Autumn is upon us! The darker nights are drawing in and colder weather is just around the corner, but there is no need to stay indoors with plenty of things happening in the Tees Valley that are worth leaving the house for. 

Explore the great outdoors  

Hazy sunsets, gorgeous scenery, and glorious landscapes, autumn is truly the best time to take in some beautiful views in the Tees Valley.  

Feel the leaves crunch under your feet as you take to the Teesdale Way, which encompasses riverside views, rolling countryside and charming market towns, or blow away the cobwebs whilst enjoying a crisp coastal stroll along the England Coastal Path. 

As autumn falls Tees Valley’s parks and gardens glow in gorgeous red and orange hues, it’s a sight not to be missed!  

Head to Ropner Park for vibrant views, escape the everyday at Summer Hill Country Park, fall in love with the landscape at Locke Park, or enjoy autumnal vibes at Albert Park, South Park and many more parks and gardens across the region. 

If you’re searching for a pit-stop while exploring the great outdoors, or trying to find a roaring fire to relax by after an invigorating walk, why not head to one of the region’s cosy pubs? Expect traditional vibes, real ale, comfort food and a friendly atmosphere. Head to our Cosy Pubs Blog to find out more.  

Enjoy autumnal events  

Ease yourself in to the new season by enjoying some autumnal events.   

Be inspired by art displays and sculptures made by local artists and communities and get involved in some interesting workshops along the way! Can you discover all the exhibitions at Middlesbrough Art Weekender, or seek out all 35 monkey sculptures at the Northern Festival of Illustration? 

Nothing gets you into the spirit of the season like picking your own pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, so pull on your wellies and head to Pontac Pumpkins! There’s an abundance of different pumpkins to pick, a giant spooky spider to see, and even an on-site selfie station, perfect for that seasonal Instagram shot. 

Book in advance now at www.pontacpumpkins.co.uk.  

Autumn can only mean one thing, spooky season! Get yourself into the Halloween spirit with some scarily good events. Have a spooktacular time with the animals at Newham Grange Farm Halloween Trailhave a scream at Ormesby Hall’s Halloween happenings, or try traditional afternoon tea with a terrifying twist at The Keys, Yarm 

If you’re dying to find something for the adults to enjoy, why not scare yourself silly at the award-winning Scream Factory, or catch a horror film from the comfort of your car with Daisy Dukes Drive-In Cinema? 

For all the terror seekers out there, keep your eyes peeled for our Halloween blog coming soon, or head to our What’s On page for more things to do this Halloween!

Dazzling dark nights  

With an array of amazing events and dazzling displays, dark nights aren’t all that bad after all.  

Celebrate Diwali at ARC‘s annual Festival of Light and Colour, or enjoy a night filled with food, fireworks and fun at Diwali in Middlesbrough.

See familiar places in a new light at Nightfall, which will see Stewart Park transformed into a dazzling spectacle. Try your hand at family-friendly workshops, wind your way around magical self-guided light trails, and take in the beautiful light-based artworks and performances throughout the night.    

End the autumn season with a bang at Stockton Fireworks, this hugely popular event is back to brighten up Stockton riverside once more! If you’re searching for the best seat in the house, why not head to Finkle & Green or watch the display from the comfort of your room at the Hampton by Hilton. 

If that isn’t enough to make you wrap up warm and embrace the dark nights, you can also enjoy illuminated buildings and bridges across the region throughout the season.  

Watch Middlesbrough Town Hall, Redcar Beacon, and Darlington Hippodrome glow amid the gloomy nights, or head to the Infinity Bridge in Stockton, an impressive structure that reflects off the River Tees to form an infinity pattern.  

Head here to find more things to enjoy in the Tees Valley this Autumn, and don’t forget to share the fun with us by using #EnjoyTeesValley on social media.  

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