Vin to play at folk club

On Thursday December 10th Darlington Folk Club’s guest at the Copper Beech in Neasham Road is the brilliant Vin Garbutt. 8pm start. Tickets £12.00.Vin’s career has spanned more than 40 years of constant worldwide touring and is the undisputed master of communicating with an audience with wonderful songs and hilarious intros. For advanced tickets please more »

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Vane Women’s Winter Warmer

Let Vane Women spread some warmth on a chill November evening and join them for their latest showcase of poetry and prose. It would be great if you brought along a piece of your own for the open mic, too! (One per reader, please). Venue: Conservatory Bar, Darlington Civic Theatre. Date: Monday, 30 November, 2015 more »

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Panto time!

Panto season is upon us! Oh, yes, it is! This year, Qdos Entertainment and Darlington Civic Theatre have pulled out all the stops to bring you a mega-star studded pantomime – the greatest pantomime of them all, Cinderella. Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh & Pudsey star as Cinderella and her faithful four legged friend. Described more »

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Duo head for Darlington

The 20th season of the Darlington Piano Society’s Sunday afternoon recitals is under way.Recitals take place in Central Hall at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 3pm on Sunday afternoons. Next concert: GOLDSTONE & CLEMMOW, 13TH DECEMBER 2015 Such is the popularity of Anthony and Caroline with our audiences that they return to give us a more »


Getting into the swing of things

Transport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm. 6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. We run informal beginners classes weekly as well as more »

Music society launches programme

Darlington Music Society – website -/ has launched its new season. All concerts at 7.30pm, Central Hall, Dolphin Centre Next concerts: Sunday 6th December 2016 Aurea String Quartet Haydn, Shostakovich, Webern, Schumann Sat 16th January 2016 Soh-Yon Kim (violin) + Maksim Stsura (piano) Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert, Saint-Saens, Sarasate Sat 13th February 2016 Jean-Sélim Abdelmoula more »

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Festival events sought

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the fourth Darlington Arts Festival due to run April 21-May 31 2016. The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the more »


Arts group launches exciting new membership scheme

Campaigning arts organisation Darlington for Culture has launched an innovative new membership scheme to encourage people in the town and surrounding area to try out new arts and cultural activities. The new scheme offers money off tickets, free taster sessions, reductions at local cafes and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of venues to members of DfC. Vice-chair more »

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The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club Darlington Piano Society The 20th season of the society’s Sunday afternoon recitals is underway.Full details can be found at and in a brochure available at libraries, the Civic Theatre, the Dolphin Centre and other locations. A season ticket for the six recitals in the season can be purchased for more »

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Be part of the network

The next First Wednesday Arts Network gathering will be on Wednesday December 2. An initiative 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 which allow people more »

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Seasonal workshops

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 »


Darlington Orchestra concert

The next Darlington Orchestra concert will be on Saturday 23 January 2016 at 7.30pm at The Dolphin Centre. The event will present a wide-ranging selection of great classical music including: Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ Soirées Musicales by Rossini Mendelssohn’s ‘Introduction and Fugue’ Pieces by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev Medleys more »


Festive fun

It’s festive, It’s fun and it’s free in Darlington this Christmas. As the countdown continues to the big day, there’s a lot going on in Darlington. See Santa for free around the town in his special grottos at Queen Street Shopping Centre and Cornmill Shopping Centre from 10am – 4pm on Saturdays and 11am – more »

Exhibition opens

An exhibition has opened in Darlington showcasing the expeditions of two Darlington women. ‘Retracing Routledge’ has been the creation of Susie Stephen to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Darlington anthropologist Katherine Routledge. On show to the public from Saturday, 28 November until Thursday, 14 January 2016, at the Crown Street Art Gallery, the free exhibition more »


Chance to pick a favourite

The UK-based Crime Writers’ Association has asked book lovers across the nation to nominate their favourite crime authors for the 2016 Dagger In The Library award.This literary prize is a unique part of the Dagger Awards because the nominations are made by crime readers and are in celebration of an author’s entire body of work, more »

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Festive workshops

Following in the Darlington spirit of thrifty recycling and vintage style, Rejig Sewing Sessions are running some rather fine Handmade Christmas Workshops in the South Park this year. Running on Saturdays in November and early December, the workshops will show you how to make some special gifts while you learn new skills. The sewing and more »

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Creative writing course to run

Creative writing tutor John Dean is taking bookings for the Spring 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 »