What’s On

Welcome to our what’s on section, divided into sections for ease of use.

If you’d like your events listed here and on DfC social media, please send details about the event, including date, time, cost, any age restrictions (up to 200 words) plus a good-quality image supplied as a jpeg file (minumim 200KB) to darlo4culture@gmail.com.


An evening of light music and verse

The Take4 Clarinet Quartet with Helen Winthorpe Kendrick perform on Saturday 15th June 7.30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Haughton-le-Skerne, Darlington DL1 2DD.

Tickets £7, under 18 free

Includes refreshments



Darlington Orchestra Summer Concert 2019

The next Darlington Orchestra concert takes place on Saturday 6th July 7.30pm Central Hall at the Dolphin Centre.

The orchestra will perform a wide-ranging programme of light classical music, this time including early music; opera music; a selection of folk dances and a Slavonic Rhapsody; plus an uplifting march by Eric Coates.

Special guests to be announced. A printed programme will be available for concert-goers with brief explanations about the music and composers, with a version specially for 5- to 11-year-olds.

The informal but informative style of presentation promises a great night of live music whether it’s your first or 101st orchestral concert.

  • For updates, follow the orchestra on Twitter and Facebook
  • Tickets £7/£5; available from the Dolphin Centre, Darlington DL1 5RPTel: 01325 406000
  • Or online via tinyurl.com/ConcertJuly2019 (+ booking fee)

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club

Darlington New Orleans Jazz presents an afternoon of classic jazz with Alligator Gumbo on Saturday 6th July.

This exciting seven-piece band is inspired by the sights and sounds of New Orleans jazz and blues. They provide a good-natured mix of foot-stomping rhythms and toe-tapping tunes.

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. There’s a total of 18 gigs booked throughout the year, up from the usual 12, which says so much about the popularity of the club.

The club takes place at St. Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG. Doors open at noon for a 12.30pm to 3pm session.

The venue has free onsite parking, and a licensed bar that serves tea and coffee. Bring your own food for a picnic while the band is playing.

  • £10 at the door. Children under 16 free with an accompanying adult
  • Darlington for Culture members get a 20% discount on production of their membership card
  • For more information visit the club’s website

Darlington Piano Society

The Piano Society’s next season begins on Sunday 20th October and details will be published soon, visit the society’s website.

  • Tickets cost £14 for single recitals from the Dolphin Centre and on the door (U21, £6)

Opus 4 Club

Opus 4 Jazz Club takes place at each month at The Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER

  • Tickets £8 on the door
  • Doors open 7.30pm, start time 8pm
  • Club contact 01325 382676

Darlington Music Society

Darlington Music Society is a promoter of classical chamber music concerts in the North East and brings the finest music played by world-class musicians to Darlington for live performances at reasonable prices.

To find out more, visit the DMS website.

  • Ticket £14 per concert
  • Available on the door or from the Dolphin Centre beforehand
  • Or from Mr Tooze, 66 The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RZ. Tel 01325 467163

June Events at The Forum

For the full list of gigs and events, please visit www.theforumonline.co.uk. Tel: 01325 363135.

Wednesday 5th – Open Mic Night
Just turn up, plug in and play
Free Entrance /8pm 

Friday 7th – Original Band Night
Featuring 3 local bands,
James Gray Robson
The Vellacos and The Salvadors
Tickets £6/Doors 7pm

Saturday 8th June – The SkaBeats
Playing the best of 2Tone & Ska Hits
Tickets £9adv/£10otd

Friday 14th – Darlington RnB Club Presents:
Storm Warning
Tickets £12/Doors 7.30pm

Friday 21st – Gasto Promotions Presents:
10CCLO performing the hits of both 10CC & ELO
Tickets £12/Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 22nd Bootleg Blondie
Paying homage to Debbie Harry & Blondie
Tickets £13/Doors from 7pm

Bannatyne Hotel Darlington

The hotel runs a series of events with tribute acts and music-themed shows at the Grade-II listed Georgian townhouse. Each event is £25 per person for the live show, two-course dinner, and disco until midnight. For details and to book contact Bannatyne Hotel, Southend Avenue, Darlington DL3 7HZ. Phone 01325 365858.

Friday 21st June – Motown
Friday 26th July – Beeyonce (pictured)
Friday 2nd August – Pink
Friday 23rd August – Beatles
Saturday 28th September – Grease

Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday at the Copper Beech in Neasham Road, 8pm start. More details available on the website www.darlingtonfolkclub.com

Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club
Check out their programme at the Forum at www.darlington-r-n-b-club.co.uk

Voodoo Café
There is a chance to enjoy some terrific disco-based music in Darlington – Double Entendre – DJ Soul, Funk, Acid Jazz, held on the 4th Friday of the month at Voodoo Café, Skinnergate 8.30pm until late.


The Majestic Theatre

Death and the Maiden
Thursday 13 June 7.30pm
Baroque Theatre Company presents the exclusive tour of Ariel Dorfman’s award-winning, smash-hit play, Death and the Maiden (pictured, credit Kellie Colby Photography) on Thursday 13th June 7.30pm.

This thrilling drama challenges audiences to judge guilt or innocence as they are confronted with a tragedy that has no clear solution. Sadly, in a world populated with dictatorships and human rights violations, it is as relevant today as when first written.It is a narrative of how victims subjected to unjust violence struggle to heal.

It explores the intricacies of memory and madness and the uncertainty of truth. It captures the imagination provoking deep feelings and thought days after viewing.

In 1992, Death and the Maiden won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and has been adapted to both film and opera. Written by human rights activist, Ariel Dorfman, whose works have been translated into more than 40 languages and performed in over 100 countries.

The exclusive UK tour of Death and the Maiden is helmed by award-winning Artistic Director Adam Morley, Director Sarah Gain and Producer Claire Bibby. They lead a phenomenal professional cast, Andrew Fettes (Gerardo Escobar) and Keith Hill (Roberto Miranda) with Claire Bibby (Paulina Salas).

  • Thursday 13th June 7.30pm
  • £13 (£11 concession)
  • The Majestic Theatre, 78-80 Bondgate, Darlington, DL37JT
  • Box Office: 01325633296
  • www.majestictheatre-lee.com

The Tina Turner Experience
Saturday 15 June 7.30pm
This live energetic show charts the life and career of one of the worlds iconic performers. Full of hits like “Private Dancer”, “Nutbush City Limits”, “Proud Mary”, “River Deep Mountain High” and “Let’s Stay Together” to name but a few, this show is the ultimate night out.

Jabberwocky Market

Pop-up theatre events at venues around Darlington. More information and tickets available from the website www.luxicreative.co.uk/jabberwocky-market/

The Hullabaloo

Children’s theatre organisation Theatre Hullabaloo runs a programme of events at its flagship venue, The Hullabaloo, Borough Road, Darlington. To buy tickets and for more information visit the website, or call the Box Office on 01325 405405

Darlington Hippodrome

For details of shows after the pantomime season, see Hippodrome launches spring season.

Performing Arts – competition

Darlington Festival for Performing Arts (DFPA) is a competition comprising three disciplines; next one is Dance on Saturday 5th October at Longfield Academy.

The organisation provides the opportunity for children and adults to perform competitively in front of professional adjudicators, showcasing their talents in Performing Arts. DFPA is affiliated to the British and International Federation of Festivals. It is run by volunteers.

DFPA encourages entries for its competitions from all over the area and beyond incorporating state and private schools/private tutors and independently run music/speech and drama and dance schools.

Contact and entry information:


Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

Does your child enjoy acting, singing and dancing? The Darlington Academy of Performing Arts holds regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy.

For more information, visit the website.





Darlington Comedy Festival returns in 2019 with a month-long line-up featuring popular TV comics and favourites from the Edinburgh Fringe.

The festival starts on 1st July with Rob Deering’s one-man soundscape show and interactive quiz show ‘Beat This’. Audiences can catch stand-up shows throughout the month of July, including the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year grand final at the Hole in the Wall on 15th July.

TV comic Alun Cochrane is set to be a popular headliner when ‘Brave New Alun’ lands at The Old English Gentleman on 10th July; 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown dictionary-corner favourite Tom Binns will be bringing his Psychic Comedium show to the festival; influential parenting blogger Sam Avery, aka The Learner Parent, will perform on the final night of the festival; and comedian and presenter Matt Forde will be making an appearance.

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

For details of events, visit the Hilarity Bites website.


Darlington Amateur Gardening Club

Visitors are welcome to meetings, with a £3 contribution towards the meeting costs. Bondgate Methodist Church Lecture Hall (Winston Street entrance) and the talk usually starts at about 7.30pm, after tea/coffee from about 7pm.

For club information contact the club secretary on 01325 468870.



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.

Darlington Historical Society’s summer walks

Wednesday 17 July
South Park walk – with Chris Lloyd of the Northern Echo starting at 7pm from the clock tower

Sunday 25 August
West Cemetery walk – with Richard Stephenson starting at 1pm from the lodge gates

Sunday 22 September
North Road’s Railway History walk – with David Howlett starting at 1.45pm from the Head of Steam railway museum forecourt

Membership Fees
Individual Membership – £10
Junior & Student Membership – £3
Visitors £3 per meeting

The talks at meetings at the Friends Meeting House in Skinnergate are:

18 September 2019
The Horsekeeper’s Daughter – with author Jane Gulliford Lowes

16 October 2019
King Alfred – with author Max Adams

20 November 2019
A History of Cleveland Bridge – with John Moran

18 December 2019
The Churches and Chapels of Darlington – with author and TV presenter John Grundy

15 January 2020
The Life, Times and Writings of Rudyard Kipling – with Malcolm Sweet

19 February 2020
Dr. Dressers Dream – with Gill Moore of the Dorman Museum on the life of iconic designer Christopher Dresser and his work with the Linthorpe Art Pottery in Middlesbrough

18 March 2020
Those Gigantic Statues: Cook and Easter Island – with Phil Philo, Senior Curator at Middlesbrough Museums

15 April 2020
A Sort of Homecoming: Flying Officer George Lumley of Darlington – with Anthony Magrys


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 dlecture@live.co.uk



Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild

Darlington Embroiderers’ Guild holds its meetings the first Saturday of each month in Elm Ridge Methodist Church Hall; 1.30 pm for talks starting 2pm. Tea and coffee is available.

6 July, Pat Ashton Smith ‘A sense of Place’
7 September, Alison Larkin ‘Tudor needlework and costume’
5 October, Sarah Jackson ‘Folk Art Inspiration’
2 November, Gaynor Devaney ‘Sunbeam and suitcases’

New members always welcome.


Open Mic nights for writers

The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture, offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, in 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 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
  • Remaining dates for 2019: 27th June; 26th September; 31st October; 28th November

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.


The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts

Summer 2019 term at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts runs from Monday 29 April to 31 July. All courses at The Bridge run for 10-week terms. If you’re interested in joining a course, you can sign-up online or call the venue on 01325 243864.

Check The Bridge website for start dates and prices.

The Bridge Centre is located 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.

Rejig’s Skills Courses take place at South Park Education Centre, Darlington, £25, includes materials and light refreshments.

Visit the website www.luckyfisharts.co.uk/courses

Meet, Make, Mend: provides drop-in sewing sessions throughout the week covering all sorts of skills, from quilting, to clothes making, and beyond. For more information visit the website www.luckyfisharts.co.uk

Knitting Café
The Knitting Cafe holds its Monday night sessions at Lingfield Point, off McMullen Road, taking the craft of knitting home to the site. The Café meets at Lingfield House on the site which was home to Patons and Baldwins, at one time a leading manufacturer of knitting yarn in Darlington. The Monday evening sessions are designed to introduce people to knitting, and also for experienced exponents of the pastime, and take place between 7-9pm. Sessions cost £3. For more information, contact Becky on 07550 002773.


“A Panorama of Movement and Dance”

Dance show takes place on Saturday 29th June 2pm at the Dolphin Centre, Horsemarket, 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 championships in Nottingham. This colourful display of dance and movement is set to a variety of music.

The event is organised by KFA Moves North East Region, part of EMD UK (Exercise, Movement and Dance UK), the lead National Governing Body (NGB) for exercise, movement and dance, which is 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.

Morris dance team seeks members

The Cotswold Morris Team/Black Diamond Mixed Cotswold Morris is seeking new members.

Named after one of the first steam locomotives to operate on the Darlington and Stockton Railway/Black Diamond, this new Cotswold Morris team is based in Darlington.

Dancing traditional dances from the Cotswold villages, this team comprises of both women and men.

They practise in the upstairs room of the Voodoo Cafe Bar on Skinnergate in Darlington from 7.30pm until about 9.30pm.

They welcome any dancers and musicians who would like to join them and if you’re not a dancer or musician then you are still more than welcome to come and join and learn these traditional dances.

Harlequin Women’s Morris

Harlequin Women’s Morris meet at Village Hall The Green, Cleasby, N Yorks DL2 2QZ, 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 fit; comfortable shoes and clothes are all that’s needed. First week is free, then £4 per week.

For further information call 01325 465129 or 0795 1251004 or email harlequin.morris@gmail.com

6th Street Swing

Transport yourself back to the swinging world of the 1940s and learn the dance sensations that took the era by storm.

6th Street Swing are a group of local swing dancers keen to encourage more people to take up this fun and sociable partnered dance style. We run informal beginners classes weekly as well as evening socials every few months. No partner is required.

Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 followed by social dancing at Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate

Cost: £3 – first class free

Contact: Angeline a.unique.rose@gmail.com

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.


Group piano lessons for adults

Lessons with Tracey Chad ALCM(TD) DipLCM(TD).

At The Forum, Borough Road.

For information and to book, email traceychad1@gmail.com




Darlington Amateur Gardening Club: meets 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.

The Campaign to Protect Rural England, CPRE Darlington: meets in the Upstairs Restaurant, Dolphin Centre, Darlington, at 6.30pm. 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 Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway were formed in 2013 to take forward ambitious plans to conserve and promote the 1825 line in the lead up to the celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the opening of the railway in 2025.

The Friends’ vision is to establish a walking and cycling rail trail using the route of the 1825 S&DR from Witton Park to Stockton on Tees.

More information is available on the Friends website www.sdr1825.co.uk/ Or at their Facebook page; where notice of regular meetings and events can be found www.facebook.com/groups/304912612980375/. The Friends hold a regular monthly meeting on the first Thursday of the month, 7.10pm, usually at Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams. Email info@sdr1825.co.uk for information.


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. There are also lots of opportunities to attend other discussions/seminars/meetings both locally and nationally during the year to keep up to date with what’s happening. Want to know more then check out the NCW website www.ncwgb.org or Twitter @NCWGB, call 01325 367375 or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook.

Darlington Keep Fit Association
Classes take place every Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church Hall, choreographed by Catherine Gilsenan; and every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm at Sadberge Village Hall, 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.