Super September in Darlington

First published: Friday 03 Sep 2021

After what has proved to be an awesome August in Darlington, residents and visitors to the town can now look forward to a super September with a range of free events including the welcome return of the R ‘n’ B Festival.

Thousands of people enjoyed a range of free events during August with free active events in the market square including a roller-skating rink, crazy bikes, mini golf, climbing wall and go karts. Music fans flocked to the Pride Weekender and Mish Mash Festival and the month ended on a high note with a swarm of “insects” and the Food and Drink Festival which coincided with the opening of the new-look food hall in the indoor market. More events are lined up for September with Darlington Borough Council’s events and town centre team working with a range of local partners.

Local and regional crafts people will be showcasing their skills on Saturday 4 September in the market square from 10am-4pm.  Woodturners, ceramic artists and other heritage crafts will be on show, as well as free crafts for children.

The following week sees the welcome return of the ever-popular Darlington Rhythm and Blues Festival set to celebrate a belated 25th anniversary. From Friday 10 until Sunday 12, R ‘n’ B fans can enjoy music in venues throughout the town culminating in the main stage on Sunday in the market square and stage on the Riverside.  Headliners in the market square will include Gerry Jablonski and the Electric Band and the Redfish Blues Band will be performing on the riverside.

Local artists will be showcasing their skills across the town centre and in a special marquee exhibition in the market square as Darlington Arts Festival gets underway from Friday 24 until Monday 27 September, 10am-4pm. This event is in partnership with Darlington for Culture and supported by Newcastle Building Society. Space is filling up fast, so any artists who wish to exhibit should get in touch with the Council as soon as possible. Interested artists can contact the Town Centre Partnership and Events Manager directly by emailing

Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said:

“Our summer events brought thousands of people to Darlington and I am delighted that more events are planned for September. It has been heart-warming to see people return to our town centre and to some kind of normality, after what has been a difficult time for everyone – businesses, traders and residents.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring a range of exciting events to the town over the next few months and I urge everyone to come along and support our fabulous range of shops, bars and restaurants and, of course, the redeveloped indoor market food hall.”

Visitors can take advantage of two hours free parking in council-run town centre car parks and are advised to check signage and display a ticket from the machine.

Updates on the upcoming events, including the full line-up for the R ‘n’ B Festival, are available on and on the #LoveDarlo Facebook page.

🎶 The first acts for Mish Mash Festival Weekender have been announced 🎷 Shades Collective will be performing dance classics on Saturday 27th August and The Baghdaddies bring world music to the Market Square on Sunday 28th August Details ➡️ | #LoveDarlo
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