With temperatures comparing to the likes of Spain, I’m sure many people are considering a North East staycation this summer, and why not? Sunderland already has plenty to offer, so no matter how you like to spend your holidays you’re sure to find sometime to suit you and your family. No matter the staycation I’m here to make sure you’re well prepared, so take a look at my summer staycation essentials for all occasions…
Sea & Shores
Make most of the weather by heading to one of Sunderland’s award-winning beaches. Roker and Seaburn are the perfect place to unwind, whether you’re looking for somewhere scenic to spend with the family, or want to enjoy some traditional fish and chips with a view, there’s miles of beautiful coastline from which to choose the best spot. For a day at the beach take everything you’d need if you were spending the day poolside – SPF, towels, sunglasses, swimwear and reading material – with the addition of a cooler. This is ideal for a picnic and countless ice creams!
Malibu Lotion SPF30 200ml, £3.49, Superdrug
Sunglasses, £16, River Island
Floozie by Frost French, £40, Debenhams
When The Curtain Falls, £12.99, Waterstones
Lemon & Orange Cool Bag, £4, Tiger
Burgers & BBQs
The BBQ is going, the patio furniture is out and the paddling pool is full and ready to go, lazy weekends in the garden are the perfect way to soak up with sunshine while spending time with family and friends. It’s also a great excuse to treat yourself to some new garden furniture too!
BBQ Bucket With Bag, £20, Tiger
Monaco Garden Bar Set Light Grey, £899, NEXT
Wildlife & Walks
A pair of comfortable shoes, a backpack and your smartphone, and you’re ready to explore Sunderland’s greenbelt. With options spanning from one of Sunderland’s largest parks, Herrington Park, with countless walking trails and wildlife, to Penshaw Monument, there’s plenty things to see while the sun is shining. For the keen explore, who wants to see their accomplishments, there are countless activity trackers available. So, with every expedition you can travel that little bit further.
Red Hel 18-PCT704 Hiking Backpack, £16.99, TKMAXX
Down Radar Mix Quilt Jacket, £129, Superdry
Fitbit Charge 2 Blue, £110, Debenhams
Water Bottle, £3, Tiger
Picnics & Parks
Pack an abundance of tasty treats and enjoy a fun-filled day in one of the North East’s oldest parks. Often described as ‘the jewel in the crown of the city centre,’ Mowbray Park is a municipal park and the ideal place to spend with friends and family. With plenty of rolling greenery, take along your own games for the lawn, which are perfect for keeping your little ones entertained while you unwind with a good book.
Navy 4 Person Picnic Rucksack, £45, Debenhams
Round Picnic Blanket, £20, Tiger
Croquet Garden Games, £19.99, TKMAXX
City & Culture
Want to soak in some city culture? No problem. Sunderland is home to plenty of libraries and museums – the latter being The Winter Gardens. With a collection dating back to 1846, there are plenty of surprises to discover, including the most famous object – Wallace the lion. With loads of interesting facts to take in, make sure you pack your notepads, stationery and, if you have one, your camera!
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