Middlesbrough New for 2018
The Christm: a Dr e a m s Machine!
Top tips for a crime free Christmas The season of goodwill to all may be upon us, but sadly criminals never take a holiday. 5 Don’t put keys under the doormat
or in a flowerpot, thieves know all of these hiding places Keep your shed and garage locked. Your tools are useful to a thief who wants to gain entry. If your garage has a house door, secure it just like another exterior door. Don’t leave ladders lying around. If you must leave them outside, padlock them to something secure. Leave a radio on, playing a talk programme rather than music. You can also consider a ‘simulated TV’ to give the appearance from outside that a TV is on. Lighten dark areas around your home using low energy dusk ‘til dawn lighting. Remember – burglars hate light. Make sure that your house and contents are adequately insured. Mark your valuables! Use one of the widely available kits or look out for property marking events on your local police Facebook page. Finally, be a good neighbour keep an eye out for the vulnerable and older people at Christmas.
If you’re short of an idea for a stocking filler how about a timer switch so when night falls, the lights come on. Car crime usually increases at Christmas, so don’t drop presents at your vehicle then return to your shopping trip, as a thief could be watching. Remove all valuables from your vehicle - a thief seeing a coat on the back seat might think it contains a purse, wallet or other valuables. The crime prevention team will be out and about across Cleveland over the coming months offering practical advice to residents. For more details visit cleveland.police.uk/adviceinformation/Community-Safety-andCrime-Prevention.aspx
If you have a crime busting idea for your local community, funding may be available from the PCC Community Safety Fund.
The Christmas Dream Machine: turning on the Christmas lights Magical Middlesbrough Parade • Santa’s Grotto Festive Huts • Town Centre Pop Up featuring The Big Sing!
So Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, is urging local residents to follow a 12 step plan to protect their homes over the festive period. Compiled by the force’s Crime Prevention Officer Gerry McBride (above with Commissioner) and neighbourhood police teams, the Commissioner’s Christmas list offers simple steps we can all take to make life as difficult as possible for thieves. “I want to wish all residents of Cleveland a happy and peaceful Christmas. I hope these tips will help to protect your home,” said Mr Coppinger. 1 Don’t leave presents on display under the Christmas tree in view of the window. 2 If you’re going away, don’t advertise this on social media! Close the curtains and leave a 3 light on in a room when you are out - but not in the hall, no-one spends the evening in the hall. 4 Lock all doors and windows, particularly at the rear of your home. Don’t leave windows open a few inches for the cat to get in or out, burglars find this useful too.
Thursday November 22Saturday December 22
10am–5pm daily (Thursdays until 7pm) Central Linthorpe Road shopping area Dotted around Linthorpe Road, the artisan stalls will offer tasty treats, hot drinks, gifts and trinkets and plenty of festive atmosphere. This is your chance to pick up something unique and get your Christmas stockings filled to the brim!
The Christmas Dream Machine:
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Thursday November 22 • 6.30pm • Centre Square, Middlesbrough
Santa is making a stop in Middlesbrough to check who has been naughty and nice before the big day itself! Bring the children to visit his magical grotto complete with a special smoking chimney, and of course, there’s a gift from Santa for every child.
Pre-show activity and special guests from 6pm!
This is a Christmas light switch on like you’ve never seen before! Join us for our most magical, awe inspiring Christmas event yet as we welcome Emergency Exit Arts to perform their spectacular show – The Christmas Dream Machine! This highly visual performance will mark the start of Middlesbrough’s Christmas celebrations and will be complete with a spectacular fireworks finale that will officially mark the switch on of the lights.
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It’s Christmas Eve and like many children, Ava is far too excited to go to sleep. She settles down to read a book, The Christmas Dream Machine, and begins a Christmas Eve adventure that takes her across the skies of her home town in search of the Christmas Dream Machine. There’s plenty of fun for all the family to enjoy as Santa, Ava, Teddy and the elves magically come to life during this incredibly staged performance. This really is the biggest Christmas lights switch on Middlesbrough has seen to date – you definitely don’t want to miss it!
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Town Centre Pop Up featuring The Big Sing! Saturday December 8 & Saturday December 15
10am-4pm Central Linthorpe Road shopping area A good old traditional sing along in the centre of town! Grab your scarf, gloves, and a hot drink from one of the artisan stalls and prepare to sing your heart out to some festive classics. Bring all the family along and create some true Christmas cheer in the town centre!
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Whether you like to sit in the stalls, up on the balcony or in the circle, there’s a perfect spot for you in Middlesbrough Theatre. Dementia friendly performances, BSL signed performances and accessible seats are available throughout the panto season, and don’t forget if you’re in a group booking you can pre-order your ice cream beforehand to beat the queues!
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5. Your panto, your way
The panto season perfectly draws the year to a close and opens up a new one that’s full of incredible new shows and of course, there’s always something for all the family.
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4. Panto marks new beginnings!
Dates: Friday December 7 - Sunday January 6 • To book visit middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk
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We’d love to hear your memories of pantos at Middlesbrough Theatre.
Middlesbrough Theatre opened in 1957 and was one of the first new theatres built in England after the Second World War. Since then, thousands of actors have graced the boards, which have now been beautifully refurbished ready in time for this season.
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3. Middlesbrough panto joy since 1957
Once the panto is over, don’t forget to check out what else is coming up in the New Year (we’ll give you a hint…Robin Hood and the Revolting Peasants and Incredible Adventures of Pinocchio!).
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FREE Thursday November 22 EVENT! Pre show activity from 6pm Centre Square, Middlesbrough
The spectacular Christmas Dream Machine performance will herald the start of this year’s Christmas celebrations complete with lights switch on and a stunning fireworks finale
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Thursday November 22 - EVFRENEET! Saturday December 22 Central Linthorpe Road shopping area All day Creative, crafty and Christmassy! Visit the artisan market and grab a bargain for your Christmas stockings!
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Saturday November 24 & Saturday December 1, 8, 15 & 22 12-3pm Cleveland Centre Free (+ goody bag for each child!) The world famous Signing Santa returns to the Cleveland Centre this Christmas
A Christmas Carol
Tuesday November 27, 7.30pm Wednesday November 28, 1.30pm & 7.30pm Middlesbrough Theatre £16 / U16s £11 (+ booking fee)
Sunday December 2 FREE EVENT! 10am-4pm Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
The classic winter tale will be told through song, dance and a magnificent musical score
Newham Grange Farm at Christmas Saturday December 1 Monday December 31 Extended opening times throughout December - see our website for times & entry prices Beautifully lit walkways, a reindeer discovery trail plus festive arts and crafts
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Sunday December 2 FREE EVENT! Parade 1pm Middlesbrough Town Centre Watch Santa on his sleigh with his reindeers as they head through the town centre on their annual visit to Middlesbrough!
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There’s more than 50 stalls bursting at the seams with top quality food and drink plus tempting gift ideas. There’s also a wintery Santa’s Grotto and traditional carol singing - not to be missed!
Dick Whittington Friday December 7 - Sunday January 6 Middlesbrough Theatre To book tickets call 01642 815181 or visit middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk
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Christmas with Santa! Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December Dorman Museum Tickets £7.50 per child • Times vary Little ones can join in arts and crafts, watch festive films, take part in a Christmas trail, and then head to Dressers Tea Room to join a very special visitor for songs and cake!
Pre booking is essential, call the museum on 01642 813781
Santa’s Grotto Saturday December 8 & Saturday December 15 Captain Cook Square £5 per child (pre-booking essential) Santa is making a stop in Middlesbrough to check who has been naughty and nice before the big day itself!
To book tickets visit middlesbrough.gov.uk/santa
Town Centre Pop UP featuring the Big Sing Saturday December 8 & FR EE Saturday December 15 EVENT! 10am-4pm Central Linthorpe Road shopping area The Town Centre Pop Up and Big Sing is back! Join in the community spirit and sing along to your favourite Christmas tunes. A truly festive celebration for all the family. Expect music, dance performances, games and plenty of pop up artisan stalls, mulled drinks and gloves at the ready!
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Middlesbrough Town Hall Christmas Party Nights Middlesbrough Town Hall Friday December 14 & 21 7.30pm £28 + booking fee, inc glass of fizz and two course meal • 18+ A proper Christmas party night with a two course meal and disco plus live music from either The Funk Collective (14) or The Phat Tyrtles (21)
Orange Pip Christmas Special
Saturday December 22 FREE EVENT! 12pm–6pm Middlesbrough Town Hall Free Orange Pip heads to the Town Hall for Christmas! Expect loads of festive silliness from Car Boot Disco Bingo and KISSMAS, plus traditional Victorian carol singers, loads of festive stalls and a visit from some mystical white wolves
Dorman Museum Christmas Craft Sessions for adults Get in the Christmas spirit at Dorman Museum at their festive craft sessions. You will get to take home everything you create – you could even use them as gifts for someone special!
Basic needle felting Friday November 23 12.30pm-3pm
Felt Tree Decorations Friday November 30 12.30pm-3pm
Christmas wreaths Friday December 7 12.30pm-3pm
Decoupage for beginners Friday December 14 12.30pm-3pm £7 per session
Pre booking is required, call 01642 358101 to book
Dundas Christmas Food & Craft Market Saturday December 8 & 15 All day
Local food producers and crafters join regular Dundas stall holders
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Our world famous Santa returns to the Cleveland Centre this Christmas! Come and meet him and his elves from 12 noon til 3pm on the following dates: Saturday 24th November Saturday 1st December Saturday 8th December Saturday 15th December Saturday 22nd December
FREE EVENTS, with a goodie bag for each child!
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Christmas Late Night Shopping Late Thursdays - every Thursday from November 22 - December 13 open until 7pm Late night shopping - from Monday December 17 - Friday December 21 open until 7pm (except Thursday December 20 until 8pm)
Free Christmas Parking Make life easier with FREE PARKING after 4pm on Christmas late shopping nights in the following car parks: ✸ Hillstreet Centre ✸ Cleveland Centre ✸ Dundas Shopping Centre ✸ All Middlesbrough Council Car Parks For a list of Council car parks visit: middlesbrough.gov.uk/parking
Festive Huts November 22 - December 22 10am - 5pm (Until 7pm on Thursday nights)
These cosy festive huts will solve all your Christmas gift dilemmas, located on Linthorpe Road pedestrianised area. Featuring original works by local artisans, crafters, artists and makers; a treasure trove of affordable goodies and festive food.
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12 Days of Christmas Bespoke shopping and foodie offers in the 12 days leading up to Christmas creating a unique route around the town centre. Check Love Middlesbrough, Facebook and Twitter pages for offers.
Visitors flock to enjoy all the fun of the farm! Newham Grange Farm has enjoyed an enormous boost in visitor numbers over the summer following investment in the popular tourist attraction. The farm’s resident helpers, Daisy and Dan, have been busy overseeing the work which now includes a recently opened Woodland Walk area. This features a range of beautiful wicker sculptures including a giant caterpillar and new farm trails which have been uncovered for the first time so families can explore nearby nature. There’s also a new colourful giant
Above - Isabella Greenland, aged 2 in the Woodland Walk. Main pic - Olivia Walker from Marton, with Daisy and Dan.
play tractor, a new climbing frame and a trim trail for small children to discover. The arts and crafts room is another addition which is perfect for school children and visitors alike to have some fun creating their own farm yard friends. “Really lovely little place on the doorstep.” ................................................ “Newham Grange Farm have Some amazing staff. Everyone we encountered was super friendly and happy to help.” ................................................ “We had the loveliest morning on the farm today. The new make over is wonderful.” ................................................ “Brilliant farm, all the new bits that have been added are great, lovely little afternoon. Highly recommended.”
The stunning willow maze has had a makeover too, and an exciting new addition will soon be in place in the middle - but you’ll have to find it first! The farm marked the end of the summer with a memorable Alice in Wonderland event complete with performances, games and acrobatics, which proved a huge hit for families. In addition to the impressive numbers the farm saw for this event, total visitors in August 2018 increased by almost 7,000 compared to the same month last year. Many visitors took to social media to say how much they have enjoyed their day and to keep up with the latest updates. The farm is now gearing up for festive activities and exciting plans for 2019. You can keep up to date with news or announcements via @NewhamGrange on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.