Running was a recurrent theme throughout the fortnight from October 16 to 31, with a feast of leisure and cultural activities inspiring people to explore the town.
Many donned trainers this year to race around the town to uncover hidden art, glimpse the lost river, herald Halloween or celebrate the new Sports Village which welcomed the popular Smile Mile to its new track.
The more physical activities weren’t restricted to running – there was even an opportunity to pedal the distance between Whitby and Durham, without leaving the safety of the town’s Cycle Circuit.
And there was plenty on offer for those after a more leisurely journey of discovery around the town’s well-known attractions as well as its hidden gems.
The magical history bus laid on a tour of Middlesbrough’s secret corners, alongside a chance to visit the William Lane Foundry, the last of its kind in the legendary Ironmasters district.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark got proceedings off to a spooky start with a fresh look at the nocturnal side of Middlesbrough’s iconic institutions, including tours of the Town Hall, The Empire and The Transporter Bridge.
Middlesbrough’s hidden women were put firmly on the map with a trail featuring some of the unsung heroines of the town’s story, while the art open studio weekend once again proved a very popular attraction.
Other highlights included a tour of the green acres of Larchfield Community and craft activities for all the family as part of mima’s Localism festival
Discover Middlesbrough festival organiser Rob Nichols said: “Once again we set out to offer something for everyone – both local people and those new to the town – and I’m pleased to say the festival was bigger and better than ever.
“The town’s developing a real reputation as a focal point for running and cycling, and that was reflected in a number of events.
“I’d like to thank everyone for taking part in the walks, talks and open days and look forward to returning next year when once again there will be an open invitation to all to come and explore and enjoy the fantastic things we have right on our doorstep.”
Councillor Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “We have a rich and often surprising history and heritage in Middlesbrough, and Discover Middlesbrough is a great celebration of all that’s great about the town.
“There’s also a thriving contemporary cultural scene, and yet again the festival has showcased what a fantastic place this is to live and work in and visit.”