Here are some summer vacation family activities to enjoy as Sunderland Winter Gardens turns 20

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This month’s celebrations are firmly focused on family fun as well as celebrating the building’s history and the simple steps we can all take to help protect our planet.

Councilor Linda Williams, Vibrant City cabinet member at Sunderland City Council, said: “The Winter Gardens have remained a family favorite since it opened 20 years ago, with visitors enjoying it when they were children now bringing their own families back to enjoy all he has. to offer.

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The winter gardens opened in 2001

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such a tranquil green oasis in the heart of our bustling downtown area and we hope visitors will continue to enjoy coming back time and time again for many years to come.”

Some of the activities planned for the Winter Gardens anniversary: ​​* A fun anniversary trail, launched on Wednesday July 21, exploring the different ways we can all protect our planet through the simple choices we all make every day.

The trails cost £ 2.50 including magnifying glass.

Wednesday July 28, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.Decorate your own parrot glider, inspired by the talking parrot in the original Victorian Winter Gardens. £ 2 per child. A 50 pence booking fee applies online. Reservation required, visit website or shop for details.Wednesday August 4, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.Build and decorate your own wooden planter to grow flowers and herbs at home. £ 2 per child. A 50 pence booking fee applies online. Reservation required, visit website or shop for details.Wednesday August 11 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.Make a beautiful fish windsock with colorful scales to float in the wind. £ 2 per child. A 50 pence booking fee applies online. Reservation required, visit website or shop for details.Wednesday. August 18, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.Make your own garden bugs from air-dried clay. Your insects can be painted when dry. £ 2 per child. A 50 pence booking fee applies online. Reservation required, visit website or shop for details.Wednesday August 25, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.Make a leafy conservatory-inspired sun catcher to hang on your window. £ 2 per child. A 50 pence booking fee applies online. Reservation required, visit website or shop for details. Grade 1 students at Hudson Road Elementary School have created birthday cards and banners for Winter Gardens’ 20th anniversary celebrations, 50 of which will be made into window vinyls for Winter’s learning space. Gardens.

A view of the dome and the footbridge

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A short documentary film was made by 3rd year media studies students at the University of Sunderland, exploring the history of the original winter gardens and the creation of the building as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment in dollars funded by the 2000/2001 Mowbray Park and Museum Heritage Lottery and ending with a look back over the past 20 years of some of the most important and special events that have taken place in the Winter Gardens during this period.

The film can be viewed on the My Sunderland website and on the Sunderland Culture website, on social media and on museum screens throughout the summer.

The magnificent aquatic sculpture by William Pye

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