The Expo site will contain several new public spaces, accessible at all times to attract visitors throughout the event.

New public spaces include shared gardens, for visitors to enjoy and learn about local natural biodiversity and Exhibition Square which will host public events, live performances, installations and exhibitions during the Expo.
The Expo will also activate the wider Riverside Sunderland area, including the Riverside Park and new bridge, connecting the city centre to the north bank of the River Wear, and the Stadium of Light.

Food and beverage outlets within the Expo site will provide locally-sourced, fresh, sustainable and healthy produce and will establish the Vaux area of Riverside Sunderland as a new social destination for the city.