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 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.
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The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726
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Wed22Sep20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
Britain’s Got Talent 2020 top three finalist, comedian, juggler and variety star Steve Royle, takes his Royle Variety Performance on the road for a fun-filled evening for all the family. Tickets £18 (£16 under 16s). Funny Way To Be Comedy – Steve Royle (The Steve Royle Variety Performance) - The Witham
Wed29Sep20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
THE FUNNIEST SHOW WITH A PIANO
Jon Courtenay: Winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2020. Tickets £18 (£16 Under 16s) Funny Way To Be Comedy – Jon Courtenay: Live - The Witham
Sat02Oct202110:00 amThe Witham Hall
Book Sale 10am to 3pm in The Witham Room. Come along for a browse and buy. Plenty of titles to choose from. Free entry. All proceeds towards future performances at The Witham.
Sun03Oct20212:00 pmThe Witham Hall
Enjoy a relaxed afternoon in The Witham's Victorian Music Hall, cabaret style, listening to North Yorkshire based quintet performing light Jazz and Blues with a touch of Funk and Soul. The Cafe Bar will be open for refreshments. Tickets £10 (£8 under 16s). Jazz in the Afternoon - The Witham
Fri15Oct20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
Quentin Crisp was one of the most memorable figures of the twentieth century.
Mark Farrelly's one-man show is a glorious, uplifting celebration of the urgent necessity to be your true self.
★★★★ Time Out “”Brilliant””
★★★★ Broadway Baby “A masterclass”
★★★★ The Stage
★★★★ London Theatre 1
★★★★ British Theatre Guide
Tickets £12 | Under 16s £10 https://thewitham.org.uk/event/naked-hope/
Sun17Oct20212:30 pmThe Witham Hall
International cellist Alexandra Mackenzie and Ingrid Sawers (piano) present the perfect soundtrack to your Sunday afternoon.
They will play favourites from the cello repertoire ranging from Vivaldi, Schumann and Saint Saens classics to Piazzolla tango, interspersed by lively introductions and some solo piano music by Debussy and Gershwin.
Tickets £12 | £10 Under 16s https://thewitham.org.uk/event/sunday-classics-ingrid-sawyers-duo/
Thu21Oct20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
2020 Oscar- winning film starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Coleman and Mark Gatiss.
A father refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.
Running time: 1 hour 37 minutes
Thu28Oct20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
Nick is best known for his global expedition – ‘Running The World 196'.
In November 2019, Nick was crowned the first person to run a marathon in every country in the world. Along with this, he sets a number of world records and has a wild, eclectic story to tell. Tales of muggings, war zones, dog attacks, extreme exhaustion, and the sheer scale and diversity of our planet. His talk is accompanied with stunning photography and videography from around the world.
Fri29Oct20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
This unique combination continues to entertain people of all shapes and sizes with their wonderful selection of northern songs delivered with consummate musicianship by two of the UK’s best known and loved singers – Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) .
Tickets £15 in advance | £17 on the door https://thewitham.org.uk/event/billy-mitchell-and-bob-fox/
Wed03Nov20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
It’s a busy night at Frankie’s Chippy, as always. From lasses heading out on the town, to those just passing through and the regulars who have been coming here for years. But when reports start coming in of a little girl gone missing, the community must pull together to find her before it’s too late.
Will they see what was under their noses all along?
With two performers playing all the different characters who come through the doors, Haddock and Chips will be a whistle stop tour of Whitley Bay’s finest folk. Funny and heart-warming, this is a timely play about community and how, in the hardest of times, we can find hope in humanity.
Tickets £12 | £10 under 16s https://thewitham.org.uk/event/haddock-and-chips-14/
Sat06Nov20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
The award-winning broadcaster and author, Steve Richards, presents a behind-the-scenes guide to the epic dramas in British politics.
Tickets £12 | £10 under 16s https://thewitham.org.uk/event/steve-richards-rock-and-roll-politics/
Thu25Nov20217:30 pmThe Witham Hall
6 April 1917, the Western Front. Two British soldiers are sent to deliver an urgent message to an isolated regiment. If the message is not received in time the regiment will walk into a trap and be massacred. To get to the regiment they will need to cross through enemy territory. Time is of the essence and the journey will be fraught with danger.
Triple Oscar-winning film, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Colin Firth, Andrew Scott, Daniel Mays, George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman.
Running time: 1 hour 59 minutes
Tickets £5 https://thewitham.org.uk/event/film-1917-15/