Racing is part of the history of Sedgefield with the first races said to take place in 1846.The racecourse is set amongst the countryside and is always extremly friendly. The facilities are high quality and close to the action views. The racecourse hosts 20 jumpraces 11months of the year. They also offer various hospitality packages for days out at the races with meals or discos, and also offer banqueting facilities for parties and weddings.
Another beautifully located golf course this one nearer to sedgefield. A course which at present is always being developed and is extremly modern and well kept. There are two courses the bishops and the princes both of which have 18 holes which are widely varied. The courses are set amongst farmland and feel like your really away from it all, they offer holes through shallow valleys, woodland areas, water hazards of various kinds, and varied rolling terrain. The course has brilliant facilites, with indoor and outdoor flood light driving ranges, putting greens, and also lessons available. There is also a excellently equipped club house with bar, cafe, restaurant. pro shop and many other things. There car park is excellently kept and safe and staff are always friendly and happy to help. There is also club, motor trolley, trolley and cart hire available. Visitors are allowed and green fees are relativly cheap.
There are several woodland parks in the area with various facilities all with some wonderful surroudings and there own set of facilities.
Wynyward Woodland Park (01740 630011)- This is my favourite of the three, and is one of the most popular in the area. The site is set in picturesque surroundings created around the line of the old railway, infact the station area is still there aswell as many of the rail bridges. There are picnic areas, meadows, ponds and many different walks. There are also organised walks at times of the year such as the ghost walk at halloween. There are various trails also set out for the children to follow. The family can also have fun in the play area, theres even a tea rooms in the former station house. Pending Green Flag Award
Cowpen Bewley Woodland Park(01642 371633) - One of the newest parks in the area, with semi - mature woodland, wildflowers , ponds, wetlands, a lake and various picnic areas. There are some stunning views of the surrounding area. There is also a small gift shop, activity room and information centre. The site based ranger also offers various educational activities and events.
Billingham Beck Valley (01642 360376) - Reedbeds, Meadows and Ponds make this area brilliant for wildlife. There are some residents swans on the large pond and much more to see Facilities include picnic areas, marked walks, small gift shop, displays and information. Again the ranger offers various events. Green Flag Awarded
The forum theater was opened in 1967 and is a largely popular place in billingham attracting not only locals but people from further afield. The forum has a huge amount of facilities - a 25m swimming pool with viewing stand, large changing area and additional childs pool. The pool can sometimes also have a small slide in summer months. The pool offers various course for all ages. There are many courses on offer generally at the forum such as gymnastics, trampolining, drama, fun dance/ballet, judo, Aikido, Multigym, aerobics, step aerobics, bums and Turns, circuit training, football, stick and glove (ice hockey), over 50 keep fit and aquafit to name a few. The forum also now houses a gym aswell as several large halls, for sports such as football and badmiton, as well as squash courts, gym halls, trampolining and rock climbing facilities. There is also a bouncy castle and play group area for the children.
The most unique thing about the forum leisure centre though is that it has an all year round indoor ice rink one of very few in the north east, here there is ice hockey , figure skating, aswell as basic session allowing the public to have a go at their lesiure.
7.30 am to 10.30 pm
7 days a week.
The circuit is situated in a rural setting, giving a more unusal outdoor attraction. The course is designed to suite any age group and has tracks to suit three different abilities. All of the safety equipment is provided. This can provide an usual and alternative day out for all the family.
The wynyard golf course is a challenging course set in beautiful surroundings on the wynyard estate. The course held the seve tropy in 2005. The couse has a modern clubhouse and restaurant. Course fees are approx £50 for the day at the time of writting.
The course also offers the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. The academy is very close to the club house and has some of the very latest computer technology. The floodlit driving range and teaching facilities are some of the best in the north east.
A challenging 18 hole course sat in the centre of billingham. The course contains all the hazards to keep any golfer keen, water, and difficult fairways demand accuracy. There is also a putting green and driving range. The course is very popular with locals and offers coaching lessons. The course is always beautifully kept aswell as well built club house,but is however often waterlogged in winter. In the club house however there is a nice restaurant.The course however does become popular with local sledders in times of snow - due to some superb hills.
This is one of the largest festivals of its kinds in the UK and has been going since 1965. It is basically a week long event showcasing various entertainment from all around the globe. The event is usually held about early august late july. The week opens with various act in the bandstand in the local towncentre, where a seating area is resseructed for the event. At the end of the week there is a street parade in which most of the acts can be watched for free as the tour round the town centre area giving everyone a chance to see the folklore and enjoy the fun. The final night culminates in a firework display in the nearby park.
Billingham International Folklore Festival
For one week in the middle of August (usually around the 12th – 19th August), the festival brings you high quality performers from all around the world. Last year, acts came from countries as far apart as Chile, Spain, Russia, Poland and China.
Every August the Billingham International Folklore Festival takes place for a week(usually ending around the 19th August). There are groups from around the world. This year countries featured included: Russia, Chile, Thailand, Slovakia to name but a few.