I have to confess that until we visited in 2009 I didn't know Sunderland was at the coast. We hadn't been in that area again until yesterday. Dan made some biscuits, packed the sandwiches and prepared the flasks and off we went to East Durham. We didn't actually go to Durham it's not really my kind of thing, but the seaside is, so we went there instead.
We had a slight detour to Bowes Museum to see the "Milksnatcher" Gerald Scarfe exhibition which was brilliant. We also just caught Confected, Borrowed and Blue (ends today, 12th April) which is a brilliant collection of ceramics by Paul Scott - if you can see any of his work (there's some at the V&A apparently) then it's well worth it, very clever. After that little break we got ourselves to Peterlee to see the Apollo Pavilion, built in 1969 (hence the name) and serve to link the two parts of Sunny Blunts estate which is separated by the small stream running through it. The pavilion is a Grade II* listed building and was refurbished in 2009. I loved it.
We then had our picnic in the nearby Castle Eden Dene woodland, an unexpected joy after the concrete. Then off to the seaside - Seaham, Easington Colliery, Horden, Hartlepool, Seaton Carew then into Middlesbrough and home!
A fantastic anniversary trip.