Witham Hall Barnard Castle


The Town

Barnard Castle has been recognised nationally as one of the 50 most historically and architecturally important towns in Great Britain and listed in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live in Britain. The Grade II listed Witham Hall is an important, central feature of the townscape, located where Horsemarket meets the Market Place.

The Hall

The Witham Testimonial was built by public subscription as a memorial to Henry T.M. Witham of Lartington, a palaeobotanist and philanthropist who had strived to make provision for the medical and educational needs of Barnard Castle before his death in 1844. Hence the building, which opened in 1846, housed the Mechanics’ Institute and a Dispensary for the Relief of the Sick Poor. By 1860, a large music hall had been built to the rear of the Testimonial Building, whilst the premises later incorporated several small cottages in Hall Street. Together these buildings became known as The Witham and have continued to be used by the people of Barnard Castle as a backdrop for celebration, for participation and for people to gain new experiences.

2013 marks the culmination of over 10 years work to raise money and carry out work to restore its historic fabric and make The Witham fit-for-purpose as a fully accessible modern arts venue for the 21st century. The redevelopment project has seen the original Grade II listed Witham buildings restored, and a new link building constructed between the Witham Testimonial and the Event Hall, incorporating a foyer area, café bar and toilets. In addition, Durham County Council has extended and refurbished its Library building to the rear of The Witham buildings, to include new council offices and a customer access point as well as the continued Library service.

Funding of the project principally came from Durham County Council investing over £2 million with match funding of £336,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and £773,879 from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The ERDF funding is part of a wider programme which has brought more than £300 million to the North East. The Witham and Library development project was led by Barnard Castle Vision, Durham County Council and The Witham Directors.

Features

Hire Charges: Contact the hall directly Registered Charity Number: 1146726

Contact

Centre Manager – 01833 631107 Email: admin@thewitham.org.uk The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726

Facilities

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  • Thu
    09
    Jan
    2020
    Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Teesdale School are delighted to showcase the work of their talented students.

    This exciting exhibition will display work from students of all ages and exhibit a range of media and techniques.

    Students have been inspired by a wide range of themes, including the natural environment and industrial heritage of the area. The outstanding work produced is a reflection of the hard work and talent of our fantastic students.  Gallery usually closed Sunday and Monday.

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020
    Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    The Wearing of Water is a multi-disciplinary arts project that explores the relationship between people and place in Teesdale. Using theatre, music, dance and design, work with our professional facilitators to create modern myths about the local landscape.

    Workshops are open to all ages and abilities, no prior experience necessary. Please be aware some of the workshop time may take place outdoors and the resulting performance will be outside. Attendance at all 5 workshops is not compulsory, but recommended.  On 25th, 26 January, 15th 16th and 29th February.

    Location: The Hub, Barnard Castle

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The Acoustic Café gives local musicians the chance to play on the balcony in the Café.

  • Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00

    Blast away those January blues and celebrate Burns Night in style at The Witham with music, dancing, whisky and haggis! We’re marking the birthday of Robert Burns, the National Poet of Scotland, in style in 2020.  Live music and ceilidh is provided by the fabulous Angels of the North, and a haggis neeps & tatties supper washed down with a wee dram of whisky will keep you on your feet all night.
    Kilt’s optional!

  • Wed
    29
    Jan
    2020
    7:45 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 16 and under £12.00, age 11 and under £10.00

    Puccini’s opera of young love in 19th-century Paris is packed with beautiful music, including lyrical arias, celebratory choruses for Act II’s evocation of Christmas Eve in the Latin Quarter and a poignant final scene over which the composer himself wept. Richard Jones’s character-led production perfectly captures La bohème’s mixture of comedy, romance and tragedy, with striking designs by Stewart Laing. The cast features some of the greatest interpreters of Puccini’s bohemian lovers performing today, as well as former members of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme.

    The Royal Opera
    Music: Giacomo Puccini
    Director: Richard Jones
    Conductor: Emmanuel Villaume
    Starring: Sonya Yoncheva, Charles Castronovo, Andrzej Filończyk

    (12A as live) | Approx. 2hrs 30mins

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00 film club members £4.00

    What if you were the only man on Earth able to remember the iconic music of The Beatles?
    A collaboration up there with Lennon-McCartney, Yesterday is the brain child of director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually).

    As full of soul and heart as any of the Liverpool lads best tracks, this is an hilarious story of finding your own voice. Jack’s (Himesh Patel) career as a singer-songwriter is not going well. His friend Ellie (Lily James) thinks he’s got talent, but no one else agrees. But after a mysterious blackout, it turns out he’s the only one who can recall the Fab Four’s back catalogue. With the iconic songs in his arsenal, he becomes world famous, but at what cost?

    Running time: 113 mins

  • Fri
    31
    Jan
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£17.00

    “What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.

    The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

    40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

    He is listed in Gibson Guitars’ Top 30 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, and Acoustic Guitar readers voted him number 12 guitarist in the world in 2005.

    Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witness to an artist at the very top of his game. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, Simpson is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. His own songwriting produced the poignant ‘Never Any Good’, from Prodigal Son, 2007’s Folk Album of the Year.

    Martin continues to collaborate with a dazzling array of people from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons are among the great musicians he has worked with.

    He was also nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018

    Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste.” Stephen Fearing

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Lively local market with all kinds of produce – cosily inside the WItham during February and March, outside on the cobbles through the rest of the year.

    Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market is one of the North East’s most popular markets featuring a wide range of artisan food and crafts from the region.

    Our meat and vegetable produce is naturally or organically grown, with meats raised humanely on pastures. Our cheese stalls offer a wide range of delicious handmade cheese.

    You’ll also find free range eggs and poultry, homemade award-winning jellies and jams, not to mention, our famous fudge, puddings,  game and fish, spicy sauces and lots more. We’re outdoors on the cobbles in Barnard Castle the first Saturday each month.

  • Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    This is a fun, informal and physical workshop with a team of professional dancers and a live DJ.

    We will begin with a lively 1.5 hour workshop filled with games and tasks that will get us moving, dancing and interacting with each other in surprising and unexpected ways.

    After our active workshop we will break for some yummy and well deserved food. Lunch is on us!!

    ‘The Making Of’ workshop ends with a celebration in a big dome, with flashy lights and some funky beats. Prepare to be taken on a journey through a world where ‘normal’ doesn’t apply… come break the rules with us.

    No dance training or experience necessary, the less you know the better!

    Wear something comfy that you can move in… don’t worry about your socks as they’ll just be danced off.

    Comments from previous workshops:

    “A magical experience where anything is possible” Young person, Newcastle

    “Incredibly liberating” Adult participant, Blyth

    “…uplifted after the whole session” Adult participant, Newcastle

    “I would take that over anything. A night club or anything. It was so good.” A young person, County Durham

    When: Saturday 18 January 2020
    Who: Ages 7 – 11 years, all abilities and experiences welcome.

    When: Saturday 1st February 2020
    Who: Ages 12 – 18 years, all abilities and experiences welcome.

    When: Saturday 7th February 2020
    Who:  Families; parents, grandparents, carers, family members, friends, children and young people, come along and have a play!   Ages 0-8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, all abilities and experiences welcome.

  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2020
    6:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    The Music Scholars of Barnard Castle School provide an evening of entertainment as they present a varied programme of music that demonstrates their abilities as solo musicians.

  • Thu
    06
    Feb
    2020
    Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020
    10.00 to 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Ann Thornton studied Art at Sunderland Art College and Newcastle University specialising in Ceramics and Fine Art. In recent years she has developed her interest in natural structural forms from close observation of the countryside.

    The gallery is usually closed Sundays and Mondays.

  • Thu
    06
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Fri
    07
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£14.00, age 16 and under £12.00

    Finding love isn’t easy being fat, gay and nerdy. Luckily for Guy, you can be anybody online… including your best friend.  But little does Guy know, he’s not the only one with a big reveal.

    Queer As Folk meets Bridget Jones with a cat-fishing musical twist, leo&hyde’s award-winning GUY gives you 12 heart-pounding electronic pop anthems and witty, heartfelt story about modern dating through a diverse cross-section of gay men.

    You’ll laugh-cry, sad-cry, face-palm and heart-eyes at this rom-com about body image, prejudice, and mental health.

    GUY is a reminder that the only person you should be is yourself: #nofilter

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020
    11:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    This is a fun, informal and physical workshop with a team of professional dancers and a live DJ.

    We will begin with a lively 1.5 hour workshop filled with games and tasks that will get us moving, dancing and interacting with each other in surprising and unexpected ways.

    After our active workshop we will break for some yummy and well deserved food. Lunch is on us!!

    ‘The Making Of’ workshop ends with a celebration in a big dome, with flashy lights and some funky beats. Prepare to be taken on a journey through a world where ‘normal’ doesn’t apply… come break the rules with us.

    No dance training or experience necessary, the less you know the better!

    Wear something comfy that you can move in… don’t worry about your socks as they’ll just be danced off.

    Comments from previous workshops:

    “A magical experience where anything is possible” Young person, Newcastle

    “Incredibly liberating” Adult participant, Blyth

    “…uplifted after the whole session” Adult participant, Newcastle

    “I would take that over anything. A night club or anything. It was so good.” A young person, County Durham

    When: Saturday 18 January 2020
    Who: Ages 7 – 11 years, all abilities and experiences welcome.

    When: Saturday 1st February 2020
    Who: Ages 12 – 18 years, all abilities and experiences welcome.

    When: Saturday 7th February 2020
    Who:  Families; parents, grandparents, carers, family members, friends, children and young people, come along and have a play!   Ages 0-8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult, all abilities and experiences welcome.

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £5.00

    A fundraising concert from the Barnard Castle Brass Band in support of the Investing In The Witham Appeal.
    The Barnard Castle Band are delighted to support The Witham and will be delivering a program filled with a variety of pieces to entertain a wide audience. Andrew Nicholson has been conducting the band for about three years, the band are experiencing an upturn in enthusiasm and commitment which is to the credit of all the members of the band, the band room is a happy place to be. New members have joined and new members are always welcome.

  • Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00, age 16 and under £5.00

    A fundraising concert from the Barnard Castle Brass Band in support of the Investing In The Witham Appeal.
    The Barnard Castle Band are delighted to support The Witham and will be delivering a program filled with a variety of pieces to entertain a wide audience. Andrew Nicholson has been conducting the band for about three years, the band are experiencing an upturn in enthusiasm and commitment which is to the credit of all the members of the band, the band room is a happy place to be. New members have joined and new members are always welcome.

     

  • Sun
    09
    Feb
    2020
    2:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances on fortepiano and continues to cast fresh light on music conceived for the piano’s early and modern forms.

    Tan possesses a profound understanding of his instrument’s history, its technical evolution and musical development. His performances of piano masterworks, whether on a late eighteenth-century fortepiano or today’s concert grand, penetrate the surface of interpretive traditions and received wisdom to reveal countless expressive nuances and rarely heard tonal contrasts.

    Acclaimed for the wit and poetry of his playing, Tan has also received ovations for his bold programming and exceptional ability to switch from fortepiano and modern piano, even in the same recital.

    …the most thoughtful, elegant and refined of pianists… everything seemed to illuminate everything else.
    THE GUARDIAN – UK

  • Sun
    09
    Feb
    2020
    2:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10 age 16 and under

    Exploration, insight and imagination are vital ingredients in Melvyn Tan’s blend of artistic attributes. He established his international reputation in the 1980s with pioneering performances on fortepiano and continues to cast fresh light on music conceived for the piano’s early and modern forms.

    Tan possesses a profound understanding of his instrument’s history, its technical evolution and musical development. His performances of piano masterworks, whether on a late eighteenth-century fortepiano or today’s concert grand, penetrate the surface of interpretive traditions and received wisdom to reveal countless expressive nuances and rarely heard tonal contrasts.

    Acclaimed for the wit and poetry of his playing, Tan has also received ovations for his bold programming and exceptional ability to switch from fortepiano and modern piano, even in the same recital.

  • Wed
    12
    Feb
    2020
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, early bird £10.00

    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.

  • Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Fri
    14
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet has been hailed as ‘the single most eagerly awaited dance show for 2019’ by The Daily Telegraph. This passionate and contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic story of love and conflict is set in the not too distant future in ‘The Verona Institute’. Here ‘difficult’ young people are mysteriously confined by a society that seeks to divide and crush their youthful spirit and individuality. Our two young lovers must follow their hearts as they risk everything to be together. A timeless story of forbidden love, repressed emotions and teenage discovery, filmed live at Sadler’s Wells in London especially for cinemas.
    Bursting with youth, vitality and Matthew Bourne’s trademark storytelling, the UK’s brightest young dance talent join the New Adventures company, with direction and choreography by Matthew Bourne, design by Lez Brotherston, lighting by Paule Constable, sound by Paul Groothuis and new orchestrations of the Prokofiev score by Terry Davies, played live by the New Adventures Orchestra conducted by Brett Morris.

    ★★★★★    ‘ELECTRIFYING. One of Bourne’s smartest, SEXIEST, most stirring shows EVER’    DAILY MAIL
    ★★★★★    ‘STORYTELLING at its finest, should not be missed’    DAILY EXPRESS
    ★★★★★    ‘A seismic YOUTHQUAKE. A Romeo and Juliet for the MILLENNIAL generation. BOLD, FRESH and bang on the money’    THE STAGE

    Music: Sergei Prokofiev | Choreography: Matthew Bourne
    Filmed Live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in 2019
    (12A)  |  Running time: 91 minutes  (no interval)

  • Wed
    19
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 -15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is the most accessible form of music making. It can also play a vital role in improving our health, well-being and social life.

    If you are 55+ come along to our monthly singing session led by local musician and singing teacher Jane Ford. A relaxed, fun atmosphere is guaranteed. Absolutely no experience required.

    The cost of these sessions is only £2 and we will supply a hot drink for participants. It is not necessary to pre-book this event. However, if you are planning on joining us, click through to confirm as this will help give us an idea of numbers.

    3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm, the Witham Room

    Below is a summary of the research into the benefits of singing for people with mental health issues.  Carried out by researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    Opera North presents a delightful 45-minute whistle stop tour of Mozart’s playful opera.

    Figaro and Susanna are getting married, but trouble clouds the horizon. The lecherous Count Almaviva is out to bed the bride, the lovesick pageboy Cherubino keeps landing himself in hot-water and, to top it all off, if Figaro cannot repay his debt to Marcellina the housekeeper, he’ll have to marry her instead!

    Be entertained by four professional opera singers and an accordionist in this short opera packed with mistaken identity, misunderstanding and comic twists.

    This is the perfect chance to experience the magic of opera!

  • Fri
    21
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£18.00

    Immerse yourself in the authentic ABBA experience!

    Sensation will transport you back to the golden days of ABBA, with stunning harmonies, costumes, choreography and a sprinkling of light-hearted humour.

    This unique combination has turned them into one of the most sought-after ABBA Tribute Bands in the world. In fact – they even speak a little Swedish on stage, to add to the whole experience!

  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Join dance teacher Joyce Jeffrey for an adult dance class inspired by ABBA.

    This class won’t be focused closely on technique but will give you a fun 2 hours of dance!

    Open to everyone from beginners to more experienced dancers. Joyce teaches the popular weekly class, Silver Swans, at The Witham.

    Come to enjoy ABBA Sensation at The Witham on Friday 21 February at 7.30pm.

    Book all three Saturday dance workshops this season and receive £2 off per workshop, making them £8 each!

  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    The Acoustic Café gives local musicians the chance to play on the balcony in the Café.

  • Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00

    Come dancing! A relaxed, social event for everyone who enjoys dance! Join teachers Graham and Margaret Fenny for The Witham’s second Tea Dance in the last few years…. it will be even better than the first! Each ticket includes a hot drink and a sweet treat. The Music Hall will be lit to ensure there is a great atmosphere and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

    Session will include Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence and some basic Salsa. Graham and Margaret Fenny have been teaching dance in Northallerton for over 15 years and regularly teach on P & O Cruise liners with fantastic reviews.

    Not sure you can dance?? Come and join our weekly Ballroom lessons with Graham and Margaret on Wednesdays from 7.15pm – 8.45pm.

  • Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£8.00

    Come dancing! A relaxed, social event for everyone who enjoys dance! Join teachers Graham and Margaret Fenny for The Witham’s second Tea Dance in the last few years…. it will be even better than the first! Each ticket includes a hot drink and a sweet treat. The Music Hall will be lit to ensure there is a great atmosphere and everyone is welcome to join in the fun.

    Session will include Ballroom, Latin American, Sequence and some basic Salsa. Graham and Margaret Fenny have been teaching dance in Northallerton for over 15 years and regularly teach on P & O Cruise liners with fantastic reviews.

    Bot sure you can dance?? Come and join our weekly Ballroom lessons with Graham and Margaret on Wednesdays from 7.15pm – 8.45pm.

  • Tue
    25
    Feb
    2020
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    Music: Philip Feeney  |  Choreography: Cathy Marston
    Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré.

    DANCES AT A GATHERING
    Music: Jerome Robbins  |  Choreography: Fryderyk Chopin
    Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

    The Royal Ballet Company  |  Conductor: Andrea Molino  |  Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
    (12A as live) | Approx. 2 hours 30 minutes, including one interval

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00UTASS Middleton in Teesdalewww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Creative Age Project  |  The Witham Arts Centre in Barnard Castle is seeking to recruit adults aged 55+ for a craft-based project led by local artist and former farmer, Trevor Dixon. Trevor produces beautifully detailed, miniature models of farmhouses, outbuildings and drystone walls using natural materials. These models reflect the landscape he has worked since adolescence.
    The project aims to bring together people who share a common background, i.e. working in rural Teesdale. While learning a new skill, or developing an existing one, it is hoped that the group will also use the session as an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences. The emphasis is very much on having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience is required, just enthusiasm! At the end of the project the work created by the participants will be displayed, alongside Trevor’s work, in the Gallery at The Witham during March 2020.

    Commitment: you must commit to attend weekly sessions on Thursdays, 2–4pm commencing 3rd October and concluding 27th February 2020. (No sessions over Christmas or New Year).
    Cost: This project is free of charge thanks to a grant from County Durham Community Foundation. Refreshments will be provided.
    Where: Sessions will take place at UTASS, 9-11 Chapel Row, Middleton-in-Teesdale, DL12 0SN

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2020
    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 film club members

    Javed is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton, England, in 1987. He writes poetry as a way to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn views of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Springsteen’s melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams.

    ★★★★ “ode to Springsteen is utterly joyous”  THE INDEPENDENT
    ★★★★ “an exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities”  EMPIRE

    Running time: 114 mins

  • Thu
    27
    Feb
    2020
    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 film club members

    Javed is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton, England, in 1987. He writes poetry as a way to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn views of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Springsteen’s melodies soon inspire Javed to find his own voice and follow his dreams.

    ★★★★ “ode to Springsteen is utterly joyous”  THE INDEPENDENT
    ★★★★ “an exuberant anthem to the importance of music, the need to be seen and the hope of new possibilities”  EMPIRE

  • Sat
    29
    Feb
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 16 and under £12.00

    Coming live to the theatre for the first time in over 60 years is The Navy Lark.

    Starring James Hurn known for portraying such iconic characters as Tony Hancock, Sid James and Kenneth Williams from his hit one man show Hancock and Co.

    The Navy Lark sees a cast of three bring to life three classic episodes from the much loved radio series which ran for 1959 – 1977 which originally featured Leslie Phillips, Ronnie Barker and Jon Pertwee.

    Presented in the style of a radio performance in front of a live audience, bringing to life the classic days of radio comedy.

    When HMS Troutbridge docks at your local theatre it’s going to be “Ev’rybody Down!” For an evening of nostalgic belly laughs. So “Bung Ho!” and secure your tickets now.

  • Sun
    01
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£7.50, age 16 and £5.00, family £20.00

    The Wearing of Water is a multi-disciplinary arts project that explores the relationship between people and place in Teesdale. Using theatre, music, dance and design – participants will be sharing a performance created during workshops held this year.

    Location: The Hub | Please be aware this performance will take place outdoors and there will be some promenade elements, all accessible via wheelchair/similar.  Venue, The Hub, Barnard Castle

  • Wed
    04
    Mar
    2020
    11:10 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£6.00

    The perfect introduction to opera for 4 year + olds and their families, meet the hilariously persistent Sam-I-Am on a mission to persuade a grumpy grouch to try a delicious plate of green eggs and ham!

    The classic Dr Seuss book is beautifully brought to life, teaching us all (even the grown-ups) the very important life lesson – you cannot know what you will like until you have tried it!

    Featuring 2 opera singers and a 9-piece orchestra, this short performance will begin with an interactive workshop introducing families to the music, instruments and themes within the piece.

    Three performances  - 11.30, 13.30, 16.30

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2020
    10:00 amWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre ManagerFREE

    Lively local market with all kinds of produce – cosily inside the WItham during February and March, outside on the cobbles through the rest of the year.

    Barnard Castle Farmers’ Market is one of the North East’s most popular markets featuring a wide range of artisan food and crafts from the region.

    Our meat and vegetable produce is naturally or organically grown, with meats raised humanely on pastures. Our cheese stalls offer a wide range of delicious handmade cheese.

    You’ll also find free range eggs and poultry, homemade award-winning jellies and jams, not to mention, our famous fudge, puddings,  game and fish, spicy sauces and lots more. We’re outdoors on the cobbles in Barnard Castle the first Saturday each month.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2020
    14.00 - 16.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£3.00

    Grace Notes musicians are delighted to present an afternoon of music in the Witham Room, 2-4pm.  With all local musicians (old and young) there will be a variety of styles and instruments, ensuring an element of interest to all.

    This is an acoustic event with the focus on music and people, rather than electronics. Feel free to sing along where appropriate or just sit back and enjoy. Our aim is to leave the audience feeling relaxed and happy.

    All performers are giving their time free of charge, so all proceeds will go directly to The Witham.

  • Wed
    11
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, age 16 and under £10.00

    James Wilton Dance, one of Europe’s most in demand dance companies, present The Storm, a whirlwind of lightning fast, athleticism, where acrobatics, break-dancing, martial arts and contact work fuse to form dance that will blow audiences away.

    Seven dancers, a soundtrack of thundering electro-rock specially composed by Amarok and thousands of pieces of paper combine to create a work that will astound you with its athleticism and touch you emotionally in a way that words simply can’t.

    In this storm can you find peace? Can you find the calm eye of the storm? Will it all blow over?

    Recommended age: All

  • Thu
    12
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£16.00, £14.00 in advance

    Born from the work of the duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Edgelarks combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar, to create a sound that is “Subtle, atmospheric and bravely original” (The Guardian).

    The BBC Folk Award winners take their strong roots sound, mixing original songwriting with stomping beatbox harmonica, soaring fiddle and vocal harmonies, running wilder with each repeat play. A busy collaborative period has included work as part of the Gigspanner Big Band (featuring members of Bellowhead and Steeleye Span); and performing at BBC Radio Two’s Festival In A Day to a Hyde Park crowd of 50,000 – supporting Kylie Minogue!

    Now they are back on the road with their formidable live show, making much more noise than only two people should be able to, taking audiences on a story telling journey around a new musical landscape.

    “Extraordinary…I was blown away by them!” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

  • Sat
    14
    Mar
    2020
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£7.50, age 16 and under £5.00, family of 4 £20.00

    The Ceilidh Project is back with another ceilidh and workshop, this time in Barnard Castle with the incredible Whapweasel.

    Renowned folk dance band Whapweasel have been delighting and exhausting the folk dance enthusiasts for the last 20 years. This solid eight piece folk rock dance band have over that time notched up 6 albums of enthralling, turbo- charged dance music attracting rave reviews and packed dance floors and the accolade of Dance Band Of The Year at the Radio Two Folk Awards.

    As with all of the ceilidh project events, M@HoT will also be hosting a free public workshop for musicians interested in learning the music and skills necessary to play for dancing. Led by the members of Whapweasel this will be a brilliant opportunity to develop your playing skills – all you need to bring is your own instrument to play.

    In addition to the amazing music, we have Michelle Holding as our resident ceilidh caller throughout the project. Michelle champions gender-neutral and fun approach to calling, catering for the adept and experienced as well as total beginners.

  • Tue
    17
    Mar
    2020
    7:15 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00, age 16 and unde £12.00, age 11 and under £10.00

    production, conducted by Antonio Pappano, Jonas Kaufmann plays the political prisoner Florestan, and Lise Davidsen his wife Leonore (disguised as ‘Fidelio’) who daringly sets out to rescue him. Set in strong counterpoint are the ingredients of domestic intrigue, determined love and the cruelty of an oppressive regime. The music is transcendent throughout and includes the famous Act I Quartet, the Prisoners’ Chorus and Florestan’s impassioned Act II cry in the darkness and vision of hope. Tobias Kratzer’s new staging brings together the dark reality of the French Revolutionary ‘Terror’ and our own time to illuminate Fidelio’s inspiring message of shared humanity.
    The Royal Opera
    Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
    Director: Tobias Kratzer
    Conductor: Antonio Pappano
    Starring: Jonas Kaufmann, Lise Davidsen
    (12A as live) | Approx. 2hrs 30mins

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020
    14.00 -15.30Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£2.00

    Everyone can sing – however much we might protest – meaning it is the most accessible form of music making. It can also play a vital role in improving our health, well-being and social life.

    If you are 55+ come along to our monthly singing session led by local musician and singing teacher Jane Ford. A relaxed, fun atmosphere is guaranteed. Absolutely no experience required.

    The cost of these sessions is only £2 and we will supply a hot drink for participants. It is not necessary to pre-book this event. However, if you are planning on joining us, click through to confirm as this will help give us an idea of numbers.

    3rd Wednesday of the month, 2 – 3.30pm, the Witham Room

    Below is a summary of the research into the benefits of singing for people with mental health issues.  Carried out by researchers at Canterbury Christ Church University’s Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health.

  • Thu
    19
    Mar
    2020
    7:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£12.00, £10 age 16 and under

    James McAvoy (X-Men, Atonement) returns to the stage in an inventive new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac, broadcast live to cinemas from the West End in London.
    Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all – if only he could win the heart of his true love Roxane. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. Will a society engulfed by narcissism get the better of Cyrano – or can his mastery of language set Roxane’s world alight?
    Edmond Rostand’s masterwork is adapted by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd (Betrayal). This classic play will be brought to life with linguistic ingenuity to celebrate Cyrano’s powerful and resonant resistance against overwhelming odds.

    By Edmond Rostand, in a new version by Martin Crimp  |  Directed by Jamie Lloyd
    15 TBC  |  Running time: 180 minutes (TBC)

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2020
    10.00 to 12.00Witham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£10.00

    Join dance teacher Joyce Jeffrey for an adult tap dancing class.

    This class won’t be focused closely on technique but will give you a fun 2 hours of dance!

    Open to everyone from beginners to more experienced dancers. If you don’t own tap shoes, plase wear comfy , hard soled shoes.

    Joyce teaches the popular weekly group, Silver Swans at The Witham on Tuesday mornings.

    Book all three Saturday dance workshops this season and receive £2 off per workshop, making them £8 each!

  • Sat
    21
    Mar
    2020
    8:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£15.00

    The “effortlessly funny” ShooShooBaby, have been appreciated by audiences all over the world, earning them a reputation for their excellent singing and musicianship.

    In The Great Cabaret Safari, you can expect water-tight harmonising on a wonderful array of “razor-sharp” (The Stage) original cabaret songs alongside music by Queen, Louis Prima, Tears for Fears, Ennio Morricone and the Proclaimers.

    The musical saw, the zither, the harmonium and the kazoo (played by the entire audience), are just a few of the instruments that feature in this eclectic and “abundantly creative” (Cabaret Scenes) show. According to the press and their audiences, ShooShooBaby’s shows are: funny, beautifully sung, clever and unexpectedly moving.

    ShooShooBaby have sung on ice, jumped out of cakes and performed at every conceivable type of event. Their shows have been staged in theatres, concert halls, spiegeltents and cruise ships and they have serenaded royalty, oligarchs and lots of extremely nice normal people.

    “The audience had a ball” The Stage
    “What sets the apart, is their musical wit and superb Harmony” Scotsman
    “Vocally fantastic” Musical Stages

  • Thu
    26
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00, £4 film club members and age 16 and under

    The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives.

    A royal visit from the king and queen of England soon unleashes scandal, romance and intrigue — leaving the future of Downton hanging in the balance.

    Running time: 119 mins

  • Sat
    28
    Mar
    2020
    7:30 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£5.00

    Presented by the University of Leeds Theatre & Performance students as part of the Year of the Dealer project.

    Quinneys is a comedy-drama of love, money, social climbing and fakes and forgeries set in the world of antique dealing.

    Written in 1914 by Horace Annesley Vachell (1861-1955) and based on the real-life antique dealer Thomas Rohan (1860-1940), the play tells the story of Joseph Quinney, a hard-nosed antique dealer, stubborn but endearing and keen to see his daughter marry well.

    The performance of Quinneys is part of ‘Year of the Dealer’, an Arts & Humanities Research Council project organised by the University of Leeds. Directed by George Rodosthenous with actors from the Theatre & Performance programme at the University of Leeds, the play was hugely popular in its day and this performance will be the first in more than 50 years.

    Your £5 includes an invitation the wine reception from 6.30 pm.