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Middlesbrough Sports Village, in the heart of Middlesbrough, is the centrepiece of sporting activity and offers state of the art facilities. A large gym, athletics stadium, skate park, cycle circuit, velodrome, fun village, café, astro turf pitches, grass pitches, sports hall and ample parking provide activities for all ages and abilities.

A growing clutch of independent yoga and dance studios indicate the desire for and willingness across the region to spend on bespoke fitness experiences that boutique studios can offer.

Plans are well underway to add to the fantastic array of sporting facilities Middlesbrough has to offer with the building of a snow centre. Two ski slopes and a range of other leisure facilities, including an ice-climbing wall and a ‘skydive’ arena will be developed. This is the sort of thoughtful town planning that makes Middlesbrough special and perfectly develops the right work life balance for residents. The Tees Valley Combined Authority’s £250,000 boost into the project proves how important the snow centre will be in growing the local tourism economy.

Family life is good in Middlesbrough. There are multiple activities for children to access from cultural workshops at the Dorman Museum, which celebrates Middlesbrough’s heritage, to large scale events throughout the year such as the Cleveland Show, hot air balloon festivals, and the Middlesbrough Mela.

The North East boasts some of the most creative recreation spaces and centres in the UK. The flagship venue is Beamish, a world famous open-air immersive museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, and 1940s. Equally historic is Ormesby Hall, a classic Georgian mansion with beautiful formal gardens and sprawling parkland, maintained by the National Trust. For active families, Lightwater Valley theme park offers a day of fun with activities for all ages from one year onwards. The Air Trail Tees Barrage boasts an impressive assortment of adventurous activities for all ages and abilities.