What's on in Darlo: Summer events

What's on in Darlo: Summer events
08 July 2021

Holidays at home have never looked more exciting as the town prepares for a “bloomin’ great” summer.

The town centre events team has put together a wide range of events to make holiday boredom a thing of the past!

The ever-popular vintage vehicle rally rolls into town on Saturday 17 July, between 10am-4.30pm as the wonderful motors of yesteryear go on display in the town centre. The Old Glory jazz band will add to the old time feel. Details of this free event are on Facebook, search for Darlington Vintage Vehicle Rally.

More wheeled fun arrives in town as a free roller skating rink takes centre stage in the market square. Every day from Monday 19 July until Sunday 1 August, 11am-4pm, youngsters aged 8 and over can take to four wheels for fun. Plus, young ones can get more active every Wednesday in the market square with free pop-up sports activities.

Drama and drama comes to the town centre with a free performance of “The Two Fridas” on Thursday 22 July from 6pm. Hotfoot from Billingham’s International Folklore Festival, and inspired by one of the world’s most famous self-portraits - The Two Fridas by legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo - the show brings the canvas to life in a fusion of classical Indian, Western contemporary and Mexican folk dance. The 50-minute socially distanced show is free, no tickets required.

Fruity fun follows as Rhubarb Theatre comes to town to share music, stories and crafts on Saturday 31 July.

Runners of all levels will take to the streets the following day, Sunday 1 August, as The SG Petch Darlington 10k, Fun Run and Junior 2K, takes place. Limited spaces remain.

Some of the top UK skateboarders – Extreme Team Skateboarding - will be in the market square on Wednesday 4 August showcasing their talents from 11am until 5pm.There’s the chance to have a go for free on scooters, BMX bikes and skateboards.

Music, colour and vibrancy returns to the town as it’s Darlington Pride Weekender from Saturday 7 – Monday 9 August. Expect colourful costumes, live performances, activities and special guests across the weekend.

Mini golfers will have the chance to tour the landmarks of the world as the Tyne Bridge, Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal take residence in the market square with free mini golf from 11am-4pm. There will be bikes of all shapes and sizes, go-karts and climbing walls the following two Wednesdays, which will offer mid-week family fun for free.

Other events to look forward to include Pease Pudding markets every Thursday evening and the welcome return of Darlington Food & Drink and Mish Mash Festival across the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Councillor Alan Marshall, cabinet member for economy, said: “There’s never been a better time to enjoy a staycation with so much on offer in our town centre. We are ready to roll out the carpet and welcome everyone back into the town centre for what promises to be a bloomin’ great summer.

“Alongside our outdoor events, visitors can enjoy our unique range of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, see the changes being made to our indoor market and look out for what’s new in our historic yards and wynds.”

Visitors to Darlington can take advantage of two hours free parking in selected council-run car parks and on street parking bays. A ticket from the machine is required and more details are on car park display boards.

More details of events and town centre news is available through Love Darlo social media and at www.enjoydarlington.com

All visitors must follow national Covid-19 guidelines whilst visiting the town and are encouraged to take a rapid test before attending the events.

“There’s never been a better time to enjoy a staycation with so much on offer in our town centre. We are ready to roll out the carpet and welcome everyone back into the town centre for what promises to be a bloomin’ great summer.”

- Councillor Alan Marshall, cabinet member for economy

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