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Making a Difference

The money raised through our fundraising enables Darlington Hippodrome to deliver a number of education and community projects which engage people of all ages in the theatre and heritage. The funds also support the continued improvement of access provisions at the theatre.

The newly created community spaces have presented the opportunity for us to develop a varied activity programme which inspire people of all ages in the arts as well as championing cultural life. Engagement activities include Hippodrome Youth Dance and Youth Theatre, school partnerships, heritage traineeships, volunteering opportunities, outreach projects, intergenerational projects, exhibitions and holiday activities. All of the activities help to build self-esteem and are aimed at enhancing the participant’s skills and employability


The Darlington Hippodrome Foundation (registered charity number 1047625) is a charitable fund we hold with the County Durham Community Foundation. It was set up for the secure holding of donations and so that the theatre can benefit from the County Durham Community Foundation's guidance and support on our fundraising activities.

All donations are administered by County Durham Community Foundation who manage the Darlington Hippodrome Fund on our behalf.  Find out more about the work of County Durham Community Foundation.