Darlington shown after dark in photographic exhibition

A retired police scenes of crime officer has put the focus on Darlington in his latest venture photographing the town after dark. The results will feature in a special exhibition “As the sun sets in Darlington” which opens at the Town Hall on August 29 and will run until ‘Friday 20 October. .Campbell Sheppard’s love more »

Tickets now available for a ‘1940s’ dance

Join in a 1940s dance on 17th November at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Darlington. Tickets cost £10 until 1st September. Music is by the Doo Wop Dollies and vintage DJ Murray, they’ll show you the moves and you can join in solo and couple dances. For tickets and information, email manicmumdaysevents@gmail.com or book through this link (+ more »

Swashbuckling fun

Ahoy there, shipmates, why not climb aboard the good ship Naughty Nellie and join family favourites Double Trouble in a brand new swashbuckling spooktacular adventure this Halloween? Double Trouble and the Curse of the Haunted Pirate Ship will be presented by the same team that brought Sleeping Beauty to The Majestic theatre during the February more »

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Darlington New Orleans Jazz club is staged on the first Saturday of the month at St Augustine’s Parish Centre. The club welcomes back fantastic pianist, goodtime vocalist and all round performer Jeff Barnhart on Saturday 2 September. He’ll have people on the edge of their seats as he brings his larger-than-life personality to performances of more »

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 »

History walks

Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme. Still to come: 20 August 2017 West Cemetery with Richard Stephenson Meet at the cemetery main entrance at 1.30 pm Non-members welcome – no booking required. Walks cost £1 per person. They last around 1½ hours and are circular.

Tickets on sale for Hippodrome Panto

Darlington Civic Theatre has announced that their 2017/18 magical pantomime will be the fairest of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Running from Saturday 9 December 2017 until Sunday 14 January 2018 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the first major production at the newly re-opened Darlington Hippodrome following its 18 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 to restart in September

The seventh season of Open Mic nights for authors will start on Thursday September 28 after the summer break. Supported by Darlington for Culture, the nights offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it and run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month. more »

The town is alive with the sound of music

Darlington New Orleans Jazz club is staged on the first Saturday of the month at St Augustine’s Parish Centre. The club welcomes back fantastic pianist, goodtime vocalist and all round performer Jeff Barnhart on Saturday 2 September. He’ll have people on the edge of their seats as he brings his larger-than-life personality to performances of more »

Beading group set up

A 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 on 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 »

Theatre history exhibition

Darlington Hippodrome has launched a new exhibition celebrating the history and architecture of the Edwardian theatre at the Crown Street Art Gallery in Crown Street Library, Darlington. Moving Forward, Looking Back: A History of the Hippodrome, is a new exhibition celebrating the architecture of Darlington Hippodrome. The exhibition is open now and runs to 7 more »

How your child can star in a festive adventure

After the success of her 2016 bespoke Christmas book for Santa believers everywhere, Darlington based author Carol Dean has published her second personalised Christmas book “Santa and the Magic Dust”. Once Carol knows your child’s name and a cartoon image has been selected to represent your child, Carol will produce a book personalised for your more »

Arts organisation makes small grants awards

Arts organisation Darlington for Culture (DfC) has made the latest awards from its new small grants scheme. Voluntary organisation DfC launched the scheme after receiving a donation from a company with Darlington connections, and is working in conjunction with Creative Darlington to administer the programme. DfC has long believed that small grants can allow everyone more »

Art exhibition

A selection of art work from Darlington’s Community Art Project will be on display at Darlington Building Society’s Tubwell Row branch from Friday 28th July until Friday 29th September. The venue is open 9am – 5pm weekdays and 9am – 12 noon on Saturdays. For further information contact Laurence.ward@darlington.gov.uk

Hippodrome programme is revealed

Darlington Hippodrome has unveiled a packed spectacular opening season following a multi-million pound restoration. Following 18 months of expectation the opening season of the newly restored Darlington Hippodrome has been revealed. As a curtain-raiser and emotional homecoming we welcome DarlingtonOS with Strictly Musicals 2 – a song and dance extravaganza featuring some of the best-loved more »

Library case to go to court

Campaigners are taking Darlington Council to Court over the handling of the changes to the library service. The full Northern Echo story can be read at http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15389966._It_was_inevitable____Court_proceedings_issued_over_Darlington_Council_s_plans_to_close_Crown_Street_Library/

DfC names new Chair

Darlington for Culture (DfC), the voluntary organisation that speaks for the arts and culture sector in the borough, has named Jo Potter as its new Chair. Jo, who lives in Darlington and is involved in several community organisation including Darlington Green Theatre, steps up from his role as Vice-Chair. Jo replaces John Dean, who steps more »

Hullabaloo secures funding

Darlington-based Theatre Hullabaloo, the North East’s specialist producer of theatre for children and young people, is celebrating the news that it has been included in the Arts Council’s National Portfolio of Organisations (NPO) for 2018 – 2022. The organisation will receive just over £250,000 per year to deliver a high quality programme of theatre and more »