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This page contains events information for activities and courses taking place in our libraries, as well as events organised by the Darlington Libraries team.

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05 March 2020
13:45 to 15:30
01325 405060
Head of Steam
FREE
Darlington Borough Council

'Operating the National Collection' - a talk by Anthony Coulls

FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome,
(please telephone the museum for membership or price details)

14 March 2020 to 28 June 2020
11:00 to 15:30
01325405060
Head of Steam
Included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Darlington’s streets are named after mayors, industrialists, landmarks and many more surprising people and places. Discover more about Darlington’s history in an exhibition curated by Robin Coulthard. 

28 March 2020 to 03 May 2020
11:00 to 15:30
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council
The UK has been at the cutting edge of space exploration, both fact and fiction for over 100 years; from H.G Wells, Arthur C. Clarke and Douglas Adams’ stories of science fiction, to the ground breaking work of the UK Space Agency, British engineers and scientists.

What was once thought possible only in science fiction is gradually becoming science fact and part of our everyday lives, including mobile phones that talk to us and people living and working in space. It is undoubtedly the dreams of science fiction writers that has helped to drive the imagination of scientists to explore what is actually possible. Find out more about the fact and fiction of space in this touring exhibition!

Included in admission and annual passes.
04 April 2020
13:45 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
FREE
Darlington Borough Council

'A Trip Across the Border, Scotland Part 1' - a talk by Sam Woods

FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome,
(please telephone the museum for membership or price details)

07 April 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

We'll be making Easter Bunny ears, lots of easter origami and planting seeds for you to take home and watch grow!

Drop in session, included in admission and yearly passes

 

08 April 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and meet the team from Animal Story who will be bringing an excellent assortment of animals for handling and viewing.

Drop in session included in admission and yearly passes.

 

12 April 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
£2 for adults, £1 for children and under 5's go free, included in yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Join us for an Eggstraspecial Easter treat, activities include, egg trail, face painting, mini train ride, arts & crafts and lots more.  Museum cafe will be open serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, toasties, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits.

£2 for adults, £1 for children, under 5's go free and included in yearly passes.

 

14 April 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Inspired by Easter chocolate, make and decorate your own chocolate lolly!  Lolly to take home - if it makes it that far! Yum!!

SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED
Included in admission and yearly passes,

15 April 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come and make a fairy or pirate house using plastic bottles

Drop in session, included in admission and yearly passes

 

16 April 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Calling all train fans to come and play!  Trainmaster builds a giant hands on train track, lots of trains, ride on trains and even a mini coaster! The sessions are free play meaning that children can play with the whole range of activities or spend time in one area. We have so many trains to choose from including push along trains and electric trains and we have lots of the characters.  Trainmaster is the perfect place to play for your train fan.

SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED
included in admission and yearly passes

17 May 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
£2 adults, £1 children, Under 5's are free, included in yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

A variety of rare and unusual vintage vehicles from across the North East and Yorkshire regions gather again for this popular event, activities include mini train ride, childrens entertainer and lots more.  Musuem cafe will be open serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, toasties, sandwiches, crisps, cakes and biscuits.

£2 for adults, £1 for children, under 5's are free and included in yearly passes

 

26 May 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Have you got what it takes to solve the mystery, activities include blood testing, collecting finger prints and poison testing to solve the crime.

SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED, contact museum for more information
Included in admission and yearly passes

27 May 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Join Vanessa from The Creation Station Darlington for some fun Spring themed crafts.  We will be collaging spring pictures, making cress heads, creating a bunch of tissue paper flowers with a pot to display them in and exploring with Play Doh.

Drop in session, included in admissison and yearly passes

28 May 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Book your place today on the slime workshop, each child will make some slime to take home

SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED, contact museum for information
Included in admission and yearly passes

04 June 2020
13:45 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
FREE
Darlington Borough Council

'North Eastern Railway's Nidd Valley Branch' - a talk by Chris Henderson

FREE to members of the Friends, non-members welcome,
(please telephone the museum for membership or price details)

25 June 2020
15:30 to 17:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come along and takeover the museum - do some museum jobs and be creative and technical with our STEAM challenges
Suitable for children aged up to 11

SESSIONS MUST BE BOOKED, contact museum for information
Included in admission and yearly passes

04 July 2020 to 30 August 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
Included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

A plan revealed the hidden history of artificial limb making at North Road Works. Visit the exhibition to find out how pattern makers became limb makers and how railways throughout the country made artificial limbs for those injured in railway accidents or war.

22 July 2020
10:00 to 16:00
01325 405060
Head of Steam
included in admission and yearly passes
Darlington Borough Council

Come along and meet the animals and the Farmyard Flyer team when they visit Head of Steam this summer.

Drop in session, included in admission and yearly passes