What's Happening in Middlesbrough & Hartlepool Issue #3

What's Happening in Middlesbrough & Hartlepool Issue #3

08 Jun 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


Hope you have all had a great half term. 

There's just 6 – 7 weeks now till we do it again, so I hope to keep you busy with local news on what’s on for you and your family. Keep in touch with the local Facebook page too for more information and pictures.

the weather

After a disappointing change in the weather, we’re looking at more sun and some dry days towards the end of the month.

parks and recreation


Summerhill Country Park

Summerhill Visitor Centre, Summerhill Lane, Hartlepool, County Durham, TS25 4LL, England

Summerhill is a unique and welcoming Country Park on the western edge of Hartlepool that's both a Local Nature Reserve and an outdoor activity centre great for active families!

And best of all the 100-acre site is free to enjoy at any time with no need to pre-book. There is plenty to freely enjoy including countryside walks, adventure play areas, cycling routes, a competition standard BMX track and climbing Boulder Park.

The team based at the Summerhill Visitor Centre also run activities for schools, community groups, businesses and the general public. Key activities are; archery, rock climbing, high ropes, orienteering, team games, nature study and crafts.

Summerhill also makes a great venue for a meeting, party or event. The site has hosted a wide range of events from major cross-country championships and BMX cycling events to community fun days, countryside festivals and dog shows!

So whatever you fancy getting up to with the family they've got plenty here for everyone to choose from! Come early if you can though folks - because the kids won't want to leave!

Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park

Woodland Country Park Visitor Centre, Flatts Lane TS6 0NN

Woodland country park of 100 acres of woodland and scrub. Visitor centre with an exhibition showing the past, present and future landscape. Shop and picnic site and play area.

The perfect place to explore the countryside south of Normanby. The park is also an ideal starting point from which to visit the Eston Hills.

There are circular walks, spectacular views and fascinating history to be discovered just minutes away.

The Visitor Centre facilities include toilets, baby changing facility and first aid point. In the exhibition room you can learn more about the history and the wildlife of the country park or have a go at solving one of the puzzles.



Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum

Deepdale, Mill Lane, Skinningrove, TS13 4AP

Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum stands on the site of the first ironstone mine in Cleveland and offers visitors the chance to experience life underground as a miner. The museum is fully guided so please allow at least an hour and a half for your visit.

Monday to Friday: 10am - 3:30pm
Saturday: 1pm - 3:30pm Last Tour leaves at 3:30pm Adults £6 Children £3


MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 -4.30pm

Thursday 10.00am – 7.00pm
Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Hold a weekly Community Day it involves various creative and discursive activities, complemented by a free communal lunch at 1pm.  Held on Thursdays, the day is open to all

Mini mima – 10.00am – 11.30am (term time only), £3.50 per child.  Interactive early years workshops for under-fives that respond to their current projects with experimental making.



Canal River Trust

Our cherished network of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers flows through the most beautiful countryside and vibrant cities that England and Wales have to offer.


Easily accessible and free to explore, they are the ideal destination for boaters, anglers, walkers, cyclists and people looking for a fun day out in the fresh air. Zoom in on the map to see more information about an area, including nearby facilities on and by the water. Or click 'View list' for a full list of our canals and rivers.

at the theatre

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Sunday 18th June
2  & 4

Middlesbrough Theatre

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. 

Eric captivated readers with his iconic, colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself. 

This critically acclaimed production features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets, faithfully adapting four of Eric Carle's stories: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course The Very Hungry Caterpillar. 

Tickets: £11

fairs and events

Annual Summer Family Fair

Marske Hall 11 – 3
Saturday 17th June 

Lots of family-themed fun, stall, homemade cakes, live music and entertainment, refreshments and much more. 11am – 3pm. Free entry – donations welcome. All proceeds to Marske Hall Registered charity no. 218186 Marske Hall, Tel: 01642 482672


Paw Patrol Chase & Marshall

Saturday 17th June

Enjoy a delicious brunch, a meet and greet and photos with Chase & Marshall and get creative with Paw Patrol themed Arts & Crafts.
£5 per child Includes Food 


Ormesby Hall

Ladgate Lane, Ormesby, near Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, TS3 0SR 

Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesdays

Prices start at £5 Adults £2.50 Children

Classic cars for Father's Day

Sun 18 Jun 2017


Treat your dad this Father's Day with a display of classic cars and a hog roast.

Explore the servants' quarters

Mon 19 Jun 2017


Follow in the footsteps of the Ormesby Hall servants on a guided tour of the servants' wing. 


Armed Forces Day

Saturday, June 17th 10 – 4

Middlesbrough will again show its support for the UK’s service personnel and veterans on Armed Forces Day


This year, Armed Forces Day will take place in the heart of the town centre a fitting venue for this fun-filled family day, including a parade, band performance and a variety of demonstrations, activities and entertainment. Armed Forces Day is a national celebration of local support for the military.

The day is open to all, from families and local groups to veterans and potential new recruits. The celebration - formerly known as Veterans’ Day.

school news

The Great Get Together is a brilliant reason to do something in your school to encourage community cohesion and celebrate diversity.

Schools up and down the country are already planning their get together events and assemblies: in Jo’s hometown of Batley in Yorkshire schools from different communities are coming together for a big sports day and picnic.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students in Birmingham will be holding assemblies followed by a picnic with students from the two schools, from a range of faiths and backgrounds.

activities and offers

Funky Feet is a unique session for Pre-School aged children, it is a great opportunity to sample numerous sports and physical activities. It is a mix of fun games and dancing, which are great for expending your child’s energy. The session is designed to be a fun and active way of engaging you and your child into physical activity.

The variety of activities will develop and sustain your child’s physical and cognitive development, as well as their fine motor skills, which will overall improve their health and well-being 

NCT Teesside Keep up to date with local events, baby sales, toddler groups & walks at their Facebook page.

Musical Minis Teesside is the fun time music group for babies and toddlers. We cater for children from babies up to school age. The sessions last 45 minutes and children attend with their parents or carers.


5 Ways to Help Your Child's Emotional Control

As adults, most of us know our emotional triggers and what we need to do to calm ourselves down or relieve our frustrations.

As a child, this can be a difficult journey and cause disruption and upset for the whole family as well as cause a lack of self-confidence in the child, damage relationships and development.

Keeping children safe around dogs

Teach your child to be calm and careful around dogs to ensure they stay safe!

There's a printable guide and family courses available at Dogs Trust.

other news

Heel & Toe

In 2008 after years of frustration in trying to find suitable therapy for his daughter, Paul Bannister decided to try to establish a charity to provide this service.

Paul put the first few steps in place to set up and launch Heel and Toe.

Paul decided early in the charity’s journey ‘That No Child Should Be Denied Therapy Due To a Lack of Money’.

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity was established in June 2008.

The ‘Not for Profit’ organisation was granted charity status on the 4th September 2008 and the centre was opened on the 4th October 2008, offering FREE Conductive Education Therapy for any child with Cerebral Palsy in an annexe based at the Meadows School in Spennymoor County Durham.

Due to an increasing demand for the expanding services offered at Heel & Toe it was decided in 2009 a new building was required. The trustees decided to relocate to a more central place in County Durham and found premises to rent in Framwellgate Moor.


This made travelling to the charity from North or South of the region easier.  A satellite centre in Darlington was also established.

Demand continued to increase for the range of services now available from Heel & Toe. By the end of 2012, the charity trustees decided it was time to find and purchase a building that would become a legacy for the children and parents of County Durham in the North of England.

Premises were found in Pelton and funding secured to refurbish a facility for the children of the North East Region.

The desire of the board of trustees is to establish a centre of excellence for the delivery of a range of therapies which will benefit the children and their families for many years.  We can only continue to do this with the ongoing support of the people of the North East and beyond.

This centre is a Beacon of Excellence and offers a range of Therapies in one building improving the lives of all who access it.

This entry was posted in Things to do, Family Fun and tagged darlington, hartlepool, events .

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