Bank Holiday suggestions for Sunderland and Durham

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IT might be undergoing a £2.2million revamp but Sunderland’s National Glass Centre still has plenty of holiday activities on offer this school break.

Children aged six and over can get creative and make their own glass panels on Monday, between 10.30am and 12noon.

On Wednesday, older children, age 12 and over can learn how to cut glass and assemble a panel which will then be fused in the centre’s kiln. The event runs from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

For more information or to book one of the courses on offer during the holidays, go to For those looking to get a bit of fresh air in their lungs, families are invited to take part in pond dipping at Herrington Country Park on Saturday, June 1.

Children can discover all the different critters and creatures lurking under the water under expert guidance. The fun gets under way at 1pm and all are welcome.

Teenagers looking to get a bit of culture into their lives can enjoy a Vintage and Retro Festival taking place on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, across the city centre.

There will be more than 20 local vintage and retro businesses selling clothes and crafts at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Mowbray Park and other venues across the city.

Vintage vehicles will be on display, as well as a band belting out classic hits on the park bandstand.

Bookworms can take part in a book making session as part of a Festival of the North East taking place in the City Library and Arts Centre in Fawcett Street, between 2pm and 3.30pm on Saturday, June 1.

For more information email Teens looking for a break from exam revision can check out some of the city’s best music during an all day festival at Sunderland Minster tomorrow.

Frankie and the Heartstrings headline the event, with Lilliput, Cohesion and Let’s Away among others playing on the day. The event has been organised by the University of Sunderland and those behind the city’s Split Festival.

Families looking for a high point during the half-term break need look no further than Penshaw Monument.

The landmark’s hidden staircase will once again be opened to the public tomorrow, between 10am and 11am.

All visits must be booked by contacting 01947 885 900.

Younger children will get the chance to meet fluffy chicks and see tiny ducklings taking their first wobbly steps at Washington Wetland’s Trust.

Duckery talks will be held everyday during half-term week, between 1pm and 2pm.

To book in advance, contact 416 5454.

Celebrations will be underway this weekend at Beamish Museum. The Empire Weekend has been organised to mark the birthday of Queen Victoria.

While a Georgian Fair from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2. Visitors can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the traditional fair.

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