ArtsFest: Jake Howard – From Cop to Killer

In this event Andy Coward, who writes as Jake Howard will talk about his love of crime detection over a 30-year police career and his current love of writing crime novels. There will be a reading from his first crime novel, The Killing Barn (Amazon 4.7/5 star reviews) followed by a Q&A. This will be more »

ArtsFest: Mass Dance 2018 Express yourself!

Darlington Dance Festival Mass Dance 2018 – Express yourself! for mental health – takes place on Sunday 20th May from 1pm. This year’s theme is promoting mental health and wellbeing. The event brings local dance schools and community groups together to perform one mass dance choreographed by Debbie Harbin of the D project and Darrien more »

ArtsFest: NERA meeting

‘A Creative Tourist eclipses the Scout Cruise’ Sam Woods presents three short talks in his engaging and thought-provoking style covering the CTAC Scottish Tours Express which ran through the North East, some of the LNER’s arrangements to handle the huge influx of passenger traffic prompted by the solar eclipse of 1927 and a pre-War Cruise more »

ArtsFest: 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. Price: £2 for adults, £1 for children, under 5s are free and family members go free Place: Museum Gardens and more »

ArtsFest: Hand Coiled Pots exhibition

This one-day exhibition displays work by Kolbe and Pam Bassington. Kolbe has been making ceramics for 15 years; he enjoys creating small, curious objects. Pam Bassington gained a First-Class Honours degree in Contemporary Fine Art in 2012. She has exhibited in Cork Street and had her digital image projected onto various buildings in London, as a more »

ArtsFest: Would You Believe It – script readings

Following their highly successful 2017 debut at the Darlington Arts Festival, No Name Theatre Company presents ‘Would You Believe It’. Three play-script readings exploring the improbable, the surprising and the otherworldly. Play one ‘On your doorstep’: everyday village life can abound with gossip and assumptions, but it can also throw up some surprises. Play two more »

ArtsFest: After-school song session

The Forum’s Song Club Sessions take place each Wednesday evening for 25 weeks. Run by The Forum staff Chris Davison and Matt Eland, supported by vocal coach Hayley Mackay, these sessions are for 12- to 17-year-olds and include training and experience in a number of areas such as recording, singing, sound engineer, stage set up more »

ArtsFest: Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde

This Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Rose Theatre Kingston co-production, adapted by David Edgar and starring Phil Daniels, is a nerve-jangling horror story adaptated from Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic thriller. During one of his audacious experiments trying to separate good from evil, the mild-mannered Dr Jekyll inadvertently unleashes an alternative personality of pure evil… more »

ArtsFest: Darlington Folk Club

Darlington Folk Club hosts a ‘Singers, musicians and poets night’ on Thursday 24th May from 8pm. Price: Free Place: The Copper Beech, Neasham Road, Darlington Date and time: Thursday 24th May 8pm start Contact: George Armstrong on 07890 006204    

ArtsFest: Under Milk Wood

Back by popular demand, Darlington Green Theatre presents the radio drama Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. There will be two performances – one on Thursday 24th May and one Friday 25th May. Price: £8 (£6 concessions) on the door or from The Hippodrome Theatre box offices 01325 405405 Place: Crown Street Library Gallery Date and more »