Santa at the Station

Staff at the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum will welcome a very special visitor. Father Christmas will be steaming into the museum as it plays hosts to its annual ‘Santa at the Station’ events giving visitors, young and old, the chance to meet Santa in his magical grotto. Each child or family group more »

Calling all writers

Next year, Darlington for Culture is planning a full day to celebrate the achievement of local writers and offer new poets, playwrights, novelists etc the chance to develop their craft as part of Darlington Arts Festival 2018. To this end we have hired the Friends Meeting House on Skinnergate from 10am-10pm on Saturday, 26th May. more »

2018 Darlington Arts Festival is announced

Darlington for Culture (DfC) is seeking to hear from arts groups, venues, performers and businesses who would like to showcase themselves in the sixth Darlington Arts Festival The festival, again to be staged at a wide range of venues across the borough, is being co-ordinated by DfC, the group which speaks for arts and culture more »

Darlington Music Society concerts

Darlington Music Society will stage six concerts of classical music during the 2017 / 2018 season as they have in previous years. Tickets are £14.00 per concert or £52.50 for a season ticket. Tickets can be obtained from the Dolphin Centre or season tickets from Mr. R. Tooze, 66 Headlands, Darlington. DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 more »

Autumn courses at The Bridge

Courses at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane. Phone 01325 244174 The details of Autumn courses at The Bridge can be found on this pdf autumn courses 17

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 »

Panto time

Darlington Hippodrome’s 2017/18 pantomime is the fairest of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Running from Saturday 9 December until Sunday 14 January, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the first major production at the newly re-opened Hippodrome following its 18 month restoration. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will see 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.

Open mic for authors

The season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday January 25. The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month. Now in their seventh more »

Darlington Folk Club

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington Music Society will stage six concerts of classical music during the 2017 / 2018 season as they have in previous years. Tickets are £14.00 per concert or £52.50 for a season ticket. Tickets can be obtained from the Dolphin Centre or season tickets from Mr. R. Tooze, 66 Headlands, Darlington. DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 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 »

Blood Brothers heads to Darlington

Bill Kenwright’s production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers announces its 2018 tour and it’s coming to Darlington Hippodrome in February. Bill Kenwright’s ‘Dazzling’ (Sunday Telegraph) production of the international smash hit musical Blood Brothers announces its 2018 tour, opening on Tuesday 16 January at the Theatre Royal Bath. This iconic musical has more »

Record-breaking volunteers top 3,800 hours for the year

Darlington Culture Volunteers (DCV), who support arts and culture in the borough, have announced that the number of volunteering hours that will have been delivered by the end of 2017 has topped 3,800 – the highest ever figure recorded by the service and three hundred more than last year. DCV, which was created through a more »

Library legal action overcomes first hurdle

Campaigners have been granted the right to a further hearing into proposals to move Crown Street Library to the Dolphin Centre. Darlington for Culture, which has long opposed the move to the Dolphin Centre, believes that there is still the opportunity for the council to talk to the Friends of Darlington Libraries and the wider more »

Arts project launches

An exciting new arts project is beginning in Darlington for children and young people with physical and learning disabilities. Harewood Hill Lodge will become a Creative Care Home thanks to funding through the County Durham and Darlington NHS Health Improvement Fund, managed by the County Durham Community Foundation. Blue Cabin Community Interest Company developed the more »

Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2018

The Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2018 is on 27th January 7.30pm at the Dolphin Centre. The orchestra will present a variety of classical music – old and new. The programme will include a wide range of pieces from Corelli and Dvořák, Richard Rodgers and 20th-century music medleys through to some John Williams magic. The family-friendly more »

Library court date set

A date in late November has been set for the court case into attempts by campaigners to prevent Darlington Borough Council moving the Crown Street Library into the Dolphin Centre. You can read the full story in The Northern Echo at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15622019.Court_date_set_in_battle_to_save_historic_library/?ref=mrb&lp=7.

Intrigue in the art world

Check out Mike Jarvie’s novel of intrigue in the art world. Black Art can be purchased at https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-ART-Michael-Jarvie-ebook/dp/B076KK1SJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508483388&sr=1-2&keywords=black+art Amazon link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/BLACK-ART-Michael-Jarvie-ebook/dp/B076KK1SJS/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1508607560&sr=1-2&keywords=black+art

Second book in trilogy is published

The second novel by Tracey Iceton has been published. Herself Alone in Orange Rain is part two in the Celtic Colours trilogy by the author, who is one of the organisers of Darlington Arts Festival. Kaylynne Ryan is a promising art student, used to fighting for her place in a world of men, but when more »