It’s your birthday or your anniversary. You’re celebrating a new job. Or maybe it’s just a Saturday?
Get in the group chat and arrange your big day out – and make sure it’s in Middlesbrough.
If you catch the train into Middlesbrough Railway Station, then jump off and explore what’s going on in Base Camp.
The cool and quirky arts venue always offers something different – from gigs or exhibitions to markets and club nights.
Staying in that part of town, if you’re heading back to the train there’s always the lively karaoke at the Liqour Vaults on Zetland Road – but to start off your big day, look no further than some lunch or a drink in the historic Zetland pub, with its jaw-dropping tiled dining room.
As you head into town, there’s Project Escape on Wilson Street – a fun-filled group activity which sees you locked in a room with only your wits and a host of clues, solving puzzles and beating the clock to escape, or Putter Chaos, an adventure-filled crazy golf course.
Book a lane and enjoy bowling, retro gaming and great food and drinks at Lane 7 – which is currently on Albert Road.
A huge entertainment complex – with multi-level indoor karting and a range of arcade and physical games – is coming to Captain Cook Square, run by Lane 7 and called Level X. It’s set to open later this summer. The Wired Lobby – an e-sports gaming arena – is also set to open soon on the square.
One of Middlesbrough’s biggest and best days out is the Orange Pip Market.
Influenced by a range of world-class events such as Borough Market in London and the Brooklyn Flea Market in New York City as well as the amazing food producers at farmers’ markets throughout the region, you can enjoy artisan food and drink from local makers and bakers, amazing cocktails and a pint or two.
The market is often held in Centre Square and also on Baker and Bedford Streets, the centre of Middlesbrough’s revived cultural quarter.
On non-market days, it’s well worth visiting the cocktail bars, micro pubs and restaurants on Baker and Bedford and the surrounding streets around the town centre.
A buzzing atmosphere and regular open mic and live music nights are enough to keep any group of mates entertained.
If you’re hungry, you’re well catered for – pick up street food favourites like Detroit-style pizza at Slice Boro, or a smash burger at Burgerlicious on Linthorpe Road.
And there’s a multitude of well-established restaurants that cater for larger groups and special occasions – think Central Park (one to get a picture of yourself with a parmo, for Insta) or family-run Fellini’s. Take a look at our restaurants page for more.
The Westgarth Social Club is just one of the venues in Middlesbrough hosting concerts from the best up and coming musical talent in the UK.
Then to end your night, the legendary Dickens Inn offers music, dancing and drinks at its bouncing venue on Southfield Road, or relive your glory days at The Empire. What more could you ask?