Jam-packed events calendar for Sunderland

Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.
Rihanna performs during the Closing Ceremony for the London Paralympic Games 2012 at the Olympic Stadium, London.
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FROM global superstars to sporting feats, there’s something for everyone this year in Sunderland.

Highlights in 2013’s jam-packed calendar of diary dates include a Wearmouth Bridge zip wire, when charity fund-raisers will descend from the city landmark to the riverside, on April 28.

There will also be a host of music events, including Rihanna, Bon Jovi and North East Live pop festival, at the Stadium of Light this summer.

For more sporty types, the Sunderland Big Bike Ride will take place at St Peter’s Riverside on June 1 and 2, while the city will be filled with runners for the Sunderland 10k, Marathon of the North and Half Marathon of the North, which starts at the home of the Black Cats, on April 28.

The annual airshow also promises to be even more spectacular as it marks its 25th anniversary in July.

Shopping-wise, regular farmers’ markets will be taking place in Market Square in the city centre throughout the year.

Chris Alexander, head of culture and tourism at Sunderland City Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome a number of new and exciting events to this year’s programme, as well as welcoming back established favourites.

“There is such a variety of events taking place that I’m sure there will be something for everyone.”

Councillor John Kelly, responsible for culture, said: “I am thrilled that we’re able to maintain a great offering of free events in the city this year, making our activities accessible for as many people as possible.

“The 2013 calendar promises to be the best yet and there is more to come.”

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