Enjoy a Sunday at the seaside to help celebrate the restoration of one of the city’s and the region’s greatest landmarks.

The restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse, jointly funded by Sunderland City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund is now complete and a themed day of old fashioned Victorian family fun is being held on Sunday 18 August by the pier and on the beaches at Roker and Seaburn.

‘Back to the past on the pier’ features an afternoon of free family entertainment at Marine Walk 12 noon – 4pm.

Activities include;
– Costumed characters
– Choirs and singing
– Family entertainment
– Face painting
– Punch and Judy
– Story telling
– Mobile Blacksmith arts
– Open top bus rides from Roker Pier provided by the North East Bus Preservation Trust

On Seaburn beach ‘The BIG Dig’ sandcastle building competition is being held at the same time. It’s £5 to enter, with a sand castle building kit to keep afterwards, and prizes to be won with a professional sand sculptor on hand to help inspire people’s designs.

For those content just to watch there will also be swingball, hula hoops, deckchairs and traditional beach games along the beach.

Roker Beach, one of only 25 beaches chosen nationally to take part, will also host ‘ First There is a Mountain’ which is national event led by leading artist Katie Paterson to create sand sculptures in the shape of major global mountains.

Anyone who would like to get involved in this national arts project should visit www.firstthereisamountain.com for more details and to book a place.

Sunderland City Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Kevin Johnston said: “What better way to help celebrate the restoration of Roker Pier and Lighthouse than a ‘Sunday at the Seaside’ at the pier and on our award winning beaches.

“It’s a great opportunity for children, families and people of all ages to remember and celebrate all those activities which have made the British seaside such an important part of our cultural heritage.”

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