Newsletter and What’s On

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Newsletter: 14th to 20th October

On Monday, The London Mozart Players are at Darlington Hippodrome. They will perform music by Mozart, Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky, and unique pieces co-created and performed with young musicians from Darlington schools (…read more).

Another professional orchestra is in town this week, with Royal Northern Sinfonia at St. Cuthbert’s Church on Friday 7.30pm. The event includes a special ensemble arrangement of Mahler’s ‘Titan’ symphony (…read more).

And the excellent classical options continue with the first recital in Darlington Piano Society’s 2019-20 season at 3pm on Sunday with a visit from Martin Roscoe. He is one of the UK’s best-loved pianists and presents a programme of sonatas by Haydn and Schubert together with works by Debussy, Ravel and Liszt (…read more).

There is more musical variety at this week’s Darlington Folk Club on Thursday with a double guest night of Ian Swinburne & Trevor Bond (aka IT) and Trish McLean.

In theatre, you can find The Lady Vanishes at the Hippodrome. This is a new stage adaptation based on the classic Hitchcock film, starring Gwen Taylor (…read more).

There are a couple of talks this week, starting with Darlington Lecture Association’s event on Monday 7.30pm. John Pilkington explains how Queen Victoria’s army built a port and a railway to enable its 1860s invasion of what is now Ethiopia and Eritrea to rescue hostages. He has retraced that journey on foot (…read more).

Darlington Historical Society’s talks and meetings take place each month at the Friends Meeting House in Skinnergate, visitors £3 per meeting, and this Wednesday the society presents ‘King Alfred – with author Max Adams’ (…read more). Visit the Talks, Tours And Lectures section for further details of these and other events.

  • Do you have printed programmes or leaflets for your arts and culture events? Would you like them displayed on the DfC information stand in the foyer at the Hippodrome? (…read more)

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‘Orchestras Live’ at the Hippodrome

In a new initiative, Darlington Hippodrome and Orchestras Live are co-producing a concert series bringing the best of Britain’s professional orchestras to the town.

The London Mozart Players (pictured) appear on Monday 14th October, with the Hallé performing on Thursday 9th January 2020.

Both programmes will include unique pieces co-created and performed with the visiting orchestra and young musicians from Darlington schools (…read more).

For details or to book, call the Hippodrome box office on 01325 405405 or visit the theatre’s website.

Darlington Folk Club

The club meets every Thursday at The Copper Beach, Neasham Road, 8pm start, £7. On 17th October it’s a double guest night with Ian Swinburne & Trevor Bond (aka IT) and Trish McLean.

Ian and Trevor are well known performers in their own right and are now as a duo (IT) with lovely harmonies and arrangements of a wide range of songs. They are also funny with down beat entertaining patter. Trish is a popular performer on the Teesside folk scene and is known for her great distinctive voice and thought-provoking songs. Support is by our own Fiona Limb and Richard Forster.

RNS at St Cuthbert’s Church

Hear Royal Northern Sinfonia at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington DL1 5QG, on Friday 18th October 7.30pm, with a Romantic programme including a special ensemble arrangement of Mahler’s ‘Titan’ symphony.

Feel the full force and energy of this mighty symphony from just 15 players absolutely giving it their all. Tristan Gurney is the event’s violin/director. Wagner’s intensely personal Siegfried Idyll and Strauss’ opulent Capriccio Sextet complete this programme of three Romantic greats: Strauss Capriccio Sextet, Op.85; Wagner Siegfried Idyll; and Mahler (arr. Farrington) Symphony No.1 ‘Titan’.

Friday 18th October 7.30pm;Tickets: Standard £15; Under-18s £5.

Book online via Sage Gateshead website

Darlington Piano Society

Darlington Piano Society’s 2019-20 season commences at 3pm on Sunday 20th October in Central Hall, with a recital by Martin Roscoe.

Martin is one of the UK’s best-loved pianists, whose extraordinary career spans four decades. His enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.

He brings a superbly constructed programme to the DPS recital, including sonatas by Haydn and Schubert together with works by Debussy, Ravel and Liszt (…read more).

Forthcoming recitals are:
Grace Yeo (17th November)
Alexandra Vaduva (8th December)
Vadym Kholodenko (26th January)
Simon Callaghan (23th February)
Steven Osborne (26th March)

  • Recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP, on Sundays at 3pm
  • Season tickets cost £55 and can be purchased via the booking form in the brochure or the DPS website
  • Individual recital tickets are £14, available online, from reception at the Dolphin Centre, and on the door at the recitals
  • Free entry for Under-21s

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club takes place one or two Saturdays each month at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. The venue has free onsite parking and a licensed bar that serves tea and coffee. Bring your own food for a picnic while the band is playing.

Doors open at noon for a 12.30pm to 3pm session. Admission is £10 at the door – 20% discount for Darlington for Culture members with membership card. Visit our membership page for how to join. Children under 16 free with an accompanying adult.

For more information visit the DNOJC website.

Opus 4 Jazz Club

The club takes place at the Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER. Doors open at 7.30pm for 8pm statr.

The Forum Music Centre

For the full list of gigs and events, please visit The Forum website. Tel: 01325 363135.

Darlington Music Society season overview

The 2019-2020 season presents six concerts in the months from October until April 2020 inclusive, with no concert in December. Concerts take place on Saturdays 7.30pm in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP, and present pianists, stringed instruments, a flute, a harp and a quartet of four clarinets.

The concerts will include a wide range of classical chamber music by composers including Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Vivaldi, Bach, Prokofiev and others.

This promoter of classical chamber music concerts in the North East brings the finest music played by world-class musicians to Darlington for live performances at reasonable prices.

  • Ticket £15 per concert with a season ticket costing £56
  • Tickets can be obtained from Mr Rob Tooze, 66 The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RZ
  • Visit Darlington Music Society website for dates and details

Bannatyne Hotel Darlington

The hotel runs a series of events with tribute acts and music-themed shows at the Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse.

Celebrate Halloween with a night of live music, dining and dancing, plus spooky surprises. Niqi Brown is back to sing Halloween favourites. Friday 1st November from 7pm. £30 per person.

Festive tribute nights include a welcome drink, Christmas crackers, two-course meal and entertainment, £32pp: Saturday 30th November Tina Turner Tribute; Thursday 5th December Beyonce Tribute; Thursday 12th December A Night at the Movies Tribute; Monday 16th December The Greatest Show Tribute; Thursday 19th December The Beatles Experience.

Christmas Party Nights on Fridays and Saturdays in December and first weekend of January. They include a welcome drink, three-course meal, Christmas novelties and dancing until 1am. Tickets £35pp: 6th, 7th, 13th 14th, 20th, 21st December, 3rd and 4th January.

  • For details and to book contact Bannatyne Hotel, Southend Avenue, Darlington DL3 7HZ
  • Phone 01325 365858

Darlington Choral Society

The choral society will perform Handel’s ‘Messiah’ on Saturday 30th November at the Dolphin Centre 7.15pm.

The 80-strong choir will be accompanied by the Mowbray Orchestra and soloists Ruth Jenkins-Robertsson (Soprano), Valerie Reid (Mezzo), Austin Gunn (Tenor) and Andri Bjorn Robertsson (Bass).

Ticket £14; Students in full-time education £5.

Members of the choir will also be singing in the Gala performance of Mahler’s Second Symphony, ‘The Resurrection’, at Ripon Cathedral on 12th October with the St Cecilia Orchestra and Cleveland Philharmonic Choir. The choral society’s future programme for 2020 will be Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’ and Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ in April, and Beethoven’s ‘Mass in C’ in November 2020.

  • Further information and online booking are available at

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Following the sell-out success of its version of HG Wells’ The War of The Worlds, Northern Stage presents Sherlock Holmes’ most infamous case, adapted from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s gothic classic.

The event takes place at Neasham Reading Room on Thursday 24th October 7.30pm.

“A hound it was an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen…” Running time is 1hr 15mins and recommended age is 12-plus.

Tickets £10 each, £8 for under 18s. Visit Neasham Reading Room Neasham Reading Room or Rural Arts. Email

A Bunch of Amateurs

Green Theatre and STARS present ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

The play will be performed at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG, on 24th and 25th October at 7.30pm and 26th October at 3.30pm and 7.30pm.

Contains strong language – Saturday matinee performance redacted!

Tickets: £8/£10. Call: 07397 774913. Website:


Darlington Hippodrome

The new autumn season includes thrilling drama, a hand-picked selection of the world’s most dazzling musicals and some truly magical family shows, alongside household names gracing the Hippodrome stage (…read more).

Autumn shows include:
Plays and drama: The Lady Vanishes (photo credit: Paul Coltas) is a new stage adaptation based on the classic Hitchcock film, starring Gwen Taylor, Andrew Lancel, Denis Lill and Mark Wynter (15-19 October). For a scary night at the theatre The Woman in Black (18-23 November).

Musicals: Tthere will be chills when DarlingtonOS presents Jekyll & Hyde The Musical (23 October to 2 November). Jason Manford stars in the musical comedy/murder mystery Curtains (12-16 November).

Plus, the season includes a selection of operetta and Song & Dance and ‘one night only’ appearances, including Alexander Armstrong (4 November). New shows added regularly – please check with the venue (…read more).

The Majestic Theatre

The Majestic is hosting a ‘Panto Launch’ event and family-fun afternoon on Saturday 2nd November 2pm-4pm to celebrate all things Pantomime. Meet the cast with free face painting, balloon artist, fun and games, magician, stalls and music to get you in the mood for Christmas.

At The Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT. This venue hosts a variety of shows throughout the year.

Call the box office on 01325 633296 or 01325 633255 or email

Online Box Office:

Actors wanted

Local college Media Tutor is looking for older people, male or female, willing to act in front of a video camera.

It is for a specific project but also to practise film making. Film durations would be short, an hour, for example.

For details and to discuss further, call Karl on 07590 509161 or email



The Hullabaloo

Children’s theatre organisation Theatre Hullabaloo runs a programme of events at its flagship venue The Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington.

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

Does your child enjoy acting, singing and dancing? Regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy.

Darlington Stage School AJ Productions

Join Darlington Stage School AJ Productions to learn to act, dance and sing and take part in multiple productions throughout the year.

All children who attend AJ Productions stage schools have the opportunity to perform in the professional pantomime at The Garden Rooms at Tennants in Leyburn, this year starring Britain’s Got Talent finalist Danny Posthill.

Contact AJ Productions to book a free taster session, email, call 07999 428171 or visit the website

  • Saturdays 10am-noon
  • Hummersknott Academy, Edinburgh Drive
  • Cost: £47.50 per five weeks, try your first session free
  • Ages: 5-18

Keeping Up Appearances

The Bondgate Players present ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ on Thursday 28th, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November 7.30pm 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’. The action takes place in the church hall where brother and sister Emmett and Elizabeth are staging a murder-mystery play and Hyacinth forces her way into the performance (…read more).

Tickets cost £10 on the door or book online.

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines on three days: Music; Speech and Drama; and Dance. DFPA encourages entries for its competitions from all over the area and beyond incorporating state and private schools/private tutors and independently run music/speech and drama and dance schools.

The syllabus for competitions and details of year-round activities are available from the Secretary, email

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Crown Street Gallery

Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts Group Exhibition: 5th to 19th October

Darlington Mind Art and Creative Crafts Group is a safe and supportive environment where people with mental health issues can go to rediscover old talents and learn, develop and explore new skills, to express themselves creatively. Some work in the exhibition is for sale.

The Group promotes confidence building, self-sufficiency and resilience. For further information contact: Darlington Mind Ltd, St. Hilda’s House, 11 Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SQ. Telephone 01325 283169. Or visit Darlington Mind website.

Bridging the Gap: exhibition and talk

‘Bridging the Gap’ is an exhibition of textile art by Helen Winthorpe Kendrick at Crown Street Gallery, Darlington DL1 1ND, from 2nd November to 9th January.

The expression ‘Bridging the gap’ is frequently used in many different circumstances; this exhibition looks at the diverse ways in which bridges can be built, both physically and metaphorically (…read more).

There will be a short talk about the exhibition at 12.30pm Saturday 2nd November. Free, no booking required.

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild

The branch is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition at Darlington Hippodrome called ‘In the Limelight’, until the end of November.

Over the past 12 months, members of the guild attended tours of Darlington Hippodrome to develop a piece of embroidery that reflects an interest or connection to the theatre.

An exhibition of the finished works of art is open to the public in the ground-floor gallery at Darlington Hippodrome, accessible during theatre opening hours. The exhibition also includes the seven-panel series ‘Darlington in Stitches’, which was created by members and gifted to the town on 30th September 2000 (…read more).

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts

The centre is at the junction of Yarm Road and Hunden’s Lane, Darlington DL1 1ED. Autumn Term is from 9th September to 1st December.

There is a programme of 10-week courses in a variety of arts media throughout the year. Contact The Bridge for dates, prices and booking details. The centre houses a variety of local groups and is available for private hire; it also hosts exhibitions.

For more information, call the centre on 01325 243864 or visit The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts website.

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Hilarity Bites Comedy Club

Hilarity Bites Comedy Club brings the best of the UK and international comedy scene to venues in Darlington and throughout the North East of England.

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Love Tango Darlington

This group dances both traditional Argentine and modern Nuevo Tango.

Class every Thursday 7.30pm followed by dancing until late with John Paul Tango at Haughton Le Skerne Working Men’s Club, 25 Haughton Green, Darlington DL1 2DD.

For more information, call 01325 46873 or visit the group’s Facebook page.


The Cotswold Morris Team/Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Morris

Named after one of the first steam locomotives to operate on the Darlington and Stockton Railway/Black Diamond, this new Cotswold Morris team is based in Darlington. Dancing traditional dances from the Cotswold villages, this team comprises of both women and men.

They practise in the upstairs room of the Voodoo Cafe Bar on Skinnergate in Darlington from 7.30pm until about 9.30pm. The group welcomes any dancers and musicians, and if you’re not a dancer or musician then you are still more than welcome to join and learn the traditional dances.

Harlequin Women’s Morris

Harlequin Women’s Morris practise at the Village Hall, The Green, Cleasby, North Yorks DL2 2QZ. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm.

New dancers and/or musicians welcome to try this traditional English (North West) morris dancing. It is fun and helps keep mind and body fit; comfortable shoes and clothes are all that’s needed. First week is free, then £4 per week.

6th Street Swing

Transport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm.

6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. They run informal beginners’ classes weekly as well as evening socials every few months. No partner is required.

Classes are Tuesdays 7.30pm- 8.30pm followed by social dancing at Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate. Cost: £3 – first class free. Email Angeline

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Creative writing courses with Tracey Iceton

A selection of creative writing courses with local author Tracey Iceton will take place in the autumn for all types of writers, from emerging to established. Some courses are one-off workshops and some are fortnightly sessions, starting in September 2019 (…read more).

To book a place, please email For more information about Tracey’s writing and work with emerging writers visit the website.


Prompted to Write

This supportive writing co-operative for new and experienced writers takes place on Wednesdays from 10am-noon at Age UK Hub, 34 Priestgate, Darlington.

Open Mic for Writers

The next Open Mic night is on Thursday 31st October. The nights are supported by Darlington for Culture and offer a forum in which writers can read their material and audiences can enjoy it, at the upstairs room at HASH, 14 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG, usually on the last Thursday of the month, except July, August and December.

Writers have the opportunity to read work including poetry, short stories, novel extracts and scripts to appreciative audiences, with up to eight minutes for each writer. Readers range from published authors to those just starting out on their writing careers, and pieces read out range from excerpts from completed pieces to work in progress for which the authors are seeking feedback.

  • Each session starts at 7pm
  • Cost of entry is £3 paid on the door
  • Remaining dates for 2019: 31st October; 28th November
  • For details, email

Bennet House Writers

The group meets every Monday at 10.30am at Age UK, Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington DL1 5SX. The group read and discuss new and old work from members that includes poetry, short stories and novels. Further details can be obtained from Mary Sweeten on 01325 283401.

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The Darlington Lecture Association

Darlington Lecture Association (DLA) celebrates its 137th year with a season of eight lectures about travel, art, ancient Egypt and more.

The next event, on Monday 14th October 7.30pm, is about how Queen Victoria’s army built a port and a railway to enable its 1860s invasion of what is now Ethiopia and Eritrea to rescue hostages. John Pilkington has retraced, on foot, the redcoats’ journey and he will tell DLA of his adventure and how the countries fare today.

  • Lectures take place from September to April, usually second Monday of each month
  • 7.30pm at Carmel RC College, The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RP
  • Membership is £25; visitor entrance is £5
  • For more information, visit the website or call 01325 363350 or email

North Yorkshire and South Durham Art Society

The North Yorkshire and South Durham Art Society lecture on Monday 21st October 6.30pm considers Photography as a Fine Art.

Should we accept that the very best photographs can be regarded as Fine Art? This question is at the heart of a lecture by Brian Stater who argues that photography can equal, not to say exceed, more traditional disciplines in the key genres of portraiture, landscape and still life. Photography, moreover, has carved its own area of excellence in depicting the human condition.

All these ideas are discussed with reference to the work of the acknowledged masters of photography, including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Fay Godwin, Bill Brandt, Ansel Adams and Wolfgang Tillmans (…read more).

Darlington Historical Society (DHS)

Talks and meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7NG (accessed via the archway on Skinnergate) starting at 7.30pm.

Individual Membership £10; Junior and Student Membership £3; Visitors £3 per meeting.

DHS talks at the Friends Meeting House in Skinnergate are:

16 October: King Alfred – with author Max Adams
20 November: A History of Cleveland Bridge – with John Moran
18 December: The Churches and Chapels of Darlington – with author and TV presenter John Grundy
15 January 2020: The Life, Times and Writings of Rudyard Kipling – with Malcolm Sweet
19 February 2020: Dr. Dresser’s Dream – with Gill Moore of the Dorman Museum on the life of iconic designer Christopher Dresser and his work with the Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough
18 March 2020: Those Gigantic Statues: Cook and Easter Island – with Phil Philo, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Museums
15 April 2020: A Sort of Homecoming: Flying Officer George Lumley of Darlington – with Anthony Magrys

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month in Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall, from 1.30pm for talks starting 2pm. New members always welcome. Tea and coffee is available.

Forthcoming meetings:
2 November: Gaynor Devaney ‘Sunbeam and suitcases’

The branch is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition at Darlington Hippodrome from Wednesday 4th September ‘In the Limelight’ (…read more).

Darlington Hippodrome ‘Heritage Tour’

The next public tour is on Thursday 14th November 10.30am.

These Heritage Tours provide you with the chance to explore the building and learn about its heritage and history.

The tours are supported by Darlington Culture Volunteers – visit the website for more details about volunteering.

Contact the box office on 01325 405405 or book online at Darlington Hippodrome’s website.

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The Head of Steam

Darlington Railway Museum is running events and activities at the museum from 31st August to December, booking required for some.

Please check details for each. All take place at Head of Steam, North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST (read more). Call 01325 405060, email or visit the museum’s website.

Little Horrors at Halloween Sunday 27th October 11am-3.30pm
History Wardrobe presents Ready for Action Sunday 24th November 1.30pm
Santa at the Station Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December 10am-4pm

Halloween Animation Workshop

Create your own short animated film using spooky vampires and zombies in this Halloween Stop Animation Workshop. Takes place on 31st October from 2pm-4pm at Crown Street Library.

  • For children aged 7+
  • Tickets £35 per child

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National Council of Women Great Britain

The National Council of Women (NCW) wants to ensure that women play a full role in our society. In Darlington they meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month between 10am and midday at the Millennium Centre, All Saints Church, Ravensdale Road, Darlington DL3 8DT. They welcome women from around the wider area.

  • Visit the NCW website or Twitter @NCWGB, or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook
  • Call 01325 367375

Programme 2019-2020
22nd October: Kath McColl ‘Abbeyfield Society National and Local’
26th November: Cait Barratt ‘Hippodrome Histories Post War to Peter Tod’
10th December: Christmas Tea 3pm-5pm ‘Malcolm Watson, Classical Tenor’
28th January 2020: Tamma G Carel ‘Introducing the Sustainable Development Goals’
25th February: Jill Cunningham ‘Bugs and Beasties’
4th March: Spring Luncheon 12 for 12.30pm ‘Musicians from Darlington Orchestra’
28th April: Gary Bankhead ‘Archaeology of the River Wear’
19th May: Dr Helen Tidy ‘Forensics – Solving the Crime’
23rd June:
July (date tbc): Summer Outing

Group piano lessons for adults

Lessons with Tracey Chad ALCM(TD) DipLCM(TD).

Classes take place at The Forum, Borough Road.

For information and to book, email



Darlington Amateur Gardening Club

Visitors are welcome at meetings, with a £3 contribution towards the meeting costs. Bondgate Methodist Church Lecture Hall (Winston Street entrance) and the talk usually starts at about 7.30pm, after tea/coffee from about 7pm.

  • For club information contact the club secretary on 01325 468870

Be a Mosaic Maker: course begins 26th September

‘Be a Mosaic Maker’ with Julie Hand, mosaic artist and tutor, runs for 10 weeks every Thursday 10.30am-12.30pm from 26th September. Beginners welcome.

The course provides an opportunity to create fabulous pieces of art. Everyone works at their own pace, in their own style within a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, for two hours each week within the spacious Friends Meeting House.

Course Fees are £75 plus materials. For more information call Julie on 07913 764263 or email (…read more).

Keeping fit

Darlington Keep Fit Association’s regular sessions take place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, choreographed by Catherine Gilsenan, and every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Sadberge Village Hall, choreographed by Margaret Marston.

  • £3.50 per session with a view to membership if liked
  • Ages range from 18 years upwards

Darlington Orchestra

Darlington Orchestra is a community group that performs two major concerts each year. The group meets during Darlington school term-times at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, North Road, Darlington, on Tuesdays from 7.15pm to 9pm.

There are no auditions although a playing ability of at least Grade IV and good sight-reading ability is recommended. Vacancies in most strings sections; please contact the orchestra for details about other sections. Experience of playing in an orchestra is not essential but would be helpful.

If you are interested in joining, please email for information about vacancies.

CPRE group

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, CPRE Darlington, meets in the Upstairs Restaurant, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 6.30 pm. Meetings are informal and usually held the third Tuesday in the month. They cover mainly planning applications and so give the opportunity to air any views on issues which could affect your quality of life.

  • Please ring 01325 485107 to check dates and inform them of your attendance

Railway Heritage

The Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway were formed in 2013 to take forward ambitious plans to conserve and promote the 1825 line in the lead up to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the railway in 2025.

The Friends’ vision is to establish a walking and cycling rail trail using the route of the 1825 S&DR from Witton Park to Stockton on Tees.

The group meets on the first Thursday of the month, 7.10pm, usually at Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams.

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Publicise your organisations and events

If you’d like your arts event listed in this newsletter and on DfC’s website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), please send details including date, time, cost, any age restrictions (up to 200 words) plus a good-quality image supplied as a jpeg file (minimum 200KB) to

Do you have printed programmes or leaflets?

The DfC information stand in the foyer at The Hippodrome is a great place to promote arts organisations and activities, and we can help distribute your printed leaflets to potential audiences. The stand is generally staffed by Darlington Culture Volunteers when a show is on at the theatre.

We need more local arts organisations and individuals to supply programmes, leaflets or flyers for display.

Please post or deliver 20-30 copies of your season programmes, leaflets or flyers to: Heather Carter, Darlington for Culture, c/o Heritage Healthcare, 10 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF.

Raising funds – just by shopping online

If you buy clothes, stationery, holidays, home appliances, IT gadgets, train travel or just about anything via the easyfundraising website you can raise free cash for Darlington for Culture every time you shop – at no additional cost to you. Visit the easyfundraising website to find out to raise cash by shopping online at many popular retailers – including Amazon, Argos, eBay, Boots, Tesco, House of Fraser, Aviva, Lakeland,, and

Heritage Healthcare

Heritage Healthcare is a leading family-run business proud to offer more than 60 years’ experience and expertise in delivering excellent quality home-based care within the community.

They can be contacted via their website or 01325 370700.

Also, thanks to Resilient Business Systems Ltd for their support





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