Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day

Foundation of Light’s Family Fun Day is back for 2024 with a jam-packed day of sports, play, and activity during the Easter holidays. 

The fun day has been a hit with families across Sunderland and is back by popular demand after an extremely well-attended 2023 event.

The Beacon of Light will be open to the community on Friday 5th April from 10am to 3pm. This year’s event will be split into times slots to manage capacity. These time slots include morning (10am to 12:30pm) midday (11am to 1:30pm) and afternoon (12:30pm to 3pm) and must be booked in advance.

Entry costs £2 as a donation to the Foundation of Light, with a wide range of free activities - from football coaching sessions and multi-sports to our UV Dance Room - hosted within the Beacon throughout the day.

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Sunderland AFC mascots Samson and Delilah will make a special visit, so keep your eyes peeled to spot our special guests and get your photos. 

The day offers something for everyone. Here are just some of the activities at the Beacon: 

  • Bouncy castles and soft play
  • Disability multisport
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Outdoor cricket
  • Outdoor football
  • Football inflatables
  • Football challenges
  • Cross bar challenge
  • Penalty shootout with Samson
  • Biscuit decorating in the kitchen
  • UV Dance Party
  • Easter themed arts and crafts
  • Raffle
  • Face painting
  • Local food vendors

Important information:  

Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult throughout the day.

A £2 donation to the Foundation of Light is required.

Correct footwear must be worn to access the football pitch on the rooftop barn, spectators must watch from the viewing gallery.

Please note this is a ticketed event. No sales on the door will be available.

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Take a look at the highlights from last year's event:

How your donations help the Foundation of Light:

  • £5 gives a disabled youngster access to a sport session 
  • £8 helps keep an older person physically and socially active 
  • £40 supports a young person with their physical and emotional health
  • £100 provides mental health resources for up to five people


When is Family Fun Day?

Foundation of Light Family Fun Day takes place on Friday 5th April from 10am to 3pm. The event will be split into various time slots between these times to manage capacity.

Where will Foundation of Light Family Fun Day take place?

Beacon of Light, Stadium Park, Sunderland, SR5 1SN

Does the event cost to attend?

Tickets for Family Fun Day cost £2 as a donation to Foundation of Light, with a wide range of free activities available upon entry.

Who needs a ticket for the event?

Any person attending needs a ticket for Family Fun Day, including adults, Children aged Under 2 years old do not need a ticket

Who is Family Fun Day for?

Everybody is welcome at Foundation of Light Family Fun Day.

Where will I be able to park?

You can park for free using the Stadium of Light’s green or blue car parks. For more information on getting to the Beacon head to: How to find us >

Can I reach the Beacon of Light on public transport?

There are regular bus services to and from Stadium Park, with a bus stop outside the front entrance to the Beacon. We are also based just a few minutes’ walk away from the Stadium of Light and St Peter’s (the closest of the two) Tyne and Wear Metro stops.

For more information on getting to the Beacon head to: How to find us >

Is there disabled access?

Yes, the Beacon of Light is fully accessible with lifts at the front and rear of the building.

Will I be able to bring a pushchair?

Pushchairs are welcome. We are designating the area between the main entrance and indoor arena viewing gallery to store pushchairs at your own risk.

Will there be refreshments available?

Local food vendors Fire & Dough and Tiger Grill are joining us on the day, as well as an Ice Cream Van. The Beacon of Light café will be running a limited drinks and cakes service. There are also vending machines near the main entrance and outside the indoor arena. 

Will Sunderland AFC players be in attendance?

Although Sunderland players have attended previous events, player visits cannot be guaranteed due to training and match schedules.

Stagecoach on board to support Holiday Courses

18 April 2024

Scores of youngsters enjoyed a day at the Beacon of Light with a difference thanks to Stagecoach Group after the UK's largest transport operator gave their backing to the Foundation's half-term holiday courses.