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Expo Sunderland

Expo Sunderland is all about coming together to find new ways to make our cities healthier, our homes greener, and our lives better! It’ll be a big event in 2025 where we explore creative solutions to help the environment and make everything around and us, more sustainable.

It’s all happening in Riverside Sunderland, which is this exciting project in the city centre. We’re trying to make it a place where we can live that's good for the planet too - no pollution and eco-friendly.

Sunderland is already winning awards for being super smart with technology and stuff. We are on our way to becoming one of the smartest cities in the UK and you'll get to experience it all at Expo Sunderland.

2024 events are all about bringing the city centre to life and to give our visitors a taste of what's to come in 2025!

Come & Play: 20-22 Feb 24, Bridges, Sunderland (11-17yr olds)

Teenagers

Come along to experience cool new technologies, try out fun games and see innovative ideas from different businesses showing us what they do.

You can watch or have a go at photography, science, art, gaming, music, electric driving, food, fashion and a glimpse at future inventions and how they might change our lives.


Book Now! 

The event will take place in units 12-19a at The Bridges Shopping Centre.

Click here to plan your visit.

Our exhibition is now full but  if you would like to be considered for future events, please fill in this form.

Exhibitor Application 

 

Nike

Electric Driving

14-17yr olds can drive an electric car during this event.

11am, 12pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm each day.

Pick up and drop off is the taxi rank next to the former New Look store on Crowtree Road.

The pupils will be given a short group induction and each have a 10 minute drive under instruction at the Stadium of Light (yellow car park).

Please report to the pick  up point 10 minutes before each hourly slot to check for any spaces remaining at the event.

Click below to be taken to the Teendrive website to see if any slots are available to book for the following day. 

Teendrive Website 

Parents, carers and spectators are welcome to wait at the pick up point or visit other attractions for Come & Play during the hourly slots or make their own way to the Stadium of Light to watch.

Please arrive 10 mins before your time slot.

 

istage

Ambulance and emergency

Augmented reality and VR

Batak reaction wall

Build a body

Bullet-time and shadow photography

Chill out zone

Creative arts

Crime scene investigates

Cybersecurity

Electric driving*

Esports competitions

Exercise bikes

Expo footage recording

Fashion upcycling

Game design

Hairdressing & barbering

Image

Lego coding

Live guest appearances

Make your own pizza

Medical and sensory equipment

Men’s football

Midwifery

Minecraft

Music hub

Open mic

Radio broadcasting

Robot dogs

Puzzle solving

Rowing machines

Snack pick up point

Ultrasound

Wear here 4 you bus

Women’s football


 

Grandad gardening

May 24: Come & Plant

Riverside, Sunderland

  • Community growing
  • Biodiversity hacks
  • Grow your own
  • Eco-spaces
  • Garden Zen
  • Love your balcony

Dates to be announced!

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

Our growing event in Spring 2024 will act as a preview to our residents of what to expect and this will take place outside City Hall. Dates will be confirmed in early 2024. If you'd like to get involved, get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Vaux

Summer 24: Come & See

Riverside, Sunderland

  • Walk around a prototype house and see materials of the future
  • Workshops exploring sustainable home design, low carbon energy and eco-interiors

Dates to be announced!

The Expo Homes & Gardens will be open to the public in the new Vaux Neighbourhood for a month in Autumn 2025. It's going to give us ideas for making our homes eco-friendly and future-proof. Big brands will take over some of the homes to show us cool gadgets, tips for sustainable living, and how to design homes that are good for the environment. It's going to be a hub of fresh ideas and innovations!

In the Summer of 2024, we will show the public a prototype house to walk around on the Riverside to showcase the future of construction. Watch this space for event details and dates. 

2025 Programme

Future of Work

BIM

Bringing together education and Sunderland employers under one roof to promote learning and new job opportunities that spotlight on the emerging industries investing in the region. 

With an engaging exhibition and seminar program designed to provide practical advice, innovative ideas, and solutions to enhance well-being, encourage learning, and spotlight real advancements for the future.

Beacon of Light, Sunderland

Our goal is two-fold:

Inspire youngsters from an early age to follow their career path and see their future in Sunderland.

Encourage employment age individuals to gain new skills, consider returning to work after retirement, change careers, or enhance their existing abilities.

Departing from traditional formats, the event will offer hands-on sessions and activities to demonstrate future career paths.

Mapping out how to get into:

  • AI and automotive design
  • Animation and graphics
  • Biotechnology, healthcare and science
  • Call centre excellence
  • Esports and technology careers
  • Film lighting and production
  • Modern methods of construction
  • Optometry analytics
  • Solar installations

Advisory Group Members

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Spring 2025

Can your business inspire our visitors creatively, giving them a clearer understanding of the opportunities available in Sunderland's future job market?

We are looking for exciting activations and exhibits to motivate them to pursue learning in a break from the norm. 

Want space to show our audiences what you do?

The exhibition will be open for stand bookings once our exhibition contractor has been appointed in Spring 2024.

Get in touch with us on the Contact Us page


 

 

Future City Events @ City Hall: 12-15 May 2025

City Hall, Sunderland

Lady speaker

Future City Conference

12-13 May 2025

Business, education, industry and government leaders explore planning strategies and innovations that are making cities more equitable, healthy, sustainable and successful.

We'll be putting out calls for papers in early 2024.

Register your interest with us on the Contact Us page.

 

Delegates


 

Future Innovators Forum

14-15 May 2025

Matching the region’s sustainable businesses with innovators, investors and partners. Meet the inventors, social interest pioneers and investors.

We'll be putting out calls for innovation in early 2024.

Register your interest with us on the Contact Us page.

Future City Exhibition @ Beacon of Light: 12-15 May 2025

Future Tech Showcase

12-15 May 2025

See first hand the technology, building information management and eco-social solutions that empower people, enable behaviour change and reduce carbon footprints.

The exhibition will be open for stand bookings once our exhibition contractor has been appointed in Spring 2024.

Register your interest with us on the Contact Us page.

In Partnership with

UniversityBoldyn

Future Home Events @ Beacon of Light: Autumn 2025

Vaux

Both events will run side by side and open in Autumn 2025 (to coincide with the show times of the Expo Homes & Gardens on the Vaux Neighbourhood).

Show dates will be announced in early 2024.

Future Construction

An exhibition showcase of the advanced construction materials and demonstrations of the methods, including modular and panellised systems; Retrofit; Standards; Skills and resources required.

Do you want space to inspire our visitors creatively, giving them a clearer understanding of modern methods of construction?

 

 

Future Interiors

Sustainable suppliers and innovative manufacturers from across the North East are invited to showcase their products to designers and specifiers working on new build and retrofit projects. 

We are looking for exciting activations and exhibits to motivate housing associations, builders, tradespeople and local authorities to pursue new methods in buildings and construction and consider sustainable design interiors.

The exhibition will be open for stand bookings once our exhibition contractor has been appointed in Spring 2024.

Get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Expo Homes and Gardens & Homes of 2030: Autumn 2025

The biggest attraction at Expo Sunderland!

It's going to give us ideas for making our homes eco-friendly and future-proof.

Big brands will be invited to take over some of the homes to show us cool gadgets, tips for sustainable living, and how to design homes that are good for the environment.

 

 

 

Members of the public will be able to book time slots to visit sections of homes built in the award-winning Vaux development that will help the city achieve its net-zero targets for a month during Autumn 2025.

This will also include those that have been designed by the winners of the Homes of 2030 competition which will have been built to showcase affordable, energy-efficient, shared-use homes with adaptability and recyclability at the heart of their design.

Home and garden spaces will be open for exhibitor bookings in early 2024.

Get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Expo for Inspo

Trade and Public visitors can also book FREE tickets to attend Future Home themed events at the Beacon of Light which will all be open to coincide with the Expo Homes & Gardens.

Your Future Home

Autumn 2025

An exhibition hall packed with the latest products and hacks for low-carbon energy, smart appliances and controls, home upgrades for energy efficiency and seminars to help you reduce your energy bills and your carbon footprint.

It's going to be a hub of fresh ideas and innovations for you to think about how you can apply the future of living in your own home.

Expo Home

Show dates will be announced in early 2024.

We are looking for exciting activations, competitions and exhibits to motivate home owners and renters to upgrade their homes sustainably, affordably  and easily.

The exhibition will be open for stand bookings once our exhibition contractor has been appointed in Spring 2024.

Get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

Future Living 

Future Living Expo

Cup

Autumn 2025

Beacon of Light, Sunderland

To coincide with the Riverside Festival, we will have an exhibition full of ideas to help you explore sustainable modern living, low carbon cooking, calming your mind, healthier lifestyles, fitness and active leisure.

The exhibition will be open for stand bookings once our exhibition contractor has been appointed in Spring 2024.

Get in touch with us on the Contact Us page.

 

Riverside Festival

Festival

Autumn 2025

Riverside Park & Keel Square, Sunderland

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

We are planning to showcase the new space in all it's glory!

Live spectacles, street food, competitions and give-aways, outdoor films and music, living art, wildlife trails, repurposed artefacts and street art.

A new place for everyone.