First lecture of DLA’s 137th year

Darlington Lecture Association (DLA) opens its 137th year with “Angelic Streets” the encouraging story of one man’s crusade to recover our late-night town and city centres from the scourge of binge drinking. Paul Blakey MBE will explain how his Street Angels initiative to improve behaviour and protect the vulnerable has spread across the UK from more »

R’n’b Festival 2019

The R’n’b Festival takes place in the Market Square, plus fringe venues, on Sunday 15th September from 12.30pm-5.30pm. This free festival (part of Darlington’s Summer of Sound) is run by Darlington Borough Council, Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club and Gasto Promotions. The outside stage in the Market Square kicks off proceedings with an eclectic mix more »

Milos – The Voice of the Guitar

Classical guitarist Miloš Karadaglić will perform at Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday 24th September. Miloš is back with his fourth studio album, and his first recording since 2016, poignantly entitled Sound of Silence which is set for release on 13th September on Decca Classics. Miloš is a world-renowned classical guitarist who grew up in Montenegro and more »

Darlington Festival of Performing Arts

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines on three days: Music on Saturday 2nd March 2019; Speech and Drama on Saturday 9th March 2019; and Dance on Saturday 5th October 2019; all at Longfield Academy. The organisation provides the opportunity for children and adults to perform competitively in front of more »

DHS meetings 2019-2020

Talks and meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NG (accessed via the archway on Skinnergate) starting at 7.30pm. Annual membership £10 covering all talks. Visitors £3 per meeting. For more information, visit the Darlington Historical Society website. Membership Fees Individual Membership – £10 Junior & Student Membership – £3 Visitors more »

Darlington Piano Society: 2019-20 season

The 24th season begins on 20th October 2019 with a return by the celebrated British pianist Martin Roscoe, who opened the DPS season two years ago and attracted one of the largest audiences in recent years. His programme includes sonatas by Haydn and Schubert, works by Debussy (a selection of his Preludes), Ravel (Pavane pour more »

DAPA pre-school classes

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts is now running pre-school classes. Baby and pre-school classes take place on Wednesdays at St Mary’s Community Centre, Newton Lane, Darlington, DL3 9EX. Classes involve singing dancing and playing with musical instruments, building confidence, rhythm and co-ordination. Baby Stars (Age 1-3) 9.15am to 9.45am with parent/guardians. Preschool (Age 3-5) 10am more »

Poetry reading: 23rd July

Smokestack Poets SJ Litherland and Annie Wright read from their latest books on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 from 6.30pm-8pm. The event takes place at Crown Street Gallery, Crown Street, Darlington DL1 1ND. Free entry Refreshments available For details, contact Vane Women via their website

Darlington Comedy Festival’s month full of laughs

Darlington Comedy Festival returns in 2019 with a month-long line-up featuring popular TV comics and favourites from the Edinburgh Fringe. The festival starts on 1st July with Rob Deering’s one-man soundscape show and interactive quiz show ‘Beat This’. Audiences can catch stand-up shows throughout the month of July, including the Hilarity Bites New Act of more »

The Bridge Summer Fair

The Bridge Summer Fair is on Saturday 13th July 10am-4pm. It is going to have a vintage theme with old-fashioned activities, plus china cups and saucers for refreshments. Visit The Bridge website.