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From lamb feeding to sculpture walking trails – The ultimate spring activities in Tees Valley

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Known best for its industrial background, Tees Valley is a hidden gem destination filled with activities and places waiting for you to discover.

If you’re up for trying something new or exploring a different part of the North, then you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do in Tees Valley this spring.

The region straddles the River Tees and stretches from Darlington to the coast at Redcar and Cleveland but also covers Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool. From a heritage coastline to market towns and thriving foodie scene to nature reserves, Tees Valley is full of hidden gems that you have to experience.

From the UK’s biggest Sky Trail™ high ropes adventure course to feeding adorable lambs  – here’s our to-do list for spring.


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See daffodils at Ormesby Hall

Cost: £6.50

In spring Ormesby Hall is a real treat for the eyes. As you walk up, you can’t miss the sea of native daffodils across the front lawn. Expect to see thousands of brightly coloured flowers that just scream spring. And if you head to the back, you’ll be greeted by a dazzling display of tulips.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for those gorgeous flowering cherry trees and freshly planted amelanchiers – they’re the cherry on top. From mid-March to mid-April, Ormesby Hall is THE spot to be for a burst of colour and get you into those spring vibes.


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A day by the coast  

Cost: free

Tees Valley’s coast isn’t just about fish and chips – it’s a treasure trove of scenic walks waiting for you to discover. From Redcar’s award-winning flat sandy beaches to Hartlepool’s hidden gems, there’s something for everyone. Explore Hart Warren Dunes, home to rare orchids and fluttering butterflies.

Or take a stroll along Saltburn Beach at sunrise, catching waves or soaking in the Victorian pier’s charm. Crimdon’s coastal village offers a historical journey, while Marske Beach invites serenity. And for the adventurous, hike from Cleveland Way from Kildale to Saltburn, taking in Captain Cook’s legacy and panoramic views.



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Feed lambs at Newham Grange Farm

Get ready for some egg-citing Easter fun at Newham Grange Farm in Middlesborough. From 23rd March to 7th April, hop on over for a springtime celebration filled with family-friendly activities. Don’t miss the chance to bottle-feed the adorable lambs – it’s an Easter experience you won’t forget.

With a wide range of animals to meet, including resident Easter bunnies, goats and ponies, plus an adventure play zone and crazy golf, there’s something for all ages. With accessible facilities and a scenic loop path perfect for cycling or walking, it’s the ideal destination for a memorable day out in Middlesbrough.


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Be at one with nature at Butterfly World

Step into a world of wonder at Butterfly World in Stockton-on-Tees. Expect to be surrounded by lush greenery, vibrant flowers and the soothing sounds of cascading waterfalls. As you wander, colourful butterflies flutter around you, creating a magical atmosphere straight out of a tropical rainforest.

And guess what? You can even hang out with adorable meerkats before braving the reptile section (if you dare!) It’s a perfect blend of beauty and adventure, guaranteed to delight visitors of all ages.



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Discover sculptures on a walking trail

The Teesdale Way is a scenic long-distance walking route (96 miles to be exact, split into 14 sections) that spans the entire North East of England, cutting through all five boroughs of Tees Valley. Starting from the picturesque village of Dufton in the North Pennines and winding its way to the sandy beaches of Redcar and Cleveland, it’s a journey packed with stunning scenery and charming towns.

Plus, along the trail, you’ll stumble upon some incredible sculptures, including ones near Teesasaurus Park. And if you’re feeling extra adventurous, why not tackle the Tees Sculpture Trail? With 25 artworks to discover, it’s a treasure hunt that’s worth the journey.


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Escape to the treetops at Air Trail

Thrill seekers, get ready to elevate your adventure at Air Trail – the ultimate high ropes course experience in Stockton-on-Tees. With 38 unique challenges spread over four levels, it’s the UK’s BIGGEST Sky Trail™ adventure. Are you brave enough to conquer them all? From wobbly rope bridges to crazy cargo nets, there’s excitement at every turn.

Hovering above the majestic River Tees, you’ll even tackle the mighty ‘walk the plank’ challenge and zip along two full-length zip wires. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, unleash your inner Tarzan and conquer your fears high above the ground.



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Experience a unique family stay at North Shire

Have a spring to remember by staying on a family farm nestled in the Tees Valley and surrounded by the breathtaking North York Moors. Spread across six acres of enchanting English countryside, North Shire is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Whether you’re seeking a cosy tent retreat, a caravan getaway or a truly magical family holiday in one of their unique accommodations like the Shire House or Le Petit Chateau, they’ve got you covered. With free-range hens and friendly farm animals, it’s perfect for all ages.


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Escape to tranquilly at Kip & Nook

Escape to Kip & Nook, the ultimate hideaway near Darlington, offering dog-friendly luxury cabins and a rustic barn retreat. The Barn welcomes up to eight guests with its chic interiors, five beds, three bathrooms and a bubbling hot tub. The OG Container provides a modern twist on country living, hosting two guests with a plush bed and a private hot tub.

Meanwhile, the Baby Bro offers tranquil seclusion in its private garden, ideal for two guests seeking serenity. And there’s more, The Cabin promises panoramic views and relaxation for two, complete with a hot tub. Don’t miss out on the vintage car experience for a nostalgic day trip exploring the Yorkshire Dales.



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After gaining a first in her BA Media and Journalism degree at Northumbria University, Rachael worked at Newcastle’s leading regional newspaper with her stories being picked up in national and global newspapers She spent two very successful years giving a voice to those communities across the North East who otherwise…


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