Fly To Teesside, UK
Teesside lies in the north east of England and is made up of Billingham, Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Stockton-on-Tees, as well as the surrounding settlements near the River Tees.
Teesside has a vibrant artistic community and MIMA, or the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is where the regions creative crowd congregate. In terms of food, visitors should try the Parmo – a local delicacy that’s a variation of Chicken Parmesan.
Teessiders are sometimes known as ‘Smoggies’; once an offensive moniker, nowadays many people are proud of their ‘Smoggie’ heritage including supporters of the local football club, Middlesbrough FC.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Teesside and the United Kingdom. Make sure you leave enough time for processing of the Visa and ensure that your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after your date of return. You will also need 3 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African High Commission to the UK is situated in London, England. Address: South Africa House, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DP. Phone: (+44) 207 451 7299. Website: southafricahouseuk.com.
See and do
In Middlesbrough the Institute of Modern Art is the leading gallery for both contemporary and modern arts and crafts. If you visit on a Saturday afternoon you can enjoy the free family activities. Also for the kids, Our Funhouse, is an indoor multi-level play centre for children up to the age of 12.
The Teesside White Water Centre in Stockton on Tees can be found at the Tees Barrage Artificial White Water Course and offers fun canoeing activities. If you enjoy animals, be sure to visit Stewart Park in Middlesbrough where there are a number of lakes and the chance to interact with deer, llamas, peacocks, guinea pigs and pheasants. There is also a discovery trail, museum, tree trail and orienteering course.
Preston Park and Museum in Stockton on Tees offers a range of attractions including a playground, children’s play area and many woodland and riverside paths. Here you can walk amongst loads of butterflies at Butterfly World or take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway.
If you’re in to all things maritime, check out Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience where you can travel back to the days of real pirates and explore costumes and weaponry of Napoleon’s time.
You’ll need a full day or two for exploring Middlesbrough which is packed with restaurants, shops, nightclubs, bars and other entertainment venues. There is also Centre Square with an abundance of parks, museums and galleries.
Stockton-on-Tees has a number of nature reserves and public parks, most notably Ropner Park which is Victorian in style and has beautiful tree-lined avenues which lead you to an ornate water fountain surrounded by marvellous floral and rock displays. Visit on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy live music during the summer.
The Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve stretches over 50 acres and is the last remaining wetland on the lower Tees. The western and northern sections are made up of mature marsh and there are a series of manmade ponds that make up the rest of the park.
Durham Tees Valley Airport – MME
Located in Darlington, North East England, Teesside International Airport (code MME) is about 16km south-west of Middlesbrough and 39km south of Durham.
Public transport to and from the airport is reliable and frequent with a choice of trains, coaches, taxis and vehicle hire. Those wishing to drive to the airport will find it easily accessible and well sign posted from the access roads. The airport offers a range of valet, short and long stay parking.
Durham Tees Valley Airport provides a fast and reliable Wi-Fi service that ensures all passengers can remain connected throughout their time within the terminal. The first 30 minutes is free.
Food and beverage: Café Express, Café Oasis, Yard of Ale.
Airport Hotels: The St. George Hotel, Blackwell Grange Hotel – both hotels are located in close proximity to the terminal building.
Car Hire: Avis, Europcar and Hertz.