09 July 2024

Sunderland’s newest and most anticipated food, drink, events and entertainment destination – Sheepfolds Stables – has announced it is to officially open to the public the evening of Friday 02 August 2024.

The new £4m leisure development will open its doors at 6pm and is anticipating welcoming thousands of guests over the official launch weekend. Performers, DJs and live bands will be taking to the outdoor stage to entertain visitors and all restaurant operators will be available for booking.

Times for Sheepfolds Stables’ opening weekend are 6pm-1am on Friday 02 August, 8am-1am on Saturday 03 August and 8am-11pm on Sunday 04 August.

Nigel Wood, General Manager of Operations, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to make this announcement and get the word out that we’re officially opening our doors for business the first weekend in August. Given the hard work and meticulous effort that has gone into planning, restoring and bringing these remarkable historic buildings fully back to life, we can’t wait to get started.

“There is already an extremely positive buzz online as well as out and about regarding the venue prior to launch, so we expect Sheepfolds Stables to very rapidly become the go-to place for people living in the city and further afield. Our bars and restaurants are getting geared up to go, so its full steam ahead.

“We have a packed schedule of events lined up going forward, and visitors will enjoy varied ‘what’s on’ listings from live bands and DJs to comedy performances and seasonal events. We’re also looking to arrange regular pub quiz nights, matchday events, pop-up markets, social and business gatherings and more, so it’s going to be fantastic.”

Sheepfolds Stables is set to become an extremely popular social destination for Sunderland and the wider North East region. The venue includes a diverse and eclectic range of high quality, independent food and drink operators including Ember, The Calabash Tree, Vito’s Osteria, Mother Mercy and I Scream for Pizza, as well as a micro-brewery, bars and Spey Snug, a whisky and cigar lounge.

The award-winning and contemporary Southpaw Dance Company was one of the first to take space at Sheepfolds Stables, and plans are also in place for other operators to join the fold soon. Announcements will be made in the very near future.

Regular opening times for Sheepfolds Stables after the initial launch weekend will be Sunday-Thursday from 8am-11pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-1am.

More information can be found via Sheepfolds Stables’ website at