Library service: judicial review

On Monday 16th July, a High Court judge handed down a ruling in the Crown Street Library judicial review case. The ruling was in favour of Darlington Borough Council’s plans to close the Crown Street building and move the central library service to the Dolphin Centre. Read the council’s statement in response to the ruling more »

Hippodrome – activities in August

The Hippodrome will not have any shows on during August, but the theatre will be opening its doors and hosting a range of activities including live music, theatre tours, craft and drama workshops, opportunities to view archive materials and an exciting ‘Family Trail’.  Scrap at the Hipp Yvonne Preston from Scrap Studios will be running more »

‘Of Equines and Others’ exhibition

‘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 more »

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. more »

Oil painting for beginners

Established artist and tutor Jo Pickering is hosting a one-day painting workshop at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts on Saturday 28th July. 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 more »

Cockerton Library group – update

A local group set up to save Cockerton Library, backed by Darlington for Culture, wish to make it clear that Kevin Brack has never had any involvement with them. A leaflet from Kevin Brack, who is standing in the upcoming by-election in Cockerton, may sound like he had a role in the current group set more »

ArtsFest: Posters Exhibition

An exhibition showcasing a range of railway posters from the Head of Steam museum’s collection. Price: Normal entrance fee Place: Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Head of Steam, North Road Station, Darlington DL3 6ST Date and time: Saturday 19th May to Sunday 8th July Contact: www.darlington.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/head-of-steam/

‘A Vicar of Dibley Christmas’

“Good Lord”… after last year’s comedy success, STARS (St Augustine’s Repertory Society) present Christmas in June! Yes that’s right, tree, tinsel and all the characters you love for their next production ‘A Vicar of Dibley Christmas. The second Coming’. Performances Wednesday 27th June to Saturday 30th June at 7.30pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield more »

Spats Langham and guests at DNOJC

On Saturday 7 July, Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club (DNOJC) provides 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 more »

End-of-season gig at Opus 4 Jazz

Friday 13th July is the last gig of the club’s summer season. A large crowd is anticipated for an appearance by Graeme Wilson, a notoriously good tenor player who currently resides in Edinburgh. Modern Jazz, with a John Coltrane feel, is his style and he’ll probably bring as sidesmen the cream of jazz musicians in more »