Sunderland Illuminations Festival 2017 – But you have to pay again

Now that the schools are going back and autumn is drawing near, we don’t have too long to wait for a massive North East event to make its return for 2017.

Since making their comeback a few years ago, Sunderland Illuminations have been a very popular draw on Wearside and this year should be no different.

In fact if anything, with the theme for 2017 being Disney, the annual event is on course to attracted more visitors than every before when it lights up Sunderland from October 5 to November 5.

Sunderland Illuminations will welcome Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and characters from Frozen to shine at the event, which will see the seafront lit up with an display of traditional lights. And there will also be a welcome return for the big wheel and fairground.

Like last year, entry to Roker Park won’t be free so here’s all you need to know.

How to get tickets for Sunderland Illuminations?

Roker Park will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from October 5 to November 5 plus every night at half term, from 5pm – 10pm each night.

Like 2016, visitors will be required to pay a small fee of £1 online booking or £2 at the gate to get in.