The Very Hungry Caterpillar fangirling day!

In case you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, we just wanted to mention: we love the Very Hungry Caterpillar! 🐛❤️ (We’ve been subtle about it, right?!)

Finally, after months of waiting, the joyous day came yesterday when we got to see the Very Hungry Caterpillar show at Middlesbrough Theatre. Two very excited Lasses we were! 😍 But before that, a little recap…

First there was the video…


Spot the Love Middlesbrough Lasses!

Then there was the behind the scenes blog post!

And now, the Love Middlesbrough Lasses finally got to see their hero in the flesh (well, fuzz)!

 
Can you believe our luck? We found a lolly which looked just like the Very Hungry Caterpillar!

The show itself was just magical – as engaging for adults as it was for children, and it brought the stories to life in a way which made it look like the characters really had just leapt off the page. It didn’t matter whether you knew the stories or not, they were still easy to follow and totally enchanting.

Of course, the highlight of the show was the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, and from the second he popped out of his egg to the moment when the last glimpse of the beautiful butterfly’s wings disappeared, the audience was completely enthralled.

  
(Excuse the slightly blurry photos, we were trying not to disturb anyone while taking them)

The puppeteers had absolutely limitless energy, and I can’t deny that I had all the feels when every child in the theatre joined in shouting ‘but he was still hungry!’

As someone who’s seen a lot of good theatre, I can definitely say this is one of the best shows I’ve seen, and not only that but it’s a genuine West-End quality show which you can see right here from the comfort of your own town. Thank you Middlesbrough Theatre!

So was the show worth waiting six months for? Absolutely! Now how soon can we see it again?? ❤️🐛❤️

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Tokyo to the Tees at the Dorman Museum

Last week was a total treat for lovers of history and museums (luckily I’m a total geek over both), with the reopening of the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum after its renovation, and the launch of the Tokyo to the Tees: Middlesbrough and Japan 1877-1939 exhibition at the Dorman Museum.

Of course, the Love Middlesbrough lasses had to get themselves to the Dorman for the official opening day on Saturday – not just because there was cake there, although that was a motivating factor too, so let’s get the cake pic out of the way to begin with!


Soooo preeeeetty! 😍

A lot of people are surprised to hear that Teesside had such strong historical links with Japan, but it’s probably less surprising when you think about Middlesbrough’s importance as a port. The NYK Line ran cargo services between Middlesbrough and Japanese ports, and at that time, Middlesbrough was one of the few towns to have its own Japanese consulate!

Even more interesting than that, the shipping links gave the opportunity for Japanese nationals to settle in Middlesbrough – and descendents of those families still live in the town today! So many feels when people were looking at the photos in the exhibition and talking about which of their family members they were! 😭

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Dorman exhibition without a mention of Christopher Dresser – in fact, the exhibition is celebrating the 140th anniversary of his visit to Japan. Not only was Dresser the first European designer to visit Japan when it reopened trading links with the west, but his adventures also had a big influence on the designs which were subsequently produced by Linthorpe Art Pottery.

Luckily, the Dorman has absolutely bucketloads of beautiful Linthorpe pottery to look at in the exhibition! If you’ve seen the poster for Tokyo to the Tees, you’ll recognise this yellow wave Linthorpe bowl.

Please excuse the fact that my photos aren’t up to their usual standards – it’s hard to take good photos through glass-fronted display cases!

We don’t want to spoil the exhibition for you by telling you everything about it before you go, but trust me when I say this – you really need to go! It’s an amazing exhibition with heaps to see, including some beautiful artwork and exhibits which really help to bring the historical details to life.

Convinced? Good! We’ll see you there – sayōnara! 😎

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s adventures in Middlesbrough!

If there’s one thing the Love Middlesbrough Lasses love (other than food), it’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar! (We’ve been really subtle about it, haven’t we?)  So when we were asked by Middlesbrough Theatre to make a video promoting the Very Hungry Caterpillar’s theatre show, we were absolutely on board!

The brief was to film the Very Hungry Caterpillar in different famous places in Middlesbrough and make a video of it, so off we went (with not one but two caterpillars!) on a trip around the town.  The video will be appearing on your screens very soon, but we thought you’d love to see some of our behind the scenes pics.

We started off at the Transporter Bridge, because there’s nowhere more iconic!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying the Tees Transporter Bridge

Meanwhile, the baby Caterpillar who’s scared of heights visited Transporter Park, and then they met the dinosaurs at Teesaurus Park.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Transporter Park The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Teesaurus Park

There was a lot of climbing around, especially on the Bottle of Notes…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying the Bottle of Notes

The Very Hungry Caterpillar(s) enjoying the Bottle of Notes

We also stopped for a snack break in Stewart Park, for very good ice cream!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying ice cream

It’s a hard life going on adventures, so we had to give the Caterpillar lots of time to rest.  You know what they say – never work with animals!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying the Tees Transporter Bridge The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Stewart Park

As well as getting to explore loads of fantastic places like the top of the Transporter Bridge, the Dorman Museum, and getting fed ice cream, the Caterpillar also got into some trouble, like getting stuck down a chair at Middlesbrough Theatre…

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Middlesbrough Theatre

…and climbing into the Albert Park cannon!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Albert Park

And of course, because it wouldn’t be Love Middlesbrough without cake, we took our two hungry caterpillars (and hungry Lasses) for some amazing cakes made by the fabulous Songbird Bakery!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar enjoying Songbird Bakery cakes

And the Caterpillar(s) didn’t get around by themselves – there was also heaps of work done by the Love Middlesbrough Lasses (and honorary Love Middlesbrough Lass, Matt!)

Love Middlesbrough Lasses (and Lad) Love Middlesbrough Lass (and Lad) 

In case you missed it the first time we put the link in, you can book your tickets for the Very Hungry Caterpillar show via Middlesbrough Theatre.

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We’re holding an InstaMeet – come and join us!

What exactly is an InstaMeet and why are we holding one? Good question! In a nutshell, an InstaMeet is where people gather in a pre-determined place, at a set time, to take photos then upload them to Instagram. And the reason we are holding our very first InstaMeet is because it’s English Tourism Week (25th March – 2nd April) and we want to shout out about how much we love Middlesbrough…but everyone already knows we do…so we want you to join in and help us shout even louder!

Are you with us?

First things first, get the boring, factual stuff out of the way. The Love Middlesbrough InstaMeet is on Saturday 1st April, from 10 – 11.30am. We’re meeting at 9.45am at Middlesbrough Train Station (Bridge Street West entrance). And best of all, it’s free! We’ve got 25 places available and we can’t wait for you to join us!

For the very first InstaMeet we’ve selected an area close to every Love Middlesbrough lass and lad’s hearts and everyone’s favourite bridge – Middlehaven. We’ll be walking from Transporter Park to Middlesbrough College via the bridge, Vulcan Street Wall, the Dock Clock and Temenos. We’ll finish up strolling back along (also known as battling the evil wind!) Bridge Street East and towards the station to return you safely home.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.

Please read the terms and conditions for the event so you’re up to date with all the boring but important stuff!

We’ll see you there!

Love Middlesbrough Lasses
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Tees Transporter Bridge Bungee and Abseil – Sunday 7th June

DAREDEVILS of Middlesbrough and beyond are getting their fill of adrenaline at the Tees Transporter Bridge.

Working in conjunction with Roxcool and UK Bungee Club, participants with a head for heights have the opportunity to either abseil or bungee jump from the iconic Transporter Bridge.

Love Middlesbrough attended the event on Sunday 7th June to catch a snapshot of the action.

Roxcool are a local and family run firm from Billingham. Formally running since 2009, they have many years’ experience in climbing and mountaineering adventures, hosted throughout the world.

Cliff Lowther is the owner of Roxcool, who is both a Mountaineering Instructor Award holder and since 1992, has been a member of the Association of Mountaineering Instructors. He has been working with the Transporter Bridge for over ten years:

Cliff Lowther and ex-police dog, Bella
Cliff Lowther and ex-police dog, Bella

“I first started using the Tees Transporter Bridge as an abseiling venue way back in 1994 for a charity abseil I ran for Sedgefield District Council.

“For me, the Transporter Bridge abseiling venue is one of the best, not only in the North East, but in the country.  The easy access via the stairs gives the customers an opportunity to get high very quickly, which for some can be the hardest part of the day, but I think it’s an integral part of the experience.

“The new glass viewing lift will give the opportunity for those with a disability to take part in the future, too.”

Alongside the practical benefits of the bridge as a venue, Cliff praises the atmosphere at the top:

“You cannot be anything but impressed with the feat of engineering it must have taken back in 1911 to build it. The views are spectacular looking north towards Billingham and Hartlepool, east along the River Tees towards the North Sea and the chemical industry, south towards the town of Middlesbrough, Roseberry Topping and the Cleveland Hills and west back up river towards town of Darlington.

It’s not just the views around them that get people captivated – it’s the views down too.

“The walk along the gangway can be scary as the grills are completely see-through and look down to the concrete road 165 feet below. But once at the launch site, it’s just a matter of being attached to the ropes, opening the gate and we have you descending towards the safety of terra firma.”

He shared with us his some of his most unique abseils at the bridge – including a blind man and his ex-police dog, Bella.

Bella Abseil
Bella abseiling down the Transporter

“This abseil involved around six months of training at various venues around the North East cumulating at the Transporter.  Bella was literally pulling me along the gangway to get to the launch area! You can probably see how chilled she was by her photo.”

Aside from a slight delay from the gusty weather, the day ran smoothly.

Take a look at the gallery below.

Jack Dodsworth, from Guisborough, before his abseil
Jack Dodsworth, from Guisborough, before his abseil
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Jenni Duffy, of Middlesbrough Ladies FC, before her first bungee jump

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For more information about the events ran at the Tees Transporter Bridge, please contact 01642 727265.

Roxcool: www.roxcool.co.uk

UK Bungee Club: www.ukbungee.co.uk

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