Top 5 things to do for all ages in Middlesbrough this January!

Get out and about with the family, try something different, and discover the world on our doorstep.

5. A Woodland Walk with the fairies

Did you know Fairy Dell is the original site of the gardens and grounds of the infamous Gunnergate Hall? The impressive stately home was built in 1857 and was owned by some of Middlesbrough’s leading industrialists. The huge manor featured a billiard room, a grand ballroom, a boat house and expansive gardens and was destroyed when the house fell into decay. Today Fairy Dell is home to various forms of wildlife and is the perfect spot for bird watching and dog walks. You can still discover some of the original rockery from the gardens, and the Hall’s waterfall is still in tact. Hours of fun can be had crossing the walkways and bridges and seeing the wooden animal sculptures – and it’s a totally free day out.

4. Head to Middlesbrough Leisure Park

There’s plenty on at the cinema this January to keep all ages entertained. Jumanji, Playing with Fire and Spies in Disguise are all top picks for little ones. Head along to Pizza Hut or La Pharmacie which are both nearby and check out their great lunch deals – perfect for a post film catch up.

3. Get stuck in a book

We just love a stroll over Centre Square to Middlesbrough’s beautiful Central Library. The friendly staff are always on hand to help you find the latest must-read whether it’s adult reads or kids books you’re after, plus there’s often activities, events and reading groups taking place throughout the year for all ages. Check out their Facebook page for all the latest happenings. Don’t forget the local Community Hubs across town also provide a wide range of books and resources.

2. Treat yourself at Dressers Tea Room

There’s nothing better than a spot of tea and cake, and we absolutely love Dresser’s Tea Room at The Dorman Museum for a sweet treat! The museum will be closed from 6th January and will reopen on 28th with a refurbished gift shop, however the tea room will still be open during this period. We think combining a brisk stroll around Albert Park, a stop at the lake to see the ducks, and a bit of indulgence with a luxury hot chocolate in Dresser’s afterwards is the perfect way to spend a January afternoon.

1. Top of our January list is a pick-me-up treatment at a local salon. Banish the January blues with a facial, a massage or a nourishing nail treatment to perk you up this winter, many salons now offer mini pamper packages for little ones too. Acklam Hall is one of our top choices – relax in the stunning surrounds of the listed building in the beauty parlour while your mind and body is treated to a well deserved treat. We recommend taking a look at our Relax and Unwind page to find out more about where to get the best pamper in Middlesbrough and the wider area.

If you know of a Middlesbrough event or attraction that we should be talking about this January, let us know! Email


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