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Buses for Sunderland Illuminations 2018

News   •   Oct 16, 2018 08:20 BST

Sunderland Illuminations will be back spreading sparkle along Roker and Seaburn seafront from Thursday 18 October until Sunday 18 November.

The Festival of Light, held in Roker Park, will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 18 October to 18 November, plus every night at half term (week commencing 22 October), from 4pm – 9.30pm each night. Entry is by ticket only with more information available at

As well as feature lighting right along the seafront, the popular illuminated observation wheel will return to Cliffe Park and traditional fairground rides and quality catering concessions will run from Cliffe Park to Bede’s Cross.

Please note that the event will be closed on Sunday 11 November for Remembrance Sunday.

Getting there

We will be running special service 101, from Thursday 18 October - Sunday 18 November on Thursdays, Friday, Saturdays and Sundays, plus every day during half term week (22-26 October).

Buses start at 3.30pm and run every 20 minutes until 5pm and will then run every 10 minutes until 9.50pm. Buses start at Keel Square (north side bus stop near to St Mary’s Car Park) via the Wheatsheaf, Newcastle Road and Sea Road, and will drop off at Seaburn Tram Shelter. Return journeys will be from any bus stop on the sea front starting at the Tram Shelter going southwards, and the bus will run towards Bungalow Café, along Harbour View and then back to Keel Square. The last bus departs Seaburn Tram Shelter at 10.05pm.

  • £1.50 per adult single trip
  • £2.50 per adult return
  • £1 single fare per journey for everyone aged 18 and under

All buses are wheelchair and pushchair accessible. Go North East tickets and passes are valid on this service. Concessionary Passes and all other Network One tickets/passes will not be valid.

Thursday 18 October - Sunday 18 November (runs Thursday to Sunday, daily during half term week 22-26 October) 

Please note that there will be no service on Sunday 11 November.