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Sunderland illuminations return this year and 2017 is set to be brighter and bigger than ever before. With a Disney theme this year to run with the usual dinosaur and fairy themes of previous years.

The event will run from October 5th through till November 5th with access to Roker park from 5pm till 10 pm with last admission at 9. Fireworks will as usual bring the event to a close on the 5th in a spectacular finale.

As well as lights spanning from St Peters Church all the way along the seafront, the park will also as in previuos years be transformed into light works spectacular.

The illuminations have gained exceptional popularity year on year with over 300,000 visitor attending last year, I myself visited 3 times with my daughter.

All the usual rides and attractions can be found along the seafront from Roker to Seaburn as well as in the park. One of the favourites being the illuminated big wheel or observation wheel as it is also known. A lot of locals have dubbed it “The Sunderland Eye”. An exeption crazy golf attraction is also available within Roker Park.

The many various catering units doted all around the event can cater for everyones needs with a pop up bar also available.

How to get there –

Getting to the illuminations couldn’t be easier, there is plenty of parking near Morrisons, Whitburn road and plenty of public transport.

Nearest Metro stations are Seaburn which is a 20 minute walk and Stadium Of Light which is a 14 minute walk.

Extra buses are being put on and will run every 20 minutes from Keel Square in the city centre. The route to the event will be over The Wearmouth Bridge, along North Bridge Street to the Wheatsheaf pub. From there the busses will travel along Newcastle Road the down Sea Road through Fulwell and on to Seaburn.

The return route will run along the coast road to the Bungalow Cafe, along Harbour View, following on to St Marys Way.

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