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Come Outside 2024

Living wall


University of Sunderland

3-day pilot event 

28-30 May 2024

Keel Edge & City Hall, Sunderland

Riverside Park will open as a brand-new public space in 2025. 

‘Come Outside’ will pilot activations to attract city-wide residents of all ages to embrace and encourage a new healthy, sociable and sustainable way of life. 

Anchored at Keel Edge directly opposite City Hall, “Come Outside” gives the city the opportunity to explore the art of the possible in the development and usage of this meanwhile event space.

Come along and join us as we start to show our thriving, healthy and sustainable city has a brand-new outdoor lifestyle scene for all our residents to be part of.

An unrivalled opportunity for residents from across the city to be invited to the future development of the public realm and for us to actively engage their appetite and insight with new and exciting attractions, competitions and prizes.

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Lady  SkatersTyres Park

Keel Edge Programme

Plot 12 Growing wall

The perfect setting for trialling new street art, growing walls, outdoor furniture, pop-up containers and surrounding infrastructure whilst piloting attractions and gathering footage for Expo Sunderland which goes big in 2025.

Over the 3 days, sustainable outside exhibits and activations will include:

  • Community growing & planting
  • Healthy eating and pop-up food and drink
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation
  • Sustainable arts and crafts
  • Eco spaces and garden displays
  • Natural habitats

City Hall programme

City Hall Model

There will also be indoor seminars, workshops and tabletop exhibits within City Hall for residents to:

  • Try on VR headsets to visualise what Riverside Park will look like
  • Have your say on designing fixed recreation in the new park
  • Practical advice on growing your own produce and loving your balcony
  • Discover biodiversity hacks 
  • Introductions to outdoor mindfulness techniques
  • Scheduled tours of inside City Hall and chance to see the panoramic views and the model of the new city on the 6th Floor

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Event partners

Activation sponsors

Sustainable branding 



Live talks




J & B

Outside concession spaces

Pop-Up/ table top spaces in City Hall events



Schools and colleges

Charities and communities