Popular Hadrian's Tipi to pitch up in Sunderland this Christmas

Sunderland is set to be in pole position this Christmas with the news that the popular Hadrian's Tipi will be pitching up in the city for the festivities.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 2:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 2:32 pm
A previous Hadiran's Tipi. Photo by Max Cooper

After building up a popular following at its previous winter seasons in Newcastle, the pop-up bar and food stalls will this year head to the city centre’s Keel Square.

Running from October 15 to January 7, the tipi is set to be an added attraction to the Sunderland BID ice rink which is set to return this winter.

Sunderland-born businessman Neill Winch, chief executive of Danieli Holdings Group, which runs the tipis, said: “Having been born and raised in the city I’m really excited to be able to bring the experience of Hadrian’s Tipi to Sunderland.

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“My local knowledge and wanting to give the people of the city a unique experience was a vital factor in deciding where our next tipi camp would be in the lead up to Christmas.”

Sharon Appleby, head of business operations at Sunderland BID, which is working with Danieli Holdings on bringing the tipi to Sunderland, believes it will be a real asset.

“The ice rink and the tipi at Keel Square will definitely add to the city’s Christmas experience, bringing in both local people and those from further afield,” she said. “The experience in Newcastle was that businesses in the area where the tipi is situated benefited hugely and we are confident this will be the case in Sunderland.”

Along with the tipi there will be seven street food operators serving a variety of artisan foods in and around the main tent, including authentic bratwurst and frankfurters from a traditional Schwenker grill.

One of the vendors, Alex Hatch, owner of Hatch 76, who will be serving their street food at Hadrian’s Tipi, said: “The most important thing to remember is that Hadrian’s Tipi in Sunderland will bring together the people in the city.

“It’s a wonderful place for people to come together to eat, drink and enjoy the entertainment and something that I am sure the people of Sunderland will embrace with open arms.

“The benefits to the city are that the traders based there will also reap the rewards of the many visitors that Hadrian’s Tipi brings, and that can only be a good thing all round for the area.”