Coronavirus Update

Unfortunately due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic we have had to cancel the festival for 2020. We hope to return in 2021 with an even bigger and better fun packed weekend!


Join us for a FREE FAMILY FUN DAY at the Festival of Ingenuity in Darlington!

The Town Centre will once again explode with fun, activity and all that is ingenious about the area. You and your family will have the opportunity to try a wide range of interactive activities such as build a foot bridge, control a mini submarine, try tech used in the day-to-day life of police officers, have a go at flying a drone and much more fun! Market Square

You'll also get the chance to meet many indigenous companies such as Cummins, EE, Nifco, Modus, Cleveland Bridge, as well as RTC North, Durham Constabulary, County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service and many more! They will be bringing some of their most exciting equipment for you to try out! Exhibitors

The party continues in Riverside Park where our Festival partner, Darlington Building Society, will be hosting a wide range of exciting activities for the whole family! Riverside Park is also the place to enjoy live music, delicious food and refreshing drinks from our local providers such as Spead From The Med, Tapas Bar, The Pennyweight and Hole in the Wall. Our local music collective, Tracks, will once again present a bill of innovative artists ready to soundtrack a summer afternoon by the riverside. Riverside Park



Check out some our video from 2018 below!

For any questions, please contact

The Festival of Ingenuity is hosted by Darlington Partnership, brought to you by Darlington Borough Council and supported by Darlington Building Society.

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As a part of the Festival of Ingenuity, we invite schools to take part in a full day of interactive activities Friday 10th July 2020.

In the video below you'll see footage from 2018 where we had 450 primary school children learning about UN's Sustainability Goals through interactive activities in cooperation with local employers, while 150 Year-9 pupils took part in STEM-based activities in the Dolphin Centre Sports Hall. 


Darlington borough council logo

Darlington borough council logo

Darlington building society logo

Darlington building society logo


Save the date: July 2021!