The summer is finally here and while we can’t always guarantee the sunshine, we can confirm that there are loads of great events and activities coming up in Middlesbrough that will be fun for all the family and your friends. From outdoor theatre to daily sports to try out in Albert Park, there’s something to suit everyone and all budgets too.

Outdoor theatre season

Middlesbrough Theatre are delighted to present a season of outdoor theatre with their friends at Newham Grange Farm and Middlesbrough Town Hall. For little ones age 2-4, pop along to Newham Grange Farm and enjoy Little Red and The Big Bad Wolf (17th August) and The Jungle Book (24th August).

For families with children age 7+, don’t miss David Walliams’s Mr Stink (28th & 29th July) in Middlesbrough Town Hall Courtyard.

You can also enjoy The Great Gatsby (suitable for age 9+) on 6th August, Romeo and Juliet (age 10+) on 19th August and the always-hilarious, The Pantaloons, giving Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice their own unique treatment on 1st September (under 14s must be accompanied by an adult).

To read more about the season and book tickets, visit the Middlesbrough Theatre website or call the box office on 01642 81 51 81.

Yoga and Spies!

From Sun Salutations to Super Spies, the Dorman Museum has treats galore for children this summer. Join Yoga Mike on Thursdays for Yoga Explorers, a series of fun-filled and chilled yoga classes which includes discovering amazing unseen objects from the museum collection. Starting on 22nd July with Dinosaur Planet, the sessions are suitable for children age 5-7 and 8-11 and are £7.50 per session or £30 for all six.

Super Spies is presented by Tees Valley Museums and is an interactive adventure. Play two online sessions on a private Zoom show and then take part in a real-life clue trail around the Dorman Museum*. Aimed at children age 5-11, the whole family are invited to join in. Sessions run on 31st July and 4th August and tickets are £6.

*Please note if you are unable to make it to the real-life clue trail you can still take part from home via offline games, videos and activities with a spy-theme.

The great outdoors

If you love the great outdoors, the good news is that there are loads of events being held outside. Orange Pip Market returns on 31st July from 12-7pm in Centre Square and includes some fab family workshops and yummy food treats for all.

Albert Park is playing host to a whole summer of fun. Daily Sports in the Park is on weekdays (26th July – 27th August). The Two Fridas (7th August) is a beautiful dance, music and theatre performance presented by Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance in collaboration with Balbir Singh Dance Company. Under 12s go free, full price tickets are £15 and you can bring your own chairs and blankets. This is followed by a Family Day (8th August) featuring performances, workshops, a funfair, some of your favourite Mela characters and lots more.

In Stewart Park, join Middlesbrough Mela’s favourite storyteller, Umar Butt, for some Yoga and Storytelling (7th August). Simply perfect for mini yogis, Umar will take you on the enchanted journey of Sara and show you some simple yoga moves.

Look out for our jam-packed summer of fun brochure coming soon for even more parks and green space activities.

Classical Cafe

If you’ve never been to a classical concert before but would like to try it out, Classical Cafe in Middlesbrough Town Hall Courtyard is the perfect place to dip your toe in. The sessions are very welcoming to all, particularly young families, and are a great opportunity to see what the Tees Valley classical music scene has to offer. The space is set up cafe style and you can enjoy cake and refreshments before the performance. Tickets are £4 and sessions during the summer run in July, August and September.

Fun at the Farm

Newham Grange Farm just got even better with the new addition of some bee-sy bees and bug hotels! Open daily from 10am to 5.30pm, visitors can enjoy all the amazing animals, play areas and tasty treats in the cafe. A top-rated attraction on Trip Advisor for families and loved by all, make the farm one of your absolute must-visits this summer. Please book your tickets in advance and don’t miss the chance to sponsor one of our animals – more details here.

A quick safety update

For the safety of our guests and staff, all our summer events this year will be running at a limited capacity. Please check with each venue or event for all the details as regular updates will be provided both before and during the event or activity. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to enjoying a summer of fun in Middlesbrough with you all.

If you have found some excellent family activities that you want us to share, please get in touch with us as we would love to hear from you. Send us an email to: marketing@middlesbrough.gov.uk or get in touch on our social media. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.