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FREE – Booking not required!

Packed full of family fun, GemArts MINI MELA comes to Darlington Hippodrome in February half term, and it’s all FREE! Just drop in, take part and get creative. Join in workshops featuring visual arts from Indian, African, Chinese and other cultures from around the world, and dance and drumming activities. Join us to learn something new and make your very own creations to take home.

The following workshops are taking place:

– Rangoli arts from India
– Chinese block printing
– Origami
– Henna artists
– Steel pans drumming
– Bollywood dance
– Face painting

Perfect for kids aged 5+

Brought to us by GemArts, the Mini Mela is supported by Darlington Hippodrome’s A Place For Everyone fund. We believe in the transformative power of the arts and think that everyone has the right to experience theatre and participate in creative activity.

A Place for Everyone opens up the theatre to audiences, practitioners and performers, regardless of social, physical or economic barriers. Since the fund’s launch in February 2019, £66,000 has been raised from donations from individuals, businesses and charitable trusts.

To support A Place for Everyone, donate when buying tickets through our box office or online, or contact

If you’re involved with a group which would benefit from the scheme, contact


Darlington Hippodrome is an accessible theatre with lifts to every floor to access all areas of the event.

The Hippo Lounge is a cafe within the theatre that offers a wide array of warm and cold food and drink, as well as cakes and donuts.

There are toilets available on every floor, which are totally free to use.

Opening Times

11am - 3pm


Free, no booking required.


Darlington Hippodrome Parkgate Darlington DL1 1RR

Address: Darlington Hippodrome, Parkgate, Darlington, UK

Public Transport Directions

The following services are available from the bus stops outside the theatre:

Service 2 - Branksome/Darlington Town Centre/Red Hall - Every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday with a 30 minute evening service. A 30 minute Sunday service is also available. Last bus 23:29 (towards Cockerton) and 23:32 (towards Lingfield).

Service 3B - Darlington Town Centre/Hundens Lane/Fitzwilliam Drive - Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. No evening service or Sunday service.

Service 12/12A - Hurworth/Darlington/Morton Park/Middleton St G/Trees Park Village - Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. Sundays Darlington Town Centre to Morton Park every 60 minutes with no evening service. Last bus 19:31 (towards Durham Tees Valley Airport) and 19:22 going one stop to the town hall.

Service 13A/13B - Darlington Town Centre to Firthmoor - Every 5 minutes Monday to Saturday with 30 minute evening service. Sundays half hourly, 60 minute evening service. Last bus 23:53 toward Prebend Row.

Service 20 - Darlington Town Centre/Sadberge/Neasham - Operates three journeys on a Monday only.

A short walk into town (0.3 miles) presents an opportunity to access more bus services, with journeys to Stockton/Middlesbrough (X67, X66), Newton Aycliffe/Shildon/Bishop Auckland (5/5A), Spennymoor (8), Durham (7), Sunderland (x21), Barnard Castle (84/84A, X75/X76), Richmond (29) and (X26/X27) to Richmond and Catterick.

Darlington Hippodrome is a five minute walk from Darlington's train station. Darlington is a frequent stop on the East Coast mainline route as well as on local routes.

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