Herrington Country Park hosts a brand-new event on 28 August to help bring the summer holidays to a close.

The Active Sunderland BIG Summer Festival 2019 event will be a celebration of the BIG Active Sunderland Community Sports Festivals, which have been held every Wednesday afternoon in a different park and public space in the city over the summer.

Activities included everything from hula hoops, tug of war and mini-golf to giant Jenga, balance games, football and something to suit all ages and abilities.

Herrington Country Park

The Active Sunderland BIG Summer Festival in Herrington Country Park on Wednesday 28 August 12-4pm, supported by local company Coatsink, will not only host all those activities, games and sports, but also some new, exciting additions and attractions including:

– Hockey with Sunderland Broom Hockey Club

– Trampolining with Apollo Trampoline Club

– Dancing activities with Dance City

– Athletics with Washington Running Club

– Rugby with Houghton Rugby Club

– Arts and crafts with Art Venturers

– Beat the Superbug inflatable jousting

– Speed cage / giant inflatable dartboard with Foundation of Light

Herrington Country Park

The main attraction of the festival is undoubtedly the giant inflatable assault courses set to take over the park.

Tackle the 100ft long assault course or the 90ft ‘toxic drop’ challenge!

Or why not pull up a deckchair and watch a performance by Sunderland Rock Choir or a stunning display by NE Kite Flyers.

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Thousands of children, young people and their families have taken part in this year’s Active Sunderland BIG Community Sports Festivals, and this new event is a fabulous finale of what has truly been a summer of activities

“The programme is part of our City Plan commitment to encouraging more and more people to be physically active, along with Step up Sunderland  – our challenge to the city to be more active, and events such as these are a great way to increase your step count while also having some fun.

“We have some fantastic facilities, parks and sports clubs across our community, and these festivals and events programme throughout the year provides people with a great introduction to what’s available out there for them to enjoy.”

Tickets to take part in the activities is £5 per person (for those taking part) and can be purchased either online at www.sunderland.gov.uk/bigsummerfestival or on the day.

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