Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Nestled alongside the River Tees, Preston Hall, a former Georgian gentleman’s residence and once home to local industrial magnate Robert Ropner, houses a vast collection of artefacts which tell the story of Stockton-On-Tees.

Step through the Victorian portico and discover more about the families who lived here and their role in shaping Stockton’s history. Admire the museum’s beautiful collections, explore the history of the mighty River Tees and engage with our  volunteers as they go about their day in the replica Victorian street. Step over our clock, ticking backwards, to emerge into the world of 1895 – why not take afternoon tea and sample some sweets and cakes from times gone by?

Whether you’d like a stroll in the Quarry Wood Nature Reserve, fancy a wander around the Victorian walled kitchen garden, or feel like letting off steam at our adventure play area  – there’s something for everyone!

Upcoming Events

Through Adversity to the Stars - RAF 100

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

A reflection on the history of RAF service men and women on Teesside

Tue 19 Jun - 16 Sep

Get Crafty! Tumbling Acrobats

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Put your toy-making skills to the test as you make these acrobat toys. Through clever use of marbles, you’ll be able to make your acrobat toy tumble down a ramp. Make it on the day and then try it out!

Wed 15 Aug

Get Crafty! Cone Puppets

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Have you ever seen a Punch and Judy show? Or puppets on stage or on TV? Have you ever wanted to make your own? Well, here you can. Create your very own cone puppet on the day!

Fri 03 Aug

Get Crafty! Cup and Ball

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Did you know that these toys have been played with for more than 600 years? Make your own version of this famous traditional toy and take it home with you.

Fri 27 Jul

Get Crafty! Cup and Ball

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Did you know that these toys have been played with for more than 600 years? Make your own version of this famous traditional toy and take it home with you.

Wed 25 Jul

Get Crafty! Cup and Ball

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Did you know that these toys have been played with for more than 600 years? Make your own version of this famous traditional toy and take it home with you.

Fri 20 Jul

Get Crafty! Clay Poppies

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make models of poppies using air-drying clay. Use the special tools to shape the clay into the petals and head of a poppy and then decorate it by pressing your design into it. Take it home and then, when it’s dry, colour it in or paint it.

Fri 24 Aug

Get Crafty! Clay Poppies

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make models of poppies using air-drying clay. Use the special tools to shape the clay into the petals and head of a poppy and then decorate it by pressing your design into it. Take it home and then, when it’s dry, colour it in or paint it.

Wed 22 Aug

Highlights Tour

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Wed 18 Jul

Little Green Fingers

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

This summer, we are going on a gardening adventure!

Wed 25 Jul

Northern Dales Farmers' Market

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets and their outstanding local food and drink producers will be outside of the museum every 2nd Sunday of the month.

Sun 12 Aug

Sing and Shimmy

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Bring your little ones along to Sing and Shimmy, a fun dance class for under-5s.

Wed 18 Jul

ParkMade Proggy Rag Rug Making

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Design and make your own mini rag rug to take home on the day. Learn about recycling old fabrics and explore the history of this sociable and versatile craft.

Sat 29 Sep

ParkMade Fused Glass Workshop

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Be inspired by the beautiful park and river as you create your own unique piece of glorious glass art. Working with local glass artist Judith Gill you will learn the different techniques needed to create a 2D piece of work ready to be fired.

Sat 22 Sep

Walled Garden Feast

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Celebrate harvest time with us in our Walled Kitchen Garden and Orchard. Join us for this special day, where there will be opportunities to sample and purchase the produce that our volunteers have spent the season growing!

Sun 02 Sep

Theatre - ‘The Midnight Gang’

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Drumroll please! You are invited to join us for the grand opening of The Lord Funt Hospital Playground, a spectacular new play area for the convalescent child. Tom and his friends will be there too; but you might know them better as The Midnight Gang.

Sat 18 Aug

Whitby Steampunk Weekend on Tour - Punknic at Preston Park

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The organisers of the legendary Whitby Steampunk Festival are coming to Preston Park Museum & Grounds for one day only!

Sun 19 Aug

Get Crafty! Cone Puppets

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Have you ever seen a Punch and Judy show? Or puppets on stage or on TV? Have you ever wanted to make your own? Well, here you can. Create your very own cone puppet on the day!

Wed 01 Aug

Get Crafty! Teddy Bear Hand Puppets

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

We’re getting ready for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the weekend, so come and join us for some teddy-tastic crafts! Make a felt teddy hand puppet, which you can bring with you for the picnic this weekend.

Wed 08 Aug

Get Crafty! Teddy Bear Hand Puppets

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

We’re getting ready for the Teddy Bears’ Picnic at the weekend, so come and join us for some teddy-tastic crafts! Make a felt teddy hand puppet, which you can bring with you for the picnic this weekend.

Fri 10 Aug

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

If you go down to the Park today, you’re sure of a big surprise at our annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic! Bring your picnic and favourite bears to the museum for a fun-filled family day.

Sun 12 Aug

Get Crafty! Tumbling Acrobats

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Put your toy-making skills to the test as you make these acrobat toys. Through clever use of marbles, you’ll be able to make your acrobat toy tumble down a ramp. Make it on the day and then try it out!

Fri 17 Aug

Get Crafty! Tissue-Paper Poppies and Medals

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Drop in this Bank Holiday Monday and help us to commemorate World War I by making poppies and medals. Be sure to visit the Purple Gallery in the museum to see the medals of Stockton’s Sgt Ned Cooper, who was awarded the Victoria Cross.

Mon 27 Aug

Get Crafty! Wet Felt Poppies

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover the traditional craft of wet felting! Using just water and soap, shape felt into beautiful flower shapes.

Wed 29 Aug

Get Crafty! Wet Felt Poppies

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover the traditional craft of wet felting! Using just water and soap, shape felt into beautiful flower shapes.

Fri 31 Aug

ParkMade Felted Slippers

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

As the colder months creep in why not create your own cosy slippers to keep you warm? Join Lone Helliwell as she teaches you how to work wool fibres into wet felt, to create something beautiful and practical to take home.

Sat 20 Oct

ParkMade Elf Needle Felting

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

This Christmas season why not try your hand at needle felting and create your very own Elf on the Shelf character? Join textile artist Lone Helliwell and try your hand at the versatile and fun technique of needle felting.

Sun 04 Nov

ParkMade Lampshade Embroidery

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join talented textile artist Marna Lunt for this beautiful embroidered table top lampshade workshop. Create your own unique hand stitched design or take inspiration from the museum and surrounding parkland.

Sat 15 Sep

Policing - Past and Present

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover more about the history of policing through this fascinating display, curated by the volunteers who help to run our Victorian Police Station.

Sun 05 Aug

Hope In The Great War

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

This family-friendly exhibition, created by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), honours the courage and determination of those who saved lives in the midst of the First World War of 1914-18.

Tue 10 Jul - 23 Sep

Highlights Tour

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Thu 19 Jul

Northern Dales Farmers' Market

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets and their outstanding local food and drink producers will be outside of the museum every 2nd Sunday of the month.

Sun 09 Sep

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

All aboard the Mobile Library – Join us for rhymes, songs and stories!

Wed 25 Jul

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

All aboard the Mobile Library – Join us for rhymes, songs and stories!

Wed 15 Aug

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

All aboard the Mobile Library – Join us for rhymes, songs and stories!

Wed 05 Sep

F3: Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration August

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 19 Aug

F3: Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration September

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 16 Sep

F3: Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration October

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 21 Oct

F3: Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration November

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 18 Nov

F3: Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration December

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 16 Dec

Opening Hours

Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00

Location

Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH

Facilities

Toilets
Parking
Cafe