Leisure sector

Middlesbrough is the most significant town between Leeds and York to the South and Sunderland and Newcastle to the North. Middlesbrough’s retail offer attracts customers from a wide catchment area, including the affluent rural communities in North Yorkshire, as well as providing an appealing alternative for the northern coastal towns and cities.

  • 136,316 people can reach Middlesbrough within a 10-minute drive
  • Over 700,000 people can reach Middlesbrough within a 30-minute drive
  • 25,450 are people employed form surrounding areas to commute to Middlesbrough every day

The town centre has four large shopping centres which contribute to the total trade area encompassing 1,147,115 sqm and the town’s retail sector generates more than £256.7m with £4,353 p.a. average household comparison good spend.

Building on the momentum of the recent Baker and Bedford Street developments, independent retail is also thriving in the town and continues to be nurtured through a variety of initiatives.

The number of restaurants and bars is growing rapidly as Middlesbrough develops a reputation as a foodie destination of choice. A robust economy and busy calendar of annual events, will continue to attract leisure and business tourists all year round, thus ensuring the retail sector in the town thrives.

Middlesbrough works hard and plays hard. There is a vibrant evening economy and leisure offer that has a powerful draw for all age’s right throughout the week. It’s not all pubs and clubs either as entrepreneurs have been quick to explore niches in the marketplace for quality eating, micro-bars and music venues, to sit alongside some the ‭well-known chains. The leisure ‭offer includes:‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

  • An 11 screen cinema
  • A ‭2,000‭ capacity performance and events venue attracting big names in music ‬‬and comedy‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Large scale outdoor events ranging from the annual Christmas Light Switch On,‭ ‬‭t‭o live music festivals, the multi-cultural Mela, 5k and 10k running events and Orange ‬‬Pip Market‭. For a full list of events visit Love Middlesbrough‬‬
  • ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬A‭n emerging micro pub scene has burst into Middlesbrough’s independent quarter‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • A‭t the heart of the pedestrianised University Campus, Southfield Road is a popular ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬destination for nights out in Middlesbrough
  • £21 million‭ Sports Village providing top level sporting facilities‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Middlesbrough Football Club, also known as Boro, play Premiership matches at the 33,746 seater Riverside Stadium, Middlehaven
  • The redevelopment of Bedford Street has enhanced the town’s independent offer

‬With millions of pounds of investment and exciting development underway, there is no better time to be part of it.