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Oxjam fundraising quiz returns

Oxjam Darlo will kick off their 2016 fundraising efforts by hosting an Ultimate Music Quiz on Thursday August 4th at the Voodoo Café on Skinnergate. Quiz teams are set to showcase their music knowledge in order to win some fantastic locally-donated prizes. Now in its’ third year, the popular music festival has already more than more »

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More performers sought

A call has gone out for more local performers to play specific roles and as company members in an adaptation of Charles Dickens classic book A Tale of Two Cities being produced by the Touring Consortium Theatre Company in association with Darlington Civic Theatre. Following a recent set of auditions held in Darlington, the producers more »


Exhibition really rocks

Thread Rocks! an Exhibition of Textile Art by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick, Crown Street Art Gallery June 25-August 10 Stones form the bedrock of our planet, being the substance on which we all live and survive. Stones of all varieties are used by man to build houses and roads, to create dams and other huge engineering more »

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The Hot House – making things happen

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture has launched an initiative which it hopes will spark new creative partnerships in the town. The Hot House, which offers to bring creatives together to work on new projects, has its roots in a chance encounter five years ago when Darlington Arts Centre was still open and which led to more »

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Creative writing course dates announced

Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Autumn 2016 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 »


Membership scheme runs into second year

Local traders and cultural organisations have renewed their support for the arts in Darlington by backing a membership scheme. Supporters as varied as Head of Steam and Green Theatre are offering the members of Darlington for Culture (DfC) special benefits as part of a membership scheme which rewards people who support the work of the more »

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A stroll down memory lane

Darlington Historical Society has organised several summer walks. They include West Cemetery Guided Walk – Sunday 14 August at 1.45 pm – meet at the Carmel Road cemetery gates North Road’s Railway History – Sunday 18 September at 1.45 pm Meet at the entrance to Head of Steam, the North Road Station Railway Museum. The more »

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Historic church stages year of events to celebrate renovation

Historic Holy Trinity Church in Darlington is to stage a year-long programme of exciting events to celebrate renovations designed to grow its congregation and increase its community involvement. The church in Woodlands Road has carried out a £450,000 repair and improvement project to safeguard its future after securing grants and more than £100,000 in legacies. more »

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Time to get knitting!

A reminder that the Knitting Cafe holds its Monday night sessions at Lingfield Point, off McMullen Road. The sessions introduce people to knitting, and are also for experienced exponents. For more information, contact Becky on 07550002773

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The town is alive with the sound of music

There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington – Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late Sat 16th July – BIG Little Gigs featuring Los Capitanes Big Little Gigs returns to the lovely St Augustines more »

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Beading group set up

A new 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 more »

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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 (pictured), 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 more »


Rejig sewing sessions

Rejig Sewing Sessions run weekly groups in different venues around Darlington for people of all ages and abilities to learn creative recycling skills and enjoy sewing together. Come and have fun making quilts, clothes, embroidery, cushions,curtains, blinds and all kinds of crafts in our friendly sessions. Rejig Sessions for 2016: Thursdays 10am – 12 noon more »

Accolade for museum team

Hot on the heels of securing its VisitEngland accreditation, the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum has now been recognised for its education programmes. The museum has received a Sandford Award for Heritage Education, an independently judged, quality assured assessment of education programmes at heritage sites, museums, archives and collections across the British Isles. more »

In the picture

The latest display in the Centre for Local Studies at Darlington’s Crown Street Library is ‘Changing Townscape of Darlington – photos from the Valerie Portass Collection. The display will be on show until 30 August. The photographs were taken by local historian George Flynn in memory of family history enthusiast Valerie Portass, who was devoted more »

Big Little Gigs to stage event

Sat 30th July- BIG Little Gigs KIDS Ceilidh in The Country with Blind Panic BIG Little Gigs is all about introducing children to the wonderful and varied world of live music through high quality performance that is enjoyable to all ages. They are excited to present a Summer Special Kids Ceilidh at the beautiful Camp more »


Aladdin – the most mystical pantomime of them all!

The Majestic Theatre proudly presents the cast of Aladdin. Starring XFactors sensational Bre Music.. Meet the beautiful Princess, the hilarious Widow Twankey, Wishy Washy and the dastardly Abanazer. ‘An unmissable pantomime’ “Funniest show I’ve seen, lots of fun, lots of laughs, great audience participation”. “Fantastic show from beginning to end”. “The comedy and acting skills more »

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Museum to stock author’s books

The Head of Steam Railway Museum in Darlington has agreed to display and sell local author Carol Dean’s children’s books in the gift shop. Carol has also been invited along to ‘man’ a table in the museum to sell her books, including her new PC Polly books during the summer events arranged there. Carol said, more »