Event List

  • Fri
    21
    Jul
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Eric Summer, Éric Warin

    Brief synopsis: Félicie is a young orphan from Brittany who has only one passion: dance. With her best friend Victor, who wants to become a great inventor, they come up with a madcap scheme to escape their orphanage for Paris, the City of Lights, with its Eiffel Tower still under construction! Félicie has to fight like she has never fought before, she has to outdo herself and learn from her mistakes to make her craziest dream come true: becoming a prima ballerina at the Paris Opera...   Runtime: 89 mins

  • Fri
    21
    Jul
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt

    Director: Damien Chazelle

    Brief synopsis:  Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star as Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams and finding each other in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams and love.   Runtime 128 mins

  • Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017
    8:00 pmWithamPeter Dixon Tel: 07831650917£10 advanced / £12 on door if available

    Edinburgh preview shows from two of the top comedians heading to the Edinburgh Festival the following month.

    Jo Caulfield: Work In Progress
    TV and radio star Jo Caulfield has been dubbed "funniest woman in Britain", she lives up to the title with razor-sharp wit, acerbic observations and scandalous one-liners, all excellently written and impeccably delivered. A Funny Way To Be Comedy regular, Jo always delivers a top class show.

    Brennan Reece: Everlong
    2016 Edinburgh Best Newcomer Nominee and 2015 English Comedian of the Year returns with a 'powerfully entertaining' (Chortle.co.uk) show about the stars (in the sky), memories (in the mind) and his Nanna (in a home). Tour Support for Joe Lycett and Jason Manford. Sold Out UK/Australian Tour. As seen on BBC, ITV and Channel plus 4. 6 million YouTube hits. "Unstoppable force"...Chortle.co.uk
    "A teenage Alan Bennett"...Skinny

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

    Director: Bill Condon

    Brief synopsis:  “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a Beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart of the true Prince within.   Runtime: 129 mins

  • Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017
    8:30 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Tom Hanks, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser, Jerry Ferrara

    Director: Clint Eastwood

    Brief synopsis: On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.   Runtime: 96 mins

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017
    Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017
    Barnard Castle YMCA01833 695780

    Sexual Health advice and support
    We offer a range of services: Contraception
    advice, chlamydia screening, pregnancy testing,
    C Card and someone to talk to

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson

    Director: Chris McKay

    Brief synopsis: Bruce Wayne must not only deal with the criminals of Gotham City, but also the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.   Runtime: 104 mins

  • Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:   Dev Patel,  Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham

    Director: Garth Davis

    Brief synopsis: LION, 5-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train and he is stranded away from home. Somehow he survives living on the streets of Kolkata, before ending up in an orphanage. Eventually he is adopted by an Australian couple, finding love and security, but suppressing his hope of finding home. With just a small store of memories Saroo embarks on a truly epic quest for home.

    Runtime: 118 mins

  • Wed
    23
    Aug
    2017
    17.00- 19.00Barnard Castle YMCA01833 69578050p subs

    Cockfield Community Café – Youth Club
    5.00 – 7.00pm for Ages 11-12
    7.00 – 9.00pm for Ages 13 – 18
    50p subs each week, tuckshop open!

  • Thu
    24
    Aug
    2017
    17.30-20.30Barnard Castle YMCA01833 695780
  • Fri
    25
    Aug
    2017
    18.00-21.00Barnard Castle YMCA01833 695780
  • Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Michael Gross

    Directors: Viktor Lakisov

    Brief synopsis: When the peaceful island of the Mandarin Ducks is mistakenly invaded by the Military Mallards, a conflict flares up between the Mandarin Emperor and the Mallard Commander. Longway, the Emperor’s son, and Erica, the daughter of the Mallard Commander, meet… and before long, a friendship takes wing. While their feathered fathers fight and egg each other on, the wicked Ms. Knout is con-duck-ting a scheme to destroy the sun.

    Runtime: 87 mins

  • Fri
    01
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonAdults £2.50

    Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Jaden Piner

    Director: Barry Jenkins

    Brief synopsis: Moonlight is a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery. The film chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighbourhood of Miami.

     Runtime: 116 mins

  • Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallSue BrownTickets: £14 or £12 in advance

    Marcus Malone from Detroit Michigan plays Blues and Soul having performed at the Royal Albert Hall opening for BB King, Burnley, Upton and Colne Festivals in the UK; and various UK Art Centres and Blues Clubs including Darlington Arts Ctr and the Brewery Arts.

    For more information and to buy tickets online visit  mickletonlive.uk/

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Barnard CastleCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.ukFREE

    Under Northern Skies is an exhibition of sensitively depicted sites that will lead visitors around the Dispensary Gallery, taking them on a journey through the local countryside.

    Exhibiting artists Hazel Smith and Jill Eagle both live in, and are inspired by, The Yorkshire Dale. Employing contrasting styles and use of media that complement each other culminating in an exciting exhibition of landscape paintings.

    Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Barnard Castlewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The Earth's Layers is an exciting exhibition of fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation by a group of artists from across the north of England.

    Spanning fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation much of the work in The Earth's Layers exhibition is conceptual, yet all of it is entirely accessible due to physical, tactile nature of the work selected for display. The artists comprise a mix of established and early career artists living and working across the north of England and exhibiting together for the first time in this exhibition. Many of the works are inspired by maps, paths, and topography, whilst others are inspired by naturally occurring geological formations, and other works are inspired by the greater forces of nature, and their related wayfinding systems.

    Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    Tickets Available Via Facebook

    Create a beautiful handmade paper bead necklace.

    Victorian young ladies would gather socially in their dining rooms, whilst making handmade paper beads and I can understand why. This simple technique opens up a multitude of possiblities as the finished beads look elegant.

    In this session you will prepare the paper to make a necklace the colour of your choice, paint an ombre effect by blending two colours, keep it muted or make it rainbow to suit your taste. Experiment with bead shapes and seal them before stringing them on a ribbon, lace or chain finishing the necklace with a toggle clasp.

    2nd Thursday of every month
    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

    So, come and give something new a go; make new friends and enjoy the benefits being creative can bring.

    Tickets are £15 and include materials to make a necklace.

    Please note refunds cannot be issued except in the case of the session being cancelled.

  • Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Performed on the spectacular water stage of Lake Constance in Bregenz (Austria), George Bizet’s Carmen is a story of passion, destiny and obsession. The French composer’s opera is most famous for its Spanish melodies, including the Flower Song, Habanera and the Toreador Song.

    On 14 September, experience Carmen like never before – recorded live on the floating stage during the Bregenz Festival. As with their previous spectacular productions, you can expect the staging of this classic tale to have an extravagantly original and innovative design, with the waters of the lake being used as an extension of the stage.

    This production of Carmen will be directed by Kasper Holten, Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House in London, with the set designed by the British artist Es Devlin. Her past work includes sets for such stars as Adele, Take That, U2, Pet Shop Boys and Kanye West.

    Click here to watch a video

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Tom McGrath

    Brief synopsis: DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, speaks with the voice and wit of Alec Baldwin, and stars in the animated comedy, DreamWorks’ The Boss Baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, DreamWorks‘ The Boss Baby is an authentic and broadly appealing original comedy for all ages.   

    Runtime: 97 mins

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonAdults £2.50

    Starring: Larry Lamb, Matthew Goode, Stephen Moyer, Joely Richardson

    Director: Ronnie Thompson

    Brief synopsis: A remarkable true story set over one long Easter weekend; THE HATTON GARDEN JOB follows four ageing East End criminals led by 76 year-old Brian Reader and one mystery man who pull off the largest heist in English legal history. With everyone from the Hungarian mob to Scotland Yard on their tail, these old-school and just plain old villains set about achieving the seemingly impossible, drilling into a steel-and-concrete secured safety deposit vault in London s well-to-do Hatton Garden jewellery quarter.

    Runtime: 89 mins

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017
    7:00 pmHamsterley Village Hall

    Friday 15 September    Hamsterley Cinema     La La Land

    Doors open 7.00pm, film starts 7.30pm

  • Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017
    Show 8.00 pm, doors & bar 7.15 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com£8

    Don't miss this fantastic folk foursome with their  stunning arrangements of traditional songs as well as their own compositions - they've been creating a storm on the festival circuit and we're delighted to welcome them to Teesdale! A chance to join in with a few choruses if you fancy. Check out the trailer for their second album "Of Labour and Love".

    Tickets from Staindrop Post Office or online from TicketSource. You can also pay on the door but please email scarthhalltickets@gmail.com to reserve.   Doors and bar open 7.15 pm. As well as a licensed bar there'll be tea, coffee, and homemade cakes & bakes!

  • Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00 in advance, £15.00 on door

    “..hard to believe there’s only one man on stage.” (Rock Society Magazine)
    “…a superior fingerstyle troubadour.” (Guitar and Bass Magazine)
    “..a prodigiously talented fingerpicking guitarist.” (R2 Magazine)

    A talented, committed musician in his youth, Adrian Nation describes his first compositions as "the ramblings of a searching teenager". He may ramble less these days, but his search continues, and he has evolved into one of the most insightful and incisive songwriters of his generation.

    Influenced at an early age by the genius of Bob Dylan and the melodic fluidity of Mark Knopfler's haunting guitar, Adrian's teenage eyes and ears were truly opened when the late Isaac Guillory "played the guitar like I had never seen" ("Diamonds in the Stream", Sowing Seeds, 2003). Reflecting on this experience Adrian says, "Suddenly the acoustic guitar was a much bigger instrument than I ever thought it could be. My mind was set."

    Adrian's hectic touring schedule is testament to his popularity and quite exceptional guitar playing. The ceaseless cycle of touring and playing has continued unabated since the release of "Sowing Seeds" and has established him as a stalwart of the festival, folk and acoustic scene. It therefore beggars belief that the follow up to "Sowing Seeds" has been written, recorded and is now in post production.

    Pivotal to all of this however, is the sublime guitar and voice of Adrian Nation. He is the central pillar around which these performances sit, and the songs are the very foundations upon which the superb "Fall or Fly" stands.

  • Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017
    11.00 to 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Handmade inspiration for all occasions, bespoke gifts, demonstrations and have a go experiences. The Witham and Designer Makers Market and Vintage Essence offer a creative exploration of wedding possibilities.

    Some of the stallholders on the day include:

    ALWAYS TIME FOR TEEPEES  -  https://www.alwaystimeforteepees.co.uk/

    BROOKES TAILORS  -  http://www.brmaddyookestailors.com/

    CLAIRE COLLINSON PHOTOGRAPHY  -  http://www.clairecollinson.co.uk/

    GIVE A LITTLE'S  -  https://www.facebook.com/givealittles/

    GLASSIC GLASS   -  http://www.glassicglass.com/

    IN THE SILVERROOM  -  http://www.inthesilverroom.co.uk/

    TAMARA BIBBY INDEPENDANT CELEBRANT  -  https://www.tamarabibbycelebrant.com/

    KATHRYN GUY  - https://www.facebook.com/KathrynGuyTextileArtist/

    KTEAS CAKES  -  http://www.kteascakes.co.uk/tearoom/

    LILYANN  -  https://www.lilyann.co.uk/

    MAD ABOUT WOOL  -  https://www.facebook.com/madaboutwool/

    SARAH HALL BARQAI  -  https://www.sarahhallbaqai.com/

    TIA BULMER DESIGNS  -  https://www.facebook.com/TBsurfacepattern/

    VETERANS WOODCRAFT  -  http://veteranswoodcraft.co.uk/

    VINTAGE ESSENSE  -  https://www.facebook.com/vintageessenceflowers/

    and more . . .

  • Wed
    20
    Sep
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10.00 age 6 or under

    Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Fluteis brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane. Prince Tamino promises the Queen of the Night that he will rescue her daughter Pamina from the enchanter Sarastro. He begins his quest, accompanied by the bird-catcher Papageno – but all is not as it seems...David McVicar’s classic production embraces both the seriousness and comedy of Mozart’s work. The audience is transported to a fantastical world of dancing animals, flying machines and dazzlingly starry skies. The setting provides a wonderful backdrop for Mozart’s kaleidoscopic score, from the Queen of the Night’s coloratura fireworks to Tamino and Pamina’s lyrical love duets and Papageno’s hearty, folksong-like arias.As well as being a comedy The Magic Flute is an expression of Mozart’s profound spiritual beliefs: Enlightenment concerns with the search for wisdom and virtue are at the heart of this enchanting tale. The Magic Flutewas an instant success with audiences and Mozart’s supposed rival Salieri described it as an ‘operone’ – a great opera.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours 10 mins, including one interval | sung in German with English subtitles

  • Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    King Lear (Kevin McNally) decides to divide his kingdom amongst his three daughters, but fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions. His generosity is cruelly repaid. As he comes to realise the false values by which he has lived, he finally encounters his own humanity. Broadcast live to cinemas from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, this brand new retelling of one of the Bard’s greatest plays will capture your heart on September 21.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Using carborundum grit and collagraph techniques of scratching, scoring and cutting you will develop a printing plate. Once sealed the plate can be inked, wiped and printed numerous times and in a variety of ways. Multiple prints will then be taken using oil based inks on a printing press.

    Penny is a painter printmaker who also prints onto hand built ceramics using relief printing bocks or coloured slips to monoprint onto the surfaces, etching into them before washing with body stains.Work is based on trying to capture the atmosphere and elements in our wild landscapes, particularly around her studio in the Western Dales, where she runs printmaking and ceramic courses.She is an experienced artist and teacher, to see further examples of her work go to www.penny-hunt.co.uk 

    Cumbria Printmakers CIO is a Social Enterprise working to champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone. Their values of equality, inclusion, sustainability, respect, transparency and supporting local arts drives all that they do.

    Like this? Then do please check out the final Cumbrian Craft Workshops of the series.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmCotherstone Village HallJean on 01833-651980£7

    ‘Stories with Strings’ show presented by acoustic folk duo 'Fool’s Gold'.  -  a wonderful mixture of stories and music, backed up and supplemented by some stunning projected images.  The songs are a mix of very well-known songs and some originals; singing along is welcomed and laughter is more or less compulsory!  The evening will begin at 7:30, and attendees are invited to bring along their own drinks and nibbles to make for a grand evening for all.

  • Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00
    Presented by Funny Way to Be Comedy.  Robin Ince's first new stand up show in three years is a clash of the two cultures, a joyous romp through his favourite artists and strangest scientific ideas. From the work of Stanley Spencer to Niels Bohr, it is 90 minutes fizzing with ideas about creativity in science and art, as well as asking why we believe we see what we see and why we believe what we believe.
    Robin will have just finished a 70 date, record breaking tour with Brian Cox that concludes at Wembley Arena.
    2017 will also see two new series of the award winning Infinite Monkey Cage and the publication of Robin's new book, I'm a Joke...and So Are You (Atlantic books)
    “An evening so bursting with energy and ideas...it’s a bundle of fascinating, surprising digressions”...The Times review of most recent show - Blooming, Buzzing Confusion.
    Robin is the winner of a Sony Gold and Rose d'Or for the Infinite Monkey Cage and the Time Out Outstanding Contribution to Comedy, as well as The Francis Crick Science Journalism Award and 3 Chortle awards.
    As seen on Mock The Week, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The Now Show, The News Quiz and Loose Ends.
    “Robin Ince is thoughtful, provocative and very funny”...The Times

    “When someone writes a history of modern comedy, they should make room for Robin Ince”...The Guardian.

    Age recommendation 14+
  • Tue
    26
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    EXHIBITION ON SCREEN open its fifth season with Canaletto & the Art of Venice, an immersive journey into the life and art of Venice’s famous view-painter. No artist better captures the essence and allure of Venice than Giovanni Antonio Canal, better known as Canaletto.

    The remarkable group of over 200 paintings, drawings and prints on display offer unparalleled insight into the artistry of Canaletto and his contemporaries, and the city he became a master at capturing. The film also offers the chance to step inside two official royal residences - Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle – to learn more about the artist, and Joseph Smith, the man who introduced Canaletto to Britain.

    Cinema-goers will embark on their very own 21st century Grand Tour, visiting the sites enjoyed by their 18th century counterparts and immortalised in Canaletto’s views - from the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Ducale to the Church of Santi Giovanni e Paolo. Guided by Royal Collection Trust curators and the world’s leading experts in Venetian history, the film is not only a wonderful way to see the exhibition, but an opportunity to get closer to Canaletto and the city that inspired him.

  • Wed
    27
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on door

    With a love of early jazz style, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining and virtuosic programme inspired by the great jazz violin and guitar partnership: Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. The duo's debut at Newcastle Jazz Cafe in July was featured as one of The Guardian's 'Editor's Picks'.

    The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers of string-based swing jazz. Less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s and 30s until cut short by Lang’s untimely death in 1933. Joe Venuti has been referred to as ‘the father of jazz violin and was a leader in the development of jazz violin techniques and style, while his musical partner Eddie Lang is widely regarded as the first jazz guitar virtuoso.

    Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles and improvisation, Emma Fisk and James Birkett present an entertaining, virtuosic and informative programme of music associated with and inspired by the first great jazz violin and guitar partnership. A typical performance includes  original compositions by Venuti/Lang including Cheese & Crackers, Sunshine, Black and Blue Bottom; jazz standards of the 20s and 30s such as Pardon Me Pretty Baby, Hiawatha's Lullaby, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Dinah and I've Found A New Baby ; original compositions that explore the duo's soundworld, and some of James and Emma's favourite tunes played a la Joe and Eddie.

    Emma Fisk has attracted critical acclaim for her performances of Venuti’s repertoire at UK jazz festivals and was featured in the musical role of Joe Venuti with The Jazz Repertory Company at Cadogan Hall as part of the 2015 London Jazz Festival. James has been performing Lang’s repertoire since he was introduced to this music in the late-70s. However, it is only now that he has realised his ambition to recreate the duo repertoire of Lang and Venuti in concert in the original duo setting with Emma.

    The duo made its debut at Newcastle Jazz Cafe this summer  but already has gained rave reviews and capacity crowds at the venues they have visited. James and Emma are currently preparing material for an album, which will be ready for release in 2017.

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£13.00

    Mendelssohn's beloved Octet (one of the miracles of 19th century music) was written when the composer was only sixteen, and is one of the most popular pieces of chamber music ever written. Royal Northern Sinfonia contrasts this with the rich melodies of Borodin's evocative String Quintet and the stirring brilliance of Shostakovitch's Octet.

     

    Supper Club Option at 6pm

    A chance to sit back and relax, enjoy a homemade meal and soak up the atmosphere before enjoying the evening's entertainment. £12 pp, including homemade supper, a drink and tasty little sweet.

    Tonight's dish: Delicious Chilli (vegetarian chilli also available)

  • Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017
    19:30 (Doors 19:00)Bowes & Gilmonby VHGraham Henley 01833 628357£10 (Concs £9, Students £5)

    Corner Boys play Bowes - Copyright Calico Images

    The Corner Boys - back with Blues and R&B
    Doors & Bar 7pm, perf starts 7:30
    Looking forward to another brilliant gig from this great band

  • Fri
    29
    Sep
    2017
    Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    Friday 7pm late; Saturday 12 noon till lateScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com£6 Friday or Saturday, £10 both days

    Welcome to the 6th Staindrop Beer & Music Festival!  We've a great line-up of bands (see poster), a fantastic range of ales, hot and cold food, and a very warm welcome. Friday evening 7 pm till late, Saturday 12 noon till late.

  • Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.

  • Tue
    03
    Oct
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10 age 6 or under

    When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love. But their happiness is threatened when Rodolfo learns that Mimì is gravely ill. Acclaimed director Richard Jones (Boris Godunov, Il trittico) directs a new production of Puccini’s La bohème. Irresistible in its witty, passionate blend of comedy and tragedy, the opera focusses on the lives of a group of young artists as they eke out an existence on the bohemian fringes of Paris. Jones brings his characteristically acute insight to this much-loved classic, visualized in Stewart Laing’s spectacular setting.Puccini’s romantic depiction of bohemian Paris, with memorable music and a love story drawn from everyday life, has captivated audiences around the world, making La bohème one of the best-loved of all operas. It was first performed in Covent Garden in 1897 and has had more than five hundred performances there since.

    Approximate running time: 2 hour 35 minutes, including one interval | sung in Italian with English subtitles.

  • Wed
    04
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Dales vet, Neville Turner, shares his passion for music and photography in this compendium of his grand finales from countless presentations over the years. Set to music (from Mozart, Faure and Vivaldi, to Rag-Time and electronic music), he will cover wide-ranging subjects such as swans and hay-meadows to brass bands and markets. The programme, lasting an or so, is interspersed with anecdotes about his subjects.

  • Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 amScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhallmedia@gmail.comFREE

    Our volunteers Wendi and Emma run the Scarth Hall iTeaTime Internet Café which offers free, friendly help with:

    • Social media - ideal for community organisations and small businesses who want to raise their profile via Facebook, websites and Twitter
    • Any aspect of your mobile 'phone, laptop, digital camera, email, internet, online shopping  wordprocessing printing etc -- complete beginners welcome! You don't need to own a laptop or tablet -  we provide them in the Scarth Hall IT suite.
  • Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on door

    The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James.

    They come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand to be precise; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play.

    The James Brother who is called James is Sydney-born James Fagan – best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan(musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band, the live circus that is Bellowhead and with his parents and sister as The Fagans, where his folk career began (in a decade which has only just become fashionable).

    The James Brother who isn’t called James is Jamie McClennan – a Kiwi who found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winningEmily Smith (whom he also married) having chosen not to follow his first bandmates to Ireland, where they formed the much celebrated Gráda. Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of Sharon Shannon, Beth Nielson Chapman, Jerry Douglasand his mum.  He also likes to run barefoot, but that’s his own business.

    While both men are quick to point out that their work with their wives is still the primary passion, The James Brothers allows them to be centre stage – playing the music of their roots and telling jokes without fear of being told off.

    For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon

    Directors: Aaron Woodley

    Brief synopsis: Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Chunk and Vix, are on a mission to regain Planet Bana - a kingdom overtaken by the evil overlord Zhong

    Runtime: 91 mins

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £22.00 family of 4

    Hair - worn long, worn short, worn wavy or in braids - is the subject of this funny and uplifting dance theatre performance. With a sizzling soundtrack of Ghanaian pop music, join stylists Linda and Riyah who will take you on a hair journey that will have you laughing out loud.

    The Head Wrap Diaries is an immersive-interactive dance theatre production that uses comedy to explore, women, beauty, hair and culture. Told through the stories of three female characters we explore community, heritage, womanhood and friendship. This is not a ‘Natural verses Weaves’ it is a celebration of versatility and diversity.

    Brought to us by Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

  • Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonAdults £2.50

    Starring:  Joey King, Morgan Freeman, Peter Serafinowicz

    Director: Zach Braff

    Brief synopsis: Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.

    Runtime: 96 mins

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Using one of the artist’s books as a starting point, on this workshop you will be shown how to make a simple flag book based on the same construction, using a range of papers including some printed and some you will produce yourself using a monoprint technique.

    You will also have a demonstration of how to make your own gelli plate at home and how it can be used for your own future work.

    See more of Tracy’s work at www.runningloose.com

    Cumbria Printmakers CIO is a Social Enterprise working to champion printmaking through exhibitions, events and outreach activities. The group aims to support artists, promote printmaking and collaborate with our partners and the local community to develop courses and workshops which make printmaking accessible for everyone. Their values of equality, inclusion, sustainability, respect, transparency and supporting local arts drives all that they do.

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    ewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

    Come along, or browse the website, and see for yourselves .

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    10:00 15:00Heighington Village HallKim HallFree Entry

  • Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017
    Show 8.00 pm, doors & bar 7.00 pmScarth Hall, Staindrop01833 650930£10/£12

    In 2009, Steve spent his summer working at a kids' camp in America. Woefully ill-equipped, disastrously naïve and notoriously bad with children – this is the true story of what happened. Following two critically acclaimed sell-out Fringe runs, Steve Bugeja returns with his third solo show. BBC New Comedy Award winner, as seen on Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central) and heard on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From The Fringe. Tickets from TicketSource. Doors & bar 7.00 pm.  Age 16+

     

    • 'Big laughs and gentle pathos' Guardian
    • 'Plentiful jokes and compelling storytelling' **** Scotsman
    • 'Truly hilarious' ****Fest Mag
  • Sun
    08
    Oct
    2017
    19:00- 22:00Hamsterley Village HallContact Colin (01388-488536)

    Bridge 7.00–10.00pm Contact Colin (01388-488536)

  • Wed
    11
    Oct
    2017
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome.

    Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie.

    Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    2nd Thursday of every month
    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

    So, come and give something new a go; make new friends and enjoy the benefits being creative can bring.

    Tickets are £15 and include materials to make a necklace.

    Please note refunds cannot be issued except in the case of the session being cancelled.

    Tickets Available Via Facebook

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Three brilliant African American women at NASA serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

    "A space-race segregation drama full of star power." The Telegraph

  • Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmCotherstone Village Hall01833-650827£8

    Once again Vancouver-based indie folk collective The Fugitives are heading to the UK for a tour of venues in the North.

    Described as ‘the missing link between Leonard Cohen and The Pogues’, the band has been nominated for Best Vocal Group at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Best Roots Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards, opened for Canadian folk icon Buffy Sainte-Marie and also played a slot at Glastonbury Festival as part of their UK tour in 2014.

    On reaching out to rural areas with their live music experience, spokesperson for The Fugitives Brendan McLeod, said: "All these shows are grass roots organised. They're put on by people in their community for people in their community. There's a spirit and aesthetic to that which matches what we're going for as a band. It means so much more to be sharing music with an audience you actually interact with, where you eat and sleep in their community, and hang out with before and after the show. It's more intimate, and meaningful. Also, we've been touring for ten years now, so we're getting older and creature comforts matter more. We want to make sure we play places where everyone can direct us to the best breakfast in town!"

    Bring your own drinks.

  • Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    Preview 6pm-8pm Friday; Exhibition 10am - 4pm SaturdayScarth Hall Staindrop07809 249166FREE ADMISSION

    A selection of arts and crafts created by members of Staindrop, Whorlton and The Witham art groups run by local artist Jane Young.

    Preview 6pm-8pm Friday; Exhibition 10am - 4pm Saturday

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£40.00

    Heather Gillespie is one of UK’s finest glass cutters and engravers. She won the Master of Crafts Award (2012) and is an Associate Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers for her services to glass in the UK.

    Working from your own design on to a glass form, Heather will guide you through the design and making process. The workshops are suitable for people with no experience of working with glass. This process does get a little messy, so old clothing, and sturdy shoes are required. Heather will brief you on H&S, and protective masks are included because it can get a little sandy!  Sharp objects are involved.

    Masterclass fee of £40 per person includes all materials but not lunch. 

    The low cost of these workshops are subsidized by trusts and foundations. Please book as places are limited. For further information and to book, contact Karen on 017683 53954 or buy online through the link above.

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Luminosity is the 2017 Highlights Rural Touring Craft Tour Exhibition that will visit The Witham for an extended period this year in order to accommodate a programme of exciting education and outreach activities.

    Luminosity is name given to the 2017 touring craft exhibition curated by the Highlights Rural Touring, based in Appleby, Cumbria. The exhibition comprises works by artists and makers who create work inspired by light. Touring around the region, the exhibition has been organised in association with Lumiere (Durham Festival of Light). This exciting exhibition and associated education and outreach programme of activities aims to delight, challenge, inspire and amaze audiences. Funding for the tour and outreach programme come from Arts Council England and other charitable trusts and foundations.

  • Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 amScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhallmedia@gmail.comFREE

    Volunteer Wendi runs the Scarth Hall iTeaTime Internet Café which offers free, friendly help with any aspect of your mobile 'phone, laptop, digital camera etc.

    We can also help to get you started with email, internet, online shopping word processing, printing etc -- complete beginners welcome! You don't need to own or bring a laptop or tablet - we provide them in the Scarth Hall IT suite.

  • Mon
    16
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmHamsterley Village HallFREE

    Monday 16 October 7.30pm

    Monday Club 50th event so a Golden Celebration!

    Open to all. Event and refreshments free.

  • Wed
    18
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 12.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£110.00
    Laurence Sach leads an informal sixteen session introduction to the development of European theatre from its earliest origins in Ancient Greece to the five key practitioners (Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre.
    Each two hour session begins with an illustrated talk followed by a short refreshment break, and then a group discussion of that session’s topic and play text.
    The sessions:
     
    1. Myth, Ritual & Religion
    2. Greek Theatre – the origins (The Oresteia by Aeschylus)
    3. Greek Tragedy – the playwrights (Electra by Sophocles and The Trojan Women by Euripides)
    4. Roman Tragedy - (Thyestes by Seneca)
    5. Greek & Roman Comedy (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)
    6. Medieval Mystery Plays - (The Creation, Noah, Abraham & Isaac, The Crucifixion)
    7. Medieval Morality plays and Tudor Interludes (Mankind)
    8. Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare (Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe)
    9. Jacobean & Caroline (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford)
    10. Restoration Theatre (The Country Wife by William Wycherley)
    11. 18th Century Theatre (The Beggars’ Opera by John Gay)
    12. 19th Century & Melodrama (The Bells by Leopald Lewis)
    13. Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler)
    14. Chechov & Stanislavski (The Cherry Orchard)
    15. Brecht & Political Theatre (The Caucasian Chalk Circle)
    16. Samuel Beckett & Theatre of the Absurd (Waiting for Godot)
    Laurence is a freelance writer and director who has been Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company, manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow, and lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts.
    Sessions from October 18th to December 6th. Then, January 10th to February 28th.
    For queries and additional information please e-mail: laurencepsach@gmail.com
  • Thu
    19
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.50, £22.00 family of 4

    My, my, what a big imagination you have!

    Retrace Little Red Riding Hood’s path in the woods with two little ones as they play a game of ‘what-if’ and pretend. They run and chase each other through the story, playing all the parts, but both desperate to take on the role of Mr Wolf …or is that…Miss Wolf?

    Join the duo as they turn the pages in a light-hearted story filled with new discoveries at every turn.

    Enter the belly of the wolf and experience the tale of Little Red Riding Hood like never before.

    For ages 3 - 8 years

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Jessica Biel, Patrick Stewart, Susan Sarandon

    Directors: Aaron Woodley

    Brief synopsis: Spark, a teenage monkey and his friends, Chunk and Vix, are on a mission to regain Planet Bana - a kingdom overtaken by the evil overlord Zhong

    Runtime: 91 mins

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    7:00 pmHamsterley Village Hall

    Friday 20 October

    Hamsterley Cinema

    Doors open 7.00pm, film starts 7.30pm

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmBowes & Gilmonby Village hallGraham Henley 01833 628357£10 (concs £9 students £5)

    Yorkshire Duo Union Jill
    Doors & Bar 19:00, performance starts 19:30

  • Fri
    20
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery

    Director: Jonathan Teplitzky

    Brief synopsis: In the days before the infamous D-Day landings in June 1944. As allied forces stand on the south coast of Britain, poised to invade Nazi-occupied Europe, they await Churchill’s decision on whether the invasion will actually move ahead.Fearful of repeating his mistakes from World War I on the beaches of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with fulfilling historical greatness, Churchill is also faced with constant criticism from his political opponents; General Eisenhower and Field Marshal Montgomery.

    Runtime: 105 mins

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£65.00

    In this workshop you will spend the day in a relaxed and creative environment learning mixed media techniques and creating two stunning canvases to take home with you at the end of the day.

    You will create one 30cm x 30cm deep edged canvas and one 50cm x 20cm canvas. You will learn different techniques to create both dramatic and subtle textures, including how to create a crackled effect, how to produce rusty peaks and using stencils with structure paste.

    There will be examples to guide and inspire you, but you will also be given space and encouragement to work to your own design and style if you would prefer. You will be able to chose from a range of colour palettes to create a piece of work that will fit with any room in your house.

    This workshop is run by visual artist, Abigail Lagden. All materials will be provided for you, just bring your imagination.

    Please visit www.curiously-contrary.co.uk/workshops for more information and to book your place.

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods.

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

    Come along, or browse the website, and see for yourselves

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmEggleston Village hallSuzanne 650277Free Admission

    Home Made Teas served from 1.30pm, Raffle, Tombola Craft Tables, Games, Bric-a-Brac and much more

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    1330 hoursWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreDave Williamson 07581 283896 or 01388 606499FREE

    The West Auckland Memorial Community Association, are holding an AUTUMN FAYRE on Saturday the 21st of October at 1.30 pm at the Memorial Hall on Darlington Road, West Auckland.   This is to raise funds for the upkeep of the Hall and for the Xmas Parties for Members and for the Adults with Learning Difficulties who come along every Tuesday for New Age Kurling.

    We have an excellent Tombola Stall with one hundred prizes available to win; there’s Bric A Brac / Book Stall, with CD’s and DVD’s on sale, and a Toy Stall for the kids.   We also have a Cake Stall with locally baked produce, provided by patrons who use the Hall.   Plus, there’s a Raffle / Draw with 20+ prizes donated by local businesses, who always support us, and tea and scones from the Kitchen, just to keep you going.

    There’s also numerous craft stalls, including one with Crochet Toys & Handmade Gifts, Pegbags & Needlecases, another with Knitted Egg Cosies, Fabric Boxes/Bags/Brooches, one raising funds for the Children’s Society, plus Handmade Crafts from the Monteith Craft Group (Willing Hands).

    In addition, there will be two performances on the Stage in the afternoon.   There’s a display of hip hop and street dance, by the children who come along to the Dynamic Dance School run by Stephanie every Tuesday night.   Then there is the Zumba Crew (Adults With Learning Difficulties) from Growing Together West Auckland, who do Zumba and are choreographed by their instructor Jan, who does Zumba Gold with them every Thursday afternoon.

     

    This year, admission is free, so why not pop along and join us for the afternoon, and see what we have to offer.

     

  • Sat
    21
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pmHamsterley Village HallAnne on 01388-488318£5

    Saturday 21 October 8.00pm to 12 midnight Dance with Terry Dean

    Tickets £5 from Anne on 01388-488318. Please bring your own drinks

    and snacks. Tea and biscuits provided.

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    1730 - 1830 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's a good way to keep fit and enjoy others company

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    1730 - 1830 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's a good way to keep fit and to enjoy other s comapny

  • Mon
    23
    Oct
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10.00 aged 6 or under

    At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit. When she follows him down a rabbit hole events become curiouser and curiouser... As Alice journeys through Wonderland, she encounters countless strange creatures. She’s swept off her feet by the charming Knave of Hearts, who’s on the run for stealing the tarts. Confusion piles upon confusion. Then Alice wakes with a start. Was it all a daydream?

    Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland burst onto the stage in 2011 in an explosion of colour, stage magic and inventive, sophisticated choreography. Joby Talbot’s score combines contemporary soundworlds with sweeping melodies that gesture to ballet scores of the 19th century. Bob Crowley’s wildly imaginative, eye-popping designs draw on everything from puppetry to projections to make Wonderland wonderfully real.

    Alice encounters a cast of extraordinary and instantly recognizable characters, from the highly strung Queen of Hearts – who performs a hilarious send-up of The Sleeping Beauty's famous Rose Adage – to a playing-card corps de ballet, a sinuous caterpillar and a tap-dancing Mad Hatter. But the ballet does not avoid the darker undercurrents of Lewis Carroll’s story: a nightmarish kitchen, an eerily disembodied Cheshire Cat and the unhinged tea party are all here in vivid detail. The delicious result shows The Royal Ballet at its best, bringing together world-class dance with enchanting family entertainment.

    Approximate running time: 2 hour 50 minutes, including two intervals

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    19
    Oct
    2020
    1000 - 1200 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreSam Tucker 07846 168316£1.30

    Growing Together, WearICare and Innovations come very week for this pleasurable activity.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Create scary monster masks, lanterns, bats and more from up-cycled materials, all created especially to spook your friends.

    Join artist maker Kathryn Guy and get crafty for Halloween making masks, lanterns and bats from up-cycled materials.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    1715 - 1745 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreStephanie Alderson 07715 568614 or dynamicdanceftb@hotmail.co.ukContact Stephanie

    This is NEW and is starting on the 7th November 2017

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    1745 - 1845 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreStephanie Alderson 07715 568614 or dynamicdanceftb@hotmail.co.ukContact Stephanie
  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    1845 - 1945 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreStephanie Alderson 07715 568614 or dynamicdanceftb@hotmail.co.ukContact Stephanie

    Come along with your children and join the Dynamic Dance School on a Tuesday evening.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Painter, author, tutor and illustrator, Linda Birch, M.S.I.A.D shares her fascinating tales from her varied and wonderful career - from working as a much-loved children's illustrator (Simon and the Witch, Jackanory, Bagpuss) to painting and tutoring today. Learn more about the stories behind the pictures and meet the artist herself. Includes a Q & A session.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Tue
    27
    Oct
    2020
    2000 - 2100 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreBernadette Rogers 01388 601177 or 07930 944810Contact Bernadette

    Enjoy a night with us at the Memorial Hall

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    28
    Oct
    2020
    1030 - 1130 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreBethany Webb 07494 4880584810FREE
  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £22.00 family of 4

    Disney's 2017 live action re-telling of the classic animation, Beauty & the Beast refashions the characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience. The film stays true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

    "Beauty and the Beast review: Emma Watson dazzles in Disney's show-stopping chocolate box of a remake" The Telegraph ****

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    1800 - 1930 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's a good way to keep fit and to enjoy others company.

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    1800 - 1930 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's a good way to keep fit and enjoy others company

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    24
    Oct
    2018
    1800 - 1930 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan for price

    Zumba is an excellent way to keep fit and to enjoy others company

  • Wed
    25
    Oct
    2017
    2000 - 2100 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentrePaul Emmerson 07723 037718 or jpemmerson@hotmail.co.uk810Contact Paul
  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    1300 - 1400 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's Gold is just to break you in and is for those who want to take it more gently.

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    1300 - 1400 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's a good way to keep fit and enjoy others company

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018
    1300 - 1400 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan for price

    Zumba is an excellent way to keep fit and to enjoy others company

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In rural England, 1865, a woman who is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man begins a passionate affair with a man her own age.

    "Florence Pugh is lethally charismatic in William Oldroyd's daring journey into the darkest corners of the world of bonnets and bows." The Guardian

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    Thu
    29
    Oct
    2020
    1930 - 2130 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreGraeme Scarlett 01388 774228 or 07450 880138 or graemescarlett@aol.comContact Graeme

    Come along and join Graeme on the organ for a tea dance

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    1730 - 1815 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Come along and join us

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    1730 - 1815 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba's a good way to keep fit and enjoy others company

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018
    1730 - 1815 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comContact Jan

    Zumba is an excellent way to keep fit and to enjoys others company

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    6:30 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.comDetails TBC

    Join us for Halloween Family Fun Night at Scarth Hall! There'll be games, face-painting, a fancy dress competition, kids' disco, and more!

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The Castle Players present Peter Shaffer's ingenious comedy. When a couple throw a party to impress her father and gain the patronage of a billionaire art critic, they little expect the chaos that ensures.

  • Fri
    27
    Oct
    2017
    1900 - 2100 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreRob 07533 416657Contact Rob

    On every fortnight.

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    26
    Oct
    2019
    0830 hrs & 1030 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreRochelle Holmes 07883 812469 or rochellex1@icloud.comAs per Slimming World

    Come along and join us on a Saturday morning.

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    19.00 - 22.00Woodland Village Hall01388710300Donations

    Come along & join in the fun. Snooker, darts & more. Cheese & crackers provided. Bring your own refreshments

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallSue BrownTickets: £17 or £15 in advance

    Doña Oxford is an extraordinary, soulful and passionate singer, songwriter and keyboardist who's Old School, Soul vocals and her love of Rock & Roll piano infuses to create a unique sound many have compared to "Gladys Knight meets the Rolling Stones".

    As a keyboardist, Doña has played with many Rock and Blues legends including Keith Richards, Van Morrison, Roger Daltry, Albert Lee, Buddy Guy, Bob Weir, Levon Helm, Son Seals, Hubert Sumlin, Julia Fordham, Harry Shearer, Judith Owen, Chris Farlowe, Andy Fairweather Low, Mike Berry, Shakin' Stevens, Steve Lukather, Leland Sklar, and her idol, the former Chuck Berry sideman and Father of Rock & Roll Piano, Mr. Johnnie Johnson!

    Known as the 'Goddess Of Soul, Blues & Boogie', Doña brings her sassy, soulful band throughout the world, touring over 22 countries and 48 States. In addition to recording 4 albums of her own, she also finds time to play on numerous Grammy and Handy winning albums and movie scores including the Eddie Murphy box office hit "Norbit", the Martin Lawrence film "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins" and the very funny Comedy Central favorite "Senior Skip Day".

    " You're a bitch!" - Keith Richards - Rock Legend
    " ...Carole King meets The Rolling Stones" M. Peters - Fortune Magazine
    "Johnnie Johnson taught her timing. This I know." Bob Weir - Rock Legend
    "A two-fisted keyboard dynamo!" - Gary U.S. Bonds - Rock Legend
    "Such a great performer!" - Albert Lee, Legendary Guitarist
    "The new Goddess of Soul" - Don Peake, Legendary Guitarist

    Doña's high energy, funky, groovy, gritty, and raucous sound will get the crowd on their feet and dancing in the aisles.

    Don't miss the artist that Golden Globe Nominee Ewan McGreggor said was "The next big thing in music!"

    For more information and to buy tickets online visit  mickletonlive.uk/

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com£8/£4

    Two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft.

    Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late- night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy... and a very special evening of music.

    Songwriting partnerships are nothing new in folk music. But when two artists as singular and well-respected as Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe get together to co-write after forty-odd years of ploughing their own distinctive furrows, it is definitely worth sitting up and listening. Tickets from Staindrop Post Office or online from TicketSource. Doors & bar 7.00 pm.

  • Wed
    01
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

    Now seen by over 750,000 people worldwide, the original 2015 NT Live broadcast returns to cinemas.

    As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions.

  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    9:30 amBarningham01833621024
  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 amScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhallmedia@gmail.comFREE

    Our volunteers Wendi and Emma run the Scarth Hall iTeaTime Internet Café which offers free, friendly help with:

    • Social media - ideal for community organisations and small businesses who want to raise their profile via Facebook, websites and Twitter
    • Any aspect of your mobile 'phone, laptop, digital camera, email, wordprocessing printing etc -- complete beginners welcome! You don't need to own a laptop, we provide them in the Scarth Hall IT suite.
  • Thu
    02
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Starring Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling, a business owner reunites with his first love after a letter and a diary force him to confront the past.

    "An elegant adaption of Jullian Barnes's Booker prize-winning novel". The Guardian

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Fancy a homemade Christmas this year? This workshop will get you started with a whole host of fun and festive upcycling crafts to adorn your home and create gifts for friends and family. Work with designer maker Kathryn Guy to make this Christmas extra special.

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

     

    Starring: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K Simmons

    Brief synopsis: Bodi lives on Snow Mountain where his dad, a fierce guard protects the inhabitants from the evil foxes who want to prey on the town folk. When it comes time to train to replace his dad Body has other ideas and sneaks off to pursue his dream of becoming a rock star.

    Runtime: 90 mins

  • Fri
    03
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Joan Collins, Pauline Collins, Franco Nero, Joely Richardson

    Director: Roger Goldby

    Brief synopsis: Determined to gatecrash her ex-lover's funeral on glamorous French hideaway Ile-de-Re, former Hollywood siren Helen (Joan Collins) escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife stuck in a bad marriage. Pooling their limited resources, they hit the road together by coach, ferry, car and foot in a race to get to the funeral on time, becoming entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive Italian millionaire (Franco Nero) along the way. On this unforgettable journey, they find true friendship in one another - and have the time of their lives.

    Runtime: 104 mins

  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 am - 2.00 pmScarth Hall, Staindrop07809 249166£18 INCLUDES ALL MATERIALS

    Come and create 12 Christmas cards using the relief printmaking method. Learn how to use both a printing press and hand printing techniques so that you can continue at home.
    All materials are provided and the price also includes festive nibbles, coffee and tea  (feel free to bring a packed lunch). Places are limited so please contact Jane to book your place: 07809 249166;  janeyart@me.com

  • Sat
    04
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods.

    Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage

    Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England.

    Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices.

    They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.

    Come along, or browse the website, and see for yourselves 

  • Mon
    06
    Nov
    2017
    Tue
    07
    Nov
    2017
    9:00 amRandolph Community Centre, EvenwoodMartin 01388 835588

    Barista style coffee in a warm friendly environment where you can meet with friends or just come in and update your blog or surf the net

    Open 09:00 am until 14:00 pm

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Teesdale Christmas Art Fair presents an exciting opportunity to purchase unique, locally made fine art in time for the festive season.

    Following the success of the inaugural Teesdale Christmas Art Fair in 2016 we are delighted to announce dates for the second Teesdale Christmas Art Fair that will take place for an extended period of time giving visitors more of an opportunity to visit the exhibition and purchase unique gifts.

    Teesdale Christmas Art Fair is a large, group exhibition of carefully selected art work by artists from across the region whose work will be displayed in exhibition spaces throughout The Witham. The exhibition comprises original works of art spanning fine art painting, drawing, sculpture, textile art, and limited edition prints in addition to applied art that will be on display and available to buy in the Shop at The Witham.

    The Teesdale Christmas Art Fair will also form part of The Witham's vibrant programme of Christmas activity that sees visitors of all ages flock to the arts centre for activities and entertainment.

    Closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    1000 - 1200 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreJan Vickers 07737 679213 or janvickers@hotmail.comFor MacMillan Cancer Appeal

    Call along for a NIBBLE and a NATTER

  • Thu
    09
    Nov
    2017
    2:00 pmRandolph Community CentreMartin 01388835588£2.00

  • Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

    So, come and give something new a go; make new friends and enjoy the benefits being creative can bring.

    Tickets are £15 and include materials to make a necklace.

    Please note refunds cannot be issued except in the case of the session being cancelled.

  • Fri
    10
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.

    Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. The trio are also one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling” – once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality. Each also an accomplished instrumentalist, many songs are expertly accompanied by a rich tapestry of Rowan’s fiddle, banjo and bansitar, Hazel’s harp and concertina and Hannah’s accordion and foot percussion.

    Since the release of their debut album in 2011, ‘Weave and Spin’ (named Album of the Week by the Independent newspaper), Lady Maisery have attracted substantial attention, including being nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and regularly appearing live on national radio. Their second album ‘Mayday’ (2013), a darker and more politically coloured record, cemented their growing reputation as a truly unique band on the English folk scene, with five star reviews from the likes of The Financial Times newspaper, music critics called it an album full of “ideas, purpose and urgency…powerful, enthralling work" (Songlines). Their much anticipated third album Cycle was released in October 2016 with a sell-out 23 date tour and more rave reviews from the national press. The Guardian called it "some of the most some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene".

    Supper Club Option at 6.30pm

    A chance to sit back and relax, enjoy a homemade meal and soak up the atmosphere before enjoying the evening's entertainment. £12 pp, including homemade supper, a drink and tasty little sweet.

    Tonight's dish: Mouthwatering Paella (vegetarian paella also available)

  • Sat
    11
    Nov
    2017
    10:00 am - 11:00 amScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhallmedia@gmail.comFREE

    Volunteer Wendi runs the Scarth Hall iTeaTime Internet Café which offers free, friendly help with any aspect of your mobile 'phone, laptop, digital camera etc.

    We can also help to get you started with email, internet, online shopping word processing, printing etc -- complete beginners welcome! You don't need to own or bring a laptop or tablet - we provide them in the Scarth Hall IT suite.

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    4:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Korky Paul, the energetic illustrator welcomes you to the wonderful world of Winnie the Witch! In this fast-paced, fun-filled reading aloud workshop, Korky demonstrates how to draw in a way that is colourful, witty, and animated. Magical things always happen when Korky puts his pens and paints to paper.

    For ages 5 - 11 years.

  • Tue
    14
    Nov
    2017
    9:30 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    Bring your class to meet Korky Paul, the lively illustrator of Winnie the Witch! In this fast-paced, fun-filled reading aloud workshop, Korky demonstrates how to draw for the children that is colourful, witty, energetic, and animated. Magical things always happen when Korky puts his pen to paper. For 5 - 11 year olds with group discounts and school staff come free!  Please contact The Witham about other workshop times throughout the day.

  • Wed
    15
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£65.00

    Spend a fun-filled day creating your very own hare sculpture for display in either your home or your garden.

    You will spend the first part of the day building the base structure of your hare, before learning fabric sculpting techniques which will allow you to 'dress' your hare in whatever style you choose. Once dressed and dried, you will use a dry brushing technique to colour your hare and enhance all of the fabulous textures of the fabrics.

    Your hare will be ready to take home at the end of the day but will need three weeks curing time before it can go outside and survive the British weather. Your hare will measure approximately 35-40cm tall.

  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Brian Fee

    Brief synopsis: Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

    Runtime: 100 mins

  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    7:00 pmHamsterley Village Hall

    Friday 17th November

    Hamsterley Cinema

    Doors open 7.00pm, film starts 7.30pm

  • Fri
    17
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kirsten Dunst

    Director: Theodore Melfi

    Brief synopsis:  The incredible untold true story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) & Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. This stunning achievement galvanized the world and inspired generations to dream big.

    Runtime 127 mins

     

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    'Unique handcrafted goods, direct from the maker.'

    Designer Makers Market showcases the very best regional designers and craftspeople, with original work and a strong up-cycled theme. Meet the designer makers and buy handcrafted goods of gallery quality. Some will be demonstrating their skills and others will be running 'have-a-go' sessions.

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    19:00 - 23:00Heighington Village HallMr Tony Kay: 07854 302181 or Keith Houghton 07788 219541£12:50

    The 'Smokin Spitfires' are here again having wowed the crowds back in June 2017 at the Heighington Village Fair.

    The Ticket price above includes a Pie & Pea Supper and there will be a fully 'Licensed Bar' available.

     

     

     

  • Sat
    18
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmHamsterley Village HallAnne on 01388-488318£5

    Saturday 18 November 8.00pm to 12 midnight Dance with Milburn Music

    Tickets £5 from Anne on 01388-488318. Please bring your own drinks

    and snacks. Tea and biscuits provided.

  • Mon
    20
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmHamsterley Village Hall

    Monday 20 November 7.30pm Monday Club

  • Tue
    21
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide.

    Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

    Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London.

    Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmBowes & Gilmonby Village HallGraham Henley 01833 628357£10 Adults (£9 concs, £5 students)

    Celebrating 100 years of Comic Song. From the first Savoy Operas of the 1870s Comedy was King and the jovial genius of Gilbert and Sullivan, through Music Hall, Joyce Grenfell, Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann, old Uncle Tom Lehrer and all and might be said to have raised its last belly-laughs with Jake Thackery, Richard Stilgoe and Victoria Wood in the 80's

    Those hundred years of hilarity are brought back to life by QuickSilver for an evening of sparkling song-based entertainment.
    Together Grant and Hilary revive memories of  the great stars  (and a few acts who hardly made it above the printer’s credits) in a celebration of that great institution, the well-crafted comic song.

     

  • Thu
    23
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The outstanding young talent of Ceara Sutton-Jones will perform a Violin Concerto by Saint Saens. The mighty violin skills of Nathan Barker will also be shown off in Danse Espagnole in D (Lamentation). Extracts from Dido and Aeneas make up the second half of the concert.

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    10.30 to 15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.

  • Sat
    25
    Nov
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands.

    Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements and you’ve got the award winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands. And they are Blazin’, in the past decade no other band has quite captured Scottish fiddle music’s variety, energy and sensitivity like Blazin’ Fiddles have. Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. Blending solo and ensemble sets, aged with the occasional insightful tale, they all come together in a fiery blend to excite your senses. From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan and Kristan Harvey are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on piano to deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all.

  • Mon
    27
    Nov
    2017
    Tue
    28
    Nov
    2017
    9:00 amRandolph Community Centre, EvenwoodMartin 01388835588

    Barista style coffee in a warm friendly environment where you can meet with friends or just come in and update your blog or surf the net

    Open 09:00 am until 14:00 pm

  • Wed
    29
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 students, £5.00 under 16's, £22.00 family

    ‘We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ is the story of the Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike of 1976-78 and the inspirational strike-leader Jayaben Desai, one of many newly arrived British passport-holding Asian Gujurati workers expelled from Uganda and Tanzania in East Africa four years before.

    In 1976 a group of workers in a backstreet London factory, in Willesden, stood up to their bosses and kick-started one of the longest and most important industrial disputes in British history. Led by Asian women, the Grunwick strike challenged stereotypes, changed the face of traditionally white, male trade unions, and inspired others to speak out against injustice.

    Grunwick wasn’t just a strike about wages and conditions – it was about something much more important than that: it was about dignity. Dignity at work. These women had been employed by the Grunwick factory bosses in the belief that they would be easy to handle, to browbeat and to exploit. Yet, they found their own distinctive voice in the course of the struggle to secure their rights.

    The strike leader, Jayaben Desai had the measure of the most brutish and charmless of her managers, when she told them: ‘What you are running here is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips, others are lions who can bite your head off. We are the lions, Mr. Manager!’

    Grunwick made history:

    1. it focused the issue of the exploitation of immigrant workers
    2. it nailed the myth that Asian workers were passive
    3. it showed how a section of totally unorganised workers, ignorant of trade unionism and insecure in a foreign land can develop militancy and attract huge solidarity
    4. it defined the trade union and political lives of tens of thousands from across the nation who came to the streets of Willesden to back the Grunwick workers.
    5. it showed too that all the forces of the state, the media, the police, the courts, employers, racial prejudice and women’s inequality can be swept aside by the freshness and dynamism of determined struggle.

    This is social history presented in Townsend Productions’ imaginative, particpatory, engaging style with songs and music of the 1970s.

    Grunwick still poses questions to today’s generation about the role in society of women, workers and immigrants. And the strike still carries a challenging message about the need for human dignity.  Brought to us by Highlights Rural Touring Scheme

  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    6:30 pmEggleston Village hallSuzanne 650277Donations
  • Thu
    30
    Nov
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In 1947, British statesman Lord Mountbatten serves as India's last Viceroy and is charged with handing India back to it's people. Starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson and Michael Gambon.

    "An gripping political drama with a populist edge". The Guardian

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    10:00 till 11:00Butterknowle Village Hall01388 710855£4.00

    Gentle Martial arts for well being taught by 8th Dan Grandmaster Bryan Whiley.

    £4.00 includes tea and coffee after the class. 

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    5:45 pmHeighington Village HallMrs Karin AllisonFree Entry

    Don't miss this years special event on the village green & in the village hall with Mulled Wine available to keep out the cold. Children from the Heighington Church of England Primary School  will be singing their hearts out plus a  very special guest will be in attendance.

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Directors:  Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin

    Brief synopsis: Illumination, the creators of Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

    Runtime: 90 mins       

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    19:30 22:30Heighington Village HallMr Keith Houghton£12.50 / Ticket

    Gareth Davies-Jones

    Gareth makes a very welcome return to the Heighington Village Hall, helping us to start our 2017 Christmas festivities.

    Tickets includes a fine helping of our famouos pies & peas and are  Available from Karin Allison, contact 01325-307040. or Keith Houghton, contact 07788 219541

    - Fully Licensed Bar Available -

     

     

  • Fri
    01
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy

    Director: Lone Scherfig

    Brief synopsis: Based on Lissa Evans’ novel, ‘Their Finest Hour and a Half’, THEIR FINEST is a witty, romantic and moving portrayal of a young woman finding her way, and her voice, in the mayhem of war… and the movies!

    Runtime: 117 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmRandolph Community Centre, EvenwoodMartin£6.50

    Murder mystery night in the Randolph Community Centre

    Tickets £6.50 and include a pie and pea supper (bring your own liquid)

    Be a suspect or a detective but be ready to have some fun.

    Contact Martin on 01388 835588 for tickets

  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on door
    Come along and enjoy an evening of music and entertainment.  Sam is one half of one of The Witham's favourites The Hut People and plays music from all around the world as well as Appalachian Tap Dancing and Spoons Playing!   Sam does not play many solo concerts so this promises to be a lovely event.
    Sam will have spent the day working with local youth folk band Cream Tees, and these fantastic musicians will also be appearing in the concert as well as some other local artists.
    This is really an evening not to miss, and will include the intimacy of Sam playing solo coupled with Cream Tees and other special guests!
  • Sat
    02
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com£8

    Prolific north-east songwriter John Wrightson is a regular at  the Staindrop open mic sessions.  Scarth Hall is therefore  delighted to welcome the full John Wrightson Band for a special concert with support from World Champion Spoons player Bert Draycott.  Tickets will be available from Staindrop Post Office and online from October.

  • Sun
    03
    Dec
    2017
    5:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Handel's 'Messiah' comes to life on stage with conductor Simon Dearsley featuring Soprano: Philippa Dearsley, Alto: Tamsin Davidson and Bass: Neil Turnbull with the fantastic Barnard Castle Choral Society

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 6 and under £10.00

    The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical adventure. After defeating the Mouse King,  the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the  Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets,  where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to  a wonderful display of dances. Back home,  Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew? Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

    Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum  Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains a touching subtext of first love.

    Approximate running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one interval.

  • Tue
    05
    Dec
    2017
    19:30 till 20:30Butterknowle Village Hall£4.00

    Weekly Zumba class on Tuesdays

    Just turn up and see Julie Ann

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    10:00 till 12:00Butterknowle Village HallLisa on 07789 195613£1.50

    Weekly on Wednesday during school term time.

  • Wed
    06
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£2 to reserve, plus pay what you think it's worth

    Be part of the audience for the live recording of Jig Doll with Hannah James at The Witham.  A rarity in folk music, Hannah James is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.

    At The Witham earlier this year and so pleased with her experience here, Hannah is returning to record the film of the show. Being a part of the audience means you will enjoy Jigdoll as never seen before, with Hannah presenting her very best performance to be recorded and shared in years to come. Please be aware, this may mean some re-takes and pauses to guarantee the film crew capture what they need - we cannot guarantee the finish time. Please come and join us to enjoy the exclusive experience at The Witham.

    As it's an exceptional event, we have set up a reservation fee for a seat of £2. We are asking, following the show, you donate what you would have paid for the ticket price following the gig.

  • Thu
    07
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00

    Rory Kinnear (The Threepenny Opera, Penny Dreadful, Othello) is Marx and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night, Green Wing) is Engels, in this new comedy written by Richard Bean and Clive Coleman. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London, the production  is directed by Nicholas Hytner and reunites the creative team behind Broadway and West End hit comedy One Man, Two Guvnors.

    1850, and Europe’s most feared terrorist is hiding in Dean Street, Soho. Broke, restless and horny, the thirty-two-year-old revolutionary is a frothing combination of intellectual brilliance, invective, satiric wit, and child-like emotional illiteracy.

    Creditors, spies, rival revolutionary factions and prospective seducers of his beautiful wife all circle like vultures. His writing blocked, his marriage dying, his friend Engels in despair at his wasted genius, his only hope is a job on the railway. But there’s still no one in the capital who can show you a better night on the piss than Karl Heinrich Marx.

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    10:00 am - 12:00 amScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhallmedia@gmail.comFREE

    Volunteer Wendi runs the Scarth Hall iTeaTime Internet Café which offers free, friendly help with any aspect of your mobile 'phone, laptop, digital camera etc. We can also help to get you started with email, internet, online shopping word processing, printing etc -- complete beginners welcome! You don't need to own or bring a laptop or tablet - we provide them in the Scarth Hall IT suite.

    iTeaTime Internet Cafe at Scarth Hall

  • Sat
    09
    Dec
    2017
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Stephen Sondheim’s legendary musical is staged for the first time at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas.

    New York, 1971. There’s a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves.

    Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in this dazzling new production. Featuring a cast of 37 and an orchestra of 21, it’s directed by Dominic Cooke (The Comedy of Errors).

    Winner of Academy, Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, Sondheim’s previous work includes A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Sunday in the Park with George.

  • Tue
    12
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00 in advance, £16.00 on the door

    Ross Wilson presents his Celtic lullabies and Caledonian Soul that are 'elegant, eloquent and immensely stirring'. AMPPICKER. Enjoy latest songs on the release of Ross's upcoming album, The Water of Leith.

    In the space of only a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”.

    The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014 and featured a roll-call of remarkable talent, including Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, John Wetton, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams.

    'GRATEFUL', the first single from the new album was released at the end of 2015 and was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland for a full five weeks. Truly remarkable for an act without the backing of a label or a heavy management deal.

    Further praise has come from the most unexpected of quarters in Hollywood A-lister, Ewan McGregor. Ewan explained, “My uncle Denis Lawson, (star of Local Hero) gave me a copy of The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, it’s beautiful and I can’t stop listening to it.”

    Performing live he is stunning, and this reputation led Edith Bowman to personally ask Ross to perform on the launch show of BBC At The Quay with Texas and Stornoway. Edith described Ross’ performance with a nine-piece band, including guest Karine Polwart, as “truly special and beautiful”.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    2:00 pmRandolph Community Centre, EvenwoodMartin£2.50

    A sing-a-long show that is fun, memorable and up lifting”   “ Absolutely loved it”

    14th December 2 to 3.30pm

    Only £2.50 a ticket (includes a cup of tea and a mince pie) Tickets purchased in advance or on the afternoon

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    18.30 to 20.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    In these relaxed and friendly art sessions, you will be introduced to a different technique each session, allowing you to have a go at a variety of different media. Based on my experiences and interests as an artist and maker these will include a range of textile, paper and up-cycling projects to try your hand at.

    So, come and give something new a go; make new friends and enjoy the benefits being creative can bring.

    Please note refunds cannot be issued except in the case of the session being cancelled.

  • Thu
    14
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    In this Christmas Classic from 1947, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle claims to be Santa Claus and is institutionalised as insane. So, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer and a nostalgic nod to a much-loved film. Classic from 1947, an old man going by the name of Kris Kringle claims to be Santa Claus and is institutionalised as insane. So, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Join us for an evening of Christmas cheer and a nostalgic nod to a much-loved film.

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Directors: David Soren, Rob Letterman

    Brief synopsis: This outrageous family comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotise their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s an enthusiastic, yet dimwitted, superhero named Captain Underpants.

    Runtime: 89 mins

     

     

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017
    6:00 pmHamsterley Village Hall

    Friday 15 December Hamsterley Cinema

    Doors open 6.00pm, film starts 6.30pm

  • Fri
    15
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo,    Gregor Fisher, Tim Pigott-Smith

    Director: Gillies MacKinnon

    Brief synopsis: Based on the infamous 1941 true story, Whisky Galore! is a charming and heart-warming tale of a close-knit Scottish island community who mischievously relieve a sinking cargo ship of cases of whisky during wartime scarcity. The ensuing merriment is threatened when Excise Men try to spoil the party by catching the crafty locals, red handed, with the bottled loot. After enduring a dry period, the shipwreck and its amber cargo was like mana from heaven to the islanders, to whom whisky was part of the very life blood of their Island!

    Runtime: 98 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    3:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Another performance at 7.30 pm

    Join The Castle Players for this traditional family treat. Scrooge is all about hoarding and keeping, but with mulled wine, mince pies, carol singers, and excited children, there's no escape from Christmas.

    Supper Club Option at 1.30pm and 6pm

    A chance to sit back and relax, enjoy a homemade meal and soak up the atmosphere before enjoying the evening's entertainment. £12 pp, including homemade supper, a drink and tasty little sweet.

    Tonight's dish: Pre-Christmas treat of Pie and Roast Vegetables for both the Matinee and evening performance.

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmScarth Hall, Staindrop01833 650034£8

    Join us for an evening of festive music with local choirs no added sugar, carillon, and concordia. Wine, soft drinks, and mince pies available! Tickets from Staindrop Post Office or 01833 650034.

    Carols by Candlelight, Scarth Hall, 16 December

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    7:00 pmButterknowle Village Hall£8.00

  • Sat
    16
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallSue Brown 01833 640854Tickets: £22.50 or £20 in advance

    No matter what day of the week they come to town, every night is a Saturday night when The Urban Voodoo Machine hit the stage. A spectacular mash up of musical genres, instruments and carnival chaos on stage, they bring to the party everything we love about a live rock 'n' roll show. Without doubt they are one of the best bands on the UK live circuit right now, you should never miss the chance to check them out !!!

    The Urban Voodoo Machine is a collective of shadowy, London based, ne’er do wells, led by Norwegian born songwriter/frontman Paul-Ronney Angel. Featuring up to twelve musicians at any given time, The ‘Machine mash-up guitars, twin drumers, fiddle, trumpet, tuba, banjo, washboard, upright bass, gong, mandolin, accordion, harmonicas, saxophone, sousaphone and even empty bottles and tie racks to create their unique brand of Bourbon Soaked Gypsy Blues Bop’n’Stroll.

    “With their lurching sea shanties, debauched murder ballads, messed-up tangos and whiskey-soaked gypsy stomps, some reckon they’re from the same stable of stallions as Tom Waits and Nick Cave; others point out the last gang in town swagger of The Clash and the hellbound blues that John Lee Hooker first dragged out of the swamp”

    The stars were very much aligned the night Paul-Ronney Angel was begged by a promoter to be the filling in a triple-bill band sandwich. Never one to turn down a knees-up, P-R realised he had 48 hours to put a band together. No problem! Trawling the dives and doss houses of London, he called in some favours, cracked some whips and so it was that The Urban Voodoo Machine lurched into life.

    Having been an fantastic success for our 2015 and 2016 Xmas parties we have got them back again to celebrate our Christmas 2017

    Line-up:

    Paul-Ronney Angel – Lead Vocals, Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica Nick Marsh – Electric Guitar & Vocals
    Gomez DeVille – Trumpet & Vocals Slim – Accordian & Vocals The Reverend Gavin Smith – Upright Bass The Late J-Roni-Moe – Drums
    Jary – Drums, Cajon Ane Angel – Sousaphone, Gong Lucifire – Tenor & Baritone Saxophone

    For more information and to buy tickets online visit  mickletonlive.uk/

  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    10:00 - 13:00Eggleston Village HallWendy GreenfieldMembers only
  • Sun
    17
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmButterknowle Village Hall01388 710855Free

    Musicians register before 20:00

     

  • Wed
    20
    Dec
    2017
    12:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Times to be arranged with schools

    The Holly and Ivy workshop is a concert lasting between 45 and 60 minutes, presenting songs, stories, dances and customs associated with Midwinter, Christmas and the New Year. It's lively, informal, participatory, and highly professional. It helps children and teachers gain deeper insights into the significance of many of our midwinter customs and traditions. Schools receive a detailed participatory letter and a teachers' notes pack, giving background information and words and music for some of the material.

    Workshops suitable for Primary aged children and open to whole school performances. Times to be arranged with schools.

  • Wed
    20
    Dec
    2017
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The Holly and Ivy roadshow is a concert presenting songs, stories, dances and customs associated with midwinter, Christmas and the New Year. It's lively, informal, participatory and highly professional. With a special contribution from Teesdale's Cream Tees.

  • Thu
    28
    Dec
    2017
    19.30 - 11.00Scarth Hall, Staindrop01833 660313£10/£5

    Just what you need to shake off the post-Christmas blues - a fun family ceilidh with music from The Durham Rangers. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets £10 for adults, £5 for under 12s. From Judith Stirk (01833 660313) or Heather Stewart (heatherstewart.uk@googlemail.com)

  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£45.00

    Dance the night away and support The Witham at the same time!

    Join a wonderfully festive and fun celebration this New Year's Eve with a live Ceilidh band, hog roast, disco and a glass of fizz at midnight.
    We advise booking in advance as last year’s celebration was sold out.

  • Sun
    31
    Dec
    2017
    8:00 pmButterknowle Village Hall01388 710855£5.00 or £10.00 family ticket

    New Year's Eve Party

    Music from Ricky Dixon

    From 8.00 pm till late

    Tickets £5.00 and £10.00 for family ticket

    Full Bar...Music...Games

    Bring own food

    Tickets from:  01388 710855....01388 718178....01388 710884 or the Royal Oak, Butterknowle.

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Depoyan Manuk

    Brief synopsis: Little Nick Tanner has a lot to live up to, what with his father being a famous Dragon slayer... So when an evil witch is possessed by the spirit of an ancient dragon, Nicky must embark on a fantastic quest to save both the world of humans and the world of magic. Along for the ride are best friends Eddie - the wanna-be wizard - and Rocky, the feral wild child.

    Runtime: 85 mins       

     

     

  • Fri
    05
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Olivia Cooke, Bill Nighy, Douglas Booth, Eddie Marsan, Sam Reid

    Director: Juan Carlos Medina

    Brief synopsis: When a series of gruesome murders shake Victorian London, Inspector Kildare (Bill Nighy; Their Finest) of Scotland Yard is promoted to lead an investigation into finding the killer. The community believes only the mythical Limehouse Golem could be responsible, but as Kildare uncovers a group of unlikely suspects, he must discover which one is the killer before they strike again.

     Runtime: 109 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    06
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    The Witham hosts the launch of the Castle Players’ Winter Tour - a new adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ever-popular story of ‘the parish boy’s progress’ - Oliver’s journey from workhouse orphan to adopted respectability via the dark and sinister underworld of 19th century London.

    Dramatised and directed by Laurence Sach, the production brings a host of Dickens’ vivid characters to life - Oliver, the Artful Dodger, Mr Bumble the Beadle, Fagin, Bill Sykes, Nancy and many more

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  • Wed
    10
    Jan
    2018
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£110.00
    Laurence Sach leads an informal sixteen session introduction to the development of European theatre from its earliest origins in Ancient Greece to the five key practitioners (Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre.
    Each two hour session begins with an illustrated talk followed by a short refreshment break, and then a group discussion of that session’s topic and play text.
    The sessions:
     
    1. Myth, Ritual & Religion
    2. Greek Theatre – the origins (The Oresteia by Aeschylus)
    3. Greek Tragedy – the playwrights (Electra by Sophocles and The Trojan Women by Euripides)
    4. Roman Tragedy - (Thyestes by Seneca)
    5. Greek & Roman Comedy (Lysistrata by Aristophanes)
    6. Medieval Mystery Plays - (The Creation, Noah, Abraham & Isaac, The Crucifixion)
    7. Medieval Morality plays and Tudor Interludes (Mankind)
    8. Elizabethan Theatre and Shakespeare (Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe)
    9. Jacobean & Caroline (‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore by John Ford)
    10. Restoration Theatre (The Country Wife by William Wycherley)
    11. 18th Century Theatre (The Beggars’ Opera by John Gay)
    12. 19th Century & Melodrama (The Bells by Leopald Lewis)
    13. Henrik Ibsen (Hedda Gabler)
    14. Chechov & Stanislavski (The Cherry Orchard)
    15. Brecht & Political Theatre (The Caucasian Chalk Circle)
    16. Samuel Beckett & Theatre of the Absurd (Waiting for Godot)
    Laurence is a freelance writer and director who has been Artistic Director of Durham Theatre Company, manager of Middlesbrough Theatre and The Playhouse, Harlow, and lecturer on the Middlesbrough College/Teesside University foundation degree in performing arts.
    Sessions from October 18th to December 6th. Then, January 10th to February 28th.
    For queries and additional information please e-mail: laurencepsach@gmail.com
  • Thu
    11
    Jan
    2018
    Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The majority of the members of Barnard Castle Art Society have no formal artistic training, yet posses a relentless passion for creating art and immortalising the beauty of their Teesdale environs.

    During the summer months members of Barnard Castle Art Society meet regularly to sketch together en plein air, making the most of the fine weather and the effects that the high, bright light has on the landscape at this time of year.

    During the colder months, members of the group meet for practical work sessions, to share ideas, knowledge and techniques. These meetings and the support they offer inspire other members to produce work in preparation for their annual exhibition.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Tue
    16
    Jan
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 and under

    The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

    Rigoletto, court jester to the libertine Duke of Mantua, is cursed by the father of one of the Duke’s victims for his irreverent laughter. When the Duke seduces Rigoletto’s daughter Gilda, it seems the curse is taking effect…

    David McVicar’s production highlights the cruelty at the heart of the court of Mantua. Richly dressed courtiers engage in orgies and revelries to Verdi’s heady, spirited dances. The opera’s many musical highlights include the ebullient ‘La donna è mobile’, in which the Duke boasts of his disregard for women; Gilda’s exquisite, plangent duets with Rigoletto and the Duke; and the gorgeous Act III quartet that beautifully weaves the voices together as the story quickens to its shattering conclusion.

    Giuseppe Verdi wrote in 1855 that Rigoletto was his ‘best opera’. He had had to overcome state censorship to stage it – the censors objected to its depiction of an immoral ruler – but he was vindicated by the premiere’s huge success in 1851. Rigoletto was performed 250 times in the next 10 years and has remained one of the most popular of all operas.

    Approximate running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one interval. Sung in Italian with English subtitles

    MUSIC GIUSEPPE VERDI
    DIRECTOR DAVID MCVICAR
    CONDUCTOR ALEXANDER JOEL
    RIGOLETTO DIMITRI PLATANIAS
    GILDA LUCY CROWE
    DUKE OF MANTUA MICHAEL FABIANO

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Anthony Leondis

    Brief synopsis: The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside your smartphone. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where all your favourite Emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone’s user. In this world, each Emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (T.J. Miller), an exuberant Emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions.

    Runtime: 86 mins

     

     

  • Fri
    19
    Jan
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson,  Lily Travers, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow

    Director: Gurinder Chadha

    Brief synopsis: Viceroy’s House in Delhi was the home of the British rulers of India. After 300 years, that rule was coming to an end. For 6 months in 1947, Lord Mountbatten, great grandson of Queen Victoria, assumed the post of the last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people. The film’s story unfolds within that great House. Upstairs lived Mountbatten together with his wife and daughter; downstairs lived their 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants. As the political elite - Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi - converged on the House to wrangle over the birth of independent India, conflict erupted.

    Runtime: 106 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmNewsham Village Hall01833 621300 or 01833 621019Adults £7 Children £5
  • Tue
    23
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    From the National Portrait Gallery London, Musée d’Orsay Paris & National Gallery of Art Washington DC. 

    Exhibition on Screen is thrilled to present one of the most talked about exhibitions of the year. Dedicated to the portrait work of Paul Cézanne, the exhibition opens in Paris before traveling to London and Washington.

    One can’t appreciate 20th century art without understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. Featuring interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

  • Thu
    25
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    'Dunkirk review: heart-hammering and heroically British, this is Christopher Nolan at the peak of his powers.' The Telegraph

    Director, Antony Nolan, delivers an utterly immersive film with stunning cinematography.  Staring Kenneth Branagh.The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

  • Sat
    27
    Jan
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Learn how to capture the beauty of our local landscape. 

    Working with local artist Anne Mason, enjoy a day learning the techniques to capture the stunning Teesdale landscapes in winter.

  • Sun
    28
    Jan
    2018
    3:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com£8/£5

    Doors & bar open 2.15 pm. Tickets are £8, or £5 for 16 years and under. Available from Staindrop Post Office or online from Ticketsource. This classic tale is for all ages (children from 7 years upwards) - with a fresh twist from the fabulous Castle Players.

  • Tue
    30
    Jan
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Join Alan Hinkes OBE for this special screening of the film about his life. 

    Alan is the first Briton to have climbed the world’s highest mountains and this is the biopic of his life, created by critically acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker Terry Abraham and producer of the BBC hit ‘Life of a Mountain: Scafell Pike’ and ‘Life of a Mountain: Blencathra’. Hinkes is the first and only British mountaineer to summit all 14 of the world’s highest mountains, each over 8,000 metres. Alan will introduce the film and take part in a Q & A at the end of the screening. 

    Film running time: 90 mins + intro with Q and A.

  • Wed
    31
    Jan
    2018
    17.45 - 19.45Scarth Hall, StaindropKathryn: 07817 192827£85 for 10 sessions, includes week 1 flowers, all oasis, use of tools

    NEW Flower-arranging course with Kathryn Hume of Forget-me-not Flower Design and Flower School. Learn something new each week with expert support and tuition from Kathryn. The 10 x session course (each session lasts 2 hours) starts on Wednesday 31 January with the last session on Wednesday 6 June. The cost is only £85 which includes use of tools, week 1 flowers, and all oasis.

    Fun with Flowers Spring 2018

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Sofia Carson

    Directors:  Kenny Ortega

    Brief synopsis: Kenny Ortega directs this fantasy adventure sequel following the children of some of Disney's most notorious villains. When the celebrity lifestyle becomes too much for Mal (Dove Cameron), she reverts back to her old ways and returns to the Isle of the Lost. 
    Runtime: 105 mins       

     

     

  • Fri
    02
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård

    Director: Janus Metz

    Brief synopsis: The clash of tennis titans is relived with Shia LaBeouf, in a stroke of casting genius, playing John McEnroe.
    One of the biggest sporting rivalries in history culminated in the Wimbledon finals of 1980. And its result changed the face of tennis forever.

    Runtime: 100 mins

     

     

  • Sat
    03
    Feb
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Enjoy the fresh produce on offer!  One of the longest running Farmer's Markets in the North, come to enjoy the delicious food of our region from the producers and farmers who produce it.

  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmCotherstone Village Hall01833-651980£8 adults, £2 children
  • Sun
    04
    Feb
    2018
    3:00 pmCotherstone Village Hall01833-651980£8 adults, £2 children
  • Wed
    07
    Feb
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 and under

    Tosca is one of the great evenings of opera, and from its strident opening chords conjures up a world of political instability and menace.

    Jonathan Kent’s production for The Royal Opera captures the dangerous political turbulence of Rome in 1800. The Chief of Police, Scarpia – one of the most malevolent villains in opera – ruthlessly pursues and tortures enemies of the state. His dark, demonic music contrasts with the expansive melodies of the idealistic lovers, Tosca and Cavaradossi, who express their passion in sublime arias, including ‘Vissi d’arte’ and ‘E lucevan le stelle’. Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic work was a hit with audiences on its 1900 premiere and it remains one of the most performed of all operas – with its gripping plot and glorious music, it’s easy to see why.

    A candle-lit church, Scarpia’s gloomy study with its hidden torture chamber and the false optimism of a Roman dawn: this handsome production throws into relief the ruthlessly taut drama, as the tension is wound up towards a fateful conclusion. Puccini’s meticulously researched score is infused with the same authentic detail, from distant cannon fire during the Act I Te Deum to tolling church bells and the sounds of a firing squad.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals. Sung in Italian with English subtitles

    MUSIC GIACOMO PUCCINI
    DIRECTOR JONATHAN KENT
    CONDUCTOR DAN ETTINGER
    FLORIA TOSCA ADRIANNE PIECZONKA
    MARIO CAVARADOSSI JOSEPH CALLEJA
    BARON SCARPIA GERALD FINLEY

  • Thu
    08
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    'A disaffected farmer’s fling with a Romanian worker reawakens his love of the land in Francis Lee’s tender, impressive debut.' The Guardian

    Set and filmed in Yorkshire this critically acclaimed film follows the love story between a farmer and an immigrant worker.  'Pure poetry' EMPIRE *****

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    19:00 until lateHeighington Village HallMr Keith Houghton on, 07788219541 or Mrs Vicki Lumb on 078837981959£10.00

    The 'Heighington Village Hall Association' and the Heighington BP Scouts are getting together to bring you a fabulous evening of entertainment where we will be Ceilidh dancing, strictly for fun! with the assistance of the 'Compass Rose Ceilidh Band'
    Traditional Burns Night Food is included and there will be a fully 'Licensed Bar' available.

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmHeighington Village HallKeith Houghton or Vicki Lumn£10.00/Ticket

    Don't miss this Very Special Event

    BURNS NIGHT

  • Sat
    10
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00 advance, £16.00 full

    Scottish folk singer Emily Smith and New Zealand-born Jamie McClennan celebrate 15 years of making music together in 2017. 

    With rich vocal harmonies , accordion, fiddle and sublime guitar backing, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.

    Having spent much of 2016 off the road (with Emily on maternity leave) the couple have taken time to focus on writing new material with an album release planned in 2018.  The tour showcases a big new sound for the duo with originals by McClennan and reworked traditional songs from Smith paired with some of their favourites from the past 15 years.

    Meeting in 2002 when McClennan moved from NZ to Scotland, fiddle player Jamie soon became an integral part of Emily’s sound, taking on the role of lead guitar and backing vocals and producing several of her albums.   They have performed throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Russia and North America with their music firmly rooted in the roots idiom drawing on influences from the folk tradition, Americana and beyond.  Emily’s emotive voice lifts souls with its simple beauty.  Paired with McClennan’s sensitive accompaniment and rich harmonies they are one of the most vibrant duos on the UK folk scene today.

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    A family crafty-workshop where the whole family can get involved in preventing Hen's eggs from cracking!

    How will you protect Hen’s egg? Fox thinks Hen’s eggs look delicious and she needs your help to keep them safe. Using the materials on offer can you stop the egg from cracking and keep Hen happy and out fox the Fox.  Approx. 5- 11yrs

  • Wed
    14
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Christopher Luscombe, Director of Love Labour's Lost (2014) and Much Ado About Nothing (2016) returns to the RSC to tackle Shakespeare's greatest comedy.

    'I am all the daughters of my father's house,
    And all the brothers too.'

    Twelfth Night is a tale of unrequited love – hilarious and heartbreaking. Two twins are separated in a shipwreck, and forced to fend for themselves in a strange land. The first twin, Viola, falls in love with Orsino, who dotes on OIivia, who falls for Viola but is idolised by Malvolio. Enter Sebastian, who is the spitting image of his twin sister...

    Christopher Luscombe, Director of the ‘glorious’ (Daily Telegraph) Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (2014 and 2016), returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company to tackle Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, a brilliantly bittersweet account of "the whirligig of time".

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Exploring connections between artists, spaces and audiences.

    Part of Navigator North's Latest Edition Project, this exhibition features six regionally based artists; Carol Devey-Haughton, Diane Watson, Becki Harper, Nick Kennedy, Theresa Easton and Alex Sickling. Includes ceramics, printmaking, textiles, photography and sculpture with an affordable artist designed gift range for sale.

    Latest Edition is a Navigator North project building upon the success of previous professional development programmes and opportunities offered to visual artists. The focus of this project is around sustainable practice for artists who are interested in making work for exhibition and commission as well as sales of original and limited edition works and artist merchandise – exploring a range of income streams as part of creative practice.

  • Thu
    15
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYCentre Manager, info@thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 www.thewitham.org.uk£10.00 early bird, £12.00 full price

    The TBA 2017 is organised by Enterprise House and the awards ceremony is to be held on the Thursday 15th February 2018 at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

    Working with category sponsors, Enterprise House is organising The Teesdale Business Awards.

    The idea of the awards is simply for our local business community the opportunity to showcase and promote successes

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  • Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under


    In the unfathomable darkness of space, an invisible missile starts its journey to Earth from Mars... 

    In the unfathomable darkness of empty space, an invisible missile starts its journey to Earth from Mars. And another. And another. And another...

    Ten missiles fired at the unsuspecting Earth and rushing through the empty gulf of space. Ten missiles carrying an invading force of Martians, their intellects vast, cool and unsympathetic. Hour by hour, day by day, closer and closer the Martians come, ready for war and the massacre of mankind.

    The War of the Worlds charts the fortunes of a band of survivors as they become refugees in their own country, forced to flee from an unknown and unprovoked enemy, and battle against the devastation and destruction of their planet. Northern Stage's vivid and dynamic new production relocates H.G. Wells' iconic novel to the North East of England, in a contemporary re-telling of a sci-fi classic.

    Suitable for ages 12+

    A Northern Stage production

    By H.G. Wells.  Directed by Elayce Ismail

    A new adaptation by Laura Lindow

  • Sat
    17
    Feb
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    A concert of favourite popular songs from the world of Musicals and Operetta.

    Duets, trios and ensembles with Simon Dearsley, Philippa Dearsley and Penny Randell-Davies.

  • Thu
    22
    Feb
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Following his smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire, Benedict Andrews’ ‘thrilling revival’ (New York Times) stars Sienna Miller alongside, Jack O’Connell and Colm Meaney.
    On a steamy night in Mississippi, a Southern family gather at their cotton plantation to celebrate Big Daddy’s birthday. The scorching heat is almost as oppressive as the lies they tell. Brick and Maggie dance round the secrets and sexual tensions that threaten to destroy their marriage. With the future of the family at stake, which version of the truth is real – and which will win out?

    ★★★★ "A bold reimagining…innovative and powerfully acted"
    Sunday Times

    ★★★★ "A brilliant, lacerating account of the play… unforgettable"
    The Independent

    ★★★★ "Miller and O’Connell get to a raw and naked truth"
    The Metro

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald

    Directors: Simon Curtis

    Brief synopsis: GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children's author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin (Will TIlston), whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh

    Runtime: 107 mins

     

     

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, James D'Arcy

    Director: Christopher Nolan

    Brief synopsis: “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea, they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in.

    Runtime: 107 mins

     

     

  • Wed
    28
    Feb
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £10.00 aged under 6

    Christopher Wheeldon, Artistic Associate of The Royal Ballet, created his adaptation of Shakespeare’s late great romance The Winter’s Tale for The Royal Ballet in 2014. Building on the success of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Winter’s Tale received ecstatic praise at its premiere, acclaimed by critics and audiences alike for its intelligent, distinctive and emotionally powerful story, told through exquisite dance. It is now widely judged to be a modern ballet classic.
    The story follows the destruction of a marriage through consuming jealousy, the abandonment of a child and a seemingly hopeless love. Yet, through remorse and regret – and after a seemingly miraculous return to life – the ending is one of forgiveness and reconciliation. With powerful designs by Bob Crowley and atmospheric music by Joby Talbot, The Winter’s Tale is a masterful modern narrative ballet.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours, including two intervals.

    CHOREOGRAPHY CHRISTOPHER WHEELDON
    MUSIC JOBY TALBOT

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Enjoy the fresh produce on offer!  One of the longest running Farmer's Markets in the North, come to enjoy the delicious food of our region from the producers and farmers who produce it.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Karen Babayan presents Patterns in Nature.  Spring is on its way and in celebration we will use plants and flowers as inspiration.  Participants will make a series of sketches, which they will then develop into relief prints incorporating repeat pattern and colour.

  • Tue
    06
    Mar
    2018
    6:45 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 aged 16 or under

    Carmen is the best-known work by French composer Georges Bizet, and one of the most famous operas in the entire art form – numbers such as the Habanera and the Toreador Song have permeated the popular consciousness as little else has. The opera’s heady combination of passion, sensuality and violence initially proved too much for the stage, and it was a critical failure on its 1875 premiere. Bizet died shortly after, and never learned of the spectacular success his Carmen would achieve: the opera has been performed more than five hundred times at Covent Garden alone.

    This ever-popular opera is given a fresh point of view in Barrie Kosky’s highly physical production, originally created for Frankfurt Opera. The Australian director is one of the world’s most sought-after opera directors, whose Royal Opera debut with Shostakovich’s The Nose in 2016 was greeted with delight. For Carmen he has devised a far-from-traditional version, incorporating music written by Bizet for the score but not usually heard, and giving a new voice to the opera’s endlessly fascinating central character.

    Approximate running time: 3 hours 20 minutes, including one interval. Sung in French with English subtitles

    MUSIC GEORGES BIZET
    DIRECTOR BARRIE KOSKY
    CONDUCTOR JAKUB HRŮŠA
    CARMEN ANNA GORYACHOVA
    DON JOSÉ FRANCESCO MELI
    MICAËLA ANETT FRITSCH
    ESCAMILLO KOSTAS SMORIGINAS

  • Sat
    10
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 in advance

    Olav Lukesengard Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands), The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc are in great demand worldwide for their gripping unique blend of traditional fiddle music.

    With a firm focus on the rich traditional fiddle music from where they each belong, they have developed a sound that has been described as “unique”, “meaningful”, “intense” and “invigorating”.

    Their clever use of harmony, rhythm, riffs and bass lines creates a sound that leaves the listener enthralled but at the same time dumbfounded that the sound only comes from three fiddles.

    “Seldom before can three fiddlers have sounded so well matched as the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc. And seldom before can three fiddles have sounded so much like four and at times five instruments without using electronic trickery.” – The Herald.

    To date their music has taken them to the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland and across mainland Europe captivating audiences along the way.

    2016 saw the release of their eagerly awaited second album, “Deliverance”, the follow up to their eponymously entitled debut album released in September 2011 to great critical acclaim.

    “On the evidence to hand, pure fiddle doesn´t get much better than The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc.” Folkworld.

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

  • Sun
    11
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindrop01833 650930£12.50

    Alun Cochrane is a no-nonsense comedian who specialises in funny nonsense. Much of his comedy begins simply as something he’s seen, heard or felt in his own life, or in the street, or the kitchen, or anywhere and from that it blossoms into a highly amusing anecdote or a strange flight of fancy.

    He has recently joined Frank Skinner’s Absolute Radio Show and can be heard every Saturday morning from 8am. Alun has several television appearances to his name, most recently Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow he’s also often seen on Eight out of ten cats, Mock The Week,  and has appeared on Soccer A.M and Live At The Comedy Store.

    Radio producers are also aware of Cochrane’s talent and he’s notched up various credits from Just A Minute, 4 Stands Up, and The Now Show to Clive Anderson’s Chat Room. Grumpy-joyful, silly-serious stand-up. Jokes, ideas and (possibly) movement will all be deployed for your amusement during this show.

    Alun’s official tour description reads, “As seen on blah blah and blah, and heard on various funny radio shows.” Age restriction: suitable for 16+

    Tickets from Staindrop Post Office or online from Ticketsource.

  • Wed
    14
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00

    Pianist Chiyan Wong has been astonishing audiences with the sincerity and authority of his playing and was recently awarded a prestigious prize as one of most promising young artists to appear at the International Mozarteum Summer Academy. 

    He will be playing Bach's Goldberg Variations, Beethoven's Six Bagatelles, Busoni's Sonatina Seconda and Liszt's Don Juan.

  • Thu
    15
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    LOVING VINCENT, the world’s first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history’s most celebrated artists.

    More than six years in the making with the help of 125 specially trained painters, LOVING VINCENT is a uniquely animated film composed of 65,000 painted frames.

    Drawn from meticulous research and inspired by van Gogh’s masterpieces, subjects, and 800 personal letters, LOVING VINCENT captures the world of van Gogh in a cinematic experience like no other

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    With ever increasing pressures on the NHS, there's never been a more important time to take positive action to take care of your own health.

    Come along and find out about some of the good things available in Teesdale and the surrounding area to help you to achieve this.

  • Sat
    17
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 in advance

    John Otway is a singer-songwriter who has built a cult audience through extensive touring, a surreal sense of humour and a self-deprecating underdog persona.

    'A cabaret act masquerading as a rock act. Gleeful, anecdotal, funny and life-enhancing.' Cambridge Fayre Review

  • Thu
    22
    Mar
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

    Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

    Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.

  • Fri
    23
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Jenny’s a vicar. But she’s got problems. Her creepy ex-husband keeps sending her flowers and won’t sign the divorce papers.

    The church hall is being renovated by a dodgy builder, who’s being investigated by the police.

    And her best friend Danny has turned up in the vestry with a gun. Danny has anger issues. He’s just had a fight with his best mate Benson. They’re in too deep and running out of options.

    So when he turns to the church Jenny has to choose between doing the right thing or doing the legal thing.

    Presented by Little Mighty

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£50.00

    Learn how to tool and colour your own spring-themed leather, from pouches and tiles to wallets and bookmarks.

    Mark Rowney has been tooling , carving  and hand painting leather Accessories, Sculptures and objet d'art for 30 years. He has a passion for 'The Arts & Crafts' movement, contemporary rural Art and Nature.  These can all be witnessed in his work.  Highly detailed and richly designed pieces are made bespoke for all clients. He has worked for Paul Smith producing leather products for his New York and Paris stores and has also worked in India as an embroidery designer.. He has spent the last few years building and designing 'The Hide', a purpose built studio/workshop decorated throughout with beautiful Leather work from which he teaches this wonderful Art form.

    Each participant will create a min. of two items you have tooled yourselves to take home.

  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Reg Vardy have been North of England Brass Band Champions 35 times and are listing in the top 20 of the World Brass Band Rankings.

    Based in Stanley, the band are renowned for giving high quality concerts of new original music alongside the more traditional brass band repertoire

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  • Sat
    24
    Mar
    2018
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com

    Doors and bar 7.00 pm, show starts 8.00 pm. Tickets will be available from TicketSource or from Staindrop Post Office.

  • Tue
    27
    Mar
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 16 and under

    New Wayne McGregor / The Age of Anxiety / New Christopher Wheeldon

    The Royal Ballet celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with an all-Bernstein programme from the Company’s three associate choreographers, Wayne McGregor, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

    Leonard Bernstein was one of the first classical composers in America to achieve both popular and critical acclaim. He was eclectic in his sources – drawing on jazz and modernism, the traditions of Jewish music and the Broadway musical – and many of Bernstein’s scores are remarkably well suited to dance. He was particularly associated with Jerome Robbins, their credits together including Fancy Free and West Side Story. To celebrate the centenary year of the composer’s birth, The Royal Ballet has united all three of its associate choreographers to celebrate the dynamic range and danceability of Bernstein’s music.

    The programme includes two world premieres by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and Artistic Associate Christopher Wheeldon, marking each artist’s first foray into Bernstein. At the heart of the programme is the first revival of Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s The Age of Anxiety, created in 2014 to Bernstein’s soul-searching Second Symphony. Both symphony and ballet are both inspired by W.H. Auden’s masterful modernist poem, itself written in response to the atmosphere of disillusionment and uncertainty that followed the end of World War II.

  • Wed
    28
    Mar
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Inspired by Handel’s profound religious masterpiece, this acclaimed Bristol Old Vic production provides a rare chance to experience a powerfully dramatic account of Messiah and to rediscover the intense spirituality of its many well-known arias and choruses.

    Staged by the Tony Award-winning director Tom Morris (War Horse), this extraordinary production features Europe’s most celebrated Baroque orchestra The English Concert, the magnificent Erebus Ensemble and a cast of internationally-renowned soloists.

    The story explores the drama and struggle of faith, showing a group of people whose grief at the loss of their leader is transformed into hope through a narrative of resurrection. Through their despair, the Apostles gradually realise their mission is to redeem the world by sharing the story of Jesus’s life and death with all humanity.

    Described by the critics as an ‘astonishingly beautiful’ (The Stage),‘direct and impactful interpretation’ (The Times), this dramatised concert is a rare treat for connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike.

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018
    Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Designer Makers Market showcases the very best regional designers and craftspeople, with original work and a strong up-cycled theme. Meet the designer makers and buy handcrafted goods of gallery quality. Some will be demonstrating their skills and others will be running 'have-a-go' sessions.

    Admission is free but a donation to St Teresa's Hospice would be gratefully received.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    An abundance of materials await in you in this workshop, just bring your imagination.

    Come and create a character you have invented or an old favourite from a story, large or small it is up to you.

    Once you’re done bring the puppet to life in the pop up theatre. This workshop is aimed at children aged approximately 3-11yrs but EVERYYONE is welcome.

  • Wed
    04
    Apr
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Antonio Pappano conducts Verdi’s opera based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, with a magnificent cast including Anna Netrebko and Anna Pirozzi, Željko Lučić and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo.

    Verdi’s life-long love affair with Shakespeare’s works began with Macbeth, a play he considered to be ‘one of the greatest creations of man’.

    With his librettist Francesco Maria Piave Verdi set out to create ‘something out of the ordinary’. Their success is borne out in every bar of a score that sees Verdi at his most theatrical: it bristles with demonic energy.

    Phyllida Lloyd’s 2002 production for The Royal Opera is richly hued, shot through with black, red and gold.

    The witches – imagined by designer Anthony Ward as strange, scarlet-turbaned creatures – are ever-present agents of fate. Lloyd depicts the Macbeths’ childlessness as the dark sadness lurking behind their terrible deeds.

    The Royal Opera’s production uses Verdi’s 1865 Paris revision of the opera, which includes Lady Macbeth’s riveting aria ‘La luce langue’.

  • Fri
    06
    Apr
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child

    Presented by Little Mightly.  Be enthralled by this epic musical folktale told on a miniature scale. A Heart at Sea uses haunting live music to tell the story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Original song-writing is set to breathtaking visuals centred around a beautifully carved wooden chest that holds the secrets to the story.

    Intricate puppets are swept through a transforming wooden world created by the spectacular chest. Be astounded as backdrops flip up, pirouette and change, sending the Boy tumbling through danger and discovery. Puppets roam on this unique contraption to recount the story of whales, tiny boats, sea captains and beards.  Suitable for age 7+

    'This beautiful show is indescribable' - Edinburgh Guide

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

  • Tue
    10
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 advance

    One of Scotland's premier traditional bands.  As they approach their 50th anniversary in 2018, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

    The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, "The Tannahill Weavers - properly harnessed - could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night's concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll."

    Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. The Tannahill Weavers began to attract attention when founding members Roy Gullane and Phil Smillie added the full-sized highland bagpipes to the on-stage presentations, the first professional Scottish folk group to successfully do so. The combination of the powerful pipe solos, Roy's driving guitar backing and lead vocals, and Phil's ethereal flute playing breathed new life into Scotland's vast repertoire of traditional melodies and songs.

    Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.  In 2011 the band was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, and in 2014 they are joined by innovative piper Lorne MacDougall. Lorne comes with a high pedigree, having arranged and performed pipes for the Disney Pixar movie “Brave”, along with a long list of other accomplishments.

    With their impending 50th anniversary in 2018, the Tannahill Weavers are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage. From reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    Come and create things from space!   To celebrate Kitchen Zoo bringing Tin Foil Astronaut to the Witham why not join bring your little astronaut to create their own rocket, design a planet beyond Pluto or invent the uninvented?

    Anyone fancy a balloon powered rocket race to the moon?

    This workshop is aimed at approximately 3-11yrs but EVERYONE is welcome!

    Brought to us by Suitcase Studio

  • Wed
    11
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 age 16 and under

    Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, is the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. The Witham are delighted to welcome an ensemble of players to play a programme including  Brahms’ String Quintet No.1 in F

  • Sat
    14
    Apr
    2018
    11:30 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child


    A co-commission by ARC, Queens Hall Hexham, and Arts Centre Washington. 
    On your marks... get set... BLAST OFF!

    Today is the day of the space race! A race to put the first human on the Moon! But our astronaut isn't quite like others, she's... different.

    Alba has been in training and she has even made her own rocket! But can she really power a rocket with crisps? What is past Pluto? Are there robots in Space? And will anyone ever listen to the smallest of space explorers? It's one small step for most astronauts, but one giant leap for little Alba!

     

    Join us for a surprising space race and see if Alba really can make it all the way to the moon.

    A cosmic adventure to outer space!

    A story of discovery, individuality and a celebration of differences for 3-7 year olds and their families.

    From the makers of The Owl and the Pussycat.

    A co-commission by ARC, Queen's Hall Hexham and Arts Centre Washington.

  • Wed
    18
    Apr
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Performance recorded in HD from Teatro Comunale di Bologna.  Set in the idyllic 19th century Paris, La Bohème tells the story of a love affair between a poor poet and a seamstress. But they are soon faced by the cruel realities of poverty and ill health which ends up putting their relationship to the test.

    This production of one of opera’s classic and unforgettable stories is led by a cast of four talented young artists as the lovers.

    Starring: Mariangela Sicilia and Hasmik Torosyan

    Conductor: Michele Mariotti

    Stage Director: Graham Vick

  • Thu
    19
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 in advance

    Tight harmonies, killer songs, and a lot of fun!  Winter Wilson’s current tour showcases their latest album “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014.

    Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. (“Songs for local heroes,” as one punter said.)

    Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”.

    Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

    But it’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

    Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

    Recently supported Fairport Convention!

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    Sat
    26
    May
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Presenting work by selected artists from TeesdaleArtNet.  Presenting work by selected artists from TeesdaleArtNet, the recently established network for all artists living or working in the dale.

    This is an exciting exhibition running alongside the inaugural TeesdaleArtNet Open Studios event featuring all aspects of visual art created locally.

    Closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    26
    Apr
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4.00 age 16 and under

    The extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria's (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule.  Judy Dench stars in this compelling drama about the true story of Queen Victoria's unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk.

  • Sat
    28
    Apr
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 in advance

    Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, Jess and Richard Arrowsmit.  From deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to smashing concert appearances in the UK and abroad, Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people. All four are internationally renowned singers, instrumentalists, writer/composers and teachers and in 2017 they were proud to be named the new patrons of Whitby Folk week.

    Their latest album Dominion expands and strengthens the musical presence they first asserted with “Fifty Verses”, their 2014 BBC Folk Award-nominated debut CD.

    In concert, Melrose Quartet perform a diverse repertoire - carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern pieces written in celebration of everything from weddings & birthdays to issues that affect all of our 21st century lives. This is music for everybody.

    Melrose Quartet are known for their outstanding workshops ranging from harmony singing to accompaniment, and they also can offer The Melrose Ceilidh Band, with the addition of Nigel Holmes on Bass. This is a ceilidh with a difference, as the band use singing as well as instruments for the dance music, to great effect.

  • Thu
    03
    May
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £13.00 age 16 and under, £10.00 age 11 and under

    Live Screening by the Royal Ballet.

    Kenneth MacMillan’s source for Manon was the 18th-century French novel by Abbé Prévost, already adapted for opera by Massenet and Puccini. Renowned dance musician Leighton Lucas and his assistant Hilda Gaunt provided a score drawn from across Massenet’s music, including his famous yearning Elégie as the theme for the lovers. The premiere was given on 7 March 1974, with the lead roles of Manon and Des Grieux danced by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell. The ballet quickly became a staple of The Royal Ballet’s repertory, and a touchstone of adult, dramatic dance.

    MacMillan found new sympathy with the capricious Manon and her struggle to escape poverty. Designs by his regular collaborator Nicholas Georgiadis reflect this, depicting a world of lavish splendour polluted by miserable destitution. MacMillan’s spectacular ensemble scenes for the whole Company create vivid, complex portraits of the distinct societies of Paris and New Orleans. But it is Manon and Des Grieux’s impassioned pas de deux – recalling the intensity of MacMillan’s earlier Romeo and Juliet – that drive this tragic story, and make Manon one of MacMillan’s most powerful dramas.

  • Fri
    04
    May
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide

    What does it mean to be a man or a woman?

    Is gender innate or is it nurtured?

    Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on both sides of the gender fence, giving him the opportunity to notice what differences there are in how he is treated by society - what he gains and what he loses by becoming a man. However, his biggest challenge comes when he enters a male gym changing room for the first time and is confronted by masculinity in all its forms - the good, the bad and the ugly. What kind of man will he be when he finishes changing? With this refreshingly honest and irreverent physical theatre comedy by critically acclaimed company Rhum and Clay and darkly comic theatre writer and director Kit Redstone, they explore the epic path that we all have to take when trying to forge an identity.

    What kind of 'man' are you?

    Winner of the best theatre show award at the Pleasance 2017 & nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2017

    Multi-layered and gripping physical theatre piece. - Lyn Gardner

    Presented by Rhum and Clay

  • Tue
    08
    May
    2018
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Performance recorded in HD from Teatro Alla Scala.  Soprano Rosa Feola takes to the stage in this opera directed by Riccardo Chailly. Don Pasquale follows an old bachelor who decides to marry and produce an heir to spite his disobedient nephew Ernesto, who wants to marry for love rather than money. But Pasquale’s chosen bride isn’t who she seems and bears her own secret...

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly

    Stage Director: Davide Livermore

    Starring: Ambrogio Maestri and Rosa Feola

  • Wed
    09
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Shakespeare’s psychological thriller marks Christopher Eccleston’s RSC debut and Niamh Cusack’s return to the company.  Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. This contemporary production of Shakespeare's darkest psychological thriller marks both Christopher Eccleston's RSC debut and the return of Niamh Cusack to the company

  • Thu
    10
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, £12.00 advance

    Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track

    Daoirí is one of the most important traditional singers to emerge in the last decade - Dónal Lunny

    I’ve been listening to Daoirí’s emerging sounds since first hearing him at the Góilin Singers Club in Dublin when he was a young lad….always a treat to hear him sing - Christy Moore

    Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal -  Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

    A former electrician, who decided to change profession after seeing Christy Moore perform on Irish TV, Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years, and has delivered the album to prove them right.

    After a promising debut album, The First Turn, back in 2009; Daoirí spent several years studying traditional music and performance at The University of Limerick. It was here that Fintan Vallely introduced him to the singing of the late Liam Weldon, an encounter that was to prove formative to his sound and his approach to folk song.

    Daoirí had cut his teeth as a singer in Dublin’s famous Góilin Singers Club, where he was spotted early on by Christy Moore, and at other sessions across the city, many of which he still visits.  Following his studies he quickly found work accompanying artists including Christy Moore himself, as well as a list of names that sounds like a who’s who of folk music: Dónal Lunny, Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Alan Doherty, Danú, Dervish, Julie Fowlis, Arty McGlynn, The John Carty Big Band, Kíla, Sean Keane, Gerry O’Connor (Banjo), Gerry O’Connor (Fiddle), Lynched and more.  In 2013 he won the All Ireland Champion Singer award at the Fleadh in Co. Derry, and in 2015 won the prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections in Glasgow with the line-up FourWinds.

    Daoirí finally stepped into the limelight launched his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections.

    His determination not to put out another album until he was sure it was the best he could produce, means the long-awaited release of True Born Irishman in October 2016 was hugely anticipated.  And indeed when a stream of the album was accidentally leaked online for around an hour in July, it was being shared and tweeted about within minutes. The ten track album was recorded in Dublin across the first half of 2016 and was produced by Daoirí with Tony Byrne and Robbie Walsh.  It features contributions from, among others, Michael McGoldrick, and is dedicated to departed Irish traditional singer Liam Weldon.

    As the final touches were being made to the album, and as a relative unknown to the UK audience, in May 2016 he was invited to fly to Manchester to do a live session on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe. Two UK tours and UK festival dates followed in 2016 including Moseley Folk Festival, Broadstairs Folk Week and FolkEast.

    Calls were coming in from across the world and dates were put in place in Australia, Canada, Belgium, Denmark

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Presented by award winning performance company, Curious Seed.  This internationally acclaimed production, Chalk About was created for young audiences aged 8+ and is a playful, funny and sometimes moving look at how we see ourselves and others, featuring dance, chalk, chat and one perfect scene containing everything you could wish for…

    Chalk About explores the nature of identity and asking some BIG questions.  What makes us who we are?  Is it where we are from?  Or how we talk?  Is it the way we dance?  Our pasts, our futures?  And, most importantly, doesn’t everyone like pizza?

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

    Award-winning performance company, Curious Seed, was formed in 2005 by Scottish choreographer, Christine Devaney.  Based in Edinburgh, we produce and present compelling, dance theatre work that questions the world we live in; work which touches and moves people, unlocking new ways of experiencing and feeling something different about the world.

    They collaborate with exceptional artists - musicians, actors, dancers, designers and video makers – to create emotionally charged performances that reach across ages and art forms, and to bring something unique to the dance landscape of Scotland.  Their work has been presented across the globe from Milan to Macao, New Zealand to Norway; appearing at prestigious international festivals and venues from Sadler’s Wells to Sydney Opera House.

    (For ages 8+)

    Chalk About was commissioned by Imaginate, supported through the Scottish Government's Edinburgh Festivals Expo Fund. Produced by Catalyst Dance Management and co-produced in association with Tanzhaus NRW [Dusseldorf] and The Work Room [Glasgow]. Supported by Fresh Tracks Europe and Artspace.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£58.00

    Felt Art - a workshop of wild abandon…… Learn how to create stunning pieces of textural felt art in this fun and creative session using a wonderful selection of wool (including merino), silks and other fibres. You will come away with at least two pieces of work, where you will experiment and understand how fibres go together in the process of felt making.

  • Thu
    24
    May
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, £8.00 age 16 and under

    Presented by Luke Wright.  We all want something to believe in. It’s 1987 and Frankie Vah gorges on love, radical politics, and skuzzy indie stardom. But can he keep it all down?

    Following the multi-award-winning What I Learned From Johnny Bevan, Luke Wright’s second verse play deals with love, loss, and belief, against a backdrop of skuzzy indie venues and 80s politics. Expect frenetic guitars, visceral verse, and a Morrissey-sized measure of heartache.

    Written and performed in deft verse by Fringe First & Stage Award for Acting Excellence winner, Luke Wright.

    With Frankie Vah, he’s managed to craft a gorgeously-worded powerhouse of a play, in one of the only verse dramas that could claim to get a crowd cheering and stamping their feet throughout. Again. ★★★★★ Broadway Baby

    This is a mature, lyrical and politically relevant piece of poetic writing … beautifully performed…  I watched and listened in awe and pleasure, just drinking, drinking, drinking in the beauty of this show. ★★★★★ Exeunt

    This isn’t just socialist agit-prop, though; it reaches far further than that. In his visceral, virile verse, Wright skewers the essential cadences of all political drama. ★★★★ The Stage

    The Witham Friends' Discount Event!

  • Wed
    30
    May
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10.00 age 16 and under

    Presented by Old Kent Road.  SEE THE SOUND. FEEL THE MOVEMENT.

    The show takes a journey through quintessential jazz, entangling movement within the graceful perspective of tap dance. Conversations of question and answer between soloists of the band and the performers expose emotions and trigger manoeuvres back and forth between each art form on stage.

    Led by a live musical force the show takes an experimental ride attempting to understand the journey of falling out of love. These fervent dancers find ways to uncover their passion, love for, and raw relationship with tap dance. Using the sparse setup of the wooden boards concealing how love can never be defined, Fall Out pushes the boundaries of strength and intensity through the bare sounds of music and dance, articulated through complex rhythms and spectacularly technical performance.

    Running time: 55 mins, no interval

    Age: All

  • Thu
    31
    May
    2018
    1:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, £6.00 child, £20.00 family

    Enjoy how this much-loved picture book comes to life! Presented by New Perspective Theatre Company.  What a to-do!

    One hot summer’s day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea...

    Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3-7 year olds and their families.

    Bought to The Witham thanks to Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.