We are all asking the same question during these strange times – what is the first thing we will be we do once it’s all over and everything is back to normal. If you’re unsure of what you’re planning to do, there is no need to worry, we have put a guide together packed with information of things ,and places you can visit in the Tees Valley area once the lockdown is over. From countryside walks to local museums. There are days out all members of the family can enjoy.
Countryside and Walks
One thing many Teessiders will be missing during lock down is being able to explore the many local walking routes, and countryside our area has to offer. Here is a guide of some of the most popular walks people that are right on our doorstep.
Guisborough Forest and Walkway
Located just 11 miles from Middlesbrough town centre, the forest and walkway is an ideal day out for families in the Tees Valley. The forest offers a wide range of activities for all visitors. For people visiting with children, the forest offers a pond dipping and has a play area. For cycling lovers, the forest offers a vast range of different cycling routes too. At the start of the forest, is a visitors centre along with a coffee shop, if you fancy a quick drink and bite to eat when you are visiting the forest. The visitors centre has a model of old railway tracks, and an old-fashioned train from the old Guisborough train station.
Located just a few miles away from Middlesbrough, in the North Yorkshire moors, 1.5 miles from the village of Great Ayton, Roseberry Topping has always been a favourite walking spot of mine, and for many living in Tees Valley. At just 320 metres high, which doesn’t seem much for a day walk – it’s unusual shape has made it one of the most famous landmarks within Tees Valley. The walk up the hill offers two different routes – lighter route and heavy route. On average, this walk takes around 30-45 minute to complete. There are also picnic tables at the bottom of the hill if you fancying spot of lunch.
The Dorman Museum
Located in the heart of Middlesbrough, only a 20 minute walk from Middlesbrough town centre, The Dorman Museum is a favourite amongst most people in the Tees Valley. Catering for all age groups, the museum offers a wide range of collections, from the Linthorpe Pottery collection to local history. The museum also offers hands on craft activities for younger children.
National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool
Open through the summer months, from April to September, a great family day out packed full of fun and naval history. Take a journey through time, going back to the 1800s to see how sailors in the royal navy lived, and their daily routines. If you’re a history lover, this is a day out you can’t miss day out.
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Located in the heart of Stewarts Park in Middlesbrough, you can discover the stories behind of the world’s most famous navigator and the mark he made on the world from the many famous voyages he took. The museum has been open to the people of Tees Valley since 1978 and has always been a popular spot for Teessiders to visit in the summer. If you want to find out the story of a local hero, this is the place to visit.
Preston Park provides visitors with 110 acres of parkland and woodland surrounding Preston Hall Museum. The park is situated adjacent to the River Tees and offers riverside and woodland walks, picnic areas, children’s play areas, a café and public toilets. The park through the years has always been a popular choice for many Teessiders due to the range of fun activities it offers.
Located in the heart of Middlesbrough, Stewarts Park has always been a favourite place to visit for many people in Tees Valley. Home to the Radio 1 Big Weekend last May, the park has made a name for itself across the UK. The park offers over 120 acres of woodland, and also has wide range of open green space for visitors to enjoy. The park has an animal section, which is often a favourite amongst families with children, from goats to fallow deer.
In the heart of central Middlesbrough, this is the place to visit for any art lovers living in the Tees Valley area. Opening back in 2007, Mima offers a wide range of exhibitions, and also gives a platform to local Tees Valley artists and showcases international art.
Family Day Out
Newham Grange Farm
Located in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough Newham Grange Farm is the perfect family day out. For any parents who have children who are animal lovers, this is the place to visit. From horses and goats, to smaller animals such as rabbits and baby lambs. The farm also offers a large play area for children to explore, and they can have endless fun playing crazy golf and testing out the go karts.
Article By Chloe Tempestoso
Edited by Sunita Ghosh Dastidar