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

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Wed 02 May

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Wed 23 May

Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Enjoy a fun filled day out for all the family at the fantastic Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show. With over 300 vehicles of all types on display, it's an event that's not to be missed!

Sat 23 Jun - 24 Jun

ParkMade Blacksmithing Experience - Fully Booked

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

A unique opportunity to work with our resident blacksmith, you will learn about the history of this intricate craft whilst making a beautiful piece of metalwork.

Sat 30 Jun

ParkMade Willow Birds Making - FULLY BOOKED

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join Victoria from The Willow Barn on this full day workshop, where you will learn the basic techniques and skills to create a wonderful willow duck, which will be perfect for your garden!

Sat 12 May

ParkMade Wood Carving - Spoons

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Here you will learn the basics of this intricate craft, using green (unseasoned) wood. Discover various "grasps" and carving techniques using high-quality tools.

Sat 09 Jun

ParkMade Proggy Rag Rug Making - FULLY BOOKED

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 28 Apr

ParkMade Fused Glass for Beginners

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Sat 19 May

ParkMade Dry Stone Walling Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Learn from accredited Dry Stone Walling Association instructors in this fascinating two day, hands-on workshop. You will learn the principals of dry stone walling, from dismantling to rebuilding.

Sat 16 Jun - 17 Jun

ParkMade Needle Felting

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join textile artist Lone Helliwell and try your hand at the versatile and fun technique of needle felting. Using a barbed needle and dry wool you’ll create your own fun gnome character!

Sat 16 Jun

ParkMade Wet Felting: Painting with Wool

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Try your hands at 2D and 3D felt making and create beautiful pieces to take away with you on the day. During the day you will discover wet felting.

Sun 17 Jun

Savage Arena: The Legacy of Joe Tasker

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

This powerful exhibition tells the compelling story of the world-famous mountaineer and author Joe Tasker, who spent his childhood years in Port Clarence and Billingham.

Tue 27 Mar - 24 Jun

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

Theatre in the Park - ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland. Meet a whole host of colourful characters, from the unforgettable White Rabbit to the terrifying Queen of Hearts.

Sat 07 Jul

Theatre in the Park - ‘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

Cleveland Carving Club

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Based in Billingham, the Cleveland Carving Club encourages people of all backgrounds to join in the art of wood carving. This display will showcase some of their work. Come along and find out more about what they do and how you can get involved.

Tue 20 Mar - 17 Jun

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 13 May

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 10 Jun

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 08 Jul

RAF 100: Through Adversity to the Stars

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Over three days, we will celebrate RAF 100, the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, with an exhibition in our Billiard Room.

Mon 28 May - 30 May

Goosepool: The History of RAF and RCAF Middleton St George

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Stanley D. Howes will deliver a free talk about the fascinating history of the military airfield that is now Durham Tees Valley Airport.

Tue 29 May

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

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

National Bookstart Week Launch - Bookstart Bird Boogie

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Celebrate National Bookstart Week with the Bookstart Bird Boogie! Join Stockton Libraries at the Museum to celebrate National Bookstart Week.

Fri 15 Jun

Make & Mend Festival

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us for a celebration of colour, creativity and wellbeing, a new event by the Make & Mend company. The Make & Mend Festival is a day packed full of hands-on workshops, inspiring talks and beautiful works of art which bring together the therapeutic benefits of creativity and help you to repair, restore and rejuvenate.

Sun 01 Jul

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Don’t just peek through the keyhole, come outside and join the cool (Cheshire) cats at our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! All of the family is welcome to join the fun.

Sat 07 Jul

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

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

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

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

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

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! 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 27 Jul

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! 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! 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

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! 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! 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

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! 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

Through Adversity to the Stars

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

RAF 100: A reflection on the history of RAF service men and women on Teesside. Former members of the RAF, WAAF, WRAF and volunteers from the Museum have created this fascinating exhibition.

Tue 19 Jun - 16 Sep

Achieving the Dream - Chris Brown MBE

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

To mark what would be Joe Tasker’s 70th birthday, we are delighted to host renowned mountaineer and speaker Chris Brown MBE, the 10th Briton to have climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each continent).

Sat 12 May

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

Get Crafty! Mini Maypoles

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Maypoles are used in celebrations all across Europe. Join us this bank holiday to make your very own miniature version of this age-old spring tradition!

Mon 07 May

Get Crafty! Spring Clean

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

We're spring cleaning our cupboards of art and craft materials! Come and see what we find in there and join us for a whole range of craft activities.

Mon 28 May - 01 Jun

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