Preston Park - The Taming of the ShrewPRESTON Park will once again be transformed into the perfect setting for a thrilling series of outdoor events. 

This summer the museum’s grounds will turn into an open air theatre when two plays head to Stockton Borough’s popular visitor attraction.

On Friday 24 July people can enjoy one of William Shakespeare’s best known comedies, The Taming of the Shrew in the relaxing setting of the bandstand garden. Sparks are guaranteed to fly when theatre company, Illyria, brings this battle-of-the-sexes comedy to the park. Gates open at 6.30pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm.

Friday 14 August will see the family-friendly show The Sorcerer’s Apprentice delight the audience with its breath-taking magical illusions, laughter and plenty of water. The story was famously told in Disney’s Fantasia and sees the sorcerer’s apprentice seek help from a magical broom.  Gates open at 5pm and the performance starts at 6pm.

Audiences are invited to bring their own picnics, seating and rugs for both performances to enjoy a leisurely evening in the surrounds of the Bandstand Garden.

Tickets cost £12 for adults, £9 for concessions and £6 for 5-16 years. There are also a range of group tickets available.  Tickets are now on sale from Preston Park Museum and Grounds, the Rediscover Stockton Shop on Stockton High Street, or online or

From 11am to 3pm on Sunday 9 August come along to Preston Park’s annual Teddy Bears’ picnic for all children – big and small! Bring along a favourite bear and take part in some furry arts and crafts. Hear the storyteller’s fun-filled teddy tales and enjoy a wide range of exciting family activities throughout the day. Free with normal admission.

Councillor Norma Wilburn, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “If you are on the lookout for something entertaining to do this summer then look no further than Preston Park Museum and Grounds.  These three events will give friends and families the perfect opportunity to spend time in a stunning location relaxing outdoors – soaking in the sights and sounds of the performances and activities.  And with recently improved car parking facilities, there’s never been a better time to visit.”

A full programme of activities and workshops at Preston Park Museum and Grounds throughout the summer is available or