What’s On

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

For details of courses and workshops, including arts and crafts for all ages, dance classes and creative writing classes, please go to http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/courses/

festival-logo-2017For Darlington Arts Festival, please go to http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/darlington-festival-program-2014/
The categories to be found below the Contents list are:

Darlington for Culture

General, including lectures


Children’s Events


Events at the Bridge Centre for Visual Arts



Knitting Café




Wildlife, gardening and environmental groups


Railway heritage


Darlington for Culture
The next DfC members get together is as follows:
Time: 6:30pm
Date: Friday 31 March
Venue: Stephenson Suite, Dolphin Centre

Darlington Historical Society has announced its lecture programme 2015 – 2016
Darlington Historical Society talks:
Fascinating History in Croft and Hurworth – 19 April 2017
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 www.darlingtonhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

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 or search for National Council of Women Great Britain on Facebook or for the local group ring Mary Drury on 01325 380665
More details on the programme can be found here:
March 28th 2017 Spring Lunch Bannatynes Lissadell to Elsinore!
12 for 12.30pm
April 25th 2017 Children’s and Adult Social Care
May 23rd 2017 Developments from the Care Act 2014
June 27th 2017 Business Meeting
July 25th 2017 Summer Outing Destination to be agreed

Darlington Lecture Association
Monday 10th April at 7.30pm – Michael Green Piles, Priests and Paradise
The sub-title here is Medical Mysteries of the Old Testament and the tone is suggested by the introductory quote chosen by this emeritus professor of forensic pathology: “And the Lord shall smite thee with Emerods”.
You don’t have to be overly au fait with 16th and 17th-century translations of biblical Aramaic to guess we are talking haemorrhoids here; and it’s a cruel fact of life that, vicariously, piles is a seriously comic affliction.
Those who a few years ago heard Professor Green’s often hilarious musings on the seamier side of great art will know we can expect another evening of erudite irreverence. Did 5,000 soldiers or sinners really die simultaneously of a medical condition that gets regular mention in Ken Dodd gigs? Were King David’s maladies in his declining years all down to meningo-vascular syphilis?
Michael Green has had a varied career alongside 25 years as a Home Office pathologist, often in his native Yorkshire, especially university, hospital and GP posts in Leeds. There were two years as an Australian flying doctor and HIV work in Africa. Since “retirement” he has had roles in inquiries including Bloody Sunday and the Marchioness sinking as well as major child-abuse cases.
He has lectured worldwide. Leisure: from music to motorbikes and Morris Minors, from lantern slides to model railways. His fee is paid direct to a charity.

Details from 01325 363350 or on www.darlington lecture.org.com.
Membership – Subscriptions are unchanged for the season 2015/2016 are: adults £20 (couples £40), juniors under 18 and students £10, adult visitors £5 for each lecture, students and under-18 visitors £2. During August and early September the annual fee can be paid by taking the completed membership form (see the letter which accompanied this brochure) and your cheque payable to Darlington Lecture Association to: A Fine Yarn, 76a Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LY or by sending them with an SAE to Sue and Roger Colley, 78 Neville Road, Darlington DL3 8NE.
Meetings are held in: John Caden Hall, Carmel RC College, The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RW
Enter Hummersknott Avenue from Carmel Road North which runs between the A67 and the A68 a mile west of the town centre
Times Lectures start at 7.30pm. In October and April, the President’s Evening and the AGM respectively, those occasions start at 6.45pm, with the lectures following at 7.40pm. Lectures are around 75 minutes, occasionally overrunning. They are usually the second Monday of the month.
Contact information
Email: dlecture@live.co.uk Web: www.darlingtonlecture.org.uk
Membership: 01325 356876 General enquiries: 01325 265930

Keeping fit
Darlington Keep Fit Association is celebrating its 55th year of movement to music with fregular 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.


Darlington Video Makers Club
Darlington Video Makers Club meets weekly from September to March, sharing ideas, solving problems and discussing and viewing work produced by members and other clubs in the UK. Further information, including venue details, can be found at www.darlingtoncamcorderclub.co.uk

Children’s events
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Great year in prospect for Darlington’s New Orleans Jazz Club
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club has started its 2017 year-long programme of live jazz.
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club are proud of the fact that they have been playing their part in keeping jazz alive in the town since 1996. They have live bands performing eleven months of the year and one of the things that the guest performers always say is that they appreciate the part that the audience is playing in making it possible for them to tour and perform live.
And because the club is friendly with the organisers of two other northern clubs – Bedale and Boston Spa Jazz Clubs – it means they can really punch above our weight and put together a northern mini tour to get some of the best bands around to play for them.
A very impressive line-up of bands kicks off the Club’s jazz year. They include:
Saturday 1st April 2017 – Brownfield Byrne Hot Six: Inspired by the swing era stylists of the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, the ‘Hot Six’ performs music by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Bix Biederbeck, Fats Waller, early Duke Ellington and the John Kirby sextet, all to their own arrangements. Standout soloists Jamie Brownfield and Liam Byrne energize the band and give it all a really authentic and infectious swing.
Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club meets at St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Larchfield Street, Darlington 12.30pm on the first Saturday of every month except January. Entry is just £10 on the door (no need to pre-book), there a licensed bar, tea and coffee is available, and everyone is very welcome to bring their own food along for a picnic whilst the bands are entertaining.
Doors open at 12noon and 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. www.darlingtonjazz.co.uk
Contact: Ray Sams ray@darlingtonjazz.co.uk 07860 368022
Graham Foster graham@darlingtonjazz.co.uk

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
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Darlington Piano Society
Darlington Piano Society has been celebrating its 21st season with recitals that have brought artists of the highest quality to the Dolphin Centre.
Distinguished French pianist Amandine Savary concludes the season with works by Robert and Clara Schumann on March 26. Concerts take place at 3pm on Sunday afternoons at Central Hall in the Dolphin Centre.
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Darlington Piano Society ends its highly successful season with a recital by the French pianist Amandine Savary. After graduated with honours in France (Caen Conservatory – Normandy), Amandine joined the Royal Academy of Music of London in 2003, gaining her BMus diploma in 2007 and a Masters Concert Project Degree with distinction. She is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.
She played for the Society in 2007 whilst a beneficiary of the Philip & Dorothy Green award and makes a very welcome return. She brings a programme of music by Robert and Clara Scumann – inspired by each other they corresponded through music during more than 10 years. Clara was a child prodigy of the piano and their passionate friendship transformed into a deep love, to which Clara’s father was vigorously opposed. However, they married in 1840. The story of Clara and Robert Schumann is one of the most inspiring and beautiful love stories of the romantic period. From this period came a huge amount of passionate letters and music and Amandine’s programme is a selection of the latter.
R. Schumann Kinderszenen Op 15
C. Schumann Nocturne in F Major (extract of soirées musicales) Op 6/2
C. Schumann Romance in B minor
R. Schumann Romance in F# major, Opus 28/2
C. Schumann Romance in A minor
C. Schumann Toccatina (extract of soirées musicales) Op 6/1
R. Schumann Kreisleriana Op 16
Full details can be viewed at www.dpiano.co.uk

It’s all happening at The Forum /strong>
The Forum in Borough Road has got a terrific programme. For the full list of gigs and events, please visit
www.theforumonline.co.uk November

Friday 24th – Strangers In The Night
Gasto Promotions presents UFO paying homage to UFO + Support from Absolute Zero
This gig is in conjunction with CAMRA Beer fest.

Saturday 25th – The Spirit Levellers
In Conjunction with CAMRA Beer Fest this band will have you up dancing all night putting their own spin on hits from The Levellers.
Tickets £8 – Doors 8pm

Friday 31st – Northern Soul Oldies Night
The Forum Northern Soul Club’s 2 monthly Northern Soul Night with 3 DJs spinning quality Northern Soul Classics.
Tickets / Entrance £3.50 – Doors 7pm until Midnight

April @ The Forum.

Saturday 1st – Hilarity Bites Comedy Club @ The Forum
3 Top stand-up comedians bring you an evening of quality comedy
Tickets £10/ 7-30

Wednesday 5th – Open Mic Night
Our Monthly open mic night where our stage is set for you, just come down, plug in and play.
7pm: Youth Spot
8pm: Regular Spot ( 16+ )
Free Entrance.

Friday 7th – Darlington R’n’B Club
This month the club present Red Butler.
Tickets £12 /7-30
Tom Whitton Charity Fundraiser
Fundraiser celebrating the life of local man Tom Whitton with music from Fizzy Fish.
All proceeds to go to The Brain Tumour Society
Tickets £7/8pm

Thursday 13th – Bon Jovi Forever.
Brilliant tribute to Bon Jovi, always a sell out so advance tickets advised.
Tickets £12adv / 8pm

Friday 14th – Local Band Night
2 popular local bands Ol’ Glory & Gram Baker playing their own material ranging from Americana to pop& Rock.
Tickets / Entrance £5 /8pm

Saturday 15th – Nearly Noel & Acoustic Weller
Always a popular night, paying homage to Noel Gallagher & his High Flyin’ Birdz plus Paul Weller
Tickets £10adv/£12otd/8pm

Friday 21st – Gasto Promotions Presents:
This month The Saatchi Sugiyama Band + King Size Voodoo Traveller.
Tickets £10/8pm
Saturday 22nd TBC

Friday 28th – Northern Soul Night
3 DJ’s spinning quality Northern Soul , Motown & 60’s
Entrance £3.50/7pm until Midnight.

Saturday 29th – Bryan Adams Experience BRYAN ADAMS EXP A3
Brilliant tribute to the Canadian Rocker Bryan Adams, always a sell-out get tickets early!
Tickets £9adv/£10otd/8pm

Darlington Folk Club meets every Thursday evening at the Copper Beech in Neasham Rd at 8pm. Darlington Folk Club
Thursday March 23rd Loose Like a Goose (Bob Surgeoner & Bruce Rollo)
Thursday March 30th Singers, Musicians and Poets

Darlington Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Club
Check out their programme at the Forum at www.darlington-r-n-b-club.co.uk The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts

Darlington Choral Society
The next concert by Darlington Choral Society will be on Saturday 8th April at Holy Trinity Church, commencing at 7.30pm. The programme includes Faure’s Requiem and a selection of other music across three centuries. Details can be found at https://www.dchoral.co.uk/

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts Can be found 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 www.thebridgedarlington.org.uk and Facebook page (link from main web page)

Bridge celebration
For details of the event celebrating a new future for the Bridge Centre of Visual Art click on http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/bridge-celebration/


Art, crafts, exhibitions
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An exhibition called Sea, Sand and Steel by photographer Chris Walker will run at Darlington Town Hall between 16th January-10th March.
It features a selection of images from an on-going project highlighting the close relationship between the natural landscape and industry, so characteristic of the North East of England.
It is open during town hall opening times.

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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 07550002773

a title=”swing” href=”http://www.darlingtonforculture.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/swing.png”>swingTransport 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.
When Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 followed by social dancing
Where Upstairs Voodoo Cafe, Skinnergate
Cost £3 first class free
Contact Angeline a.unique.rose@gmail.com

Your chance to try Morris Dancing
Fancy trying something new? Why not consider Morris Dancing?


The season of Open Mic nights for authors will continue on Thursday March 30.
The nights, supported by Darlington for Culture and which offer a forum for writers to read their material and audiences to enjoy it, run at Voodoo Café/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, Darlington, on the last Thursday of the month.
Now in their sixth 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. More information is available from Inscribe Media Limited at deangriss@btinternet.com
A share of the proceeds are 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.


Jabberwocky Market is back
You can check out the latest Jabberwocky Market events at http://www.jabberwockymarket.org.uk/

Darlington Civic Theatre
Box Office: 01325 486 555
Tickets for the Winter / Spring season are on sale NOW! For further information about the full Winter / Spring Season programme, pick up brochures located in venues across Darlington including Darlington Civic Theatre Box Office and the Cornmill Centre Box Office, or contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk

Darlington Civic Theatre Listings Winter / Spring 2017 Box Office: 01325 486 555 Website: www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk *Includes £1 restoration levy

Sammy and the Snow Leopard Sat 11 March 2pm & 4pm, Monday 13 March 10.30am & 1.30pm Tickets £5

Sammy LOVES animals, but his Mum won’t let him have any in the house. When he hears about the ‘Adopt a Snow Leopard’ programme, Sammy reckons he’s found the perfect way to have a pet. But then a parcel arrives – and Sammy finds himself on a crazy adventure, involving stuffed animals, evil neighbours, school projects and limes…
Recommended age 5-10
Please note this performance takes place at Crown Street Art Gallery, Crown Street Library, Darlington.

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards – Try Hard Tues 13 June 7.30pm Tickets* £16

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards is a unique British sporting hero with an incredible story to tell.
In Try Hard, Eddie talks through his incredible life-journey; from self-learning ski-jumping and being shunned by the sporting establishment, to the extensive surgery to rebuild his face and body following years of spectacular crashes on the snow as he set out to break world-records in stunt jumping (10 cars & six buses) and speed-skiing (106.8mph); from bankruptcy through trustees’ mismanagement, to gaining a law degree, and even how he became a most unlikely pop-star in Finland, above all, what will shine through is the steely resilience of a fearless man determined to overcome huge sporting and life hurdles.
Please note this performance takes place at Central Hall, Dolphin Centre, Darlington.

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Darlington Civic Theatre has announced that their 2017/18 magical pantomime will be the fairest of them all, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
Running from Saturday 9 December 2017 until Sunday 14 January 2018 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be the first major production at the newly re-opened Darlington Hippodrome following its 18 month restoration.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will see the return of the World’s biggest pantomime producer, Qdos Entertainment, to Darlington, bringing with them their trademark combination of large-scale productions with West End production values, stunning sets, beautiful costumes and live music.
Tickets will be on sale on Tuesday 10 January 2017 – 9am online, 10am for telephone bookings – providing the opportunity to be the first to experience the venue following its restoration.
The cast for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be announced later in 2017.dht202-on-sale-in-jan Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Saturday 9 December 2017 to Sunday 14 January 2018.
Tickets go on sale on Tuesday 10 January 2017 – 9am online, 10am for telephone bookings. To book contact the Box Office on 01325 486 555 or visit www.darlingtoncivic.co.uk.

Wildlife, gardening and environmental groups
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Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists’ Field Club
20 A1 Archaeology Dr Hannah Russ
27 The Mammal Web Project Dr Vivien Kent
April 3 Botany Workshop Derek Risbey
24 President’s Lecture Sue Weston
Visitors are most welcome – a donation of £2 is suggested

Darlington Amateur Gardening Club,
The next meeting is on Wednesday 15th March. Speaker Mick McQuade will talk about Using Your Greenhouse. 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.

Group meets
The Campaign to Protect Rural England, CPRE Darlington meet 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.

History walks
DHS Walks 2017
Darlington Historical Society has announced its summer walks programme:

14 May 2017
Eastbourne: Railways, Freeholders and Garden Suburb with David Howlett
Meet outside St John’s Church (junction of Yarm Rd / Neasham Rd) at 1.45 pm

18 June 2017
Hurworth Wander withJean Kirkland
Meet in Blind Lane, Hurworth, opposite the Spar shop, at 1.00 pm

9 July 2017
Westbrook Villas with Shirley King
Meet at the Head of Steam railway museum at 1.30 pm

20 August 2017
West Cemetery with Richard Stephenson
Meet at the cemetery main entrance at 1.30 pm

Non-members welcome – no booking required.
Walks cost £1 per person. They last around 1½ hours and are circular.

Railway heritage
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.
While the development of the modern railway can be traced to a number of places, it was the S&DR where the engineering excellence of Stephenson and Hackworth came together with the economic foresight of Edward Pease and the business community of South West Durham and the Tees Valley to create the first modern railway. In the period 1825-30 the S&DR demonstrated that steam locomotive hauled railways were a viable proposition and ushered in the railway age which changed the face of the world.
The 1823 Act of Parliament allowing the line to be built was clear that this was a public railway which from its inception was to carry not just coal but passengers and goods on a permanent mainline with branches. Innovative technology, financing through shareholders linked to each other through family and faith and the inspiration and model it provided for others mark it out as the place where the modern railway age was born.
Recent survey work by the Friends of the S&DR has shown that much of the original line and its buildings still survives, some of it abandoned, some still in use as a railway. It does however need substantial conservation work and above all interpretation to tell its story to a local and international audience.
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. This would ensure that the physical remains of the S&DR are protected, recognised and conserved and also allow a key part of the nation’s heritage to be accessible and interpreted, bringing economic and health benefits to the region and beyond. As part of this the Friends are discussing with Historic England enhanced protection through listing and scheduling and exploring the case for World Heritage Site status to reflect the impact this ‘birthplace of the modern railway’, had on the world.
More information is available on the Friends website http://www.sdr1825.co.uk/
Or at their Facebook page; where notice of regular meetings and events can be found. https://www.facebook.com/groups/304912612980375/. The Friends hold a regular monthly meeting on the first Thursday of the month, 7:10 pm, usually at Darlington Cricket Club, Feethams. Email info@sdr1825.co.uk for information.