With so much to see and enjoy at The Tall Ships Races Sunderland, planning is essential and we've got some top tips for visitors.

Travel tips:

1.  We are expecting the Park & Ride and Park & Walk sites to be very busy in the evening when the days’ events are finished so please allow for possible delays in your return journey.

2.  When travelling back to the Park & Ride sites, make sure that you are at the correct pick-up point to get you to the correct car park.

3.  For regular traffic updates throughout the Tall Ships event listen to BBC Newcastle 95.4FM and Sun FM on 103.4FM.

4.  If you are travelling by rail, please check the timetables to make sure you don’t miss your last train.

5.  As there is a possibility of congestion on the roads, be prepared and make sure you bring along water, food and other essentials and allow plenty of time for your journey.

Entertainment tips:

1.  There are two nights of fireworks, at 9.30pm on 11th and 12th July, which will fire from the East side of the Port. Fireworks will also be incorporated into the artistic performance taking place 2100-2200hrs on 13th July, which will take place over the river just East of Wearmouth Bridge – this will be best viewed from St Peter's Riverside.

2.  All events and exhibitions are free unless otherwise stated.

General tips:

1.  Travel light and leave big bags at home – people may be searched by stewards on entry.

2.  Dogs are not permitted in The Port of Sunderland (except for assistance dogs). Well behaved dogs, on a lead, are allowed on Event Zones B and C (Town Moor and St Peter's Riverside).

3.  If the weather is hot don’t forget to bring suncream, sun hats and drink plenty of water.

4.  The Official Souvenir Event Guide and Official Merchandise are available to purchase throughout the Event Zones at the merchandise trailers.

5. The event zones cover a large area of the city, stay comfortable with appropriate footwear, and the event is expected to be very busy, so there is likely to be queues in a number of places.


Access tips:

1.  A British Sign Language Interpreter will be available at the Information Point on Event Zone A (Port of Sunderland).

2.  The Class A ship Lord Nelson is specifically built to provide access throughout for people with disabilities including wheelchair users, it has flat wide decks and powered lifts. There is also a speaking compass and bright track radar, induction loop and vibrator alarms. Lord Nelson is moored at QE2 Berth at the South of Hudson Dock – visitors with limited mobility should be advised to that this is the only ship that can offer them the opportunity to attend ‘open ship’.

3.  Accessible toilets are available in each toilet location around the Event Zones.  National Glass Centre located in Event Zone C has an adult changing facility, as does Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in the City Centre.