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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

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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

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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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Some Great Little Gems for North East England Tourists

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We love to shout about and highlight unusual places to visits or things to see for North East England Tourists.   One of the key missions of our site is to bring together great businesses which go the extra mile for North East England Tourists and the tourists themselves.  To that end, if you are a business which is geared up to give our visitors a great experience, then sign up now to get listed in our interactive directory. Alternatively, if you are a tourist and you would like to recommend a great experience for other North East England Tourists, then please leave a comment below.  We love to highlight recommendations!

Here are a selection of some of our listings especially for North East England Tourists:

For Paws Pet Shop

Spring Time For Paws - North East England TouristsBased in Gosforth near Newcastle upon Tyne, For Paws has created a great experience primarily targeted towards children, but will be equally novel for adults too.  Their selected workshops include some great facts and information about their animals, but also allows the children to safely handle the pets too.  Some of the pets include, chicks, baby tortoises, guinea pigs, snakes, rabbits and lots more. Events are usually in the school holidays, but check the website for more information.   Events usually last an hour and cost is around £5 per child.  Read More


The Old School

The Old School - North East England TouristsIf you haven’t found anywhere to stay yet, or you are one of our discerning North East England Tourists, looking to book this summer or beyond, then The Old School might well be just what you are looking for.  Based in the village of Scremerston, 3 miles south of Berwick-upon-Tweed and five minutes from the delightful Northumberland coast, it is an ideal base to explore the exquisite delights of Northumberland.   Read More



Upside Down Presents

this-side-up-down-LOGO - North East England TouristsThis great gift shop based in the Quayside area of Newcastle upon Tyne, is a great place to take back a memento of your visit to North East England.  Upside Down offers orginal greeting cards and local gifts, and other keepsakes.  A visit to the Quayside is a must when visiting Newcastle, so why not take a look at this great little shop when you are there.  Read More



Keeper’s Cafe

Keeper's Cafe - North East England TouristsYou can find Keeper’s Cafe just of the A692 at Dipton, Co. Durham.  It’s a great little find, and just the place to stop by to treat yourself to some great homemade food, while on your travels throughout North East England.  As well as great food, cakes and coffee, the Keeper’s Cafe, also offers keepsakes for North East England Tourists, in their gift shop and gallery. They offer handmade pieces by local artists and crafters, so you can get a genuine North East England memento to take home. Read More


The Old Paper Mill

The Old Paper Mill, Durham - North East England TouristsThis beautiful country retreat is one of our favourite listings, and is extremely popular.   A renovated former paper mill, which can be found in Derwent Valley, in Co. Durham.   It is perfectly placed to visit the surrounding tourist spots, in Durham, Derwent, the Tyne Valley, the North East Coast Northumberland.   To see the charm of this great cottage, you must see the brilliant video and gallery featured on our listing.  Read More



Bliss Gifts

Bliss Gifts - North East England TouristsSituated in the market town of Darlington, Co. Durham, this great unique Gift Shop offers, exclusive, stylish and affordable gifts for any occasion.  With a range of gifts, for babies, Weddings, including jewellry, handbags and accessories, this independent shop is a great place to buy a special gift for that special occasion.  Read More




North East England Tourists can find these venues easily by bookmarking our interactive map to track the direction and distances as you travel around North East England.

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Things to Do at Easter in North East England

Things to Do at Easter in North East England

Find Great Things To Do At Easter In North East England

Easter is fast approaching and we wanted to help you find some fun things to do at Easter as well as some great places to visit here in North East England.  We have included dates to cover all the school holidays in the region as well as the actual Easter weekend.  We set out to try to bring a variety of things to do at Easter from across the region and for all ages.   We’ve selected a few to report, and there are many more great things to do at Easter, in every part of the North East.  It would be great if you would comment at the bottom letting us and readers know about other great things to do at Easter in North East England.

You can find our own calendar of things to do at Easter here

1.  Find an Easter Egg Hunt

There are many Easter egg hunts across the region.  Easter egg hunts are brilliant for the kids and helps the adults remember the Easter excitement from their own childhood!   Most of the Easter egg hunts are set in backdrops of natural beauty, or interesting places to go.

Embleton and Newton Links

Things to do at easter in North East England  The Embleton and Newton Links Cadbury Easter Trail  in the Northumberland Town of Embleton.  The first day on 5th April begins at 11:30, and the 6th April, the trail     begins at 11.30 on 5th April and 10.30 on 6th April.  Entry fee is just £2

         Durham University Botanic Gardens

  Durham University Easter Chick Hunt is being held at the Botanic Gardens on 5th and 6th April, from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm.  Admission from £1.50 for children. See   here  for pricing details

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens in Northumberland is hosting their Easter egg hunt on 5th April from 10:00 am to 16:00 pm.  Children Admission is £4.50.  Click here for more details.

Alnwick Gardens

Alnwick Gardens is hosting an Easter bunny Hunt.  Activity packs are provided, and clever clues make learning about the gardens easy.  When all the clues have been solved,  participants will be rewarded with a Lintz Gold Bunny.  The hunt is held between 28th March and 12th April.   To find out details about how to book, tickets and pricing click here.

Raby Castle

Raby Castle in Co. Durham is hosting an Easter Treasure Trail in the Walled Garden on Saturday 4th April, until Monday 6th April.  The trail is ran from 11:00 am until 16:00 am.  For more details about opening times and ticket prices click here

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Entry is free for the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens Easter Chick Trail, which is being held between 2nd and 19th April.  The museum is open Monday to Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm.  To find out more about whats on, click here

Stewart Park

Stewart Park in Middlesbrough is hosting an Easter Egg Trail on Sunday 31st March, between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Admission is just £1.50.  For more details and contact, click here

Combine your Easter fun with a shopping trip and take the kids to the Metrognomes Easter egg hunt at the Metro Centre, Gateshead.   The show times are varied and there is no show on Easter Sunday, so check before you visit.   You can find out details here

The National Trust

The National Trust has teamed up with Cadbury to bring hundreds of Easter egg hunts.  You can find a Cadbury Easter Eggsplorer event in over 300 locations across the UK.  Find an Easter egg hunt near you by clicking here

2.  Fun For All The Family

Woodhorn Museum

Woodhorn Museum, has all year round events, and this Easter is holding a range of special events across the holidays.  In particular we think you might like to go and meet the Easter Bunny who will be at Woodhorn between 3rd and 6th April, from noon until 3:00 pm.  The Birds of Prey Display on 6th April, from 11:00 am to 15:00 pm, with a flying demonstration between noon and 2:00 pm.    Admission is free; Carparking is £3.50 for a day.

Splash Leisure Centre

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Splash is a busy vibrant leisure centre and gym, with 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.  They have a interesting and varied Easter programme, which you can find out more about here

                                   Brocksbushes Fruit Farm and Shop

Brocksbushes is a wonderful fruit farm and farm shop, based just outside of Corbridge, Northumberland.   This Easter Brocksbushes is hosting a number of Easter events for the kids.  With an Easter Egg Safari,  Animal Corner, and an Army Climbing Wall featuring on various dates across the Easter holidays.  Some of the activities are pre-bookable and you will need to be quick, as there is already some unavailability.  Find out more here


Truly a day out with a difference, Diggerland is the perfect Easter Day out, for boys and girls as well as mums and dads.   There is a host of rides and activities which give great value for money.  Not only can you explore the Diggerland park, you can also buy into one of their experiences.  This attraction is unique and can provide a real surprise as a gift or simply a day out.  To find out more click here

Killhope Lead Mining Museum

Get the kids to join in with some Easter crafts at Killhope Lead Mining Museum.  The Easter Crafts event costs only £2.00 per child and kicks off a range of Easter activities from 2nd to 19th April.   The Museum is open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  To find out more click here

F1K Indoor Karting

Why not treat the kids to a unique experience of indoor karting this Easter?  Indoor karting is hosted by F1K Indoor Karting.  The track is based in Dunston, and offers a range of packages for both adults and children. To find out more about booking and prices, click here

Hartlepool Maritime Experience

Take the family on a historical trip around Hartlepool Maritime Experience.  Featuring the oldest warship still in existence, it is not to be missed.  The tour guide recommends allowing at least 3 hours for a visit.  Opening times are 10:00 am to 17:00 in the spring/summer season starting 1st April.  Admission starts from £8.25.  For more information about opening times and pricing, click here

Journey Through Teesdale 9 Hole Mini Golf Course

Take the whole family through “A Journey through Teesdale”, in a most unusual way.   This Journey Through Teesdale 9 hole mini golf course commissioned by Durham County Council, was designed by Urban Crazy. Every hole is themed on a familiar local landmark or nearby place of interest.  Based at Barnard Castle, entry starts at £2 with discounts for groups.  The course opens at 10:30 through to 16:30.  For more information click here

Stockton Chic Vintique Fair

A day with a difference on the 11th April, with the Chic Vintique Fair being held on Stockton High Street.  With over 45 stands, a vintage tea room and music, it promises to be a great atmosphere. Entry is free and the fair is open 10:00 am to 15:30 pm.  For more information click here

Wet and Wild

Kids 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! 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 Easter Holidays.  Check the timetable for opening times, and with prices from £2.95 it’s not to be missed. Find out more here

Hadrians Wall

This Easter themed event,  Roman Calvary Easter Explorers will help you and your family connect to the history of the Roman Era.  Based at the Hadrian Wall site in Corbridge Northumberland, this event is held over 4 days, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th April.   Times are 11 am to 5 pm.   An Easter hunt with a difference:  Lovely views, fabulous fresh air, and a historical spirit are all included! Find out more here

3.   Show and Exhibitions

Middlesbrough Town Hall

A visit to Middlesbrough Town Hall will guarantee to keep you laughing this Easter.  With shows from Alan Carr, Jimmy Carr and Dara Obriein, you have no excuse not to include some comedy in your Easter break.   For more information, show times and pricing, click here

Durham Gala Theatre

Don’t miss the Wizard of Oz, showing at Durham Gala Theatre on 1st and 2nd of April, or alternatively, take a look at Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure, great for the kids, showing on 11th and 12th April.  For more information, pricing and seating, click here

Beamish Museum

Join Beamish Museum for their 4 day spectacular Great North Festival of Transport, The four-day spectacular includes Beamishes own fleet of wonderful steam engines, plus impressive visiting locomotives.  This years includes a feature about “Horses at Work”.  With brass bands, and parades, this event is not to be missed.  For information about opening times, tickets and pricing, click here

Middlesbrough Theatre

Enjoy some of the regions cultural events, when the Vienna Festival Ballet  comes to Middlesbrough Theatre on 8th April.  Other showings in the Easter break include A Neil Diamond Tribute and A Night of Dirty Dancing.  For more information on show times and pricing, click here

Ramside Hall Hotel

For One Direction fans, Ramside Hall Hotel is hosting a One Direction Tribute Show for all the family on  Friday 10th April 2015.  Guest need to arrive for 6:00 pm.  A two course meal is included in the price Adults £14.95 children £9.95.  Early booking is advised.  Ramside host a number of disco’s and tribute acts.  For more information about tickets, pricing and events, click here. 

Biscuit Factory

Situated just outside of Newcastle City Centre, the Biscuit Factory, is hosting a Spring Exhibition over the Easter Holidays.   The Spring Exhibition is by a number of artists, including Basia Roszakm, wher she produces dreamlike portraits which capture snapshots in time.  Other artists include Lizzie Row,  and Moy Mackay.   With a number of other artists, there is certainly plenty to see. For more information about opening times, admission prices and tickets, click here

The Centre For Life

The Centre for Life is hosting the Wild Life Photographer of the Year Exhibition, featuring winning photographs from the 2014 competition.  Entrance prices start from £5:00 and the first child comes free when accompanied by a paying adult.  The entrance price includes access to all centre activities and exhibitions.  For more information about opening times and details about other activities, click here

Sunderland Empire Theatre

shows and exhibitions - things to do at Easter in north east england  Sunderland Empire Theatre is showing  is showing the winner of 100 international awards, Wicked.  The show has been casting its magical spell over audiences across  the world for a decade and continues to break records at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it is now the 10th longest-running show in the West End.  For information  on timings, seating and pricing, click here

                                                                                                                                                                                     Theatre Royal

A couple of great shows at the Theatre Royal in the Easter period are worth a look.  Shrek on 28th and 29th March is a firm family favourite, while The Bodyguard is  running from 1st April.  For full show, pricing and timing information, click here

We sincerely hope our list of events has given you some inspiration.  There are loads more we know, so if you’ve an event or attraction to add to help our readers, simply comment below.


Happy Easter!

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