WEA courses at Friends Meeting House

Founded in 1903, the WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life. Two courses start January 2020 at the Friends Meeting more »


St Augustine’s Repertory Society (STARS) present a traditional family pantomime ‘Aladdin’ at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. 22nd to 24th January 2020 from 7.30pm-10.30pm Saturday 25th January 2020, 1pm-4pm and 6pm-9pm Ticket £10; £5 Call 07397 774913 to reserve tickets Book and pay online

Bridging the Gap: exhibition

‘Bridging the Gap’ is an exhibition of textile art by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick at Crown Street Gallery, Darlington DL1 1ND, from 2nd November 2019 to 9th January 2020. The expression ‘Bridging the gap’ is frequently used in many different circumstances including bridging the gap between: standards and achievement; the poor and the rich; the minorities more »

DMS presents a new woodwind trio

On Saturday 11th January at 7.30pm, Darlington Music Society presents a delightful and varied programme by a new Woodwind Trio of Katherine Bryer (oboe), Stephen Williams (clarinet) and Antonia Lazenby (bassoon). They will be playing pieces by Mozart, Bach, Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Eugene Bozza, Jean Francaix and Telemann. The Cavatina Chamber Music Trust sponsors FREE more »

Bondgate Players: Keeping Up Appearances

The Bondgate Players present ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ from 28th to 30th November 2019 at The Majestic Theatre, Darlington DL3 7JT. The show was one of the most popular TV comedies of the 1990s and it starred Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket, the overbearing ‘lady of the house’. Now, this beloved TV show has been adapted more »

Hurworth Concert Band’s Christmas event

Hurworth Concert Band’s next concert is a joint venture with Polam Hall’s school choir on Saturday 7th December 2019. They will present a sparkling array of Christmas music at Liddiard Theatre, Polam Hall School, Grange Road, Darlington DL1 5PA.  7pm-9pm Tickets: adult £5; children £2 Tickets at the door or call 0771 7244579

Darlington Choral Society: Handel’s Messiah

Darlington Choral Society (DCS) will perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ on Saturday 30th November 2019 at 7.15pm at the Dolphin Centre. The 80-strong choir under the baton of Director Richard Bloodworth will be accompanied by the Mowbray Orchestra. Soloists will be Icelandic Bass-Baritone Andri Bjorn Robertsson (pictured), Tenor Austin Gunn, Mezzo Valerie Reid and Soprano Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson. more »

Arts Society: ‘Spread a Little Happiness’

‘Spread a Little Happiness: The Story of the British Musical’ lectures by Malcolm Jones on Monday 2nd December 2019. The British Musical was triumphant in the 1920s and 1930s when Noel Coward and Ivor Novello dominated the West End. However, the arrival of Oklahoma in 1948 changed everything. For the next 30 years, audiences flocked more »

Catch Your Breath: exhibition and poetry workshop

Join North East poet Christy Ducker for a writing workshop inspired by a fundamental bodily function: breath. The work will include responses to art and ideas from around the world, thinking about breath and respiratory health in new ways. Expect to play with breath in the poetic line and let the air into your writing! more »

Vane Women Press: Colpitts Poetry

On Friday 6 December 2019, Darlington-based Vane Women Press hosts a double-bill event. The collectuve is proud to launch its latest publication, a book by poet Rachel Burns ‘A girl in a blue dress’. And Marilyn Longstaff will read new and published poems. Colpitts Poetry, Alington House, 4 North Bailey, Durham Friday 6th December 7.30pm more »