In Tees Valley for the weekend or a just for a short stay? Here are our suggestions of how to make the most of your 48 hours in Tees Valley.
Where to stay Wake up in the luxury of five star resort Rockliffe Hall and take an early morning dip in the magnificent spa. A visit to the Garden spa is a must too for ultimate relaxation beside the infinity pool overlooking Rockliffe’s grounds. Alternatively you can transport yourself to a different world and immerse yourself in the world of glamping at Baby Moon in Guisborough. Bake bread over an open camp fire and be at one with nature for a good night’s sleep inside a candlelit yurt.
Get adventurous Looking for an action packed weekend? Then you’ve come to the right place as Tees Valley offers a range of activities to satisfy the adventurer within. You can take on the Olympic standard white water rafting course at Tees barrage in Stockton before scaling Air Trail – the UK’s biggest adventure high ropes course!
Jump on a jet ski or take a powerboat ride from Hartlepool Marina. Catch a wave at Saltburn or Redcar or bring out the true adrenalin junkie within and bungee jump 160 feet from the Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough.
For a more leisurely adventure take a boat trip with RiverShack along the River Tees, do some seal spotting at Greatham Creek or climb the iconic Roseberry Topping.
Get cultural Explore Tees Valley’s rich heritage. Climb aboard HMS Trincomalee – the oldest warship still afloat anywhere in Europe and adventure into the maritime history of Hartlepool at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. If trains are more your thing you can go full steam ahead to the Head of Steam Railway Museum in Darlington and get up close to Locomotion No.1. Whilst in Darlington why not catch a show at the magnificently renovated Darlington Hippodrome or head to Middlesbrough to spend an afternoon getting lost in galleries filled with modern art at Mima.
Eat and drink There are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat across Tees Valley, check out the full list of restaurants, cafes and bars here. For something different head to Seaton Carew for pizza on the beach. Feeling fancy? Book a table at The Brierley at Acklam Hall or enjoy a two Michelin starred meal at The Raby Hunt. For the best Tees Valley cocktail made with a slice of theatre The Nuthatch in either Middlesbrough or Stockton is a must. And if you are lucky enough to be visiting during Orange Pip season (April – September) make your way to Baker & Bedford Street in Middlesbrough for the artisan food festival Orange Pip Market – where salsa in the streets is not to be missed.
Shop If your weekend away isn’t complete without a spot of retail therapy then Yarm is where you will find an array of quirky independents along the pretty cobbled market place or head to Middlesbrough, Stockton or Darlington for your high street and fashion brands.
Relax After a long day of exploring and enjoying yourself what could be better than relaxing in the magical outdoor hot tubs at Wynyard Hall followed by a delicious afternoon tea served in the grand surroundings of The Library.
If a weekend just isn’t long enough, extend your stay in Tees Valley or plan your next visit at enjoyteesvalley.com.