Fun for all the family with our Top 5 things to do this February half term!

From roller skating in Albert Park to iPad animation at the library, there’s purse-friendly fun for all the family to do in Middlesbrough this February.

5. Head to Dorman Museum

With a newly decorated foyer and reception and a refurb of the shop, it’s time for a visit to the Dorman Museum to check out what’s new. Don’t miss the latest exhibition, Belonging, by local artist David Watson, a celebration of our industrial identity. His distinctive heavily loaded brush strokes are delightful to see and you can feel the passion in his creations. Entry to the museum and the exhibition is free. If you fancy a tasty treat to accompany your visit, remember to pop into Dressers Tea Room which offers a full range of delights from afternoon tea to toasty, crunchy crumpets. Yum!

4. Skate with a Mate at Albert Park

Be happy and healthy at Albert Park and take advantage of the #BrilliantlyBoro buy one get one free at the roller rink, including skate hire. For just £2.50 for children and £4 for adults, the whole family can take to the rink to skate in style. We can guarantee you’ll come out with a massive smile on your face because it’s so much fun!

3. Love books!

If the February weather is a miss rather than a hit, use your indoor time for a spot of reading. Head to one of our fab library and community hubs for a browse and add a holiday book to your card, pop along to Albert Park for under 5’s story time with firm favourite Hairy Maclary (20 February, 10am & 11am, £1.50 per child) and Waterstones Middlesbrough are holding a story-time every day at 11am & 3pm as they celebrate the wonderful characters of Judith Kerr.

2. Give Padel Tennis a go at Tennis World

The new and exciting sport of Padel Tennis has arrived in Middlesbrough and you can learn how to play in just 20 minutes! It’s best described as a mix between tennis and squash and is a very sociable game for all ages and abilities. The Padel courts at Tennis World are the only covered courts in the North of England which means you can play in all weathers too. Visit the website to find out more

1. Be an animation star

If you love all things Disney and Pixar, make this half term your chance to shine. Create your very own animation with Middlesbrough libraries and community hubs with iPads. Suitable for ages 5-12, the events are totally free and available at Central Library (18 February, 2.30pm) and Acklam Library and Community Hub (20 February, 2.30pm). Advance booking is essential and we would love to see the finished result – tag us in your animations and we’ll share our favourites.

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

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