This week, The Northern Echo‘s Chris Lloyd is at DHS talking about ‘The History of Paton Baldwin factory in Darlington’, and there’s plenty of comedy, music and theatre to keep you entertained.

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Last outing for the Teddy Tombola

We attend various events throughout the year helping promote arts in the area – and in December we’ll be at four ‘Santa at the Station’ days at The Head of Steam. Those well-attended events will be the last outings for the famous Teddy Tombola although we will still have an information stand at many events in 2019.

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.

Quick reminder to all member organisations, please let us have a batch of your latest leaflets about forthcoming events for the Volunteer Stand at the Hippodrome and the Information Stand for the four days at the Head of Steam in December.

  • Post or deliver your leaflets to: Heather Carter, Darlington for Culture, c/o Heritage Healthcare, 10 Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF.


Lino printing for beginners

This takes place at South Park, Darlington, on 17th January from 10.30am to 3pm, £35 all materials provided.

To book a place, please contact the organiser:

Message via Facebook missprintdarlo; email; phone 07971 073396.


The Bridge Centre

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts launches its range of spring courses, term starts week beginning 14th January 2019. Check The Bridge website for start dates and prices.

The Bridge Centre is located 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 cebtre houses a variety of local groups and is available for private hire.

‘Almost A Memory’ at Town Hall

An exhibition of prints by local photographer Chris Walker takes place at The Town Hall Gallery Space,

‘Almost A Memory’ includes monochrome photographs illustrating decline and decay in the built environment and takes as its subject a derelict farm in the countryside to the north of Darlington.

Free admission during Town Hall opening times.

Exhibition is on until 22 February 2019.


Rejig’s Skills Courses – programme 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



Darlington Piano Society

Recitals take place on Sundays at 3pm in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre.

Forthcoming concerts:
Florian Mitrea (27th January), his programme includes a selection of pieces inspired by the Danube
Mei Yi Foo (24th February) a virtuosic programme including works by Messiaen, Stravinsky and Balakirev
Leon McCawley (24th March), eminent British pianist in a programme celebrating early and late works

  • For full details of the society’s season, visit the society’s website
  • Season tickets – £55 – can be purchased using the brochure’s booking form or via the website
  • Tickets cost £12 for single recitals from the Dolphin Centre and on the door (U21 – £6)

Darlington Folk Club

Darlington Music Society

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. To find out more, visit the DMS website.

Please note: the Jubilee String Quartet concert, which had to be postponed on 6 October, has been rescheduled for Sunday 31 March 2019 starting at 3pm.

  • £14 per concert or £54 for a season ticket (there are six concerts in the year)
  • Tickets from the Dolphin Centre; season tickets available from Mr Tooze, 66 The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 467163

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

The club has announced its extended programme for 2019 (details on the club’s website), starting on Saturday 2nd February with New Orleans Jazz pianist Dale Storr.

The club takes place at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. Doors open at noon for a 12.30pm to 3pm session.

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.

  • £10 at the door. Children under 16 free with an accompanying adult
  • Darlington for Culture members get a 20% discount on production of their membership card
  • For more information visit the club’s website

Opus 4 Jazz Club

The club takes place at Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER.

Events in December at The Forum
Tel: 01325 363135.

Friday 21st: Cribs-mas Cribs Music Promotions presents Indie Night featuring 4 local live acts
Tickets £5 / Doors from 7pm
Saturday 22nd: Kounterfeit Kinks Excellent tribute to The Kinks
Tickets £12/Doors from 7.30pm
Friday 28th: Gasto Promotions  presents ‘The Straits UK’ Plus Support from Geoff Maude
Tickets £10 / Doors 7.30om
Monday 31st New Year’s Eve Party
Live Music from:  Random  Numbers & Share The Darkness + Much More, plus hot food included in the price
Tickets £17.50 / Doors 7pm until 1am


Burden of Paradise with Snake Davies

At Neasham Reading Room on Thursday 4 April 2019.

After a fantastic sell-out performance in 2018 Neasham Reading Room is delighted to announce the return of these great musicians.

Snake has played sax with M People, Eurhythmics, Take That, Ray Charles and many, many more. Band member Dave has played bass with Martha and the Vandellas, Edwin Starr and the Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. Helen from the trio has sung with The Eagles, Emmylou Harris and Little Feat. Burden of Paradise’s unique interpretations of evocative songs from Dylan to Dowland to Billie Holiday are spellbinding.

Audiences have called it “one of the most enjoyable evenings ever” and have said…“It absolutely blew me away! BRILLIANT. How privileged we are to be able to see this stuff in our village halls. Thank you.”

Gareth Davies Jones at Neasham Reading Room

Highly regarded as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC’s Bob Harris, Iain Anderson are fans), Gareth’s music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic. A natural storyteller, reviewers have placed his performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition. Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, attention to musical detail is evident throughout his seven solo and three collaborative albums. He plays a variety of instruments and features a keen sense of melody woven around a rich, distinctive voice.

Raised on the shores of Belfast Lough, he now lives in the Tyne Valley. Gareth has been writing, singing and playing his own songs since his mid-teens. After studying at Newcastle University and cutting his musical teeth busking, playing in local bands and working, he turned professional in 2004 to begin a solo career which continues to gain momentum.

Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert 2019

The Darlington Orchestra Winter Concert takes place on Saturday 26th January 7.30pm in the beautiful Central Hall at Darlington’s Dolphin Centre.

This will be an accessible event packed with music of the past few centuries including various musical styles and by diverse composers, from Haydn to Smetana and from Mozart to Mancini.

Details of the programme and special guest performers will be available in the next couple of months. For updates, follow the orchestra on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Tickets £7/£5 from the Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, Darlington DL1 5RP
  • Tel: 01325 406000
  • Tickets available online (with booking fee)



Autumn/Winter programme at The Hullabaloo

Children’s theatre organisation Theatre Hullabaloo has announced its Autumn/Winter Season of magical things to see and do at its flagship venue, The Hullabaloo, in Darlington.

The season draws to a close with Theatre Hullabaloo’s production, Luna, from 8 to 29 December. This magical first-time theatre experience for 2- to 5-year-olds and their families is about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark.

To buy tickets and for more information visit the website.


Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

Does your child enjoy acting, singing and dancing? The new term at Darlington Academy of Performing Arts started on 4th September.

Regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy.

For more information, visit the website.


The Majestic Theatre

Darlington Hippodrome

For details of shows after the pantomime season, see Hippodrome launches spring season.


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


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.

Harlequin Women’s Morris

Harlequin Women’s Morris group practises from September through to May on Tuesday evenings, 8pm to 10pm, at Quaker Meeting House in Skinnergate.

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.

For further information call 07951 251005 or email


The Darlington Lecture Association

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, call 01325 363350 or email

14 January “Cathedral Care Taker” Geoff Clifton
11 February “Treasures of the Turf” Christopher Garibaldi
11 March “Putting on the Proms” David Pickard
8 April “The Wynyard Dynasty” Ron Tempest

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. Annual membership £10 covering all talks. Visitors £3 per meeting.

For more information, visit the Darlington Historical Society website.

19 December
The History of Paton Baldwin factory in Darlington – with Chris Lloyd of the Northern Echo

16 January 2019
How the LNER  provided for special traffic: the 1927 eclipse and the Scouts cruise – with Sam Wood

20 February 2019
Gertrude Bell: The uncrowned Queen of Iraq – with Gordon Hetherington

20 March 2019
The English Civil War in the North East – with Phil Philo

17 April 2019
Members evening and AGM
Hummersknott Allotments & SHA, Darlington’s Only Surviving Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden … The Movie – with Ted Lickrish

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild

The local guild hosts talks each month. Meetings held at 1.30pm in Elm Ridge Methodist church hall. New members always welcome. For more information, visit the website.


Open Mic for Writers

The next event is on 31st January. 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.

The nights give writers from Darlington and further afield 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 completed pieces to work in progress for which the authors are seeking feedback. A share of the proceeds is donated to Darlington for Culture to help further its work supporting arts and culture in the town.

  • Each session starts at 7pm
  • Cost of entry is £3 paid on the door

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.


Group piano lessons for adults

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

At The Forum, Borough Road.

For information and to book, email



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.

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.

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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