ArtsFest: Pen Power – workshop

Facilitated by poet and bibliotherapy practitioner Natalie Scott, this taster session will guide you through a range of activities designed to help you become more expressive and self-aware, connect with other people and cope better with life’s problems. Some activities will use a poem as a prompt to stimulate your own thoughts through group discussion more »

ArtsFest: Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore

This year’s Darlington Choral Society ‘Summer Sing’ will be a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘HMS Pinafore’. The Summer Sing is an informal concert with no admission fee, although there will be a retiring collection. It should be fun for choir and audience alike! Price: Free Place: St Cuthbert’s Parish Centre Date and time: more »

ArtsFest: Britain’s Seaside Pleasure Piers

Seaside pleasure piers are a great British institution of much social, economic and historical importance. Chris has visited every UK seaside pier at least twice to photograph and record this unique part of our culture. One of his published books “Walking Over the Waves” gives an informative account with many a funny tale to tell more »

ArtsFest: Plotting a Short Story

Ever had a good idea for a short story, but couldn’t find a way to round it off? In this workshop, participants will explore ways to make links across a narrative and create interesting and compulsive plots. Example short stories will be analysed, advice given for writers’ own ideas and opportunities provided to develop own more »

ArtsFest: Reading Event

Bennett House Writers are a small group of Darlington based writers who meet every Monday in Age UK, Bradbury House. Darlington. at 10.30am. They work together to support each other in developing their creative writing by reading out their work to the group, discussing its merits and suggesting improvements to the work. Join them for more »

ArtsFest: Poetry Reading

A chance to hear Vane Women read their own poetry/prose. In addition, our newest published poet, Judi Sutherland, will read from her hot-off-the-press book The Ship Owner’s House. There will also be a 10-minute slot for participation in our Open Mic – so why not bring along a piece of your own? Vane Women are more »

Arts Festival 2018: Visual arts

There are three free exhibitions in the town centre, starting with a one-day exhibition of work – including hand-coiled pots of all sizes – by Kolbe and Pam Bassington at The Friends Meeting House on Saturday 19th May from 10am-5pm. Also starting on the 19th May is an exhibition of original art by Alison Hill more »

ArtsFest: ‘night, Mother

Applause Theatre present ‘night, Mother, American playwright Marsha Norman’s at times harrowing play about a daughter telling her mother about contemplating suicide. The roles of mother and daughter are taken by Sam Bradshaw and Emma Simpson. Price: £8 (£6 concessions) on the door or from Hippodrome Theatre box offices Place: Crown Street Library Gallery Date more »

ArtsFest: Vane Women Tell Her Story

A potent brew of spoken word, film, art, image, live performance and music. Price: Tickets available on the door or email Place: Crown Street Gallery Date and time: Wednesday 30th May 6pm Contact: