Summer of Family Fun!
Known for dazzling events and family friendly days out – Middlesbrough's summer of family fun defitnely won’t disappoint this summer!
Albert Park is the place to be on 17th and 18th August as the Mela returns offering a vibrant celebration of world class music covering a rich mix of hip hop, Bhangra and traditional Asian sounds; a global arts village; food court; bazaar; street theatre, and family fun entertainment.
The hotly anticipated Cleveland Show returns again to Stewart Park on 27th July once again featuring tonnes of animal categories along with a spectacular bicycle stunt team along with super fun kids activities plus a dog show and mobile petting farm!
Middlesbrough Theatre is just the ticket with everyone’s favourite childhood story The Tiger Who Came to Tea on 23rd and 24th July, expect the unexpected!
Newham Grange Farm is the perfect place for hours of adventure in the play areas, woodland walk and of course all the adorable animals are waiting for a visit from you. Don't miss the brand new cafe and outdoor terrace seating new for summer 2019!
Fancy a picnic? Head to one of our lush green parks or open spaces where nature can offer fuel for imaginations big and small, whether you want a simple walk out or a fun family crafting session, our parks have it all – keep up to date with all of their events on the Stewart Park/Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Facebooks pages and Albert Park/ Dorman Museum Facebook pages.
The little ones will love taking a stroll into Albert Park to hear the tale of the Gruffalo followed by a creative crafting session! The event takes place on Thursday 22nd August and is perfect for under 5s, pre-booking and payment is required, call 01642 819808 for further information. Or if fairies take your fancy, roll up your sleeves and sprinkle some magic dust to build them their very own home….
Join the the Albert Park rangers on Tuesday 27th August to make some fun Fairy/Elf Houses in the grounds of the park and little ones can choose what materials to make their special fairy home from! Sessions are at 10am and 11am and last 45mins. Pre-booking and payment is required, call 01642 819808 for further information.
From building Fairy houses to discovering Fairy Dell, become a mini explorer by going on a bug hunt at the Fairy Dell Family Fun event on 14th August!
Head just five mins away from Fairy Dell to Ormesby Hall where you can head on a merry jaunt across the seas with their Treasure Island inspired trail throughout the holidays or try your hand at Archery.
For some fun that won't cost a penny – take advantage of the light summer evenings by camping in your own back garden and settle down to watch the sun go down and the stars come out. Or if you're feeling a little more adventurous take your walking up a notch and test your lungs by climbing Roseberry Topping taking in the views across the Tees Valley with a scrumptious picnic made up of delicious sandwiches from the Curing House or cupcakes from the Songbird Bakery.
We're lucky in Middlesbrough to be situated right inbetween coast and country, so why not head out and feel the sand between your toes, let the sea breeze cool you and build a super sand castle on Redcar beach and finish up with a world famous Lemon Top!
Want some crafty inspiration? Why not head down to Middlesbrough’s newest innovation, The Creative Factory in the Hill Street Centre, where people go to craft, shop, eat, socialise, where they could see what is going on but also have the opportunity to share what they like to do.
Spending the summer with your new bundle of joy? Our Children’s Centres at Berwick Hills, Hemlington, Martonside, North Ormesby, Park End, Thorntree and West Middlesbrough offer stay and play and baby play where you have the opportunity to get your baby weighed, have some fun and connect with other new parents.
Mima always delights with its sensational art trolley and plenty of other activities spanning the summer months.
Our museums are packed with family fun including the brand new Safari exhibition at the Dorman Museum or, or pay a visit to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and get involved in their brilliant Avoid Exploring with Cook exhibition which is running until Autumn.
When the great outdoors is best left outdoors, there are lots of inside activities too, with soft play centres at both the Rainbow Leisure Centre and Middlesbrough Sports Village.
Look to our libraries for some fun low cost options to take you through the long summer holidays from simply snuggling in a corner with a top notch read to Lego groups and Rhymetime.
Don't miss the incredible Book Benches Trail that little ones can get involved with – plus there's a chance to win a fantastic book bundle! From 13th July to 6th September a number of decorated book benches created by community groups and schools will be on display in a trail around Middlesbrough town centre. These marvellous artworks are inspired by Middlesbrough’s favourite children’s books as voted for by you in summer 2017! There’ll be themed activities and copies of the book to enjoy at each venue. Visit them all to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic book bundle. Pick up a trail guide from Middlesbrough Central Library, any of the library hubs across Middlesbrough, the Town Hall or the Hillstreet Centre.
Our libraries aren’t just for kids either, they are accessible and inclusive to all and a great place to find an intriguing read or join in on one of their many fascinating workshops. Find out more at the Boro libraries Facebook page.
Our very own Waterstones also runs it’s own kids bookclub so keep an eye on their Facebook page for their next meet plus lots of other fun events.
Whether the weather is glorious or not, we think heading out to the great outdoors is one of the best ways to enjoy the summer. We’re lucky to be surrounded by brilliant seaside towns and picturesque countryside within a 20 minute drive time. Why not take a picnic up Roseberry Topping, or head out to explore nearby market towns such as Great Ayton or Stokesley and take a Frisbee or football for hours of fun on the open green spaces. Of course you can head closer to home and explore the woodland trails at Fairy Dell, or pop for an ice cream and a run around at one of the parks, don’t miss the roller skate park at Albert Park too, it’s great place to whizz around for an hour or so.
You don’t even have to leave your back garden to have a ball for free – why not organise a camping session or build a den with some old towels, sheets, bits of furniture, sticks, or just whatever you can find – true Bear Grylls style!
The Start Studio based in Linthorpe Village in Scandinavian House is a wonderfully creative space for little ones to ‘clart on’ and be creative through play and painting. The trained team are running a jam-packed summer calendar of art camp sessions which are happening on various mornings and afternoons, and there’s some all day sessions too if you need to keep them entertained for longer. Art Camps running throughout July and August include; Pottery Art Camp, Woodland Trail Camp, Echo Rancho, Great Lakes, Safari, Shine Like Stars and Eco Surf – perfect for ages 6 to 12.
Creative Factory is one of the most exciting new creative ideas to happen in Middlesbrough in years! Based in the Hillstreet Centre, the Creative Factory drop-in centre is open every day for anyone and everyone. Kids are welcome to pop along all through the summer holidays to use the book trolley, get painting and colouring, play in the space and generally have a brilliantly boro time chilling-out!
If you’re popping for a slice of delicious cake (and we HIGHLY recommend you do) from the amazingly talented people over at Songbird Bakery, then make sure you ask for some of their colouring sheets – perfect for those little sticky fingers!
It wouldn’t be a true summer of fun run-down without some indoor ideas for wet days! Thankfully, there are lots of places to take cover yet still have a fun-filled day out, without needing any wellies!
The Rainbow Centre has a legendary soft play centre and Our Fun House in Victoria Street has a three level fun frame plus go karts, ideal for ages up to 12 years.
The indoor petting barn at Newham Grange Farm is filled with some of our favourite animals including guinea pigs, rabbits and pygmy goats, why not visit them before heading to the indoor soft play, and don’t miss the fantastic new mini library that has lots of farmyard and animal-themed story books to read.
Get all your back-to-school essentials at the ready and maybe a couple of treats too, at one of our shopping centres. As well as all the well-known brands and high class designer wear Middlesbrough also mixes in a selection of cool independent shops to tickle your fancy!
Whatever you're up to, we hope you have a #BrilliantlyBoro summer, and tag us in your posts and pictures!