Hippodrome launches spring season

It’s never too early to plan your theatre-going activities – check out the options available at Darlington Hippodrome in 2019. Additional shows are regularly being added to the Darlington Hippodrome schedule, so to keep up to date visit the website and choose your own seats online. For further information and to book contact the box more »

Festival: ‘Zog’ at The Hippodrome

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved children’s story Zog comes to life in Mike Shepherd’s magical adaptation with Johnny Flynn’s sumptuous folk score featuring live musicians. Katie Sykes’ design lifts the book from the page and creates a real and fantastical world on stage. Large in size, and keen in nature, Zog is so eager more »

DL hosts talk on 11th February

On 11th February, Christopher Garibaldi, director of the National Museum of Horseracing shows how the Newmarket institution tells the story of the sport in paintings, sculpture, silverware and more prosaic but fascinating exhibits when he speaks to Darlington Lecture Association. Lectures take place from September to April, usually second Monday of each month 7.30pm at more »

From Paris to Barney – lecture at The Bridge

Arts lecture at The Bridge, Yarm Road, Darlignton, with Sandra Pollard. The Bowes Museum, housed in a ‘French Chateau’ on the edge of the Pennines. Ithas a very important display of art, ceramics, furniture and textiles, most of which were collected by John Bowes, an ancestor of the late Queen Mother, and his French actress more »

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club: 16th Feb

It’s a bumper year for Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club as it welcomes a record number of bands to play lunchtime gigs at the town’s St Augustine’s Parish Centre on Larchfield Street. There’s a total of 18 gigs booked throughout the year, up from the usual 12, which says so much about the popularity of more »

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 more »

Opus 4 gig: Alan Barnes and the Paul Edis Trio

This effervescent and renowned reedman Alan Barnes will be at Opus 4 on Friday 8th February starting at 8pm; doors open at 7.30pm for the club’s revised start time. Tickets for this concert are £12 on the door and the organisers advise early arrival to secure a table in view of the large turnout expected  for with more »

Harlequin Women’s Morris – new venue

From 8th January 2019, Harlequin Women’s Morris will be meeting to practise at a new venue: Village Hall The Green, Cleasby, N Yorks DL2 2QZ. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7.30pm-9.30pm. New dancers and/or musicians welcome to try this traditional English (North West) morris dancing. It is fun and helps keep mind and body more »

Open Mic for Writers

The next ‘Open Mic for Writers’ is on Thursday 28th February. 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? Each reader has upto eight minutes in which to read their work more »

Creative writing courses with author Tracey Iceton

Creative writing The long-running course at the Friends Meeting House in Skinnergate, Darlington, will continue on Tuesdays 6.30pm-9pm, fortnightly starting either 22nd January (group A) or 29th January (group B). New members always welcome. The course is £55 per person. For more information, please email Tracey Iceton (traceyiceton@hotmail.co.uk). Novel-writing masterclass There will be a novel-writing more »