What’s On

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


Green Theatre

Much Ado About Caesar is Green Theatre‘s next production and can be seen at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, on 19th and 20th October at 7.30pm.

These abridged versions of Julius Caesar and Much Ado About Nothing retain much of the essential storylines of two of Shakespeare’s great plays and make for an enjoyable evening of 45 minutes performance each play.

£8 (£6 concession)

‘Acting for film’ workshop

Takes place at Hummersknott School from Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November. 10am-2pm, £85 for the week.

This course is for you if you are aged between 11 and 18 years and want to learn more about acting for film. It includes looking at what makes certain TV series and films great, breaking down scripts and building a character with a chance to perform to film.

Email susiepottercreative@gmail.com or phone on 07957 445765.


Autumn/Winter programme at The Hullabaloo

Children’s theatre organisation Theatre Hullabaloo has announced its Autumn/Winter Season of magical things to see and do at its flagship venue, The Hullabaloo, in Darlington.

Highlights this season include No Show (Ellie Dubois) 16-17 October – photo by Chris Hoyle – a production that deconstructs superhuman circus performers and shows them as vulnerable human beings, putting female strength, skill and power centre stage, suitable for ages 9+.

Younger children and their families can enjoy Little Gift 19-20 October(M6 Theatre Company & Andy Manley) a brand-new story for ages 3+ that brings light into the darkest season of the year, and Martha 26-27 October (Catherine Wheels Theatre Company) an original show about friendship for ages 4+ from the company who brought you White, which visited the venue earlier this year.

Direct from Australia, the internationally award-winning company Slingsby arrives at The Hullabaloo in November with an immersive performance of The Young King, an intimate and magical show using the beautiful and tender language of Oscar Wilde, for children aged 8 and over.

The season draws to a close with Theatre Hullabaloo’s production, Luna, from 8 to 29 December. This magical first-time theatre experience for 2- to 5-year-olds and their families is about friendship, the moon and being brave in the dark.

Darlington Hippodrome

For details of this season’s shows, see Darlington Hippo is for life, not just for Christmas…

Programme at The Majestic Theatre

To book, visit The Majestic Theatre website, email boxoffice@majestictheatre.org.uk, or call 01325 633296/01325 633255.

Chris Cross presents Magic at the Majestic on Friday 19 October. A world-class variety show featuring magic, comedy, sideshow, song, dance and much much more! Expect the Unexpected… Ticket prices start from £8. Doors open at 6.30pm – show starts at 7pm

On Saturday 20 October in the intimate setting of the bar Driven Serious return to the Majestic. Come and enjoy music and drinks and the brilliant atmosphere. Ticket prices start from £7. Show starts at 7.30pm

Apollo Theatre Company and Spike Milligan Productions present The Goon Show on Thursday 25 October. This acclaimed 5* production is live on stage at the Majestic. Ticket prices start from £15. Doors open at 6.30pm – show starts at 7.30pm

Ahoy there ship mates Double Trouble return to the Majestic with Pirates of the Spooky Lagoon. A brand-new show full of swashbuckling fun for all the family and there’s twice the fun with two shows at 2pm and 6pm on Thursday 1 November. Tickets prices start from £9. Doors open one hour before each show

Award winning cabaret star, and the UK’s most successful juggler, Mat Ricardo had run out of tricks – so he bet everyone in the world he could learn any trick they could think of! Mat Ricardo Vs The World premieres at the Majestic on Friday 2nd November. * Age 10+. Ticket prices start from £10. Doors open at 6.30pm – show starts at 7.30pm

Chris Mallon presents his debut show Damfino on Saturday 3 November. An evening of mind reading, psychological entertainment and psychic illusions. Tickets are selling quickly for this show. Ticket prices start from £6. Doors open at 6.30pm – show starts at 7.30pm

On Friday 9 November the theatre presents Made in Motown who aim to recreate the classic sound of Detroit in the 60s and 70s. Under-18s must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket prices start from £13. Doors open at 6.30pm – show starts at 7.30pm

Covering every aspect of Bon Jovi’s career – Bon Giovi perform all the greatest hits at the Majestic on Saturday 10 November. Ticket prices start from £14. Doors open at 6.45 – show starts at 7.45pm

Saturday 24 November brings us Hazel O’Connor Breaking Glass. The film, a Q&A and a live performance. A very special evening with award-winning singer songwriter Hazel O’Connor, featuring a rare screening of the digitally re-mastered uncut version of the film followed by an intimate Q&A and live performance of some of the films best loved songs. Ticket prices start from £20. Doors open at 6.30pm – show starts at 7.30pm

The Majestic Theatre Company and Darlington College Performing Arts Department present Peter Pan: A Christmas Show from Tuesday 11 to Monday 24 December. A classic on stage – “I do believe in fairies, I do I do”. Ticket prices start from £3. Doors open at 6pm – show starts at 7pm

Coming in 2019
Comedian Fran Garriety returns on Friday 18 January
Spector Detectors on Saturday 19 January
Medium Toby Stockwell on Tuesday 5 March
Tribute band Coldplace on Friday 22 March
Smash-hit play Death and the Maiden on Thursday 13 June
Tribute act Tina Turner Experience on Saturday 15 June

Darlington Academy of Performing Arts

Does your child enjoy acting, singing and dancing? The new term at Darlington Academy of Performing Arts starts on 4th September.

Regular classes take place at Hummersknott Academy.

For more information, visit the website.




Darlington Piano Society

The 23rd season begins on 21st October with a much-anticipated recital by the internationally recognised young Russian/Israeli pianist Boris Giltburg – the programme includes works by Beethoven, Ravel, Prokofiev and his own arrangement of Shostakovich’s third string quartet.

In September, Giltburg won two major recording industry awards. With his regular chamber music partners – the Pavel Haas Quartet – he won Gramophone magazine’s chamber music recording award for 2018 for their performance of Dvorak’s second Piano Quintet. And in Germany, at the inaugural Opus Klassik awards (the major new prize for recorded classical music in Germany), he took home the ‘Soloist Recording of the Year (20th/21st century, piano)’ award for his recording of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 & Études-tableaux Op.33.

He is an outstanding solo and concerto performer and recording artist and his schedule in the next six months takes him to North America, Chile, Holland, Belgium, Eire, London’s Wigmore Hall – and Darlington. More information available on his website.

Other recitals:
Jamie Bergin (18th November), born in the North East and currently studying with Lars Vogt in Germany
Lara Melda (9th December), winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2010
Florian Mitrea (27th January), his programme includes a selection of pieces inspired by the Danube
Mei Yi Foo (24th February) a virtuosic programme including works by Messiaen, Stravinsky and Balakirev
Leon McCawley (24th March), eminent British pianist in a programme celebrating early and late works

  • For full details of the society’s season, visit the society’s website
  • Recitals take place in Central Hall, The Dolphin Centre, Darlington, on Sundays at 3pm

Oxjam Darlo: local music, global impact

On Sunday 28th October, Oxjam Darlo will promote home-grown talent across multiple genres. Seven town-centre venues have signed up be part of the takeover, where they will showcase local acts.

Now in its fourth year, the popular local music festival is back with a one-day takeover event in Darlington town centre. Since 2014, it has raised thousands of pounds to help Oxfam fight poverty and suffering in the UK and abroad.

For more information about Oxjam Darlo, visit the festival’s Facebook page or other social media.

  • Early-bird tickets are available online – for a limited time only – for just £6 each
  • To purchase tickets, please visit We Got Tickets
  • Follow ‘Oxjam Darlo’ on social media to keep-up-to-date with festival news

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.

Darlington Music Society

The concerts in the 2018/19 usually take place on Saturdays at the Dolphin Centre 7.30pm.

  • £14 per concert or £54 for a season ticket (there are six concerts in the year)
  • Tickets from the Dolphin Centre; season tickets available from Mr Tooze, 66 The Headlands, Darlington DL3 8RZ. Tel: 01325 467163

Opus 4 Jazz Club

The club takes place at Travellers Rest, Cockerton, Darlington DL3 9ER.

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

Thursday 18th Hilarity Bites Comedy Special featuring Ivan Brackenberry & Ian D. Montfort
Tickets £8. Doors 7.30pm

Friday 19th Definitely Oasis (Tribute to Oasis)
Tickets £10. Doors from 7pm

Saturday 20th The Stones: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones
Tickets £12.50. Doors from 7pm

Friday 26th Gasto Promotions presents Martin Turner (ex Wishbone Ash)
Vintage Years Tour
Tickets £15. Doors 7.30pm

Saturday 27th Fu Fighters paying homage to US Rockers Foo Fighters
Tickets £7. Doors from 7pm

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

Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club 

One of the Club’s great favourites comes back on Saturday 3rd November. The New Century Ragtime Orchestra – all 12 of them – return to continue their musical roller-coaster ride through the music of the ‘Jazz Age’. They never fail to delight every time they play at the club.

Starts 12.30pm at St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG.

Entry is £10 on the door, children 15 and under go free. DfC members get a 20% discount on presentation of their membership card


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 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.

17 October
Admiral Collingwood – with author Max Adams

21 November
Red Cross Auxiliary Hospitals in the North Riding during the First World War – with Anne Wall and Eileen Brereton

19 December
The History of Paton Baldwin factory in Darlington – with Chris Lloyd of the Northern Echo

16 January 2019
How the LNER  provided for special traffic: the 1927 eclipse and the Scouts cruise – with Sam Wood

20 February 2019
Gertrude Bell: The uncrowned Queen of Iraq – with Gordon Hetherington

20 March 2019
The English Civil War in the North East – with Phil Philo

17 April 2019
Members evening and AGM
Hummersknott Allotments & SHA, Darlington’s Only Surviving Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden … The Movie – with Ted Lickrish

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

The local guild hosts talks each month. Meetings held at 1.30pm in Elm Ridge Methodist church hall. New members always welcome. For more information, visit the website.


Open Mic nights for writers on Thursday 25th October

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.

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.


‘Picasso at Play’ at QE

This is a rare opportunity to see an exhibition of original photographs by acclaimed American photographer Lee Miller.

Organised by The Arts Society North Yorkshire & South Durham in collaboration with Lee’s son, Antony Penrose, The Farley Arts Trust. It is being held at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, Vane Terrace, Darlington, from the 1 – 25 October. The Preview is on Monday 1 October, 5.30pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome.

The exhibition is open weekdays only – please contact the college to check access.

The Darlington Society of Arts – Annual Exhibition

The group will be exhibiting painting, crafts and prints at The Station in Richmond, North Yorkshire, from 13th to 24th October.

The group meets from 7pm until 9pm at Hummersknott Academy on Wednesday evenings. Most evenings have a theme to give some inspiration, if needed, but members can also work on their own projects.

For more information, visit the group’s website and Facebook page.


Rejig’s new season of Skills Courses started on Saturday 26th May 9.30am-2.30pm. The first one was 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 and help you gain the confidence to use them in creative ways. By the end of the morning, you will have completed a self-contained project and will leave with a finished piece.

The courses at South Park Education Centre, Darlington£25, includes materials and light refreshments.

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

The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts

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. Information on programmes can be found on www.thebridgedarlington.org.uk

A variety of courses take place at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts. The centre is on Yarm Road in Darlington, on the corner of Hundens Lane, and the entrance is on Hundens Lane.

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 07550002773.


Darlington Festival of Performing Arts

Dance competition showcases various styles of dance by children and teens.

The event takes place at Longfield School, Darlington DL3 0HT, on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October between 9am and 7pm – detailed timetable to be confirmed.

All welcome to watch performers as they compete for a place at All England Dance competition. Entry fee payable and refreshments available all day.

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 group practises from September through to May on Tuesday evenings, 8pm to 10pm, at Quaker Meeting House in Skinnergate.

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 07951 251005 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.

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.