Review: Re-Take That, Sunderland Empire

Hot on the heels of Gary Barlow’s solo gigs, the next best thing took to the stage at Sunderland Empire last night.

Ket,  a regional term for sweets, has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary

North East words ket, gadgie, claggy and more make it into the Oxford English Dictionary

Ee never - a number of North East words have been hoyed into the Oxford English Dictionary.

Italian Farmhouse, Roker

Review: Italian Farmhouse, Roker Hotel, Sunderland

It’s easy to forget about the Italian Farmhouse, tucked beneath the Roker Hotel.


First look inside Sunderland’s Beacon of Light as £20million centre gets ready for opening

After years of planning, £20million pounds of fundraising and 18 months of building work, the latest addition to the city’s skyline will open its doors to the public from Monday.


Meet the Sunderland schoolgirl who inspired her family to donate their hair to charity

A kind-hearted five-year-old, touched by a charity’s drive to help make wigs for children, has inspired her family to have their long locks chopped for the cause.

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Win tickets to five different Sunderland Empire shows this summer

Win tickets to five different Sunderland Empire shows this summer

We’ve teamed up with Sunderland Empire to give away tickets to five top music shows coming up this summer.

The walk takes place this weekend.

Guided tour of Sunderland landmarks and hidden gems set for weekend

A walking tour which examines Sunderland’s rich heritage will take place this Sunday.

Whats on
Hannah Anderson

Washington-born entrepreneur makes Vogue’s most influential women of 2018 list

A Washington-born entrepreneur has been named in the July edition of fashion bible Vogue as one of its 25 Women Shaping 2018.


Singer James Bay visits Sunderland to view new home for city culture hub

“This is the beginning of what dreams are made of,” said singer James Bay as he visited the city today to help an independent venture realise its cultural ambitions.

Photography c BBC/Lisa Labinjoh / Joe Platko 2017

Live version of BBC’s Blue Planet announces North East tour date

Take a deep breath and submerge yourself in Blue Planet as it puts on a live show in the North East.


Sunderland pub to host Subbuteo World Cup to coincide with England matches

No matter how England perform in Russia, pint-sized players may still get the chance to lift the World Cup.

Pubs and Clubs

Face of 2018: Meet 10 of the entries we’ve had so far in our filter-free modelling competition

Do you have what it takes to be the Face of 2018?

James Bay is set to visit the new Pop Recs soon for a tour of the premises

Pop star James Bay backs Sunderland’s Pop Recs as it moves into historic new home

Chart-topper James Bay will be patron of a Sunderland culture hub as it breathes new life into a once derelict historic building.

The new outdoor pitches at the Stadium of Light

Opening date announced for Beacon of Light pitches + win a month of games worth £180

Wearsiders will be able to play their first matches at a new city landmark later this month, the Echo can reveal.

The Funky Indian in Borough Road, Sunderland city centre.

Review: The Funky Indian, Borough Road, Sunderland

I have a love / hate relationship with eat all you can menus.

Eating Out

Britain’s Got Talent finalist Lost Voice Guy added to festival line-up

Fresh from winning a place in the final of Britain’s Got Talent, Lost Voice Guy has been added to the bill for this year’s South Tyneside Comedy Festival.

Whats on
The new gin from the Rarities range

Sunderland distillery launches limited edition Tutti Frutti gin

Things have got fruity at a successful city distillery as it launches the latest in its series of limited edition gins.

Pubs and Clubs
Snow Patrol are back

Snow Patrol announce North East tour date

Snow Patrol have announced they will play Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena this winter.

A Perfect Match from Grayson Perry's latest exhibition

Grayson Perry’s latest exhibition to go on display in Sunderland

A new exhibition by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry is heading to Sunderland’s Museum and Winter Gardens.

Keukenhof Gardens come alive in Spring

Guide to Holland’s Keukenhof gardens + win a DFDS mini cruise worth £300

Tulips as far as the eye can see in a kaleidoscope of colours is the sun-drenched spectacle which greets you at Keukenhof.

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