National Glass Centre smashes target with 200,000th visitor

The National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
The National Glass Centre, Sunderland.
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The National Glass Centre has smashed its target for visitor numbers.

In the past year, 200,000 people have flocked to the venue - a 30% rise in visitors from last year.

A young visitor at the National Glass Centre.

A young visitor at the National Glass Centre.

This week the tourist attraction welcomed its 200,000th visitor for the year 2014-15.

The target figure is another milestone for the centre which re-opened in 2013 after an extensive renovation.

Michelle Daurat, interim director of National Glass Centre, said: “We are over the moon with the continued success of National Glass Centre. Our local visitors and people from further afield have been overwhelmingly supportive of the improvements we have made.

“Our aim is to become a source of pride for the local community, a place that celebrates Sunderland’s rich industrial heritage and nurtures its glass making future, a real cultural gem for the city.”

Our aim is to become a source of pride for the local community, a place that celebrates Sunderland’s rich industrial heritage and nurtures its glass making future, a real cultural gem for the city.

Michelle Daurat, interim director of National Glass Centre

The rise in visitor numbers has been credited to increased family activities and glass making experiences which have been staged to get more people interested in glass arts and crafts.

In the coming months, there will be a number of drop-in craft activities with a new programme of creative workshops for children to keep them entertained in the summer holidays.

One of the new projects gives youngsters age six and over the chance to make a decorative glass fish using sand casting techniques.

Other highlights include papercraft, magic lantern, mosaic and summer suncatcher workshops, as well as sessions from the Tiny Tweeties music group.

Meanwhile, the brasserie is staging a number of monthly events featuring live music, food and drink, including a Bourbon and Blues and Gin and Jazz night.

These are held on the last Friday of every month.

• For full listings of all National Glass Centre’s summer activities visit www.nationalglasscentre.com.