THEY’RE back – and we’re hoping for a cracking response to our What’s On Where Awards.
Once again, we are looking for the very best in the arts, culture, hospitality and leisure sectors of Wearside. Enter your nominations here.
The awards are held in association with our weekly entertainments guide, Wow 24/7, and aim to reward the elite in everything from restaurants to children’s venues, takeaways to parks and community areas, and hotels to the best shopping experience.
It’s only the second time we have held the awards and we want to build on the success of last year’s great inaugural competition.
That’s where you come in. We want you to nominate your favourites in each of the categories listed on this page. There is plenty of time to put forward your favourites as the deadline for entries is February 5, next year.
We will be revealing the winners on February 26 in a glittering finale at The Best Western Roker Hotel.
You could be following in the footsteps of last year’s winners, including Peter Reynolds, who won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Judges heard how the pensioner, from Barnes, had been an active member of The Royalty Theatre for more than 50 years, helping to keep Sunderland’s oldest community theatre alive.
Ryhope Community Carnival won the Community Event of the Year title while South Hylton Working Men’s Club won the social club crown.
There were equally impressive stories in many other categories.
We want to find the successors to those fantastic winners and we need your nominations.
So whether you are a clubber, pubber, shopper, theatre-goer, or diner, we want you to get involved.
Send in your entries and put your favourites in the running.
And if there’s more than one cause that you love, put them all in the running and make the judges’ job really hard.
Let’s make it an awards to remember.
•Make your nominations here
The categories for this year’s awards:
*Restaurant of the year
This award recognises good food, great service and an overall ambience.
•Entertainer of the year
Anyone with the ability to entertain deserves to be nominated. It could be a magician, DJ, band or group, or children’s entertainer. We are looking for people who can make an audience laugh, dance or simply join in and have fun.
•Show/Performance of the Year
This award will recognise an outstanding performance or show. This could be a musical, theatre performance, community theatre performance or an outstanding comedian.
•Pub of the Year
This award is for pubs that display consistent excellence in service, variety, choice and entertainment which will suit all age groups. The pub can be family-orientated or serve fine ales wines, serve good bar meals and have themed nights.
•Social Club of the Year
This award recognises everything from a social club to a working man’s club. A private club can also be included. We are looking to reward a well-run club with a strong team behind it.
•Night Club of the Year
This award will recognise a night club that offers good service, great music, themed nights in a safe environment.
•Recreation facility/children’s venue of the Year
This award is to recognise places of entertainment and recreation. The category covers a broad range of recreation activities, from a sports hall that holds youth meetings to cinemas, arcades, shooting ranges, ski slopes and many more.
•Takeaway of the Year
This is to recognise the best takeaway, good service great food excellent delivery service.
•Park/Community Area of the Year
This award is to recognise the park or community area that is family friendly and offers a wide range of facilities for a great day out.
•Contribution to Culture
This award is to recognise a group or individual that has had an impact on the cultural scene of Wearside.
•Lifetime Achievement Award
This award recognises the outstanding achievement of a group or individual over many years. They should be someone who has contributed to Wearside’s leisure and entertainment scene.
•Hotel/Guest House of the Year
This is to recognise excellence in guest service and operations, hospitality, and quality.
•Best Shopping Experience
This award is to recognise good quality, customer service, originality and an overall enjoyable experience.