Important announcement about council services

Updated: 16 March 2020 - 7:15pm

Following the Government announcement today about the new measures being put in place to manage the Coronavirus outbreak, the council has taken the difficult decision not to open a number of its venues from Tuesday 17 March 2020 until further notice. We will continue to closely monitor and act on the latest Government advice and will re-open the venues as soon as it is safe to do so. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you.

The following venues will not open tomorrow (Tuesday 17 March 2020):

  • Crown Street library and Cockerton library
  • The Dolphin Centre
  • Eastbourne Sports Complex
  • Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum
  • Darlington Hippodrome

For customers who have paid in advance, arrangements will be made to provide refunds or credit notes - more details on how this will be done will follow.


Eastbourne Sports Complex is home to some of Darlington's most successful Sports Clubs. We have a superb eight-lane, county standard, synthetic athletics track, with a full-range of track and field events, floodlighting and athletics equipment, as well as six 11 a side football pitches. Our 3G pitch is specifically designed for use in all weathers and offers support and suspension for the best playing performance.