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


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



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Event Information:

  • Sat

    Mr Foxx's Fabulous Gin Fest

    6:00 pmWitham Hall, Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LYwww.thewitham.org.uk 01833 631107 info@thewitham.org.uk Centre Manager£13.00

    With fantastic live music and an awesome atmosphere in The Witham which is located in the centre of Barnard Castle., our debut event at this venue will raise the bar for gin festivals.

    Your ticket price includes:

    Entry to the Festival

    Limited edition, unique Mr Foxx’s Gin Fest gin glass

    3 Gin Tokens ( with selected package)

    Gin notepad and pen

    Exclusive live entertainment with resident guest DJ

    Photo wall….and more.

    What can you expect?

    In the spacious surroundings of The Witham our festival will showcase lesser known, small batch gin producers alongside bigger, more familiar names, with samples for you to taste. Our special Festival Guide will provide information on each of our producers.

    After your three inclusive Gins, a single 25ml gin served with its paired garnish and Fever-tree mixer will be £5 from our bespoke Gin Bar. Operating on a token basis, these can be purchased from our dedicated stand (cash and cards accepted).

    Choose from our hand-picked selection of gins, perfectly served in your own Mr Foxx glass to enjoy at the festival. Before you leave, purchase your favourites from our try-and-buy bar to take home.

    Designated driver or non-gin drinker? Don’t worry, we offer a non-gin ticket option which includes entry, entertainment and full access to the regular bar. (Tickets are limited so don’t delay.)

    Food will be available throughout the evening.

    Supported by Fever-tree Mixers.

    Over 18s only: ID will be required.