CIRCUS SKILLS, arts and crafts and very special guests are lined up for a series of egg-cellent workshops in Sunderland this Easter.

Sunderland BID has teamed up with local businesses to host a variety of free activities to keep little ones busy over the school holidays.

 And the fun kicks off on Saturday (9 April) with a circus-themed session at Pop Recs, at High Street West from 10 am – 1 pm.

Children can try their hand at a variety of circus skills, including stilt walking, plate spinning and walking the tightrope, along with interactive games, dance and crafts – with a second workshop on 23 April.

On Tuesday 12 and Thursday 21 April, Betsy Jenny Counselling and Wellbeing Café at Bridge Street will host free face painting, juggling tricks and a whole host of Easter and woodland-themed crafts from 10 am – 1 pm.

Then, from 11 am to 2 pm on 14 and 19 April, Geek Retreat, at John Street is inviting youngsters to join them for games and spring-themed crafts.

And the store will also be home to an Easter Grotto, where little ones can meet the Easter Bunny and join Miss Spring for storytime.

Easter Workshops

Along with the workshops, the BID has also organised an augmented reality Easter trail, with a whole host of spring characters to find and special offers to unlock around the city using the Sunderland Experience app.

 As part of the trail, a number of the city’s stores will also be getting in the Easter spirit by welcoming a giant, decorated egg.

These can be found at Harrison and Brown Furniture at Holmeside, Designer Childrenswear at Derwent Street, Wilko at Fawcett Street, Geek Retreat, Empire Cinemas and the Bridges.

Sharon Appleby, chief executive at Sunderland BID, is delighted to offer a packed programme of activities this year.

“Easter is great fun but we all know how challenging it can be to keep little ones busy and entertained over the school holidays,” she said.

“Luckily, our city’s businesses are on hand to help them learn new skills and get creative with some fantastic, free workshops over the coming weeks.

“We also have our popular AR trail returning which includes our brand new giant Easter Eggs – which will be here for the rest of the month – so there’s plenty to see and do in Sunderland throughout April.”

Booking is not essential but is preferred and places can be secured at



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