We’ve put together a guide to help parents keep little brains ticking, young hearts racing and pearly whites showing as the summer holidays arrive in Sunderland. 


Here’s some of our top picks for an exhilarating summer in the city…


Karting North East



Time to take your place on the grid! With up to 35 drivers racing at once on an exhilarating 1,200m karting circuit and just a short ride from the city centre, an afternoon laying down some tread at Karting North East is certainly high on our to-do lists this summer. 

With juniors able to race from age 8 with an induction before moving across to join a family session on a winding 850m circuit, KNE have come up trumps when it comes to getting all members of the family in on the action. 

Did we mention that they also have state-of-the-art floodlights too? One hot-lap round here and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re racing round one of Formula 1’s night races! 



Adventure Sunderland



The warmer weather is here now, so you and your clan have no excuse to take the plunge and hit the water with the aqua- pros at Adventure Sunderland. 

Rolling back into action right here on the Roker Riviera, the team are back in action and they’ve opened up a boatload of spaces for both their kayaking and paddle boarding expeditions within the marina and around the lighthouse. 

Let us set the scene, a gentle paddle on the open water, glorious sunshine beaming down and a whole lot of smiling faces as gentle waves lap around you – bliss! 

An award-winning experience and first-class way to see our beautiful coastline, follow the link below and get yourself booked in before it’s too late!



Sunderland Bowl



Whether you’re a serious bowler or a gutter-shooting no-hoper just looking for a mega night out with loved ones, it’s time to make a date on the lanes! 

Thankfully for us, our friends at Sunderland Bowl are striking back this summer and they’re the go-to spot if you’re after a straight-up ball-and-skittle session, a dash around their state-of-the-art arcade area and some delicious food too. 

With plenty of other fun, food and fantastic deals to be enjoyed during the warmer months, Sunderland Bowl is certain to be right up your alley this summer! 



Harry’s Game Shack



Now this is what you call a life-saver when those unexpected rainy days arrive in the city!

Time to put the hours spent online in recent months to good use by immersing you and your clan in Harry’s wonderful gaming arcade over on Fawcett Street.

A fab city centre business offering big things to the computer fanatics and those wanting to try something different, they’re inviting the whole of Wearside over to jump head first into tons of classic gaming titles and modern blockbusters in their cool gaming HQ. 

One of the many good things about this place? It caters for everybody! Retro fanatics can play on iconic gaming consoles from by-gone eras, and lovers of modern titles can go to battle in exhilarating FIFA and Fortnite multiplayer games all day long.

A perfect activity for those rainy days during the school summer holidays. Check it out!



Clue HQ



Take your little explorers over to John Street for an exhilarating escape room with Clue HQ.

A perfect activity for those rainy days or to help blow off some steam in your bubble, the guys at Clue HQ have an abundance of escape rooms that will test even the biggest masterminds in your group. 

Known for their variety of special offers, tasty bar bites and range of delicious drinks on offer too, head online and get your bubble booked in before slots disappear this summer! 



Sunderland Empire Cinema



After a year-and-a-bit away from the big screen with a bag of popcorn, the time has come to celebrate Sunderland’s city’s Empire Cinema as it makes a welcome return to our lives. 

Whether you’re after a luxury experience with a Hollywood blockbuster, or quieter alternative chilling with the family on a lazy Sunday afternoon, this wonderful picture house has something to cater to all needs. 



AR Enchanted Garden Trail

From July 17

Following the huge success of the three previous trails which ran at Halloween, Christmas, and Easter, our friends at Sunderland BID will be soon unveiling six new characters in an incredible AR Enchanted Garden Trail this summer! 

A mega summer event for all members of the family and one that is easily accessible via the Sunderland Experience app, this unmissable adventure through the city centre will run from 17 July to 5 September and it’s a fab way to explore Sunderland with little ones while enjoying a whole host of special offers available from many of the city’s local businesses. 

The trail can only be accessed by downloading the free Sunderland Experience app, so keep your eyes peeled for more info by following the link below…




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