Visit The Hullabaloo

Plan your visit

The Hullabaloo is open from 10am – 2pm, Monday – Saturday where you can enjoy coffee and cake at Café Hullabaloo and some play time too.

The Hullabaloo is situated on Borough Road in Darlington, on a site adjacent to Darlington Hippodrome. It is easily reached by foot from Darlington Town Centre, public transport or car. We are only a 5-minute walk from Darlington’s train station.

Our fabulous  venue is specifically created for children and families and is an inspiring place to play and learn. The venue is fully accessible, has great facilities for you and your family to access: child friendly toilets, buggy parking, separate baby change, creative play spaces and a great family friendly café.

We have an exciting programme of things for you to come along to including performances and different creative play themes . Visit our things to see and do page for more information.

You can also view our brochure online here. 



Tickets can be booked online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and there are no booking fees.

The Box Office in The Hullabaloo will be open around show times at least 30 minutes before the start of a performance.

We share our box office with Darlington Hippodrome and this means they will be the lovely people taking your booking, which means you can also book tickets via them.

For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions page.


Car Parking

The Hullabaloo does not have a car park. There are short and long stay off street car parks close by to the venue. Most Council car parks are covered by 24 hour CCTV surveillance. For further advice on parking please contact the box office, or visit the Darlington Borough Council website.

Coach Parking

There is no coach parking allowed in the Park Place car parks near to The Hullabaloo. The only commercial car park is Chestnut Street, which is a 10-minute walk to The Hullabaloo. Coaches park free at Chestnut Street but charges apply for other vehicles. Coaches can stop on single and double yellow lines (no kerb blips) to drop off and pick up passengers. They can also do that in resident permit bays, but they cannot leave the coaches during the performance.


Our family friendly café is situated in the main entrance of the venue. The café provides a vibrant and relaxing space to spend time with family and friends. Both of the creative play spaces are accessed via the café and we also have a good library of story books for you to enjoy whilst relaxing in one of our wonderful armchairs.

In the café you can access free wifi and enjoy a selection of light bites (including some gluten free options) and hot and cold beverages. There are also plenty of high chairs on offer and easy access to toilets, to a buggy park and baby change.

Birthday Celebrations

Book exclusive use of Creative Play for up to 15 children and their grown-ups. Age suitability depends on the current Creative Play. Birthday party buffet and refreshments for grown-ups available.

Available Monday-Saturday between 2.30pm and 5.30pm. Party duration approximately 2 hours.

£150 hire charge with additional catering costs.

Full details can be found here.
For enquiries, please fill out this form.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, please email us on info@theatrehullabaloo.org.uk or call our office between 10am and 2pm, Monday-Friday on 01325 405680.

Buy a gift voucher

Gift Vouchers are the ideal birthday present and thank you presents, or simply as a special treat.

Select your amount and enter the recipients email address for your gift voucher to be emailed direct. You can even select the date the recipient will receive the voucher.

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We provide access for a range of individual needs. If your particular needs are not met by the below don’t hesitate to give us a call and we’d be happy to accommodate you.

The Hullabaloo is accessed at ground level. We have room for a number of wheelchairs within the theatre space and Creative Play space and these are accessed on the ground floor. The Rehearsal Room on the first floor has lift access. Wheelchair spaces cannot be booked online; please contact the box office to book via info@theatrehullabaloo.org.uk.

A dropped counter is available at The Hullabaloo box office and café. If booking tickets at Darlington Hippodrome for The Hullabaloo there is also a dropped counter at their box office. We have an accessible toilet on the ground floor and blue badge parking spaces available on the side streets opposite our building.

BSL Interpreted Performances

our BSL performances are fully integrated

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Relaxed Performances

Although The Hullabaloo is always pretty chilled, we do have specific Relaxed Performances (open to everyone) where families with additional needs might feel more comfortable. At these: • pre-show information is available to help you prepare for your visit • you can peek into the theatre before the show begins (pop us email us an email to info@theatrehullabaloo.org.uk to arrange this) • getting up, moving around and responding in your own way to the show is absolutely fine or anyone else who would find a typical theatre setting a challenging environment.

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Hearing assist equipment

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Captioned performances

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