This newsletter, updated on 15th April, highlights events in and around town – including on Wednesday, Darlington Historical Society’s talk at the Friends Meeting House and a print workshop in South Park education centre, plus the Marmen String Quartet perform at The Dolphin Centre on Saturday.

Promotional opportunity – send us your leaflets

Do you have arts and culture events or groups that you’d like to publicise? Darlington for Culture’s information stand (and famous teddy tombola) will display your leaflets or posters to reach a wide audience.

We attend lots of events throughout the year, and the volunteers who staff the stand can help spread the word.

There is also an information stand a few days each week in the foyer of Darlington Hippodrome, with Darlington Culture Volunteers helping to promote your arts events to the general public.

  • If you have any arts event/organisation leaflets or flyers you’d like us to help distribute, please post or deliver 20 or 30 copies of them to:
    Heather Carter, Darlington for Culture, c/o Heritage Healthcare, 10 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF.


Darlington Music Society

Next concert is on Saturday 21 April when the Marmen String Quartet will play music by Mozart, Janacek, and Beethoven.

The society has staged six concerts of classical music during the 2017/2018 season as they have in previous years.

Tickets are £14 per concert or £52.50 for a season ticket. Tickets can be obtained from the Dolphin Centre.


Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club meets at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington, and gigs start at 12.30pm sharp. St Augustine’s has a licensed bar, tea and coffee are available, and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic while the band is entertaining. There’s plenty of free onsite car parking. It’s also a short walk from bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station.

Entry is £10 on the door (children 15 and under go free). Darlington for Culture members eligible for discounted entry with membership card

Darlington Folk Club takes place every Thursday at The Copper Beach, Neasham Road, 8 pm start,  £7, more info on the website

Next club guest night is on Thursday 19th April, presenting Benny Graham and Chuck Flemming. Support by Great North Road and Richard Forster. 8pm start, £9.

The Forum

April events:
Friday 20th
– Gasto Promotions
10CCLO ise a tribute to both 10CC and ELO
Tickets £10, Doors 7.30pm (Advance tickets advised)

Saturday 21st – The Weller Connection
Paying homage to Paul Weller and his music
Tickets £8, Doors 7.30pm

Friday 27th – Hayley McKay (pictured left) Album Launch
Talented Local Singer/Songwriter and her band performing her new album and more.
Tickets £7adv/£8otd or a special ticket £15 for ticket and new album.
Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 28th – Shine On
Excellent tribute to Pink Floyd returns to The Forum
Tickets £12adv/£13otd, Doors 7.30pm



Make a printing plate using scraps of card and found objects. Print with it in different ways, by hand or with an etching press. Whether your passion is for bold black and white or vivid colours you will take home your own fabulous set of prints.

Workshop is in South Park education centre (next to the clock tower) on Wednesday 18th April from 10.30am to 4pm, £30 includes materials. Booking essential.

Fb message: MissPrintDarlo or call 07971 073396.

Courses at The Bridge starting 23rd and 25th April: To develop your skills, join one of the friendly groups at The Bridge, Darlington DL1 1ED. The groups work in a wide variety of materials and methods. Students should bring their own materials.

All levels of expertise are welcome, from complete beginners to more advanced artists looking to improve their range of skills and techniques.

Classes cost £6 per session, this is payable in 5-weekly blocks. The Bridge courses cost £65 for 10 weeks.

  • Monday 5.30pm-7.30pm, starting 23rd April
  • Wednesday 5.30pm-7.30pm, starting 25th April
  • For more details, call tutor Andy Taylor on 0191 373 2485 or visit

Rejig’s new season of Skills Courses start on Saturday 26th May 9.30am-2.30pm. The first one is fun with batik.

‘Wax and Colour: Modern Batik’ is a three-hour workshop introducing participants to the ancient art of batik, with a modern twist. A mixture of demonstrations, experiments, and hands-on practical time, the session will teach new techniques and help you gain the confidence to use them in creative ways. By the end of the morning, you will have completed a self-contained project and will leave with a finished piece.

The course is at South Park Education Centre, Darlington £25, includes materials and light refreshments

The Bridge Centre
The centre is at the junction of Yarm Road and Hundens Lane DL1 1ED and runs programmes of 10-week courses in a variety of arts media throughout the year as well as a programme of exhibitions by local artists and art groups. The Bridge houses a variety of local groups and is available for private hire. Information on programmes can be found on


Open Mic for Writers – next session is on Thursday 26th April

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.

Now in their seventh year, the nights have given dozens of writers from Darlington and further afield the opportunity to read work including poetry, short stories, novel extracts and scripts to appreciative audiences. Readers range from published authors to those just starting out on their writing careers, and pieces read out range from completed pieces to work in progress for which the authors are seeking feedback. It all makes for an enjoyable evening’s entertainment.

Each session starts at 7pm and the cost of entry is £3 paid on the door. A share of the proceeds is donated to Darlington for Culture to help further its work supporting arts and culture in the town.

Writers meet
Bennet House Writers meet every Monday at 10.30am at Age UK, Bradbury House, Beaumont Street West, Darlington DLI 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.

Courses, workshops and crafts groups, including for children

Fancy learning a new skill or brushing up on an old one? Then head to our courses pages at

Group meets
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.


Darlington Amateur Gardening Club
They meet in Bondgate Methodist Church, Winston Street entrance, and the talk starts at about 7.20pm, after tea/coffee. For club information contact the club secretary on 01325 468870.

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. Want to know more? Then check out the NCW website or Twitter @NCWGB, call  01325 367375 or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook.

Darlington Historical Society talks:
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.
More information at

Wednesday 18 April 2018
North Road Head of Steam Museum

Darlington Lecture Association
Darlington Lecture Association welcomes £5 visitors to its meetings at Carmel RC College (7.30pm). Details of £25 membership covering eight lectures from 01325 363350 or at

The Bridge centre
‘Dr Dresser’s Dream – an Art Appreciation Talk’ takes place on Wednesday 13th June, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Dorman Museum will be giving a talk about one of the pioneers of independent design at The Bridge centre, which is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane. Postcode is DL1 1ED and the entrance is on Hundens Lane. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.


Keeping fit
Darlington Keep Fit Association is celebrating its 55th year of movement to music with regular sessions.The first takes place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall and is choreographed by Catherine Gilsenan and the second is held every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Sadberge Village Hall and is choreographed by Margaret Marston. Both are qualified teachers with regularly updated training, costs are £3.50 per session with a view to membership if liked. Ages range from 18 years upwards.

Raising funds
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Thank you, as ever, for your support.

Jo Potter, DfC Chair, and the DfC team