What's Happening in Darlington Issue #4

What's Happening in Darlington Issue #4

08 Jun 2017 Posted by: Guest blogger


Hope you have all had a great half term. 

There's just 6 – 7 weeks now till we do it again, so I hope to keep you busy with local news on what’s on for you and your family. Keep in touch with the local Facebook page too for more information and pictures.

the weather

 After a disappointing change in the weather, we’re looking at more sun and some dry days towards the end of the month.

parks and recreation

Preston Park Vintage Fire Engine Rally 2017

24th & 25th June

Yarm Road, TS18 3RJ Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom

Admission: adults - £5.00, under 16's - £2.50, under 5's - Free

Gates open to public at 11.00am

Members of the former Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Preservation Group renamed in May 2013 to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Trust displaying their appliances against the backdrop of Preston Hall.


Preston Park Fire Engine & Vintage Vehicle Show is an annual event for all the family, the event is held over 2 days opening to the public at 11am & has arena events which may be humorous, educational or historic.

An admission charge is made for the public but also gives them access to the Preston Hall Museum with historic street which underwent a major 3 year, 7 million pound refurbishment and reopened in 2012.

As well as Fire Engines both preserved & new, there are a selection of other vintage vehicles, craft & trade stalls & fun activities for the children

Located in the pleasant setting of Preston Park on Tees-side in the North East of England, we are the longest established fire engine rally in the country.

 Situated just north of the rural town of Yarm near to the A66 & access from the A19, clearly marked by brown tourist signs

For any enquiries regarding the event please contact either

Brett Clayton  - email brett@curlycoats.co.uk or Stockton Borough Council  - email events@stockton.gov.uk

Free car parking, dogs on leads welcome.


Toddler Tales & Trails Postman Bear 

Wednesday 14th June 10am-11.30 & 1pm-2.30pm

& Saturday 17th June

Hardwick Park

Family fun sessions specially designed for younger children (2 to 5 years) involving craft activities, storytelling and fun park trails.

Sessions cost £4 per child and must be booked and paid for in advance. To book call 03000 262 899.

The session will involve going outside into the park unless unsafe to do so therefore, we advise weather appropriate clothing for both children and adults.

at the theatre

Little & Loud 

Wednesdays 9.45 – 10.45 £1.50

The Arc Stockton

A daytime activity for parents and children under 5! Little & Loud is a fun and playful weekly session incorporating songs, music, moving, singing and dancing.


Sessions begin with “Hello” songs and move on to favourites like Baa Baa Blacksheep and other songs picked out from the song bag. The group play with percussion instruments, toys and other props to create a gentle, creative and playful experience.

There is also chill-out time at the end of each session to ensure children, and their parents, leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wednesday 14th June 4.30

By author/illustrator Eric Carle has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. 

Eric's well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively simple stories, 

Introducing generations of children to a bigger, brighter world - and to their first experience of reading itself.

The timeless classic has made its way off the page and onto the stage.


Mr Maker & The Shapes

11th June 1.30 & 4.30

CBeebies' Mister Maker is back by popular demand in his smash hit live theatre tour!

With a fabulous supporting cast and art at its heart, this fantastic live show encourages Mini Makers and grown-ups to sing, dance and make some noise!

There are exciting new ‘makes’ and songs, lots of audience participation, a BIG ‘make’ to take part in, and...The Shapes are back! Yes, you’ll be able to share the fun with Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle too!

fairs and events

Paw Patrol Chase & Marshall

Saturday 17th June

Enjoy a delicious brunch, a meet and greet and photos with Chase & Marshall and get creative with Paw Patrol themed Arts & Crafts.
£5 per child Includes Food https://www.facebook.com/miecafediner/


Free Family Fun Day

Darlington College Saturday, June 17th 11 – 3

A fun day for all the family! Experience tasters of the courses that the college offer, find out and apply for full time, part time or higher education courses and apprenticeships, take part in fun activities and games or take advantage of free careers guidance.


Charity Family Fun Day

Saturday 17th June

Elmwood Community Centre, Hartburn 4 – 8 

A special little girl called Evie finished her treatment for Neuroblastoma cancer recently. Reaching this milestone has been a huge emotional journey for the family.

They have got through the last 16 months with the help and support from their family and friends but also with the support from small charities that help families like them who are thrown into the world of childhood cancer and all that it entails.

Now that Evie has reached the end of her journey they want to celebrate this by giving thanks, having fun and raising as much money as they can for Victoria's wish With help from Evie and son Oscar. The family hope you can all attend.


Darlington Community Carnival

Saturday 24th June from 9.45 am

Darlington Community Carnival is back for 2017, with the BEST line up ever and an even wider range of family entertainment and live music throughout the day.

With the theme of 'Children's Books and Authors,' anyone young and young at heart is sure to have an unforgettable day.

Join in at Darlington Market Place from 9:45am for the best in local dance, music and carnival themed performances. Then follow the parade through town to Stanhope Park, where you can spend the day being entertained for FREE!

With an even wider range of food and bar options, not to mention a great number of stalls supporting great local charities in addition to family games and rides, 2017 is set to be the BEST Carnival yet.

See you there!


Summer Fete


Saturday 17th June

8th Darlington Scout group 101st

Cockerton Village Green Darlington

Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June 11 – 5

Broken Scarr, Coniscliffe Road

Old steam machinery will be running, Café & Miniature Railway


Romans on the Tees

24th June 11 am

Tofts Field Piercebridge Darlington DL2 3SE

Watch the Roman cavalry and infantry battle the barbarians in an epic battle and witness the power of the Roman Ballista!

There will be activities for all ages, including a living history camp, a storyteller and various craftspeople including a potter, leather worker and wattle fence making.


You will also have the chance to explore the brand-new excavations to the west of the village from our Community Archaeology project led by Tees Archaeology and see their findings first-hand!

This is a free event. No food or drink will be served, although there are local pubs and a farm shop which will be open on the day. Parking is available in the overflow car park of the George Hotel.

Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted onto the site (except assistance animals).

activities and offers

DZ Circus School, run by Dot and Zooky, is a new school offering Training in Performing regular weekly classes in Stockton focusing on Circus Skills and Stage Presence.


Visit Head of Steam has something for all the family. They have a changing programme of temporary exhibitions and events, a meeting room for conferences and lectures, and children’s activity rooms for youngsters to learn and play.

The Museum has a fully equipped education room for use by schools and colleges and the Ken Hoole Study Centre is a research facility for railway and family historians (by prior appointment only). 

Imagine stepping back in time to Victorian Darlington, the town that became known as the Birthplace of the Railways.

Venture into our original 1840’s railway station where time has stood still for over one hundred and fifty years.


Discover our Booking Office with its original Victorian interior.

Explore our platform that still has its original footbridge, waiting room, newspaper kiosk and Victorian toilets.

Follow the history of Darlington and the growth of the Railways through our permanent exhibitions and interactives.

Journey through time and admire our four historic locomotives including our star attraction, Stephenson’s Locomotion No1. 

They have a shop with souvenirs to suit all tastes and pockets and the Refreshment Stop provides hot and cold drinks and snacks.


5 Ways to Help Your Child's Emotional Control

As adults, most of us know our emotional triggers and what we need to do to calm ourselves down or relieve our frustrations.

As a child, this can be a difficult journey and cause disruption and upset for the whole family as well as cause a lack of self-confidence in the child, damage relationships and development.

other news

KalliKids accredited local nursery achieves OFSTED Outstanding

The Barn Childcare is situated in the village of Hartburn, Stockton on Tees.  All staff are subject to stringent recruitment checks to ensure that they are suitable to work with children.

Staff qualifications range from Early Years Teachers to Level 3 Practitioners.

The Barn Childcare have a Forest School ethos and the majority of the learning takes places in the incredibly well-resourced garden.

The Barn

The baby and toddler room contain very little in the way of plastic toys as children are encouraged to use their imaginations and be creative using a variety of open-ended resources.  From a young age, children are encouraged to assess their own risks both inside and out.

Children have access to activities such as Rhyme Time, Sign Language, First Aid classes, Circus Skills to name a few. These all come at no additional cost to the parents.

They pick up and drop off at most local schools providing wraparound for children up to the age of 11 years.  

New starters are offered free settling in sessions to ensure everyone is happy prior to starting at The Barn.


Heel & Toe

In 2008 after years of frustration in trying to find suitable therapy for his daughter, Paul Bannister decided to try to establish a charity to provide this service.

Paul put the first few steps in place to set up and launch Heel and Toe.

Paul decided early in the charity’s journey ‘That No Child Should Be Denied Therapy Due To a Lack of Money’.

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity was established in June 2008.

The ‘Not for Profit’ organisation was granted charity status on the 4th September 2008 and the centre was opened on the 4th October 2008, offering FREE Conductive Education Therapy for any child with Cerebral Palsy in an annexe based at the Meadows School in Spennymoor County Durham.

Due to an increasing demand for the expanding services offered at Heel & Toe it was decided in 2009 a new building was required. The trustees decided to relocate to a more central place in County Durham and found premises to rent in Framwellgate Moor.


This made travelling to the charity from North or South of the region easier.  A satellite centre in Darlington was also established.

Demand continued to increase for the range of services now available from Heel & Toe. By the end of 2012, the charity trustees decided it was time to find and purchase a building that would become a legacy for the children and parents of County Durham in the North of England.

Premises were found in Pelton and funding secured to refurbish a facility for the children of the North East Region.

The desire of the board of trustees is to establish a centre of excellence for the delivery of a range of therapies which will benefit the children and their families for many years.  We can only continue to do this with the ongoing support of the people of the North East and beyond.

This centre is a Beacon of Excellence and offers a range of Therapies in one building improving the lives of all who access it.

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