Yes indeed, Sunderland Illuminations are back again on the sea front this Autumn 2017. Moreover, the theme is Disney, So this is going to be a crowd pleaser, especially for the children. Not only do we get to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse but also Donald Duck and Goofy too. There is also the characters from Frozen as well. In view of this, the kids are in for a special treat.
Of course, the Sunderland Illuminations have been a great addition to the sea front for years. Indeed, it gets really busy at Roker and Seaburn during this period. Obviously, the are extending the season a little as the nights get darker. The street illuminations start at St Bede’s Church (AD674), Monkwearmouth and continue all the way along to Seaburn.
So, what other attractions do we expect to see at this years event? Apart from the Disney characters, there are also plenty of fairground rides and plenty of food kiosks. There is also an road train to take a ride along the sea front and admire the scenery. Obviously, Roker Park has many illuminations which shows up in all its glory. Indeed, there is lots to do and see with plenty of other things to discover. While you are there, why not go on the illuminated big wheel because that is a sight to see. Obviously it is the most prominent feature.
Sunderland Illuminations 2017 – Other Info
Roker Park will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from October 5 to November 5 between 5pm – 10pm. Also it is opening every night at half term too. However, there is a £1.00 admittance fee (under 2’s are free) which you can book online here. If you forget to book in advance, there is a ticket booth in Cliffe Park but those tickets are £2.00.
As with previous seasons, parking restrictions are also in force in the area. However, there are park and ride schemes in play. Buses (service 101) run every 20 minutes from Keel Square near St Mary’s Car Park. The fare is £1.50 single, £2.50 return with children under 5 travelling free. However, concessionary passes are not valid. But, if you use St Mary’s or Sunniside car parks, you may travel on the park and ride for free.
Of course, the Metro brings in lots of people, so the nearest Metro stations are Seaburn and Stadium of Light.
Finally, the Sunderland Illuminations 2017 will end on November 5th with a grand fireworks display on the sea front. Obviously, work will go on to add Christmas lights to the City Centre.
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