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Open Daily 10:00 - 17:00 Call: 0191 515 5555

BOOK BY PHONE: 0191 568 9700

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National Glass Centre smashes visitor targets for a second year running

Released: Monday 20th July 2015 at 10:17

National Glass Centre goes from strength to strength as it welcomes over 200,000 visitors – smashing visitor targets for a second year running and showing no sign of slowing down for Summer!

National Glass Centre was delighted to welcome its 200,000 visitor for the year 2014 – 15 this week, smashing targets for the year and solidifying its reputation as one of the North East’s most popular tourist attractions.

Since the Centre re-opened after extensive development in 2013, visitors have flocked to the attraction and the Centre has been delighted with the positive feedback it has received.

Michelle Daurat, Interim Director of National Glass Centre said “We are over the moon with the continued success of National Glass Centre.  Our local visitors and people from further afield have been overwhelmingly supportive of the improvements we have made.  Our aim is to become a source of pride for the local community, a place that celebrates Sunderland’s rich industrial heritage and nurtures its glass making future, a real cultural gem for the City.”

The 30% increase in visitor numbers, year on year, is down in large part to the increased family activities and glass making experiences that the Centre is providing, to get more local people involved in glass making and arts and crafts and this Summer is no exception!

Families can come along to National Glass Centre during the summer holidays and enjoy affordable, drop-in craft activities with their brand new programme of creative workshops for children of all ages! A new project, launched this year enables children age 6 and above to make a decorative glass fish using sand casting techniques.  This is the first time National Glass Centre have been able to offer a hot glass making experience to children this young and it promises to be very popular with bookings already filling up.


National Glass Centre’s Brasserie is also running a series of monthly events involving live music, food and drink, these events are held on the last Friday of every month and bookings for their July Bourbon and Blues and August Gin and Jazz nights are now open.

See below for full listings of all National Glass Centre’s Summer activities or visit their website:


Tiny Tweeties
Children from ages 0 – 5 can sing their hearts out in this fun and educational session with the Tiny Tweeties duo. These 45 minute sessions are based around regularly-changing themes.
 Monday 20 and 27 July / Drop-in / 10.00 and 11.00 / Age 0-5 / £4.50pp
Tiny Tweeties will resume their usual weekly session on Monday 7 September.


Recycled Papercraft
A range of recycled paper craft projects inspired by our exhibitions.                              
Monday 20 and 27 July / Drop-in 13.00 – 17.00 / FREE
Then every Monday from 3 to 31 August / Drop-in 11.00 – 17.00 / FREE


Pet Rocks
Paint and decorate a ceramic rock to make your own, easy to care for pet.
Tuesday 21 July and 11 August / Drop-in 10.30 – 15.00 / Age 3+ / £2pp


Summer Suncatchers
Decorate a colourful window decoration inspired by  summertime
Tuesday 28 July and 18 August / Drop-in 10.30 – 15.00 / Age 4+ / £3pp


Clay Prints
Create impressions on clay using plants, shells and other natural objects, for a lasting memento of summer.
Tuesday 4 and 25 August / Drop-in 10.30 – 15.00 / Age 3+ / £2pp


Mosaic Photo Frames*
Make a decorative mosaic frame using brightly coloured glass, then fill it with your favourite family photo.
Wednesday 22 July, 5 and 19 August / Bookable / 10.15, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.00 / Age 6+ / £12 /Book Online:


Fused Glass Coasters*
Design and make a pair of unique fused glass coasters.
Wednesday 29 July, 12 and 26 August / Bookable / 10.15, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.00 / Age 6+ / £12 / Book Online:


Make a Hot Fish

Create a fish using sand to make a mould. Then, by adding colour and decoration your design becomes unique. You will then watch as your own design is transformed by the our studio team, pouring molten glass to produce your individual piece of art.

This is a wonderful workshop for anyone over the age of 6 years and a rare opportunity to be involved with ‘hot glass’.

Every Thursday and Saturday from 23 July – 29 August / 9.30 – 10.30 or 10.30 -11.30 / £14 / Suitable for ages 6+

Book Online:

Call to book: 0191 515 5555 (Option 9)


Magic Lanterns

Make a Magic Lantern in preparation for the Sunderland Illuminations lantern parade!

Jam Jar lanterns / Friday 24 July, 7, 14 & 21 August / Drop-in 10.30 – 15.00 / Age 4+ / £3pp                                                                           

Beautifully Crafted Lanterns / Friday 31 July and 28 August / Bookable /10.15, 11.30, 13.30 and 15.00 / Age 7+ /£4


Alice is 150!

We’re celebrating Alice is 150 with our Alice in Wonderland themed family fun day on Friday 14 August. Join us for a whimsical day of Alice in Wonderland crafts and activities, including, drop in sessions like paint a tea cup and make a Mad Hatter’s top hat, a screening of the original Disney film and themed face painting.

Paint a Tea Cup / Drop-in 10.30 – 15.00 / Age 4+ / £5
Mad Hatter’s Top Hats / Drop-in 10.30 – 15.00 / Age 4+ / £2
Alice in Wonderland original Disney film / Drop-in / 10.30 and 14.00 / Certificate U / £2pp
Facepainting / Drop-in / 10.30 – 16.00 / £2pp


And for the adults! Sounds of the Summer...

Enjoy a relaxing Summer evening of great music, food and drink in our Brasserie.

Gin & Jazz / 28 August / 20.00 / £25

A fabulously decadent evening of live jazz, gin cocktails and a delicious three-course meal.

Bourbon and Blues / 31 July & 25 September / 20.00 / £25

Satisfy your southern soul with a night of bourbon, blues and a sizzling American themed menu.

Book online: / Or call: 0191 515 555 (Option 9)



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