Cabaret bar provides free online entertainment

During the third national lockdown, Darlington’s cabaret bar The Stage Door is hosting a series of free online events. It starts this month with a Valentine’s Day concert starring Singer of the Lakes, streamed via its Facebook page on Sunday 14 February at 7pm. The Stage Door is part of Stage and Screen Productions, a production more »

Enter The Loco poster competition

Get creative to help ‘Keep The Loco in Darlo’ and you could win a family pass to The Head of Steam Railway Museum plus a family ticket* to see Cinderella at Darlington Hippodrome in Christmas 2021. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, The Head of Steam Railway Museum has been unable to distribute its ‘Keep The Loco more »

Grants for Tees Valley music groups

Musinc (the Teesside Musical Inclusion Partnership) is offering grants of up to £2000 for Tees Valley-based music organisations, venues, event organisers and/or promoters. Applications open from 30 November 2020 and the deadline for applications is 31 January 2021. Successful organisations will be notified within two weeks of the deadline. The fund will be available for more »

Abode Air: open call for artists

The Auxiliary Project Space now welcomes applications to its ABODE AIR programme; the deadline is 29 November 2020. ABODE AIR is a six-week ‘artist in residence’ studio programme for artists from, or living in, the north-east of England. The residency is to be held at The Auxiliary Project Space in Middlesbrough, culminating in an exhibition more »

Gin is just the tonic for loco campaign

Darlington-based The Little Quaker Distillery is supporting the current Keep The Loco in Darlo campaign by creating and selling a limited- edition gin – available from the distillery website. Built by pioneering railway engineers George and Robert Stephenson, Locomotion No. 1 was the first steam locomotive to haul a passenger-carrying train on a public railway, more »

The Arts Society: Zoom lectures 2020

The Arts Society had hoped to resume meeting at Blackwell Grange Hotel, however, a vigorous second wave of Covid-19 has meant that its meetings have had to be put aside for a second time. Despite its members not being able to meet face to face, The North Yorkshire and South Durham Arts Society has presented more »

Weekly Hippodrome quiz is back online

Darlington Hippodrome’s pub-style quiz will return each Friday night throughout November 2020, live on social media. With the venue having to close throughout November, the weekly Friday-night Hippodrome quiz will resume on 6 November with Marketing Officer Julian Cound as quizmaster. Households can take part as one team or more – there are no prizes, more »

£300,000 fund for TVCA culture businesses

On 20 October 2020, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen launched a fund of more than £300,000 to help culture businesses adapt, innovate and diversify in the face of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Small and medium-sized businesses, sole traders and freelancers can apply for the ‘Cultural Development and Innovation Fund’ to help them thrive in response to the more »

Sign the petition to ‘Keep the Loco in Darlo’

A new campaign has been launched in October 2020 to keep George Stephenson’s Locomotion No.1 in Darlington. Built by pioneering railway engineers George and Robert Stephenson, Locomotion No.1 was the first steam locomotive to haul a passenger-carrying train on a public railway, making its inaugural journey in 1825 between Stockton and Darlington. For more than more »

Lewis & Number One: online audio book

‘Lewis & Number One’, written by by Antony J Stowers, was launched as an online audio book on 7th October 2020 – available at Instead of having to buy a book online, wait for its delivery and then find time to read it, the audio version allows for instant access to the book via more »