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Picnic time for teddy bears at Sanctuary

L to R Georgina Rodgerson (6) and sisters Darcy (2) and Francesca (4) with their teddy bears.

L to R Georgina Rodgerson (6) and sisters Darcy (2) and Francesca (4) with their teddy bears.

SANCTUARY is raising the roof at Sunderland Minster all weekend.

After a successful first event in May, the food, drink and music festival has returned to the historic church.

As well as real ale and street food, visitors can enjoy music from a host of genres, including deep south blues, bluegrass, jazz and even a Dolly Parton tribute act.

Among the performers will be North East soul singer Beth Macari, acoustic jazz trio Bicycle Thieves, Sunderland pop and rock band Lilliput, and the deep south blues band, George Shovlin & Radars.

The festival will also see performances from the Jazz Pistols, Scarlet Street and The Futurehead’s frontman, Barry Hyde.

For younger visitors there will be a teddy bears’ picnic running outside of the Alms Houses, near the Minster, between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, run by the Minster Minstrels.

The event, open to kids of all ages, includes a teddy bear treasure hunt and a range of teddy bear-related activities, along with a free lunch and a Sanctuary goody bag.

Performances will take place from 1pm until midnight today and tomorrow. Entry is free before 5pm and will cost £3 after that. Children are welcome before 7pm.

 

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