Open weekends, bank holidays, and Thurs in Aug. Admission: adult £6, child £3.50, family £15. Entry to tea-room and gardens free. The 300 year old estate is a spot of rural splendour amid Teesside’s urban chaos (you know it has to be good when the National Trust puts its name on it) The decor of the home is a testament to the now resurgent rococo 18th Century style and the grounds make the average garden look like a humble plant pot.
Ouse St Arts Club
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Ouse Street Arts Club is creative space within Newcastle’s vibrant, up-and-coming Ouseburn Valley East of the city’s centre and just minutes from the river Tyne and Quayside.
Palace Arts Gallery
New Gallery for creatives in Redcar and Cleveland based at the Palace Hub. Currently managed by Hickson Photography.
Pineapple Black Contemporary Arts Space
Hill Street Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough
42 Market Place, Bishop Auckland
Preston Park Museum
Open Tues to Sun 10.00am - 4.00pm. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Last admission 3.30pm. Adults £2, concs. & children £1, family (2 adults & 4 children) £4. The Preston Hall Museum displays art, armour and social history within 100 acres of surrounding park land. The hall was built in 1825 and it is truly beautiful. There is a replica 1890s high street for visitors to walk down and to see if the “old days” were truly better than the present. Recently underwent a £7 million refurbishment and definitely worth checking out.
Royal Middlehaven House, Gosford Street, Middlesbrough
Open Mon-Fri 9am-5.30pm. Free. Open all year round, the Python Gallery is a creative development in the heart of the Middlehaven area of Middlesbrough. Launched in July 2007 by Middlesbrough-based development company Python Properties, the gallery provides quality exhibition space and delivers a rolling programme of shows and events, which have included visual two-dimensional and three-dimensional, performances, installations, multi-media and time-based media. Delivering the very best examples of creativity from this region and beyond, the Python Gallery is establishing itself as a positive venture that engages, inspires and provides a rewarding experience for all who visit.
Q4 Quorum Business Park
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear
Queen's Hall Arts Centre
Box office open: 10am-6pm Mon-Fri, plus open one hour before performance start times in evenings. Arts venue offering visual arts exhibitions, comedy, theatre, film, live music and workshops.
Reg Vardy Gallery
Open: 10am-8pm Tues, 10am-6pm Wed-Fri. Free admission. The very varied programme instigated here aims to reflect developments in the arts locally, nationally and internationally.
Open: April-Sept 10am-5pm Wed-Sun. Closed: 1st Oct–31st March. Adults £3.90, Conc. £350, Child (under 16) £2.30 Children under 5 go free.
Roman Army Museum
Open: 10am-5pm. Closed Dec to early Feb. Adult £5.00, Student/OAP £4.25, Child £2.75, Family (2+2) £14. This must see museum stands next to Walltown Crags, one of the highest standing sections of Hadrian’s Wall. Fabulous new exhibitions in three exciting galleries allow you to immerse yourself in the life of the Roman army.
Ryhope Engines Museum
Open: 2pm-4.30pm Sundays only. Special event weekends 11am-4pm. Call for further details. Free admission. Two fine old beam engines demonstrate the best in Victorian engineering along with displays and exhibitions of Victorian and water-related articles. The engines are actually ‘in steam’ on bank holidays only.