There are opportunities for those aged 16 and over with ID to have a go at riding an Enviro-Bike for free at the Head of Steam railway museum, until Friday 17 September 2021, during museum opening hours (10am – 4pm). Bikes can be borrowed and taken out anytime up to 3pm and you can take them as far as you wish to go provided they’re returned same day to the Head of Steam before 4pm.

Enviro Bikes are at the Head of Steam as part of the Middlesbrough Art Weekender 2021 programme, thanks to the The Auxiliary, who also programmed artist Jo Lathwood to share a Lava Pour at the Head of Steam on 11 September and to the 53 people who came along to find out more and saw rock heated to lava and poured on site. I found it fascinating and it was great to see the lava cool to form what I understand is obsidian (bottom picture below). Artist Jo Lathwood shared her interest in exploring how the fantastic scoria tiles which pave many of Darlington’s back lanes, were created, and there will be another opportunity to find out more about her practice in the MAW 2021 programme.