An outdoor venue for sport, festivals or shows in Darlington, County Durham.

Ten pitches, extensive grounds, parking and a licensed clubhouse for catering and refreshments

Blackwell Meadows has undergone extensive development since it was purchased in 1994, when Darlington R.F.C. moved from their previous home at Lingfield Lane.  Significant changes to the grounds and clubhouse occured in 2016, in advance of Darlington F.C. getting permission to play their home games at the site. The management team at Blackwell Meadows are keen to explore new opportunities for their site and to establish themselves, not only as a fantastic multi-sport venue, but a venue for all kinds of outdoor festivals, shows and events looking for a home in County Durham, North Yorkshire or Teesside.

A multi-sport venue

We already host rugby, football, american football and archery from our site, providing both game and practice pitches marked out for their specific regulations. We also mark out our 'mini' pitches so junior players get to feel the same excitement and experience as the senior teams.

Our site and pitch layout

Below you can see the layout of our grounds at Blackwell Meadows and the location of our pitches. As you can see we're not short on space and we regularly host multiple teams often playing different sports at the same time. In order to cater for all these teams we have ten separate changing rooms in our clubhouse with additional rooms for officials and physios.

Blackwell Meadows site map

Blackwell Meadows site map

Pitches and Grounds
Pitch 1 With a great view from the clubhouse and covered stands to two sides, pitch 1 is used by Darlington R.F.C. mens and ladies first XV and Darlington F.C. This pitch is a fully secure pitch with perimeter fencing and spectator railings with access control through turnstyles.
Pitch 2 Pitch 2 is used by the Second XV.
Pitch 3 Pitch 3 is currently marked out for American football and hosts Darlington Steam's home games.
Pitch 4 & 5 These pitches are marked out as smaller pitches for our junior rugby teams.
Archery & Minis This area is currently shared between our mini rugby teams and the Gentleman & Lady Archers of Darlington.
Pitches F1 - F5 These 5 pitches are marked out as football pitches for Darlington F.C. and Darlington Young Bulls Football Club.

Annual rugby festival

For further details on our annual rugby festival email

Non sporting events

With the amount of outdoor space available at Blackwell Meadows, (supported by our clubhouse, parking and catering), we are keen to introduce some non-sporting events to our venue. If you are looking for somewhere in the North East of England to host a festival, show or exhibition then we would welcome your enquiry.

A safe and secure venue

Our site is fully enclosed with controlled access to our grounds, pitches and buildings. Inside the building we operate a strict policy, restricting access to changing rooms to authorised and DBS checked personnel.

Equipment storage is available

Bookings call or email
Sarah Hall Assistant General Manager
Telephone 01325 36 37 77 | 07557 43 18 58
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Fully licensed clubhouse with food and refreshments.
10 changing rooms.
Separate changing rooms for officials.
Physio room.
Wheelchair accessible clubhouse and main pitch with disabled toilets.
Storage available for club equipment.