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We’ve highlighted some exciting events happening in the area so you can make the most of your visit to the north east when you’re not enjoying the five star luxury at Rockliffe Hall.
There’s so much on in the summer months in this area. Whatever you’re into, Rockliffe Hall is lucky enough to be a gateway for the north east with its close proximity to Sunderland and Newcastle as well as the Tees valley and North Yorkshire. Read on for inspiration to make your summer break truly memorable.

For the family

Raby Castle - Plotters Forest Playground

Plotters Forest is a new adventure playground at Raby Castle which offers an exciting play experience for all ages with a mix of challenge, discovery and intrigue. Enter the playground via a towering gateway and disappear into the thick woodland to explore. There are ground-level forest trails, the chance to climb up to high walkways and towers. Enjoy outdoor musical instruments, matching pairs on the giant memory game, strike a ‘Plotters’ Portrait’ pose and have fun with the spinning signposts. There is also a dedicated toddler area with mini turrets, climbing equipment, slides and a chalkboard for drawing ‘secret squiggles’.

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Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum is a world famous, open-air museum which tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. The museum experience includes a 1900s town and pit village, a 1900s colliery, a 1940s farm, a 1950s town and farm as well as authentic shops and cafes and a tramway to help visitors get around the site. Summer activities run from 2 July - 31 August.

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Darlington Vintage Vehicle Rally

23rd July 2022, 10-4pm

Bring the family along to see and learn about the golden age of transport.

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Darlington by the Sea

26th – 28th July 2022, 11am – 5pm

This yearly event takes place in Darlington and from Tuesday July 26 to Thursday July 28.

Families can enjoy sandcastle building, face painting, balloon modelling and plenty of fun.

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Those who like to feel the rhythm

Tom Jones

Tuesday 26th July 

Enjoy global star, Tom Jones as he performs at Scarborough Open Air Theatre this summer.

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Lewis Capaldi

11th August

Experience Scottish singer-songwriter at Scarborough Open Air Theatre.

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Simply Red 

Saturday 13th August

As part of their summer 2022 tour, Simply Red will be playing at Darlington Arena.

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Saltburn Folk Festival

11th – 14th August

Saltburn Folk Festival will be a mix of free and ticketed concerts with outdoor entertainment for all.

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Those who seek culture

Kynren

Starting 3rd June

An epic tale of England, an outdoor spectacular event

Kynren is a gripping summer family event, beginning on 3rd June for a special performance during The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and every Saturday in August until mid-September. Each show of 90 minutes of history, myth and legend will take you through two thousand years of history.

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950th Anniversary - Durham Castle

From 31st July

Take part in the 950th anniversary celebrations of Durham Castle. Explore life in a medieval castle, be a knight for the day or join in with the party to enjoy family activities, live music and pizza.

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Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)

4th – 7th August

This annual event offers street theatre, music, dance and outdoor arts.

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Darlington Pride

13th & 14th August, 11am - 7pm

Darlington PRIDE Weekender returns for its annual celebration for all to enjoy Darlington’s LGBT+ community. Another event is a picnic in South Park for a relaxed lunch and fun.

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Those who love to laugh

Carl Hutchinson Show – Middlesbrough Town Hall

16th July, 8pm

After two sell-out years, Carl Hutchinson is back with his brand new show! There will be stories, observations and audience interaction.

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Joel Dommett, MC Matt Reed, Emmanuel Sonubi & Jen Brister – Live at Middlesbrough Town Hall

24th July, 7.30pm

This event Live is inspired by the BBC’s Live at the Apollo.

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Big Mouth Comedy Club, Stokesley

Saturday 30th July

Starring: MC Hayley Ellis, Sam Avery, Andrew Bird and Catherine Young

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Those sport enthusiasts

Cricket - England v South Africa ODI

19th July, 1pm

The Emirates Riverside hosts international cricket this summer 2022 with the first of the three-match Royal London Series against South Africa. Premium tickets are available.

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SG Petch Darlington - 10K Run

7th August, 10.30am

The SG Petch Darlington 10km has become one of the most popular north east 10km running events. There is also a fun run for all ages and a Junior 2km run beforehand.

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Tour de Britain

6th September 

Stage 3 - Durham to Sunderland, 168km

The Tour of Britain enters England in stage three between Durham and Sunderland. It is the first time that Durham has been host to a stage start or finish in a professional edition of the Tour of Britain. The route will go through the North Pennines before going back through County Durham and into Sunderland.

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Book a summer stay at Rockliffe Hall and enjoy five star luxury as well as endless adventures in the surrounding area.

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