About us


We believe that Darlington is a remarkable town.  World-class theatre ties together our culture and theatre history, with our market-town tradition, in a new and really exciting way.


Why are they called Jabberwocky Markets? Click here to read the story.

This is a unique type of event, created especially for the people of Darlington, designed and run by theatre producers from the town, in partnership with internationally acclaimed partners and performances.  It's a market - but not as you know it!



For autumn 2017 we are working with Darlington Theatre Town partners namely Creative Darlington, Darlington Hippodrome, Theatre Hullabaloo and Odd Man Out Theatre, to present shows in Paines Plough's Roundabout in the Market Place, as well as our long term venue partner Polam Hall School.

We are truly grateful for this wonderful support and really hope you enjoy visiting them again and again.


We also rely on the help of volunteers to support the events.  It's really good fun to volunteer for the festival.  

The Jabber Group is a panel of Darlington people of all ages who help to advise and create the festival.  

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities, please email us on jabberwockymarket@gmail.com


We are grateful to a lot of people and organisations that have helped to make the festival possible, in particular: Creative Darlington, Darlington for Culture, Darlington Markets, Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington Council, Darlington Media Group, Greenfield Arts, Strong Voices at the Bridge North East.


WHITE KNIGHTS are the people who kindly buy PAY IT FORWARD TICKETS.




Be Premiere Hair and Kimberley Caravans currently support our events.

If your business is interested in sponsorship opportunies, please contact Caroline on jabberwockymarket@gmail.com 

Previous festivals have seen fruitful relationships with La Di Da magazine, Mercure Kings Hotel, Pernod Ricard, and Maxxium through Voodoo Cafe.





Brightening lives through creative endeavour and stories, Luxi produces, presents and promotes collaborative theatre and projects.

Based in Darlington, Luxi organises Jabberwocky Market.

For more information about the work Luxi does, check out the website www.luxiontheweb.com or email az@luxiontheweb.com



Battersea Arts Centre offers opportunities for people of all generations to develop their creativity. Brand new shows are invented and performed here, sometimes taking over the whole building. Young people come to Battersea Arts Centre to develop their creativity, confidence and enterprising ideas. Children and adults can play together and we host monthly tea dances, welcoming in local people of all ages. Open all year round, we make great food every day in the Scratch Bar and prepare huge banquets for all the weddings, parties and conferences we host. For those who can’t make it to Battersea, we take out our shows and projects to Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

"Britain's most influential theatre" The Guardian






Thanet, Hull, Darlington, Gloucester, Torbat, Wigan, Medway, Peterborough & London: working together to reinvent touring.

The Collaborative Touring Network is a partnership between nine different promoters across the UK. Coming together with the joint aim of inspiring an entirely new generation of theatre-goers, the Collaborative Touring Network will navigate its way across the country to bring inspiring performance to audiences.

Head Up Festival, Hull

Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester

Looping the Loop Festival, Thanet

Doorstep Theatre, Torbay

Platform 8, Peterborough

Paint the Town, Medway

Wigan Arts Festival


Finalist: Bringing Success to Darlington, Best of Darlington Awards 2017


Winner: Best EventJournal Culture Awards sponsored by Teesside University. The ceremony, which celebrated the best of the arts in the North East, was held at Sunderland Minster on 30 June 2015. 



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