Reindeer Parade, Middlebrough

November 2016

The start of the festive season kicks off in Middlesbrough with the annual Reindeer Parade on 27 November!

Join Santa in his sleigh, his beautiful reindeers, community group members and hundreds of school children in stunning costumes as they parade through Middlesbrough Town Centre.

Activity in Centre Square starts from 12 noon. Follow the Parade with the handy route map!

Christmas Market in Great Ayton, Saturday 26 November


This year for the first time, Great Ayton will host its own Christmas Fair.

A brand new event for the village, the community invites you to browse their festive stalls, parttake in the refreshments and sing along to the carols. There will even be sword dancing and a kids corner.

Former X-Factor contestant Abi Alton will be singing live. 

High Green, Great Ayton, Saturday, November 26, from 3.30pm until 6pm.



Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour

October 2016

If you love art, pop down to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art for the Winifred Nicholson: Liberation of Colour Exhibition which runs until February 2017

The exhibition is co-curated by Jovan Nicholson, and examines the major periods of the artist’s creativity. It brings together works in which she approached the genres of landscape, still life and portrait alongside her experiments with abstraction, with particular emphasis on the way she treated light and colour.

Find out more.

Stockton Summer Show

August Bank Holiday Weekend - 28 & 29 august

The perfect family event taking place over August Bank Holiday Weekend featuring entertainment, stalls, food and a fairground there is something for everyone at our annual Summer Show.The event will also play host to the World Parmo Championships – who will create the best version of this Teesside classic?

Situated less than 15 miles away, just north of the rural town of Yarm near to the A66 with access from the A19, the hosting venue is clearly marked by brown tourist signs. There is free car parking available on site.

Stockton International Riverside Festival

Stockton International Riverside Festival will be back Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 August

Packing Stockton-On-Tees with stunning street theatre, breath-taking circus performances, dynamic dance will be this year’s SIRF. The opening show for 2016 is Furious Folly by Mark Anderson of Dark Spark.

Furious Folly focuses on the conflicts of World War 1, combining music, performance and mechanical creations to express shell shock and the opposition to war.

Due to the scale of this show Furious Folly will be taking place at Preston Park, opening this year’s festival on Thursday 4 August with a repeat performance the following night. There will still be a full programme of performances on SIRF’s traditional home of Stockton Town Centre from Friday 5 August.

 Keep checking the SIRF website for more details and the latest programme information.

Cleveland Show - Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

Saturday 23 July

Cleveland Show will return to Stewart Park on Saturday 23rd July 2016. The fantastic family friendly event with a vibrant central arena will this year host the thrilling Devils Horsemen Stunt Team as seen on TV, the Ben Potters Birds of Prey display, the Sheep Show, supported by sheep racing and the Dog and Duck show. There will also be craft and trade stands, show jumping, Cleveland Canines Dog Show and so much more!

ParkFest - UK National Parks Week

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July

ParkFest is the biggest event in the National Park's annual calendar, marking the start of the UK’s National Parks Week.

This year's theme is 'adventure', so why not come along and try something new in the North York Moors? There are all sorts of events, workshops, family attractions and children's activities, spread across two days at The Moors National Park Centre in Danby.

National Parks Week is an annual celebration of the amazing places people and things to be found within the boundaries of the 15 members of the National Parks family. In 2016 it will take place from 25 July to 31 July. Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 July

The Tees Link

The Tees Link is a 10 and a half mile trail linking the Cleveland Way and the Teesdale Way, starting at Highcliff Nab. The route is part of the E2 European Harwich to Stranraer walking trail

The King's Head Inn's insider tips on things to do and see

Make the most of your time at The King's Head Inn with our insider's tips of things to do and see nearby...

If it’s sunny
Climb Roseberry Topping or at least give it a try. It’s well worth the 320m climb for the spectacular views from the summit. And of course a well earned drink at The King’s Head Inn after your descent.

For thrillseekers
High octane aquatic adventure awaits at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre just 15 minutes drive from The King’s Head Inn. There’s watersports activities galore for all ages including white water rafting and white water kayaking. 

For beach lovers
Pack up your bucket and spade and take to the beach at Redcar, Sandsend or Whitby.

For outdoor lovers
A visit to Pinchinthorpe – the gateway to enchanting Guisborough Forest and Walkway is a must. Just a few minutes drive from The King’s Head Inn, there’s a visitor centre with fascinating displays and children’s area. There are walks and bike trails to suit ever ability and age, a sculpture trail, permanent orienteering course and a dipping platform into the wetland area to watch the wildlife and birdlife here.  

For sports fans
Cheer on your favourite football team. Middlesbrough FC and our local Stokesley team are within easy reach.

For culture vultures
Famous explorer and navigator Captain Cook grew up in the pretty village of Great Ayton. Discover about his early life and education at the Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum.

For a shopping spree
Shop ‘til you drop at Teeside Retail Park and Middlesbrough’s Captain Cook Square. Be sure to explore the quirky streets of nearby Guisborough and pick up a bargain at the weekly market.



Guided Walks

Why not take a guided walk across the North York Moors? Discover local legends, see more sights and learn more from your walks with local guides. Bill and Gill Matthews take guided walks across the moors.

Find out more here


Saltburn by the Sea is just nine miles from the King’s Head Inn and offers a huge variety of watersports, including surfing and canoeing lessons.

Head just up the coast to Redcar for diving, windsurfing and kitesurfing, sailing and jet skiing.

Find out more here