After nearly three years and £7 million of redevelopment, restoration and refurbishment, Preston Hall Museum has emerged from its scaffolding shell to once again provide the jewel in the region’s cultural crown.

Keep up-to-date with our packed programme of events for all the family in the museum and grounds, our community curated space and the temporary exhibitions gallery.

For a full list of events and activities at Preston Park Museum & Grounds visit the Stockton Events website.

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  • Adult Dancercise

    It’s more than just an exercise class!

    Learn easy and exciting dance exercise routines built to give you a total body workout. Music ranging from Pop to Bhangra, Country to Jazz these dance sessions are full of rhythm and energy.

    Every Wednesday, 1-2pm

    £2.50

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  • Step Back In Time

    A Musical Journey from past to the present

    Enjoy a burst of nostalgia in this fun and social dance session, reliving the good old days with swing, cha-cha, waltz, samba, country, rock n’ roll, jazz and disco – the list is endless!
    Open to all abilities, the sessions can help to keep everyday stresses and strains at bay, as well as keeping the mind active with engaging, classic routines.

    Every Wednesday, 2-3pm

    £2.50


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  • Sing and Shimmy

    A fun dance class full of movement and music to enjoy together as a family.

    Sing and Shimmy encourages parents and children to get moving together through a creative mix of simple dance steps suitable for all ages and abilities. Bring out the disco diva in your little ones and get involved in this fun and interactive dance session.

    Every Wednesday, 12-1pm

    £2.50

     

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  • Chair Dance

    This enjoyable musical dance session includes a range of styles and routines without leaving your chair.

    A vibrant, musical, aerobic style mix of dance styles to suit all abilities and tastes.

    Join in and reap the physical benefits whilst enjoying this exciting dance session with friends.

    Every Wednesday (from 24 February), 3-4pm

    £2.50

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  • Highlights Tours

    Every Wednesday during term times, 2pm

    Discover the highlights of our galleries; from exploring the history of the Grade II Listed Hall, to stepping back to 1895 in our Victorian Street.

    Please note the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the museum and involves walking and standing for 45 minutes.

     

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  • Ray Mutimer- Paintings, illustrations and Postman Pat

    Enjoy paintings and illustrations by the artist who drew Postman Pat, Charlie Chalk and other characters.

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  • Meet the bees

    Cleveland Beekeepers Association will give a fascinating insight into the life of the humble bee. Watch them at work in an observation hive and taste their delicious honey.

     

     

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  • Get Set Grow!

    Calling all mini diggers! Make a DIY plant pot and start your own Victorian Kitchen Garden at home.

     

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  • Dig it!

    Join our gardening team as they use traditional methods to prepare the beds for potato planting. Pick up some top tips and even have a go yourself. The National Vegetable Society and the North of England Horticulture Society will also be on hand to answer your gardening questions.

     

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  • The archaeology of Teesside

    Preston Park Museum has teamed up with Tees Archaeology to bring you a series of talks about the heritage of the local area covering the first inhabitants to the arrival of the Vikings. There will also be a chance to handle objects from the museum’s collection.

    Heritage of Tees Valley

    Wednesday 27 April

    This introductory talk will cover the changing Tees Valley from the first evidence of human inhabitants, through the Industrial Revolution and the twentieth century.

    From Bogs to Barrows

    Wednesday 25 May

    Find out how people survived after the Ice Age and how farming spread into the area bringing with it monuments we can still see today.

    Late prehistoric farmers

    Wednesday 29 June  

    How was the landscape changed by farming, where did people live, what did their houses look like and what did they believe in?

    The Romans on Teesside

    Wednesday 27 July 

    Recent finds have revolutionised our view of the Roman impact on the area, particularly those from the Roman villa at Ingleby Barwick.

    Anglo-Saxon Teesside

    Wednesday 28 September

    The Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Norton is one of the most important in the north of England, but this has been outshone by the fantastic discoveries near Loftus.

    From Saxons to Normans

    Wednesday 26 October

    This talk will show how Saxon Teesside was first affected by the arrival of the Vikings and then destroyed by the Normans who created a new medieval world which is the basis on the one we live in today.

     

     

     

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  • Derek Smith “Victory’s Children – Journey into the unknown”

    Three years ago filmmaker Derek Smith was given the photo of a VE Day children’s party taken in Thornaby. Hear about how his fascination led him to him to discover the stories behind the faces in the picture.

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  • Impact of The Stockton & Darlington Railway

    Discover the surprising impact that The Stockton & Darlington Railway had on Stockton. The talk will cover the history of the town from the mid eighteenth century to the mid nineteenth century.

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  • Meet the artist- Ray Mutimer

    Find out how Ray Mutimer came to paint and illustrate famous childhood characters such as Postman Pat and Charlie Chalk.

    After there will also be a chance to meet the artist and ask him questions.

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  • Two hundred years of Stockton Cricket Club

    Gary Daly from Teesside University looks back over 200 years of highs and lows for Stockton Cricket Club.

     

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  • Spring cleaning

    The objects in the museum collection are ready for their annual spring clean. In this hands on history session you will have the opportunity to talk to our Collections team and find out how and why they do this. You might even get some tips for your own spring cleaning at home!

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  • Agents of Decay

    Find out about the agents of decay in a museum environment, such as mould, damp, dust and bugs. Learn about how they can affect different objects and how the team work to prevent damage and protect our collections.

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  • February Half Term

    Take part in our drop-in family workshops and activities this February half term!
    From celebrating the Chinese year of the Monkey to making bird café there is something everyday to keep your little ones entertained.
    Workshops are free with museum entry, children must be accompanied by an adult who is also happy to get involved!

    Monkey puppets- Chinese New Year
    Saturday 13 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

    Handkerchief Valentine dolls
    Sunday 14 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

    Agents of Decay
    Find out about the agents of decay in a museum,
    such as mould, damp, dust and bugs!
    Monday 15 February
    10am – 3.30pm

    Petal power paper flowers
    Tuesday 16 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

    Make a willow bird café
    Wednesday 17 February
    10am – 3pm

    Back to nature – tile decorating
    Thursday 18 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

    It’s a bugs life- clay modelling
    Friday 19 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

    Animal finger print painting
    Saturday 20 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

    Mother’s Day cards
    Sunday 21 February
    12.30 – 3.30pm

     

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  • Royal Northern Sinfonia

    PNorthern Sinfonia Aprilreston Park Museum has teamed up with Middlesbrough Town Hall to bring you an incredible performance by the Royal Northern Sinfonia in 2016 as part of Middlesbrough Town Hall’s classical season, thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

    On Thursday 14 April, 7pm players from Royal Northern Sinfonia will be performing works by Ligeti (Six Bagatelles), Francaix (Quintet No. 1), Klughardt (Wind Quintet), and Janacek (Mladi).
    Tickets are available from Middlesbrough Town Hall and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01642  729 729 or visiting www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk.

    Ticket prices
    Adult – £12
    Concession – £11
    Two Tickets – £10 each (£9 for two concessions)
    Students – £6

     

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  • ParkMade Hand stitched embroidery

    Join the extremely talented Marna Lunt of Little a Designs as she returns to the beautiful surrounds of Preston Park Museum for a day of relaxing hand stitching. During the day Marna will show you how to design and make unique embroidered images using nature as inspiration to create a handmade piece for you to take home and display. You’ll learn about different stitches and explore combinations of fabric patterns, embellishments and applique. There will also be time to turn your mini masterpiece into a tea-light holder. No previous experience needed, all tools and materials provided, however if you have a particular cotton fabric or threads you’d like to use please feel free to bring it along. Refreshments and delicious cakes will be served throughout the day.

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  • ParkMade traditional sweet making experience

    Join traditional sweet enthusiast Alan from the locally based Victorian Sweet Kitchen as he shows you how to make a variety of sweets during this full day workshop.

    In the morning participants will make sweets such as cinder toffee, fondant creams or truffles followed by a traditional hand pulled sugar master class after lunch. A fantastic opportunity to learn how to make your own traditional sweets using hand pulling techniques and antique Victorian drop candy roller machine which is the same model as the one on display within the Museum. Everything you make on the day you are welcome to take home to enjoy – if there’s any left after tasting!

    During the day all refreshments are included, however we ask that you bring a packed lunch with you to enjoy within the beautiful grounds. Please note that our Tearoom stocks delicious scones, cakes and drinks. Please bring a container with you on the day to take your treats home in. We also advise that you wear a long sleeved top when working with boiled sugar, all other equipment will be provided.

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  • ParkMade Wood Carving

    The course is suitable for complete novices, over the day you will be taught the basics of the very satisfying craft of spoon carving using green (unseasoned) wood. You will learn various ‘grasps’ and carving techniques using very high quality handmade knives, crook knife and hatchet/axe. By the end of the day you can expect to have made a simple spoon of your own, and to have mastered the basic skills sufficiently to practice on your own. Whatever is made on the day you can take home and enjoy – aftercare advice for the wood will be given before you leave.

    Please note that sharp tools will be used during this workshop, so we advise that you wear appropriate clothing (trousers and long sleeved top) and hard wearing shoes or boots. Materials, tools, aprons and refreshments will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch or enjoy the food at the Park Café.

    Saturday 19 March, 10am-4pm

    Sunday 12 June, 10am-4pm

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  • ParkMade Willow Bird Feeders

    Feed the birds! Come along and join local weaver Victoria from the Willow Barn as she shows you how to make your own bird feeders out of willow to hang in your garden. During the session you’ll learn how to prepare and manipulate the willow to make a simple but effective bird feeder. All tools, materials and refreshments will be provided including seed balls ready to go into your feeder. No experience necessary.

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  • ParkMade Willow Chicken or Ducks

    Join us to create your very own willow garden sculpture with Victoria from The Willow Barn. On the day you can choose between making a beautiful duck or chicken in this fun willow workshop.

    You will learn how to manipulate and look after your willow to create shapes and complete the design ready to take home with you at the end of the workshop. Willow is a fantastic and versatile material to work with.

    No previous experience needed to take part. All tools, materials and lunch are provided. Please bring with you a towel and carrier bag to take your rabbit home in as the willow may still be a bit damp.

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  • ParkMade Willow Rabbit

    Create a willow rabbit for your home or garden in this willow weaving workshop led by the wonderful Victoria from The Willow Barn. You will learn how to manipulate and look after your willow to create shapes and complete the design ready to take home with you at the end of the workshop.

    Willow is a fantastic and versatile material to work with and we hope you enjoy making your own spring bunny.

    No previous experience needed to take part. All tools, materials and lunch are provided. Please bring with you a towel and carrier bag to take your rabbit home in as the willow may still be a bit damp.

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  • ParkMade- Free Motion Machine Stitching

    Join the lovely and talented Miki from Ruby and Blue as she shows you how to use your sewing machine to draw with! Free motion machine stitching is a spin on the traditional embroidery and machine work and  a favourite technique of Kirstie Allsopp.

    During this class, we’ll be learning the technique, looking at different ways of getting the best out of the machine, and will both decorate and make a tea cosy and book cover.

    This class is suitable for those who have a basic understanding of machine sewing. Please bring your own machine (we have a limited number of machines available to borrow, please call in advance to book). You’ll need the correct size free motion embroidery foot to take part if you use your own machine. All resources and lunch will be provided, although please feel free to bring your own materials if you have a specific colour scheme in mind.

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  • ParkMade Proggy Rag Rugs

    Design and make a mini rag rug to take away with you on the day.

    Learn about recycling old fabrics and the history of this sociable and versatile craft.

    All tools, materials and lunch provided on the day.

    Sunday 13 March, 10am-3pm

    Sunday 15 May, 10am-3pm

    Sunday 11 September, 10am-3pm

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  • ParkMade Blacksmithing Workshop

    A unique opportunity to work with a master smith and try something new at Preston Park Museum & Grounds!

    Working with our resident blacksmith you learn about the history of the craft whilst making something beautiful to take away with you on the day.

    All tools, materials and lunch will be provided on the day.

    Saturday 27 February, 10am-4pm

    Saturday 23 April, 10am-4pm

    Cost: £80

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  • ParkMade Patchwork and Quilting Workshop

     

     

    Join local tutor Lone Helliwell for this fun and informative workshop on how to make beautiful patchwork and quilting using English Patch and natural fabrics.

    You may even find a way to recycle some of your old textiles and clothes! On the day you will work towards making a large sampler -perfect as a cushion cover.

    All materials and tools will be provided, however if you do have any fabric or accessories to embellish your piece with please feel free to bring it along with you on the day.

    Sunday 24 April, 10am-4pm

     

     

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  • ParkMade Stained Glass

    An exciting opportunity to work with professional stained glass worker, Simon Fitton, to produce a beautiful glass panel to take away with you on the day.

    No previous experience needed, all tools, materials and lunch provided.

    Sunday 25 September, 10am-4pm

    Cost: £60

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  • Preston Park Museum and Grounds
  • Yarm Road,
  • Eaglescliffe,
  • STOCKTON-ON-TEES,
  • TS18 3RH
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  • Telephone – (01642) 527375
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