Great Outdoors

Cycling in Herrington Country Park

Sunderland's award-winning outdoor spaces offer lots to see and do for the whole family. Its stunning coastal scenery provides a wonderful seaside playground for adults and children alike. With acres of green space and award-winning parks and nature reserves - it's out and about in the great outdoors where Sunderland really comes into its own. 

During the current situation, popular beauty spots across the city can get very crowded and whilst the risk of catching Covid-19 is lower outside, there is still a risk. If the place you take your daily exercise is busy, please find somewhere else local to go, or maybe try a different time. Take advantage and explore the outdoor spaces on your doorstep. Also remember to make space, cover your face when necessary and wash your hands regularly. 

Surf, kayak, Expeditions and more at this £1million watersports centre on Roker Beach. Feel the exhilaration of catching your first wave, enjoy the thrills and spills of a new sport, feel the wind in your hair and the spray on your face and most importantly, have fun. With family or friends, as a...
Albany Park
Visit one of Washington's parks with extensive grassed areas and woodland plantations. Situated next to the 'F' Pit Museum in Albany.
Backhouse Park
This park is a natural arboretum with a large variety of trees and some of the city's largest mature trees, producing a wonderful display of autumn colour. Renowned for its magnificient bulb display in early spring the park is overlooked by University of Sunderland's Name Art College.
Barnes Park
A great day out for all the family with wonderful walks, play areas, bowling greens, tennis courts and a cafe. The largest of the city's urban parks stretching just under 2 miles in length features a Victorian style bandstand and a cannon situated near to the West End bowling greens which were...
Cannonball Rocks
Roker is also home to unique geological structures, with rugged cliffs and unique ‘cannonball’ limestone rock formations which can only be found in certain parts of the world. These intriguing geological features are ideal for coasteering explorers. Spherical rocks that resemble cannon balls have...
Circular walk from Washington Wetland Centre
This is a 3 mile (5km) walk starting from Washington Wetland Centre The route offers great views of the River Wear, Penshaw Monument and the surrounding countryside as well as covering a number of interesting historical features and locations, including: Low Barmston Farm This was built in 1840 as...
Circular walk in Roker and Seaburn
This is a 2 mile (4km) walk starting from Roker promenade. The skirts Sunderland’s coastline and passes through the attractive Roker Park as well as covering a number of interesting historical features and locations, including: Red Naval Mine This type of mine was used during the Second World War...
Take a tractor ride around this fun farm to meet the cows and you will hear the bleating of sheep and hoots of snowy owls.  Children can pet and stroke the animals in the farmyard and there is even a chance to be a mini zoo keeper. Seasonal activities include helping to feed the spring lambs and...

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Sunderland will welcome over 50 Tall Ships for the first time, when we are the start port for the 2018 races, from 11-14 July.

Sunderland Top Ten's

Looking for a great family day out in a friendly, exciting city by the sea? Looking for fascinating museums, cute wildlife and plenty of space for your little ones to run off their excess energy? Look no more because Sunderland ticks all those boxes and more. Here are our ten best things for all of the family to do in Sunderland.

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