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A POPULAR attraction is giving Sunderland shoppers even more choice of how to spend their days in the city, with a number of themed activities on offer.

Sunderland’s Market Square is currently home to a Pop-up Park, organised by Sunderland BID, with bean bags, deckchairs and giant lawn games for visitors to make the most of.

And from 29 July to 4 August, the park will host a technology and innovation week, followed by a week themed around nature from 5 to 11 August.

On 31 July, Katie’s Garden will host a workshop from 12pm to 3pm, teaching participants how to make a treasure bath bomb, then on 3 August, the park will welcome Harry’s Game Shack to showcase a number of retro games, along with the chance to try out some virtual reality technology.

Then, as part of the following week’s nature theme, Katie’s Garden will return with three workshops taking place from 12pm to 3pm each day, with ceramic insect painting on 7 August, edible sensory gardens on 9 August and bumble bee gardens on 11 August.

And animal-lovers should head to the park on 10 August, when Discovery Zoo will be hosting an educational session with a chance to see a whole host of creatures up close between 12pm to 1pm and 1:30pm to 2:30pm.

Throughout the two weeks, visitors will also be able to enjoy giant lawn games and activity sheets with Empire Cinema, based around films including Toy Story 4, The Queen’s Corgi, Aladdin and Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Sharon Appleby, head of business operations at Sunderland BID, believes the activities are a great way to keep little ones entertained over the school holidays.

“We’ve had a brilliant response to the Pop-up Park so far and we have a packed programme planned over the summer months for families to come along and get involved with,” said Sharon.

“It’s fantastic to be teaming up with local businesses to bring their work to the park and it gives people a wide choice of activities to take part in when they visit.

“We have some really exciting themes coming up so I would urge anyone to head to Market Square and check it out when they’re in the city centre.”

The Pop-up Park is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sundays until 2 September.

For more information visit www.sunderlandbid.co.uk.