Visiting the Area

Countryside and coast. Adventure in abundance. Pretty market towns. Picturesque villages. Unexpected nature and wildlife. The Tees Valley is the perfect place for a UK break in the North East of England.

Cushioned between County Durham and North Yorkshire and within an hour’s drive time of Newcastle, York and Leeds. The Tees Valley is made up of five towns including Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees.

Explore the area whilst visiting the Festival of Thrift and enjoy some unforgettable experiences. 

Top ten Tees Valley experiences 

Climb aboard HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship still afloat at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool.

Try white water rafting along an Olympic-standard course at Tees Barrage.

Enjoy a five-star experience in Rockliffe Hall’s hotel and spa.

Head to Saltburn for a day trip, enjoy fresh fish and chips along the pier or dine with delightful views in the Seaview Restaurant.

Watch Middlesbrough Football Club play at the Riverside Football Stadium – then celebrate with a parmo, Middlesbrough’s signature chicken dish.

Scale all four levels of Air Trail, the UK’s biggest high ropes course.

Experience fine dining in two Michelin Star restaurant, The Raby Hunt.

Enjoy craft cocktails from The Nuthatch, one of the UK’s top 50 cocktail bars.

Take to the water to enjoy stand up paddle boarding, powerboating and jet skiing at Hartlepool Marina.

Become immersed in history as you tour round Raby Castle and explore the beautiful grounds. 

Stay a while

Find the perfect place to rest your head after a busy day of festival life with a great selection of accommodation options across the Tees Valley. Relax in ultimate luxury at one of the area’s top hotels, set up camp at one of the quirky glamping sites or find a hotel at the heart of the action. 

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