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As we enter another national lockdown, it’s time to stay at home once again. Whilst we are disappointed that we can’t welcome you back to Tees Valley as soon as we would have liked this year, there are still ways that you can enjoy Tees Valley from home.

1. Go on a virtual visit
Step inside one of Tees Valley’s museums or heritage sites without stepping outside of your home with a virtual visit or experience.

Make your way around the Head of Steam Railway Museum from the comfort of your sofa with their virtual tour, get up close to the inner workings of the Tees Cottage Pumping Station, go behind the scenes at the Darlington Hippodrome or learn about the region’s steel and industrial heritage with a sneak peek at Kirkleatham Museum’s award-winning exhibition, Steel Stories.

2. Dine “out” indoors
Recreate your favourite restaurant experience at home by ordering a take-out from one of Tees Valley’s independent eateries.

Many Tees Valley restaurants have diversified to offer a collection or delivery service so we can all still enjoy a taste of Tees Valley at home.

You can find a list of just some of them here or explore more at Buy Local Tees Valley.

Check out the social media channels of the restaurants that you love to find out full details about any new services.

3. Start Planning 
The start of a new year is a perfect time to start planning for the year ahead. Whilst things are still very uncertain, that doesn’t mean that you can’t create your own Tees Valley bucket list to tick off when it is possible. Plan to visit all the places that you’ve always wanted to or plan to return to the places that you love the most.

Gift vouchers are available to buy now and use later from overnight stays and spa days to adventure activities.

Check out some suggestions here or explore the website to be inspired and start planning now.

4. Get involved online
Tees Valley theatres may be offstage but they are definitely not offline. Take your seat (at home) as the curtain goes up on a host of online activities to get involved with. From dance fitness, book groups and the ever-popular virtual pub-style quiz from Darlington Hippodrome to creative family sessions, arts and crafts and creative writing with ARC.

Why not check out what is on later in the year across all Tees Valley’s theatres and book your tickets now for something to look forward to. Head here for inspiration.

5. Watch Tees Valley on the tele
You may not be able to travel to or around Tees Valley at the moment, but you can catch a glimpse of the area by binging on a variety of films and TV shows in which Tees Valley features.

From blockbusters such as Billy Elliott and Atonement to TV favourites such as Vera and most recently the Gone Fishing Christmas special with Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse, which you can check out on BBC iPlayer now.

For more ways to get Tees Valley on your screen head to

For inspiration on how to Enjoy Tees Valley at Home go to

Full details on the latest government guidance on staying at home can be found at


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