After an incredible start to Autumn in Middlesbrough, it's now all about October half term, Halloween and making memories galore!
There's plenty happening in and around the town including Stick Man Live at Middlesbrough Theatre, tales of global adventures and exploration with Simon Reeve at Middlesbrough Town Hall and The Secret Menu – an exclusive gourmet dining experience in the Cells! There's still time to check out the Safari exhibition at The Dorman Museum which runs until December, and it's the last chance to visit Avoid Exploring with Captain Cook at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum – learn more about life on the high seas with Captain Cook. For even more history and discovery, don't miss Discover Middlesbrough festival, an opportunity to explore and enjoy Middlesbrough in a whole new way.
We’ve picked out some highlights below, don’t forget to check Enjoy Tees Valley for a full list of events in the area.
Stick Man Live
Stick Man Live is back at Middlesbrough Theatre for another amazing adventure packed full of family fun! Stick Man sets off on a morning jog and along the way a dog wants to play fetch, a swan builds a nest with him and he even ends up on a fire! Featuring loads of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves, all ages are welcome! Show times at 1.30pm & 4.30pm - book now for an afternoon of making theatre memories.
An Audience with Simon Reeve
Thrills, spills, adventure and global exploring - don't miss Simon Reeve at Middlesbrough Town Hall! A fascinating and educational show, Simon's adventures are also shocking, moving, inspirational and often hilarious. Hear more about how he became an author, TV presenter and how he has met some of the most extraordinary people on the planet. Live, uncut and selling fast! 7.30pm, book now!
The Secret Menu - Middlesbrough Town Hall
The Secret Menu present their latest unique dining experience, Incarcerated! Enjoy a seven course tasting menu served up in the former Police Cells of Middlesbrough Town Hall. Created by Paul Kay and Sean Wilkinson, and with only 16 places available, don't miss the gourmet foodie experience to end all experiences! Please note the menu is not suitable for vegan and vegetarian diners. The booking link opens on Friday 18 October at 6pm, be ready!
Black History Youth Awards Dinner
The awards celebrate the achievements of black youths by promoting positive role models. It also aims to introduce the ‘It’s You and Me’ mentoring project, which addresses the specific needs of young black people in Teesside who are in need of mentoring. The African adage that it takes a village to raise a child is the ethos that drives this initiative. The dinner includes a 2 course dinner, live entertainment and awards Cost: £25 – £250
Halloween Pumpkin Party
Join Newham Grange Farm for a pumpkin party as the farm gets a Halloween makeover! There's prizes for the best pumpkin (carve your own at the farm or bring one along), plus a pumpkin parade, arts and crafts, not-so-spooky trick or treats, creepy animal area and so much more. 5-8pm, it's £4 entry, under 2s go free, limited tickets - buy online or at the farm!
Mikhail Karikis: For Many Voices
The first survey exhibition of artist Mikhail Karikis at MIMA amplifies the voices of those who may be unheard, unseen and structurally neglected. The exhibition features work made across ten years, including two pieces commissioned by MIMA. The exhibition is an arena for listening in a time of change - Karikis makes videos, sound pieces, performance, images and structures. Free event. (Image credit: Mikhail Karikis)
Discover Middlesbrough 2019
Whether you're brand new to Middlesbrough or have lived here your whole life, there's always ways to discover, explore and learn more at the annual Discover Middlesbrough festival. Featuring events, activities and a whole line up of talks, walks and fact-finding missions, hop on board, strap yourself in and have a fab time!
Safari at the Dorman Museum
Venture into a really wild exhibition at the Dorman Museum with Safari! Take a vibrant and interactive journey into Africa where there is so much to discover. Set up camp in the Safari tent, explore wild habitats, meet the animals that live there and go on an unforgettable journey of animal discovery. Tickets: £3 adults, £2 children/concessions, £8 family ticket.
Avoid Exploring with Captain Cook!
A fun filled exhibition similar to the style of Horrible Histories books about life out at sea with Middlesbrough's famous explorer and navigator! Discover the smells, the people, the food and find out what it was really like to live the life of Captain James Cook! Museum Opening Times: Tue - Sun, 10.30am - 3.30pm Standard museum entry prices apply