Weekly guide to the Festival

We are updating our weekly newsletter so that you can see what is coming up in the next few days at the Darlington Arts Festival in addition to all our posts on these pages. Just click on ‘newsletter’ to the left hand side of this home page to access the information. The full programme is more »


Cockerton Library needs you!

eVOLution has successfully reached the second stage of the AVIVA Community Fund with a project which aims to secure the self-sustainable future of Cockerton Library. In order to progress to the final and achieve the £25,000 prize, eVOLution needs as many people as possible to show their support by voting at this website: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/2481 Upon more »

Mod night

This festival event will help you roll back the years! Friday May 29 Ready Steady Go, 60s Mod Night Playing the Best in 60s Mod Soul, From great labels Stax, Atlantic, R&B, Early Motown. Along with 60s Brit Pop The Who, Small Faces and more The Forum Music Centre, Borough Road, Darlington Tickets Tickets £3.50 more »


Open mic for authors

Try something new for the Festival with this event. Thursday May 28 – Open Mic for authors Prose, poetry, drama, film scripts, the organisers want to hear it all. Simply bring along your piece and read it out. Eight minute slots for each reader. Venue: Voodoo Café /Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington (01325 467555) Time: 7-9.30pm more »


Vintage rally to be held

The Festival will be going all vintage on Sunday May 31 with a Vintage Vehicle Rally A variety of rare and unusual vintage vehicles from across the north east and Yorkshire regions gather again for this popular event, activities include mini train ride, arts and crafts and juggling and balloon making. Head of Steam – more »


N E David at the Festival

Author N E David is making two appearances at the Festival Friday May 29 N. E. David signs copies of his new book The Burden Waterstones, Cornmill Shopping Centre, Darlington 10am to 4pm N.E.David is the pen name of York author Nick David. His debut novel, Birds of The Nile was published by Roundfire in more »


Half term crafts sessions

There are plenty of half-term activities to enjoy at the Festival Tuesday May 26 and Thursday May 28 Scrap Studioarts, Borough Road – Creative Families’ School Holiday Art and Recycling workshops with visual artist Yvonne Preston. Ideas and inspiration, having fun and working together. 10.30-12noon and 1-2.30pm For All ages Cost: £3 per person Contact: more »

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Taking in the Grand Tour

This exhibition during Festival month is well worth a look. The Materialistics – A Grand Tour Tuesday 12 May -Thursday 2 July Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Darlington The Materialistics are a group of knitters and stitchers, ranging from novices to experts, who enjoy practicing their skills in creative ways, using recycled materials more »

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A clarinet and saxophone masterclass

Worth booking up for this classy Festival event Sunday May 31 Clarinet and Saxophone PlayDay and Concert A day of ensemble playing for students and experienced players with guest tutors plus an evening concert by The Northern Saxophone Quartet and Paolo de Gaspari, bass clarinet specialist, both pictured here, organised by the The Darlington Clarinet more »


Fake Thackray at the Festival

Darlington Folk Club’s final event in Festival month features John Watterson (aka Fake Thackray) on Thursday May 28. The club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm. The full programme and further details are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com


Literature at the Festival

The third Darlington Literary Festival, part of Darlington Arts Festival, is taking place this May with a wide variety of events taking place across the town. They will include author talks and book signings at Darlington Crown Street Library, readings by writers including Vane Women and Inkerman Writers, and writers’ workshops, including a day-long workshop more »

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Music at the Festival

Music is a huge part of the Festival Thursday April 23 Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm. Tonight: St George’s Day Celebration – songs of old England The full programme and further details are on www.darlingtonfolkclub.com Thursday April 23-Sunday April 26 Darlington Jazz Festival Thursday more »

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Art at the Festival

There is some terrific art to enjoy in the Darlington Arts Festival April 18-June 13 The Bridge Users art exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Road More information is available at http://thebridgedarlington.org.uk/ Throughout May, Tuesdays to Sundays Full Steam Ahead – the Railway Art of Frank Henry Mason – an exhibition of more »

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Crossing the Tees book festival

Darlington Libraries will take part in the second annual ‘Crossing the Tees’ Book Festival in June – with lots of great activities for book lovers of all ages. The festival starts on Saturday 6 June and finishes on Saturday 20 June, but the fun will begin earlier in Darlington. Events include: *Printmaking workshops on Tuesday more »


Markets celebration

The national ‘Love Your Local Market’ fortnight started on Wednesday (Wednesday 13 May), with plenty of great activities taking place in Darlington. As well as Darlington’s Big Market Event, which takes place on Saturday 16 May from 9am to 5pm, there will be an exhibition of drawings of market traders from the 1980’s in the more »

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The town is alive with the sound of music

strong>Music It’s all happening at The Forum /strong> The Forum in Borough Road has got a terrific programme. For the full list of gigs and events, please visit www.theforumonline.co.uk june listings June Events @ The Forum Thursday June 4th – The Dana Dixon Blues Band + Support from Gary Grainger Tickets £7adv/£8otd – Doors 7-30 more »


Audience enjoys festival event

An appreciative audience attended one of the festival’s literary events on Friday May 8. Reading Our Writing at the Health Warehouse Café, 15 Post House Wynd, Darlington, saw Tracey Iceton, pictured here, and five of her fellow post graduate writers from Northumbria University read from, and talk about, their innovative and imaginative creative writing PhD more »


Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert

The Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert takes place on Saturday 20 June , 7.30pm, at The Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP. In an informal and accessible mid-summer concert, Darlington Orchestra will present a wide variety of music ranging from classical favourites through to popular songs. The programme includes: some Handel dances that people will know and more »