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.


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


01833 631107 Email: info@thewitham.org.uk

The Witham, 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY Registered Charity Number: 1146726



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  • Sun
    2:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Cinema poster of Anything Goes

    Filmed live at the Barbican in London, this new 5-star production of the classic musical comedy features an all-star cast led by renowned Broadway royalty Sutton Foster as Reno Sweeney, alongside Robert Lindsay (My Family), Felicity Kendal (The Good Life) and Gary Wilmot (Chicago). A heart-warming romance with spectacular dance routines and some of theatre’s most memorable songs.

    Tickets £12 | £10 under 16s Screening: Anything Goes – The Musical - The Witham

  • Thu
    7:30 pmThe Witham Hall

    Swirling colours with text Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

    THURS 9 TO SAT 11 DEC 7.30pm (MATINEE SAT 2.00pm)

    Teesdale Operatic Society is excited to bring their first musical to The Witham this December – the family favourite Joseph & The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. It’s the story of Joseph, his brothers, that coat, an Elvis Pharoah and plenty of songs that you will have sung at school. You know you’ll be singing along, but can you remember all the colours?!

    Tickets £12 | £10 under 16s | £40 Family of four TOS: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat - The Witham

  • Sun
    5:00 pmThe Witham Hall

    Photo of four lit candles with holly berries

    Join us once again for a sumptuous concert of festive music.

    The choirs of Concordia, Rondeau and No Added Sugar will entertain with carols ancient and modern, as well as traditional favourites. Each choir produces a wonderfully distinctive sound, and the concert will be your perfect start to the festive period!

    Tickets £8.00 Carols by Candlelight - The Witham

  • Fri
    The Witham Hall

    Photo of panto characters

    Pantomime is coming to The Witham this Christmas – oh yes it is! SHOWS Fri 17 to Fri 24 DEC VARIOUS TIMES

    Tom Rolfe Productions are thrilled to bring a dream of a show to Barnard Castle this festive season as they prepare to present the most spellbinding pantomime of them all – ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

    Expect beautiful costumes, stunning scenery, dazzling special effects and much, much more!

    BOOK TICKETS HERE: Sleeping Beauty - The Witham
    Adult – £12
    Under 16 – £10
    Family (4 including at least 2 children) – £40 (Extra children in family ticket +£5)
    Under 4’s free