The Peacock, 287 High St W, Sunderland, UK
DOOR / CURFEW TIMES
Friday Box Office - NOON
First Act - 19.30 / Curfew - 01.00
Saturday Box Office - 11.00am
First Act - 12.00 / Curfew - 01.30
Sunderland is blessed with a variety of hotel options depending on your fancy.
There are 3 City Centre Hotels which are situated 5 mins from the festival location. These are highly recommended due to their incredible ease to get to and from the festival site.
The Premier Inn City Centre
1-3 Hind Street, Sunderland, GB SR1 3QD
Keel Square, Sunderland, GB SR1 3DS
Travelogue City Centre
Low Row, St Michaels Way, Low Row, Sunderland SR1 3PY
Aside from those more central options there are some lovely Hotels and traditional Bed and Breakfast dotted along the beautiful Sunderland Coast. These offer fantastic views and are recommended for those who may want to budget or indulge.
Hotels such as historic The Roker Hotel, (Roker Ter, Sunderland, SR6 9ND) with its fantastic sea views based in the Roker area, as well as 5 mins along the road the newly built contemporary Seaburn Inn (Whitburn Road Seaburn, Fulwell, Sunderland, SR6 8AA) which overlooks the stunning Seaburn coastline. Each hotel is approx a 5 min taxi ride to the festival location.
There are of course a number of Air Bnb options. If we were to choose an Air Bnb we would personally look at the Coastal area of either Roker or Seaburn. As mentioned above these offer wonderful views and calm locations alongside the many cafes, bars and local shops.
GETTING TO BOUNDARIES
T R A I N - There are only a number of trains that arrive direct into Sunderland each day which travel from the North and South so please choose accordingly. There are however many more trains that arrive into Newcastle Central Station. Sunderland is a quick 25 minute Metro ride away or a 15 min Northern Rail journey away from Newcastle depending on your choice.
Both are very pleasant and you will have a great spot checking out the beautiful landscape on route! Tickets are average around £3 one way single, but tickets need to be bought before travel.
C A R - If driving from the South into the North East, carry on the M1/ A1 until you see signs for A19 then head for Sunderland / Sunderland City Centre.
If approaching from Scotland use the M74 / A69 near Glasgow or use the A1 when travelling from Edinburgh / East Coast.
Again follow signs for the A19 when close to the North East and head towards Sunderland.
F L I G H T S - Flying to Newcastle Airport is your best option, once arrived you can grab a direct metro to Sunderland from the airport ( located a few mins walk through the airport main entrance onto the outside platforms). Pay for a ticket before travel by purchasing at the yellow machines. Prices are around £4.50 single one way. This metro will take you straight to Sunderland and take around 50 mins.
There are Taxi options from the Airport to Sunderland, the costs vary but on average it is between £40/£60 depending on the amount of passengers.
O N FO O T - Once you have arrived in Sunderland via trains or metro, the venue locations are a mere 8 minutes walk away from Sunderland Station. Leave Sunderland Station and take a direct right, walk for few minutes through the shopping centre and you will finally reach High St West, then take a left on High St West, keep going until you reach Keel Square. Carry on through Keel Square and you will notice The Peacock Venue on your left as walking onwards. Very very simple.
T A X I - Taxis wont take you from Sunderland Station to the venues due to how close they are, but obviously there are exceptions. Certainly if travelling heavy and looking for Hotels they may help of course. Taxis from Newcastle will take approx 20 mins and cost between on average £30 / £45.
B U S (LOCAL) - If travelling to and from Newcastle, there is the Number 56 Bus, which takes you directly from Newcastle City Centre or Gateshead Interchange into Sunderland City Centre ( St Marys Bus Stop, Sunderland ). This leaves approx every 15 mins until early evening. Then every half hour till Midnight.
The festival is literally 5 mins walk from the St Marys bus stop. The journey takes around 40 / 50 minutes depending on traffic BUT only costs £2 to travel.
When leaving Sunderland to return to Newcastle the Number 56 Bus will leave from Fawcett Street which is about 8 mins walk away from the festival area. After 23.05 the No 56 will leave every hour until 05.05 where it will resume every 25 mins. Again this will take you around 40/50 mins but late at night its often quicker due to not many stops occurring. This will again cost you only £2 to travel.
Where can I exchange my eTicket for a wristband?
You will be able to pick up either your 2 Day Pass or Single Day Pass Wristband from THE PEACOCK VENUE. Please see festival staff or enquire with Venue staff when you arrive.
Friday 24th from Noon / Sat 25th from 11am
CASH ON SITE
All venues accept cash and card, with many card machines accessible near to each location if needed.