Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Museums, theatres and arts venues

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If you love live music, have an eye for the arts or get a thrill from the theatre, Stockton-on-Tees has something for you.

The Borough is home to the nationally acclaimed Preston Hall Museum and Grounds, and two fantastic theatres in the form of Billingham Forum Theatre and the ARC.

The redevelopment of the grade II listed Globe Theatre on Stockton Highstreet is anticipated to attract some quality acts, music, and live entertainment back to the area.

Green Dragon Studios and The Georgian Theatre offer great opportunities for you to see live music and get involved and share your own music.


ARC Theatre

ARC is a modern venue in the centre of Stockton-on-Tees which offers an extensive programme of professional and cultural entertainment including music, comedy, drama, dance, spoken word and film.

As well as a fantastic programme of live performances and film screenings, the ARC also offers opportunities to get involved. With a dedicated programme of creative art activities for children and young people, regular workshops for adults and a specialist range of activities, performances and screenings aimed at over 50's, there's something for everyone.

Visit the Arc website to find out what's on at the ARC.


Forum Theatre

The Forum Theatre is an impressive 649 capacity theatre based in the popular Forum in Billingham Town Centre. The theatre plays host to an incredible programme of events and entertainment, with a variety of performances suitable for everyone.

As well as the fantastic shows, the Forum Theatre has a Theatre School which has been running since 1999. Children from the age of 6 to 16 can explore the world of theatre through drama, dance and singing under the guidance of experienced tutors. This is a great way of building confidence and social skills.

Visit the Forum Theatre website to find out what's on at the Forum Theatre.



Some of the biggest names in entertainment have played the Globe. And now the art-deco venue is set to open it's doors again, this time as a nationally renowned, 3,000 capacity live entertainment venue with the Heritage Lottery fund contributing £4.5million towards the exciting restoration project.

Set to host world class names from today’s music and comedy circuits the Globe will position Stockton at the cultural heart of the Tees Valley, attracting audiences that currently have to travel to Leeds or Newcastle to enjoy entertainment of this scale and bringing £18m into the local economy each year.

Visit our Globe pages to get the latest updates on this exciting project.


Green Dragon Studios

Managed by Tees Music Alliance, the Green Dragon Studios is an exciting music facility which was opened in 2007 by Feargal Sharkey, former Undertone's lead vocalist.

Nestled among the narrow, cobbled alleyways of old Stockton, within the developing Stockton Cultural Quarter, Green Dragon Studios provides a fully equipped rehearsal space, a state of the art recording studio with live rooms and isolation booth.


Preston Park Museum and Grounds

After nearly three years and £7 million of refurbishment, restoration and redevelopment, Preston Park Museum and Grounds has emerged from its scaffolding shell to provide amazing days out for the whole family once more.

Nestled alongside the River Tees, Preston Hall, a former Georgian gentleman’s residence and former home of industrial magnate Robert Ropner, houses a varied collection of Teesside’s treasures.

Walk through the impressive doors to find out more about those who lived there, the varied museum collection, the vital role the mighty River Tees has played throughout history and the leisure time pursuits that were just as popular then as they are today. Step over a clock spinning backwards to emerge in our Victorian street… why not take afternoon tea and sample some sweets and cakes from times gone by?

From a stroll in Quarry Wood Nature Reserve to a circuit around the new adventure play area or a wander around the Victorian walled kitchen garden – there’s something for everyone to explore in the grounds themselves.

Visit the Preston Park Museum and Grounds website – the adventure starts here!


The Georgian Theatre

The Georgian Theatre, is a 200 capacity venue managed by Tees Music Alliance.

Tucked away in a courtyard just off Stockton's riverside, The Georgian Theatre's unpretentious interior provides an intimate setting for an evening's entertainment.

With support from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, the Georgian Theatre has become a popular venue boasting a fantastic programme of events.

Previous performers include Arctic Monkeys, Mystery Jets, The Kooks, James Blunt, John Cooper Clarke, Duke Special, UK Subs, The Cribs, Sean Ryder, Clint Boon, Athlete, Jack Penate, John Shuttleworth, Daisy Chainsaw, The Macabees, The Charlatans, The Chapman Family, the list goes on.