5 places to take your family when visiting you at Uni in Sunderland!
Sarah Marsh - August 7, 2018
Sarah Marsh - August 7, 2018
It’s a given that at some point during term time the ‘rents will pop up north to visit you at university and make sure you aren’t sleeping all day, living on a diet of instant noodles and jager-bombs. (What they don’t know won’t hurt them…) So here’s a list of places you can take the fam to show them how grown up and cultured you’ve become since moving to lovely Sunderland!
Believe it or not, Sunderland is technically a seaside town! Although we may be lacking in arcades and candy rock, both Roker and Seaburn beaches are brilliant for a day out. Roker is walkable distance from Sir Tom Cowie campus on a lovely scenic route following the river wear. With pubs, restaurants and hotels, Roker is a lovely spot for some lunch or an afternoon tipple. Seaburn is just a few hundred metres further along and often has events on; from live music gigs to the annual air show, you’ll not be lost for activities.
An iconic piece of North east history is Penshaw Monument, built in 1844 in memory of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham. The monument is perched at the top of Penshaw hill, so once you’ve walked up enjoying the scenery, you can take in the view which spreads for miles. Between March and September you can even go up the secret staircase and stand on the roof of the monument! If you’re one for keeping your insta’ packed with cracking photos, this is the place for you!
“What on earth is a winter garden?” I hear you cry! Well, it’s basically a huge greenhouse, and its blooming beautiful, pardon the pun. Attached onto Sunderland museum the winter gardens have ponds with Koi Karp swimming about, and loads of exotic and beautiful plants surrounding a spiral staircase which you can climb to reach the heights some of these plants grow to. Another one for those Instagram pro’s, this is the kind of place your mam will LOVE, and if you’ve got younger siblings, the museum has all sorts of interesting and education activities. The best bit? It’s FREE
If you fancy lots of options in one spot, get yourselves to Sunniside. You could spend all day in that corner of town and not get bored; spot of breakfast, nip to laser-quest, stop for ice creams, squeeze a movie in before lunch, round of bowling and a quick go in the arcade, before dinner, drinks and a few spins on the roulette, topped off with more drinks in the strip of bars! DREAM DAY MUCH? Sunniside is also the location of the annual Sunniside Live music festival which is a great way to kick-start your summer listening to local bands in the sunshine!
Finally, we have the National Glass Centre. Part of the University of Sunderland, this spot is a cracking free day out (another bad pun, sorry, not sorry). You can go on the glass roof and get dizzy looking down into the glass workshops below, have a bite to eat in the restaurant which has a lovely view of the river wear, and even watch some glass blowing! They often put on exhibitions of local artist’s work, and the University’s glass and ceramics course and foundation Arts and design course are based here, so if any of your mates are on those courses you can show off to your family all their brilliant work! In my experience this is a great one for the grandparents, but who doesn’t love a bit of art?
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