Welcome to this week’s newsletter, updated on 17 June, with a round-up of music, dance and exhibitions.

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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.


Rejig’s Skills Courses – dates and details tbc, but future 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



Darlington Hippodrome
This Is Elvis (25 to 30 June) which recreates all the drama leading up to ‘the 1968 Comeback Special’ TV show – it’s the musical that puts the king back on the throne. For lovers of comedy we have one of the best as Joe Pasquale stars as Frank Spencer in an all-new stage show Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (2 to 7 July) while All Or Nothing – the Mod Musical (10 to 14 July) follows the rise and demise of the Small Faces.

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


Darlington Comedy Festival in July: Comedians from popular TV shows such as Mock the Week including Chris Ramsey and Gary Delaney are set to perform at the 2018 Darlington Comedy Festival.

Now in its seventh year, the month-long festival takes place at various venues including Darlington Hippodrome, The Forum, Old English Gentleman and the Hole in the Wall throughout July.

The festival kicks off on 7 July at The Forum Music with a trio of top-notch comedians including Russell Hicks, Paul Pirie and host Freddy Quinne who won the Hilarity Bites’ New Act Competition in 2013.


Darlington Folk Club

Next club guest night will be on Thurs 14th June, presenting Loose Like a Goose, support by Tom Thorne and Bob Tuddenham.

Opus 4 Jazz club

The club takes place at the Travellers Rest, 2 West Auckland Road, Darlington DL3 9ER. Tickets £10. Doors are open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start and it is advised to be early to secure a table.

June Events at The Forum

Friday 22nd – Gasto Promotions Presents
Rebecca Downes Band
Tickets £12. Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd – Bootleg Blondie
Paying tribute to Debbie Harry & Blondie
Advance tickets advised
Tickets £12. Doors 7.30pm

Friday 29th – Keep It Cash
Tickets £10. Doors 7.30pm


Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert 2018: The next Darlington Orchestra takes place on Saturday 7th July 7.30pm in Central Hall at the Dolphin Centre, DL1 5RP.

The concert will present an eclectic selection of about 10 pieces of light classical music – ranging from Beethoven to Burt Bacharach, and from a Hungarian folk opera to the summery sounds of a Gershwin medley.

More details and special guest performers are to be announced nearer the time.

Tickets £7 and £5 for concessions (avalaible from the venue about one month before the concert). Follow the orchestra on Facebook and Twitter


Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Saturday 7 July brings the chance to hear ‘the hottest man in town’ when the multi-talented Spats Langham brings his Hot Fingers band and guest star Miss Emily Campbell back to the Club. Hot Fingers celebrates the golden age of music, visiting the red-hot jazz of 1920s New York through to the early days of sophisticated 1930s Swing; Spats and the band’s members are leading experts in this style of music.

Spats visited Darlington last year and the club organisers Graham and Ray got so many requests for another appearance they booked him again as soon as they could – and the sound will be hot, hot, hot.

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 New Orleans Jazz Club meets at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington 12.30pm on the first Saturday of every month (except January). Entry is £10 on the door, and children 15 and under go free.
  • Darlington for Culture members are eligible for discounted entry on production of their membership card.
  • For more information go to

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.



Make a monoprint – Thursday 5th July

Workshop for beginners and experienced printmakers.

Workshop is in South Park education centre (next to the clock tower) on Thursday 5th July from 10.30am to 4pm, £30 includes materials.
Booking essential.

Fb message: MissPrintDarlo or email


‘Of Equines and Others’ is an exhibition of mixed-media drawings and prints from Darlington-born artist Louise Pallister and it runs until Saturday 28th July at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Road, Darlington.

These widely exhibited large-scale drawings were developed from time spent observing thoroughbreds at the Queen’s stud in Berkshire, a racing stables on Merseyside, and Tatton Park, Cheshire. In looking for essential truths about the creatures she depicts, Louise often focuses on anatomy or elements she sees as conveying fundamental information about the nature and qualities of individual animals.

Visit the exhibition at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, Yarm Road, Darlington DL1 1ED, Monday to Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm. Free admission

Oil painting for beginners: one-day course

Established artist and tutor Jo Pickering is hosting a one-day painting workshop at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts on
Saturday 28th July, 10am to 4pm, £40.

Jo will provide a variety of still-life images to work from and will demonstrate materials for a highly enjoyable day. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but please bring lunch.

Jo will demonstrate two techniques – oil underpainting for oil painting and acrylic underpainting. Jo will also demonstrate the grid drawing method. Please bring: a canvas or board, 12” x 16” or 20” x 16” will be sufficient; a set of oil paints (Jo will provide acrylic inks on the day should you wish to try this medium); water pot, pot for oil thinners (white spirit); a selection of brushes; basic drawing equipment.

  • To book, email Jo or call 07930 422041


Dance Show “A Panorama of Movement and Dance” takes place on Saturday 23 June 2pm at The Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RP.

The Annual Festival Show of Movement and Dance features participants from all over the North East, from children to mature movers, including performances fresh from the national festival show at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

This colourful display of dance and movement, to a variety of music, is organised by KFA Moves North East Region, part of EMD UK (Exercise, Movement and Dance UK), the lead National Governing Body for exercise, movement and dance, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the development of exercise, movement and dance.

Its teachers take classes in venues throughout the region, including church halls, schools and sports centres and there are opportunities for class members to train for dance performances.

  • Tickets: £11 adults, £5 children
  • For information and tickets, call 0191 388 8125 or email:

Hurworth Charity Ceilidh takes place on Saturday 23rd June at Hurworth Village Hall from 6.30pm to 22.30pm.

Bring your own picnic and beverages. There will be locally brewed real ale on tap for generous donations.

£10 a ticket – All profits go to charity Headway The Brain Injury Association.

For tickets please call Pippa on 07500 048379 or 01325 721495.



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

Next event is on 28th June: 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.


The Crossing the Tees Book Festival returns for 2018. Library services for Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Darlington present the Book Festival for the Tees Valley.

As always, there will be something for all of the family including plenty of talks and children’s activities, all taking place from 9th to 23rd June.

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 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 the DHS website.

Darlington Historical Society (DHS) programme of summer walks

The walks usually cost £1 per person, no booking necessary.

Sunday 22 July
‘North Road’s Railway History’ walk with David Howlett
Meet at 1.30pm at the Head of Steam, North Road Station Museum forecourt

Sunday 19 August
‘A dead interesting walk around the West Cemetery’ with Richard Stephenson
Meet at the front entrance at 1pm

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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Thank you, as ever, for your support.

Jo Potter, DfC Chair, and the DfC team