Teesside refers to several towns in the north east portion of England and includes Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Redcar and Billingham. A quiet unassuming little collection of villages, this is not the spot for active tourists preferring high profile and busy cities. For those who want to escape everyday life and just relax in a charming beach town however, this is a lovely spot. Redcar has been a prime tourist region for many years, in part due to its eight miles of white sandy beaches. Today these beaches are home to donkey rides on the sand, trampolines that line the beach, and cold and delicious ice cream. At one end of the beach lies a three kilometer stretch of grassland which provides unique opportunities for exploration. Fossil hunters will love digging through the sands on these beaches as it is said to be a prime spot for the discovery of ancient Gryphea, also called devil s toenails. Amusement parks and arcades have spring up over the years to provide additional entertainment for locals and visitors. Several key pubs and nightclubs provide hours of activity and entertainment after the fun on the beach has stopped. Local attractions include the clock tower dedicated to King Edward VII, the Zetland Lifeboat Museum and the grand Victorian Coatham Hotel.