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Cats That Love Close Ups!

Up close and personal with my favourites on my cat sitting adventures 🙂

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Zelda

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Tabitha

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Yorkie

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Jasper

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Bruce

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Hendrix

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Much missed Maisie

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Sophie

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Marmite

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Wilma

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… and Cassie (pretending to be a cat)

Rach x

(The Cat Whiskerer)

Sunderland Illuminations 2014

The Sunderland Illuminations are back bringing magic and sparkle to Roker Park as the nights get darker. From 27th September – 2nd November the park and areas along Seaburn seafront will be lit up every night (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and just like the last two years, it’s absolutely FREE!

Sunderland Illuminations 2014 The White Rabbit

The White Rabbit at the Sunderland Illuminations

The Wonderland in Sunderland theme runs throughout the park with Alice, the Cheshire Cat, sparkly Playing Cards and the White Rabbit himself all making an appearance. There are fairy lights and a whole sparkling tea party to explore with lamp-lit reading plinths where the little ones can follow the story of Alice too.

Alice in Wonderland Sunderland Illuminations 2014

Alice in Sunderland!

Sadly, the tap from yesteryears is yet to make an appearance – but the fantastic musical dancing water show will be on the boating lake and we’re promised a secret grove of fairies too! The Roker Park miniature railway will also be running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings (5pm – 8pm) and you can purchase an illuminations booklet for the children to follow a Hunt the Rabbit trail and complete puzzles. Weekends will be a bit more special with extra activities, including storytelling by the characters themselves, coming to life – and giving out autographs to little ones.

Sunderland Illuminations Autumn 2014

Sunderland Illuminations September – November 2014

This year there will be a free park and ride service operating from Morrisons Seaburn and running along to the Roker Park Road entrance nearest to the boating lake. This will run every 20 minutes on Friday – Sunday evenings and daily during the half term. So no need to worry about tiring little legs out.

Roker Park Playing Cards Illuminations 2014

Alice in Wonderland Playing Cards at Roker Park

And as you can tell, there’s lots to see and do at the park during the day – including a brilliant children’s play area and walkway along to the beach. If it looks this fun during the day, I can’t wait to see it lit up!

Roker Park Sunderland

So wrap up warm, take glow sticks and have fun lots of fun!

Rach x

(The Cat Whiskerer)

(For more information on Sunderland Illuminations 2014 head over to Sunderland Live)

Roker Park Illuminations Information 2014

Roker Park Information Board for Sunderland Illuminations 2014

Roker Park Lights 2013

For Sunderland Illuminations 2014 Click Here!

Roker Park Illuminations 2013

The darker nights are set to be sparkly again as Roker Park Lights returns this autumn. From October 12th – November 3rd it’s going to be Wonderland in Sunderland from 5pm – 9pm every evening. Hooray!

The park is going to be lit up at dusk with fairy lights and baubles and the welcome return of all things Alice in Wonderland. Expect to see the leading lady herself, the Queen of Hearts, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and of course my favourite… the Cheshire Cat! (Naturally!) Here’s a little map so you can see whereabouts everything is happening in the park;

Roker Park Map 2013

The lights looked lovely last year (especially over the boating lake) and it’s the perfect place to take the children along to when it’s dark outside. There’ll be music, refreshment stalls and the miniature train was a firm favourite. Extra activities have been planned for weekends with hopefully something special in store for Hallowe’en and remember the best bit – it’s absolutely FREE.

So wrap up warm, enjoy yourselves and keep your fingers crossed for me that the tap from yesteryears will make an appearance!

Rach x

(The Cat Whiskerer)

Roker Park Lights 2012

For Sunderland Illuminations 2014 Click Here!

Roker Park in Sunderland will soon become magical and illuminated thanks to seven weeks of night time light installations. From 28th September – 10th November the park will be lit up every night (5:30pm – 9:30pm) with displays from dinosaurs to Alice in Wonderland.

The family friendly event has been funded by Sunderland Council to encourage visitors to come and visit the park – to explore and discover. It’ll hopefully also brighten up the area as the nights get darker and colder. The Roker Park illuminations were something I LOVED when I was little but they’ve disappeared for years – I think the tap was my favourite. Anybody remember that?

Weekends will be a bit more special with extra activities, including storytelling, small children’s rides, arts and crafts and more importantly for me – stalls selling drinks and snacks! Hooray! There’s also news of a Hallowe’en weekend at Roker Park on the 27th and 28th October where there will be ghoulish fun and frolics on both days from 1pm – 9:30pm. Best of all – it’s absolutely FREE.

The opening event is held in the park on Friday 28th September at 7pm at Holey Rock Corner, Marine Walk (the new bit by the sea!). Expected to be in attendance are local VIPs (I’m assuming they mean me, of course!). Have a look at the map below and be sure to note that the dark blue area and its gates will be closed at night.

Roker Park Sunderland map

Maybe see you there!

Rach x

(For more information on Roker Park Lights 2012 please visit Sunderland City Council or Sunderland Live)