Fancy flying 900ft over the river? Sunderland’s Zip Wear challenge is back

Zip Wear returns to Stadium of Light
Zip Wear returns to Stadium of Light

Zip Wear is back!

Fearless fundraisers will once again get the chance to ride 900ft on a zip line from the top of the Stadium of Light across the Wear to Liebherr Sunderland Works on the opposite bank of the river, travelling at a speed of 25mph.

Zip Wear returns to Stadium of Light

Zip Wear returns to Stadium of Light

Sunderland AFC charity Foundation of Light have confirmed the return of the popular event on Sunday, July 16.

Foundation of Light events manager Jemma Garrett, said: “Previous slides have sold out very quickly with hundreds of people taking on the challenge – some in fancy dress – and raise vital funds for the Foundation. I must thank Sunderland AFC for their support which makes this event possible.”

Registration to take part costs £20, with those taking part required to raise at least £100 in sponsorship.

Places can also be bought as gifts for adrenaline junkies or SAFC supporters.

The zip slide consists of a cable fixed to the roof of the Stadium of Light, about 150ft in the air, which is then stretched across the river to a landing stage about 900ft away.

Those interested in taking part in the Zip Wear challenge can book online at, call 0191 5515191 or email for more information.

All participants have to be at least 12 years old (height and weight restrictions apply) and all under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the day. No previous experience is necessary and a specialist team of instructors will be on hand.