The Dolphin Centre is marking its 40th birthday
The Dolphin Centre is marking its 40th birthday with a free family fun day in the Market Square this Saturday 30th July.
The Dolphin Centre is marking its 40th birthday with a free family fun day in the Market Square this Saturday 30th July.
TWO hours of free parking has been extended to Darlington Council's town centre car parks until January 2023.
Slap on some sunscreen and dig out your bucket and spade – the beach is coming to town as Darlington by the Sea returns!
We are please to confirm we are providing a summertime of free outdoor activities for all children aged 7-12 years, living in Darlington and surrounding villages.
Two of Darlington’s biggest employers have thrown their support behind the town’s annual Pride celebrations.
Live music and entertainment will fill Darlington town centre this summer thanks to sponsorship from Northumbrian Water.
Darlington Borough Council is set to go on the map in its efforts to tackle climate change as it launches its first ever Zero Waste map.
Squirrels get ready! Everyone’s big lovable dog Hey Duggee is touring for the first time EVER and here’s your chance to see him live on stage at Darlington Hippodrome!
Thousands of people flocked to the town centre over the long weekend to mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
With just over a week to go, the schedule for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations in Darlington has been revealed!
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Darlington during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.
Funding has been awarded to the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum to help explore the everyday science of the railways.
Crowds flocked to the town centre last weekend as the annual Dance Festival, supported by the council, made a welcome return.
Toby Strong is a multi-Emmy and Bafta winning wildlife cameraman, who has worked on many of the BBC's landmark series throughout his career.
Our brand new 2022 Summer-Autumn Events Guide is available now!
Darlington Hippodrome is offering a fun and creative programme of craft and dance workshops for families on Thursday 14 April.
The clocks have moved forward, the evenings are lighter, it can only mean one thing – summer is on its way, and Darlington Hippodrome has launched a brand new brochure packed with shows for all ages
Darlington Hippodrome is delighted to announce that stage, screen & pantomime legend, Christopher Biggins, will be returning to where it all began as he stars in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan.
International screen and stage star Patrick Duffy had a double reason to celebrate recently as he marked St Patrick’s Day and his birthday.
The future of the landmark Northern Echo building in Darlington town centre has been secured with ambitious plans to turn it into an Adult Skills Centre.
We're putting together a guide to Mother's Day in Darlington which includes where to eat, gifts and more.
The Original Theatre Company are delighted to announce Miss Marple’s return to the stage in a brand new production of Rachel Wagstaff’s acclaimed adaptation of Agatha Christie’s THE MIRROR CRACK’D.
Where to take the kids this half term in Darlington to eat!
There are lots of plans to mark the historic occasion with celebrations starting on Thursday 2 June and running throughout Friday and Saturday.
Dallas legend Patrick Duffy alongside Gray O’ Brien lead the cast in an exciting new production of the classic Broadway thriller Catch Me If You Can.
The first ever Darlington Lights event is set to take place in the town centre From Tuesday 1 until Sunday 6 February and will help to light the way for a full programme of events.
There has never been a better time to bring your business to Darlington.
With thanks to Darlington Bondgate Round Table, here's where you can find Santa this year.
Darlington's Ice Sculpture Trail is back!
A warm welcome is assured for visitors to the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum which is among the winners of VisitEngland’s 2021 Attractions Accolades.
Darlington’s Christmas lights switch on returns to town as a live event for the first time in two years on Sunday November 21 from 4pm.
From shrieking witches to mad scientists and a thriller mass dance finale, the town centre will be full of scares and screaming good fun on Saturday 30 October.
From apprentices to business owners – two women are celebrating over three decades at Winroths Hair Salon in Clark’s Yard, and 20 years in business together.
A chilling tale of murder, mystery and greed comes to Darlington Hippodrome later this month
Residents and visitors to the town can now look forward to a super September!
The long awaited 25th anniversary event is nearing closer so clear your diaries and come along on Sunday 12th September to the market square!
Art and science will combine as a special urban insect conservation zone arrives in Darlington later this month.
The Mish Mash Festival is back in Darlington this Bank Holiday weekend.
One of the last locomotives to have been built in Darlington has arrived back to its home town to go on display at the Head of Steam Railway Museum.
This Christmas Darlington audiences shall go to the ball as the Hippodrome’s pantomime just got even bigger!
Our award winning Darlington Food and Drink Festival returns this year as a four-day event that coincides with Darlington’s Mish Mash Music Festival.
Shopping on the high street is a fashionable business, designer brands and in-dependent style are taking off in Darlington.
PRIDE celebrations will return to Darlington town centre in August.
Darlington Borough Council are providing a summertime of free activities for children aged 8-12 years.
Steps star Faye Tozer leads the cast of this year’s Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes, Cinderella, at Darlington Hippodrome in December.
Shoppers are set to benefit as a loyalty card scheme is launched in Darlington town centre.
Darlington is aiming to be the UK’s most inclusive place to visit.
The free Darlo Drum Festival is set to return on Saturday June 5 and will see a mixture of sounds in the town centre with drumming from around the world.
YOUNGSTERS are over the moon with the new improvements to the popular Under the Sea soft play area in the Dolphin Centre Darlington which opened on 28th May.
On Thursday July 22nd in Darlington market square, you will see one of the country’s most quaint and ambitious dance theatre stage shows of 2021.
Find the animals on the trail this half term!
Make Darlington your first choice for a destination in the Tees Valley, with a unique array local shops and cafes there's no better place to go when meeting up with friends or family.
A local north east theatre company will herald the return of live theatre with a specially devised, socially distanced ‘Come Back Home’ musical theatre concert at Darlington Hippodrome in June.
Following an extended period of closure due to the Covid pandemic, staff at Darlington Hippodrome are gearing up to re-open the doors in May.
Bright doors have added a splash of colour to the town’s historic yards.
The Stage Door Darlington to receive funding from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund
Darlington Hippodrome is among more than 2,700 recipients to benefit from the latest round of awards from the £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund.
School children across Darlington have made an eggs-tra special effort to help brighten up the town centre for Easter.
Darlington’s town centre night time economy has received some welcome news as the town is awarded the Interim Renewal Accreditation for its Purple Flag status.
Did you meet your partner in one of Darlington’s historic yards? Did your family once own one of the buildings or shops? Do you know an interesting historical fact about that area of town?
Are you a creative industry SME or freelancer that’s looking to harness financial resources and support?
This peer to peer networking opportunity is aimed at business owners in Darlington who have suffered through this pandemic and are looking for ways of addressing the challenges they face.
The redevelopment of Darlington's iconic Indoor Market building to transform it into a venue fit for the 21st Century is now underway.
Applications are now open for a new round of Business support grants in Darlington.
Hark! is traditionally a celebration of music inspired by literature – and we think no holiday embodies that concept like Christmas.
Local businesses in Darlington town centre are being asked to show their support for the Keep The Loco in Darlo campaign by emulating an iconic soap character.
The campaign to keep George Stephenson’s Locomotion No1 in Darlington has reached a significant milestone.
Councillors and staff across Darlington Borough Council have given their backing to a national campaign to encourage shoppers to treat retail staff with respect and kindness this Christmas.
Darlington has commissioned local artist, Yvonne Preston to create our wonderful Christmas windows. Look up and enjoy the scenes.
Members of Darlington Hippodrome staff will be supporting the St Teresa’s Hospice Santa Fun Run.
Love Darlo will be running a daily competition until the end of January.
Darlington Hippodrome offers online sessions for all ages throughout November
Hundreds of Darlington businesses have received more than £660,000 in grants in the first week of the national lockdown grant scheme going live.
BUY LOCAL TEES VALLEY launches today, a major Christmas marketing campaign to support your business, completely free of charge.
A dedicated webpage highlighting businesses in the town centre that are offering delivery and/or click and collect as part of the ‘From your Darlington Town to you’ campaign.
Darlington Hippodrome’s popular pub-style quiz will return each Friday night throughout November live on social media.
Community Ambassadors have taken to the streets of Darlington to help the fight against the spread of coronavirus and support the efforts of local businesses to operate in a safe manner.
Crafty kids in Darlington have only one week left to enter a unique Christmas themed competition which could see their creation form a main window display in two key town centre venues.
Commemorative events to honour Remembrance Sunday in Darlington will take place differently this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Key public health messages reminding visitors to Darlington town centre how they can play their part in helping to keep the town on track.
Lots of venues are coming together to offer children FREE meals this half term.
The Mayor of Darlington Chris McEwan met with members of the Royal British Legion to formally commence the town’s fundraising campaign.
Lots of the little mushroom people have escaped from the Hidden Hollow and are hiding here in Darlington town centre. Can you find them all?
With the support of Creative Darlington, Tracks Darlington is pleased to present HARK!: an online evening of music & imagery inspired by haunting contemporary folk tales & poetry through the ages.
The changes are being introduced to support town centre businesses and encourage continued use of shopping and leisure facilities.
The Stockton & Darlington Railway Co sell UK made gifts that celebrate our railway heritage.
Darlington Hippodrome announces a full schedule of events for all ages throughout October.
Over the course of the next few days businesses throughout the borough are being urged to prepare for the launch of the NHS COVID-19 app across England.
Work to improve a vital link between Darlington’s railway station and the town centre and create a safer, greener route for pedestrians and cyclists is underway.
Ambitious plans to transform key gateways and boost the town centre economy in Darlington have been submitted to Government in a bid for £25m of regeneration funding.
Bookings for #Darlington's first ever virtual Business Week Mon 5 – Fri 9 Oct are now open.
FOOD lovers are in for a tasty treat as Darlington’s popular #LoveDarlo Restaurant Week returns from Sunday 4 until Saturday 10 October.
It’s true to say that every theatrical performance contains more than a touch of romance.
Love Darlo Coffee Week - Mon 28 Sept to Sun 4 Oct
A series of videos have been created to highlight that Darlington is very much open!
Darlington Borough Council and Business Doctors have teamed up to offer businesses in Darlington the chance to take part in a fully funded 3-hour online planning workshop.
As part of our September season of socially-distanced activities, we are pleased to announce that tickets for our first season of classic cinema screenings are on sale now.
Preparations are underway to ensure town centre pedestrians can move about safely once college students return next month.
After nearly six months of closure due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Darlington Hippodrome will be re-opening its doors to visitors from Monday 7 September.
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Tracks in conjunction with Darlington Borough Council are pleased to announce the return of their vibrant, exciting family friendly festival Mish Mash!
Planning for the first phase of the redevelopment of Darlington’s Indoor Market to create a multifaceted entertainment, street food and shopping venue has been completed.
You shall go to the ball! But not until 2021 as Darlington Hippodrome along with producers Qdos Entertainment take the decision to move the 2020/2021 pantomime back a year due to COVID-19.
Improvement works in Abbott’s Yard, a short stay car park in Darlington town centre, are set to be completed this week.
A MOVE has been approved to help cafes, bars and restaurants hit by coronavirus survive the coming months by fast-tracking free applications to serve food and drinks outside.
DINERS are being encouraged to dine out in their “Darling town” as a campaign continues to help kick start the town centre economy in Darlington.
From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
To open safely, we’re limiting visitor numbers and you’ll need to book your visit in advance. Sadly, if you don't book, you will be turned away, including annual membership pass holders.
Darlington Library, Crown Street, will be open for customers to return their books and for Quick Pick Book Borrowing.
The Welcome Back Fund has been established to support small and medium-sized businesses in the leisure, culture and tourism sectors that have reopened or are seeking to reopen on 4 July following the coronavirus pandemic.
A list of shops in the Imperial Quarter which will open on 15th June.
In line with Government guidance, from 15 June the centre is undergoing a phased re-opening of shops and services.
The following shops in Queen Street Shopping Centre have confirmed they are opening on Monday 15th June
In line with the latest government guidance, we are pleased to say that the retail traders will be able to open from Monday 15th June.
More than £1million of additional financial support for local businesses in Darlington is now available as central Government provides extra funding aimed at small businesses.
Darlington Borough Council will work hard to help the town centre get back on its feet while keeping visitors safe as lockdown rules are relaxed, senior councillors have pledged.
Darlington Hippodrome looking forward to 2021
Work to build Feethams House, an £8.5m office complex in the heart of Darlington town centre, is now complete.
Work is underway to make sure visitors can safely return to Darlington town centre once social distancing guidance is further relaxed and more shops and restaurants are able to open their doors.
Generous customers have made over £10,000 of donations to the theatre’s A Place for Everyone fund since the temporary closure of the theatre due to Coronavirus on 16 March.
Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 UK tour of Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom The Musical, starring Kevin Clifton and directed by Craig Revel Horwood, has been rescheduled
Darlington Hippodrome is extending the opening hours of the Box Office. From Monday 4 May the opening times will be weekdays from 9am to 6pm with an extension to 8pm on Thursday evenings
Maggie's Place & The Mowden have teamed up to provide meals for the isolated.
Celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day are set to continue in Darlington with a virtual street party.
Advice for consumers in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the UK from the Food Standards Agency.
We’ve been asked by Persimmon Homes to share news of two schemes that are available to local groups to apply to for the chance of extra funding.
More than 1,600 Darlington businesses have received grants totalling £16m to support them through the coronavirus pandemic.
Darlington Hippodrome, in association with the D Project, will run three free interactive online dance classes each week for the next three weeks, prior to the beginning of the summer term when the venue’s regular programme of Youth Theatre and Youth Dance classes will move online.
Darlington Hippodrome will be engaging with the community with an arts and entertainment online quiz on Friday 27 March at 7.30pm to help celebrate World Theatre Day.
Darlington Market operators, Market Asset Management, supported by Darlington for Culture and the Council, curated the successful event, attracting crowds from the North East, who ‘flocked’ to the market hall to visit.
The Cat and The Canary runs at Darlington Hippodrome from Tuesday 17 to Saturday 21 March.
Cast members of Strictly Musicals 3 - the latest offering from Darlington Operatic Society (DarlingtonOS) - are being put thorough their paces as musical numbers within the show start to take shape.
Darlington Market are pleased to announce that the Farmer’s Markets will restart in March after a short winter break.
Darlington Market is partnering with local artist Becky Sunter from the Weaving Rooms to facilitate a new Wool Fair in the North East.
TV regular Rupert Hill (Casualty, Coronation Street) will star alongside Phoebe Marshall (Witness for the Prosecution) in a sensual new stage adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s controversial masterpiece.
Would-be wedded couples are invited to take a peek behind the scenes as Darlington’s Register Office (within the Town Hall) hosts an Open Day on Saturday 15 February from 10am-3pm.
Sian Reeves has kept Coronation Street viewers on the edge of their seats since rolling up as Charlie Wood, the deluded life Tim Metcalfe didn’t know he had.
There’s lots on offer this half term to make February fun in Darlington. From secret spies to Nerf Wars and Lego fun, there’s something for everyone to Enjoy in Darlington.
The Market Asset Management team are celebrating having scooped a prestigious national award for ‘Best Small Speciality Market’ at the NABMA conference for the Pease Pudding Markets held in Darlington town centre last year.
Seven budding politicians have come forward as candidates in a bid to represent Darlington in the UK Youth Parliament 2020 elections.
Brace yourselves Sisters! The Broadway and UK smash-hit musical Sister Act is coming to Darlington!
Fantastic news – after a rigorous assessment process, Darlington has become the first town in the North East to be awarded Purple Flag status, a standard awarded to those towns and cities across the UK that offer safe and enjoyable nights out.
Following the dark and sinister production of Jekyll & Hyde last October, the award-winning production company has its sights set on the third of their Strictly Musicals presentations.
Darlington Restaurant Week returns in February!
A world-class visitor attraction is planned for a town not renowned as an international tourist destination.
One lucky theatre-goer is set to become the 100,000th visitor to the annual pantomime since the re-opening of Darlington Hippodrome – and it could be you!
DARLINGTON Film Club has built a reputation for attracting an impressive list of cult movie stars in recent years.
There’s a full calendar of events and activities happening in Darlington over the coming months.
As the festive season rapidly approaches DL1, Darlington’s premier leisure and entertainments destination is launching an exciting programme of Free, Festive, Family, Fun.
Over 400 people joined us at Darlington Hippodrome on Sunday 17th November for the FIRST #LoveDarlo Town Centre awards.
This weekend sees the first ever #LoveDarlo town centre business awards.
Every year on 20th November Trans People worldwide gather for the Transgender Day of Remembrance to remember those Trans People we have lost to violence and murder in the past and previous years.
Purple Tuesday 2019 is an international call to action, focused on changing the customer experience for disabled people.
Head over to Cockerton village for the Christmas Lights switch on 30th November.
Celebrate the festive season in style this year with Bannatyne Hotel Darlington!
DARLINGTON’S second ever Halloween Lantern Parade has been hailed a screaming success as hundreds of people came along to the town centre for an evening of scary family fun.
Take a look at the displays which will be held in an around Darlington.
Darlington Market is looking to launch a new business pop-up event here in the market hall.
Food lovers are in for a tasty treat as Darlington’s #LoveDarlo Restaurant Week returns from Monday 4 until Sunday 10 November. Diners can enjoy two courses for £10 or less.
Two of the stars of this year’s festive Darlington Hippodrome pantomime will be switching on the Christmas lights in Darlington town centre on Sunday 24 November.
On Wednesday 30 October Darlington Hippodrome will throw its doors open for a fabulous family open day to be held between 10.30am and 3.30pm.
The Darlington Fireworks spectacular returns by popular demand, bigger and better than ever!
Dozens of new trees are set to take root in Darlington town centre as part of plans to improve and enhance the area for shoppers and visitors.
Darlington Hippodrome will be working closely with Orchestras Live to bring a dynamic programme of orchestral music to Darlington, engaging with local young musicians and building a new audience in the north east.
Buy tickets for this Charity Race Night which is on 16th November at Willow Road Community Centre.
Comedian, writer, performer, singer and TV quiz show host Alexander Armstrong is dropping in to Darlington in November as part of his new one man show ‘All Mouth and Some Trousers’.
Darlington is ‘blooming great’ and that’s official as the town scooped ‘Best in Class’ in the City Centre category of this year’s Northumbria in Bloom awards.
The Pearl of Africa Children's Choir is in Darlington this week
WITH just over two weeks to go, places are filling up on the third ever Darlington Business Week. More than twenty free events are set to take place across five days from Monday 7 until Friday 11 October.
Hundreds of job opportunities will be on offer at the annual Darlington Jobs and Careers Fair, set to take place in the Dolphin Centre on Thursday 10 October from 10am-2pm.
Rehearsals have started for the first concert of the choral society’s new season, Handel’s ‘Messiah’, to be performed on Saturday 30th November at the Dolphin Centre.
Great news - Darlington is about to apply for Purple Flag status, a standard awarded to those towns and cities across the UK that offer safe and enjoyable nights out.
The Green Theatre Company and Stars are coming together to bring the comedy production "A Bunch Of Amateurs " Performances at St Augustine's Parish Centre Tickets - £10 adults £8 concessions
Children’s TV favourite In The Night Garden is embarking on its first UK stage tour and is coming to Darlington Hippodrome on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September. Lucy Tobin caught up with In The Night Garden Live Creature and Costume Designer Tahra Zafar.
DL1 is excited and delighted to announce our newest arrival to the DL1 centre in Darlington.
To celebrate their 112th birthday, Darlington Hippodrome has unwrapped some special presents for the Autumn 2019 theatre season.
The nominations are in and now the public can vote for the best businesses in Darlington town centre.
Three years after suffering from a serious hand injury at the peak of his career, guitarist MILOŠ is back with his fourth studio album and a UK tour including the Darlington Hippodrome on Tuesday 24 September.
The Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival is back and what a line up we've got in store for you. Great venus and fantastic bands, what a weekend this will be!
Darlington's premier multi-venue music & comedy festival is back, with another First Class collection of artists wrapping up just in time to catch the Last Train Home.
The Mish Mash family music festival will be bringing the world to Darlington on Sunday 25 August.
Darlington Hippodrome is looking to recruit a new Apprentice Marketing and Box Office Assistant. Behind the glitz, glamour, jazz hands, make-up and costumes of any theatre there is a dedicated team of people working tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the venue.
This one day festival is dedicated to bringing all things drumming to Darlington.
From August 30, join Tahani, Mykal-Michelle and your favourite dolls as no.1 toy brand L.O.L. Surprise!Ô takes fans on a special hour-long L.O.L. adventure in Vue cinemas across the UK.
Creative Darlington is making a New In Town Call Out with support of up to £10,000 available to selected proposals, closing date Friday 20 September at 5pm.
Performers from across the globe are set to take to the streets to bring a taste of one of the region’s most popular and long-running international festivals to Darlington.
Join a Rhythm & Junk Band and come to the FREE workshop sessions taking place on Monday 12 and Thursday 15 August at The Hullabaloo
As the weather heats up, DL1, Darlington’s premier leisure and entertainments destination is launching its spectacular Summer Festival!
There's something for everyone this summer.
Darlington's first ever Drum Festival is a festival for the whole family celebrating rhythm, drumming and community.
Thousands of runners will take to the streets for the annual SG Petch Darlington 10K on Sunday, August 11. There will also be the Darlington Junior 3K for ages 8-14-year-olds along with a family fun
HenPower is heading to Darlington this summer with a community-wide project celebrating the town’s heritage.
Artists and musicians from or based in the North East come together to celebrate with the people of Darlington and beyond. The night champions the creativity on our doorstep.
Darlington Hippodrome’s Cornmill Box Office is donning its shorts and tee-shirt and getting out and about on a summer tour!
The Darlington Rhythm & Blues Festival is back and what a line up we've got in store for you. Great venues and fantastic bands, what a weekend this will be!
A fun-packed programme of events is heading to Darlington this summer, with plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied.
Following on from the success of the mass dance in the Market Square in May, Sunday (7 July) saw 22 dance groups, schools and community groups take to the stage at the beautiful Darlington Hippodrome as part of the Darlington Dance Festival Association’s (DDFA) annual showcase event. To show everyone ‘this is me’ and celebrate equality for all through dance.
Three days of sun, sea and sand is set to return to Darlington as the ever popular free family event surfs back into town from Thursday 25 until Saturday 27 July.
Nominations are now open for the first ever #LoveDarlo awards. The event will be held on the evening of 17th November at the Hippodrome.
Full casting has been announced for the eagerly awaited world premiere of Friendsical the Musical coming to Darlington Hippodrome from 24 to 27 July.
After the hugely successful first tour of The Classic Thriller Company's stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes, the enjoyable adaptation is extending into the autumn, wit a new cast
Darlington Hippodrome’s fascinating 112 year history will soon be available to explore online thanks to an army of volunteers who have been working tirelessly behind the scenes for almost two years.
A feast of fun is on the menu for Darlington following the success of the Darlington Food and Drink and Jazz festival across the recent Bank Holiday weekend.