It’s been a tough old time of late, but the summer hols are here and we’re determined to make the most of them! Luckily some Middlesbrough attractions are back open with the appropriate health and safety in place, plus there’s hours of adventuring to be had outdoors for free. You might have had to cancel your usual summer getaway (fingers crossed for next year) but there really is loads of fun to be had right here in our area.

We’ve pulled together a mix of things to get up to indoors and outdoors (have a go at our ‘explore somewhere new’ challenge) plus we’re running a brand new competition called Snap a Summer Selfie and there’s a trip to Newham Grange Farm for the lucky winner. Read on to find out what to get up to this summer!

Dorman Museum

Head along to the Dorman Museum from 30th July until 30th August and rediscover the heritage of Middlesbrough, a one-way system is in place for your safety. Dressers Tea Room will be open from 6th August so you can grab a well-earned cuppa and slice of cake. Tickets are free for the Dorman but need to be pre-booked, further details can be found here.

Fun at the farm – don’t miss Alice in Lockdown

The farm is taking a gradual approach to reopening, and the Farm Walk is the perfect way to spend a morning or afternoon. The junior and toddler play areas are also open and the café is serving drinks and snacks. There are one way systems to help guide you and numbers are limited – so make sure you book ahead at Newham Grange Farm.

The farm are also putting on a fantastic socially distanced outdoor show on Friday 7th August –  Alice During Lockdown is an absolute must see this summer! Join Alice and friends and explore a curious world filled with cheshire cats, white rabbits and red queens – but there’s a twist – Alice will be making sure everyone keeps 2 meters and she’s even using PPE to do her shopping. Find out more and book tickets.


Fairy Dell and the adjoining Fairy Dell Park are looking beautiful this time of year! Head into the park and have a go on the exercise frames; they’re a fantastic (and free) way to keep fit.

Albert Park is back open from 7.30am until 9pm and the Lakeside Café is also open during the day until 4pm (we’ve heard their scones are delicious). The visitor centre is open until 5pm. The roller rink will be opening again very shortly, so brush down those skates…

Summer holiday fun isn’t complete without a trip to Stewart Park. The play area is back open and Cook’s Café is serving up some delicious hot and cold treats.

We’re challenging you – explore somewhere new!

We’re venturing out on a walk each week to a different part of Middlesbrough, and we want you to do the same! You can either let us know where you’ve enjoyed a walk in Boro, or take some inspiration from us – the challenge is on. We’re going to be venturing to the Blue Bell woods at Acklam, the full Fairy Dell route up to Brass Castle Lane, Hemlington Lake and Pennyman Woods near Ormesby Hall. Keep an eye out on our social media pages for our post updates and let us know where you’re exploring.

boy playing in field

Get sporty

Middlesbrough Tennis World are opening their indoor courts again from Saturday 25th July. The venue has many safety measures in place and has been completely resprayed with a treatment that protects against viruses. Why not give padle a go if you’ve not tried it yet? It’s a mix between tennis and squash and is played as doubles. You can pre-book a court session here.

Goals Middlesbrough is back! You can book a session safe in the knowledge that there’s heaps of health and safety measures in place such as PPE for players and hand sanitiser stations on the pitches, now all you need is a team so round up your mates and get them on board.

Something for a rainy day

Get crafty with these brilliant and easy to follow videos from MIMA. There’s origami making, weaving and our favourite, the fortune teller – a great game for all the family to play (no cheating please). There’s loads of fun and interactive activities to enjoy with Middlesbrough libraries too, including the now legendary story time sessions with Tammy and her companion, Monty the dog! Find out more about what’s happening at the libraries.

Appy news – Middlesbrough new heritage trail is here

There’s a brand new Middlesbrough ‘treasure trail’ app to download so you can get out and explore all the gems of our proud heritage and keep fit while you’re at it. It’s easy to get involved, simply download the app, get your shoes on and get discovering! You can find out more and download the app here.

It’s competition time – Snap a Summer Seflie!

That’s right – we want to see your best summer photos or selfies and there’s a trip to Newham Grange Farm on us for the winner!

Whether you’re planning fun in garden or inside at home, or if you’re visiting some of the attractions and outdoor spaces we’ve suggested above, take a quick snap and email it to and we will share on our social pages with your permission. You’ll be entered into a prize draw and we will announce the winner on 30th August. Good luck!

girl on swing