29 March 2023

CIRCUS skills, close encounters with the Easter Bunny, face painting, crafts and even a meet and greet with a princess are just some of the free activities on offer in Sunderland this Easter.

And along with a jam-packed programme of events organised by Sunderland BID and supported by Sunderland City Council, visitors can also enjoy a unique Easter Egg Trail – bringing together virtual characters and giant size eggs.

The activities are being unveiled daily as part of the Cracking Countdown to Easter, which can be found on the Sunderland Experience Facebook and Instagram pages.

There is also time for parents to register for several sessions planned throughout the holidays, which will help keep young people occupied. Although the activities are free, they must be booked in advance.

Sessions on offer include –

Circus Skills Workshops at Pop Recs, High Street West, 1 and 13 April (11 AM  to 2 PM ), Attendees can learn how to be an aerial artist, spin a plate and walk a tightrope, to name but a few of the activities on offer.

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Springtime Fun Workshops at Hills Art Centre, Waterloo Place, 3 April ( sessions at 11 AM and noon)

Face painting along with Easter and spring-themed crafts. Meet and greets with Princess Belle


Fun & Frolics Easter Party at Diego’s Joint, Norfolk Street, 6 April, Sessions at 11 AM & 12:30 PM

Meet the Easter Bunny and join Alice for Storytime, followed by games and woodland theme crafts.

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The Sunderland Experience app will also allow families to visit the city’s augmented reality trail and discover a range of characters, as well as visit the six giant eggs – which have been painted by schools and community groups – which are scattered around various businesses in the city.


As part of the Easter trail, each egg has a secret letter hidden on it. Users should take a photo of each letter, DM them to the Sunderland Experience Facebook or Instagram Page and guess the secret codeword.

The winner will be selected at random on 17 April after the trail ends and will win a £50 Sunderland Gift Card.

The free app can be downloaded, or a hard copy map is available from the customer service desk at the Bridges or at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, believes this year’s programme is one of the best one yet.

“Along with our very popular AR trail and the incredible Easter eggs which have been designed so brilliantly by local schools and groups, there’s a really packed schedule of events on offer,” she said.

“Keeping children occupied is always a challenge, so hopefully, these great activities will help solve that problem for many families.”

Other activities include a kids’ club at the Bridges with crafting sessions between 11 AM and 2 PM on 5 and 12 April, plus a themed day of events at Harry’s Game Shack on 9 April.

Anyone who pops in between 10 AM and 6 PM can participate in colouring activities, special gaming deals, a raffle, retro games and refreshments.

The full programme of events can be found at