If you’re looking for inspiration, here’s a handy guide to events.
1st runway, keel square
You still have time to strap on your skates at Keel Square Roller Rink, open until September 4th. A number of events will take place over the bank holiday weekend including a 00s Night from 19:00-20:00 on 26 August, a DJ Jamal live set from 19:00-20:00 on 27 August, Summer Anthems from 7pm to 8pm on August 28, Disco Dolls from 11am to 12pm on August 29 and Learn to Skate with Sunderland Roller Derby from 2pm to 3pm. Tickets are available on arrival only (cash or card payment): £10 for adults, £8 for youth (5-17 years), £4 for children (4 years and under), £28 for a family ticket (2nd generation). adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children) Prices include rental of roller skates, knee pads and helmets, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Photo: Stu Norton
2. Pop-up Park, Kielplatz
The Pop Up Park in Keel Square hosts events throughout the summer and there’s plenty to do over the bank holiday weekend. There will be a Wake up, Shake up event with Betsy Jenny Wellbeing Cafe on Saturday and a Fun in the Sun event with ArtVentures and the Durham Wildlife Trust on Monday 28th August with habitat trays and nature crafts attending the people can participate in.
3. Steamy Weekend, Ryhope Engine Museum
See the giant jet engines working on steam power when the Ryhope Engine Museum hosts a steamy weekend from Saturday 27th August to Monday 28th August. Military vehicles are also on display on Sunday and Monday. Admission is free and there is free parking. The museum is open daily from 11am to 4pm when it’s under steam
Photo: Tim Richardson
4th Classic Car Rally, Seaburn
The annual Seaburn Vehicle Rally takes place on Monday 29th August and there is a huge variety of attractions at the Recreation Park. Nostalgic bus rides from yesteryear are offered along the coast every 30 minutes, but that’s not the only highlight at the rally, organized by the North East Bus Preservation Trust. The huge show, now in its 37th year, also includes buses, coaches, fire engines and commercial vehicles. Seven hours of fun begin at 10am. There will also be stalls selling toys, models, books, photos and other transport items.
Photo: national world