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Arts, culture and leisure

Keen golfers from across the Borough took their clubs in hand for a wonderful week of golf. Golfers of all abilities enjoyed some friendly competition and welcoming hospitality.

Arts, culture and leisure

The 25th year of Stockton’s International Riverside Festival (SIRF), once again brought spectacles to wow the crowds. With street entertainment and music and not forgetting the Community Carnival – SIRF was as popular as ever.

Another eventful year in Stockton! Stockton Weekender

Prometheus Awakes

Despite the wettest summer on record Stockton was still sizzling with excitement this year with some spectacular events for everyone to enjoy. Here we take a look back at some of them. To find out about forthcoming events visit

Next year SIRF and the Weekender will be held on separate weekends. See future editions of Stockton News for up to date details.


Rat runners turned out in their hundreds for this year’s River Rat Race. They had to run, splash, jump, kayak and climb their way across a truly unique running course along the banks of the River Tees. Ara Macao from Columbia

The Community Carnival

Other fantastic events included the sell-out Stockton Calling, Infinity Festival, the Olympic Torch Relay, the annual Halloween Walk in Preston Park and Stockton’s unmissable fireworks display.

Stockton Weekender brought bands aplenty to the Riverside including James and The Pogues which were enjoyed by 17,500 people over the course of the weekend. Photos courtesy of Danni Robinson.

Tim lead singer of James

C-12 Dance Thearte at SIRF

The wheels were spinning across the weekend of the Stockton Cycling Festival. The wet and slippery conditions didn’t stop the brave cyclists from speeding round Stockton Town Centre and out into surrounding countryside. This was the only event in the UK featuring races and rides including Elite Criterium, Premier Calendar Road Race and Sky Ride as well as a host of other riding opportunities for all ages and levels of ability to take part.

Billingham International Folklore Festival, now in its 48th year, was more ambitious than ever before with 62 concerts and 50 workshops visitors had plenty to do and see. Uncle BIFF’s children’s club was as popular as ever with more than 100 children attending each day.

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Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News