"When I started working for Saks Hair & Beauty at their head office in Darlington 10 years ago, I wanted to immerse myself in the town’s heritage. What better place to start than the Railway Museum?"

Railway Museum

When I started working for Saks Hair & Beauty at their head office in Darlington 10 years ago, I wanted to immerse myself in the town's heritage. What better place to start than the Railway Museum?
North Road Station
Tel: 01325 460532

Imperial Express

This is my all-time favourite restaurant in Darlington. The food is Italian and I never feel weird eating here on my own because it's so relaxed and casual. And they're very generous with their portions!
2 Northumberland Street
Tel: 01325 383297

Carl Banks Flowers

I often want to say thanks to work colleagues who I don't see very often and this shop does beautiful flowers.
2 Grange Road
Tel: 01325 363988

Oven

I really like Oven. It's a brilliant place for eating out with a bunch of friends.
30 Duke Street
Tel: 01325 466668

Hotel Bannatyne

I love all aspects of architecture and design and I love seeing old buildings used well. This Grade II-listed townhouse was built in 1804 and was used as a Catholic school for girls from 1904 to 1975. Now it's a lovely hotel with a great restaurant called Maxine's.
Southend Avenue
Tel: 01325 365858

Point Blank Paintball

Can you imagine a bunch of hairdressers let loose with paintball guns?
Dalton-on-Tees
Tel: 0800 0521888

Gallerina

I once got my mum's Christmas present at this art gallery. They buy their stock well and you always find plenty of surprises.
33-37 Duke Street
Tel: 01325 363635

South Park

It's true: TV adds pounds! I always exercise, even when I'm travelling, and Darlington has some beautiful parks to run in.
Entrances at Victoria Embankment & Parkside.
Tel: 01325 383099

Eastern Origins

I bought a lovely Buddha head here which now sits in my little meditation retreat at home in London.
31 Grange Road
Tel: 01325 247040

Number Twenty 2

My ideal night out is a bottle of wine - or two - with friends and this place is perfect for that.
22 Coniscliffe Road
Tel: 01325 354590

Andrew Barton is International Creative Director at Saks (www.saks.co.uk) and will be seen in the sixth series of 10 Years Younger on Channel 4 later this year.

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