Sunderland Illuminations

Where: Sunderland, Tyne & Wear at Roker Park and nearby
When: Evenings throughout October (and a little bit of September & November)
Time: 5pm to 10pm


Roker Park

A recent revival means that the dark autumn evenings are once again enlightened at Sunderland. The City Council organise the event and relaunched it in 2012, after the popular custom had taken a break since the 1990s. With a few gaps, the Illuminations  have been a feature in town since the 1930s and the size of the crowds attracted to them is a testament to how popular they are with all ages. Currently, there is an opening ceremony at the end of September and the lights are switched on nightly thereafter until Bonfire Night, when the closing event of the season is marked with a firework display. The main focus of the Illuminations is Roker Park, with tableaux and displays all around the park and easy access for all, as well as lights along the seafront and lots of fairground rides & food outlets nearby.

Helpful Hints

In 2017 the Illuminations ran from 5th October to 5th November with switching on times of 5pm to 10pm – 2018 dates are yet to be confirmed but will probably be 4th October to 4th November. Currently there is a modest charge of £1 for entry into Roker Park and Programmes cost £1.

Parking restrictions are in place in the nearby streets – a Park and Ride bus is available from the town centre.

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