The River Tees will be brought indoors in an exciting new event at Stockton Central Library.
Bringing the Outside In is a free event created in partnership with River Tees Rediscovered Landscape Partnership supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund to raise awareness of the River and its natural environment.
On Tuesday 27 August, the centre of the Library will be turned into a leafy oasis of turf and trees where visitors of all ages can discover and celebrate the River Tees.
The event is designed to give everyone a chance to explore the River and its surrounding areas through a variety of fun-filled activities.
The library will be transformed with colourful displays, real trees and plants from the River’s unique landscape.
The River Tees is one of the Borough’s best assets and gives people a chance to participate in a vast range of activities from leisurely walks to kayaking, swimming and the annual Stockton River Rat Race.
Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture said: “The River Tees is at the heart of Stockton Borough and residents of Stockton as well as visitors from further afield can enjoy a variety of leisure activities there.
“I hope people take the opportunity to pop into the library and discover everything the River has to offer. It’s certainly going to be a fun-packed day of things to do with something for everyone.”
Anne-Louise Orange, Development Manager for River Tees Rediscovered, added: “We want to reconnect people with the diverse and fascinating story of the river.
“Bringing the Outside In is a great opportunity for anyone to find out more about the Tees and to explore this wonderful natural resource on our doorstep.”
Visitors will be able to watch film screenings, plant pots of local wild flowers and make their own bird box to take home.
Jane Morland from Northumbrian Water’s corporate responsibility team said: “Supporting the River Tees Rediscovered project fits very well with our business as we are passionate about protecting, enhancing and making the most of the environment. Rivers are so important to communities, businesses, leisure activity and nature and this event is a great way to explore one of Teesside’s greatest assets.”
During the event, children will have a chance to see aquariums of live fish and eels up close, go dipping for wildlife at the indoor pond and explore the working river model.
On the library floor, storyteller Andy Hawkins will provide entertainment with his lively Creaky Knee tales of the River Tees and its rich heritage.
Guests can get creative in the arts and crafts activity at the paddling rock pool or enter a world of imagination in ‘River of Words’, an exciting writing exercise held by children’s writer, illustrator and poet Rowena Sommerville.
Activities run from 10am to 4pm, and entry is free of charge.
To find out more, contact the River Tees Rediscovered Team on 01642 616 144.