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Family festival will inspire young minds

A North-East town is preparing to showcase its ingenious past, present and future at a family event next month (July).


Darlington’s annual Festival of Ingenuity returns for the third time on July 14, once again filling the town centre with scientific exhibitions, street entertainment and live music.


Organised by Darlington Partnership and sponsored by Darlington Building Society, the festival, which is free to attend, celebrates the town’s ingenuity and manufacturing heritage.


Darlington Partnership director Seth Pearson 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.”


A marquee in the market square will host interactive displays by Darlington-based companies such as Cummins, Cleveland Bridge, Modus, EE, DeepOcean, Nifco, Hobgoblin3D and Hooba Foods. Here, children will be able to get hands-on with a variety of interactive exhibits, with the opportunity to see a 3D printer at work or control a miniature sub-sea vehicle.


There will be more family fun over at Feethams Podium, where Darlington Building Society will be hosting a variety of events, including rides on the society’s very own land train, Darly.


There will also be stalls from the society’s charity partners, including Daisy Chain, Cash 4 Kids and My Sister’s Place, as well as performances from Pierremont School of Dance, Hummersknott Badminton Club and STAGE Dance School. For those who cannot bear to be away from the World Cup, a big screen will also be showing the third-place play-offs.


The entertainment continues into the evening at the newly-developed Riverside Park, behind the Department for Education offices, with live music, street food and drink from noon until 8pm. Bands include The Baghdaddies, Beatles Unplugged and The Phat Turtles, while the Rocket Town Brewhouse will be bringing along its Bar-A-Van to provide refreshments.


Mr Pearson said: “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 from 10am. For more information, please visit www.festivalofingenuity.co.uk

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