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Calling all outdoor adventurers, family fun enthusiasts and foodies; the summer is here and we’re hoping that the weather keeps on shining for plenty of sunny days to make the most of.

From family adventures, to incredible events for all ages that will keep you smiling to summery food and drink menus, we’re inviting you to rediscover what Middlesbrough has to offer this summer.

Family fun

With the kids off school and the sun (hopefully) giving us lots of warm days, there are plenty of attractions, green spaces and venues for the whole family to enjoy memorable days out in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough’s open-air theatre season is upon us and you can take the little ones along to the Town Hall Courtyard this August to experience Awful Auntie in the sunshine. This larger-than-life production is adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions, and is a truly thrilling tale, suitable for all members of the family aged 7+.

David Walliam's Awful Auntient

David Walliam’s Awful Auntie

All that laughing will whet your appetite, so be sure to visit one of the many family-friendly restaurants in Middlesbrough town centre. Perhaps pop into family-favourite Akbar’s for a curry, or maybe you’d prefer some delicious Italian pasta at Panuozzo’s on Bedford Street? There’s plenty of cafes dotted in and around the town centre such as Off the Ground, Mannequin and Baker Street Kitchen and many restaurants that cater for vegans and vegetarians as well as offering children’s menus with prices that won’t break the bank, check out our family food and drink guide here.

Make a day of it in town and after some lunch head down to the brand new Putter Chaos adventure golf course in the Dundas Centre, or try your hand at axe throwing at Hatchet Harry’s off Newport Road for something a little different.

Or why not head further afield to Newham Grange Farm, where you can meet some new furry friends and attend their summer spectacular of events such as their Moovies outdoor cinema experience with mascots, Daisy & Dan. You can also enjoy face painting, crafts and storytelling as part of a teddy bears picnic trail on 6 – 7 August. Tickets for all events can be booked by visiting their website.

For music lovers, Middlesbrough Town Hall is set to host a free Family Festival of Music Making on 19 August, where there will be plenty of opportunity for young people to come and try musical instruments, take part in unique workshops and enjoy a live classical music concert.

Enjoy a free day of music making at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

Enjoy a free day of music making at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

For an educational visit, start your day at the Dorman Museum, where you can experience a range of amazing galleries including a fascinating exploration of the history of Middlesbrough and its people, alongside a range of unique artefacts dating back to the 1860s.

After visiting the exhibitions, hop on board the virtual reality ride, where you can experience a full range of motion in an immersive 4D experience which transports you and your family into the heart of an exciting jungle adventure – will you save the day?

An afternoon in the jungle makes for thirsty work, so be sure to pop downstairs to Dresser’s Tea Room afterwards for some freshly made tea and cake.

If the sun is out, why not finish your day in the perfect way by nipping round the corner and taking a family stroll through the beautiful Albert Park?

Outdoor

Albert Park is beautiful whatever the weather, but it’s especially lovely in the sunshine.

Gather some friends and family together, pack up a picnic and head down to Middlesbrough’s oldest park. Officially opened in 1868 and covering 30 hectares of space, Albert Park is an award-winning Green Flag space in the very centre of Middlesbrough.

Albert Park

It’s the perfect place for a leisurely stroll with your dog, and there are lots of other active things to do including a few games of tennis on the tennis courts, a quick skate round the roller-rink and paddle on the pond in the swan pedal boats. If you’re an early-riser, be sure to visit on a Sunday morning at 9am to get involved with the parkrun!

There are plenty of other places in Middlesbrough to get out and explore too. If you fancy a challenge, start on the outskirts of Middlesbrough in Nunthorpe, and walk all the way up to the top of the famous Roseberry Topping. If you’re looking for something a bit more relaxed, visit Fairy Dell in Coulby Newham and be amongst nature with its steeply wooded banks and mellifluous sounds of birdsong. You could also take a leisurely walk through the Pennyman Estate at the impressive Ormesby Hall.

Food & Drink

Whether you’re heading out for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or simply drinks, you are well catered for at Middlesbrough’s wide range of eateries and bars this summer.

If iced coffee is your tipple of choice, wander past Centre Square down to Marton Road, where you will find Gutsy Girl in Studio 109. They have launched a brand new iced drinks menu just in time for the rising temperatures, including the ‘triple C’ which is coffee, chocolate and fresh chilli for an extra kick. Or head up to Bedford Street Coffee and tempt your taste buds with a cooling strawberry and hibiscus iced tea, which features an additional ginger shot to boost your well-being.

Feeling peckish? Then let food transport you to holiday mode in no time with a colourful brunch packed full of tropical flavour from Turtle Bay which you can enjoy dining outside in the sunshine. And throughout June, why not finish your day off by enjoying a free reggae rum punch cocktail at the restaurant, if you’re a ‘Bay Club’ member.

For those with a sweet tooth, Baker Street Kitchen will be serving up their signature pancake stacks 7 days a week alongside a wide selection of milkshakes and smoothies.

And if brunch happens to be your favourite meal of the day, we’ve rounded up some of the best Boro brunch spots, where you can enjoy everything from a hot breakfast, sweet continental treat or simply an iced coffee.

Sample a tasty brunch and plenty of coffee at one of the town's eateries. Credit: Baker Street Kitchen

Sample a tasty brunch and plenty of coffee at one of the town’s eateries. Credit: Baker Street Kitchen

For a family lunch or dinner, you can tuck into mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine without leaving Middlesbrough this summer. Oozing traditional Greek charm, Acropolis Greek Taverna always provides a warm welcome for all food lovers, serving up dishes which have been passed down the generations of this family restaurant.

If you are watching your waistline and are planning to stretch your legs before you tuck into some delicious food for lunch and dinner, stroll around the beautiful grounds of Acklam Hall, which is home to specialist steak restaurant, Tomahawk Steakhouse. There is a selection of lighter options on their menu such as the Philly steak wrap which is packed full of marinated steak and lots of fresh salad.

There are also plenty of new additions to the town’s restaurant offering, which you can visit for the first time over the warmer months including Sky Water. Located on Linthorpe Road, this dedicated Asian restaurant specialises in creative dishes from China, Korea and Japan. Sky Water’s Japanese style matcha ice cream is the ultimate dish to sample on a hot day.

There is plenty of cocktails and mocktails to try at Middlesbrough's bars including Bedford Street Social.

There is plenty of cocktails and mocktails to try at Middlesbrough’s bars including Bedford Street Social.

If you’re looking to end your day with a refreshing cocktail or mocktail, Middlesbrough is jam-packed with a multitude of trendy bars to try.  Located in the heart of town’s busy cultural quarter, Bedford Street Social has an electric atmosphere and an extensive cocktail menu full of favourite drinks to sample.

For craft beer lovers, head to Cannon Park which is home to the town’s first craft brewery and taproom, Play Brew. With exceptional beer on tap, customers can also enjoy live music and regular quizzes, not to mention their milkshake IPAs and sour beers taking inspiration from flavours such as cola cubes.

For further food inspirational, visit our Food & Drink guide. 

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