“A Panorama of Movement and Dance”

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. more »

‘Crossing the Tees’ festival in June

The ‘Crossing the Tees’ book festival returns for 2018. Library services for Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland and Darlington present the book festival across 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. More more »

Rejig skills courses are back

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 more »

Open Mic for Writers

The next session is on Thursday 28th June at 7pm in the upstairs ‘Roof Box’ at HASH, 14 Coniscliffe Road, Darlington DL3 7RG. Got a story you want to read? Trying something out with a novel and not sure if it works? Or simply like listening to original writing, some of it never heard before? more »

ArtsFest: Family Arts and Crafts

May half-term fun activities and crafts for all the family. Price: Included in admission and yearly passes. Place: Northern Rail Activity Room, Head of Steam, North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST Date and time: Tuesday 29th May to Friday 1st June 10am-3pm Contact: www.darlington.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/head-of-steam/  

ArtsFest: Hilarity Bites Comedy Club

This Hilarity Bites Comedy Club show presents three well-established comedians – and will also feature a newer act in the middle. Bobby Mair – “There is always a massive laugh just dying out or just about to start up” – Chortle Alex Boardman – “Probably the quickest I’ve ever seen, certainly the funniest” – The more »

ArtsFest: The Wit and Wisdom of Victoria Wood

Chris’s anecdotes and insight into the background to one of the most loved personalities of our times has been particularly well received by audiences. Who knows about Victoria’s upbringing? What made her Britain’s best-loved ‘funny lady’? Victoria gave the nation a sense of the normal – but was she brought up in a ‘normal’ way? more »

ArtsFest: Music Box

This music event presents 30-plus acts, six stages and one whole day of fun. Back for its third year, Music Box is a massive celebration of vibrant North-East music scene and Darlington. Music Box starts at 1.30pm and takes place in the afternoon and evening of Sunday 3rd June at Hash Bar, Hole In The more »

ArtsFest: ‘We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday’

An evening of light music and verse presented by the Take4 Clarinet Quartet and Helen Winthorpe Kendrick. “Through verse and music, we explore what it means to go on holiday; to visit foreign places to have new experiences and even fall in love.” Price: £7 (under 18s, free) Place: St Andrew’s Church, Haughton-Le-Skerne, Darlington DL1 more »

ArtsFest: Six-In-A-Bar – New Orleans jazz

Six-In-A-Bar star at Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club on 2nd June. The band was formed 12 years ago and plays music from the 1920s/1930s jazz age, and is considered one of the most innovative and professional bands in the UK. The line-up is Willy Entwistle of the Temperance Severn on reeds, violin, flageolet and arrangements, more »