Event List

  • Mon
    02
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    21
    Dec
    2020
    1730 - 1830 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

  • Mon
    02
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    21
    Dec
    2020
    1900 - 2100 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreGerald Routledge 01388 718391Contact Gerald for cost

    Carpet Bowls is a way of still staying active in your later years

  • Wed
    04
    Oct
    2017
    Wed
    06
    May
    2020
    11:00 amCotherstone Village Hall01833-650536£5

    Every Wednesday.  Members meet for a coffee and chat prior to a three-course lunch; followed by activities.

  • Tue
    24
    Oct
    2017
    Mon
    14
    Dec
    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
    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
    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
    Wed
    16
    Dec
    2020
    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

  • Thu
    26
    Oct
    2017
    Thu
    17
    Dec
    2020
    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
    Thu
    26
    Dec
    2019
    2:00 pmCotherstone Village Hall01833-650730

    The Thursday Group meets on the last day of each month, except August, and in December it is the 2nd Thursday of December. They meet at Cotherstone Village Hall at 2.p.m - 4p.m. Transport can be arranged. We have afternoon tea, activities, etc. All welcome but please contact 01833 650730 for further details.

  • 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
    Fri
    18
    Dec
    2020
    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

  • Sat
    28
    Oct
    2017
    Sat
    26
    Dec
    2020
    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.

  • Thu
    01
    Mar
    2018
    Thu
    19
    Nov
    2026
    7:15 pmCotherstone Village Hall

    First and third Thursdays, March to July and September to November

  • Wed
    08
    Aug
    2018
    Wed
    29
    Aug
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Celebrating 20 years with twenty paintings commissioned by Gallerina to help champion the North – our landscape, our coast, our people and streets but above all our talent. Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

     

  • Thu
    23
    Aug
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    The D Project Dance Company offer a wonderful dance workshop for 4+ years inspired by all things BIG!

    Play with scale through movement and dance, interacting with props and letting your imagination run wild as we delve into a world where anything is possible!
    Explore all things BIG, grand and spectacular through movement! How can we make ourselves large, how big can we make things collectively. This fun workshop will help build the confidence to be bigger in more ways than one.

    This workshop is aimed at age 4+ and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  • Sat
    25
    Aug
    2018
    Mon
    27
    Aug
    2018
    11.00 - 16.00Mickleton Village HallSue Brown 01833 640854FREE

     

    Free Entrance Tea Coffee & Cakes Available

    Exhibitors are Local Teesdale & Weardale Artians

    For more information contact Sue on 01833 640854

      

  • Sun
    26
    Aug
    2018
    11.00 - 16.00Hamsterley Village HallClaire 01388-488483

    Fund-raising event and fun for all the family!  Rides, tug-of-war, children's corner, vintage tractors and classic cars, clay pigeon shooting trial, side stalls, refreshments and hog roast and so much more ----- !

  • Thu
    30
    Aug
    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

    Regarded as one of the world’s greatest tenors, Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice.

    Join Jonas Kaufmann this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbühne amphitheatre. The star tenor will perform famous arias and timeless Italian songs from his bestselling album Dolce Vita, in what promises to be a magical night of music under the stars.

    120 Mins (including 20 minute interval)

  • Fri
    31
    Aug
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£17.00, £15.00 in advance

    Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe.

    A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West of England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.
    Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.
    2018 sees an exciting brand new line up including flautist Luke Phillips-Griffiths fresh from the Newcastle Folk Music circuit, and Alex Bishop – acclaimed folk guitarist and luthier, who both bring an exciting new direction and energy to the groups much loved sound. Busying themselves this spring the band are preparing to hit the road to tour across France, Switzerland and Australia and will return for the summer festival season and a UK tour in November.
    A completely top night out – Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
    The musicianship is tight and intense – Songlines

  • Tue
    04
    Sep
    2018
    Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    A collaborative exhibition from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and The Age of No Retirement, inspired by the programme of events within the Great Exhibition of the North

    Society is changing; demographics are changing. One of the major achievements of modern society is that people are living for longer - one in three babies born in the UK today will celebrate their 100th birthday.

    As a society we are starting to realise the potential of this new age – an age where opportunities are vast and we are no longer bound by how old we are. It’s time to challenge existing stereotypes of what it is to be ‘old’; to understand that with a positive vision of ageing we can achieve so much more and to believe that our age does not define us.

    Throughout September the National Innovation Centre for Ageing and The Age of No Retirement are hosting a month-long exhibition: ‘Age Does Not Define Us’. Through inspirational photography, films and a series of talks, in the historic setting of The Witham Art Centre, the personal narratives of people who demonstrate that age cannot and does not define them will encourage us all to radically rethink our understanding of age and ageing today. Living our lives to the full has no age limit. Age Does Not Define Us, is an exhibition for all ages and is key for every moment of our lives. It shows that how many birthdays we have had does not define who we are or how we should be seen. This is about living the best of ourselves, at every step of the way.  Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Wed
    05
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, 16 and under £5.00

    Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society's 'Young Artist Award', internationally acclaimed concert pianist Clare Hammond comes to Witham with a programme that showcases the sheer range of expression and imagination possible on the piano. 

    With the romanticism of Rachmaninov’s second piano sonata, stately poise of Haydn’s Sonata in C major and Debussy’s portrayal of a fireworks display in Paris, this promises to be an exhilarating and inspiring evening!

    The programme will include:

    HAYDN - Sonata in C major, Hob XVI:48 (11’)
    MENDELSSOHN - The Bee's Wedding Op. 67, No. 4 (2')
    CHOPIN - Études, Op. 25 (30’)

    INTERVAL

    DEBUSSY - Selection from Préludes (20’ - Voiles, Feuilles mortes, Feux d’artifice, La cathédrale engloutie, Les Collines d’Anacapri)
    RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (arr. Rachmaninov) - Flight of the Bumblebee (2')
    RACHMANINOV - Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor, Op. 36 (1931 version) (21’)

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018
    Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018
    1600 - 1800 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreGraeme White 07496 277411Contact Graeme

    This is a new activity for children.    It starts on Thursday 6th of September and is on every week at the same time at the Memorial Hall.

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: Christopher Jenkins

    Brief synopsis: Peng is a freewheeling bachelor goose who'd rather do anything than practice for the upcoming migration. He thinks he's better than everyone else and spends his time attempting crazy stunts at even crazier speeds. In one such stunt, Peng flies too near the ground, hits a flock of ducklings and separates brother and sister, Chao and Chi, from the rest. In this unlikely meeting, Peng will begin a journey that will break his wing and nearly break his heart as he grows to understand the power of unconditional love.

    Runtime: 91 mins       

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    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

    by Polly Stenham after August Strindberg

    Vanessa Kirby (The Crown, NT Live: A Streetcar Named Desire) and Eric Kofi Abrefa (The Amen Corner) feature in the cast of this brand new production, directed by Carrie Cracknell (NT Live: The Deep Blue Sea) and broadcast live from the National Theatre to cinemas.

    Wild and newly single, Julie throws a late night party. In the kitchen, Jean and Kristina clean up as the celebration heaves above them. Crossing the threshold, Julie initiates a power game with Jean – which rapidly descends into a savage fight for survival.
    This new version of August Strindberg’s play Miss Julie, written by Polly Stenham, remains shocking and fiercely relevant in its new setting of contemporary London.

  • Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018
    19.30 - 20.30Hamsterley Village HallJulia 01388-488888
  • Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018
    7:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:   Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts

    Director: Francis Lawrence

    Brief synopsis: A young Russian intelligence officer is assigned to seduce a first-tour CIA agent who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young officers collide in a charged atmosphere of trade-craft, deception, and inevitably forbidden passion that threatens not just their lives but the lives of others as well.

    Runtime: 140 mins

      

  • Sat
    08
    Sep
    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

    Join popular local artist Anne Mason for a day learning to paint using acrylics or to improve your painting skills.

    The subject for this workshop is the graceful hare who has inspired so many artists. Anne will talk you through how she paints a hare and guide participants in creating their own picture.

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    2018
    Wed
    17
    Oct
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£75.00 plus materials £10.00

    Six week course, suitable for absolute beginners as well as the more experienced.

    £75 (+ £10 materials; all lino, paper, ink and tools will be provided)

    Together we will discover the joys and immediacy of printmaking, all of which we will be able to do without a press! We will begin printing in black and white and then progress to multi-plate colour prints. We will even experiment with etching lino! Towards the end of the six weeks we will look at various ways we can use the lino prints especially by printing onto fabric.

    To book a place please contact Sharon Loddey: www.sharonloddey-art.co.uk

    sharonloddeyart@gmail.com

    07703329456

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    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


    Down on his luck in the suburbs, John Falstaff plans to hustle his way to a comfortable retirement by seducing the wives of two wealthy men. 
    For a fat Englishman, a Welshman and a Frenchman, the only way is Windsor…Unknown to him, it’s the women of Windsor who really pull the strings, orchestrating Falstaff’s comeuppance amidst a theatrical smorgasbord of petty rivalries, jealousies and over-inflated egos.

  • Wed
    12
    Sep
    2018
    19.00 - 21.00Hamsterley Village HallMalcolm 01388-488276
  • Thu
    13
    Sep
    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

    From the World's Most Spectacular Opera series, experience the love, laughter and loss of La Bohème at the magnificent Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour.  Puccini’s beloved classic – the original bohemian love story – has long captivated audiences around the world. His music swells with love, soars in ecstasy, crackles with jealousy and cries with heartache. With lavish sets and costumes transforming the harbour-top stage into a romantic Paris winter, Opera Australia's glittering production will be an unforgettable delight.

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 amHeighington Village HallKarin AllisonFREE

    Don't miss this one

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 amHeighington Village HallKarin AllisonFREE

    Don't miss this one

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £15.00 in advance, £12.00 age 16 and under

    FAREWELL TOUR Chilli Enterprises presents the legendary Eddie and the Hot Rods. Standing only.
    The band famed for their top ten hit ""Do Anything You Wanna Do"" will present a high energy stage show that has earned them plaudits from all over the world during some 40 years of touring. Fronted by Barrie Masters this band know how to deliver a solid set that engages their audience, voted one of the Top 100 most influential bands by Mojo Magazine.

    Also introducing our special guests The Thieves: A Young Mod/Indie Band from Bishop Auckland
    Co Durham
    Frankie Dobson - Lead Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter
    Will Mills - Bass / Vocals

    Eddie & The Hot Rods were included in the Mojo Top 100 of most influential bands and they are often cited as an inspiration for some of the high profile new bands – young Irish rockers, The Strypes being one example. One of the most highly influential and recognisable names from the English Rock scene,
    Eddie & The Hot Rods have enjoyed a career that has now spanned over 40 years.
    Although often categorised as one of the founding fathers of the punk era, they were simply interested in playing loud, fast, in your face Rock ‘n’ Roll rather than bad mouthing the Queen or fermenting anarchy.
    The energy and attitude certainly endeared them to the punks, but the hard and fast style that made Eddie & The Hot Rods one of the most exciting bands of the era has never really dated or gone out of style.
    Thanks to this enduring appeal, the band still tour all over the world as well as find time to write and record new material that now joins their classic back catalogue.
    Led as ever by Barrie Masters, the line up of Simon Bowley (drums) Dipster (bass) and Richard Holgarth (guitar) has been on the road almost continuously for the last 14 years, serving up a high energy mix of those classic Eddie & The Hot Rods songs including “Teenage Depression”, “Quit This Town”, “Life On The Line”, “Gloria” and the Top Ten UK “Do Anything You Wanna Do”, alongside newer songs taken from their last two studio albums, including “Better Without You”, “Bad Time Again” and “Why Should I Care”.
    Eddie & The Hot Rods have been seen out and about with Status Quo on their 2012 arena tour and often with old friends like Nine Below Zero, Dr Feelgood and From The Jam and as well as regular trips to Europe, and have toured the USA on five occasions.
    Whether it’s in an Arena, Theatre, Club or Festival, Eddie & The Hot Rods always deliver a blisteringly energetic blast of good old Rock ‘n’ Roll."

  • Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallSue BrownTickets: £17 or £15 in advance

    SARI SCHORR FIRST LADY OF THE BLUES TAKING EUROPE BY STORM

    Sari Schorr and her band are one of the most crowd-pleasing, gut-wrecking, festival-killing live acts out right now. Sari has a nearly superhuman level of energy that she puts into her shows. You will hear a voice like no other that is hyper powerful, husky, muscular, with an incredible texture and range. She is able to deliver sentences as a boxer would pick up an uppercut to his opponent.

    Sari has been called the ‘First Lady of the Blues’ and it’s a struggle to think of anyone else right now who deserves the title more. Her highly crafted songs highlight just how good Schorr is at invoking passion, grit, and empathy. Channelling the voices Grace Slick, Big Mama Thornton and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sari Schorr is the embodiment of the best that modern American electric blues has to offer.

    Now with a new, electrifying band, including one of the most exciting young contemporary guitar players and singers on the blues scene today: Ash Wilson, nominated as Best Blues guitarist of 2017 by Total Guitar magazine.

    This is an exceptional show and one that suggests that if you dig Blues Rock music you should sell your soul for a ticket to see her on this tour. Just one visit to see this emotionally-charged critically acclaimed performer will assure you that this vocal volcano is a real-deal force of nature.

    NOT TO BE MISSED!

  • Sun
    16
    Sep
    2018
    10:00 amStainton & Steatlam Village HallAmanda Pettitt

    5.0K and 1.2K Fun Run in memory of Christine Brass on Streatlam farm land
    Race HQ: Village Hall
    Start Time: Runners to convene at Village Hall no later than 10:00am to collect race numbers.
    Cost of Entry:
    1.2K - £4 per entry (no age limit) - race start time: 10:30am
    5.0K - £9 per entry (no age limit) - race start time: 11:00am
    Winners trophy for first male and female plus finishers medal for all runners and free breakfast bun back at the Village Hall on receipt of race number.
    Refreshments, tea, coffee and cake, available to purchase for all family and friends.
    Contact Amanda Pettitt (e-mail: amandapettitt10@sky.com) for more details.

    A special thanks to Dennis Hinchcliffe and Teesdale Event & Site Services (TESS) for their kind support providing use and access to land and facilities.

     

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Director: John Stevenson

    Brief synopsis: Garden gnomes, Gnomeo & Juliet, recruit renowned detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden ornaments.

    Runtime: 86 mins

      

  • Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018
    7:15 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

    Irresistibly frothy and lavishly theatrical, The Merry Widow has enough tangled affairs, narrow misses and jealous lovers to fuel a French farce.  The tiny principality of Pontevedro is on the verge of bankruptcy, and the dashing Count Danilo must rescue his country by marrying the newly widowed and fabulously wealthy Hanna Glawari. Only when they meet does he realise that she’s his childhood sweetheart – and that she hasn’t forgiven him for jilting her years ago.

  • Fri
    21
    Sep
    2018
    7:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:   Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley

    Director: Richard Loncraine

    Brief synopsis: On the eve of retirement a middle class, judgmental snob discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister who lives on an impoverished inner-city council estate.

    Runtime: 111 mins

      

  • Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00. £13.00 earlybird

    Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track .

    The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (having studied extensively in France, Sweden and Norway) and their spirited mission to make connections between the music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the deconstruction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions. Since the release of their award-winning album Already Home (2015) audiences across the UK, Europe and Australia have been captivated by their live performances; as full-hearted performers and on-stage improvisors - via the adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, poetry and percussion - The Rheingans Sisters are a unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage today. Their hotly anticipated third album 'Bright Field' is released in March 2018.

    "Superb" - The Independent

    “Magnificent… music you wish to return to again and again” ★★★★★ - Songlines

    “The Rheingans Sisters enchanted one and all with their reverie on stage” - The Canberra Times

    “Quite simply extraordinary”- fRoots

  • Wed
    26
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    A tale beginning with a remarkable incident on the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940. The soldier who escaped from Hitler’s clutches at the last minute was Alex Turner. 
    Four years later his son, Neville Turner, was born in Crook.

    Wolsingham Grammar School and Edinburgh University prepared Neville for a fulfilling career in the veterinary profession, a lifestyle he loved. He often said that for someone with a deep affection for the natural world and the Northern Pennines it was a fabulous way to spend one’s working days.
    However this busy and rewarding professional life was punctuated by serendipitous events which were to enrich his already busy schedule.
    He achieved success as a writer, contributing to many local and national publications. Combined with his pictures, his writing was used in three successful quality “coffee-table” books, “Hill Farmer”, “The Border Collie”, and “The Dales Vet- a working life in pictures”.
    His extensive collection of pictures of the Red Grouse were used by Saatchi and Saatchi in advertising campaigns for a “famous” brand of Scotch whisky.
    His photographic library was used in hundreds of illustrated presentations which in 1996 moved from a parochial level to a global platform. For 22 years he has been in constant demand, presenting his illustrated lectures on cruise ships worldwide. He and his wife Chris have visited over 130 ports in 58 countries, including Bombay, Rio, Tahiti, the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, Auckland, Acapulco, and Zanzibar.

    In his presentation at The Witham, Neville tells how fortunate he has been, and how writing, photography, music making, history, a love of the natural world, and travel, have all contributed to “A Wonderful Life”.

  • Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018
    6:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Vane Women Press presents Barnard Castle's own Judi Sutherland reading from her exciting new book, The Ship Owner's House.  Vane Women Press presents Barnard Castle's own Judi Sutherland reading from her exciting new book, The Ship Owner's House.   Afterwards, Q&A and a chance to buy the book!

  • Thu
    27
    Sep
    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 Shape of Water is a fantasy drama in which a mute woman working in a research facility develops a relationship with an amphibious creature.

    CAST INCLUDES Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer
    DIRECTOR(S) Guillermo del Toro
    Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director

  • Fri
    28
    Sep
    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

    Northern  Stage's  vivid  and  dynamic  production  relocates  H.G.  Wells'  iconic  novel  to  the  North  East  of  England,  in  an  inventive  re-telling  of  a  sci-fi  classic. 

    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  production  relocates  H.G.  Wells'  iconic novel  to  the  North  East  of  England,  in  an  inventive
    re-telling  of  a  sci-fi  classic.

    "Laura  Lindow’s  adaptation  of  the  sci-fi  classic  is  a  thrilling  parable  of  complacency  that  allows  a  brilliant  cast  to  shine”
    The  Guardian  ★★★★

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00, under 18 £4.00, family £20.00

    A spectacular new show featuring live music and contemporary dance, based on familiar rock and pop songs.  With talented young local soloists, and youth and adult choirs.

  • Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Directors:  Joey Sylvester

    Brief synopsis: Ten year old Amanda desperately wants a dog but her Dad won't let her. When she finds a young fox, she and her friend Maggie conspire to keep it as a pet. Little do they know the trouble that awaits as the fox is pursued by a pair of shady, bumbling Russians with an ulterior motive. Can Amanda and Maggie outfox the adults?
    Runtime: 105 mins       

      

  • Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £16.00 in advance

    Humanist hymns, ancient Chinese poems, feminist battle cries, and the title track’s reflections on the rise of racism in Britain make this Bella’s most wide reaching and richly rewarding album to date.  Bella Hardy, acclaimed songwriter and traditional music luminary, released Hey Sammy in November 2017, a record that bears the stamps of extensive musical expeditions far from home.

    This autumn, Bella takes to the road with only her two fiddles and harmonium for company, stripping back the instrumentation from her latest record to return the songs to their newly written forms, and performing solo with the ‘Hey Sammy’ Acoustic Tour.

    Bella Hardy, BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014, found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books. A self-taught “fiddle singer”, she began performing at Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals from the age of 13. Her debut album Night Visiting, released ten years ago, established her reputation as a songwriter when her first original composition Three Black Feathers earned a BBC Folk Award nomination.

    Bella has since become a regular on radio and television, notably singing solo in a sold-out Albert Hall at the Proms. She’s written and recorded with everyone from Beautiful South founder David Rotheray to folk luminary Eliza Carthy, and performed with the great Mary Chapin Carpenter on her UK tours. Her seven-week residency in the Chinese city of Kunming was arranged by the British Council and the PRS For Music Foundation and resulted in the 2017 recording and release of Eternal Spring - an album of songs and poetry made in collaboration with Chinese singers and musicians.

    It seems entirely fitting that Bella Hardy should mark a decade of remarkable recordings with the exceptional step forward that is Hey Sammy.

    The Peak District troubadour springs another surprise… her eye for a bittersweet lyric hasn’t deserted her” - The Sunday Times

    Inspired by feminism, racism, and international travels, this is an accessible proposition, reaching out, standing tall” - The Guardian

    She relocated to Nashville, dividing her time between songwriting and working as a ranch hand; and the city of Kunming, in Yunnan Province, on assignment for the British Council. Her new album, Hey Sammy, bears the marks of both of those foreign stints.” - The Financial Times

    There are many levels on which to admire Bella Hardy. That voice, of course – so vulnerable, exposed and unadorned... but, as we first discovered with Three Black Feathers, she’s also one of the best songwriters of her generation” - fRoots

    "A voice that can by turns soar, seduce, sigh and sparkle, Hardy's performances can't be faulted” - R2 Magazine

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018
    7:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring: Lily James, Matthew Goode, Jessica Brown Findlay

    Director: Mike Newell

    Brief synopsis: True Story The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a movie starring Lily James, Matthew Goode, and Jessica Brown Findlay. A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.

    Runtime: 124 mins

      

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018
    7:00 pmHeighington Village HallKarin Allison£5.00

    A glass of wine is included in the ticket price

    The ticket price includes a glass of wine so enjoy!

  • Fri
    05
    Oct
    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

    When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover really her lifelong dream?

    One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a city obsessed with sex and screens, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where the expectations of love and lust are ever-changing.

    Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is the latest gig theatre production from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.

    Middle Child are a Hull-based company creating gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas. They tell untold stories which capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops, mixing original live music with bold new writing.

  • Sat
    06
    Oct
    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

    No prior experience is needed for this fantastic workshop, this is all suitable for both beginners and the more experienced.  

    Aim of the session:
    To design two 7x7 cm lino blocks which can be thought about before the session; or I can supply a choice of designs that can be used.
    We will transfer the designs to lino blocks and carve this out with lino cutting tools.
    When the lino block is cut we will take a print onto paper initially to see if we are happy or if there are other areas that we wish to cut away before printing onto the bag.
    We will then choose a colour to print and transfer the print onto the tote bags.
    The ink that we will use is easy to clean up with soap and water.
    Once printed the bags will take a few day to dry and will then will need to be fixed with a warm
    Ideal Christmas gift !!

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

    TeesdaleArtNet's second exhibition at the Witham will feature work from over 30 artists and makers all living or working in Teesdale, and will run alongside our autumn open studios event. It is a wonderful opportunity to see a rich variety of art and high quality craftwork all produced in our beautiful dale - and maybe buy something really special for Christmas. Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays

  • Thu
    11
    Oct
    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 Fantastic Woman is Chilean drama in which a transgender woman struggles to adapt after the death of her boyfriend. CAST INCLUDES Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim, Nicolás Saavedra, Amparo Noguera.  This film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
    "Exquisitely compassionate portrait of a trans woman whose mourning for a lost lover is obstructed at every turn by individual and institutional prejudice." -- Variety.
    Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

  • Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, 16 and under £12.00

    Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!

    103 album releases, 123 single hits and the equivalent of 20 years spent in the UK charts. Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Sir Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year!

    The 60th Anniversary Tour will be broadcast LIVE to your local cinema on Friday 12 October 2018, with special encore screenings on Sunday 14 October in celebration of Cliff's 78th birthday. Featuring a selection of his greatest hits across six decades, this will be Cliff Richard's most exciting tour yet. His incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

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

    DANGEROUS  DESIRES,  FAMILY  SECRETS  AND  POLITICAL  INTRIGUES  TWIST  THROUGH  EVERY  MOMENT  OF  DARING  CHOREOGRAPHY  IN  KENNETH  MACMILLAN’S  BALLET  INSPIRED  BY  TRUE  EVENTS.

    Mayerling  is  a  classic  of  the  Royal  Ballet  repertory,  with  its  emotional  depth,  haunting  imagery,  and  one  of  the  most  demanding  roles  ever  created  for  a  male  dancer.  Kenneth  MacMillan  choreographed  a  complex  work  around  the  psychologically  tormented  heir  to  the  Habsburg  Empire,  Crown  Prince  Rudolf.  From  the  ballet’s  start,  the  glamour  of  the  Austro-Hungarian  court  is  contrasted  with  undercurrents  of  sexual  and  political  intrigue  that  drive  the  story  to  its  violent  climax  in  a  double  suicide.  The  large  cast  allows  for  impressive  ensembles  in  addition  to  the  ballet's  many  solos  of  distinctive  character  and  pas  de  deux  of  disturbing  eroticism.  This  ballet,  bursting  with  intensity,  madness  and  passion,  proves  that  sometimes  the  truth  is  more  scandalous  than  fiction.
    CHOREOGRAPHY  KENNETH  MACMILLAN, MUSIC  FRANZ  LISZTARRANGED  AND  ORCHESTRATED  BY  JOHN  LANCHBERY

  • Wed
    17
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide.

    Rachel wants to tell you a story. A true story. The story of the dancing plague of 1518. A story of 100s of women dancing in the streets. And not stopping.

    She also wants to tell you that in 2018 everybody is welcome on our streets, she has great comebacks to cat calls and spends most of her time feeling safe.
    But she can’t do that because, she said she’d tell the truth. She’ll do that instead.

    Told with tenderness and a racing heartbeat that echos the B.P.Ms of the tracks on your playlists titled ‘Guilty Pleasures.’

  • Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018
    6:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Directors: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher, Bob Logan

    Brief synopsis: In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad

    Runtime: 101 mins

      

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018
    7:00 pmMickleton Village HallDavid HutchinsonChildren £2 Adults £2.50

    Starring:  Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

    Director: Greta Gerwig

    Brief synopsis:Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson is a high school senior from the "wrong side of the tracks." She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. LADY BIRD follows the title character's senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college.  

    Runtime: 94 mins

      

  • Fri
    19
    Oct
    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

    Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and 2016.

    Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook and Sarah Jarosz .

    As well as playing solo, Luke also performs as a Duo or Trio. In addition to the UK, he regularly tours across Europe playing in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany and in 2016 and 2017 visited the USA to play at the International Folk Alliance conference in Kansas. Luke has completed several joint headline tours with Grammy Award winning songwriter Amy Wadge, with Folk Award winning duo Greg Russel and Ciaran Algar and American singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe.

    Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over, and he remains a prolific songwriter in demand across the United Kingdom and Europe.

    About Willy Porter
    Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy Porter on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 11 albums, and multiple continents. He has literally logged millions of miles across America, Canada, the UK, and Europe, touring solo, as well as with various incarnations of the Willy Porter Band and in support of artists like Tori Amos, Paul Simon, Jethro Tull, Sting, and Jeff Beck.
    Porter’s journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events-- equal parts grit, soul, and muscle--that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.
    In addition to making a life in music, Willy makes an impact in the local and global communities he visits. He has supported food sustainability, international peace efforts, and domestic assault advocacy for various organizations as well as promoting messages of inclusivity and service through his music and partnerships.
    Willy Porter lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and their dog Beagle/Terrier, Charlie.

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerPay what you decide.

    Whistle Stop Opera: Little Mighty Presents: If I Say Jump.  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.
    A bold and exhilarating tale of contemporary Britain, If I Say Jump is a show for anyone who has ever asked themselves “why did I just do that?” It skilfully blends storytelling, comedy, original music and a live soundscape to chart a morally ambiguous quest for peace and wellbeing in a chaotic time.

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    13.30 - 15.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00 per child

    Come and explore the dark skies and stars creatively with artist Gemma McColl from Suitcase Studios as part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival.  Enjoy learning how to paint on silk and create your very own constellation to take home!

    This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival (20 October to 4 November 2018). For information on other events in the programme, visit  www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk 

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018
    1330 - 1530 hrsWest Auckland Memorial Community CentreLaura Younger 07802 597449Contact Laura

    This is a new activity for children with Autism.    It starts on Saturday the 20th of October and is on the third Saturday in every month at the Memorial Hall.

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, under 18 £5.00, family £25.00

    Headlining the 2018 North Pennines Stargazing Festival, Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE will be looking at the wonders of space and what it can teach us, and will also offer insights into the world of space exploration and a perspective on women in science and engineering.

    As well as fronting The Sky at Night, Maggie has appeared in many programmes, including Stargazing Live, The Science of Doctor Who, and In Orbit: How Satellites Rule Our World.

    She is an engaging and passionate speaker whose enthusiasm for science and learning is infectious. This event is part of the North Pennines Stargazing Festival (20 October to 4 November 2018). For information on other events in the programme, visit  www.NorthPenninesStarFest.org.uk 

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmHamsterley Village HallAnne 01388-488318£5

    Please bring your own drinks and snacks.  Tea and biscuits will be provided.

  • Thu
    25
    Oct
    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

    National Theatre Live: King Lear By William Shakespeare.  Considered by many to be the greatest tragedy ever written, King Lear sees two ageing fathers – one a King, one his courtier – reject the children who truly love them.  Their blindness unleashes a tornado of pitiless ambition and treachery, as family and state are plunged into a violent power struggle with bitter ends.

    Evening Standard ‘With finely measured intelligence McKellen traces Lear’s inexorable movement from pomp via rage and shambolic delirium to melancholy tenderness and the agony of belated self-knowledge.’★★★★★

    Metro ‘In Jonathan Munby’s thriller-paced and intimate production, McKellen meticulously explores Lear’s delusions of grandeur. The transformation from monarch to shuffling wreck is a complete portrait of decline, not just of a man, but of a nation too.’★★★★

    I Newspaper ‘When a performance is as voraciously anticipated as Ian McKellen’s portrayal of King Lear there is an inevitable risk that reality must defeat expectation. But McKellen does not disappoint…. The modern setting, raw and visually potent, reinforces the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s emotional truth.’★★★★★

    The Times ‘Nuanced and powerful.’★★★★

    Guardian ‘Smart, lucid, superbly detailed.’ ★★★★

    The Stage ‘This King Lear is an intensely moving experience.’★★★★★

    Evening Standard ‘Ian McKellen's detailed, intelligent performance is a triumph.’★★★★★

    Independent ‘Ian McKellen adds to the roster of his greatest achievements with this extraordinarily moving portrayal of King Lear.’★★★★★

    Daily Telegraph ‘Ian McKellen reigns supreme in this triumphant production.’★★★★★

  • Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmScarth Hall, Staindropscarthhalltickets@gmail.com

    A chance to see this fantastic swing jazz quartet following their sellout success at Scarth Hall in July 2017.

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, £12 in advance

    Chilli Enterprises proudly presents live in concert the acclaimed singer songwriter Ady Johnson.

    Ady is an inventive songwriter who's ebullient on stage delivery of life affirming and romantic songs has resulted in numerous festival performances including Latitude and the Cambridge Rock festival.  Ady joins us at The Witham fresh from a tour with Ivor Novello award winning musician Scott Matthews.
    Earlier this year Ady released a new album to critical acclaim: "London Songs which follows his debut album Tell The Worry Dolls...might well be the first contender for album of the year....deserves to be massive"....9/10 Press Association.

    BBC 6 music Tom Robinson recently conducted a live interview with Ady proclaiming ""He's damn good live""

    Special guests for the night include local musicians, Andy Yeadon and Moray Nellis who will perform songs from their new album The Beast Below as well as the excellent Robin Koob on violin.

    A great live show, not to be missed.

  • Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018
    8:00 pmMickleton Village HallSue BrownTickets: £18 or £16 in advance

    25th Anniversary Tour of "The Live & Dangerous" Album

    Limehouse Lizzy are well regarded as one of the best Thin Lizzy tribute bands. Presenting all the bands greatest hits including Whiskey in the jar and the boys are back in town, the band never fail to put on a fantastic show and have the whole place rocking.

  • Sun
    28
    Oct
    2018
    5:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    ANTONIO  PAPPANO  CONDUCTS  AN  INTERNATIONAL  CAST  IN  THE  SECOND  OPERA  OF  RICHARD  WAGNER’S  EPICDER  RING  DES  NIBELUNGEN.

    Wagner’s  Ring  cycle  is  one  of  the  greatest  works  of  all  opera.  Keith  Warner’s  production  is  conducted  by  Antonio  Pappano,  Music  Director  of  The  Royal  Opera,  and  this  final  revival  is  cast  with  an  outstanding  international  array  of  Wagnerian  specialist  singers.  The  full  cycle's  four  operas  journey  from  the  beginning  of  a  world  to  its  destruction,  with  gods,  heroes  and  monsters.  This  epic  myth  portrays  every  type  of  human  emotion  in  music  and  ideas  of  extraordinary  power.  The  Ring  is  always  a  special  event  in  the  operatic  calendar:  once  experienced,  never  forgotten. Die  Walküre  (The  Valkyrie)  is  the  second  opera  in  the  cycle,  and  features  several  of  the  Ring’s  musical  highlights  –  the  sparkling  Magic  Fire  Music  and  the  electrifying  Ride  of  the  Valkyries.  But  among  the  musical  fireworks  and  Norse  mythology,  at  the  centre  of  this  opera  are  the  unforgettable  characters  and  the  complex  entanglements  between  them,  including  twins  Siegmund  and  Sieglinde,  and  Wotan  and  his  Valkyrie  daughter,  Brünnhilde.

    MUSIC  RICHARD  WAGNER DIRECTOR  KEITH  WARNER CONDUCTOR  ANTONIO  PAPPANOSIEGMUND  STUART  SKELTONSIEGLINDE  EMILY  MAGEEWOTAN  JOHN  LUNDGRENBRÜNNHILDE  NINA  STEMMEFRICKA  SARAH  CONNOLLY

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  • Wed
    31
    Oct
    2018
    1:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00 adult, £6.00 child, £22.00 family

    Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t.  Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so we’re launching a political party disguised as a party party disguised as a show. Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

  • Thu
    01
    Nov
    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

    Journeys End

    JOURNEY'S END is a British war drama, set in 1918, in which a company of British soldiers await their fate as the German army prepare an offensive. 

    CAST INCLUDES Sam Claflin, Paul Bettany, Asa Butterfield, Stephen Graham, Toby Jones, Tom Sturridge
    ""Powerful, passionate and superbly acted"" - Guardian
    ""An outstanding cast savours performing a play that has stood the test of time. Avoiding sentimentality, this is a valuable rejoinder to those who would sugar-coat mass slaughter.""  - EMPIRE"

  • Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018
    Starts 1.30 pmWest Auckland Memorial Community AssociationDave Williamson 01388 606499 or 07581 283896FREE

    WEST AUCKLAND MEMORIAL HALL – AUTUMN FAYRE

    The West Auckland Memorial Community Association, are holding an AUTUMN FAYRE on Saturday the 3rd of November 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, and also a Cake Stall with locally baked produce, provided by patrons who use the Hall.   There’s Bric A Brac / Book Stall, with CD’s and DVD’s on sale, and a Toy Stall for the kids.   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.

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

  • Fri
    09
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    10
    Nov
    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

    Castle Players present Terence Rattigan's story of love & duty, courage & fear.  Set in 1942, on the Lincolnshire coast, interweaving the experiences and decisions of three couples against a backdrop of war time uncertainty, The Castle Players bring to life this classic inspired by Rattigan's time in the RAF.

    When Winston Churchill saw Flare Path in '43 'he said he was very much moved by this play. It is a masterpiece of understatement... But we are rather good at that, aren't we?

  • Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmMickleton Village HallBarbara 07979265279Tickets £12 inc supper

  • Tue
    13
    Nov
    2018
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    NATALIA  MAKAROVA’S  PRODUCTION  OF  THIS  19TH-CENTURY  CLASSIC  BALLET  BRINGS  AN  EXOTIC  WORLD  OF  TEMPLE  DANCERS  AND  NOBLE  WARRIORS  TO  LIFE

    Marius Petipa’s fantasy, set in legendary India, tells the tale of a temple dancer and the prince who loves her but marries another. The famous, moonlit ‘white act’ – The Kingdom of the Shades – is a corps de ballet highlight, as multiple images of the prince’s lost love haunt his mind. The choreography allows two opposing ballerinas to shine, while a bronze idol comes vividly to life in a stunning solo. Throughout, the melody and moods of Minkus’s music perfectly match the fluidity and precision of the classical choreography and the drama of the storytelling.

    CHOREOGRAPHY  NATALIA  MAKAROVA  AFTER  MARIUS  PETIPA
    MUSIC  LUDWIG  MINKUS
    ORCHESTRATED  BY  JOHN  LANCHBERY"

  • Wed
    14
    Nov
    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

    Troilus and Cressida swear they will always be true to one another. But in the seventh year of the siege of Troy their innocence is tested, and exposed to the savage corrupting influence of war, with tragic consequences.

    Virtuoso percussionist Evelyn Glennie collaborates with RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran to create a satirical futuristic vision of a world resounding with the rhythm of battle, broadcast live to cinemas from Shakespeare's home town.

    The Greek army is encamped under the walls of Troy and, at the point at which the play begins, the war has reached stalemate. The Greeks are quarrelling amongst themselves. Achilles, their greatest champion, refuses to fight and has withdrawn to his tent with his lover, Patroclus. Equally at odds with themselves, the Trojans are debating the value of continuing the war merely for the sake of keeping Helen.

    Troilus is much distracted from these military concerns by his love for Cressida, the daughter of a Trojan who has defected to the Greek camp. The young lovers are eagerly assisted by Cressida's uncle Pandarus, who acts as their go-between. However, after only one night together they are parted when Cressida is sent to join her father in the Greek camp. Almost immediately she betrays Troilus with the Greek Diomedes and, discovering this, Troilus is plunged into despair.

    With the fall of Troy certain, Troilus vows revenge on Achilles.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Two halls showcasing approximately thirty 'handpicked' designers, artists & craftspeople from around the region and beyond. Meet the makers and buy or commission handcrafted goods of gallery quality, with original work and a strong 'up-cycled' theme. Watch demonstrations and ‘have-a-go’.
    Admission is free but a donation to St Teresa's Hospice would be gratefully received.

  • Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018
    8:00 pmHamsterley Village HallAnne 01388-488318£5

    Please bring your own drinks and snacks.  Tea and biscuits will be provided.

  • Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018
    Sat
    22
    Dec
    2018
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Three Teesdale artists, Sharon Loddey, Jane Young and Ann Whitfield join together with singer/songwriter Alice May exploring life’s pathways. Gallery usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Sun
    25
    Nov
    2018
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £16.00 in advance

    Hannah James has been an unmatched force of innovation in British folk for nearly two decades.

    A multi-faceted performer, James’ virtuosic talent spans all her four disciplines: singer, accordionist, composer and clog dancer. She has amassed an international touring career, multiple award nominations, and credits in some of Britain’s most respected folk projects, including Lady Maisery and Songs of Separation.

    In 2015, James introduced her one-woman show, JigDoll. This innovative debut reinvented the notion of solo performance by combining all James’ disciplines simultaneously for an immersive, unforgettable song and dance experience. Utilising cutting-edge looping technology with vocal, accordion and composition skill, a multi-layered soundscape was woven onstage, providing the backdrop for James’ spellbinding fusion of traditional and wholly original dance.

    Now, the JigDoll Ensemble sees James enhanced by three masters of their instrument: percussionist András Des (Hungary), fiddle player Kate Young (Scotland), and bassist Marti Tarn (Estonia) perfectly articulate James’ visionary ideas for song, tune and dance. The resulting live masterpiece debuted  at 2017’s English Folk Expo, gaining an awestruck standing ovation from distinguished folk industry professionals from around the globe. The JigDoll Ensemble is set to stun audiences when it tours in 2018.

  • Fri
    30
    Nov
    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

    EXHIBITION ON SCREEN journeys from the streets of Paris to the heart of a superb exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, whose extensive collection of Degas’ works is the most representative in Britain. With exclusive access to view rare and diverse works, this film tells a fascinating story of Degas’ pursuit for perfection through both experimentation with new techniques and lessons learnt from studying the past masters.

    “Art is not a matter of what you see, but what you make other people see.” Edgar Degas. Sometimes frustrated by his own failings, Degas was consumed by obsessive principles and failing eye sight but his determination to capture everyday life was evident in every mark he made. Never fully satisfied, many of Degas’ drawings and sculptures were kept in private during his lifetime but, now through close examination, they can be seen as some of the most beautifully detailed and expressive works in the modern era. Using written accounts by friends and commentators, and the narration of letters written by Degas himself, this film reveals a more complex truth behind one of the most influential French artists of the late 19th-century and serves as an exploration of the complex workings of Degas’ artistic mind.

  • Thu
    06
    Dec
    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

    Broadcast live from the National Theatre, Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo play Shakespeare’s famous fated couple in his great tragedy of politics, passion and power.

    Caesar and his assassins are dead. General Mark Antony now rules alongside his fellow defenders of Rome. But at the fringes of a war-torn empire the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra and Mark Antony have fallen fiercely in love. In a tragic fight between devotion and duty, obsession becomes a catalyst for war.
    Director Simon Godwin returns to National Theatre Live screens with this hotly anticipated production, following broadcasts of Twelfth Night, Man and Superman and The Beaux’ Stratagem.

  • Sun
    09
    Dec
    2018
    2:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, 16 and under £13.00, 11 and under £10.00

    The Nutcracker has long been one of the most delightful ways to discover the enchantment of ballet – and makes for a delicious seasonal treat for all the family. Tchaikovsky’s much-loved music is matched to a magical adventure on Christmas Eve for Clara and her Nutcracker doll. Their journey to the Land of Sweets brings with it some of the most familiar of all ballet moments, such as the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet keeps true to the spirit of this Russian ballet classic, with period details and dancing snowflakes. The many solo roles and ensembles put the world-class skills of the Company to the fore in this Christmas classic.

    MUSIC  PYOTR  IL’YICH  TCHAIKOVSKY, CHOREOGRAPHY  PETER  WRIGHT AFTER  LEV  IVANOV

  • Thu
    13
    Dec
    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

    Multi-award-winning drama The Madness of George III will be broadcast live to cinemas, in National Theatre Live’s first ever broadcast from Nottingham Playhouse.
    Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991.
    The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance).
    It’s 1786 and King George III is the most powerful man in the world. But his behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic as he succumbs to fits of lunacy. With the King’s mind unravelling at a dramatic pace, ambitious politicians and the scheming Prince of Wales threaten to undermine the power of the Crown, and expose the fine line between a King and a man.

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    1:30 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

    Enh National Ballet Akram Khan’s Giselle.  Filmed  live  at  the  Liverpool  Empire  in  October  2017

    Hailed  as  ‘a  masterpiece  of  21st  century  dance'  from  English  National  Ballet,  Akram  Khan’sGiselle  comes  to  cinemas  for  the  first  time  in  2018,  giving  ballet  fans  the  opportunity  to  see  this  award-winning  production  in  glorious  high  definition  on  the  big  screen.  One  of  the  greatest  romantic  ballets,  Giselle has  been  re-imagined  by  celebrated  choreographer  Akram  Khan  with  Artistic  Director  and  Lead  Principal  of  English  National  Ballet,  Tamara  Rojo,  dancing  the  role  of  Giselle,  one  of  a  community  of  migrant  workers  cast  out  of  their  jobs  in  a  condemned  garment  factory.

  • Thu
    20
    Dec
    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

    MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is a mystery drama in which a renowned detective's holiday is interrupted when a murder is committed aboard the train on which he is travelling.

    CAST INCLUDES Kenneth Branagh, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Lucy Boynton, Sergei Polunin, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Tom Bateman, Miranda Raison
    DIRECTOR(S) Kenneth Branagh
    "Kenneth Branagh’s lavish, all-star take on the Agatha Christie classic is endearingly nostalgic" - Guardian"

  • Fri
    21
    Dec
    2018
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00, £16.00 in advance

    A beautiful blend of original and traditional songs drawn from her folk background combine to inspire and celebrate the festive season.  From humble beginnings in a rural farm shop in 2012 Emily has honed a unique, family friendly Christmas night out. In 2016 she released the accompanying album from which her song ‘Find Hope’ was play-listed on BBC Radio 2. Her material has also been featured on BBC Songs of Praise Christmas special.

    Sing along with traditional carols, tap your toes to upbeat instrumentals or simply close your eyes and let Emily’s evocative voice help you dwell on the joy and peace that Christmas can bring.

    Joined by her band on guitars, fiddles & vocals.

    Beautiful…my new favourite Christmas song  Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2
    The freshest sounding folk album in an age  Sunday Express ****