If you want to try a triathlon, witness breathtaking shows at SIRF, take to the Tees, see some of music's biggest names or be part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, then Stockton is the place to be.
Stockton Council's new, jam-packed Events Guide is now out and there is something for everyone in the series of events being planned for spring and summer.
Sport, markets, culture, music, Olympic and Diamond Jubilee community events and family fun are all on offer demonstrating Stockton's growing reputation for delivering first class events.
The Guide will be dropping through residents' doors over the next couple of weeks as part of Stockton News magazine. It will also be available in libraries and online at www.stockton.gov.uk/
Stockton International Riverside Festival celebrates 25 years this summer (1 to 5 August) and once again, performers and street theatre companies from across the globe will make Stockton their home for four days of breathtaking and spectacular performances. Stockton Weekender will have the Riverside buzzing with names such as James, The Go Team! and We are Scientists taking to the stage from 3 to 5 August.
Preston Park hosts Reminisce! on 14 July – this outdoor 70s themed disco is not to be missed.
If sport is your thing, Stockton's Triathlon returns on 19 August while the hugely popular River Rat Race will be putting people through their paces on 26 August.
Stockton Golf Week runs from 31 July to 3 August and to whet your appetite there is the Golf Challenge on the river on 19 April. Putt yourself forward for the fun challenge and bag some free coaching while you are there from PGA professional players.
Dance and music from the four corners of the earth will be on offer at the 48th Billingham International Folklore Festival from 10 – 18 August. Preston Park plays host to two days of family fun, crafts and competitions during the Summer Show (26 – 27 August).
A full programme of specialist markets will complement the regular weekly market on Stockton High Street. Take a stroll into town and browse among the stalls of Farmers' Markets, craft fairs, Chic Vintique and world market.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "This new Events Guide shows just what a fantastic year 2012 is going to be with a packed calendar of events for people of all ages to enjoy.
"Stockton has a strong reputation for staging high quality events both in the Town Centre and along the River Tees and there is the chance to head along and watch or take part in a whole range of activities.
"All our events give people the opportunity to be part of their community and help boost the local economy at the same time – I hope residents have some unforgettable moments during the spring and summer programme of events."
Taking part in the River Rat Race, Triathlon or being part of SIRF's Community Carnival could help people achieve a special personal goal.
Earlier this year, Stockton Council launched The Personal Podium to encourage residents to achieve their personal goals.
The Personal Podium challenge aims to spur everyone who lives in the borough to set themselves targets in either sport or the arts and change their life for the better.
If you submit your challenge on www.personalpodium.co.uk you will be recognised on the Personal Podium website. Anyone completing outstanding achievements will receive a medal in public ceremonies on a podium in Stockton High Street during the Stockton International Riverside Festival in August and the Stockton Sparkles festival before Christmas.