Freedom Day: What you can do in the Tees Valley

Inspiration | Published on: 19th July 2021

The day that many of us have been waiting for has finally arrived. 19 July dubbed as ‘Freedom Day’ will see the lifting of most Covid-19 restrictions and a return of even more normality across England.

If you are looking forward to finally getting out and about and enjoying the things you have missed, then we have rounded up what you can look forward to in the Tees Valley.

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Go Out Out

It’s finally time to go out out again, so throw on your dancing shoes and enjoy the Tees Valley nightlife.

Voted one of the top ten UK places for a night out by LadBible, Middlesbrough has an exciting night scene.

Throw on your dancing shoes and take to Empire, who are re-opening their doors with updated dance floors and an all-new sound system, made by the same engineers as those responsible for The Prodigy’s sound system!

Check out Middlesbrough’s new mini super club, Stereo Club or spend your night in the stylish surroundings of SOHO, which has welcomed the likes of Big Brother winner Charlotte Crosby and Love Island stars Ellie Brown and Charlie Brake. Now that sounds like a bit of us!

Fancy a dance in Darlington? Awarded Purple Flag status, Darlington is a safe and enjoyable night out and a great place to enjoy a tipple or two. Enjoy a cocktail in Dr.inks, Macy Browns or add a side of charcuterie at Sortie.

Fall in love with live events all over again.

It’s finally time to soak up the atmosphere at sports events and enjoy the buzz of live gigs again.

Enjoy a weekend of music in the Tees Valley in August, with 90’s in the Park at South Park, shortly followed by Olly Murs Summer Tour and Tom Jones: A Celebration Tour at Darlington Arena.

If you’d love to listen to live gigs from local artists, head to The Georgian Theatre in Stockton, The Twisted Lip in Middlesbrough or enjoy live music with sea views at The Spa Hotel’s sun set sessions in Saltburn-by-the-Sea.

You can also get your sporting fix by watching the first home game at the Riverside Stadium for the mighty Middlesbrough FC vs Bristol City on 14 August.

Three cheers for the return of Events & Festivals  

Events and Festivals are starting to return across the Tees Valley and we are delighted that they are back for 2021.

With everything from foodie markets to Pride celebrations to thrifty festivals and events filled with live music, art and performance, you are sure to find an event to enjoy in the Tees Valley.

Save the date for:

Hullabaloo in the Park: Until 25 July

Orange Pip Market: 31 July

Hartlepool Waterfront Festival: 28 & 29 August

Festival of Thrift: 25 & 26 September

Plus much more.

Let us know what you are looking forward to enjoying in the Tees Valley as we move into step four of the Government roadmap and enjoy a little more freedom.

Remember to remain cautious when out and about in the Tees Valley. For the latest Government advice and guidance on Covid-19 go to


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