Beach fun will be a shore thing in Sunderland shopping centre

A previous session at The Bridges indoor beach in Sunderland.
A previous session at The Bridges indoor beach in Sunderland.
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An annual city attraction which brings the outdoors in opens today.

The indoor beach has returned to The Bridges shopping centre, with a host of free events throughout August.

Many of the events are themed around Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the classic novel.

The first event, today, will give shoppers the chance to listen to Alice tell stories about her adventures in Wonderland, including falling down the rabbit hole and meeting the caterpillar.

The storytelling event, which will run from noon until 4pm, will include the chance to have a photo taken with Alice and a story at quarter past every hour.

On August 27, visitors will also be able to get involved in a number of Alice-related craft activities, including working together to help create a large mural dedicated to all things Alice and Sunderland.

Andy Bradley, centre director at The Bridges, said: “We’re always looking for ways to enhance our visitors’ shopping experience, and with the anniversary of such an iconic novel this year, what better way to do it.

“These events will be fun for anybody who wants to come along and we will also be using them to support some great local causes too.”

After both events, shoppers will be able to meet the rest of Alice’s friends, including the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, the caterpillar, the doormouse and playing card number 5.

The events are being run by North East Theatre Space, which specialises in creating dramatic productions in unconventional spaces.

Entry to the beach is £1.