Put a spring in your step this Easter with our guide to events and activities taking place across Sunderland throughout the school holidays.


From family fun Easter workshops and interactive trails, to glass fusing and ceramics at the National Glass Centre, there’s plenty of things to do in Sunderland this Easter. 


Easter workshops

Sunderland City Centre


14 things to do in Sunderland this Easter


Looking for things to do in Sunderland this Easter? Kickstart your bank holiday with a trip to the city centre for a dazzling array of family arts and crafts.

Have a cracking good time learning circus skills, arts and crafts and playing games at a series of workshops put together by Sunderland BID and local businesses. 

There are six workshops available between Saturday 9 April and Saturday 23 April. 

Secure your spot below.



Dino Egg Hunt

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Do you have a dinosaur-obsessed little one? 

Take part in an egg hunt to help Tina the Triceratops find her 8 dino babies that are hiding around the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Available until Friday 22 April, the trail is £2.50 per person and can be purchased at the Museum Shop.


Interactive Easter Trail

Sunderland City Centre


14 things to do in Sunderland this Easter


Eggsplore Sunderland city centre using the ‘Sunderland Experience’ app to find seven interactive AR characters and six giant eggs. 

Great for keeping the kids entertained, this Easter trail is available until Saturday 30 April. 

To participate, head over to the Sunderland BID’s website to find out how to download the app and get a copy of the map.



Ryhope Engines Museum 

Looking for things to do in Sunderland this Easter? Well, look no further than a family outing at Ryhope Engines Museum.

After being closed for more than 900 days, Ryhope Engines Museum will finally reopen its doors from Good Friday to Easter Monday between 11am – 4pm for visitors. 

Explore the fantastic heritage site, built-in 1868, which once supplied drinking water across Sunderland.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Sunderland Empire


14 things to do in Sunderland this Easter


Enter a world of magic as Disney’s classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks makes its world premiere as a new musical and visits Sunderland Empire as part of its UK tour. 

Taking you on a journey to the depths of the beautiful briny sea, tickets are now available for this magical musical between Tuesday 19 April to Sunday 24 April:



Spring Landscape Family Fusing

National Glass Centre

Get creative and celebrate spring by fusing glass tiles, grains and stringers together to create a nature-inspired landscape. 

Taking place at the National Glass Centre on Thursday 14 and 21 April, book your place and prove you’re a glass act with family and friends.



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Foundation of Light Holiday Courses 


14 things to do in Sunderland this Easter


Throughout half term, the Foundation of Light has a whole host of activities and courses available, from football and coding to Little Dribblers playgroup and disability multi-sports.

Taking place at the Beacon of Light, head here this Easter holiday for an exhilarating series of events.


Active Sunderland Easter Family Fun

Herrington Country Park

Enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly activities in Herrington Country Park including family games, led walks, cycling and running challenges, and not forgetting the timeless Easter egg roll. 

Taking place on Thursday 14 April between 11am – 4pm, this event is free for all. If you would like to take part in the Easter egg roll, please register your details and choose your preferred time slot below.



Spring Ceramics 

National Glass Centre



Throwdown some clay with ceramic artist Michael Emmott at the National Glass Centre to create your very own unique spring themed ceramics.

With three times to choose from on Saturday 16 April, tickets are £10 per person and are available to purchase here: 



Everyone Active Activity Camps 

Silksworth Tennis Centre

From Tuesday 19 April – to Friday 22 April, Silksworth Tennis Centre will be hosting activity camps for those ages between 8 and 13. 

Daily activities include tennis, swimming, snow tubing and more. To find out more information and how to book, call 0191 5110611. 


The Young’uns

The Fire Station 


14 things to do in Sunderland this Easter


Three-time winners of the prestigious BBC Folk Awards, Teesside’s The Young’uns are now one of the most in-demand groups on the UK Folk and Acoustic scene. 

Don’t miss out on seeing this unique act that will capture your heart with their acapella singing and powerful songs. 

Taking place on Saturday 16 April at The Fire Station, tickets can be purchased here: sunderlandculture.org.uk


STACK Seaburn 



Over the Easter break, STACK Seaburn will be hosting their popular ‘Kids Corner’ event on Wednesday 13 April between 12 noon – 2pm, with live music, fun activities and character meet and greets. 

There are also a number of performers taking to the stage throughout April, as well as Magician Marvin on Thursday 14 April, who will be performing magic tricks, juggling, balloon modelling and showing off his skills as a puppeteer. 



Change4Life Challenges 

As well as going out and about during Easter, there’s also plenty of fun to be had from the comfort of your own home. 

Change4Life Sunderland have put together 10 days of Easter activities including cooking, charades, exercises, mindfulness and more.


The UK’s only LEGO® Brick Wetland Safari

Washington Wetland Centre


14 things to do in Sunderland this Easter


Have a wild day out with a difference this Easter, as the UK’s only LEGO® Brick Wetland Safari returns to Washington Wetland Centre. 

Explore and meet 16 giant colourful Lego brick animals, which form a fun and interactive trail around the wetlands.


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