Fri 29 - 1 Jul Forties Weekend at Springwell Village

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June to August

Art & Culture


Fri 1 - Sun 3 The Crafters Roadshow

Fri 15 My Generation (7.30pm) Back by popular demand! Take a trip back to the golden age of Rock n Roll! A nostalgic 60s show featuring the popular hits from the Peace and Love Generation. £7.

(9am - 5pm) Join The Makers at The Bridges Sunderland as they bring the very best in handmade goods, home décor and much more.

Sat 2 Sewing with Big Daisy Kiss

(1.30pm - 3.30pm) Join Emma for an afternoon of sewing, where you can complete either a tote bag or purse. £15 workshop.

Sat 2 Holmeside talks: Dr Aroup Chatterjee (6pm - 9pm) As part of a series of

Tue 26 Get Started with Science and Mathematics: Unconscious Bias in Teaching

(4pm-5pm) The session will review the concept of unconscious bias, and consider how it can affect us. It will investigate people’s own biases and discuss how unconscious biases have an impact in schools and workplaces.

talks, acclaimed academic Aroup Chatterjee will be dropping by the popular coffee shop to discuss the subject of his book ‘Mother Teresa: The Untold Story. £5 entry.

Wed 13 & 20 Textile Demonstration at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Meet the members of the Knitting and Crochet Guild as they demonstrate traditional crafts in the Textiles Gallery. Free.

Thu 21 Ashfield Music Festival at Sunderland College (9.30am-3.30pm) Not

all scientists wear white coats and work in a lab! Find out how science and maths can be used to stage a high profile event like a music festival.

Wed 27 Sunderland Digital (6pm - 9pm)

Aiming to bring together and enrich the burgeoning digital and creative community in Sunderland through a series of informal monthly meet-ups and talks. Free entry.

Sat 23 Bishopwearmouth Choral Society at Sunderland Minster The Great American Songbook A collection of David Murray arrangements of works by Gershwin, His arrangements for SATB plus piano of They Can’t take that away from Me, The Man I love, Let’s call the Whole Thing off, Fascinating Rhythm - Jerome Kern Medley.

Mon 25 - Sat 30 The Wind in the Willows at Sunderland Royalty Theatre (7.30pm)

Adapted by Mike Kenney this is an old classic! £6.50.

Fri 15 - Sat 16 Set The Sails at FabLab Sunderland (9am - 4.30pm) Create your own 3D model ships during a 2.5 hour session using a range of digital technology and traditional skills. £5 per person - sessions must be booked by contacting

Sat 30 - 23 Sep John Kippin: Based on a True Story: Works 1984 - 2018 A survey of

forty years of making art in public by John Kippin, a central figure in the emergence of photography as an independent art form in the UK from the 1970s and 1980s through to the present day. At the new Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art .

Thu 28 - 1 Jul David Walliams’ Awful Auntie

(various performances) From the award-winning West End producers of Gangsta Granny comes the world premiere of David Walliams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship, featuring a very large owl, a very small ghost and a very awful Auntie - from £22.50 plus £2.85 transaction fee.



Thu 28 Rock & Roll Bingo at The Cooper Rose (8pm) Introducing the movie round of

this popular weekly quiz. With the chance to win a trip for 2 to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.

Sat 30 Kidd Galahad Elvis Tribute at Vesta Tilleys (9pm - 11.30pm) A sensational

Elvis tribute artist not to be missed. Free entry. Katie’s Garden Breakfast Club every weekend from 10am to 11am



Your guide to What’s on in Sunderland July

Fri 13 Getting Started with Dance: Dance Summer School at Sunderland College Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges

Wed 4 & 18 Holmeside Writers (6pm) Writing

group, meeting twice each month at Holmeside Coffee in Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, all welcome. Free entry.

Thu 5 Woven Bones (7.30pm) When human

remains were found in Durham in 2013, archaeologists discovered that they belonged to Scottish Soldiers - prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar - £6.

(10am-4pm) Get a taste of life as a professional dancer with our four-day intensive workshop in our state-of-the-art Arts Academy.

Sat 14 Open Day at Donnison Schools

(10am - 4pm) Sing along with the Sunderland Intergenerational Singers and listen to some new and old sea shanties. Enjoy a hearty welcome by volunteers in costume and enjoy food from The Captain's Table!

Thur 19 Postgraduate Open Day

(3pm - 6.30pm) Come along and see what University of Sunderland has to offer when looking at the next step after your undergraduate degree. Free entry.

Sat 21 Acoustic Mac + Acoustic Beatles

(7.30pm) Performance of the entirety of the iconic 'Rumours' album plus The Beatles legendary songs in an intimate studio setting. Stripped back re worked acoustic interpretations with fresh, creative arrangements. £10.

Sunderland Empire Thu 12 Mercury: The Ultimate Queen Tribute (7.30pm) Fantastic and authentic

performances of the most popular Queen hits. Tickets from £24.

Sat 14 The Carpenters Story (7.30pm)

Highly acclaimed re-creation of the classic songbook that made The Carpenters a legend in the world of popular music. Tickets from £26.90.

Thu 19 ABBA Mania (7.30pm) It’s just over

40 years since ABBA won Eurovision and now it’s your chance to thank them for the music! Tickets from £14.50.

Thu 26 The Dreamboys (7.30pm) If you’re looking for the very best girls night out, then visit The Dreamboys live on tour this July. Tickets from £23.90.

Katie’s Garden Breakfast Club every weekend from 10am to 11am

Fri 6 - 7 Sunniside Live Festival 2018

Sunniside Live, located in Sunniside Gardens, is the city centre's only live outdoor music festival with great music, food stalls and licensed bars. Weekend tickets from £55.

Sun 8 Washington Triathlon This Triathlon event includes the excitement of racing on a fast and fairly flat lapped bike course, with transition at the swimming pool at Washington Leisure Centre. The run takes you on a looped course, with a number of laps depending on the distance, around Princess Anne Park. £5.

Wed 11 Northumbria in Bloom

Judging set to take place as part of the RHS gardening campaign.

Sat 21 Ceramic Throwing Techniques at National Glass Centre (10am - 4pm) An

Fri 27 Fastlove (7.30pm) Get ready for an unforgettable evening with a global superstar, as he puts the Boom Boom into your heart in the all new production, Fastlove. Tickets from £25.65.

Sat 21 Doggy Adoption Day at Doggie Diner Sunderland (11am - 4pm) Stray Aid will be bringing

Sat 28 The Magic of Motown (7.30pm) Music fans are invited to the biggest party of the year as the unstoppable Magic of Motown show steams into Sunderland. Tickets from £24.40.

introduction to working with clay suitable for anyone with no or little experience. £60.

along some doggies needing a forever home for you to pop in and meet. Free entry.

Sun 22 School Holiday Fun Days Bouncy castle, face painting, soft play and exotic corner, craft stalls, tombola, cakes, refreshments, games, outdoor activities. For more information contact Aspire Events North East - 07437 173 029 Wed 25 Bede Campus Open Event Date

(2pm - 6pm) Whether you are leaving school in the summer, or looking to find out more about the range of Adult and Higher Education courses, then come to Bede Campus on Wednesday 25 July. The Hairy Mikers - every Wednesday at Life of Riley


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Family Thu 12 Tall Ships Georgian Festival in Sunderland's East End Starting at 10am.

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Thu 12 Tall Ships Crew Parade Starting at

3pm from the Civic Centre. The parade will go down Fawcett Street and across the Wearmouth Bridge and finish with a crew prize-giving ceremony at St Peter's Riverside. For more information, go to

Sun 1 Sunday Club at Bonded Warehouse

(12pm) Tuck into a couple of the usual offerings with Sunday lunch at Bonded Warehouse. Or stick around for their pub quiz.

Fri 20 Fizz & Gin at National Glass Centre

(7.30pm) Enjoy a quiz evening with live music in riverside eatery, The Glass Yard. Welcome drink, three course meal and live music. £27.50.

Fri 13 Tall Ships Cultural Programme Wed 11 - 14 The Tall Ships Races 2018

As the start host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018, Sunderland will welcome a spectacular fleet of Tall Ships that will travel from all corners of the globe to reach the city and share in the celebrations.

Wed 11 Tall Ships Welcome Parade

Fri 27 - 28 Sunderland Market Square Monthly (9am) with local crafts, farm

Sunderland's East End, starting at 6pm, with street performers and circus acts. For more information, go to

continues with a high-wire performance from Cirque Bijou. High-wire walkers will traverse the River Wear, starting at 9pm. For more information, go to

Sat 14 Summer Streets at Recreation Park, Seaburn From noon until 8.30pm. Sat 14 Tall Ships Parade of Sail

(5.30pm - 7.30pm) as the vessels leave Sunderland, sailing up the coast to Souter Point. For more information, go to

meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, street food, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture.

Fri 27 - 29 Sunderland Airshow 2018

Thu 26 - 2 Sep Indoor Beach at The Bridges The popular indoor beach

returns, bring your little ones along for some sandy fun - £2 per child. 10am - 4pm: Mon - Wed & Fri - Sat. 10am - 7pm: Thu. 11am - 4pm: Sun.



See the return of some of the City’s favourite aircraft, plus some exciting new additions for 2018. With a whole host of activity on the ground, and plenty of space to sit down and enjoy the spectacle, the 30th airshow is not to be missed.

Sun 29 Dragon Boat Race 2018

(10am - 4pm) A fun day out and opportunity to raise funds for a charity of your choice. Enter a team of 20 to compete.



Your guide to What’s on in Sunderland August Thurs Late Night Shopping at the Bridges

Sat 4 Body, Mind & Soul Fayre at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens An event with all the

trimmings, stalls galore focusing on holistic health and beauty, yoga workshops and guided meditation. Free entry.


Art & Culture Wed 1 Sand Art at the Enchantment Café (10am) Fun craft sessions transforming pre-cut pictures into magic with sand. Prices from £2.50 - £4. EnchantmentSunderland

Wed 1 & 15 Holmeside Writers (6pm)

Writing group, meeting twice each month at Holmeside Coffee in Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, all welcome. Free entry.

Fri 3 - 1 Sep The Call of the Sea

A celebration of the Tall Ships race which Sunderland will host in 2018 and the launch of an illustrated book by former Tall Ships sail trainee Naomi Austin.

Wed 1 Sunderland College Washington Campus Open Event (2pm-6pm) Find out about

Fri 10 - 11 Kubix Festival at Herrington Country Park Kubix is bringing sensational Sat 11 POPup Chilli Fest 2018 (10am - 5pm) Things are heating up this summer as the chilli festival makes its way to Sunderland with a range of exhibitions, street food and produce to buy. Live music and entertainment throughout the day. Free entry. Wed 15 Sunderland College Bede Campus Open Event (2pm-6pm) Whether you are leaving school in the summer, or looking to find out more about the College’s range of Adult and Higher Education courses, then come to Bede Campus on Wednesday 15 August.

Sat 18 Undergraduate Open Day at University of Sunderland (9.30am - 4pm) Spend your day

meeting your future lecturers and looking around campus.

the College’s adult courses, including access to higher education and higher education courses.

Fri 17 MEW Wear We Go at The Point (7pm) Main Event Wrestling are bringing their first ever show over the water to Sunderland definitely an event not to be missed. Fri 24 - 26 The League of Gentlemen Live Again! (7pm) The League of Gentlemen Live

Again! will see BAFTA award-winning comedy legends Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson bring their dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres and arenas across the country. Tickets from £40.15.

Sun 26 Dolly Parton Tribute at Bar Justice

(7pm - 11pm) Andrea Pattison as Dolly Parton is a tribute act not to be missed, for one night only. £5 entry.

Fri 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Sunderland Pride Centre LGBT+ Drop In (1pm - 3pm) Group for LGBT+

community to come together in a relaxed environment with the opportunity to meet new people. Contact 0191 435 1277 for more information

artists from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s to a stunning large-scale production at incredible value ticket prices. kubix-festival/

Fri 24 Buskers Night at The Albert (7.30pm)

Live music evening at popular Fawcett Street bar, hosted by YUMA Music. Free entry.

Fri 24 Sunderland Market Square Monthly

(9am) with local crafts, farm meats, fruit and veg, cheesecake, bread, chilli sauces and jams, sweet treats holistic gifts, handmade gifts, artisan soaps, fresh produce, street food, cheese, upcycled clothing and furniture.

Fri 3 Gin and Taste it at Gin & Bear It

Monthly gin school. £5 tickets.


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Tue 28 - 1 Sep Madagascar A Musical Adventure Join Alex, Marty, Melman and Gloria as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime. Tickets from £16.90

June to August Revolution Sunderland iQuiz every Thursday from 9pm

Sport Wed 8, 15, 18, 22 Active Sunderland Coalfields Area Festival

Part of a series of community sports festivals held across the city during the six week school holidays, with sports taster sessions and fun family activities. • Wed 8 - Barnes Park • Wed 15 - Seaburn Beach • Wed 22 - Mowbray Park • Wed 29 - Herrington Country Park.

Sat 18 North East Soap Box Challenge at Herrington Country Park

Various sponsorships available regarding the event, packages from £750.

University of Sunderland May Thu 31 May Ann Cleeves talk at Murray Library, University of Sunderland (6.30pm)

Best-selling author of the Vera and Shetland books Ann Cleeves gives the inside story of her characters' journey from the novels to the television screen.

June Thu 7 Jun Lee Hall talk at University of Sunderland (6.30pm)

Award winning writer of hit films such as Billy Elliot and War Horse, Lee Hall is a North East-born playwright responsible for a succession of stage successes, he discusses writing for theatre, film and radio.

Thu 14 Jun Gary Fildes talk at Hope Street Xchange, University of Sunderland (6.30pm)

Kielder Observatory founder Gary Fildes discusses dark skies, astro-photography and unravels some of the mysteries of the galaxy.

July Tue 3 Jul Lord David Puttnam talk at University of Sunderland (2.30pm tbc)

Oscar-winning film producer and parliamentarian Lord David Puttnam draws on his experiences to suggest how the division can be bridged between Brexit Leavers and Remainers. Book a free place

Home is where the heart is Sunderland based housing developer, Gentoo Homes, reports another strong year of sales across the North East region, but it never forgets its roots are in Sunderland. Gentoo Homes, the housing development division of Gentoo Group, recently reported another strong year of house sales as part of its region wide development programme, with the developer reporting the sale of 170 homes in 2017/18. Its success over the past year is down to significant popularity in its well-located developments, both in Sunderland and right across the North East, from Wylam in the North, down to Guisborough in the South of the region. Gentoo has long been known for providing affordable housing in Sunderland ever since it was formed in 2001. Over the years it has strengthened its house building division, largely as a result of the multimillion pound regeneration programme it has carried out in Sunderland, completely changing the face of many neighbourhoods along the way.

Gentoo Homes has delivered 2,168 much needed new homes in Sunderland, with 1,589 homes built for rent and 579 made available for outright sale. Not to mention an additional 604 new homes which are either under construction or with planning permission. It’s this experience of building such a large number of new homes which has allowed for the expansion of its house building outside of Sunderland, with homes being built throughout the whole of the North East. This year Gentoo Homes is expected to make more than £4 million profit from its house sales across the region, all of which will be reinvested back into Gentoo’s housing service in Sunderland, which is a direct benefit for its customers, as well as allowing new affordable homes to be provided for Sunderland residents.



Anthony Lowther, Managing Director of Gentoo Homes, commented: “We’re building a large number of homes every year, with a proportion of these outside of Sunderland, ranging from starter homes to upper middle market homes. The profit we generate from building such homes is then reinvested back into the Group’s core business activities in Sunderland.” The developer is launching three exciting new developments this spring, with new homes being built at Highfield Manor and Orchard Quarter in Washington, as well as Bramblewood in Hetton-le-Hole. If you’re interested in buying your dream Gentoo home in Sunderland, make sure you check out for all of the relevant information on existing and upcoming developments.



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After a stint with a French tech firm as part of his French and economics degree he joined the firm to help the company export its products. On his return to the UK he met Hotel Chocolat’s co-founder Peter Harris, who interviewed him for a sales and marketing job at another tech firm. Then, just 10 months later, they left together and in 1987 set up Hotel Chocolat’s forerunner - The Mint Marketing Company (MMC), which sold packaged mints branded with company logos. When their customers asked if they had anything other than mints, they started selling chocolates online in 1993, becoming one of the UK’s earliest e-retailers under the brand name Choc Express

I should cocoa With 93 shops, not to mention cafés and restaurants across the UK, Hotel Chocolat is one of the UK’s greatest success stories. But the opening of a Sunderland store was particularly sweet, as co-founder Angus Thirlwell explained to Emma Walker. For Sunderland children in the 1970s, there was no greater sound than that of the ice cream van - and nothing to beat the taste of a Mr Whippy ice cream with a towering chocolate flake. Fast forward 40 odd years and those children, now adults, thrill to a different sound; that of a giant slab of chocolate being carefully unwrapped. Because this isn’t just any chocolate - it’s Hotel Chocolat, made with the finest cocoa from its own Saint Lucia plantation and crafted by people who just know what really good chocolate should taste like - Sunderland people. Because the man behind Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell, is the son of one of the founders of Mr Whippy and, 14 years after he opened his first Hotel Chocolat store in London, he has brought the brand home to Wearside. “I never meant it to be so long,” said the Sunderland born entrepreneur whose co-founder Peter Harris also has links with the city.

Then in 2004 they opened their first store in Watford, after changing the name of the business to Hotel Chocolat - and store after store was to follow. So, two months after its opening at the Bridges, how is the much-awaited Sunderland shop doing?

Hotel Chocolat opened at the Bridges in March and it’s more than just a shop, there is also a café selling a range of drinks and food. Such is his determination to not just make chocolate but to make the very best he can, that Angus is one of the world’s few chocolate makers to grow cocoa, on his beautiful Rabot Estate plantation in Saint Lucia. “Connecting cocoa-growing with luxury chocolate making and retailing makes us unique in the UK,” he said, “and gives us an indepth understanding of the factors that impact the final flavour of our chocolate, right from the growing tree.” It was a taste for business rather than chocolate that kick-started Angus’ confectionery career. “My father and other members of my family were in business and I had a strong sense that running a company was exciting,” he said.



Hotel Chocolat crafted by people who just know what really good chocolate should taste like “Really well,” said Angus. “In fact, on its first weekend it achieved the same level of sales as our flagship store on London’s Regent Street. “All our shops are well supported but that really was a great achievement.” The shop also gave Angus, who was born in West Boldon before moving with his family to Houghton-le-Spring and then to the altogether sunnier climes of the Caribbean, an excuse to return to the city that was just a town when he left it.



Making urgent care work better in Sunderland We also want to make it easier to see a GP - so that if you need an urgent appointment, you can get one quickly. We have developed a new way of arranging services, which we think will help urgent care in Sunderland to work better. The plans are set out at We would like to hear your views, so that we understand how you feel about the proposed improvements.

Have your say • Complete our survey at • Phone 0191 217 2670 for a copy of the survey or to complete it over the phone • Email us at Over the past two years, we have talked to hundreds of local people about urgent care. People have told us that they find the system confusing, and are not always sure where to get the care they need. Many people have also told us they find it hard to get an urgent appointment with their GP or feel they have to wait too long. We want to make it easy and simple to use NHS services. To do this, we need to make some changes to services to make sure people get the right care as quickly as possible.

• Get in touch via Twitter @SunderlandCCG or Facebook @Sunderlandhealth • Watch our YouTube channel - search for ‘Sunderland CCG’ • Write to us at NHS Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group, Pemberton House, Colima Avenue, Sunderland, SR5 3XB The closing date for comments is Sunday 12 August 2018, and no decision will be made until we have reviewed all the feedback we receive.

MODEL FLEET WILL GREET TALL SHIPS A fleet of 80 model ships is being built to welcome The Tall Ships when they arrive in July.

Other model ship kits will be available at The Tall Ships event and have been designed by Gary Booth, a second year graphic design student at the University of Sunderland.

Community groups across the city are working on ships of all shapes and sizes to help welcome the Tall Ships. The Set the Sails project is being co-ordinated by the Cultural Spring, an Arts Council England funded initiative working to increase arts participation in Sunderland and South Tyneside, on behalf of Sunderland Culture. The project is working with community groups in six areas: the Box Youth project in Doxford; St Mark’s Church in Millfield; Hopewood Park, Ryhope; Thornhill School in St Michael’s ward, in collaboration with Young Asian Voices and the YMCA in Fencehouses. The model boats produced at the workshops will be part of the Tall Ships Welcome Parade, which is being held to


SHIPBUILDERS … the Rev Alison Hampton (second from the left) and artists Chris Folwell (second from the right) with some of the St Mark’s modellers.

greet the Tall Ships on Wednesday, July 11 between 6pm and 7pm. Those who haven’t been able to attend the model-making workshops can still make their own 3D model ships at FabLab Sunderland. Sessions are available at FabLab’s Hope Street XChange’s base throughout Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16 see for more details.

And as a reminder of Sunderland’s proud maritime past, the Cultural Spring is hosting screenings of Sunderland on Film, which features archive footage of the city’s maritime heritage. The film is being shown at the following venues: Washington Town Centre, Monday, June 18 at 2pm; Sunderland City Library, Friday, June 29 at 10.30am and Houghton Library on July 5 at 4.30pm. To reserve a place, at £3 per person, call 0191 427 8197 or email Funding for the project has come from Sunderland City Council’s Strategic Initiative Budget (SIB), the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Cultural Spring.

30 years of fun and flying Sunderland Airshow is a firm familyfavourite, part of Sunderland’s events programme for a whole generation, with millions of residents and visitors making wonderful memories over the years. The event, organised by Sunderland City Council, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, and we’re looking forward to being amazed once again. From 27-29 July visitors will see the return of some of our favourite aircrafts, plus some exciting new additions. With a whole host of activity on the ground, more stage performances than ever before, and plenty of space to relax and enjoy the show, the 30th airshow is not to be missed. Crowd favourites the Red Arrows, Typhoon, Chinook, RAF Falcons parachute display team and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take to the skies again, plus some new civilian aerial displays. This includes the ‘Otto’ helicopter pyrotechnic display team who will join the Fireflies and Twisters to literally light up the skies above the seafront on Friday night with their airborne fireworks.

If you want to make your airshow experience extra special this year, why not treat yourself to a seat in the Take Off Enclosure? Open on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, guests will enjoy food and a welcome drink, indoor and outdoor seating, private toilets and a pay bar, in a family friendly environment. The views of the flying displays are the best at the event. Friday evening guests will enjoy live music and fireworks with night flying. There will also be stage entertainment until 7pm on Saturday. Adult ticket prices are £32.50, with children aged 11 and under at £16.25. A family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) is available for £76.50 For full details and to purchase tickets visit:

They join display acts such as The Blades, Bronco and the AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers with the return this year of the MIG15, Vampires, Blenheim and Peter Davies Gyrocopter.





Tall Ships involvement to give young Gentoo customers the

opportunity of a lifetime! The biggest housing provider in Sunderland and one of the city’s largest employers, Gentoo, has been announced as a headline sponsor of the forthcoming Tall Ships Race 2018.

Ahead of the vessels docking at the Port of Sunderland in July, Gentoo Group and Gentoo Homes, Gentoo’s house building division, have both signed up as two of the main supporters of the event, which is set to give three of its young customers the opportunity of a lifetime. David Potter, 21, Michael Daymond, 22, and Scott Collins, 24, are Gentoo customers with tenancies in Sunderland and are being sponsored by the housing provider to participate in the Tall Ships Race Sail Trainee Programme, which will run alongside this summer’s big event. Through the Sail Trainee Programme, David, Michael and Scott will learn how to work on a boat as part of a crew, whilst using the experience of being at sea as a wonderful way of learning about themselves and their crewmates. By sailing on one of these majestic ships, they will have an almost unique opportunity to discover their own strengths and talents as well as those around them as they learn to appreciate the value of working as a team. David, Michael and Scott will all work as part of a crew on a tall ship racing from Sunderland to Esjberg in Denmark on a four day voyage.

Promoting arts and culture in Sunderland is something we take seriously and with more than 70,000 customers living in our properties and 1,200 employees, we can play a pivotal role in raising awareness of some of the fantastic events that are being held right across the city. It’s also hugely important for us as a Sunderland-based business to support such key initiatives and we’re proud for Gentoo Group to be associated with the race. Michelle Meldrum, Executive Director (Operations) at Gentoo Group


It’s hugely important for us to support young people in Sunderland, helping to develop their career aspirations and fulfil their potential. We’re delighted to provide these young men with the opportunity to go on the adventure of a lifetime and we’re immensely proud of them for being so brave and willing. Anthony Lowther, Managing Director of Gentoo Homes





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