Tapestry talk

The Quaker Tapestry – An Illustrated Talk – Sat 1 July 2017 2pm – 4pm Friends’ Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington The Quaker Tapestry is an attractive and impressive collection of 77 embroidered panels, inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry. Presented by local Quaker Michael Wright, this illustrated talk takes a look at the tapestry project itself more »

Dance festival comes to Darlington

Annual Festival Show “A Panorama of Movement & Dance” A colourful display of dance and movement, to a variety of music. Teams from the whole of the North East Region, as well as performers direct from the National Championships in Birmingham “Imaginative musical interpretation of the producers – classics to pop – flowing sequences – more »

Tickets on sale for orchestra’s summer concert

Tickets are now on sale for the Darlington Orchestra summer concert on Saturday 15th July 7.30pm at The Dolphin Centre. The orchestra presents an evening of musical variety – this time including an opera overture, movie medley and dances from different countries. The programme includes compositions by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Copland, Holst, Horner and more. more »

Darlington for Culture launches small grants scheme

Darlington for Culture has announced the launch of a small grants scheme. The voluntary organisation has launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the scheme. DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone from music groups to more »

Discovering the area with the Bright Water Wanders

The Bright Water landscape project has organised a series of walks, including several in Darlington. The project covers 200km2 within the lowland area of County Durham and Darlington, the surrounds of the River Skerne. The Bright Water area runs from Hurworth Burn reservoir in East Durham to the point where the river enters South Park more »

History walks

Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme. Still to come: 9 July 2017 Westbrook Villas with Shirley King Meet at the Head of Steam railway museum at 1.30 pm 20 August 2017 West Cemetery with Richard Stephenson Meet at the cemetery main entrance at 1.30 pm Non-members welcome – no booking required. Walks more »

A chance to support railway heritage

The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway were formed in 2013 to take forward ambitious plans to conserve and promote the 1825 line in the lead up to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the railway in 2025. While the development of the modern railway can be traced to a more »

New volunteering service provides opportunities

Darlington for Culture and Darlington Hippodrome have launched an exciting new venture to support and promote arts and culture in the town. With the restoration work at Darlington Civic Theatre moving towards the final stages a new volunteering partnership has been forged between the regionally renowned Theatre and the award-winning community arts organisation, Darlington for more »

Shopping scheme helps to raise funds for DfC

Do you ever shop online? If you buy clothes, stationery, holidays, home appliances, IT gadgets, train travel or just about anything via www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/darlingtonforculture you can raise free cash for Darlington for Culture every time you shop – at no additional cost. Many popular retailers are involved (including Amazon, Argos, eBay, Boots, Tesco, House of Fraser, more »

Disco at Voodoo

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington. Double Entendre features DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.

Final open mic of the season to take place

The sixth season of Open Mic nights for authors will come to an end on Thursday June 29 with the final event before their summer break. Supported by Darlington for Culture, the nights offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it and run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, more »

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington College to stage musical – if this does not open click on http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/college-stage-musical/ It’s all hotting up this summer at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club There’s a sparkling summer season lined up at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club, starting with a rousing return visit from Spirit of New Orleans – an exceptional band that more »

Beading group set up

A beading group has been created in Darlington. Janet Lambert is a bead artist with 15 years’ experience of beadworking, making jewellery by weaving and stitching beads together by hand. She says: “Beading helped me cope with health problems and I am starting this community based beading group so like minded folk can work on more »

Fun with art

Scrapstudio arts – Arts & Recycling – workshops, projects, events, parties and scrap store here in Darlington, for all ages. The studio base of visual artist Yvonne Preston, tutor and facilitator, who works with local businesses that have clean waste materials which can be reused in creative projects and art activities. Always looking for regular more »

New Rejig sewing sessions

New Rejig Sewing Sessions for 2017 Rejig are offering a bigger range of friendly, drop-in sewing sessions in community venues each week, along with short monthly textile skill courses and our popular, free ‘Sew Saturday’ sessions in the South Park on the last Saturday of each month. http://www.luckyfisharts.co. uk/sessions/sew-saturdays/ For further details about these sessions, more »

Do you have a story to tell?

Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Autumn 2017 term of his popular courses at the Friends’ Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington. The adult learning courses deal with all aspects of creative writing, focusing primarily on prose, including short stories, novels and other forms of writing as well as occasional forays into more »

The Haunting of Cole Peters

The Haunting of Cole Peters, a debut collection of ghost stories by Darlington-born writer Joe Hetherington has been published. An amulet with an unusual power, strange figures in the arctic wastes and a terrifying night shift at an art gallery all feature in this disturbing anthology of nine tales, available from .https://www.amazon.co.uk/Haunting-Peters-Other

Legal move over library

Following the news announced on June 15 that lawyer Michael Imperato has written to Darlington Borough Council advising of legal action to halt the move of Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre, Darlington for Culture Chair John Dean said: “If there were shortcomings in the process followed by the council to agree the move more »

Stadium concert a success

By Allen White, NCTJ student, Darlington College The English reggae and pop band UB40 took to the stage at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, along with the Grammy-nominated Jamaican group Raging Fyah. The concert’s opening acts had included Level 42, the Original Wailers featuring Al Anderson, and Raging Fyah, a spectacular line-up for the more »

FIrst small grants award is announced

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the first award from its new small grants scheme with £500 going to support the programme of Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club. Voluntary organisation DfC launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to more »