The sun is shining, the city streets are brimming with action and Sunderland has a plethora of unmissable things to do in Sunderland for you and your loved ones this August.

Whether it be new stores to explore, delicious menus to try or unmissable things to do in Sunderland with the family, we’ve rounded up 10 things we’re looking forward to in Sunderland…  

Here’s 10 things to look forward to in Sunderland this August…




SAFC return to the Stadium of Light at 3:00pm on 7th August


A new season is on the horizon for SAFC; there’s a lush new strip from Nike, new talent making its way into the first team and a new season beckons as the lads look to get promotion to the Sky Bet Championship. 

The best thing? After what seems an entirety, the Stadium of Light will be packed with thousands of fans again as we roar on the lads’ promotion challenge. 

The season starts against Wigan Athletic F.C on 7 August, 3:00pm KO at the Stadium of Light – haway the lads!





Cool cinema screenings are back and Sunderland Empire cinema is showcasing the world premiere of a new Disney blockbuster, Jungle Cruise. 

Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s Jungle Cruise is an adventure-filled, Amazon-jungle expedition starring Dwayne Johnson as the charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission. 

Perfect past-time for when rainy days strike the city, Jungle Cruise also sees Edgar Ramirez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti take to the big screen in this Disney dazzler.

All cinema tickets at Sunderland are £5.99 for any film too at the moment – what a bargain!




Let's Rock The North East music festival takes place at Herrington Park, Saturday 21st August 2021


Credit: Let’s Rock The North East

Cracking news for the city! Let’s Rock The North East music festival will take place on Saturday 21st August 2021 at Herrington Country Park this year and it features a fabulous line-up of artists to bring you the very best of the 80s!

Featuring the likes of The Human League, Sister Sledge and ABC, this brilliant celebration of music whistles into Herrington Country Park and arrives with a raft of food vendors such as BBQ, Indian, Mexican and Chinese cuisine. You can bring your own picnic into the main arena too! 

Final tickets remain, see you in the fields this August!





A little (no pun intended) indie gem in Sunderland has undergone a ravishing refurb lately and if craft beers, specialty coffee and handmade donuts is your kinda’ thing, then a trip to see the beautiful, new-look Little Shop at High Street West is a must this August. 

Throughout July, the team have added a stunning new wood flooring, removed concrete elements to reveal stunning, original brick walls and added two huge fridges that are jam-packed with some of the finest craft brews about. 

Next time you’re out and about in the city, be sure to check out this cool spot and stock up on some seriously class beverages.





Circus Skills workshops, stunt cycling displays, children’s shows and a walkabout magician are just some of the fun activities lined up for families to enjoy when Sunderland plays host to the second round of the Tour Series professional cycling on the afternoon/early evening of Tuesday 10 August.

Sunderland City Council is laying on a whole afternoon of fun in the city centre’s Mowbray Park, ahead of the races starting at 5.30 pm.

There is also a Princess and Superhero show,  face painting, fun bubble shows throughout the park, a climbing wall, local musicians and food and drink concessions.

Everyone Active is providing a cycle themed programme including spin bikes and cycle watt challenge.

Sunderland Community Action Group is hosting hourly practical demonstrations on basic cycling maintenance and will also have a range of cycles available to hire.

Everything on the day other than the food and drink concessions will be free. Sounds class!




Glasvegas, 2020. Credit: Press

Live music makes a welcome return to the city and soon, our friends at Independent will be welcoming one of the UK’s most-established indie-rock bands, Glasvegas, to the stage this August.  

One of the most successful Scottish musical exports in recent times, known globally for their unique sound and powerful lyrical content, Glasvegas (in case you didn’t know), are a brilliant band renowned for their infectious live performances and enjoy a fiercely loyal worldwide fan base. 

They whistle into Sunderland on 28 August, tickets start from £20.





The wait is finally over! Master Debonair’s beautiful new store at Mackie’s Corner is here and what an incredible addition to Sunderland’s independent shopping scene. 

A huge name in the world of menswear fashion, Simon Whitaker and his team have painstakingly restored this 19th century building back to its original state for the past few months now, and they’ve taken the time and effort to restore original brick walls, preserve an original Victorian staircase and even stripped back the wood flooring to give it a new lease of life. 

The attention to detail took a little longer than first expected, but this brilliant local business from local lad Simon Whitaker is looking more than well and has blossomed into something truly wonderful.





Another epic music date is arriving at The Peacock this August, as this brilliant venue welcomes Martin Stephenson & The Daintees to the stage for a special night of music. 

One of the finest acts to emerge from the North East in recent years, Martin Stephenson and The Dainteees are renowned across the region for their unique blend of punk, folk and root music that culminates in an electrifying and heartwarming evening of standout music.

The band will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Salutation Road, the third album released in 1990 by performing the album in full plus a set of Daintees’ classics. 

It’ll be raucous, hair-raising and brilliant – bag your tickets now before they all go!




Canadian fast food chain Tim Hortons open a brand new restaurant in Washington


Legendary Canadian restaurant Tim Hortons has announced it’s coming to the North East for the first time!

Alongside a mouthwatering selection of coffee and doughnuts, Tim Hortons also boasts an array of breakfast sandwiches, toasties, chicken sandwiches, wraps and their iconic ‘Tims’ shakes and smoothies. 

However, it was the doughnuts that really put these guys on the map. They’ve got all kinds of flavours and varieties.

We’re most excited about getting our hands on their signature ‘Timbits’ – a selection of mini doughnut-style cake balls that take the difficult choice of choosing just one flavour away. 

The official North East opening is set to take place on Monday 9 August at The Galleries.





With the return of some of our city’s sparkling culture venues, we’ve got your ‘do-this’ diaries covered with a raft of exhibitions waiting to be explored:

Arts Centre Washington’s annual exhibition for young artists, Bright Lights 2021, is open but this year with a difference!

The centre’s Youth Arts Exhibition is a platform for young people aged 11 – 19 from across Wearside to show their exciting talent. This year due to the pandemic, young people’s art works are displayed online in a 3d recreation of the centre’s art gallery as well as in The Galleries Shopping Centre, Washington.

National Glass Centre will be exhibiting their ‘No Strings’ display and it features the work of seven international artists working with glass beads in unconventional ways.

If you’re keen on learning more about Sunderland’s unique heritage, then the team at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens are chock full of trails, exhibitions and celebrations this summer.


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