Tees Valley: Latest News

RABY TO UNVEIL HIDDEN HISTORICAL ROOM ON ITS CASTLE TOUR

29th February 2024

    Raby Castle will be opening its gates for the 2024 season on Friday 1st March with an exciting new addition to its popular tour.   The Housekeeper’s Sitting Room has been given a new lease of life as a reimagined visitor welcome space and will provide visitors...

Award-winning Teesside firm launches school competition to ‘inspire young minds’

26th February 2024

EVERY pupil wishes they could make school a bit more fun. Now one Teesside firm is attempting to enable youngsters to do just that. For over 35 years, Harkin Associates has designed some of the best-known buildings in the Tees Valley. Now the Middlesbrough-based design and architecture company...

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FEBRUARY HALF TERM FUN AT RABY CASTLE STARTS THIS WEEKEND

8th February 2024

    Raby Castle has revealed its plans for the long-awaited February half term taking place between Saturday 10th and Sunday 25th February.   Encouraging adventure through nature and the first signs of spring, there will be two new trails for families to enjoy throughout...

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Lose yourself in a world of naval history and maritime navigation at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

1st February 2024

  This February half-term, the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool's historic quay is playing host to a range of activities that showcase the creative and often challenging ways that sailors would navigate the sea. Visitors can discover the old and...

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North East charity aims to brighten up the most depressing day of 2024

15th January 2024

  Picture: Catherine Devereux, Katie Devereux and Suzanne Julian   A NORTH East charity hopes to brighten up what has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.   The third Monday in January has become known as Blue Monday, due to the mix of cold weather, dark...

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RABY CASTLE CELEBRATES ITS EQUINE PAST AS WORK COMMENCES ON 18th CENTURY COACH HOUSE AND STABLES

8th January 2024

  Restoration work is underway on the 18th century Coach House and Stables at Raby Castle, a key part of ‘The Rising’ development, the ambitious project to restore historic buildings to create a unique new visitor experience for 2024. The prominent Grade II* listed Coach House...

EMPOWERING THE NEXT GENERATION WITH THEATRE AND DANCE CLASSES 

3rd January 2024

Darlington Hippodrome announces a new term of Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes.    Designed to inspire and enable young individuals to explore their creativity, build confidence, and develop life-long skills, Darlington Hippodrome’s Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes...

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TEESSIDE COUNSELLOR PUBLISHES NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LAUNCHES SCHOOL VISITS

15th December 2023

  The founder of a Teesside counselling service is launching a new picture book for children which explains in a fun and easy way how to cope with their worries.   It is the second book that Sue Steer, owner of Stockton-based Steer into Counselling, has published, which can be...

BELLWAY GUARANTEES A CRACKING CHRISTMAS FOR SKELTON PRIMARY SCHOOL

13th December 2023

  Photograph:          (L-R) – Natalie (Head Girl – Skelton Primary School), Sarah Walker (Head Teacher), Claire (Bellway Sales Advisor), William (Head Boy – Skelton Primary School) They might not be able to guarantee...

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Deer Park at Dusk | Saturday 4th November | 4pm  – 6pm

30th October 2023

  Raby Castle’s visitors have been enjoying its extended opening hours with some dreamy autumnal evenings. Raby has added an extra date on bonfire weekend for those who would like an alternative to escape from the busy crowds and embrace the tranquil spaces at Raby Castle. The evening...

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Go Snow Crazy at DL1

27th October 2023

Go Snow Crazy at DL1 Create magical memories this December in the DL1 snow globe and sleigh! Whether it’s snapping a selfie with friends, letting your little ones sit in the sleigh, or just enjoying the entertainment, the choice is yours, and it’s all for free! Then top off your day...

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NEXT STOP: HOPETOWN DARLINGTON 

26th October 2023

  A brand-new rail heritage visitor attraction is on track to open in Darlington next summer, ahead of the bicentenary of the Stockton & Darlington Railway (S&DR) in 2025.    Hopetown Darlington will encompass both purpose-built and heritage buildings – including...

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RABY HIRES MANAGER TO DELIVER ESTATE’S SUSTAINABILITY VISION

24th October 2023

  Raby Estates has appointed a sustainability manager in a new role to set and deliver ambitious targets for environmental enhancement and meet the challenge of climate change. Victoria Cadman, an environmental scientist with over 25 years consulting and advisory experience for private and...

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Pyromusical Firework Spectacular returns for fifth year

24th October 2023

  Saturday 4 November 2023 The North East's biggest Pyromusical fireworks spectacular, will mark its fifth year of shows with a celebration that will light up the night sky. The magical, multi-sensory event, will include highlights from the last five decades of UK hit music with...

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RABY HIRES MANAGER TO DELIVER ESTATE’S SUSTAINABILITY VISION

24th October 2023

  Raby Estates has appointed a sustainability manager in a new role to set and deliver ambitious targets for environmental enhancement and meet the challenge of climate change. Victoria Cadman, an environmental scientist with over 25 years consulting and advisory experience for private and...

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ONE OF THE LARGEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT TRAILS COMES TO THE NORTH-EAST 

6th September 2023

    ‘AGLOW’ TO ILLUMINATE THE SKIES OF BISHOP AUCKLAND    A brand-new Christmas light trail, AGLOW, will dazzle visitors to Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland this festive season, with the tallest Christmas tree in the North, the longest outdoor light tunnel...

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ONE OF THE LARGEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT TRAILS COMES TO THE NORTH-EAST 

6th September 2023

    ‘AGLOW’ TO ILLUMINATE THE SKIES OF BISHOP AUCKLAND    A brand-new Christmas light trail, AGLOW, will dazzle visitors to Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland this festive season, with the tallest Christmas tree in the North, the longest outdoor light tunnel...

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RABY CASTLE’S ‘RISING’ DEVELOPMENT MARKS MAJOR MILESTONE AS WORK COMMENCES ON NEW PANORAMIC CAFÉ RESTAURANT 

3rd August 2023

    Raby Castle’s ‘Rising’ development has marked a major milestone as work commences on the estate’s new Vinery Café Restaurant. The new eatery, a stylish and airy recreation of the Victorian glasshouse which once stood in the same spot, will offer...

ENJOY THE GREAT OUTDOORS AT RABY THIS SUMMER

17th July 2023

  With exciting new trails and special events planned throughout its stunning parkland, Raby is providing families with plenty of outdoor fun and entertainment throughout the summer.    At Raby’s adventure playground, little imaginations can run wild as they embark on...

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T-REXCELLENT JURASSIC LIVE RETURNS TO STOCKTON GLOBE THIS SEPTEMBER

7th June 2023

This September, live entertainment and events venue, Stockton Globe welcomes the return of the Jurassic Live tour. A thrilling family-friendly dinosaur adventure show, featuring award-winning animatronic and realistic dinosaurs, is heading to Teesside sooner than you think. The 90-minute full stage...

North East Outdoor Spectacular Kynren Nominated for National Award

4th June 2023

  Spellbinding live outdoor show Kynren – An Epic Tale of England, is in the running for a national award celebrating UK visitor attractions.   The Bishop Auckland show has been included on the shortlist for Best Event for Groups in the Group Leisure and Travel awards, which...

What to do if you're bored with water

30th May 2023

Data reveals - 30% of Brits find water boring and do not drink it, finds hydration specialists   45% of Brits admit to only drinking one glass of water a day  30% of Brits find water boring so limit how much they drink 27% of Brits say their...

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Down in the Barn show taking place on Sat Jun 24th at Fletchers Farm.

24th May 2023

  The show is headlined by the acoustic duo Plumhall. Support comes from Growing Old Disgracefully. PLUMHALL (Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall) are critically-acclaimed songwriters from the UK, using a mesmerising combination of acoustic and electric instruments to create breathtaking soundscapes...

Yarm School to Host One of Region’s Biggest Careers Convention

27th April 2023

  Yarm School is opening its doors to pupils, parents, and teachers from across the Tees Valley as it hosts its biennial career convention next week. Taking place on 27 April from 6:30 pm, the school is welcoming a diverse range of professions, as well as training organisations and universities...

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The Magic of the Silver Swan 8 July 2023 - 7 January 2024

13th April 2023

Something extraordinary is coming to The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle this July as we open our major landmark exhibition for 2023. Part of the Museum’s ‘Year of Movement’, The Magic of the Silver Swan celebrates the 250th anniversary of the swan’s first...

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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, GARETH GATES, JENNY RYAN AND JOSH BENSON WILL STAR IN THE FAIREST PANTO OF ALL!

6th April 2023

  Star casting announced for Darlington Hippodrome’s 2023 pantomime spectacular – Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.   Pantomime will be making a magical return to Darlington Hippodrome this festive season as pop and musical theatre star Gareth Gates is set to headline...

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Record Results at Alpha!

8th March 2023

  We have had some amazing pupil successes across all year groups. - We now help over 150 primary and Secondary school children and the numbers continue to grow. - Our teachers numbers have also grown to 11 and we need at least 2 more quailed teachers to keep up with current demand -...

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Roustabout Theatre presents Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

15th February 2023

One small step for man, one giant pile of rubbish left behind! Man’s dream to reach the stars leaves the world in ruins and disturbs the sleeping dinosaurs. Will they wake up and save planet Earth? An imaginative adaptation of Michael Foreman’s environmental tale with dancing dinosaurs,...

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Roustabout Theatre presents Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

15th February 2023

One small step for man, one giant pile of rubbish left behind! Man’s dream to reach the stars leaves the world in ruins and disturbs the sleeping dinosaurs. Will they wake up and save planet Earth? An imaginative adaptation of Michael Foreman’s environmental tale with dancing dinosaurs,...

Dark Skies Festival - half term family fun without costing the earth

25th January 2023

    This year’s Dark Skies Festival, across both the North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales National Parks, will include plenty of ways to enjoy a star-studded half term that don’t cost the earth. The Festival, which takes place within the International Dark Sky Reserves...

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Brightening the way for Blue Monday

11th January 2023

  A North East charity is aiming to brighten up what has been dubbed the most depressing day of the year.   The third Monday in January has become known as Blue Monday, due to the combination of cold weather, dark nights and post-Christmas blues, leading to an increase in mental...

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Darlington Hippodrome panto stars help launch new pirate themed playground.

22nd December 2022

Cast members of Darlington Hippodrome’s smash hit production The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan helped launch a new pirate themed playground in support of Family Help in Darlington.   When Family Help moved into their purpose-built refuge back in 2003, it was considered state...

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Middlesbrough Mayor shows support for education centre

15th December 2022

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston has shown his support for the education of our young people by visiting Alpha Tuition Centre on Linthorpe Road.   The Centre, founded by Dani Choudary, improves GCSE and A level prospects of local children by offering in-centre classes and one-on-one tuition...

Initiative launched to ensure digital equality in schools

5th December 2022

An initiative has been launched to give every schoolchild in Teesside one-to-one access to an iPad.   Tech Equal is the brainchild of Teesside entrepreneur, Visualsoft founder Dean Benson, and aims to ensure every primary pupil in Middlesbrough has one of the digital devices. Founder...

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THE RISING STARS OF RABY ESTATES’ RENOVATION PROGRAMME

29th November 2022

Raby Castle and Estate, in the heart of County Durham is supporting the expertise of local contractors in all areas of its five-year renovation scheme known as The Rising, as well as across the Estate’s agricultural enterprises. The Rising, which began its works in 2021 will see the restoration...

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DARLINGTON HIPPODROME INTRODUCES TASTY NEW MENU OPTIONS.

24th November 2022

  Darlington Hippodrome’s Hippo Lounge is introducing new, locally sourced menu items in the run up to the festive season.   The popular Hippo Lounge café in the Hippodrome’s foyer focuses on drinks and light snacks throughout the day currently offering a selection...

A Christmas full of fun in Redcar and Cleveland

17th November 2022

  It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas across Redcar and Cleveland and there are LOADS of events, activities and festive happenings in store for folks and families across the borough. Christmas is a magical time of the year and as we head towards the month of merriment, mistletoe...

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North East charity launches to boost digital equality in schools

17th November 2022

  Tech Equal teams up with Spark Tees Valley to offer training sessions Tech Equal, a charity backed by Teesside entrepreneur Dean Benson, has launched to stamp out digital inequality in schools by providing every child with an iPad. The organisation which is currently working with 15 primary...

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Ssh! SANTA IS COMING TO THE UNICORN CENTRE!

8th November 2022

  The Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre, based at Stainton Way, Hemlington, Middlesbrough is starting the festive season with Santa’s much awaited annual visit. Special arrangements have been made with Santa for children to meet him in his Grotto on Sunday...

Halloween at High Force Waterfall 🎃👻🧙‍♀️

25th October 2022

If you venture down to High Force Waterfall this Halloween, you’ll find a series of spine-tingling clues along our woodland walk. Can you collect them all, solve the puzzle and make it all the way back to the Hotel?  High Force Waterfall Circular Woodland Walk 15th – 30th October,...

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Local school lives up to its excellent and innovative offer to be named finalist in national competition

18th October 2022

An independent school in Teesside has been named a finalist in a prestigious award for its Early Years offering. Red House School in Norton, Stockton-On-Tees, is the only school in the North to be shortlisted in the esteemed Independent School Association awards ‘Excellence and Innovation in...

Learn about life on the high seas this October half-term at the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

18th October 2022

  Join the National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool across the October half-term for spooky trails, a swashbuckling pirate exhibition, and explosive demonstrations.    Not had your fill this half-term? Come back the next, with all tickets...

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SCARECROWS BRING THE VILLAGE TOGETHER THROUGH VOLUNTEERING

17th October 2022

A North-East mum took on a personal challenge to develop a Scarecrow Trail in Middleton St George in 2018 to help raise money for local children and this year she celebrated it’s 4th year! The scarecrow trail was held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022 by local mum Shirley Gray...

NEW AFTER DARK HALLOWEEN TRAIL TO OPEN AT RABY’S POPULAR WOODLAND PLAY AREA

23rd September 2022

A new after dark twilight trail will be opening for the first time at the woodland adventure playground The Plotters’ Forest, for Halloween. As the sun sets, the trail at Raby Castle’s adventure playground – which is woven within its Christmas Tree plantation – will come alive...

Razzamataz Stockton-On-Tees providing high quality Performing Arts

12th August 2022

Razzamataz Stockton-On-Tees provides high quality Performing Arts training for ages 2-18 in Musical Theatre and Commercial styles including street dance and pop singing. Razzamataz Stockton provides a wide range of opportunities for young people of all experience levels to develop their skills in...

NEW ADVENTURE TRAIL LAUNCHED AT HIGH FORCE WATERFALL

3rd August 2022

A new exploratory trail has been introduced at a local natural landmark to encourage children to engage with nature and see the benefits of outdoor play. Situated within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark, the new woodland experience forms part of...

Summer of Fun at Lightwater Valley

3rd August 2022

Make the most of your summer at Lightwater Valley’s summer of fun. ​​​​​​With over 40 rides and attractions for the whole family to enjoy, you’ll find mega adventures around every corner at Lightwater Valley Family Adventure Park. We offer fun for all the family, with new rides...

DARLINGTON HIPPODROME YOUNG DANCERS ACCEPTED ON TO PIONEERING TRAINING COURSE

28th July 2022

Three young dancers who have been attending Darlington Hippodrome Youth Dance sessions for over two years have been accepted on to Dance City’s Centre for Advanced Training in Contemporary Dance course.   Following successful auditions, Grace Hanson, Lola Smith and Annabel Wilde will...

BUDDY - THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY ON SALE NOW AT DARLINGTON HIPPODROME

28th July 2022

On the back of an incredibly successful 30th anniversary tour, smash hit rock & roll musical Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story is back in the UK for 2023 and visits Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 28 February to Saturday 4 March, 2023.   Loved by critics and audiences alike, Buddy...

Breathtaking live show to be staged on six summer Saturdays

1st July 2022

Kynren – an epic tale of England - returns to its spectacular Bishop Auckland stage this summer, with six Saturday performances from 6th August to 10th September.   The open-air show offers enthralling live summer entertainment which delivers thrills, shocks, tears, laughs, goosebumps...

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REDCAR & CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL - New appeal for foster carers – do you have room in your heart and space in your home?

27th June 2022

THE council has launched a new appeal for people considering foster care to come forward. A bed with the borough’s special foster care teddy bears (see image attached) is being taken across the borough as part of the campaign. Foster carers in Redcar and Cleveland also receive several financial...

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REDCAR & CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL - Kind-hearted couple win ‘Foscar’ award for dedication to vulnerable children

27th June 2022

IT’S hard to believe that Mike and Lian Cox, current holders of Redcar and Cleveland’s ‘Foscar’ (foster care) award once considered themselves failures in the role. “We thought, ‘well we have three kids of our own, we don’t need training,’” said...

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REDCAR & CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL - Meet the Nortons, two of our newest foster carers

27th June 2022

For Geoff and Stuart Norton it was an ordinary family life – especially providing a home for Geoff’s daughter - which made them consider fostering.   “My youngest came to live with us about 18 months ago,” explained Geoff, 48, a taxi-driver from Redcar, “and we...

JUST THE TICKET FOR FAMILIES THIS SUMMER - CHILDREN TRAVEL FOR JUST £1 AT THE NYMR

27th June 2022

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) has announced its Summer Family tickets for £88 (two adults and two children), with individual adult tickets for £43 each and children aged between 4 & 15 travelling for just £1.  Tickets for the hugely popular award-winning attraction...

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Redcar and Cleveland Council - Meet the Porritts – inspired by their working lives to give more

27th June 2022

WORKING with children with complex needs five days a week for 20 years and having your own child might lead most people to long for some child free time. Not so Reece Porritt. “I teach children excluded from mainstream school and it’s very much this that inspired me to think about fostering,”...

Bringing the fun of the big top to DL1…

22nd June 2022

Do you like trying something different and have the urge to perform? If so, why not head to DL1 this August and join our circus skills workshops. Suitable for a range of ages, you can gen up on juggling and build your confidence in front of a crowd. If you’re more of a spectator, then our juggler’s...

CEMEX launches educational program to raise awareness of the Circular Economy

6th June 2022

A new educational program for UK schoolchildren has been launched by global building materials supplier CEMEX, aiming to help children better understand and contribute more to sustainable development, through the transition to the Circular Economy and by promoting a responsible and sustainable lifestyle. 'A...

Emotional Resiliance

16th May 2022

  The last few years have been tough on our children, particularly considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has been a global trauma and we are only just starting to see the toll it has taken. For example, nursery settings are being asked to focus upon developing speech and literacy...

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ROYAL CELEBRATIONS AT THE HISTORIC RABY CASTLE

12th May 2022

  The majestic Raby Castle in County Durham is pulling out all the stops to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee this May half term. Taking place in the castle’s scenic Deer Park from Saturday 28th May until Sunday 5th June, a new trail featuring a street...

Middlesbrough Education & Training Centre reopens

11th May 2022

  Ixion Holdings part of Shaw Trust has reopened its centre in Middlesbrough. The first floor has been refurbished to include a brand-new dedicated Nails /Make up and Beauty Therapy Massage training suite. With Level 3 courses starting now and other courses starting later in the year there...

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Isaac Newton's tree to be part of Ancient Canopy to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

4th May 2022

    The team at Woolsthorpe Manor, National Trust, are thrilled that Isaac Newton's tree has been chosen as one of 70 to be dedicated to The Queen in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee.   The Queen's Green Canopy recently announced the network of 70 Ancient Woodlands...

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Kids Go Free to Darlington Majestic Theatre Pantomime!

3rd May 2022

    It may only be May but theatre bosses at The Majestic Theatre in Darlington have signed up with north west pantomime company "Trio Entertainment" to producing this years professional Christmas Pantomime "Aladdin".    To launch "Aladdin"...

DARLINGTON HIPPODROME IN SEARCH OF SPECIAL GUESTS TO ATTEND V.E. DAY PROMS CELEBRATION

28th April 2022

To celebrate V.E. Day on Sunday 8 May – Darlington Hippodrome is looking for some very special guests to attend One Night at the V.E. Day proms - the ultimate, musical celebration in honour of V.E. DAY which comes to the theatre on Monday 9 May.   The Hippodrome would love to hear...

LOCAL SCHOOL CHILDREN BECOME RABY REBELS FOR THE AFTERNOON WITH EXCLUSIVE FIRST VISIT TO NEW ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND 

26th April 2022

    An entire class of students from Cockfield Primary School in Bishop Auckland were the first children in the county to test drive Raby Castle’s much-awaited new playground in the trees, The Plotters’ Forest, before it opens to the public at Easter.     Over...

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Kynren 2022 Early Bird Saver Tickets - On Sale NOW

3rd March 2022

  Kynren - An Epic Tale of England returns to its spectacular Bishop Auckland stage this summer, with six Saturday performances from 6th August to 10th September.   To mark the momentous Queen's Platinum Jubilee there will be an additional performance taking place on Friday,...

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REDCAR & CLEVELAND BOROUGH COUNCIL - Kind-hearted couple win ‘Foscar’ award for dedication to vulnerable children

27th February 2022

IT’S hard to believe that Mike and Lian Cox, current holders of Redcar and Cleveland’s ‘Foscar’ (foster care) award once considered themselves failures in the role. “We thought, ‘well we have three kids of our own, we don’t need training,’” said...

Iconic national treasure commemorates 100 years in dry dock as National Museum looks forward to new visitor experiences across group for 2022

12th January 2022

  Iconic national treasure commemorates 100 years in dry dock as National Museum looks forward to new visitor experiences across group for 2022     Centenary of the dry docking of HMS Victory is perfect launchpad for announcing exciting...

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The Russ Devereux Headlight Project launches it’s Turn Blue Monday Bright Campaign as it celebrates 3 Years of the Project….

11th January 2022

‘Blue Monday’ as it has become known is the third Monday in January and is a day where it is said there are most absences from work, days off school and generally people are just feeling low following Christmas and might be struggling with their mental health. This year Blue Monday...

Teesside mums achieve Level 3 Beauty Therapy Massage qualification with Ixion Holdings.

15th December 2021

  A group of smiling Teesside mums were presented with their certificates and a goody bag at Shaw Trust EAC centre in Middlesbrough. They are now fully qualified Massage therapists. They have been studying hard and learning how to do Body, Stone Therapy, Indian head massage as well as...

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Fully Booked Theatre invite you to a new show that’s oodles of fun for the whole family this holiday season

7th December 2021

How Long is a Piece of String? Is a magical and immersive piece of interactive dance theatre from Fully Booked for children aged 4-9 and their grown-ups coming to Community Hall, Windsor Road, Saltburn by the Sea on 19th December, 2pm. Get ready to meet String and Strong! String and Strong just can’t...

Fully Booked Theatre invite you to a new show that’s oodles of fun for the whole family this holiday season

7th December 2021

How Long is a Piece of String? Is a magical and immersive piece of interactive dance theatre from Fully Booked for children aged 4-9 and their grown-ups coming to Community Hall, Windsor Road, Saltburn by the Sea on 19th December, 2pm. Get ready to meet String and Strong! String and Strong just can’t...

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ALL ABOARD FOR A DELIGHTFUL DECEMBER AT THE DORMAN MUSEUM!

30th November 2021

  It will be a December to remember at the Dorman Museum this year as families can buckle up and get ready to enjoy a whole month of festive fun.   Featuring a virtual reality Sleigh Simulator ride and a Christmas Extravaganza weekend, there is also a brand new exhibition that...

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NIGHTFALL 2021; A Stellar Rainbow to bring a whole lot of colour into the lives of Tees Valley families, residents and the wider region.

24th November 2021

  Credit: Quails Culture Joels Chester-Fildes Nightfall; A Stellar Rainbow is set to bring 16,000 attendees together across 2nd – 5th December for magical winter time memory making. This rainbow themed family-friendly outdoor event features a self-guided trail around Stewart Park,...

Keep out of mischief with The Bowes Museum’s October holiday events

13th October 2021

  There’s lots happening at The Bowes Museum this October half term to keep both children and the young at heart out of mischief!   The Barnard Castle based Museum in County Durham is kicking off its Halloween entertainment with Clara the Ghostbuster events on Saturday...

The HMS Trincomalee is centre stage at The National Museum of the Royal Navy

12th October 2021

  This half term experience life at sea at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool for their 'Meet the Navy' weekend. For one weekend only, the past and present will collide as visitors can meet members of the Royal Navy and find out about their current activities, as...

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Christmas at The Bowes Museum

29th September 2021

    Enjoy the magic of Christmas at The Bowes Museum this December.   Let your senses come alive as the Museum in Barnard Castle resounds with the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the festive season.   With the galleries and halls decorated with trees and...

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A Teesside independent school has welcomed a new headteacher – the first woman to hold the role in its history.

9th September 2021

    Red House School, in Norton, has appointed Dr Rebecca Ashcroft in the top job, replacing outgoing headmaster Ken James, who has been in the role for five years. Rebecca, who was previously the head of the senior school, said: “I am delighted to become the ninth head and...

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YARM SCHOOL PUPILS LOOK TO THE FUTURE AFTER EXAM SUCCESS

17th August 2021

Students Left to Right: Jamie Wiltshire, Chloe Atkinson, Imogen Hennessey and Jack Critchlow Yarm School students are planning for the future after significant success in the GCSE and A Level examinations and in securing places to study a broad range of courses at university. School Captain...

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Meat-Free Mondays

29th July 2021

Primary Times received the below article from Rosa aged 10, who receives our publication.  She asked if we could publish it for her which we have.    I am Rosa. I’m ten and I live in Darlington. I was born into a vegetarian (later vegan) family and I have always known...

Europe's Oldest Warship Afloat Gets a Fresh Look

15th July 2021

    The National Museum of the Royal Navy's HMS Trincomalee has been repainted A significant step in the museum's mission to preserve naval heritage Visitors can witness this change at The National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool     (Image:...

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MIDDLESBROUGH THEATRE IS BACK!

23rd June 2021

  Middlesbrough Theatre is back and is ploughing ahead with its plans to re-open on June 30th, despite the delay to Covid restrictions being fully lifted. A month-long season of events will once again light up the stage after more than a year of darkness and will include performances by...

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MIDDLESBROUGH THEATRE IS BACK!

23rd June 2021

  Middlesbrough Theatre is back and is ploughing ahead with its plans to re-open on June 30th, despite the delay to Covid restrictions being fully lifted. A month-long season of events will once again light up the stage after more than a year of darkness and will include performances by...

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DAY AND NIGHT OFFER - TWO INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCES AT 11ARCHES PARK AND KYNREN, DURHAM

17th June 2021

        Get ready for a summer full of spectacular shows and immersive attractions to suit families of all ages, as you travel back through time at 11Arches Park by day or Kynren by night:   11Arches Park A ticket to 11Arches Park brings family-friendly...

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“Blooming brilliant Stokesley Open Gardens returns for 2021”

11th June 2021

  For one weekend only, on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July, you can discover the secrets of Stokesley’s best-kept gardens at Stokesley Open Gardens 2021. Enthusiastic gardeners will open their garden gates with pride, inviting the public to explore the landscapes they have expertly created,...

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Archers Make Emotional Return to Kynren

29th May 2021

  Hundreds of members of Kynren’s cast and crew made an emotional return to Kynren as they prepare to welcome visitors back to live performances of the award-winning outdoor show from August.   The cast and crew, known as Archers, have been taking part in a series of rehearsals...

Girls Golf Rocks – how to join the fun at Billingham Golf Club

22nd May 2021

Are you a girl aged 7- 14 and want to learn to play golf? Do you want to team up with other girls your age and have fun learning a new sport? Why not come down to our golf club and get involved…   COACHING COURSES   We are offering six weeks of girls-only coaching sessions...

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OLD MCDONALD, MISS MUFFET AND BO PEEP ANNOUNCE SPECIAL APPEARANCE AT NEWHAM GRANGE FARM

20th May 2021

  OLD McDonald, Little Miss Muffet and Bo Peep will be at Newham Grange Farm for three days only, next Bank holiday weekend.   Families are invited to join the world-renowned trio on a Nursery Rhyme Adventure, running at various times throughout the day from Saturday, May 29th...

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AWARD-WINNING SHOW’S PRODUCERS UNVEIL REGION’S NEWEST EPIC THEME PARK

12th May 2021

  Tickets for 11Arches Park, the North East’s newest family attraction, go on sale from Friday 30 April 2021 at 5pm.   11Arches, the registered charity producing the award-winning summer spectacular ‘Kynren – an Epic Tale of England’, is delighted to unveil...

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YORK SPRING FAIR & FOOD FESTIVAL

10th May 2021

  York Spring Fair & Food Festival is a brand-new event bringing together one of the largest vintage funfairs seen in North Yorkshire for many years and a Food Festival showcasing the very best artisan products from Yorkshire and beyond. Get out and have fun over Spring Bank Holiday and...

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National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool Appeals for local support as prepares to reopen on 17 May

27th April 2021

  The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool, will reopen to the public on 17 May 2021, with COVID safe time slots on sale from 5 May 2021 at 10am Museum appeals to Hartlepool community to support local icon HMS Trincomalee after a catastrophic year for the popular attraction Tickets...

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Multi-award-winning theatre, drama and creative learning charity Mortal Fools support 500+ North East young people’s mental health and well-being.

26th April 2021

Melva Mapletree and the Quest for Barnabas Boggle; Mortal Fools’ online, interactive storytelling game supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing is available NOW for families, schools and community groups everywhere. The global pandemic has turned all our lives upside down...

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COLOURFUL EGG DESIGNS SOUGHT FOR PARK EASTER TRAIL

26th March 2021

  COLOURFUL designs are being sought for an Easter egg-stravaganza at Middlesbrough's Albert Park. And there's a chocolate treat in store for the first youngsters to complete next month's Easter Egg Trail. The fun activity for all the family is the brainchild of Linthorpe Councillor...

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We will be back in schools for May half term!

17th March 2021

We are delighted to announce Primary Times will be back in schools for May half term and we are so looking forward to being back in the children's book bags! If you are a business who would like to target families of 4-11 year old's in Tees Valley  then please get in touch. We deliver...

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Almost half of kids anxious about return to school - psychotherapist tips

3rd March 2021

Childcare service, Koru Kids, has polled 1,307 British parents to find out how their children are dealing with the imminent return to schools next week. Below are the key findings:   Almost half (47%) say their child is nervous/anxious about returning to school.   When asked...

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THE WIZARD OF OZ IS COMING TO A VENUE NEAR YOU THIS MAY HALF TERM….Oh yes it is!

2nd March 2021

    USE YOUR BRAIN AND PLUCK UP THE COURAGE TO BOOK A TICKET FOR THE MUCH-LOVED CLASSIC CLOSE TO EVERYONE’S HEART - THE WIZARD OF OZ. Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion on a magical adventure to find the Emerald City. This fun-packed pantomime twist on the...

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Musical Book Day Broadcast for Children from Across Teesside

2nd March 2021

WORLD Book Day this Thursday, 4 March needs some creative thinking this year, as with many children across Teesside and the rest of the UK being home-schooled, the majority of pupils aren’t set to return to school until March 8. The UNESCO initiative usually encourages children and...

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DAVID LLOYD CLUBS OPENS ITS (VIRTUAL) DOORS FREE TO ALL

15th February 2021

  DAVID LLOYD CLUBS OPENS ITS (VIRTUAL) DOORS FREE TO ALL David Lloyd Clubs @home App now free of charge Up to 600+ classes with new live and on demand content available every day Includes David Lloyd Clubs exclusive signature classes and wellness sessions For...

FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN AT DARLINGTON HIPPODROME

10th February 2021

FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN AT DARLINGTON HIPPODROME Treat the one you love to a memorable theatre experience to look forward to this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a musical theatre hit, an intimate drama or side-splitting comedy, Darlington Hippodrome has something for that special...

Touring dates: 15 March to 28 May Oily Cart sends their new show Space to Be direct into homes, telling the story through a series of packages

22nd January 2021

Touring dates: 15 March to 28 May Oily Cart sends their new show Space to Be direct into homes, telling the story through a series of packages Space to Be has been created particularly for shielding families with disabled young people all over the UK. Space to Be explores each...

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Keeping kids active, the Plum Play UK way

7th January 2021

Generational Play Plum Play was founded by Jonathan and Diane Schaffer in 1988, they balanced their time running a successful family business and enjoying their three young children. They knew by keeping their children active it would help their imaginations run wild. Their son Paul Schaffer...

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Announcing the Pixo Pillow; The Homeschool accessory you didn't know you needed…

7th January 2021

  Announcing the Pixo Pillow; The Homeschool accessory you didn't know you needed…     As the nation's parent community have found themselves back in the throes of homeschooling with no clear end in sight, Armadillo sun (the beanbag experts) is here...

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The Magic Hatter Presents The Night Before Christmas Online

12th December 2020

The Magic Hatter Presents The Night Before Christmas Online Looking to recapture the MAGIC this Christmas? How about a digital Magic Hatter festive family magic show inspired by The Night Before Christmas! A great alternative to panto, packed with festive fun…   “Definitely...

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THE BOWES MUSEUM CHRISTMAS MARKET TO GO AHEAD 

8th December 2020

THE BOWES MUSEUM CHRISTMAS MARKET TO GO AHEAD  11 – 13 DECEMBER    The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been given the go ahead for its annual Christmas Market to return this year, despite the Museum itself being closed due to the region being placed in...

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THE BOWES MUSEUM CHRISTMAS MARKET TO GO AHEAD 

8th December 2020

THE BOWES MUSEUM CHRISTMAS MARKET TO GO AHEAD  11 – 13 DECEMBER    The Bowes Museum is delighted to announce that it has been given the go ahead for its annual Christmas Market to return this year, despite the Museum itself being closed due to the region being placed in...

Free online event “Marvin’s Magic Live” 

7th December 2020

Marvin’s Magic Live On Sunday 13th December Marvin’s Magic are hosting a special free online event “Marvin’s Magic Live”  The show will be streamed live on Facebook & YouTube at 6.00pm - 7.30pm GMT, 1.00pm - 2.30pm EST, 10.00am -11.30am PST. The live...

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REDCAR & CLEVELAND RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN WITH THE GREAT DOORSTEP SWITCH ON!

24th November 2020

REDCAR & CLEVELAND RESIDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE INVITED TO JOIN IN WITH THE GREAT DOORSTEP SWITCH ON!   Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council have announced The Great Doorstep Switch On! A Celebration of Illumination on 3rd December, 4pm-7.30pm. It is set to be a fun, creative, festive...

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NIGHTFALL 2020 ONLINE – THE STARS GUIDE YOU HOME; FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

10th November 2020

NIGHTFALL 2020 ONLINE – THE STARS GUIDE YOU HOME; FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW Stellar Projects bring families, a VERY special star-studded online edition of their annual outdoor Nightfall event, The Stars Guide You Home; for 2020 you can all share a little Nightfall magic from the comfort...

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LTE Music Smart Watchphone for Next-Gen Kids and World’s First Bone Conduction Wireless Headphones for Kids

28th October 2020

LTE Music Smart Watchphone for Next-Gen Kids and World’s First Bone Conduction Wireless Headphones for Kids 27th Oct, Singapore – myFirst release two new child tech devices; the 4G LTE Music Smart Watchphone, myFirst Fone R1, and the world’s first Bone Conduction...

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NOVEMBER EVENTS AT DARLINGTON HIPPODROME

27th October 2020

NOVEMBER EVENTS AT DARLINGTON HIPPODROME Darlington Hippodrome announces a full schedule of events for all ages throughout November.   Having re-opened at the start of September Darlington Hippodrome has expanded its offer with a full schedule of events for all ages to enjoy throughout...

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Signing Tots launches educational pre-recorded online classes

23rd October 2020

Signing Tots is a long established business that teaches Sign Supported English using British Sign Language signs in the Early Years Sector. Founded by Dawn Thorpe (Owner) 16 years ago the business has grown with two more tutors to cover additional areas working with many parents and settings delivering...

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WIN FLIGHTS TO EUROPE BY ENJOYING HALLOWEEN SAFELY

23rd October 2020

WIN FLIGHTS TO EUROPE BY ENJOYING HALLOWEEN SAFELY   FAMILIES are coming together to create a safe, fun and memorable Halloween for children around Middlesbrough. Covid-19 restrictions mean the usual parties and gatherings can't go ahead this year, but a spooky trail will ensure...

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Back to School Competition winners

21st October 2020

We were overwhelmed with the number of entrants we had for these competitions, we love receiving all the childrens drawings and it's the hardest job in the world to pick as they are all so wonderful and special!   Here are a list of our winners: Pebble Gear Frozen II Tablet - Harlow...

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Fuel Your Mind & Body with Geomagworld

12th October 2020

Fuel Your Mind & Body with Geomagworld ​ Geomag encourages a child’s healthy appetite by playing with their nutritious Magicube building blocks. We know how hard it can be to get children to choose the healthiest food choice, after all we can struggle ourselves surrounded by so many...

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Take a stroll through Great Little Trading Company's new Autumn range featuring woodland wonders, intergalactic accessories, and lots of exciting treasures to help you create a happy home

7th October 2020

First look at NEW arrivals for Autumn Take a stroll through Great Little Trading Company's new Autumn range featuring woodland wonders, intergalactic accessories, and lots of exciting treasures to help you create a happy home   Great Little Trading Company's (GLTC) small, passionate,...

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Understanding what a fever is and how to take an accurate temperature

7th October 2020

Understanding what a fever is and how to take an accurate temperature By Dr. Joaquin Azpilicueta, Exergen Corp.   With cold and flu season about to kick off and kids back at school and life trying to resume, amid the COVID-19 pandemic evolution, it is highly likely that at some point, you...

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Rubik’s Box of Magic Tricks.

1st October 2020

Rubik’s Box of Magic Tricks. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the world-famous Rubik’s Cube, Marvin’s Magic has joined forces with Rubik’s to create a stunning box of magic tricks. Marvin’s Magic have partnered with Rubik's to celebrate the 40th anniversary...

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Play green with Dantoy

29th September 2020

Play Green with Dantoy Dantoy have launched a brand-new “I’m Green” line of bioplastic products, their bioplastic is made of at least 90% sugarcane, a sustainable raw material, and their bioplastic is 100% recyclable. Dantoy leads the way with their bioplastics. The manufacture...

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PANTOMIME IS COMING TO REDCAR AND YARM THIS CHRISTMAS....'OH YES IT IS!'

28th September 2020

Tom Rolfe Productions are thrilled to be presenting one of Teesside's only pantomimes this festive season! Dick Whittington! The pantomime will play at The Princess Auditorium Yarm 19-22 Dec and Coatham Memorial Hall Redcar 24-30 Dec.    Tom can't wait to bring his production...

Supporting your children in their return to school

24th September 2020

By Kirsty Lilley, Mental Health Specialist at CABA, the wellbeing charity The majority of children and young people have been away from their schools since lockdown, therefore it is unsurprisingly that they may be feeling anxious or worried about returning to 'normality'. There are many...

Famous faces to help primary pupils back to school with BBC Live Lessons

14th September 2020

Footballers Theo Walcott and Georgia Stanway kick off the new term. His Dark Materials-themed lesson features young star Lewin Lloyd (Roger Parslow). Following on from its successful home schooling initiative, Bitesize Daily, BBC Education continues to support pupils and teachers throughout...

Nominate a family in your area in need of a free holiday

8th September 2020

    Do you know a family, NHS or frontline worker in your area that has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and needs a break? As part of the nation's emotional and wellbeing recovery from the pandemic, the national charity YHA (England & Wales) wants to give away...

Where’s Wally? Spooky Museum Search

7th September 2020

– find Wally in The Bowes Museum This Halloween, Wally, the world’s favourite children’s book character – wearing a red-and-white striped shirt and black-rimmed specs – will be travelling the country, appearing in museums, including The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle....

PARENTS REASSURED OVER COVID MEASURES IN SCHOOLS

7th September 2020

  PARENTS and carers around Middlesbrough are being reassured about the safety measures in schools relating to coronavirus. A small number of schools in the town have this weekend acted fast to advise some staff, pupils and families to isolate following the emergence of positive Covid-19 cases. Middlesbrough...

THEATRE'S OPEN AIR THEATRE SEASON CONTINUES WITH SEED A wild Rock and Roll journey into nature fighting back

7th September 2020

PIF-PAF Theatre Company are heading to Newham Grange Farm on Sunday, September 13 with the fantastic family friendly show SEED! SEED is a surprising and inspiring hitch-hike on the journey from small acorns to great oaks. Join Wilford planting trees where he shouldn't - living...

THE SINNERMAN BRINGS HIS QUIZ TO MIDDLESBROUGH TOWN HALL

28th August 2020

    STAR of ITV's The Chase Paul ‘The Sinnerman' Sinha is bringing his very own big quiz to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday, September 25. This socially distanced event will feature Paul as quizmaster and there'll be tables of two, four or six people available...

How to Get Education in Sync with the Low Touch Economy

28th August 2020

As the days go by, it’s starting to feel like life won’t be the same again for the foreseeable future—at least not like it was before the start of March. With the ‘new normal’ no longer a short-term buzzword, how do institutes like schools, colleges, and universities adapt...

MAYOR: LET'S GET OUR LITTLE GENIUSES BACK TO SCHOOL

26th August 2020

MAYOR: LET'S GET OUR LITTLE GENIUSES BACK TO SCHOOL MIDDLESBROUGH Mayor Andy Preston wants to see classrooms full of the town's "little geniuses" when schools reopen next week. Schools will be open to all children for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown. Mr Preston...

DARLINGTON BASED YOUTH PROJECT NEEDS YOUR VOTES FOR A SHARE OF £1MILLION FUND

17th August 2020

DARLINGTON BASED YOUTH PROJECT NEEDS YOUR VOTES FOR A SHARE OF £1MILLION FUND The Darlington based In2 Project is on the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot supporting under-18s nationwide.   The aims of the In2 Project are to...

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Unlocking the Good Days of Lockdown — North East Company Launches ‘When We Were Apart Yearbook’

23rd July 2020

Unlocking the Good Days of Lockdown — North East Company Launches ‘When We Were Apart Yearbook’ Where The Trade Buys, a North East based print company, has launched a ‘When We Were Apart Yearbook’ in order to help school children hold on the precious memories of the...

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UK Parliament launches free online workshops for 7-18 year olds during Coronavirus outbreak

16th July 2020

  UK Parliament’s Education and Engagement Service has launched a series of free workshops to help young people aged 7-18 learn about the work of UK Parliament this summer. These private, curricula-linked sessions are open for home educators and teachers to book now for September...

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Good News, the Head of Steam Museum is now open! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

16th July 2020

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Good News, the Head of Steam Museum is now open! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ We have had to make some changes to keep our staff and visitors safe. For now ALL visitors including Annual Pass holders, Friends of the Museum and partner organisations will need to book a ticket...

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The Bowes Museum opens on Saturday 1 August

14th July 2020

We’re ready when you are! The Bowes Museum opens on Saturday 1 August     The trustees of The Bowes Museum are delighted to announce the Museum will reopen at 10am on Saturday 1 August*.   Visitors will be able to enjoy the hugely popular Norman Cornish:...

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New Music School in Teesside

14th July 2020

Teesside songwriter, Christopher Griksaitis, after his experience in the Disney production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and the launch of his debut album “The Piano and Me”, has launched a music - creative school in Teesside, Apollo Creative Arts, to help both children and adults from...

Big Bang Digital 2020

9th July 2020

  Big Bang Digital 2020 – science, engineering & Covid-19 is a celebration of the work of scientists and engineers in a pandemic. The free back to back sessions are designed to give young people an understanding and appreciation of the incredible contribution scientists, healthcare...

Dantoy’s NEW “I’m Green” range of bio toys

6th July 2020

Choose Green With Dantoy. Dantoy have launched a brand-new “I’m Green” line of bioplastic products, their bioplastic is made of at least 90% sugarcane, a sustainable raw material, and their bioplastic is 100% recyclable.  Dantoy leads the way with their bioplastics. The...

Mass Confectionery Donation to Teesside Hospitals

6th May 2020

Mass Confectionery Donation to Teesside Hospitals Stockton’s leisure centres have donated over £1000 worth of confectionery from their cafés and vending machines to support frontline staff at The University Hospital of North Tees and James Cook University Hospital. Popular venues...

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MILKSHAKE LIVE MAKES A WELCOME RETURN TO DARLINGTON HIPPODROME

18th February 2020

MILKSHAKE LIVE MAKES A WELCOME RETURN TO DARLINGTON HIPPODROME Milkshake Monkey can't wait to put on a spectacular new musical for you all! But when stage fright hits, his favourite MILKSHAKE friends come to help, creating the most dazzling show you have ever seen! Be part of this fantastic...

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