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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Billingham International Folklore FestivalFor 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.more
The forum theatre has been of recent debate in the area, as the town is undergoing redevelopments it was decided to close the forum theatre. Thankfully the residents protested against this and the theatre is to stay open. The theatre may not get alot of west end shows but does get many brilliant shows of all natures, including live theatre, musicals, drama, concerts,comedy and of course always has a yearly hugely popular christmas panto. The pantomine at christmas is certainly great for all the family and for those that have never experienced one before.
The theater is a reasonable size with 650 seats and also has a bar area which often is used for meal and theatre packages around christmas time. You can buy snacks and sweets at the theatre they can however be pricey.
Dress Code: There is no formal dress code for the the theatre althought many tend to dress causal-smart. The theatre can either be very warm or cold I have yet to know it in between so its best to wear layers such as a cardigan.
Air - Billingham is approximatly a 30 minute drive away from Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Road - The A1(M) and A19 all offer turnoffs into the billingham area - The routes are usually quiet, and allow easy access.
By Rail - Billingham has a small train station (more of simply a stop) which is on the route from both middlesbrougha nd newcastle.
By Sea - The nearest ferry stops sadly are a reasonable distance away - with a route from Hull to Roterdamn or Zeeburge from P&O (Hull is about a 2 hour drive away), and The fjord line from DFDS Seaways goes to north shields (abour 45 minute drive)
Walking in the parks and certain areas around can be dangerous if walking alone, there are groups of gangs which can be known to hang around, or drunks late at night. It is generally obvious where isnt safe to walk aslong as you keep aware of yourself. The place is generally safe but like most places there are areas which arent. John Whithead Park, is generally known by locals to be avoided if your on your own.
The planetarium is rather small, and seems to have very little to see. The area does give clear views away from the street lights but there are plenty of place nearby to do this also. The place is relativly safe but isnt somewhere I really would like to be to late at night as it is set in a woodland area away from any passing traffic. Dont expect...more
The art gallery is only very small and doesnt exhibit any major peices of art. The art on display is often peices done by the local schools for coursework. The gallery is worth a visit if you know someone whos work is on display and is a good place for seeing some local work, and provides the pupils in the local area a lovely oppurtunity. However...more