Welcome to the newsletter. Highlights include August Activities at The Hippodrome, art exhibitions at Crown Street Gallery and the Pennyweight, and Love Tango Darlington on Thursday at Haughton Le Skerne Working Men’s Club.


Darlington Hippodrome

balletLORENT‘s award-winning team who brought you Rapunzel and Snow White is back with an original adaptation of this beloved tale Rumpelstiltskin, directed by Liv Lorent and rewritten by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

A story of love, obsession, grief and reconciliation in a show made as much for adults as it is for children. Full of action and humour this emotionally rich fairytale is set in a rural world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning.

balletLORENT has been working with local primary schools, residential care homes, day centres and elderly community groups to find an intergenerational community cast of eight children aged 4-9 years and four people aged 65+ who will feature in the production.

  • Saturday 1st September 7.30pm and Sunday 2nd September 2.30pm
  • To book, visit the Hippodrome website or call the box office on 01325 405405

Other events: The Hippodrome will not have any shows on during August, but the theatre will be opening its doors and hosting a range of activities including live music, theatre tours, craft and drama workshops, opportunities to view archive materials and an exciting ‘Family Trail’. More information about activities in August here.

  • For further information and to book contact the box office on 01325 405405, or visit to choose your own seats online.

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

The DAPA is launching with a Movie Musicals Summer School from the 13th to 17th August for ages 7 to 13.

Regular classes start in September, all to be held at Hummersknott Academy.

For more information, visit the website.


Jabberwocky Market: pop-up theatre

The next Jabberwocky Market pop-up theatre events take place from Wednesday 3rd to Sunday 7th October.

There will be shows for young and old. If you love theatre or haven’t ever really been before, there’s something for you, and this time events are in Darlington and beyond. Venues include Darlington Covered Market, Greenfield Community College in Shildon and Liddiard Theatre, Polam.

For a list of shows, click here.

Green Theatre

Much Ado About Caesar is Green Theatre‘s next production and can be seen at The Hullabaloo, Borough Road (adjacent to The Hippodrome) on 11th, 12th and 13th October at 7.30pm.

It is also being staged at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, on 19th and 20th October at 7.30pm.

These abridged versions of Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing retain much of the essential storylines of two of Shakespeare’s great plays and make for an enjoyable evening of 45 minutes performance each play.

  • £8 (£6 concession)
  • Tickets from Darlington Hippodrome box offices
  • Call 01325 405405


LFLD exhibition at The Pennyweight

‘Lust For Life Drawing’ is turning The Pennyweight into ‘The Penny-Tate’ when the pub hosts an art exhibition.

Launching on 16th August at the venue in Darlington Market Square, and open to the public from Friday, the month-long event is a collection of drawings by attendees of Lust For Life Drawing sessions. The artists, from total beginners to professionals, have submitted works completed at or inspired by the life-drawing sessions.

The regular monthly Lust For Life Drawing session will take place in The Pennyweight on Thursday 6th September from 7pm to 9pm.

  • Visit the exhibition for free until 13th September

Gilkes Street Artists – Commonplace

Exhibition of work by members of Gilkes Street Artists, a Middlesbrough-based studio group, at Darlington’s purpose-built exhibition space at Crown Street Gallery from Saturday 7 July to Monday 27 August.

In Commonplace, the artists investigate their personal ideas of the everyday experience through painting, printmaking, mixed media and tapestry weaving.

For more information, visit Darlington Borough Council’s website.

Rejig’s Skills Courses – courses will include:

Fabric Dyeing
Bookmaking and Art Journals
Low-Tech Screen Printing
Embellishment and appliqué

The courses usually take place at South Park Education Centre, Darlington £25, includes materials and light refreshments

Visit the website

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


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


Opus 4 Jazz club

The club takes place at the Travellers Rest, 2 West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tickets £8. Next event in September. More information from the Opus 4 website

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Lunchtime event at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington 12.30pm. Entry is £10 on the door, and children 15 and under go free.

There’s a licensed bar and tea and coffee is available; and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic. There’s the added benefit of plenty of free onsite car parking. It’s also just a short walk from the bus stops on Tubwell Row and Darlington railway station.

  • Darlington for Culture members are eligible for discounted entry on production of their membership card.
  • For more information go to

Darlington Folk Club

September Events at The Forum

Friday 7th – 60s Mod Night featuring The Pre-Amps
+ DJ KingBoy D playing music in the bar
Tickets/Entrance £6

Saturday 8th – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club
Tickets £10 – Doors 7.30pm

Friday 14th – RnB Club
The Malone Sibun Band
Tickets £12 – Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 15th – Endorphin Machine
Fantastic tribute to the late, great, Prince
Advance tickets advised
Tickets £12.50 – Doors 7.30pm 

Friday 21st – Piano Man
A Tribute to the music of Billy Joel with full band
Tickets £10 advance/£11on the door

Saturday 22nd – Punk Fest
Punk Fest in aid of Macmillan Cancer
Punk bands from all over the country performing
Tickets £15 – noon to 11pm

Friday 28th – Gasto Promotions Presents
Clockwork Angels – A Tribute To Rush + Support from Obsession (UFO)
Tickets £10 – Doors 7-30pm
Tel: 01325 363135

Saturday 29th – Northern Soul Oldies Night
4 DJs spinning quality Northern Soul vinyl
Entrance £3.50. Doors 7pm until midnight

Darlington Music Society

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.


The Darlington Lecture Association: new season of talks opens on 3 September with Iceland: The Land of Geysers and Gyrs.

Another highlight of the series is An exploration of Windsor Castle’s treasures; visitors can hear about how the Queen entertains her guests with an after-dinner tour of the royal library. Oliver Everett, who in his 17 years as librarian at Windsor wrote the castle’s guide book, will give an illustrated talk on 8 October. As well as showing the great art and historical documents, the Queen enjoys recounting stories behind off-beat exhibits like the Lutyens dolls’ house and the shirt Charles I wore at his execution.

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

‘My Mountain Life: an illustrated presentation by Simon Yates’ (pictured) on Thursday 20th September 7.30pm, tickets £10, at the Neasham Reading Room.

On the remote Siula Grande in Peru in 1985, mountaineer Simon Yates found himself in a desperate position. He was slowly being pulled off the mountain by his injured partner, Joe Simpson, dangling on the rope 50m below. His decision to cut the rope saved both their lives in the epic survival that followed. With the publication of the book ‘Touching the Void’ and the later film, both men became household names.

Learn more about Simon’s tireless journey from that Peru mountain to some of the planet’s remotest and share the drama, excitement and beauty of modern lightweight alpinism. Told with wit, dry humour and lavishly illustrated with images and video collected on his great climbs.

  • Doors open 7pm, presentation starts 7.30pm, until about 10pm.
  • To reserve tickets, visit the NRR website.

Darlington Historical Society
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.


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.

More details: call 01325 468738 or visit group’s Facebook page.

Open Mic for Writers

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 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


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.

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Calling all events organisers

This summer, Darlington for Culture’s information stand (and famous teddy tombola) will display your leaflets or posters to help you reach a wide audience for your events and organisations.

We attend various events throughout the year and the volunteers who staff the stand can help spread the word about your arts events and organisations.

There is also an information stand located in the foyer of Darlington Hippodrome for a few days each week, 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.
  • If you are organising arts events or activities, please send 100 words about it and a jpeg to for inclusion in the DfC website and social media.


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In the picture We love to use pictures of events in our social media work and on our website so if you have taken any images at one of your events, please send the jpegs to us at


Thank you, as ever, for your support.

Jo Potter, DfC Chair, and the DfC team


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