A town centre fizzing with renewed vibrancy and a myriad of regional pleasures to discover.
Whether it’s office workers enjoying a huge selection of eateries throughout the day and during the night, residents and visitors enjoying the town centre shops, or spending quality time with family in the parks, cinemas and activity centres around Middlesbrough, those associated with the area are guaranteed a quality lifestyle.
An internationally celebrated Asian music and dance festival, Middlesbrough Mela, takes place every year in the heart of the town centre. Children’s television presenters from the BBC and music acts take to the stage, plus a host of stalls are all on offer, including henna painting, fairground rides, sari stalls, and Asian sweets, at the biggest multi-cultural event of the North East. The free two-day festival attracts over 50,000 visitors, raises around £24,000 from stall hire fees alone and is a striking symbol of the town’s diversity.
Middlesbrough is also quickly becoming a destination for food and drink events. A multitude of events take place throughout the town, locally grown produce is championed through regular Local Food Weekends, farmers’ markets and The Middlesbrough Town Meal. A range of vegan, halal, gluten free, organic, vegetarian or dairy free options are available at the Everyone Eats Food and Drink Festival, making sure there’s something for everyone. Although these events are fun for the entire family, the important message of healthy eating is encouraged throughout.
Sporting and music events always draw considerable crowds in Middlesbrough. In 2016 cyclists surged forth from Centre Square for the start of the Tour de Yorkshire stage 3 while the annual Ali Brownlee 5k and Tees Pride 10k attract thousands of runners, from competitive athletes to fun runners. Meanwhile, internationally acclaimed rap artist Snoop Dogg is among those acts who have thrilled crowds in Centre Square and Middlesbrough also gained national coverage as part of BBC Music Day in 2016, a nation-wide musical extravaganza.
The brightest star in the retail firmament is the highly successful regeneration of Bedford and Baker Streets. Once derelict, these streets have been transformed from twin rows of tumbledown terraces into a thriving nest of independent business. The project’s success has garnered shortlisting for the best regeneration project at the Living North Awards. Today, a stroll along here, dipping in and out of micro pubs, beauty salons and vintage clothing stores, as well as enjoying the host of exciting bars and cafes, is one of the town centre’s greatest shopping pleasures.