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Teesside Park was built back in 1988 and is a retail & leisure outlet in North East England. The site is split into 2 sections (Retail/Leisure) and falls within 2 Town Boroughs (Stockton/Middlesbrough) with the retail part falling in the borough of Middlesbrough and the leisure part falling in the Borough of Stockton with the parts seperated by the River Tees.
The park is easy to get to by road, with one entrance into and one exit out of the park, it has easy links with the A19/A66 for car drivers, passengers travelling by public transport however do draw a shorter straw, there is an hourly (fairly unreliable and disgusting) bus service (at time of writing this) by Compass Royston, service number is 66 running every half hour, Monday to Saturday. The best thing to do is catch a Stagecoach 36, 37 or 38 from the Teesside Park Flyover (on the road that runs along the train track) then walk over the bridge which is what I do. The council or the park should subsidise a bus still to make it easier, as it would be much more popular than Stockton Town Centre. But it's not too bad if your able bodied and can walk from the flyover, it'll take about 8 minutes.
Once at the park entrance/exit your met with a roundabout, with many traffic lights, to your left you see a range of restaurants including TGI Fridays, Frankie & Bennies and KFC then two superstores for top retailers, Comet and Staples whilst on your right you'll find a McDonalds and Pets @ Home. As you go over the roundabout you'll see Morrisons on your right and if you carry on forward you head into the leisure park, here you have a casino & bingo, an 18 screen Showcase cinema, Hollywood Bowl with bar, Pizza Hut and Burger King. If you carried on round the roundabout coming off at the 3 exit (your right as you come onto the park) you head on down to the retail park, where you'll find a "U" shaped section of top name shops & travel agents including Boots, WH Smiths, Currys/PCWorld, Thomson/First Choice, Republic, Argos, M&S, Hobbycraft, Next, ASDA Living & HMV to name just a few. So I think Teesside Park really is a great place to go for shopping, food and entertainment. You can grab a bite to eat, go see a movie, battle your friends at a bowling game then go for some retail therapy so it really is a full day/evening out with shops open till 2000 on weeknights, restaurants & leisure facilities even later.
It has gone through a rebrand over the past few years and many new shops & refurbished shops have made it a better place to go. with security 24/7 you know your safe there too.
Teesside Shopping Park is a large out of town shopping park in the North East of England in Cleveland. It is very easy to get to, situated where the A19 crosses the A66.
Teesside Park can roughly be broken down into 4 areas. As you enter the park on the left is an area of individual buildings accomdating chain restaurants, including Pizza Express, Chiquitos, Frankie & Bennys and TGI Fridays.
Moving on there is a central area of shops including a large Morrisons, Currys, Staples, Toys R Us and Pets at home. This area seems quite seperate from any of the other areas, as you have to park at the individual shops rather than in a central car park, and pedestrian access is limited.
To the North of the site is the entertainment crescent, with a large 18 screen cinema, casino, bowling alley, Pizza Hut and Burger King. There is also a nightclub which is arguably open, and in a bit of a state. This area is very popular with teenagers, as they can be dropped off, grab a bit and a movie with friends, in an environment parents know is security monitored at all times.
The final area is the most popular. A large 'U' of shops with all the high street favourites such as Next and Boots, as well as furniture shops, travel agents, sports shops and speciality shops such as Hobbycraft. The shopping area is always very busy, and is clearly popular, as shops are big names, there are no discount book stores or pound shops here.
All the areas have masses of parking, although the shops 'U' can fill up at peak times such as sales and weekends. Teesside Park is a very popular destination, and convenient for people to pop for a meal or pick up a present on the way home from work after town centre shops have shut.
To me the main drawback of Teesside Park is in the approach. The roads have been poorly connected, with huge bumps causing the car to take off if going over 20 miles an hour. In addition there is a gym on the left hand side as you approach. It has closed down several years ago now, but the site has not been bought by anyone else. Planning permission was refused for a white goods shop on the site. The gym is in terrible condition, boarded up, plants growing out the windows, and generally vandalised. A few times a year travellers decide to live in the car park until they eventually get moved on, which also increases break ins to cars parked in the area and litter, further pulling down the entry to Teesside Park. It really staggers me that the gym hasn't been pulled down or that no one wants to buy the site, but sadly it still stands there.
I would recommend Teesside Park to people shopping in the area, but to me its value is more as an entertainment destination to grab some cheap food and a pizza before a film, with a side of shopping, as there are no individual or boutique style shops to tempt me.