Fun things to fill your diaries with this May…


This May, Sunderland is packed with exciting events and activities, we’re highlighting 10 of the best to look forward to this month.

Whether you are a big music lover, have a passion for fitness, the environment or cinema – Sunderland is the place to be this May.

Things To Do In May: Coronation of King Charles III: Live Screening

6 May

10 Things To Do In May King Charles III Coronation

The coronation of King Charles III marks a historic moment. It will be the first one in the United Kingdom since 1953. To celebrate this, the city will offer free big-screen viewings at Keel Square, Rectory and Barnes Parks, Town Moor, Hylton Castle and The Galleries.

It’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time outside, enjoy the weather and have a picnic with your loved ones, experiencing this magical event. The screenings will offer some fun family activities to keep the little ones (and the older ones!) entertained.


Things To Do in May: Active Sunderland Marathon

7 May

10 Things To Do In May: Active Sunderland Big Run

An annual event since 2011, the Active Sunderland Marathon is back for another year with more participants, bigger energy and a great atmosphere. The running track comes in a few different distances adjusted to everyone’s abilities.

You can choose the 10k run if you are an experienced runner, the half Marathon or The Big 3k run suitable for families, beginners and junior club runners.

Whichever one you choose, you are guaranteed to observe beautiful sights along the seafront as you run and the event organisers ensure plenty of support along the way with an army of volunteers making sure you are having a great day.

The prizes this year are definitely worth fighting for, including £150 for the first-place winner, £75 for the second and £50 for the third. All prizes include a Nike kit too!

Time to get your running shoes on!


Things to Do in May: Eurovision Grand Finale Live at Empire Cinemas

13 May

10 Things To Do In May: Eurovision

If you missed getting a ticket to the big show in Liverpool, do not worry, Sunderland has you covered!

Celebrate the biggest, boldest and brightest music celebration of the year at Empire Cinema! Hosted in Liverpool on behalf of Ukraine, Eurovision 2023 will be broadcasted live in cinemas all across the country, bringing music fans together for a fun night out.

Spectators are encouraged to come together and be united by music, dress up and don’t be afraid to sing along.


Things To Do In May: Boozy Brushes At The Peacock

14 May

10 Things To Do In May: Boozy Brushes At The Peacock

No better way to make some new friends than to attend Boozy Brushes at The Peacock this May. Think of a simplified and more affordable version of Paint And Sip Parties, where you can hang out in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, have a few drinks and let your creativity roar.

Whether you’re looking for a way to unwind, explore your creative potential or just do something different with your friends, this is the perfect opportunity to participate.

The classes will be led by a professional artist who will give you guidance and advice to make sure you have a lovely painting to take home. All supplies will be provided, so just bring yourself!


Things To Do In May: The Sunderland Story At Sunderland Empire

17 May – 27 May

A story about family, friends and a lifelong love for Sunderland AFC.

The Sunderland Story is told through the eyes of the Carter and Thompson families, who during the wake of their beloved grandfather William realise that all roads lead to Sunderland AFC when it comes to their family history.

For the older generation, this show will be a trip down memory lane while younger fans will get to discover the history of the club, its trophies, legends and rich heritage, all through music, comedy and drama.

The Sunderland Story is a piece of history worth seeing. It’s about the people of Sunderland and their passionate love for one club.


Things To Do In May: Big Bear Beach Clean

20 May

10 Things To Do In May: Big Bear Beach Clean

A chance to do something good and give back to our precious and delicate Earth.

Taking place at Seaburn Beach, spend a day cleaning and helping to protect marine wildlife and our beaches. Pollution has such a damaging impact on everyone, so this is a great chance to take action and do something good for those karma points!

Equipment and bags will be provided, so all you need to bring is a bottle of water, appropriate attire and some sunscreen. Be good and do good, our planet will thank you.

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Things To Do In May: Beyonce At Stadium Of Light

23 May

10 Things To Do In May: Beyonce

Prepare for the biggest event of the year. Queen B is back and better than ever.

Following the release of her seventh studio album ”RENAISSANCE” she is back with a solo world tour after a six-year break. Following her grandiose return to the stage in Dubai this January, her fans now are more than ready to welcome her back to the Stadium of Lights.

It has been seven years since Beyonce’s last concert in Sunderland but her brilliant performance has not been forgotten. This year, expect amazing vocals, breathtaking fashion, iconic dance moves and an out-of-this-world atmosphere.


Things To Do In May: The Little Mermaid At Empire Cinemas

26 May

Calling all Disney fans, The Little Mermaid is back in a live-action musical number.

Featuring a beautiful cast with Halle Bailey as Ariel and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric,  The Little Mermaid will take you through a story of love, hope and adventure, followed by fascinating musical numbers.

Directed by Rob Marshall, the story of Little Mermaid goes back to 1989 and is well-known to everyone, but no matter how many times we’ve seen it, it never gets old.

This May you can see at Empire Cinema, a tale as old as time for the little ones and the older ones, of course.


Things To Do In May: Kroud Karaoke At Stack Seaburn

26 May

10 Things To Do In May: Kroud Karaoke

A chance to sing your heart out at the annual Kroud Karaoke event taking place at Stack this May.

Leave your worries away and immerse in the biggest sing-along of the year. Instead of a standard one-person karaoke night in front of a big crowd, this one is an event of togetherness where everyone is encouraged to sing as loud as they can, making this a night to remember.

Say hello to Summer 2023 in a festival-like atmosphere, sing-off battles and confetti-spraying madness. No matter your singing abilities, come along and bring your friends, who knows, you might even win a trophy!


Things To Do In May: The Diana Ross Story at The Fire Station

28 May

10 Things To Do In May: Diana Ross Story

Gather together, Diana Ross fans!

Prepare to be taken on a journey through the musical career of Diana Ross and The Supremes with hit singles such as “Where Did Our Love Go”, “Baby Love”, “You Keep Me Hanging On”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “My Old Piano”, “I’m Coming Out”, “Chain Reaction”, and so many more!

Follow a chronological history of hits from an extremely successful career of the singer, performed by talented Cheri Jade and Tameka Jackson who will make this night magical. Motown’s most successful girl group is back, through this unmissable tribute show.


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