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Places to visit in Teesside

Great places to visit in Teesside

Splash Leisure and Activity Centre

Places to Visit in Teesside - SplashSplash is a busy vibrant leisure centre and gym, and must be included when considering places to visit in Teesside.  There is lots going on for all the family.  Their offers include, swimming, dancing, karate, wrestling, ju jitsu, table tennis and mini soccer to name but a few.  Based in Stockton upon Tees, open every day, with a range of membership options.  READ MORE

 

 

Head of Steam Railway Museum

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The Head of Steam Railway Museum, formerly known as the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, first opened in 1975, and is housed within the North Road Station built in 1842.
This railroad museum has exhibits which are devoted to the area formly served by the North Eastern Railway and  the railway industry of Darlington,  and also focuses particularly on the  Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world’s first steam powered passenger railway and one of the great historical places to visit in Teesside.  READ MORE

 

MIMA – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Places to Visit in Teesside -  mima

Mima was formerly opened in January 2007.  It was created in partnership with  Teesside University.   Previously this was known as the Cleveland Gallery, which closed in 2003, while the Mima gallery was being constructed.   The Mima Gallery houses an education suite, as well as the gallery.  There is also a cafe bar, shop and roof terrace where visitors can relax and browse.

The centre has hosted numerous exhibitions in its gallery and has its own wonderful collection of fine and applied art from early 18th Century.  The collections are not constantly displayed, being brought out during the programme of exhibitions.   READ MORE

 

Tees Transporter Bridge

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Tees Transporter BridgeThe  Tees Transporter bridge was inspired in 1872 when Charles Smith, Manager of the Hartlepool Iron Works, submitted a scheme to Middlesbrough Corporation. to cross  the River Tees.  The scheme was not pursued and following a 1907 Act of Parliament the Bridge was built by Sir William Arrol & Co of Glasgow at a cost of£68,026 6s 8d, between 1910 and 1911,  replacing the steam ferry services.  The opening ceremony was performed on 17 October 1911 by Prince Arthur of Connaught. The bridge was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers‘ highest honour in December 1993.   and in 1985, the historical importance was also recognised by its listing as a Grade II.  READ MORE

 

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cooks Birthplace Museum - Places to Visit in Teesside -

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is open to the public,  is located in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, which covers over 120 acres,  two lakes and woodlands.  It is one of three institutions run by theMiddlesbrough Museum & Gallery Service along with the Dorman Museum and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art .

Captain Cook Birthplace  museum opened in 1978, the 250th anniversary of the birth in the same spot of British naval explorer and circumnavigator, Captain James Cook.  READ MORE

 

Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall - Places to Visit in Teesside - Ormesby Hall  a Grade I listed building, is a predominantly 18th-century mansion house completed in 1754.  This is s situated in Ormesby, only three miles from Middlesbrough, in the north-east of England.  The home of the Pennyman family,  dating back to 1600, the property has been much modernised, and  now described as a “classic Georgian mansion”, it comprises a main residential block and an adjacent stable block. The stable block housed the horses of Cleveland Police Mounted Section until their disbandment in December 2013.  Steeped in history, this beautiful Hall is a must do in your places to visit in Teesside.   READ MORE

 

 Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Riverside StadiumThe Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium, is home to Middlesbrough AFC… READ MORE

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Places To Visit In Tyne and Wear

Places To Visit In Tyne and Wear

A Selection of Places To Visit in Tyne and Wear

Upside Down Presents

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - North East England Tourists

Nestled in the heart of Newcastle NE1 Quayside district, sandwiched in between the Castle and the Tyne Bridge, (one of the most cultural places to visit in Tyne and Wear)  is the unique UpSide Down Presents, 61 Side to be precise.

Offering local gifts, magnets, postcards, mugs, tea-towels, candles and more – as well as highly originalgreeting cards and other keepsakes and rare bits and bobs you just have to have.

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Bessie Surtees House

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -Bessie Surtees House - Visiting North East EnglandHoused on bustling Newcastle Quayside, Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant’s houses.  Bessie Surtees House is a great find and one of the most historical places to visit in Tyne and Wear.  The houses are grade 1 listed buildings which have been owned and maintained by English Heritage since 1989.  The buildings (addresses were originally nos 41 and 44 Sandhill)  are very rare; built in Jacobean times (The reign of King James 1).  Bessie Surtees house is famous because the lady the house is named after eloped with John Scott a coal merchants son, who eventually became the Lord Chancellor of England.   John Scott, became Lord Eldon, when he entered the House of Lords in 1799 READ MORE

 

Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Silksworth Sports ComplexSilksworth was a small mining community in Sunderland, although most of the links back to a vibrant mining community have all but disappeared.   It now proudly boasts the  Silksworth Sports Complex, which is a must go to venue for visitors to North East England.  With  3 dry ski-slopes, for all you skiing enthusiasts to practice, 2 lakes which are brilliant for anyone who wants to while away the hours fishing, a lovely picnic area, and for the kids an adventure playground, as well as a skating park.    For the more sportier there is an athletics track, tennis courts,  soccer and hockey pitches.  READ MORE

Centre for Life – Science Centre

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Science Centre

All areas of the Science Centre including major exhibitions, the planetarium, 4D Motion Ride and Science Theatreare included in the Science Centre ticket. Special events may have separate pricing; visit the What’s On page for details. Food and drinks are sold separately in the cafes.

Buying tickets

Want a Science Centre ticket? Buy your tickets from Science Centre reception on the day of your visit. Online booking not available.    READ MORE

 

Wet and Wild

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Wet and WildKids and Adults will have lots of fun at Wet and Wild, with brilliant slides and water fun, with features for all ages. It seems like this great attraction has been entertaining the people of the North East of England for ever!  But it’s still never lost it’s wide appeal.   There is something for all the family and it’s a perfect day out over the Holidays.  Check the timetable for opening times, and with prices from £2.95 it’s not to be missed.  READ MORE

 

 

The Biscuit Factory

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - The biscuit factorySituated just outside of Newcastle City Centre, the Biscuit Factory, is hosting a Spring Exhibition over the Easter Holidays.  The exhibition actually begins in early March and runs until May.  As well as seeing the exhibition, the Biscuit Factory is an unusual place to visit, offering afternoon tea, or lunch, visitors can eat in the Factory Kitfchen, or the Artisan, headed by Andrew Wilkinson who was voted North East Chef of the year.  READ MORE

 

 

St Marys Island

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - St Marys IslandBuilt in 1898, St Marys Island is a prominent and important historical landmark to see when visiting North East England.  The lighthouse was in use until 1984 and was a beacon for sailors and travellers on the stormy and unpredictable North Sea.  It is now a visitors centre, owned and maintained by North Tyneside Council.   READ MORE

 

 

 

Animal Handling at For Paws

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Every half term at For Paws, Gosforth, we host wonderful animal handling events.   We regularly open our doors for people in the community to come in and see how wonderful our residents are!    Come along and meet some cracking animals including spring chicks, baby tortoises, baby guinea pigs, snakes, skinks, rabbits and many many more!      READ MORE

 

Gibside Country Estate

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -Gibside

 

Gibside is a country estate, hosting a beautiful landscaped garden, owned by the National Trust and nestling in the beautiful Derwent Valley.  The Derwent Valley can be found between Rowlands Gill and Burnopfield, in Tyne and Wear.    The National Trust acquired Gibside in 1965, it was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family.

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12 Things To Do At The Weekend When Visiting North East England

Interesting things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

Whether you are visiting North East England or you live in the region, you are guaranteed to be able to find some interesting things to do at the weekend.   Whether your tastes are visiting historical places, houses or museums, tracking down the landmarks or just finding something to do with the kids, there is something for everyone.  To compile our following list we took inspiration from a number of different sources including travel guides, word of mouth and the good old internet.  We have included some well renowned places where people visiting North East England will definitely know about and want to see, but we’ve also slipped in one or two less known locations to add a unique flavour to our list.   We would love to hear about your favourite place when visiting North East England, or indeed even if you live in the region, just remark below with your comments.

1.  Billy Shiels Boat TripsBilly Shiels Boat Trips - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

A must on our things to do at the weekend list, is to experience some of the fabulous wild life found on the Northumbria Coast.  Billy Shiels Boat Trips run from Seahouses, to the Farne Islands, and weather permitting, trips are available all year round. With around 10 trips to choose from and at very reasonable prices, we felt Billy Shiels Boat Trips, was a great place to visit in Northumberland.  Read More:

2.  Kielder Water and Forest Park

kielder water and forest park  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England  With a host of activities, either by car, cycling on foot, Kielder Water and Forest Park has something for everyone.  The park offers log cabins and outer activities.  It is also a haven for campers and day    visitors.  We think this is anoutstanding area of natural beauty.  The history of the manmade Kielder reservoir is fascinating. taking some 7 years from beginning to end to construct, and providing the region  with some 200 billion litres of water. Read More:

 

3.  Hexham MarketHexham Market  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

Hexham Market is held on every 2nd and 4th Saturdays in the month.  Based in the historical Market town of Hexham, the Market was nominated for the BBC Food and Farming Awards 2015.  Around the market are establishedshops displaying a variety of wares of the visitors to the region.   As well as taking in some lovely shopping,  the riverbank at Hexham is great for picnics.  Read More

4.  Theatre Royal

Theatre Royal  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East EnglandNot only is the Theatre Royal a great venue and host for some of the best shows, plays and ballet across the UK, it is also a grand grade 1 listed building, with a long and interesting history.  Situated in the heart of Newcastle, it is easy to take in a show, fitting in great eating or refreshments either before or after.   With a regular diet of popular listings, the Theatre Royal is a must, if looking for things to do at the weekend. Read More:

 

5.  Tanfield RailwayTanfield Railway  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

The wonderful Tanfield Railway is a great adventure for all the family.   Set in the Durham and Gateshead countryside, this short 4 mile journey will give you magnificent views.  Their wonderful North Pole Express train ride is amust for children at Christmas, culminating in a visit to Santa’s grotto.  The railway is open to passengers on all year round on Sundays. Read More

6.  Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope

SilkswoSilksworth Sports Complex  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East Englandrth Sports Complex and Ski Slope is a unique venue in North East England.  Not only does the venue have magnificent sports facilities, including, athletics track, soccer and hockey pitches, indoor  and outdoor tenniscourts, it also has as the name indicates 3 brilliant dry ski slopes.  There are a number of slope related activities including skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing.   There are even facilities  for those anglers amongst you.  With such an array of activities, there is something for the whole family.  Read More

7.  Adventure ValleyAdventure Valley  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

This is a great fun day out with the kids.  With so much to do, you will definitely get rid of all that excess energy.  With  a roller rink , farm, lots of rides, a mini golf course, indoor play area with plenty of refreshments and eating spots.  There are shows and events throughout the day, and especially at weekends and in school holidays.  There’s enough going on to entertain adults too; a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday.  Read More

8.  Durham Cathedral

Durham CDurham Cathedral  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East Englandity is a beautiful place and the jewel in the crown is of course the magnificent Durham Cathedral.  Built in 1093, it took 40 years to complete.  The current “Open Treasure” project is a series of plans to open up the cathedral to the public, with a new shop and restaurant being already completed. Read More

 

 

9.  Crook Hall and GardensCrook Hall  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

A wonderful example of a medieval hall house, Crook Hall holds a wealth of history.  With wonderful medieval fixtures and fittings, the house is magnificent.  The gardens surrounding the hall are breathtakingly beautiful.  Abackdrop for weddings and events, the 4 acres of gardens hold a grass mase, a Shakesperean graden, a secret walled garden as well as the cathedral garden. Read More

10.  Mima – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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Get cultural in Middlesbrough by visiting Mima.  Mima is home to some wonderful collections of modern and fine art.  There is a longstanding Jewellry Exhibition and the centre offers jewellry workshops where attendees can learn expert techniques using a range of materials to make their own jewellry.  Read More

 

11.  Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cooks Birthplace Museum  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England Celebrating the amazing legacy of Captain James Cook, Captain Cook Birthplace Museumnestles in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough,  The site covering over 120 acres contains two lakes, and is set in  beautiful woodlands.  The museum hosts displays, exhibitions and archives, visitors can also find a cafe and visitor centre.  Evey month a farmers market is held, and other event take place in the summer  months.    Read More

 12. Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall  - Top 12 Things to do at the weekend when visiting North East England

The wonderful Ormesby Hall, is a great home to visit, based in Middlesbrough, Teesside.  Internally,  parts of the house exhibit Victorian styling, externally there are lovely walks around the estate, with some brilliant scenery.    The Hall has a model railway and there are many events throughout the year, as well as being a sought after wedding venue. Read More

 

 

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