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Great place to live

Looking to plant your roots in a vibrant and welcoming community? Welcome to Stockton-on-Tees.

Great Place to Live

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Stockton-on-Tees is more than just an area. It's a vibrant, welcoming and affordable community with a rich history and stunning landscapes. Embrace the warmth of its people, explore the nooks and crannies of its past, and bask in the splendour of its natural surroundings. If you're seeking a place to call home that ticks all the right boxes, Stockton-on-Tees is the place for you. Get ready to embark on a new adventure and discover the wonders this gem of Teesside has to offer.

Affordable housing

When it comes to housing, Stockton-on-Tees has something for everyone. Whether you're seeking a cozy apartment in the heart of town or a spacious family home with a garden, the property market here is both diverse and budget-friendly.

The Borough offers a real bang for your buck compared to some of its neighbouring areas. You can expect to find a delightful mix of affordable yet appealing properties that will fit your budget like a glove.

If your budget can stretch that little bit further, the upmarket village of Wynyard has an array of exclusive houses but don't rule out the charming villages of Wolviston, Norton and Eaglescliffe for something special.  

As house prices in Stockton vary, here is an idea of the average price in some areas:

  • Ingleby Barwick average house price £229,216
  • Eaglescliffe average house price £262,421
  • Norton average house price £246,146
  • Yarm average house price £270,823
  • Fairfield average house price £199,487
  • Hartburn average house price £241,893
  • Hardwick average house price £135,095

Education

There are many schools in Stockton-on-Tees, both state and private, that offer different types of education for children of various ages and needs.

Stockton is also above the North East and national average for expected standards in reading (75 per cent) and maths (72 per cent). And an A-Level pass rate of 98 per cent means pupils and students in the Borough's sixth forms and colleges are outperforming the national average too.

Tees Valley Music Service provides high quality music opportunities for children and young people across the Tees Valley. Their provision includes teacher training, school curriculum support and delivery, consultancy for all aspects of music education including music technology, and instrument and equipment hire.

A contemporary lifestyle

Stockton-on-Tees strikes a perfect balance between preserving its historical heritage and embracing modernity. The town centre is a hub of activity featuring a myriad of shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. From quaint boutiques to bustling shopping centres, you'll have ample opportunities to indulge in retail therapy.

Educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and convenient transportation connections add to the town's allure, making it an ideal place for families, professionals and businesses.

Entertainment

Let Stockton entertain you with our vibrant arts scene. You'll never be short of things to do for a night out or after work drinks. Here are some of our cultural venues:

Stockton Globe - Following a multi million-pound refurbishment, Stockton Globe is now bringing the world's biggest names in music and comedy to the North East of England. A major restoration project, funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund, saw this beautiful art deco building transformed into an event venue fit for the 21st Century. Situated in the heart of Stockton, the Globe originally opened its doors in 1935 and over the years played host to many international names from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Sadler's Wells Ballet and the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Visit the Stockton Globe website for more information.

The Link - A multifunctional space that operates as a café, bar and live entertainment venue, showcasing some of the brightest emerging music and comedy talent from the North East. It is adjoined to the iconic Stockton Globe theatre, which is a restored art deco venue that hosts world-class performances by famous artists. Visit The Link Stockton website for more information.

ARC, Stockton Arts Centre - A venue in the centre of Stockton-on-Tees that offers a full programme of professional, high quality cultural entertainment including music, comedy, drama, dance and film. It also has an extensive programme of creative activity for people to take part in, and provides support and development opportunities for professional performance artists. Visit the ARC, Stockton Arts Centre website for more information.

Preston Park Museum and Grounds - A museum and park that showcases the history and culture of Stockton-on-Tees and the wider Tees Valley. Visitors can explore one of the many exhibitions in the museum, step back in time in the Victorian street, have a stroll through the Quarry Wood Nature Reserve and visit the adventure play area. Visit the Preston Park Museum and Grounds website for more information.

The Georgian Theatre - A historic venue that dates back to 1766 and is managed by Tees Music Alliance. It has become a popular venue for live music supporting emerging artists but also hosting more well known bands. Visit The Georgian Theatre website for more information.

Community spirit

Once you settle into Stockton-on-Tees, you'll quickly realise that it's not just the stunning River Tees that flows through this town; it's also the strong sense of community that binds its residents together. Friendly faces, warm greetings and helpful neighbours are just a few reasons why living here feels like one big, happy family.

From the bustling local markets to vibrant events and festivals, there's always something going on in the Borough. Embrace the camaraderie as you get involved in various community activities, from art exhibitions to local charity fundraisers. You'll feel like you've found your own tribe in no time.

Here are a few of the free events you can take advantage of:

Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) - Taking place over the first weekend in August, SIRF boasts some of the best artists and performers from across the world, bringing magical and exciting performances, stunning visual experiences, daring dance, live music, circus and more, culminating in a carnival parade and spectacular show on Sunday night.

Stockton Sparkles - Stockton-on-Tees' Christmas festival features a packed 4-week programme including the annual Christmas lights switch-on, a launch night full of entertainment, arts and craft workshops, street theatre, choirs, special Sparkles Market and continental markets as well as the much-loved Reindeer Parade.

Eid Fusion Festival - The Eid Fusion Festival in Ropner Park brings together diverse communities in the Borough and the wider region through dance, food and music.

Festival of Thrift - The national celebration of sustainable living. Located in Billingham, you can take the opportunity to swap clothes, fix your broken items and grab some ethical shopping. You can even get to the event in an environmentally-friendly way.

Our Six Towns

We have a rich history and we are very proud to be home to six towns.

Our town centres are at the heart of our communities and we have a large scale programme of investment across all of them to make sure we adapt to the changing face of retail and the pressures that they face.

Find out more at the Our Six Towns webpage.

Healthcare

Healthcare in Stockton-on-Tees is provided by various organisations such as the NHS, the Council and the voluntary sector. There are several healthcare facilities in the area such as hospitals, clinics, pharmacies and GP surgeries. For example, the University Hospital of North Tees is a large hospital that offers a range of services including emergency care, surgery, maternity and cancer care. Alternatively the Dovecot Surgery Lawson Street Health Centre is a GP practice that provides primary care services, such as prescriptions, vaccinations, and referrals.

Plans have also been approved for a new community diagnostic centre. The unit, which will be on the waterfront development, will deliver up to 104,000 lifesaving checks and scans a year and will also provide quicker access to tests and treatment.

Outstanding nature

Nature enthusiasts will find solace in the picturesque landscapes surrounding Stockton-on-Tees. A stone's throw away, the majestic North York Moors National Park beckons with its rugged beauty, perfect for outdoor adventures and tranquil retreats.

Back in town, you can enjoy leisurely walks and bike rides along the riverbanks, explore local parks like Ropner Park with its splendid Victorian greenery, or wonder through woodland and take a boat trip on the River Tees at Preston Park. The Tees Barrage International White Water Centre is perfect for the more adventurous. This magnificent centre of activity can be found on the banks of the River Tees between Stockton and Middlesbrough, and offers a unique variety of water sports the whole family can enjoy.

Rich history

For history buffs and culture vultures, Stockton-on-Tees is an absolute treat. Its roots date back to prehistoric times and the town has witnessed centuries of evolution. Explore the quaint cobblestone streets and historic buildings, such as the Shambles and Hambletonian Yard.

Take a stroll along the River Tees and imagine the days when the town was bustling with maritime trade. Experience the legacy of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world's first public railway, which changed the course of history. And the journey doesn't stop there, Stockton is making headlines with its development of the town centre waterfront making a new urban park which create a transformational public space for residents and visitors.