You don’t have to spend a fortune to have some family-fun this half term! We’ve rounded up five free events in Sunderland to check out with the little ones…

SUNDERLAND MUSEUM AND WINTER GARDENS

15-23 FEBRUARY

Head to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens over February half-term to discover a multitude of free activities and workshops aimed at kids, including a Chinese zodiac animal trail, drop-in painting sessions and family sculpture-making workshops.

These events are being held as part of the art exhibition that’s currently on display at the museum, which is called Received Wisdom and explores the theme of life-long creativity.

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HERRINGTON COUNTRY PARK

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

If the weather’s nice, why not take a trip to Herrington Park, just across the road from Penshaw Monument?

This open-air park has an array of different pathways to walk and discover, plus lots of interesting geographical features, including boating lakes that are home to a range of local wildlife and a play park for kids.

There’s also a reasonably-priced cafe by the car parks at the entrance to the site if you get a bit peckish and haven’t brought a picnic.

If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can try hiking up the hill to Penshaw Monument itself.

NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE

THROUGHOUT  THE WEEK

This museum and art gallery is located right next to Sunderland University’s St Peter’s Campus, on the banks of the River Wear. Offering a wide range of exhibitions, from full-time installations exploring the history of glass-making in Sunderland and other short-term displays that change from time to time, you’re bound to find something interesting to check out.

Plus, if it’s a sunny day, why not go for a walk down by the river as well, following the St Peter’s sculpture trail?

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ROKER AND SEABURN BEACHES

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

Nothing beats a trip to the beach!

Even on a mild day, taking a stroll along the sand is the perfect way to spend a half-term afternoon.

If you’ve got a dog, these beaches are also a great place to bring them along for a walk.

You’ll more than likely encounter plenty of other people doing exactly the same thing with their furry friends, so be sure to say hello.

MOWBRAY PARK

THROUGHOUT THE WEEK

This park is a great place to visit if you’ve also decided to pop into the Museum and Winter Gardens, as it’s located right next door.

With a children’s play area, in addition to a duck pond and some stunning fauna, it’s a great place to spend a relaxing day.

Plus, with various places to grab a bite, including the Museum and Winter Gardens’ cafe within a short distance, you won’t have to walk far to grab some lunch, if you’ve decided not to bring your own.


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