Santa at the Station

Santa is getting ready to visit Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum on the 13, 14, 20 and 21 December from 10am to 4pm. Children are invited to visit Santa and will receive a special Christmas gift in Head of Steam’s magical grotto. Other activities on the day include mini-train rides, face painting and more »

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Bridge stages art exhibition

Popular landscape painter and tutor Paul Dillon is showing examples of recent work at the Bridge Centre for the Visual Arts, Yarm Road, Darlington DL1 1ED from 6th December until 2nd February. Guest artist Heather Kinsella will be showing as well. For more information contact Paul Dillon on 07751 966708 or

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Panto time!

The Chuckle Brothers take to the Yellow Brick Road in Darlington Civic Theatre’s 3D pantomime, The Chuckles of Oz. Real-life brothers Paul and Barry Elliott, better known as The Chuckle Brothers, return to panto in Darlington after the massive success of Aladdin last year. The brothers will be joined by The Tin Man (Danny Potts), more »

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Arts community project is extended

The First Wednesday Arts Network is to be extended after a successful trial period. An initiative that aims to bring together people from across the borough of Darlington, First Wednesday Arts Network is open to everyone from arts practitioners to audience members. The evenings, run by Humantics CIC and Darlington for Culture, are informal drop-ins more »


Be part of Darlington Arts Festival 2015

Initial details of the 2015 Darlington Arts Festival have been announced and organisers are appealing for arts organisations to get involved. Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the third annual festival, due to run throughout May 2015. The festival, more »


Danny continues piano society season

Darlington Piano Society is staging its 19th season of six recitals over the winter months and, after a break through December, the new year sees Danny Driver (pictured) return to Darlington on January 18th for his 2nd recital for the Society. Since his first appearance in 2010, he has performed with many of the UK’s more »

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Knitting Cafe worth a visit

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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Why not become a DfC volunteer?

Darlington for Culture (DfC), which support arts in the town, is running a recruitment drive for volunteers to support its activities. The organisation, which is a Community Benefit Society, a type of co-operative, supports a variety of groups, businesses and venues in activities ranging from stewarding art exhibitions to helping to run events, including co-ordinating more »

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Bud Craig’s latest book is published

Dead Certainty by local author Bud Craig has been published. Social worker turned Private Eye Gus Keane returns in this gripping murder mystery. If something happens in Salford, Manchester, it is generally bad news and when two dead bodies turn up within a few hours of one another, it is no exception. With the local more »

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Ebook is launched

An international group of flash fiction writers, collectively known as Flashdogs, are going to launch their first anthology on Saturday 13th December. The anthology comprises one hundred and ten stories from thirty-four writers, including from our area, Inkerman Writer Pam Plumb among them, covering styles and genres from dark comedy to sci-fi to poetry. The more »

Sherlock star supports arts funding

Writer and performer Mark Gattis made a strong defence of the arts at a time of cutbacks, in comments published in The Northern Echo on Saturday December 6. Speaking before an In Conversation With event staged at Carmel College in Darlington, Mark, who was born in the North East and grew up in School Aycliffe, more »

Bombardment commemorated

The new display in the Centre for Local Studies at Darlington Library tells the story of the Bombardment of Hartlepool. German warships bombed Hartlepool, Whitby and Scarborough on December 16, 1914, and 127 people were killed in Hartlepool alone, among them Corporal Alix Liddle who was a Darlington man. The display runs until December 30. more »

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Festive photo competition

Festive photo competition Darlington residents are invited to show off their shiniest Christmas trees, lights and decorations with a pantomime-themed photo competition. Darlington Civic Theatre is offering a family ticket for their Christmas pantomime ‘The Chuckles of Oz’ for the most popular photo. The theme of the competition is ‘Chuckles of Oz’ – which means more »