Parks and Sports

For those in search of green spaces, Middlesbrough isn't all bustle and built-up town. Seven Green Flag-awarded parks lie within the town boundaries, and Middlesbrough is right next to the North York Moors, the Cleveland Way and the fun-to-climb, mini-Matterhorn, Roseberry Topping.

Middlesbrough Sports Village provides a range of top level sport and exercise facilities, including an Olympic-length outdoor velodrome. Middlesbrough Skate Plaza is based on top skateboarding sites in Philadelphia and Barcelona, and Middlesbrough Cycle Circuit is a fantastic one kilometre enclosed circuit that hosts many clubs. It's impossible to talk about Middlesbrough without giving football a special mention: Middlesbrough Football Club plays at the Riverside Stadium.

Take a walk on the wild side

Come and explore the state-of-the-art visitor centre with vast panoramic views of the reserve and its industrial backdrop. Follow your nose to the café to sample freshly brewed coffee and home-cooked meals, and then stop off in the shop for a bit of retail therapy. Get outdoors with the family to explore the discovery zone and run, jump and clamber through the adventure playground. There's plenty on offer at Saltholme Wildlife Reserve & Discovery Park.

Events for all the family

In Summer, enjoy one of the largest multicultural events in the North - the Middlesbrough Mela. Winter brings a vibrant, exciting Christmas programme. Middlesbrough also celebrates its heritage during Local History Month in May, and Discover Middlesbrough in October, while Animex, the internationally renowned festival of animation and computer games, takes place every February. Spring-Summer also sees the monthly Orange Pip Market take over Baker and Bedford streets in a celebration of food, art and live music.