Not much time to spare? Here's our essential 60-second guide to Middlesbrough!
Where is Middlesbrough?
Middlesbrough is right in the 'middle' of Teesside and the wider Tees Valley. It's at the heart of everything - roads, rivers, countryside and between two of the North's great historic destinations, Durham and Whitby.
Shops, Restaurants & Nightlife
Shops, restaurants and nightlife are fab in Middlesbrough. It's the Tees Valley's High Street capital.
Baker Street is Middlesbrough's hub of independent retailers, cafes, salons, micro pubs and more, and there are lots of other independents sprinkled throughout the town too.
Home-grown designer department store Psyche regularly rubs shoulders with the likes of Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, having won awards such as the number one store in the FHM 100 Doors awards and Drapers' Independent Retailer of the Year.
Events, Arts & Culture
A lively events programme and Middlesbrough's emerging cultural renaissance reflect the town's ongoing passion for live entertainment, art and music.
Middlesbrough's Town Hall and Theatre boast a rich programme of comedy, music, drama and dance. While mima Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art hosts a rolling exhibition programme of international significance.
Middlesbrough's popular events calendar includes diverse events such as Middlesbrough Mela, Christmas festivities & Animex - an annual, international animation festival.
If you're new to the area, start off with the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. It celebrates the life of the town's most famous descendant and is set in the locally-loved green surroundings of Stewart Park. (Note: the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is closed during the winter season.)
Food wise, Middlesbrough's probably most famous for the parmo! It's a not-to-be-missed fast food legend; look out for it on most restaurant and takeaway menus.
Middlesbrough isn't all bustle and built up town. It's right next to the North York Moors, the Cleveland Way and one of the North East's most famous landmarks, Roseberry Topping. Roseberry Topping's 360 degree views are so spectacular that the Vikings originally named it after their god Odin.
It's impossible to talk about Middlesbrough without mentioning football and sport. Middlesbrough Football Club is supported by thousands of devoted fans, including its Middlesbrough-born owner and entrepreneur, Steve Gibson.
Middlesbrough Sports Village, opened in 2015, provides a range of top level sporting facilities for the residents of Middlesbrough. Prissick Skate Plaza is based on skating and boarding sites in Philadelphia and Barcelona. Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit is a fantastic 1 kilometre enclosed circuit.
Middlesbrough was a major force in the industrial period, growing faster than any other place in the UK. Half the world has been constructed with iron and steel mined from Middlesbrough's hills including Victoria Falls and the Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong. Look out for the 'Made In Middlesbrough' stamp on the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
Forget all your preconceptions of industry; you won't see a skyline like this anywhere else. "Teesside Lights", Middlesbrough's industrial landscape, is an extraordinary man made sight. In fact it was the inspiration for Ridley Scott's Bladerunner, who was born in nearby North Shields.
Middlesbrough is ambitious about the future, particularly digital technology. Teesside University and local businesses have established a world-wide reputation for digital innovation and animation wizardry. Look out for Animex, a yearly animation festival that attracts global stars. In recent years, over £500m has been invested in Middlesbrough, bringing opportunities for education, leisure and more.
Looking for activities for little ones under 5 next week? Why not listen to a story and then join in some crafts related to the story!
How to Catch a Star at Stewart Park, 1-3pm on 22nd Feb
The Smartest Giant in Town at Albert Park, 10-10.45am on 23rd Feb
Charlie Cook's Favourite Books at Albert Park, 11-11.45am, 23rd Feb
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