Go and See

Our Go and See programme aims to ensure that people living in Sunderland and South Tyneside get the chance to experience the best arts and cultural events happening across the North East and beyond.

We’re working with theatres, galleries, festivals and artists to gain access to special events, back stage tours and discounted tickets for people living in our wards.

We hope that Go and See will help encourage people to go and see something new without having to worry too much about the cost of tickets or of transport.

We have previously had Go and See’s to theatre shows at Sunderland Empire, The Customs House, The Festival of Thrift, The Northern Children’s Book Festival at MIMA and more.

For more information about the Go and See Programme, please contact Georgia Shippen.

Current Go and See opportunities:

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life In Drawing

We have a very special opportunity to see the extraordinary drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists the world has ever known at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens.

Working in partnership with Sunderland Culture and Sunderland City Council you can join our unique tours, especially for anyone who has never been to the museum before. You will be able to see the many different drawings and learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s life, with time to explore the exhibition, discuss ideas and ask questions. Our special offer includes transport (if required), a free ticket and a tour of the museum.

Our free Leonardo da Vinci tours are available on:
Tuesday 16th April
Saturday 4th May

The tours are particularly aimed at residents in Southwick, Redhouse, Castletown, Pallion, St. Anne’s, Sandhill, Millfield and Hendon wards, however, anyone who is resident in Sunderland and has not been to the museum before is welcome to join us. Please note under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

Spaces are limited and you will need to book to secure your space. To book please email booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 4278197 and more information will be sent upon booking.

The exhibition takes place at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP from 1st February – 6th May 2019 and is priced at £2.50 per person aged 16 and over.


Miss Julie

Friday 29th March, 7.30pm, The Exchange, Howard Street,

North Shields, NE30 1SE

We have a special discounted ticket offer to see ‘Miss Julie’ by Elysium TC who are an independent theatre company from Durham. They are presenting a North East tour of the play by August Strindberg throughout March and April 2019.

Miss Julie tells the story where for one night only servants and masters are equal, and drink and dance together into the small hours. With the Lord away, his daughter, Miss Julie, strays into the servants quarters in search of the Head Butler, John. As the two play with fire, their mutual attraction drives them together with fatal consequences…

We have a limited 15 tickets available at £5 each to see the play at The Exchange in North Shields. Tickets can be bought by visiting www.ticketsource.co.uk/theexchange for the show on Friday 29th March at 7.30pm. When booking choose ‘General Admission’ and then enter CULTURAL SPRING for the discount code.

You can also ring the box office on 0191 258 4111 to speak to a member of the team.

There will be a special Q&A after the show with director and producer Jake Murray.

Elysium TC are also looking for 5 -10 performers to take part in the Servants Ensemble during the four performances at the Exchange, North Shields from 28th – 30th March. This will involve movement and acting, as the servants take over the stage for five minutes.

Performers will be required to attend 2 – 3 rehearsals at the Exchange prior to the show, one of which will be the evening of 27th March. Exact rehearsal times are to be announced but will all be evening and/ or weekend sessions to avoid work hours.

This will be volunteer work but will be a lot of fun. You can be involved as much or as little as you like during the performancesIf you are interested email Jake Murray on connectjm2009@gmail.com.Find out more at:


Forbidden Corner

Saturday 6th April

Join us for a family day out to Forbidden Corner in North Yorkshire. Explore the weird and wonderful statues, get lost in the mazes and labyrinth of tunnels, chambers and more. It’s a perfect family adventure.

£7 per person.

The bus will depart The Customs House at 9.30am and then pick up from the University of Sunderland’s City Campus at 10am.

To reserve your place on either bus please email booking@theculturalspring.org.uk or call 0191 427 8197. Further information will be given upon booking.