Also referred to as Norton-on-Tees, this charming suburb of Stockton-on-Tees sits just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough, surrounded by green space and offering a wide variety of unique independent businesses despite its relatively small size.
Cafes and Diners
Let’s start by locking down some good places to rest and enjoy a meal during a shopping spree.
A charming cafe offering breakfast, lunch and a variety of delicious cakes, pastries and baked goods. Just along from the village green, Cafe Maison is the perfect place for a sweet treat or pick-me-up after a refreshing walk.
Winning the award for most adorable name, The Scruffy Duck is a piece of Norton history - a warm and cosy traditional ale house serving a range of honest, home cooked and high quality pub grub, made with fresh locally sourced ingredients. This welcoming pub boasts a cosy snug, spacious dining area and stylish beer garden, and is more than happy to welcome your four-legged friends as well. (They also do weddings, if you’re in the market for that kind of thing or fancy popping the question!)
A gorgeous, colourful little shop selling sweets, chocolates, homemade cakes, ice creams and coffee. The kind and friendly staff are happy to recommend options from their delicious selection, and will happily make up wonderful gifts for your friends and family members.
Established in 2020, this cosy and informal eatery serves both classic food and a variety of unique dishes - their signature offering is a fantastic selection of tapas, perfect for a relaxed meal out. With a passion for honest and delicious cooking, all dishes are made by the talented team of in-house chefs, including their specialist tapas chef!
Places to shop
A far cry from many other town centres that are dominated by retail chains, Norton is home to a large and very eclectic range of independent stores, each with their own charm and focus. Here are a few choice picks to spice up a day out.
An independent house plant shop in the heart of Norton, Wild opened its doors in 2019 and stocks exotic and exciting houseplants. Over the past few years it’s become the place to go for all your indoor plant needs. As well as your pots and plants, you can pick up a variety of plant related gifts and lots of locally made products.
Supporting sustainable living and encouraging well-being, The Forge offers a variety of events and workshops to cater to all tastes and approaches. Along with this, they have a diverse and well stocked refill shop to make it easy and affordable to cut down waste, as well as a lovely range of eco gifts.
Run by two sisters, Jos and Beth, one creative and one business-savvy, Real Green Frog offers a wide variety of unique and handmade gifts and clothing, sized from newborn to adult. Their seasonal selection is particularly wonderful; you can count on them for your next Xmas top, Easter goody bag or Valentine’s accessory.
Established in 2001, Peridot is an assorted lifestyle, gift and interiors shop, offering a gorgeous selection of furniture, lighting, mirrors, home fragrance and more. If interiors aren’t what you’re in the market for, however, you can also browse through a variety of ladies fashions, unique gifts, jewellery, scarves, handbags and more. Remember to also check out their website so you don’t miss out on any online exclusives!
Peg Creations makes and sells a variety of adorable gifts, apparel and homewares created with locally sourced materials. Peg Creations also provides a wide range of workshops that incorporate creativity and ecological awareness by using the 3 R's: reduce waste, reuse resources, and recycle materials. Do your bit for the environment at the same time as treating yourself and your loved ones to some wonderful new gifts.
With gifts for all occasions and many home goods besides, Good Taste has the experience and dedication to attend to your needs
An eccentric little shop with endless quirky knick-knacks and antiques, come and have a gander - there are many excellent finds and at even better prices. Their stock changes regularly, so you will never know what you will find.
Enjoy some history
While little of Norton’s ancient heritage can be seen, the once-remote parish of Norton is one of the earliest Anglo-Saxton settlements around today, still distinct and providing a great sense of history when you visit.
Visit St. Mary's Church, Norton
Though Norton’s high street is lined by 18th and 19th century buildings, the St Mary’s Church is the oldest building by far, with an ancestry going back to 1000AD, though none of the original architecture still stands. Nevertheless the church has a storied past and makes for a great visual and cultural anchor for the town.
If you are willing to head out of town, Butterfly World is only a few miles away and makes for a truly unique experience. It feels like stepping into another world, only much warmer, and populated entirely by butterflies. For more information visit
Take a walk in Ropner Park
Venture downriver to this lovely parkland, with its own pond and playground. A family of swans make this section of the river Tees their home, alongside many, many ducks.