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A New Year is upon us! That means we can look forward to what’s coming up in 2021 and leave 2020 – and thanks to new progress, hopefully coronavirus – behind. There will certainly be plenty to enjoy in the Tees Valley over the next 12 months. Here’s just Ten top things to look forward to.

1. Live music
2021 is bringing live music back to the region, with The Killers and Tom Jones performing at the Riverside Stadium and Darlington Arena after being postponed in 2020. Limited tickets are still available for the June 2021 concerts, which build on 2019’s year of big events in the area, including the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend.

“Troublemaker” Olly Murs also joins the star-studded line up of live music for 2021 with a concert at Darlington Arena on Saturday 28 August.

2. Rugby League World Cup 2021
The year that the Rugby League World Cup comes to the Tees Valley is here. The Cook Islands men’s international rugby league team will base themselves in the region and you can cheer them on as they play their fixture against Tonga at the Riverside Stadium on 7th November.

Keep your eyes out on the Rugby League World Cup website for the latest ticket details.

3. The grand opening of The Globe
The wait is almost over for the opening of The Globe on Stockton High Street. The Art Deco venue which first opened its doors in 1935 has hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Following a multimillion-pound refurbishment The Globe is back for 2021 and set to open in style from spring.

Just some of the planned shows include Paloma Faith (sold out), the musical spectacular We Will Rock You and comedy from Jason Manford, Rob Brydon and John Bishop to name just a few.

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4. The return of Tees Valley festivals
Tees Valley’s amazing programme of annual events will be back and better than ever in 2021 after leaving a big hole in the events calendar this year.

Save the date for the region’s Festival season, including the national festival of sustainability, the Festival of Thrift on 25 and 26 September and the Hartlepool Waterfront Festival which returns on August bank holiday.

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5. Getting back to your favourite foodie events
With farmers’ markets already starting to make a return, it won’t be long until the Tees Valley’s best foodie markets and festivals are lining the streets again to offer an array of delicious treats so you can enjoy an indulgent weekend.

From the buzzing Saltburn Food Festival to the Darlington Food & Drink Festival, Tees Valley’s taste buds are set to be tickled once again in 2021.

6. New flights from Teesside International Airport
With major travel restrictions throughout 2020, many of us have been dreaming of an escape and the opportunity to jet off to warmer climes. Restrictions allowing, in 2021 you can get flying once again with exciting new routes including Alicante and Majorca direct from Teesside International Airport.

7. The shows you have missed
Whilst many live performances have been more online than on stage this year, Tees Valley theatres are hopeful that the curtain will lift for 2021.

Check out what’s on across the region at Darlington Hippodrome, Middlesbrough Theatre, The Forum Theatre, ARC or the only dedicated children’s theatre north of London, The Hullabaloo and book your tickets now.

8. Eat out
2020 has been the year of the take-out but what we have all been craving is to get back to our favourite restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Hospitality businesses have had a tough time in 2020 so make sure one of your New Year resolutions is to support them when they re-open in 2021.

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9. Try something new
With an Olympic standard white-water rafting course, the UK’s biggest high ropes course and some of the best spots for surfing, you are never far away from an adventure in the Tees Valley. Face your fears and try something new to get that adrenaline pumping in the new year.

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10. Visit your favourite attraction
If you have missed visiting your favourite museum, art gallery, farm or garden this year or perhaps you’ve always wanted to visit somewhere but haven’t made it there yet, then 2021 is the perfect time to head to Tees Valley attractions. Pick up an annual pass while you are there to show your support and enjoy lots of visits throughout the year.

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*All the above are subject to the latest Government restrictions and guidance. Please check opening times and booking procedures with individual venues before visiting. For details on the current restrictions affecting Tees Valley go to


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