Weekend Times

Artist's life-changing moment on wintry A66

Darlington and Stockton Times: CONCENTRATION: Stuart Short works on his latest painting

10:02am Friday 23rd January 2015

Artist Stuart Short had his “road to Damascus moment” on the A66 as he drove across the Pennines on a filthy winter morning to begin another week’s work many miles from his County Durham home.

Countryman's Diary

Change is slow but relentless in the countryside, as a book from childhood shows

Darlington and Stockton Times: PULLING POWER: Heavy horses like these, at Beamish Museum in County Durham, were once the norm on our farms

10:02am Friday 23rd January 2015

CONSTANT progress and modernisation in the countryside means that the scenes we view during our explorations and outings are always changing. This is especially noted by visitors from towns and cities, perhaps exploring particular places only once or twice a year.

Eating Out

The Coach House, Middleton Tyas

Darlington and Stockton Times: LAUNCH EVENT: General view of The Coach House at Middleton Lodge near Richmond. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11062109)

10:29am Friday 23rd January 2015

THERE have been some pretty swanky new dining and hotel venues opened in the last 12 months and the latest is at Middleton Lodge, a small Georgian country estate between Darlington and Richmond.

Top Ten Restaurants

This week's top ten restaurants in the region

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:07pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

Each week Darlington & Stockton Times reviewers visit restaurants around our region. As well describing their dining experience they award scores for food quality, surroundings, service and value up to a possible total of 40 points.

A Dales Life

Bypass will end a guilty pleasure – beating a caravan through Bedale

10:33am Friday 23rd January 2015

The impact of the Bedale bypass is going to be interesting. It will bring an end to one of my guilty pleasures...

Looking Back

Headline news from the D&S Times 150, 100 and 50 years ago

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: The new starters at Marwood Church of England School, Great Ayton, in September 2001. This generation should now be at university or have started work. Where are they now? Let From Our Archive know at dst@nne.co.uk.Advertisements on this

10:12am Friday 23rd January 2015

A lack of success at a horse fair (150 years ago), pubs being made to close earlier (100 years ago) and a new course for girls who want to be air hostesses (50 years ago)...


Dave Robson Memorial Concert

Darlington and Stockton Times:

11:26am Friday 23rd January 2015

PROGRAMME details have been announced for Angela Hewitt’s memorial concert for D&S Times music reviewer Dave Robson.

What's On This Weekend

Saturday January 31/Sunday February 1, 2015

Darlington and Stockton Times: (16676305)

10:02am Monday 26th January 2015

Five things to do this weekend, including a woodland walk, theatre, ballet and music

• Find more events on our What's On website

In The Garden

Weather is a challenge, says Chris Beardshaw

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chris Beardshaw. See PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Martin Haswell Photography. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature GARDENING Gardening Column. (16255719)

10:02am Friday 23rd January 2015

The weather is going to be the telling factor in garden design trends this year, thanks to several years of excessively wet weather and flooding, says garden designer Chris Beardshaw


Rare sighting of the elusive Woodcock

Darlington and Stockton Times: A Snow Bunting

10:02am Friday 19th December 2014

THE mild weather in November was not really conducive to exciting bird sightings and so continued what has been a rather disappointing autumn.

Travel Reviews

Luxury and comfort on hand at Brimstone Hotel

Darlington and Stockton Times: LUXURY: The Duet suite at Brimstone Hotel

10:30am Friday 23rd January 2015

Vicki Henderson enjoys a luxury getaway in a hotel on the Langdale Estate near Ambleside


Winter fruit pudding (inspired by the Radiation Cookbook)

Darlington and Stockton Times: (16243391)

10:44am Friday 23rd January 2015

This recipe takes inspiration from one in The Radiation Cook Book, a family hand-me-down from 1955, which sounds a little scary but is actually fascinating


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