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8 Fun Things To Do in Sunderland for Adults

Whether you live locally or you're a visitor to the city, there are lots of fun things for adults to do in Sunderland.

Here are 8 of our favourites:

Challenge Yourself with Adventure Sunderland

Adventure Sunderland offers an exciting range of outdoor activities that will challenge even the most fearless adventurers.

© Adventure Sunderland

From coasteering and canoeing to paddleboarding, rifle shooting, indoor climbing, fencing and even surfing, there's something for everyone.

© Adventure Sunderland

One of the most popular activities at Adventure Sunderland is kayaking - and they run adult kayak sessions so that grown-ups can enjoy this exciting activity without the kids around.


Can you Escape The Strategy?

Escape rooms are a hugely popular way for a group of friends to get together and enjoy a challenge - so it's great that Sunderland now has its own escape room: The Strategy.

© The Strategy

With themed games designed by escape room enthusiasts and a professional artist, it's no surprise that The Strategy looks great and provides a challenge to even the most experienced escape room players.

© The Strategy

In The Strategy, you witness a murder and have 60 minutes to find the clues you need to escape before you get shipped. Can you put together a team that has what it takes?


Explore the City on a Neuron E-Scooter

Electric scooters are being trialled in several cities in the UK, and now adults can try one out in Sunderland.

© Neuron e-scooter

Neuron has 300 e-scooters available to hire, and they're a fun and sustainable way to get out and about and explore the city.

You'll need to be over 18 and have a full or provisional driving licence to hire a Neuron e-scooter.

Hire costs £1 to unlock the scooter and 20 pence per minute.

© Neuron e-scooter

Alternatively, you can buy great value three-day (£15), weekly (£22) or monthly (£36) passes which let you ride for up to 90 minutes per day. Why not give them a try?


Drink and Draw at Arts Centre Washington

If you've always fancied learning to draw, but never got around to it, the Drink and Draw Life Drawing sessions at Arts Centre Washington are ideal for you.

Drink and Draw is a sketching social with a life model, where you can learn tips and techniques for life drawing, and relax and enjoy a drink at the same time.

© Arts Centre Washington

Whether you're a total beginner, or a budding artist looking to improve your skills and take on a new challenge, Drink and Draw is a fun way to spend an evening.

All the equipment you need is provided, but you're free to bring your own if you prefer.


Hands-on Workshops at The National Glass Centre

Sunderland is world famous for its glass industry, so it's fitting that it's home to the National Glass Centre.

© National Glass Centre

The museum is home to a fascinating and beautiful collection of glass objects, but you don't have to just look at the glassware, they also offer lots of opportunities to get hands-on and have a go yourself.

The classes and workshops change regularly so there's always something new to try.

Just a few examples of what's available include: Stained Glass Leaded Technique for Beginners, Introduction to Ceramics - Throwing, Make your own Flameworked Beads, Introducing Fused Glass or a Glass Tableware Taster Session.

© National Glass Centre

These workshops are great fun, and you get to create something beautiful, but you'll need to book your session in advance on the Sunderland Culture website.


Go to a Gig at The Fire Station

The Fire Station is a live music and performance venue with a great selection of musical events of all genres as well as theatre and comedy performances.

© The Fire Station

Whether you love dance, enjoy going to see a play, are devoted to jazz or just love rock bands, there's plenty at The Fire Station for you to enjoy.

Within The Fire Station, you'll find The Engine Room which offers great quality food made with fresh locally-sourced ingredients.

© The Fire Station

You can also choose from their range of beers and cocktails, or opt for a soft drink instead. It's an ideal place for a meal before the performance.


Try Skiing at Silksworth Sports Complex

With two dedicated nursery slopes and a main slope which is 160m long, Silksworth can rightly claim to be the North East's premier ski facility.

© Silksworth Sports Centre

Silksworth also has a team of highly qualified instructors, so lessons are available for skiers of all abilities, from first-timers to experts. Snowboarders are also welcome.

© Silksworth Sports Centre

If skiing's not your thing, there's an athletics track where you can book individual lanes, and football pitches available for 6 or 11-a-side games.


Climb Souter Lighthouse and Enjoy the View

Souter Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse which offers wonderful views of the rugged Whitburn Coastal Park.

Souter Lighthouse © Andrew Stawarz via Flickr

Whitburn Coastal Park is a nature reserve with a network of coastal paths to explore and designated wildlife viewing areas.

Built in 1871, Souter was the first lighthouse which was designed to use electric light, and today it contains interesting displays about its history.

Souter Lighthouse overlooks The Leas - two and a half miles of grassland and wildflower meadows.

Souter Lighthouse © Steve_w via Flickr

The Lighthouse Café offers snacks, light meals and drinks with indoor or outdoor seating. There are also ice cream kiosks open in the warmer months.



Whether you want to enjoy live music, ski, learn to draw, take on tricky puzzles, enjoy nature, make glass, explore by e-scooter or try exciting outdoor activities, there are lots of fun things for grown-ups to do in Sunderland.

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