Darlington’s Festival of Ingenuity to inspire young minds

Preparations for Darlington’s Festival of Ingenuity are in full flow, ahead of the free family event in July.

Organised by Darlington Partnership and sponsored by Darlington Building Society, the annual festival, which is now in its third year, celebrates the town’s ingenuity and manufacturing heritage.

As part of the event, Darlington-based companies will be holding interactive displays and exhibits in a marquee in the Market Square.

There will also be family fun over at Riverside Park (behind Darlington Town Hall), including train rides, stalls, street entertainment and live music from The Baghdaddies, Beatles Unplugged and The Phat Turtles.

Confirmed attendees at this year’s event include Darlington-based companies such as Cummins, Cleveland Bridge, Modus, EE, DeepOcean, Nifco, Hobgoblin3D and Hooba Foods.

Darlington Partnership director, Seth Pearson (pictured, second from right), said: “As the birthplace of the railways, Darlington has a special place in history, and has long been known for its ingenuity.

“That ingenious spirit is alive and well among the town’s employers today, and many of those firms will be attending the Festival to engage and inspire the next generation of creators.”

He continued: “We really hope that families come down to see all the wonderful exhibits we have on offer – and, who knows, be inspired to be Darlington’s next ingenious generation.”

The Festival of Ingenuity takes place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 from 10am. Further information can be found on the official website.

Source: Harvey & Hugo
Photo: (from left to right) Phil Haymer, Events Manager for Cultural Services at the Dolphin Centre; Bente Nome Sivertson, Diary Coordinator at Darlington Partnership; Seth Pearson, Director of Darlington Partnership; and Owen McAteer, Foundation for Jobs Coordinator at Darlington Borough Council

David Wriglesworth
University of Lincoln graduate and self-confessed social media addict David Wriglesworth is the founder of What's on Darlington. In his spare time, you’ll find him avoiding the gym and tagging his friends in memes on Facebook.