What's on: Children's half term activities in the town centre

What's on: Children's half term activities in the town centre
26 May 2021

A new Active Animals trail to encourage families to stroll around Darlington town centre has been rolled out and there’s a chance to win prizes.

Darlington Borough Council has worked with illustrator Liz Millions, who has designed 18 active animal characters, including hippos, tigers and monkeys which will be on display in the windows of shops and businesses.

Young explorers will need to match the name of the animal with the venue to complete the trail.

The trail has been put together to encourage families to become more active and discover what the town centre has to offer. There will also be a free prize draw.

Anyone completing the trail will have walked 2.4miles or 5,000 steps.

The trail starts from Saturday 29 May with entries due by Sunday 6 June and can be downloaded from enjoydarlington.com. Printed copies will also be available from participating outlets.

The new bowling alley, DC Bowl, in the Dolphin Centre promises to be a huge attraction for families alongside the expanded Under the Sea soft play area and swimming pools, alongside events and activities at the Head of Steam Railway Museum, Darlington Libraries and Darlington Hippodrome, to ensure that there is something for everyone, whatever the weather.

Bookings are now open for DC Bowl – the brand new state of the art ten pin bowling alley in the Dolphin Centre. For lane bookings and more details, as well as what’s on at the Dolphin Centre, visit: healthydarlington.co.uk. Bowling sessions must be booked in advance.

Darlington Library has colourful book benches in their junior section for children and families to enjoy a story, and the doors are open at Darlington Hippodrome with a host of classic family cinema screenings including The Sound of Music, The Karate Kid, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, Matilda and Disney’s The Princess and The Frog, all in the comfort and beauty of the restored Edwardian auditorium. For full details visit darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01325 405405

Visitors to the Head of Steam can enjoy a new willow sculpture trail and children’s outdoor play area with extra picnic seating. All Aboard! is a new exhibition featuring children’s railway fiction. Local schools have helped choose the books and written labels, and North East based author, Holly Sterling, has written and illustrated a new story about the museum.

Head of Steam visitors will need to book their slot in advance via Eventbrite, details are on their website head-of-steam.co.uk and social media.

The Leader of Darlington Borough Council, Heather Scott, said: “Our teams have worked hard to put together a superb range of events to keep youngsters of all ages active and entertained throughout half term. With the fantastic range of shops, cafes and restaurants and two hours free parking in our car parks, there has never been a better time to come into the town centre and enjoy some family time.”

Councillor Alan Marshall, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for economy and regeneration, added: “As Covid restrictions continue to ease we are delighted to resume our exciting programme of town centre events. We want people to come back to the town centre they know and love and enjoy the wide range of shops and leisure activities we have on offer.”

For regular updates of events in Darlington, follow #LoveDarlo on Facebook or visit enjoydarlington.com

“Our teams have worked hard to put together a superb range of events to keep youngsters of all ages active and entertained throughout half term. ”

- Leader of Darlington Borough Council, Heather Scott

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