To mark the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, there were host of amazing fun events held in Keel Square.
This event marked the start of a month of celebrations. Alice’s adventures continue will continue with Down the Rabbit Hole on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm in the Market Square. This time it’s our fluffy friend, you need to look out for. Grab a picture with Alice and the White Rabbit on the Giant Grass Throne, which could be your chance of winning the ads. Activities will include a rabbit petting zoo, face painting, giant lawn games, photographs on the giant grass throne, buskers and performances from Kathleen Davis Dance School.
There will be a 1950s summer fair at the Donnison Heritage Centre on Saturday, September 5, from noon- 4pm. Stalls will include cards and prints, Jewellery, bric-a-brac, books, cakes, toys and plants stalls, tombola, raffle, races, children’s games, bottle tombola, face painting, photo booth, vintage tearoom, 1950s/60s fashion show, music and dance from the 50s with The Canny Bunch Performers and crafts. Beamish will provide a 1950s exhibit. Go along and enjoy the extravaganza, get dressed up in 1950s-60s outfits and take part in a fashion show. There will be a prize for the best dressed 1950s character. Entrance will be 50p and there will be fun for the whole family. If you would like your own table-top, the cost is £15, ring 0191 565 4835 for more details.
About 20 members of Friends of Sunderland Museums visited Chester-le-Street Parish Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert last week. They were given a talk on the history of the church and the Anker’s House, which was the home of an anker (anchorite or religious recluse) in the middle ages. The church was founded in the ruins of a Roman fort in 883 AD by Guthred Prince of Northumbria to house the body of St Cuthbert. Among the items in the church are 11 effigies of Lumley Warriors, 16 stained glass windows and a facsimile of the Lindisfarne Gospels.
Summer holiday activities are taking place in Sunderland Museum. On Friday there will be a Red, White and Blue Day from 11am- 12.30pm and 1.30pm –3pm. Join in for a day of all things patriotic with medal making, marching and much more.
George Maling Trail will be at Sunderland Museum until August 31. Sunderland’s only winner of the Victoria Cross during the First World War.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is holding summer workshops, adapted for children with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) in a quiet room. To speak to the learning team, ring 0191 561 2323 for more details.
Can you play badminton? New players are welcome at the Raich Carter Centre tomorrow at 8pm-9.30pm. For more details contact Carol on 5220909 or Susan on 5288031.
An exhibition, featuring Canaletto’s A Regatta on the Grand Canal, which is on loan from the National Gallery, will be on display until September 13 at Sunderland Museum. There are Canaletto Guided Tours from 3.30pm–4.30pm (20 minute tours, start times vary) each Wedneday until August 26, meet at the art gallery on level two.
Hendon Community Association meets in Seafarers Way, Moor Terrace. A drop- in luncheon club is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am-3.30pm. Bingo is held on Mondays from 6.30pm -9.30pm (over 18s). For further information, ring 0191 5655648.
Sunderland Museums exhibition on Sunderland’s First World War: The Home front will run until Sunday, August 31.
Slimming World meets in Hendon Community Library, Villette Road, on Thursdays at 7.30pm. Contact Michael 07472505599 for more details.
Hendon Karate class is held in Cheers pub on Wednesday and Fridays from 6pm -7pm. For further details, ring 07932724720.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society Archives at the Sunderland Antiquarian and Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, are open for research on Wednesdays from 10am-noon and Saturdays from 9.30am-noon.