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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.

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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

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What's On at Witham Hall Barnard Castle

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On Tuesday the 11th of October 2016 until 21 February 2017
19:30 A Brief History of Theatre (16 sessions)
One of two great courses by Laurence Sach, performing arts lecturer and freelance writer and director. A Brief History of Theatre An informal introduction to the development of European theatre from its earliest origins in ancient Greece to the five key practitioners (Henrik Ibsen, Anton Chekhov, Constantin Stanislavsky, Bertolt Brecht & Samuel Beckett) who provided the solid foundations for modern 20th and 21st century theatre. The course consists of sixteen sessions (7.30pm - 9.30pm) between Tuesday 11th October and Tuesday 21st February. A Brief History of Twenthieth Century Theatre Part Two This course traces the development of 20th century theatre from the influential writers of the Edwardian period to the role played by the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre. The course takes a thematic approach with topics including American Theatre, Musicals, Theatre at War, Irish Theatre and Censorship and the Theatre and examines the contributions of significant practitioners including Joan Littlewood, Peter Brook and Matthew Bourne. The course consists of sixteen sessions (10am - midday) between Wednesday 12th October and Wednesday 22nd February. Either course can be studied first. Each session will comprise an illustrated talk followed by a group discussion of that day's topic. There will be a mid-session break for refreshments. The courses are present by Laurence Sach, a performing arts lecturer and freelance writer and director. Price £120 per course (£100 per course if booked by July 31st)
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£120.00 16 session www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 01st of November 2016 until 31 December 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Inquisitive Infants (0-5) every Tuesdayonly
Creative sessions for 0-5 year olds. Come and explore in this creatively nurturing session, to engage children's minds, hands and imaginations. Weekly activities will help encourage and develop: • self confidence • problem solving skills • dexterity, gross and fine motor skills • social and emotional awareness Ticket includes a drink and biscuit for children and a 10% discount in The Dispensary Cafe. Email Gemma at: suitcasestudiouk@gmail.com
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01833 631107
£500, £3.00 additional sibblings
On Saturday the 31st of December 2016 until 01 December 2017
20:00 to 01:00 New Years Eve Ceilidh & Hog Roast
Support The Witham and dance the night away. Booking in advance is essential. Live Ceilidh Band. Hog Roast. Fizz & Fireworks at midnight. Live Party Band
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01833 631107
£45.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 05th of January 2017 until 28 January 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Craftspeople of the North East
Craftspeople of the North East is an exhibition of contemporary photography featuring portraits of eminent craftspeople from the North East of England. Craftspeople of the North East is an uplifting and optimistic exhibition to welcome in the new year. This exhibition of contemporary photography features portraits of eminent craftspeople from the North East of England, and has been put together by a group photographers from the Durham region who have made it their mission to photograph local people who have made an impact, in whatever way, upon life in the North East. In the case of this exhibition the photographers have focused their lenses on the talents of regional craftspeople. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 17th of January 2017 until 21 March 2017
13:30 to 15:00 Poetry for the Petrified
On great occasions – weddings, funerals, commemorations – we often turn to poetry to express our emotions clearly and powerfully. But for most of us, poetry does not impact on the rest of our lives - and that is a great pity, as it has the ability to speak to us about all the big and small questions of our existence; what it really means to be human. If you are intrigued by the idea of poetry, but maybe were put off by studying it at school, this ten-week course is for you. It aims to introduce participants to a broad range of contemporary poets and poetry. We will take some poems apart to see how they work in terms of rhyme, rhythm, images, and other poetic techniques, and begin to build our own poems from what we learn. The course consists of ten two-hour sessions on Tuesdays from 1.30 – 3.30 between Tuesday 17th January and Tuesday 21st March. Bring a notebook and a pen! The course is presented by Judi Sutherland, a poet living and writing in Barnard Castle
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£7.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 26th of January 2017
19:30 Film : Captain Fantastic (15)
Engaging road movie about an eccentric clan - a sharp portrayal of modern life and its hypocrisies an limitations. **** EMPIRE In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent. Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids -- educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature.
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of February 2017 until 25 February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Romance and Roses
At a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart, Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. Romance and Roses is an exhibition that draws upon artists' interpretations of love and romance. From a depiction of a quiet walk in the woods, a last Rolo, a remembered sunset, a single red rose, or a tender caress, there is no single way to describe an emotion that means so many different things to so many different people; however, this exhibition aims to present interpretations of that special something at a time of the year when people are turning their attention to matters of the heart. This exhibition presents an exciting opportunity for artists to display and sell unique works of art over the Valentine's Day and half-term period in an interactive exhibition that will attract many families into the Gallery at The Witham. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of February 2017 until 25 February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Romance and Roses
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016). Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of February 2017
19:00 NTL : Amadeus (12A)
Lucian Msamati (Luther, Game of Thrones, NT Live: The Comedy of Errors) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer’s iconic play, broadcast live from the National Theatre, and with live orchestral accompaniment by Southbank Sinfonia. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna, the music capital of the world – and he’s determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius, court composer Antonio Salieri has the power to promote his talent or destroy his name. Seized by obsessive jealousy he begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God. After winning multiple Olivier and Tony Awards when it had its premiere at the National Theatre in 1979, Amadeus was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 04th of February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Farmers Market
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, ginger wine and puddings, game and fish, spicy sauces and lots more. We’re outdoors on the cobbles in Barnard Castle the first Saturday each month.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Sunday the 05th of February 2017
15:00 Bolshoi Ballet : Swan lake (12A)
For the 7th consecutive year, the Bolshoi Ballet opens its doors to global audiences only in cinemas for a 2016-2017 season boasting impeccable classicism and daring performances. With timeless classics, the Bolshoi proves once again that it is one of the world’s foremost ballet companies. At moonlight on the banks of a mysterious lake, Prince Siegfried meets the bewitched swan-woman Odette. Completely spellbound by her beauty, he swears his faithfulness to her. However, the Prince realizes too late that Fate has another plan for him….A ballet of ultimate beauty and a score of unparalleled perfection born at the Bolshoi in 1877. In the dual role of white swan Odette and her rival black swan Odile, prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova exudes both vulnerability and cunning through superb technical mastery, alongside the powerful and emotional Siegfried, Denis Rodkin. Including breathtaking scenes with the Bolshoi’s corps de ballet, this is classical ballet at its finest. Captured live on Jan 25, 2015
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Thursday the 09th of February 2017
19:30 Film : Anthropoid (15)
The compelling true story of a daring plot to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, one of the chief architects of the final solution. Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.**** THE GUARDIAN
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 11th of February 2017
11:00 Starlight by Chris Bostock (age 2-6)
Storytelling in Performance for children between 2 and 6. With simple props and a handkerchief, wonderful storyteller Chris Bostock returns to The Witham to tell the story of a little possum, who has a great adventure, learning about friendship and family whilst discovering lots of things about science and nature. Starlight is the story of little possum, who went outside one night and saw bright stars shining in the sky. They were so beautiful. He collected some starlight to take home. The next day his mother was ill and little possum had to find his own food. He was afraid of going out alone, but his mother told him how brave and clever he was…and so his great journey began. He met other interesting animals along the way, who taught him all about friendship and family. He also discovered lots of things about science and nature. Caught in the dark he had to find his way home by starlight.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£7.00, £22.00 family www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 15th of February 2017
18:30 Teesdale Business Awards
The Teesdale Business Awards return to The Witham this year for a celebration of all that is good in Teesdale Businesses and Community Groups. The work of individuals as well as the collective work of organisations in celebrated in this unique event organised by Enterprise House in Barnard Castle. The key note speaker will be the entrepreneur, Sara Davies, founder of Crafter’s Companion. Sarah has been appointed as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Her Majesty’s Birthday 2016 Honors List as a result of her contribution and achievements in the craft industry. Networking commences at 6.30pm Ceremony commences at 7.00pm
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 16th of February 2017
19:00 NTL : St Joan (12A)
Gemma Arterton is Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse. Bernard Shaw’s classic play follows the life and trial of a young country girl who declares a bloody mission to drive the English from France. As one of the first Protestants and nationalists, she threatens the very fabric of the feudal society and the Catholic Church across Europe. Josie Rourke (Coriolanus, Les Liaisons Dangereuses) directs Gemma Arterton (Gemma Bovery, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham) as Joan of Arc in this electrifying production.
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01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 17th of February 2017
20:00 Sam Carter
Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Described as ‘the finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his generation’ by Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, Sam has toured the world, equally happy to perform intimate solo shows on acoustic guitar, on electric with a full band, or to collaborate with other artists. Recent collaborations have included a trip to Pakistan to work with revered South Asian classical musicians Sajid Hussain and Haroon Samuel; an appearance on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show playing songs co-written with Zimbabwean musician and former refugee Lucky Moyo; and closer to home as part of the all-star tribute tour The Lady: A Homage To Sandy Denny. In 2014 Sam teamed with Jim Moray to form False Lights, a band with the stated aim of updating the template of folk rock and making a joyful racket. Their 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated album Salvor, released the following year, was praised from all corners – proving that people really were ready for traditional English songs played in a style that owed as much to Radiohead as it did to Fairport Convention. Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings captures this fervently admired singer, songwriter and guitarist at his most passionate and moving. Recorded live to tape in the studio, the album was produced by Dom Monks (who worked with Ethan Johns on records by Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini and The Staves) and keyboardist Neil Cowley (Neil Cowley Trio, best known for his contributions to Adele’s 19 and 21 albums). In addition to Neil, whose emotive piano lines were often improvised, the band includes fiddler Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, Leveret and BBC Folk Musician of the Year) drummer Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio) and Sam’s longstanding bassist Matt Ridley. How The City Sings features twelve songs that are at times affectingly intimate and at others brimming with righteous rage. As the album formed, Sam began to notice these songs were shot through with images and aspects of London. After ten years living in the capital it had become not only the backdrop but a central player in the parts of his life these lyrics detailed. Unconsciously How The City Sings became a way of processing where he was, in every sense. “What’s important to me about the record is that my experiences and what I sing about have become inseparable. I’m writing about my own life but also trying to give voice to the lives of others.” How the City Sings is the most personal album of Sam Carter’s career, and when songs are this heartfelt and true they connect with us all. ‘…like one of his heroes Richard Thompson, Carter has the ability to enthral with just one climactic chord when he moves effortlessly into rock guitar mode and the jagged contrast with his softer side makes it all the more effective… he has such an abundance of natural talent, and you will him on all the way’ fRoots
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01833 631107
£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 18th of February 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Norther Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods - jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices. They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 21st of February 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Half term story telling
Come along and enjoy stories told from our beautiful storytelling chair with colouring in activities in the café.
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Donation suggested £2 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 22nd of February 2017
13:30 to 15:00 Sweetheart craft workshop
Make beautiful keepsakes and tokens, learn about romantic traditions from different parts of the world and try your hand at different crafts to make beautiful keepsakes and tokens to take home.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 22nd of February 2017
19:30 Master Musicians : Alim Baisenbayer
Alim Baisenbayer studied at the Central Music School of Moscow and the Purcell School in the UK. His first visit to The Witham, Alim will be playing works by Beethoven, Chopin & Debussy.
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01833 631107
£8.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 23rd of February 2017
13:30 Film matinee ; BFG (PG)
A beautiful remake of one of Roald Dahl's most popular stories, the BFG, directed by Steven Speilberg. A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. A Scrumdiddlumcious feast'. THE GUARDIAN
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 23rd of February 2017
19:30 Film : I, Daniel Blake (12A)
Ken Loach's long-anticipate, compelling drama about 21st Century Britain which 'resonates long after you leave the cinema'. A middle aged carpenter who requires state welfare after injuring himself, is joined by a single mother in a similar scenario. 'Ken Loach crafts a Cathy Come Home for the 21st century, the raw anger of which resonates long after you leave the cinema.' ***** THE GUARDIAN
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 24th of February 2017
14:00 The Musicians of Bremen (3-7)
A musical adventure for 3 - 7 year olds. A highly visual show, with puppetry, live music, circus and movement. Created in 2005 by Artistic Director Hayli Clifton, French company Compagnie Animotion has a record of high quality, outstanding visual performance with five children’s shows, one street show and one aerial and contemporary circus creation. They have been making shows developing arts activities for Deaf audiences since 2005. In 2009 they widened their aims to create an international, visual language of theatre, accessible to all. “Where outcast animals find a new home”. When we are old, we are seen as no longer useful. Campagnie Animotion's adaptation of Grimm’s The Musicians of Bremen tells the tale of 4 animals put to pasture; a donkey, a cat, a cockerel and a dog.Too old to be of any use to their masters, they explore their adventures finding each other, and their extraordinary friendship, despite the odds. Morally it shows that despite differences, we can be friends, and that the older generation contributes a great deal to society. With puppetry, movement and trapeze, all accompanied by live music, this show builds on our reputation of high quality, non-verbal work for young audiences.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£8.00 individual, £6.00 child, £25.00 family. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 28th of February 2017
19:00 Royal Opera House Live : Sleeping Beauty
Celebrate 70 years of the Royal Ballet landmark production and enter an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magical spells. A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet's, The Sleeping Beauty combines the best of classical ballet, with all its charms and virtuosity, splendid music and talented dancers. First choreographed to Tchaikovsky's great musical score by Marius Petipa in Russia in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty has wonderful ensembles, solos including the Rose Adage as Princess Aurora meets her suitors, and of course the concluding celebratory dances for the happy union of prince and princess. The Royal Ballet's landmark staging was revived for the Company's 75th anniversary celebrations in 2006. The designs by Oliver Messell, one of the greatest stage designers of the 20th century, were restored and updated for this production by Peter Farmer. The rich evocations of the baroque opulence of a royal court, the panoramic journey of the prince to the overgrown castle and the colourful characters in this famous fairytale make this Sleeping Beauty a spectacle like no other.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Thursday the 02nd of March 2017 until 25 March 2017
10:00 to 16:00 A Dream of the Sea
Escape to the sea in an exhibition that invites the viewer to immerse one's self in all of the perspective shifting drama, fun and frolics that are enjoyed beside the sea. Indulge your senses, and dare to dream of the sea whilst our days are landlocked, and the nights are still long and dark. A Dream of the Sea is an exhibition of fine art paintings, prints, and photography that aims to immerse the viewer in all of the perspective shifting drama, fun and frolics that are enjoyed beside the sea. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 02nd of March 2017
19:30 Film : Deep Water Horizon (12A)
A gripping true life account of the oil rig disaster staring Kurt Russell and John Malkovich. In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project's long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers' fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig's various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history. 'Explosive but intelligent' THE GUARDIAN
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 03rd of March 2017
13:00 to 14:30 The Hut People schools workshop
A fantastic opportunity for children to enjoy music activities with the world-renowned percussionist and accordion players who form, The Hut People. Please contact info@thewitham.org.uk for more information about the workshop. Taking the audience on a voyage across the globe with their varied material, they perform a hugely engaging, entertaining and truly unique blend of home-grown tunes mixed with British, Nordic and European folk music, perfectly formed & embellished with the driving accordion and a dazzling array of exotic percussion. Accordionist Sam Pirt & Percussionist Gary Hammond both have extensive backgrounds in music - having been part of and performed alongside legendary acts such as The Beautiful South, Nina Simone, The Dubliners & Sharon Shannon, their playing is still very much in high demand. Great music & virtuosity aside, a show from The Hut People is overflowing with humor, spontaneity and a 100% commitment to their getting-the-crowd-involved ethos. Don’t miss them.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 03rd of March 2017
20:00 The Hut People
An infectious blend of folk from around the world . “The only band to have been asked back 8 times consecutively – because they’re so good!” Swaledale Festival. Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have over the last 4 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well! This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. With 2017 already looking to be their biggest year to date, don’t miss this fantastic duo! “a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2 “This is a brilliantly unique sound – a duo of piano accordion and percussion defiantly unbounded by British traditions as they stride into world music.” THE SCOTSMAN
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 04th of March 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Farmers Market
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, ginger wine and puddings, game and fish, spicy sauces and lots more. We’re outdoors on the cobbles in Barnard Castle the first Saturday each month.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 07th of March 2017
19:30 Exhibition on Screen : I, Claude Monet
From award-winning director Phil Grabsky comes this fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist – through his own words. Using letters and other private writings I, Claude Monet reveals new insight into the man who not only painted the picture that gave birth to impressionism but who was perhaps the most influential and successful painter of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite this, and perhaps because of it, Monet’s life is a gripping tale about a man who, behind his sun-dazzled canvases, suffered from feelings of depression, loneliness, even suicide. Then, as his art developed and his love of gardening led to the glories of his garden at Giverney, his letters reveal his humour, insight and love of life. Shot on location in Paris, London, Normandy and Venice I, Claude Monet is a cinematic immersion into some of the most loved and iconic scenes in Western Art.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 08th of March 2017
19:30 Les Bordeliques present Blind Date (11+)
Dance and music become the voice of original and memorable characters, desperate to find a soul mate. In a wacky and absurd blind date, a musician and a dancer embody three men and three women as they collide to form unlikely pairs. From stilts to high heels , classical violin to contemporary music, step dancing shoes to ballet slippers, six archetypes bring us an amusing dating game through the tease of seduction and a comedic clash of personalities. Between a sensual smile and a crestfallen look, will Pretentious succumb to the charms of Femme Fatale? Can Neurotic summon the gusto to survive a date with Rebel? Does Romantic have the sweet gestures to woo Shy? Will these lonely halves dance their way toward the perfect shoe with the perfect fit? A singular performance, both funny and touching, where dance and music become the voice of original and memorable characters, desperate to find a soul mate. These two Canadian Cirque De Soleil performers create a captivating mix of circus, mime, dance and theatre.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 09th of March 2017
19:00 NTL : Hedda Gabbler (12a)
Just married. Bored already. Hedda longs to be free...Hedda and Tesman have just returned from their honeymoon and the relationship is already in trouble. Trapped but determined, Hedda tries to control those around her, only to see her own world unravel. Tony Award-winning director Ivo van Hove (A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic Theatre) returns to National Theatre Live screens with a modern production of Ibsen’s masterpiece. Ruth Wilson (Luther, The Affair, Jane Eyre) plays the title role in a new version by Patrick Marber (Notes on a Scandal, Closer).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 10th of March 2017
20:00 Oysters3
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters 3 take to the road again in 2017. John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm - and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!”
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£16.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 11th of March 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods - jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices. They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.
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On Wednesday the 15th of March 2017
19:30 Master Musicians : Gulsin Onay
“…An artist with a sensitive decisiveness and intelligent brilliance, who is passionate and who has the ability to entrust everything that is tender as is smilingly to her intelligent fingers – a supreme pianist, full of fantasy” Peter Cosse. A programme of Chopin, Liszt and Saygun. Gülsin Onay's truly international career has spanned 72 countries across all continents, from Venezuela to Japan. Gülsin Onay has given concerts in the major musical centres of the world such as Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Washington DC National Gallery of Art and the New York Miller Theater. She has performed as a soloist with such leading orchestras as Dresden Staatskapelle, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic, Japan Philharmonic, Munich Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Tokyo Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic and Vienna Symphony Orchestras. Conductors with which she has performed include Vladimir Ashkenazy, Erich Bergel, Michael Boder, Andrey Boreyko, Jorg Faerber, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Edward Gardner, Neeme Jarvi, Emmanuel Krivine, Ingo Metzmacher, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jose Serebrier, Vassily Sinaisky, Stanislaw Wislocki and Lothar Zagrosek. Ms. Onay's many festival appearances include Berlin, Warsaw, Granada, Mozartfest Würzburg, Newport, Schleswig-Holstein and Istanbul. Her 2015-2016 season highlights are recitals in many cities in Turkey and in Paris, Valetta, Sao Paulo, Brazilya, Luxembourg, Tokyo, New York among others, and numerous concerto appearances, including the premier of the piano concerto by Bujor Hoinic. In 2017, the 110th birth anniversary of Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Turkey’s greatest composer who was also her teacher. Gülsin Onay will be performing his works in many cities in and outside of Turkey from Hong Kong to Germany. She will also record his works for solo piano. An exceptional Chopin interpreter, Gülsin Onay was in 2007 honoured with the award of a State Medal by the Polish nation. She is also acknowledged worldwide as the finest interpreter of the music of A.Adnan Saygun, whose works feature prominently in her concerts and recordings, and whose 2nd Piano Concerto (which she has premiered in Turkey and abroad) was dedicated to her. Other contemporary composers who have dedicated works to Gülsin Onay are Hubert Stuppner, Denis Dufour, Jean-Louis Petit, Muhiddin Dürrüoğlu-Demiriz and Marc-André Hamelin. Gülsin Onay has also given world premieres of concertos by Stuppner and Tabakov.
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On Thursday the 16th of March 2017
19:30 Film : Son of Saul (15)
In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, a prisoner forced to burn the corpses of his own people finds moral survival upon trying to salvage from the flames the body of a boy he takes for his son. Two days in the life of Saul Auslander, Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando at one of the Auschwitz Crematoriums who, to bury the corpse of a boy he takes for his son, tries to carry out his impossible deed: salvage the body and find a rabbi to bury it. While the Sonderkommando is to be liquidated at any moment, Saul turns away of the living and their plans of rebellion to save the remains of a son he never took care of when he was still alive. “Deserving winner at the Oscars, Golden Globes and Cannes - intelligent and compelling drama about real humanity within a concentration camp.” ***** THE GUARDIAN
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On Friday the 17th of March 2017
19:30 Zendeh Theatre present Transit
Conflict wounds us all. A gripping play about a girl and her father who meet in the transit lounge of the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. As they reach out to each other, an event a world away impacts of their reconciliation. For the first time in ten years Darya, and her father, Roger, meet in the transit lounge of Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam. She is a dual-national, trapped between two cultures, living through trauma; with a singing voice that lights the darkness. He is a professor of music, blinded by privilege, with a narrow view of the political landscape. As they reach out to one another, an event a world away impacts their reconciliation. It is the 4th of July 1988, the day after Iran Air Flight 655, a civilian plane flying between Bandar Abbas and Dubai, was shot down by the United States Navy guided missile cruiser USS Vincennes. The missile killed all 290 passengers on board the flight, including 66 children and 16 crew members. The incident took place in Iranian airspace, over Iran's territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, and on the flight's usual flight path. America has never apologised for its conduct. The curated post-show talks programme will take place after each show, bringing a focus to the themes of the show and its relevance to 21st Century Britain.
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£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 18th of March 2017
11:00 The Owl and the Pussycat (3-7)
The Owl and the Pussycat are surprised when a storm sweeps them out the window, SPLASH! On to an unexpected voyage to a curious land! The Owl and the Pussycat live in a dull and dusty world, so imagine how shocked and surprised they are when a stupendous storm sweeps them out of the window, SPLASH! On to an unexpected sea voyage to a curious land. But who will they meet? Which way should they go? And, what is a runcible spoon? A joyful journey for energetic little explorers and their grownups. Using puppets and live music, Kitchen Zoo brings to life an unexpected telling of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat. For children aged 3 - 7
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£7.00 adult, £5.00 child www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 21st of March 2017
19:30 Exhibition on Screen : American Impressionism, The Artist's Garden
A story American Impressionism. Following the smash hit Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse from Season 3 of EXHIBITION ON SCREEN comes a new film based on the hugely popular exhibition ‘The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement’ from the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut, widely considered a home of American impressionism. American impressionism took its lead from French artists like Renoir and Monet but followed its own path that over a thirty-year period reveals as much about America as a nation as it does about a much-loved artistic movement. The story of American impressionism is closely tied to a love of gardens and a desire to preserve nature in a rapidly urbanizing nation. Travelling to studios, gardens and treasured locations throughout the Eastern United States, UK and France, this mesmerising film is a feast for the eyes.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 23rd of March 2017
19:30 Film : Nocturnal Animals (15)
A "story inside a story," in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called "Nocturnal Animals," which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself. 'This stylish psychodrama is a skillful synthesis of the mood of Hitchcock, the skewed reality of Lynch and Kubrick’s obsessive attention to detail' THE GUARDIAN ****
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 25th of March 2017
10:30 Daisy Doodle Paint a Pot
Daisy Doodle is a small family run paint a pot parlour in the heart of the thriving market town of Northallerton. Come along to The Witham this time to spend a few hours relaxing and creating your own unique piece of pottery. Daisy Doodle is pots of fun for all the family, no matter what age. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic, no experience is necessary and there are lots of pattern books and stencils available. The friendly, hands on team are always available to provide assistance and inspirational ideas. Daisy Doodle will provide everything you need from the paint and supplies to the inspiration and ideas. Cost of pot £4 - £40.
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£4.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 25th of March 2017
20:00 Hayley McKay
Hailing from Darlington, Hayley McKay is an extraordinarily gifted singer/songwriter with an amazing voice who has immersed herself in music and the performing arts throughout her young life. In 2011 Hayley won a national competition that funded a scholarship to study vocals at The Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM). From there she graduated to an artist development course in London with Access to Music whose former alumni includes Rita Ora, Jesse Glynne and Ed Sheeran. Still just 25, 2016 has been a big year for Hayley. Not only has she started to make a reputation for herself as ‘one to watch’ with outstanding performances at renowned London music venues such as The Troubadour, Ronnie Scott’s, The Half Moon, The Bedford and the O2 Academy Islington, Hayley has played a number of high profile gigs. They include Northumberland Live (June 25th) - as the main support for Scouting For Girls - and Cornbury Festival (July 9th) with Bryan Ferry, Jamie Cullum and Seal.
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On Wednesday the 29th of March 2017
19:30 Royal Northern Sinfonia Chamber Music for Strings
The very best live chamber music for strings performed by Sage Gateshead's premier ensemble performing works by Mozart, Schubert, Kodaly and Brahms
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£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 30th of March 2017 until 12 April 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Wonderous Watercolours
Watercolourists Michael Farmer, Jenny Ulyatt, and Sarah Hill present an exhibition of refreshing watercolour paintings that delight in the colour, light and shape that occur naturally around them. Durham artists Sarah Hill and Jenny Ulyatt paint alongside Michael Farmer in their shared stuido in Ainderby Steeple, North Yorkshire. The trio have come together to present an exhibition of refreshing watercolour paintings that delight in the colour, light and shape that occur naturally around them. Ulyatt's organic work grows out of her sketches, photographs, memories of places, and imagination. creating work that is more interesting, surprising and lively than the sum of its parts; whilst Hill takes great pleasure in exploring the colours, clarity, patterns and fluidity that are so integral to watercolour painting. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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On Thursday the 30th of March 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Madam Butterfly
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly is one of the most popular of all operas, with ravishing music and a heartbreaking story of a loving geisha deserted by a callous American husband. Much-loved soprano Ermonela Jaho sings the title role for the first time at Covent Garden, in Moshe Leiser and Patrice Caurier's stunningly beautiful production. The exotic imagery of the Nagasaki setting is drawn from 19th-century Western artists' romanticized views of Japan. Puccini's music brings alive the birdsong of the morning, the ritual of a wedding and the seduction by naval officer B.F. Pinkerton (sung by exciting young tenor Marcelo Puente) of his young, innocent bride. Well known moments include the impassioned aria ‘Un bel dì’ (One fine day) as the abandoned Cio-Cio-San clings vainly to her dreams.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Saturday the 01st of April 2017 until 02 April 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods - jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices. They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.
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On Wednesday the 05th of April 2017
19:30 Master Musicians : Michael Newman & Tyler Hay
Michael Newman is equally comfortable in Classical, Jazz and Folk styles and recently completed his Masters Degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music with renowned Swedish cellist and composer Mats Lindstrom. He is cellist with the Fitzroy Quartet with whom he regularly performs throughout the country and abroad. He also composes, and current projects include a suite of pieces for bassist Toby Hughes, and research into the chamber music of Darius Milhaud. Michael plays an 1843 cello by Henri Thouvenel. Tyler Hay studied at the Kent Academy and the Purcell School. He has performed Rachmaninoff's 2nd Sonata at the Wigmore Hall, and Scriabin's 5th Sonata at the South Bank's Purcell Room. In February 2016, he won First Prize in the Keyboard Section of the Royal Overseas League Competition.
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On Thursday the 06th of April 2017
19:00 NTL : Twelfth Night (12A)
Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity. A ship is wrecked on the rocks. Viola is washed ashore but her twin brother Sebastian is lost. Determined to survive on her own, she steps out to explore a new land. So begins a whirlwind of mistaken identity and unrequited love. The nearby households of Olivia and Orsino are overrun with passion. Even Olivia's upright housekeeper Malvolia is swept up in the madness. Where music is the food of love, and nobody is quite what they seem, anything proves possible. Simon Godwin (NT Live: Man and Superman, NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem) directs this joyous new production with Tamsin Greig (Friday Night Dinner, Black Books, Episodes) as a transformed Malvolia. an ensemble cast that includes Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Jericho), Tamara Lawrence (Undercover), Doon Mackichan (Smack the Pony) and Daniel Ezra (The Missing, Undercover).
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On Friday the 07th of April 2017
19:30 Ian McMilland & Tony Husband
Yorkshire poet, broadcaster and comedian Ian McMillan and Cartoonist of the Year, Tony Husband bring this fast-flowing adventure, reflecting on local stories and legends. For audiences, 9 - 109!
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£12.50 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 08th of April 2017
20:00 Three Cane Whales
Multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale comprises Alex Vann (Spiro), Pete Judge (Get The Blessing) and Paul Bradley (Scottish Dance Theatre). It combines the influences of folk, minimalism, classical and film music to produce something “fascinating, remarkable, and impressively original” (The Guardian ), in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).
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£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 11th of April 2017
10:30 Eggspert Egg Decorating Workshop
An exciting workshop using natural dyes and a whole array of interesting and creative techniques to decorate and make striking eggs. Provided by The Green Bee Creatives
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£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 11th of April 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Jewels
George Balanchine’s timeless evocation of the brilliance and sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds. George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’. Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Wednesday the 12th of April 2017
19:30 Paul Eddis and Emma Fisk Duo
Emma Fisk (violin) and Paul Edis (piano) present a programme of classical, jazz and tango music from the years 1880-1950, taking their audience on a musical journey through this tumultuous but immensely creative period in musical history. From Dvorak's romantic violin in 1880s Prague to the instantly recognisable tango, La Cumparsita in 1916 Uraguay; to Princeton University in the 1940s where Einstein performed music written for him by Martinu and London during the Blitz where Stephane Grappelli spent his war years ; this musical evening will give you a fascinating tour of people, places and music! "...a musical tour (de force) across continents, centuries, and genres..."
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£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 13th of April 2017
13:32 Film : pete's Dragon (PG)
Pete, a boy is found in a forest. Apparently he's been living there for six years after an accident took his parents. A ranger named Grace decides to take him in and when she asks him how he survived all by himself, he says he had a friend, Elliot, with him. He draws a picture of Elliot and it's a picture of a dragon. Grace takes the picture to her father who claims that years ago, he encountered a dragon in the forest. Grace takes Pete back to the forest and he shows them where he lives and Elliot. A man saw Elliot and when he tells about his experience and is not believed, he sets out to prove it by capturing the dragon. 'A remarkable remake of the Disney studio's 1977 film of the same name...indulge in a spot of nostalgia' THE TELEGRAPH
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£5.00 adult, £4.00 child www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 14th of April 2017 until 15 April 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Designer Makers Market
Showcasing some of the very best regional designers and craftspeople with a strong 'up-cycled' theme. The market includes demonstrations and 'have-a-go' sessions where people of all ages can try their hand at learning a new craft.
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On Tuesday the 18th of April 2017
10:30 Sights of Spring
Inspired by the sounds of spring, Kathryn Guy from the Green Bee Creatives will guide children to create their own springtime polymer clay sculptures. Taking themes from Phillis Gershator's wonderful book, 'Listen Listen!'
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£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 18th of April 2017
19:30 Exhibition on screen : The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (12A)
EXHIBITION ON SCREEN’s newest film lets viewers explore the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition which brought Hieronymus Bosch masterpieces from around the world back to his hometown in the Netherlands. Hieronymus Bosch – Visions of Genius at the Het Noordbrabants Museum (3 February - 8 May 2016) was the largest ever Bosch retrospective, bringing 36 of his 44 surviving works together in Den Bosch. The exhibition took a radical approach, offering research and conservation expertise in exchange for loans from the world’s best museums. Over 420,000 people flocked to the exhibition to marvel at Bosch’s curious creations, with opening hours extended to 1am to accommodate the phenomenal demand. Now UK audiences can enjoy a front row seat to Bosch’s extraordinary homecoming - without the crowds. Accompanied by expert insights from the exhibition’s curators and leading cultural critics, the film will delve into the life of the visionary artist to explore the inspiration behind his strange and haunting works. Contributors include maverick filmmaker and artist Peter Greenaway, The Times’ Chief Art Critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston, and Director of the Het Noordbrabants Museum Dr. Charles de Mooij. The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch will allow audiences to appreciate the detail of Bosch’s paintings like never before, offering close-up views of the curiosities hidden within his brimming canvases, from cannibalistic clergymen to three-headed birds. The film brings to life the original form of Bosch’s famous altarpieces, which have long been separated and are now divided between the world’s great museums. It also reveals new discoveries made by the Bosch Research and Conservation Project during preparations for the exhibition, using cutting-edge technology to uncover yet further layers to Bosch’s multifaceted paintings.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 20th of April 2017
13:30 Film : Queen of Katwe (PG)
Living in the slum of Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle for 10-year-old Phiona (Madina Nalwanga) and her family. Her world changes one day when she meets Robert Katende (David Oyelowo), a missionary who teaches children how to play chess. Phiona becomes fascinated with the game and soon becomes a top player under Katende's guidance. Her success in local competitions and tournaments opens the door to a bright future and a golden chance to escape from a life of poverty. Disney’s rags-to-riches tale of a Ugandan chess champion will leave you with a lump in your throat. THE GUARDIAN ****
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£5.00 adult, £4.00 child www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 26th of April 2017
19:00 RSC live : Julius Caesar (12A)
Julius Caesar begins the Roman series, with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence in a race to claim the empire, after the all-conquering Caesar returns from war. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control. Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling through the corridors of power. The Rome season in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre opens with the politics of spin and betrayal turning to violence. Following his sell-out productions of Tom Morton-Smith’s Oppenheimer (2014) and James Fenton’s adaptation of Don Quixote (2016), Season Director Angus Jackson steers the thrilling action
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 27th of April 2017 until 20 May 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Emotive Landscapes
Celebrated artists Dawn Brookes, Debbie Loane an Andrew Dalton present an abstract exhibition inspired by landscapes. Working across painting, printmaking and drawing, celebrated artists Dawn Brookes, Debbie Loane and Andrew Dalton come together to present a stunning exhibition of abstracted, emotive landscapes. Debbie Loane: 'I come from a largely agricultural background. As a painter working with the landscape I am constantly challenged to create work which acknowledges the romantic splendour of the Northern landscape, whilst at the same time being conscious that my work is rooted in the daily practicalities of rural life. As a result my work can take many forms.' Andrew Dalton: 'As an artist, I am fascinated by black and white. In print, painting and drawing I use black, and its gradations to white, as the vehicle through which I express myself. Whether figurative or abstract, my imagery represents a personal narrative; a distillation of moments that represent experience. A dragonfly, bird or figure can represent itself or the memory of an event, place or time. I try to create images that offer the viewer ambiguous forms to consider and fill with their own meaning.' Dawn Brooks: 'I create abstract monochrome prints that are stark, intimate and expressive. By combining drawing with drypoint etching and collagraph, I develop the printing plate, instinctively reacting to marks as they are made. The process retains a spontaneity and fluidity whilst exploiting the technical discipline of printmaking. The layering of abstract mark making gives the prints a subtlety and depth which accentuates their physical presence. The sequence and rhythm of lines creates the illusion of floating between, or passing through, veils of thin air.' Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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On Saturday the 29th of April 2017
20:00 Jig Doll
A combination of clogs, folk music, digital layering and Hannah Jame's beautiful and delicate voice. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance.
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£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 05th of May 2017
20:00 Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
One of the UK folk scene's most rewarding enduring partnerships. Their intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them am enviable reputation as 'songwriters par excellence'. Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." – Festivalsforall.com
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£13.00 in advance, £15.00 on door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 06th of May 2017
10:30 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods - jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage. Based in Cumbria, Northern Crafts are event organisers, running arts, craft, gift and wedding events in Cumbria and the North East of England. Founded in 2012, they aim to provide local artists and craftspeople with access to good quality venues and events at affordable prices. They have a wide variety of artists and craftspeople featured on our website and present at our fairs, along with a selection of purveyors of quality gifts and foods.
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On Saturday the 06th of May 2017
19:30 Richard Navarro : Let the People Sing
Richard brings a chorus of singers from across County Durham and beyond adding energy to captivating songs and Nicholas Thurston's double bass. Richard Navarro is an extraordinary vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Evocative and uplifting, his original songs take the folk traditions of melody and storytelling and supercharge them through live looping and improvisation. Recently described as ‘staggeringly talented’ by the BRIT/Mercury Award-winning producer Charlie Andrew, he has frequently opened for Joan Armatrading on her UK tours and throughout 2017 is collaborating with professional and amateur choirs both here and abroad. His show at The Witham will feature a chorus of singers from different groups across Country Durham and surrounding areas, bringing added energy to captivating songs that also feature Nicholas Thurston on double bass. “Finely-crafted songwriting” Joan Armatrading
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On Wednesday the 10th of May 2017
19:30 Master Musicians : Mark Viner
Mark Viner, 26, is recognised as one of the most exciting British concert pianists of his generation. His playing is notable for its individuality, tonal allure, musical integrity and technical mastery. He began playing at the age of 11 and two years later, he was awarded a scholarship to enter the Purcell School of Music. There he took lessons with Tessa Nicholson for the next five years. Another scholarship to him to the Royal College of Music where he studied with Niel Immelman for six years and graduated with both first class honours in a Bachelor of Music degree and a distinction in Masters of Performance. He has given acclaimed performances at London’s Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smith Square and Royal Academy of Art. Engagements in his hometown of Oxford include recitals at the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building and a public masterclass with Lang Lang at the Sheldonian Theatre, while earlier in the year he was invited to play for the Royal visit of H.R.H. Prince Charles, later making his début with the Oxford Philomusica Orchestra at the Sheldonian Theatre under the batôn of Marios Papadopoulos. After being awarded 1st Prize at the C.V. Alkan – P. J. G. Zimmerman International Piano Competition in Athens last year, invitations abroad have continued to flourish. While having travelled for concerts at the Achilleion Palace of Corfu and the Megaro Moussikis of Athens, his official début in the Hellenic capital was hailed by the press as the most important musical event of 2012. Following his Athenian triumph, he was elected Honorary Board Member and Special Music Advisor of the C.V. Alkan – P. J. G. Zimmerman International Music Association as well as Honorary Member of the Gina Bachauer International Music Association. Awards received in previous years include a bursary from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust and the Sarah Mundlak Memorial Prize for Piano which he received for having gained the highest mark in the year for his final recital in the Royal College of Music. A programme of Alkan, Liszt and Godowsky
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On Saturday the 13th of May 2017
20:00 Lost Dog Theatre Company present Paradise Lost (13+)
There is a possibility that God made everything because he was terrified of doing nothing. Here is a re-telling of the story of the beginning of everything inspired by Milton’s Paradise Lost – told through words, music and the easily misunderstood medium of dance. A show for anyone who has ever created anything (a child, a garden, a paper aeroplane) and then had to watch that wonderful thing spiral out of control.
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On Friday the 19th of May 2017
19:30 Art with a Heart (14+)
'Declaration' takes you on vibrant and daring adventure that asks you to roll around in your weirdness, make a hat out of it and dance. Instinctive, curious, bold and bouncy; Sarah is a mighty proud square peg, which wouldn’t be such a problem if the hole wasn’t so damn round. Sarah grew up feeling different. Her childhood Doctor thought it was sugar. Her current Doctor thinks its ADHD. Sarah still feels different, so what will a label do? Will it change the way you see her and the way she sees herself?
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£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 24th of May 2017
19:00 RSC live : Anthony and Cleopatra (12A)
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Torn between love and duty, Antony’s military brilliance deserts him, and his passion leads the lovers to their tragic end. Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct, following his critically acclaimed productions of Othello (2015) and Much Ado About Nothing (2012).
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On Thursday the 25th of May 2017 until 17 June 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Fields and Hedgerows
Fields and Hedgerows is an art exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world. This joyful group show features images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows. With the coming of spring and the nearing of summer comes the rediscovery of animals and insects in the fields and hedgerows that surround us. Fields and Hedgerows is an exhibition inspired by the magical discovery of the natural world as exemplified in The Witham’s wonderful Storytelling Chair, a commission by local textile artist Glynis Manning. This joyful exhibition features images of animals and insects that might be found in Teesdale fields and hedgerows and has been curated with the intention of appealing to visitors of all ages. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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On Thursday the 25th of May 2017
19:30 Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (plus optional supper)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, have come a long way on their journey. In 2009, Phillip, one of the UK's finest slide guitarists and harmonica players, moved into a tent in south Devon. He had just returned from studying Indian classical guitar in Calcutta with world expert Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. He had his tent, his car, and a five year plan to earn a living through his music. Playing in alt-folk outfit The Roots Union, he met Devonian fiddle-singer Hannah Martin, and the pair instantly recognised a very powerful musical connection. When the band ended, they continued as a duo, playing all over the country, from Glastonbury festival to busking sessions on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Week.
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£15.00 in advance, £17.00 on door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 27th of May 2017
10:30 Daisy Doodle Paint a Pot
Daisy Doodle is a small family run paint a pot parlour in the heart of the thriving market town of Northallerton. Come along to The Witham this time to spend a few hours relaxing and creating your own unique piece of pottery. Daisy Doodle is pots of fun for all the family, no matter what age. Don’t worry if you’re not artistic, no experience is necessary and there are lots of pattern books and stencils available. The friendly, hands on team are always available to provide assistance and inspirational ideas. Daisy Doodle will provide everything you need from the paint and supplies to the inspiration and ideas. Cost of pot £4 - £40.
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On Wednesday the 07th of June 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : works of Frederick Ashton
The Royal Ballet brings its celebrations of 70 years at The Royal Opera House to a close with a mixed programme of works by its founder, Choreographer Frederick Ashton. This gorgeous mixed programme demonstrates the great creative vision of Frederick Ashton, Founder, Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. The Dream is Ashton's adaptation of Shakespeare's riotous comedy in which a forest sprite plays havoc, armed with a love potion. Symphonic Variations was Ashton's first work after World War II, and one of the Company's first to be performed on the huge main stage of the Royal Opera House, in 1946. With six dancers performing a series of quartets, duets, sextets and solos to Franck’s brooding Variations symphoniques, this seminal masterpiece celebrates the pure beauty of movement. Marguerite and Armand is Ashton's beautiful and emotional retelling of a well-known story, familiar to us through Verdi's opera La traviata. Ashton famously created this poignant ballet on Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev in 1963.
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Tuesday the 13th of June 2017
19:30 Exhibition on screen : Michaelangelo, Love and Death
'Michelangelo Love And Death' goes to the heart of just who was this tempestuous, passionate giant of art history. To coincide with a glorious new exhibition at the National Gallery of London, 'Michelangelo Love And Death' offers a full and fresh biography of Michelangelo who, with Leonardo, is considered one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time. This film explores his relationship with his contemporaries and his immense artistic practice that included painting, sculpture and architecture. Among the works explored are the universally adored David in Florence, the Sistine Chapel in Rome and the Manchester Madonna (today at the National Gallery).
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On Wednesday the 28th of June 2017
19:15 Royal Opera House live : Otello
Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi’s passionate retelling of Shakespeare’s great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder, conducted by Antonio Pappano. World-famous tenor Jonas Kaufmann makes his role debut as Otello in Verdi's passionate retelling of Shakespeare's great tragedy of jealousy, deception and murder. Soprano Maria Agresta will be his Desdemona and baritone Ludovic Tézier his nemesis Iago in a new production by Olivier Award-winning director Keith Warner. A major work of the opera repertory, Verdi's Otello draws on the full forces of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Royal Opera Chorus and this stellar line-up of principal singers, with exquisite duets, emotionally potent solo numbers and thrilling choruses. Particular highlights include Otello and Desdemona's rapturous love duet and Desdemona's poignant
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£15.00, £8.00 children age 6 and under
On Wednesday the 09th of August 2017
19:00 RSC Live : Titus Andronicus
Iqbal Khan returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends. The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play. Titus is a ruler exhausted by war and loss, who relinquishes power but leaves Rome in disorder. Rape, cannibalism and severed body parts fill the moral void at the heart of this corrupt society. Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment, and, as the body count piles up, poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy after her debut directing The Two Noble Kinsmen (2016).
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Daily (including weekends) Contact Notes
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Fine Art by Anne Mason
23 Nov to 3 Dec Fine Art by Anne Mason A collection of fine art depicting northern landscapes, animals and natural history. Teesdale artist, Anne Mason, exhibits original paintings and prints of northern landscapes, animals and natural history.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 Barnard Castle Art Society
Barnard Castle Art Society 1 – 10 Nov Barnard Castle Art Society have held their annual art exhibitions at the Witham since the gallery first installed there and have been pleased to be able to show their work since it was refurbished. The art society have sketching meetings during the Summer and meet for practical work sessions during the the other seasons .These meetings inspire them to produce an attractive variety of work for their exhibition.
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Every day
10:00 to 16:00 David Gibbon Photography
7 Sept to 1 Oct David Gibbon Photography David and Louise bring images of their past year travelling around the UK, Scottish Highlands, Poland and the Boreal Forest in Finland. The couple have always had an interest in wildlife, but it wasn't until 2009 when the RSPB opened a flagship £7 million nature reserve - Saltholme on Teesside - that their interest in photography really took off. They are now widely published and have won many accolades for their work, which is now represented by image agency Robert Harding and press agency Rex Features. After attending a workshop with north-east wildlife photographer Alan Hewitt in 2011, they switched off auto and began taking photos by setting the ISO, aperture and shutter speed themselves. The pair, who live in County Durham, shoot in RAW and use Apple Mac, Adobe Lightroom 5 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 to process their images. Talking about their work, David said: "Louise and I have spent a great deal of time studying the work of professional wildlife photographers, many of whom are now friends, and this has helped us in our quest for better images. For anyone looking to do wildlife photography on a serious level, this is something we highly recommend." David and Louise now travel extensively and specialise in capturing wildlife. David said: "Louise and I only photograph truly wild animals. A few years ago we made a vow never to capture anything that is captive, it just doesn't feel right. We have many more trips planned to capture the natural world so watch this space."
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Every day except Sundays and Mondays
Weekly Contact Notes
Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl.
Each Tuesday from 26 July until 30 Aug Storytelling and Crafts Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl. Date: Tuesdays Time: 10:30 am - 12 noon Price: Craft activity £3 per child (to Green Bee Creatives) No Booking Required Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS Contact info@thewitham.org.uk Tel 01833 631107 Websiye www.thewitham.org.uk
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Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl Come along to enjoy a multitude of imaginative and magical stories in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking require
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Tuesdays
10:30 to 12:00 Story telling with crafts
Featuring the winning story of the Summer of Stories Writing Competition. Get crafty and enjoy stories inspired by the work of Roald Dahl with a multitude of imaginative and magical tales in our storytelling corner. There will also be some exciting Roald Dahl related craft activities provided by the lovely Green Bee Creatives throughout the session. No booking required
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£3
Thursdays
10:30 to 12:00 Royal Literary Reading Round Group
The Reading Round is a new sort of reading group promoted by the Royal Literary Fund & I have the great pleasure of being appointed one of their Northern "lectors". In each session the group discusses a short story and a poem read aloud. There is no homework & no prior knowledge is necessary. You just turn up with your love of a good story. If you are interested in joining the Barnard Castle group, email me at rj@rebeccajenkins.com. I look forward to meeting you!
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Monthly (first of a month) Contact Notes
The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 15:30 Northern Crafts
Different every time. 20 stalls of handmade gifts and goods. Jewellery, prints, jams, toys, cards, scarves, hats, chocolate, soaps, knitted-gifts, puzzles, wooden-gifts, bags, vintage
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The first Saturday of every month
10:00 to 16:00 Northern Crafts
Everything from jam to jewellery. With over 15 stalls of locally handmade goods and luxury gifts on sale, why not pop along and have a look. Entry is free and everyone is welcome. You can also enjoy the refreshments on offer in the Cafe Bar during your visit. For more information see www.northerncrafts.co.uk or email northerncrafts@outlook.com
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A variety of hire options are available, from meeting rooms to hot-desks and The Dispensary Cafe Bar offers drinks, snacks and meals. For more information please contact The Witham.