For many people, the highlight over the coming months will be the visit of the world-famous Tall Ships Race, with dozens of majestic vessels visiting the Wear between Wednesday, July 11 and Saturday July 14.

More than a million visitors are expected to flock to the city to welcome a fleet of ships from around the world. Vessels will open at specific times for visitors to explore over the four-day visit, when the ships will be moored in the Port of Sunderland and the north bank of the Wear.

Each day will offer something different and there is a full arts and culture programme, delivered on behalf of Sunderland City Council by Sunderland Culture, to keep the hundreds of thousands of visitors thoroughly entertained.

Little more than two weeks later, we’ll be turning our attention to the skies to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sunderland Airshow over the weekend of Friday, July 27 to Sunday, July 29.

Sunderland City Council organisers have already confirmed displays from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, an RAF Typhoon fighter het, a MiG 15, The Blades, and of course, The Red Arrows.

Earlier in July, we’ll see the return of the popular Sunniside Live Festival (Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7) when acts will include Soul II Soul, the Lightening Seeds and Reverend and the Makers.

And after the success of hit musical Matilda, the Sunderland Empire is bringing yet another West End blockbuster to town when Wicked arrives in September.

Truly a once-in-a-lifetime few months ahead of us on Wearside!

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