AN arts cafe will be held at The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, in Yarm Road, Darlington, on Saturday (January 26), from 11am to 2pm. Admission costs £2 including refreshments. The event is child-friendly, but children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. It will include tips on how to get the most out of digital cameras, as well as a beading demonstration by Michelle Douglas. For more information, call 01325-244174.

OPEN MIC: Darlington for Culture is resuming its open mic nights for authors, at Voodoo Cafe/Cantina, 84 Skinnergate, on Thursday (January 31). The sessions, starting at 7pm on the last Thursday of every month, cost £3, payable at the door. For more information, visit or email

ON STAGE: Billed as one of the most terrifying theatre experiences in the world, The Woman in Black will be staged at Darlington Civic Theatre from February 4 to 9. Evening performances will be at 7.30pm. Ticket prices range from £15 to £23. Visit or call 01325-486555.

QUILT SHOW: Threadbangers’ second quilt show will be held in Heighington Village Hall, on March 16 and 17, from 10am to 4pm. Entry will be £3. Quilts will be raffled in support of Help for Heroes. To book tickets, call 01325-300489 or email

LITTER PICK: Heighington Parish Litter Group will be out collecting litter on Saturday, February 9, from 10am. Anyone interested in volunteering can meet at Heighington Village Hall, 2 Main Road in Redworth, or Old Farm Cottage in School Aycliffe. Refreshments will be served in the village hall at noon.

DOUBLE TOP: Five-times world darts champion Eric Bristow will be at the new Bet Fred betting shop, in Tubwell Row, Darlington, from 11am to 2pm, on Thursday, February 14.

SPORTS WINNERS: Darlington mayor Paul Baldwin and mayoress Kim Baldwin will attend the grand final of the Darlington Young Sports Winners Scheme, at Darlington College, in Haughton Road, at 6pm, on Wednesday (January 30).