Five day trips that are all within an hour’s drive of Hartlepool
With lockdown restrictions easing and many Tees Valley attractions starting to reopen, we have teamed up with Enjoy Tees Valley to round up ideas for day trips on your doorstep.
Whether you’re thinking of staying close to home for your holiday this year or are looking to fill the weekends with days out, or are starting to plan ahead for half-term, there is plenty to do all within an hour or less drive from Hartlepool.
Go on an adventure at Guisborough Forest
Getting outdoors has been a blessing throughout lockdown and it doesn’t have to stop now. With travel restrictions lifted, you can explore a little further and enjoy some fresh air in the beautiful Tees Valley countryside.
Just a 40-minute drive from Hartlepool lies Guisborough Forest and Walkway, the gateway to the North York Moors National Park. Perfect for a family adventure, the forest is filled with walking and cycling routes, exciting play areas, pond dipping opportunities, a fun sculpture trail and plenty of picnic spots.
Get soaked at Tees Barrage
In less than half an hour from Hartlepool you can feel the thrill of white water rafting, powerboating, family rafting, paddlebording, kayaking or canoeing at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre in Stockton-on-Tees.
Closer to home you can head to Hartlepool Marina for more water sports including Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), jet skiing and Seafaris to spot local wildlife – including seals and dolphins if you’re lucky.
Enjoy a day at the farm
A hidden gem in Coulby Newham in Middlesbrough, Newham Grange Farm provides the perfect family-friendly day out.
From mini-golf to mazes to racing go karts in the Adventure Zone to the Discovery Barn, home to the smaller petting animals to the Woodland Walk perfect for meeting the animals – there is fun for all the family.
Head to a secluded seaside spot
There is nothing better than a trip to the seaside, especially when the sun is shining. During peak times, it can feel like everyone else has had the same idea, so if you want to avoid the usual popular spots of nearby Seaton Carew or Saltburn-by-the-Sea you can find quieter and more secluded locations in Redcar & Cleveland which are within an hour’s drive.
In the small village of Skinningrove, just 5 miles south from Saltburn is the peaceful, little-known sandy spot of Cattersty Sands. You will have to make your own fun here and pack up a picnic, but with space aplenty, a long stretch of clean, soft sand, dunes to explore and unspoilt coastal views – you are sure to enjoy this day at the seaside.
Alternatively you can head to the sandy stretch of Marske-by-the-Sea, a quiet and serene part of the coast which sits between Redcar and Saltburn.
If a location does seem too busy when you arrive, please think about turning around and visiting again another day to avoid overcrowding.
Step back in time at one of the Tees Valley’s museums
Indoor attractions may only be opening from 17 May at the earliest, but there’s nothing to stop you from getting inspired for your next big family day out.
Let your imagination run wild with a journey through the region’s railway heritage at the Head of Steam Railway Museum in Darlington or step back in time onto the Victorian Street at Preston Park Museum. Climb aboard HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship still afloat right here in Hartlepool at the National Museum of the Royal Navy or uncover the history of British explorer Captain James Cook at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum based in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough.
Remember to check opening times and booking procedures with all venues directly before visiting to avoid any disappointment.
To start planning your perfect family days out in the Tees Valley go to enjoyteesvalley.com, and discover all the attractions around you.
Please respect and protect outdoor spaces when out and about in the Tees Valley, take your litter away with you and only leave footprints behind. If an area seems busy, please consider visiting another day.
You must follow all the latest government guidance when in the Tees Valley. You can find the guidance at gov.uk/coronavirus.