There are a number of high performing schools in and around Stockton, which cater for all age groups. For younger children, primary schools include St Cuthbert’s RC Voluntary Aided Primary School, Hartburn Primary School and Preston Primary School. Secondary schools such as The Grangefield Academy, Egglescliffe School and the independent Teesside High School cater for older students, while further and higher education providers include Stockton Riverside College, Teesside University and Cleveland College of Art & Design.
Stockton’s commercial hub is focused around High Street – said to be the widest in the country. Castlegate shopping centre and Wellington Square both offer a variety of well-known stores as well as independent and niche retailers, while the town’s market takes place three times a week next to the town hall.
Teesside Shopping Retail Park is home to fashion and lifestyle brands, supermarkets, restaurants and a multi-screen cinema; homewares and DIY stores can be found at Portrack Lane, less than three miles from the development.
Yarm High Street, three miles away, is well worth a visit, with cobbled lanes and charming buildings providing a scenic background for visitors. Middlesbrough, less than six miles away by car, has four shopping malls – Cleveland Centre, Captain Cook Square, Dundas Shopping and Hillstreet Centre – as well as designer boutiques and specialist stores dotted throughout the surrounding area.
Residents will find a wealth of restaurants, traditional pubs, bars and cafés throughout the town, catering to all tastes. Popular family restaurant chains cover all kinds of cuisine, with Mexican, Indian, Chinese, American and Italian dishes, to mention but a few. Whether you’re a fan of fine food, fast food, plain home cooking or just looking for a light snack, Stockton has something to suit. Local favourites include Italian restaurant Borge on Yarm Lane, Café Sapore in Hartburn and Indian restaurant Vadah on Riverside. Yarm is home to Muse continental café, which offers outdoor dining in summer and Cena, which prepares vegan and gluten-free dishes in addition to its regular menu. Vegetarian restaurant The Waiting Room in Eaglescliffe has won a number of awards for its food and also serves organic and locally produced beers and wine, while The Fork in the Road in Middlesbrough offers fine dining with a twist – it is a not-for-profit restaurant and social enterprise.
Stockton has an abundance of parks and managed outdoor spaces, which is ideal for families looking to entertain youngsters after school or at weekends. Ropner Park is just five minutes’ drive from the development, with facilities including a play area, tennis courts and games areas, as well as a lake and flower gardens; it is also the location of several family fun days throughout the year. For older children Preston Park Museum and Grounds has a skate park, just a 20-minute walk from Preston Green. The grounds are home to a nature reserve, walled kitchen garden and a miniature railway. Preston Green forms part of the Tees Heritage Park, which covers countryside next to the River Tees from Stockton to Yarm and encompasses Bowesfield Wetland and Bassleton Wood (wildlife and nature reserves), as well as a number of historic buildings.
The RSPB Saltholme reserve is a 15-minute drive away; it stages regular family events and there’s also an adventure play area and cycle route to keep the kids amused. Further nature reserves include the Tees Valley Wildlife Trust’s Brewsdale, Gravel Hole, and Bowesfield and Preston Farm reserves.
Whether you’re a fan of hill walking, horse riding, fishing, rambling or cycling the possibilities are endless – the North York Moors National Park is just 14 miles away, with the iconic Roseberry Topping and the Cleveland Hills at its edge. The park covers 554 square miles and stretches across moorland, woodland and coast.
Fans of more sedate activities will find much to choose from in Stockton. Movie enthusiasts can catch the latest blockbusters at the Showcase Cinema, three miles from the development; live music venues The Georgian Theatre and The Green Room host performances by local, national and international musicians, and the Arc Theatre, part of Stockton Arts Centre, stages live drama, dance, comedy and family entertainment, as well as screening a mixture of arthouse, international, children’s films and new releases in its 130-seat cinema.
Preston Green is well served by public transport, with local bus services to Eaglescliffe and Yarm stopping a short walk from the development, and services from Stockton High Street to Thornaby, Middlesbrough, Billingham and Hartlepool.
The nearest railway stations are Thornaby, around five minutes’ drive away and Stockton, less than 10 minutes’ drive away. Frequent trains run to a number of destinations including Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe, Darlington, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Newcastle, Carlisle, York and Manchester.
Major roads the A66 (for Middlesbrough, Darlington, Penrith and Keswick), the A19 for York, Doncaster and Sunderland), and the A1 (for Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle and Edinburgh to the north, and Leeds, Grantham, Peterborough and London to the south), are all within convenient travelling distance.
For domestic and international flights, Durham Tees Valley is the nearest airport and is just 10 minutes away by car via the A66.
Local area information, including retail, leisure or other amenities is intended as general guidance only. References to schools and other educational establishments are included to illustrate their proximity to the development and should not be regarded as a guarantee of eligibility or admission. Travel times are approximate and by car unless otherwise stated.