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Stilt walking pirates and mermaids will welcome visitors to Barnes Park on Saturday 30 June for the fourth annual West Area community celebration event. Funded by Sunderland City Council’s West Area Committee to help showcase the creative talent of the local community, the free family fun day focusses on all things tall ships, pirates and sea shanties and is […]

School children across the UK are being urged to take part in a ‘big sing,’ in an attempt to break a world record. The Massed Sing is the brainchild of Sunderland Music Hub and NYMAZ, working in close collaboration with the organisers of The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 – a four-day ‘festival of sail’ […]

Local music act Little Comets are among the acts confirmed for Sunderland Summer Streets Festival as it unveils its biggest line up yet. Summer Streets – a free annual festival founded five years ago by The Futureheads guitarist and vocalist Ross Millard – is moving from its usual Southwick home to Seaburn Recreation Park to […]

The Sunderland Tall Ships Races 2018 has adopted two local nautical organisations as its official charities for the event. Event organisers have opted to support Sunderland Maritime Heritage and Sunderland RNLI in the run up to – and during – the four-day festival. It’s hope their official backing will shine a spotlight on the work […]

A song celebrating the greatest shipbuilding port in the world has been chosen as the official anthem for The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. The Tall Ships Song – written by North East lyricist George Lamb and performed by acclaimed blues singer George Shovlin – pays tribute to the city’s maritime heritage. And it will […]

The guardians of one of England’s most well-kept naval secrets are heading to the River Wear ahead of a the Tall Ships Race. On 11 July a magnificent fleet of sailing vessels will arrive at the North East coast for the UK’s largest, free, family festival; the Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018. And with just […]

The plans for hosting The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018 are moving ahead with great pace and the event zones and quaysides which will welcome ships and visitors alike have been identified. Visiting ships will be berthed on both the North and South side of the River near National Glass Centre on, Manor Quay with […]

Sunderland has welcomed The Tall Ships Races organisers Sail Training International to the city as part of the planning process for this year’s event. This year Sunderland will  host the races, which will take place from Wednesday 11th July – Saturday 14th July, for the first time and is also the start port for the race series. 45 […]


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