The leaves are changing colour and have become crunchy underfoot, meaning one thing; autumn has officially arrived!
But whilst you maybe tempted to cosy up at home, there are plenty of exciting events, tempting food and drinks offers and outdoor adventures to enjoy in Middlesbrough this season which are worth leaving the house for…
Whether you are getting together with the whole family, gathering a group of friends or going solo, there’s plenty happening this autumn and many activities are free!
Be in awe of inspirational artworks and installations, when the popular Middlesbrough Art Weekender returns for 2022. The fifth edition of the festival will feature over 75 artists and makers taking over the town and will explore the theme of ‘power’ between 22 – 25 September.
This year, the Middlesbrough Art Weekender will include a pop-up event for children – Mini MAW’s programme will feature a wide range of creative workshops and activities around the town at venues including the Hillstreet Shopping Centre and Base Camp.
During the same weekend, you can pop to Orange Pip Market, which will include a Pop-Up Pride event on Saturday 24 September. This vibrant celebration of the Tees Valley’s LGBTQIA+ community will have a line-up of drag artists and DJs, and creative workshops to truly express yourself. You can expect all the usual Pip fun such as live music performances, delicious food and drink stalls and gorgeous makes and bakes at Middlesbrough’s favourite artisan market.
Nothing else can get you into the spirit of the season than Halloween and there are plenty of ghoulishly good places to take part in spook-tacular events here in Middlesbrough.
Head down to Newham Grange Farm where you can have a frightfully fun day out at their pumpkin picking and carving sessions. Witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls can follow their special not-so-spooky trail – keep an eye out for some giant creatures whilst you visit your favourite furry friends.
For those who are looking for something different to enjoy to this autumn, Middlesbrough’s free family festival of light, Diwali makes a return to Centre Square on 29 October. The celebration will feature plenty of attractions for all ages including live performances, a traditional funfair, food and drink stalls, a lantern parade, and a spectacular fireworks finale.
Sports fans are in for a real treat this October, when international event, the Rugby League World Cup arrives at The Riverside Stadium. The Tonga V Cook Islands fixture is set to be played on Sunday 30 October, where tickets are available to book for as little as £25 per person here.
Fall for more autumnal Middlesbrough events by visiting our what’s on guide.
As the weather turns and the days become colder, autumn presents an opportunity to discover cosy cafes with food and drink that will keep you warm all day long.
Based on Grange Road, the Tea House Middlesbrough is a great way to start your day. This independent cafe has a wide range of teas on offer, from Jasmine Chai to Caramel Cream, there’s something for every tea-lover. Takeaway cakes join their tea hampers on the menu, supplying you with a sweet treat for a special afternoon lift.
Baker Street Kitchen are switching up their drinks menu to usher in the new season. With autumnal specials such as gingerbread and pumpkin spice coffees for sale, why not bring your laptop along and do your day’s work in the comfort of this cosy cafe? There are plenty of plugs for charging!
For the ultimate cosy spot this season, head to the Dorman Museum where the striking Dresser’s Tea Room is nestled inside the museum. Ideal for a pre or post museum trip, Dresser’s serves up delicious homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches, and of course plenty of tea!
And as Halloween and Bonfire Night approaches, keep an eye on the town’s most popular bars including The Nuthatch and The Artizan for their spook-tacular cocktails and mocktails, which are guaranteed to be full of plenty of treats and no tricks.
For further food and drink inspirational, visit our dedicated eatery guide here.
The change in season brings beautiful landscapes to Middlesbrough’s outdoor spaces. As brown leaves hit the ground, it’s the perfect time to get the big coat out and go for a brisk walk on a chilly morning.
Albert Park is located in Linthorpe, and it’s a wonderful destination for autumn walks. Covering 30 hectares of space, this award-winning Green Flag space has many unique features. A beautiful avenue of trees line a path right through the middle, fully immersing walkers in the autumn season with vibrant oranges and browns. As you detour into other parts of the park, you’ll spot the beautiful bandstand and picturesque lake – home to majestic swans. If you fancy warming up with a bit of extra exercise, the rollerskating rink is open daily, and a 5k park-run takes place there every Sunday morning.
If you prefer your adventures to be mapped out, there are many different trails to follow across our town. The magnificent Middlesbrough Heritage Trail combines Middlesbrough’s rich history with picturesque routes taking you on a 2.5 mile trail through the town’s parks and historic quarter, teaching you our town’s history along the way.
A great way to explore Middlesbrough’s oldest park is through the Pirate Explorer Trail. Wrap up warm and head down to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park to grab your explorer trail pack, and head off on an adventure around the park to solve the clues and uncover the missing parts of the long-forgotten treasure map. Why not take the little ones for a play on the park afterwards?
The Tees Sculpture Trail will take you further afield, showcasing the wider Tees Valley. On this trail you’ll discover 25 individual sculptures, including five here in Middlesbrough, all located at popular Middlesbrough sites such as the Transporter Bridge and Teessaurus Park. With the Middlesbrough Art Weekender returning, Autumn is the perfect time to explore local artwork!
If you’re seeking more ways to keep active in Middlesbrough this autumn, visit our parks, outdoor and sports guide.
If you have just recently arrived in Middlesbrough as a Teesside University, Northern School of Art or Middlesbrough College student, we would love to welcome you to our vibrant town!
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