This week’s newsletter highlights a mix of events from music to magic, through to a DHS talk, drama and dance.

  • If you’d like your arts/culture events listed here and promoted on the DfC website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), please send a Word document of about 150 words plus a hi-res photo to


The Majestic Theatre

Chris Cross the Magician is bringing his Top of the Bill Magic & Variety Show to Darlington’s Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington DL3 7JT, on Friday 19th October for one night only! Chris promises “fun for all of the family in a proper old-school variety show”.

The audience will be amazed by magic with doves by The Great Aziz from Glasgow, plus Sideshow Stunts from Iain Jay of Hartlepool, while Charlie Burns from Newcastle will be juggling knives and eating fire. Paul Derek (known as ‘The Birdman of Magic’) will be performing his ‘Animal Magic’ Act.

Green Theatre

Much Ado About Caesar is Green Theatre‘s next production and can be seen 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 at 45 minutes per performance, with an interval.

£8 (£6 concession)

‘Acting for film’ workshop

Takes place at Hummersknott School from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November. 10am-2pm, £85 for the week.

This course is for you if you are aged between 11 and 18 years and want to learn more about acting for film. It includes looking at what makes certain TV series and films great, breaking down scripts and building a character with a chance to perform to film.

Email or phone on 07957 445765.


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.

Highlights this season include No Show (Ellie Dubois) 16-17 October – photo by Chris Hoyle – a production that deconstructs superhuman circus performers and shows them as vulnerable human beings, putting female strength, skill and power centre stage, suitable for ages 9+.

Younger children and their families can enjoy Little Gift 19-20 October (M6 Theatre Company & Andy Manley) a brand-new story for ages 3+ that brings light into the darkest season of the year, and Martha 26-27 October (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company) an original show about friendship for ages 4+ from the company who brought you White, which visited the venue earlier this year.

Direct from Australia, the internationally award-winning company Slingsby arrives at The Hullabaloo in November with an immersive performance of The Young King, an intimate and magical show using the beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde, for children aged 8 and over.

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.

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

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

Regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy.

For more information, visit the website.


Darlington Hippodrome

For details of this season’s shows, see Darlington Hippo is for life, not just for Christmas…


The Darlington Society of Arts – Annual Exhibition

The group will be exhibiting painting, crafts and prints at The Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire, from 13th to 24th October.

The group meets from 7pm until 9pm at Hummersknott Academy on Wednesday evenings. Most evenings have a theme to give some inspiration, if needed, but members can also work on their own projects.

For more information, visit the group’s website and Facebook page.


‘Picasso at Play’ at the QE

This is a rare opportunity to see an exhibition of original photographs by acclaimed American photographer Lee Miller.

Organised by The Arts Society North Yorkshire & South Durham in collaboration with Lee’s son, Antony Penrose, The Farley Arts Trust. It is being held at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, from the 1-25 October. The Preview is on Monday 1 October, 5.30pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome.

The exhibition is open weekdays only – please contact the college to check access.

Tel: 01325 461315. Email:

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

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


Darlington Piano Society

The 23rd season begins on 21st October with a much-anticipated recital by the internationally recognised young Russian/Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg. The programme includes his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s third string quartet.

Jamie Bergin (18th November), born in the North East and currently studying with Lars Vogt in Germany
Lara Melda (9th December), winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2010
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
  • Recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Sundays at 3pm

Darlington Folk Club

Oxjam Darlo: local music, global impact

On Sunday 28th October, Oxjam Darlo will promote home-grown talent across multiple genres. Seven town-centre venues have signed up be part of the takeover, where they will showcase local acts.

Now in its fourth year, the popular local music festival is back with a one-day takeover event in Darlington town centre. Since 2014, it has raised thousands of pounds to help Oxfam fight poverty and suffering in the UK and abroad.

For more information about Oxjam Darlo, visit the festival’s Facebook page or other social media.

  • Early-bird tickets are available online – for a limited time only – for just £6 each
  • To purchase tickets, please visit We Got Tickets
  • Follow ‘Oxjam Darlo’ on social media to keep-up-to-date with festival news

October Events at The Forum
Tel: 01325 363135

Thursday 18th Hilarity Bites Comedy Special featuring Ivan Brackenberry & Ian D Montfort
Tickets £8. Doors 7.30pm

Friday 19th Definitely Oasis (Tribute to Oasis)
Tickets £10. Doors from 7pm

Saturday 20th The Stones: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones
Tickets £12.50. Doors from 7pm

Friday 26th Gasto Promotions presents Martin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)
Vintage Years Tour
Tickets £15. Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 27th Fu Fighters paying homage to US Rockers Foo Fighters
Tickets £7. Doors from 7pm

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

One of the Club’s great favourites comes back on Saturday 3rd November. The New Century Ragtime Orchestra – all 12 of them – return to continue their musical roller-coaster ride through the music of the ‘Jazz Age’. They never fail to delight every time they play at the club.

Starts 12.30pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. Entry is £10 on the door, children 15 and under go free. DfC members get a 20% discount on presentation of their membership card.

Darlington Music Society

Concerts in the 2018/19 season are on Saturdays at the Dolphin Centre 7.30pm.

  • £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

Opus 4 Jazz Club

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


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


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


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.

17 October
Admiral Collingwood – with author Max Adams

21 November
Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in the North Riding during the First World War – with Anne Wall and Eileen Brereton

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

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



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 on Thursday 25th 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.

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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Calling all events organisers

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.


Contact DfC:

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Facebook – Darlington For Culture the official site
Twitter – @darloforculture
Email –

Postal address – Darlington for Culture Ltd, c/o Heritage House, Houndgate, Darlington DL1 5RF.

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