The event

As the start host port for The Tall Ships Races 2018, Sunderland expects to welcome 80 Tall Ships that will travel from all corners of the globe to reach the city and share in the celebrations. The beautiful vessels are themselves centre stage at this breathtaking event, opening to allow free public access at set times on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the event.

A captivating programme of entertainment and cultural activity will be delivered across the city over four days, stretching from Port of Sunderland, a hidden gem at the heart of maritime activity in the city, over to the North banks of the River Wear, home to University of Sunderland and the award-winning National Glass Centre, travelling up through the city centre to Keel Square, an attractive public space and boulevard full of Sunderland’s heritage and over to the twin coastal resorts of Roker and Seaburn, with beach sporting activities and spectacular viewing points as the ships arrive and depart.

Each day will offer something different, keeping the crowds entertained and ensuring that The Tall Ships Races 2018 in Sunderland remains a cherished memory in the minds of visitors for many years to come.

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