Hullabaloo in the Park

Frequently asked questions

Where is South Park and how do I get there? 

South Park, Darlington is a grade II registered historic park. There are several entrances to the park, the main entrance and the entrance for Hullabaloo in the Park is on Parkside (by the white clock tower) DL1 5TG  

Getting to the South Park 


Due to limited car parking around South Park we recommend you use the town centre car parks and access the park by foot through Victoria Embankment and walk to the Hullabaloo Hub near the clock tower / café area 


It’s easy to get to South Park from Darlington railway station; walk from the station, down Parkgate towards the town centre and follow the signs. 


South Park is accessible by bus – for more information please visit Traveline North East [external link]. 


There are cycle paths linking from the town centre through Polam Lane on to South Park. Cyclists can access most areas of the park. We ask cyclists not to cycle in the play area or the main bowling green. 

Is South Park accessible? 

All spaces are wheelchair accessible. Theatre Hullabaloo will provide more information on accessible routes to each activity closer to the festival dates. This information will be emailed to bookers in pre-show emails where appropriate and will be available on our website. 

 What Facilities are available at South Park? 

The park is open 24 hours a day all year round. 

Toilets (including baby changing and accessible toilets) are open from 8:30 until 18:00 

There is also a Café at the park offering hot and cold drinks and light snacks. The Café is open  Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday from 8.30pm to 4pm. and offers bottle / baby food warming facilities 

In addition to this, dedicated Hullabaloo in the Park staff will be on hand to offer assistance where needed, just look out for the orange t  shirts! 

Are there any restrictions in place? 

Throughout the two weeks of the festival, we will be implementing the following over the two weeks:

  • Outdoor events with socially distanced seating plans
  • Pre-booked and e-ticketed, there is no need to print your ticket.
  • Small capacity (no more than 30 people per event)
  • We have hand sanitiser stations and one way systems for all events spaces.

All visitors must follow national Covid-19 guidelines whilst visiting the town and can reduce the risk to others by taking regular rapid tests.


Free kits of 14 rapid tests can be booked for collection through the Council’s community testing scheme, including at the following town centre sites; The Dolphin Centre and Darlington Hippodrome. To book a kit for collection, please click here

Please contact us at if you have any queries regarding this and we will be happy to help. 

What if I don’t feel well? 

Please DO NOT attend Hullabaloo in the Park if you are displaying any of the following symptoms: 

  • A high temperature  
  • A new, continuous cough – coughing for more than an hour or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours  
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you have noticed that you are unable to smell or taste anything or things smell or taste different to normal. 


Hullabaloo in the Park is an outdoor festival and so please expect the Great British Summertime and prepare accordingly. There is plenty of natural shade in the park, but all events are outdoors so please remember to bring sun cream and hats for you and your little ones. 

Will Hullabaloo in the Park still go ahead in bad weather? 

In the event of inclement weather which renders it unsafe for events to proceed, we will endeavour to relocate performances and events to The Hullabaloo where possible. All ticket holders will be contacted 12 hours advance should this be necessary, so please confirm that we have contact details for your party and updates will be posted on our social media pages. 

How to contact us  

If you have any questions or queries regarding Hullabaloo in the Park, we can be contacted at