Sunderland Illuminations: All You Need To Know

5 October 2017 Featured Fun What's On

Sunderland Illuminations opens across Roker Seafront and inside Roker Park tonight – so here’s a handy guide from us here at Spark with all you to need to know if you’re heading down!

  • Seafront lights and activities on Cliffe Park and Bede’s Cross will run from Thursday 5 October until Sunday 5 November from 5pm til 10pm each day.
  • The Festival of Light in Roker Park will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 5 October to 5 November, from 5pm – 10pm each night.
  • Last entry into Roker Park will be 9.00pm and it is £2 charge on the night or £1 bought in advance.
  • Roker Park will be open for visitors every night during the half term holidays (23.10.17-29.10.17).
  • The event will come to an end in spectacular style with a firework extravaganza on Sunday 5 November at 6pm.
  • Best viewing points for the fireworks finale will be from Cliffe Park and all along the seafront. (There is no charge for this event and tickets are not required.)
  • To help manage ques and administration costs, you can this year purchase tickets to enter Roker Park in advance.
  • Tickets are available to buy online now here, tickets cost £1 per person, children aged 2 and under go free.
  • If you don’t purchase tickets for Roker Park online, you can still pay on the night charged at £2 per person.
  • Tickets also entitles the individual ticket holder to a £1 discount on tickets for the Pantomime ‘Jack and the Beanstalk‘ being staged at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre in December.
  • There will be no parking available in the streets surrounding the event, and there is only limited pay and display parking at Marine Walk car parks.
  • Park and Ride service 101, operated by Go North East, will run from the City Centre.
  • Buses will run every 20 minutes from Keel Square (north side bus stop near to St Mary’s Car Park) and will drop off at Seaburn Tram Shelter.
  • The service will run from Thursday 5 October – Sunday 5 November on Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays nights plus every day during half term week.
  • Return journeys will be from any bus stop on the sea front starting at the Tram Shelter going southwards, back to Keel Square.
  • Journeys cost £1.50 per adult single trip, £2.50 per adult return, and £1.10 for a child day ticket (age 5-16). Under 5s travel free.
  • Buses are wheelchair and pushchair accessible, however Concession Passes and all other Network One or Go North East tickets/passes will not be valid.
  • Travel on the bus is free for people parking in St Mary’s (postcode SR1 3AH) or Sunniside (postcode SR1 1UL) car parks and showing their car park ticket to the bus driver.
  • These car parks are also free to park in after 3pm on Thursdays.

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