03 April 2023

YOUNGSTERS from across Sunderland have shown “egg-actly” how skilful they are at art – by helping with the city’s Easter Egg Trail.

As part of the programme of entertainment organised by Sunderland BID and supported by Sunderland City Council, six giant Easter eggs have been placed in various locations around the city centre.

And the unique eggs have been created by schools, community organisations and Sunderland College, all on different themes.

Marlborough Primary School, Newbottle Primary Academy, Eppleton Academy Primary School and Fatfield Academy each painted an egg, as did members from Hendon-based Back on The Map.

Locations for the eggs include the Bridges and Holmeside furniture store, Harrison and Brown, where youngsters from Fatfield Academy called in to see their egg in place.

Mandy Brown, the owner of the shop, said the egg is “absolutely amazing.”

“Every single child in the school was involved, and they’ve created the tale of the Lambton Worm on the egg,” she said.

“It looks absolutely incredible. They have done a beautiful job.”

Along with the real eggs, visitors to the city centre can also use the free Sunderland Experience app to find seven virtual Easter characters scattered around the city.

It’s part of a full programme of events taking place over the Easter holiday, with activities being unveiled on a daily basis as part of the Cracking Countdown to Easter, which can be found on the Sunderland Experience Facebook and Instagram pages.

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID, hopes that as many people as possible will go and see the eggs.

“The work that everyone has put in is really amazing, and each egg is unique,” she said.

“It’s a great free activity for families to do together over the Easter holidays, and we are sure everyone will enjoy finding them, as well as the augmented reality characters.”

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 there is a hard copy map available from the customer service desk at the Bridges or at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

The full programme of events can be found at