Looking for things to do in Stockton-on-Tees on a summer evening? Whether it’s enjoying a catch up over dinner and cocktails with friends, indulging in a bit of after-hours retail therapy or sitting back, relaxing and enjoying a movie, it’s time to seize the moment and enjoy an evening out at Teesside Park.
With stores open until 8pm, and many restaurants and leisure operators open until 10 or 11pm, we’ve got plenty to tempt you with.
To help with your planning, we’ve created our guide to making the most of your time.
1. Turn up the heat at Nando’s
Head to Nando’s to taste its legendary flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken dishes and mouth-watering sides.
If you’re after a lighter bite, its new summer menu offers a host of plant-based options including the Rainbow Bowl, which features spiced grains, rainbow slaw, long-stem broccoli, pickled golden carrot with houmous and a sprinkle of seeds. Yum!
2. Get a taste of Italy at Pizza Express
While a holiday abroad might be out of reach this summer, Pizza Express is serving up its delicious menu of Italian favourites that are sure to bring a taste of Italy to Teesside.
It’s the perfect stylish spot to meet up with friends, and with its vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, it really does have something for everyone!
If you’ve something to celebrate, the drinks menu shouldn’t be overlooked. Choose from an array of cocktails and spritzers, Italian wines or prosecco, and there are non-alcoholic tipples too.
3. Make every night a Friday night
With flowing cocktails and charismatic bartenders, every night feels like a Friday night at TGI Fridays! Choose from a whole host of amazing cocktail creations, from a Pornstar Martini and Tequila Sunrise to a Moscow Mule, Old Fashioned or Paloma. Pair them with a freshly made to order flame-grilled burger or tender 28-day aged seasoned steak and make it a night to remember.
There are also plenty of fun no and low alcohol cocktails on offer, from a Grapefruit Seltzer to a Ginless Garden, as well as fish and vegetarian food options to cater to all.
4. Make room for a sweet treat at Hotel Chocolat
Satisfy your sweet tooth and enjoy an evening treat during an after-dinner stroll or to round off an evening of retail therapy.
Hotel Chocolat specialises in luxury chocolates made on its own organic, eco-conscious cacao farms.
The store is also home to a specialist café where shoppers can take a break and indulge in a variety of hot chocolates, Coffee Chocolat Lattes, ice cream and ‘teaolat’ - a tea infusion that blends herbs, spices and cacao shells.
5. Grab a friend and shop your summer wardrobe
It’s time to enjoy shopping in real life again! With a whole host of Teesside Park shops – from Next, JD Sports, River Island and H&M to Pandora, Superdry and TKMaxx – enjoy some late-night retail therapy and stock up on essentials for the summer.
Why not make a trip out of it and bring your best friend along? They can help you pick the perfect outfits, encourage you to try on new styles and after the shopping is done, you can grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants at Teesside Park.
Our stores are open until 8pm each evening, and are usually a little quieter after 6pm, so visiting us in the evening is a good way to shop at a more leisurely pace.
6. Enjoy a movie at Showcase Cinema de Lux
If you’ve missed cinema mate dates, head to Showcase Cinema Teesside to catch the latest movies.
After a long day at work, a cinema trip is perfect to just sit back, relax and enjoy the film. With 14 screens of pure entertainment, there’s always plenty of options on offer. It’s always best to plan ahead and book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
7. Live life in the fast lane at Hollywood Bowl
If you’re looking for a more unusual way to reconnect with friends and family, then a group activity is one to consider.
Open until 11pm Sunday - Thursday and 12am on Fridays and Saturdays, Hollywood Bowl is a top Teesside leisure activity and offers 26 lanes to bowl along, a private VIP area, an American style diner, a brilliant bar and a fun-filled amusements area – making it a great way to enjoy an evening together with friends.
It’s worth checking out their website in advance too, as you’ll often some great deals and discounts.
Find a full list of our stores, restaurants and leisure operators as well as our opening times, on our Eat Drink and Shop page.
We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable visiting us, find out more on our stay safe with us page.