8 events to look forward to in Stockton-on-Tees this summer
Summer is approaching and it's time to think about entertaining the kids. But you don't have to travel far because there are some very exciting events right on your doorstep.
But you don't have to travel far because there are some very exciting events right on your doorstep.
From arts and theatre to a cycling extravaganza, there's a great variety of things for you to enjoy.
"This year's line-up looks to be the best yet with so many new arrivals meaning 2018 is busier than ever," said Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, Councillor Norma Wilburn.
"In the last few months we have seen specialist markets, Stockton Duathlon and of course Supercar Saturday take centre stage in the Borough.
"This list is just a taste of what we have planned for the next few months, so I urge people to keep a keen eye on our events page."
Here's a list of the Borough's top pickings.
Tees Regatta: River Tees Watersports Centre
Saturday, May 19, 8.30am - 7.30pm
An action-packed day of rowing can be enjoyed by spectators on the banks of the River Tees as clubs from across the country go into battle. There will be a range of events in three divisions, offering both professional and recreational rowers a varied day of racing. The route takes rowers upstream from the Tees Barrage, with the finishing line outside the River Tees Watersports Centre.
Stockton Stages: Stockton Town Centre
Wednesday, May 30 - Saturday, June 2
The town will welcome an array of comedy and musical talent as Stockton Stages returns for a second year. Crowds will flock to the High Street to enjoy performances from some of the best comedy acts from the national circuit including Howard Read, who rose to CBBC fame as Little Howard and on The Slammer, and Paul Duncan McGarrity - the UK's foremost stand-up comedian archaeologist. And for the adults, you can dance the night away with free live music in the High Street Marquee with the likes of Counterfeit Beatles, Funk Collective and Bare Brass Band.
Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show: Preston Park Museum and Grounds
Saturday, June 23 - Sunday, June 24, 11am-5pm
Enjoy a fun filled family day out at the 37th annual Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show displaying over 300 vehicles of all types. It will include the largest number of restored Fire Appliances in one place in the North of England.
There will also be a market area and central arena with live motoring displays and performances, including Big Pete and the Grim Reaper Monster truck show and the Xtreme Stunt team motorcycle and bike show.
Stockton Cycling Festival: Stockton Town Centre and Riverside
Friday, July 13 - Sunday, July 15
The opening day of this cycling spectacle will see some of the country's top professional riders compete in the HSBC UK National Circuit Championships.
Saturday's Stockton Sportive challenge offers routes ranging from 36 to 106 miles, and Sunday's free Family Festival Day sees the return of RideStockton, which allows people of all ages to enjoy traffic-free roads.
Elite cyclists can take part in the Stockton Grand Prix, stunt riders will go into battle and there will be an array of child-friendly activities.
Stockton International Riverside Festival: Stockton Town Centre
Thursday, August 2 - Sunday, August 5
Tees Valley's biggest outdoor arts and street theatre festival is back for another year. With more than 100 shows on offer, this free event includes UK premieres and is always a real stand out.
The theme for SIRF's Community Carnival is Reach for the Stars, as we celebrate some memorable moments in history, including the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. The launch show - This Is Not For You by Graeae - pays tribute to Britain's wounded war veterans.
The Danger Tree Exhibition: Stockton Town Centre
Thursday, August 2 - Friday, September 28
In association with The Royal British Legion, Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot present this stunning free exhibition to mark the centenary of World War One. Colourful paintings depicting fields of flowers evoke scenes of poppies that have become symbolic of the war, highlighting the devastation while telling the stories of those who have never been forgotten. The exhibition looks to combine traditional painting with interactive technology, allowing visitors to participate.
Billingham International Folklore Festival: Billingham Town Centre
Saturday, August 11 - Sunday, August 19
This festival of World Dance, titled 'Where Cultures of the World Unite', celebrates diversity and the richness of world cultures through traditional and contemporary dance, music and crafts at performances, exhibitions and workshops by hundreds of international performers.
Simplyhealth Great Tees 10k: Stockton Riverside
Saturday, September 8 from 9am
In partnership with the Great Run Company, a major new racing event is coming to Stockton on the same weekend as the Simplyhealth Great North Run. Runners of the 10k race will take in iconic landmarks such as the Infinity Bridge and Newport Bridge.
As well as the main event, the Borough will host the Great North CityGames Elite Mile race, and there will be a Junior and Mini Great Tees Run, which offers 2k and 4k courses for children aged three to 14.