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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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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 Thursday the 11th of February 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Film : Macbeth (15)
Fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, this film version of Shakespeare's brutal Scottish drama stars Michael Fassbender and is a brisk, bracing update which remains exquisitely in period. Fassbender was born for this. THE TELEGRAPH *****
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On Friday the 12th of February 2016
10:30 to 12:00 Tadpoles
M6's exciting new production Tadpoles is a highly visual and energetic play about rivalry, strengths, weaknesses and superheroes! Superheroes with a BIG problem – a very disgruntled Mission Control (voiced by Sue Johnston OBE – Downton Abbey, The Royle Family), Captain Clever (Luke Walker) is good at code breaking and problem solving, whilst Captain Conker (Emily Spowage) is super-fast and not scared of anything - except, perhaps spelling… A tadpole catching competition challenges our dynamic duo to harness their strengths and overcome their differences. Working as a team, can they save the world…together? M6's Artistic Director, Gilly Baskeyfield who created the story, said: "Tadpoles is an original M6 piece that will awaken the inner superhero in all of us, and explore the ways in which working together can make a big difference." The play is underscored with original music written by Tayo Akinbode and features a superb set by M6’s resident Designer and Production Manager, Joss Matzen.
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£8.00 individual, £6.00 child, £25.00 family. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 12th of February 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Gordie Mackeeman and his Rhythm Boyes
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the award-winning Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. The Rhythm Boys were given the Galaxie Supernova Award at the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival for outstanding live performance. Tom Power, host of Deep Roots on CBC, recently called the Rhythm Boys his "Best Discovery Band" at the 2012 East Coast Music Awards. Many awards have followed including the well-deserved 2015 Music PEI Entertainer of the Year Award. If ever someone deserved the nickname ‘Crazy Legs’, it is Gordie MacKeeman. His thrilling dance style mixed with great bluegrass vocals, Peter Cann’s blistering guitar solos, and the lively multi-instrumental talents of Thomas Webb and Mark Geddes, and Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are an unforgettable live experience. 

Within months of forming the Rhythm Boys and releasing their self-titled debut CD in 2011, the band had received two Music PEI awards for Roots/Traditional Group of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year, and were nominated for Roots/Traditional Group Recording at the 2011 ECMAs. The Rhythm Boys were voted the 2011 Music PEI Showcase Artist of the Year, chosen by music industry visiting delegates at Showcase PEI. Since then, they've secured two international tours in 2012 - one to New England in May and one to the UK in July. 

“These lads from PEI have taken their great musical skill and love for the repertoire and added engaging, sometimes jaw-dropping, stagecraft and showmanship. Man for man there may not be a better roots band playing in Canada today. Booking them was a no-brainer.” – Matthew Large, Montreal's Folk Festival on the Canal. Gordie and the boys began touring the UK in 2012 and have returned twice a year since, making a hug impact wherever they go and building a loyal following.
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On Saturday the 13th of February 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Muse
MUSE takes us back to the 1930s to reveal the inspiration for Christopher Isherwood’s Sally Bowles and this new work by Jugé Productions uncovers a far more complex and talented woman. With her green-painted nails and a string of lovers, Jean Ross (who roomed in the same house as Isherwood) was indeed ‘divinely decadent’, but far from the air-headed floozy in the stories. Born in Egypt, RADA-trained and allergic to conventionality, Ross became a respected political journalist who filed reports from the siege of Madrid in the Spanish Civil War and brought up (as a single mother) a daughter who herself overturned convention. Along the way she was also the muse for a German pianist on his way to Hollywood, and of the lyricist Eric Maschwitz – his song These Foolish Things, written about Ross after their affair ended, is among the authentic songs featured in the production. Sophie Juge (Performer and Producer) trained at Elmhurst Ballet School and London School of Musical Theatre Theatre credits include: Kitty Velour in A Dozen Roses (Assembly Room, Marlow) , Angustias in Bernarda Alba (Union Theatre, London), Mrs. Taylor and Dance Captain in The Remains of The Day (Union Theatre, London), Nurse and Ensemble in Anyone Can Whistle (Jermyn Street Theatre, London), Gladys in The Pajama Game (Rose & Crown Theatre, London), Grace/Dot/Swan in Honk (Oxford Studio Theatre), Miranda Ferrari in A Comedy of Arias (Edinburgh Festival, Jermyn Street Theatre and New Ambassador’s Theatre – West End), Sophie in 100 (Camberley Theatre), Woman 1 in Closer Than Ever (Edinburgh Festival and Jermyn Street Theatre), Eliza de Feuillide in JANE – the musical (Artrix Theatre, Birmingham) Sophie is also a classical pianist, musical director and stylist!
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On Tuesday the 16th of February 2016
10:30 to 12:00 Games Cafe, Crafts and Story Telling
Games cafe with entertaining games, thanks to The Lazy Juggler, craft activities and story telling, Tuesday is FUNDAY at The Witham! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Just turn up to the cafe and allow yourself an extra treat with our tasty tea, coffee and cakes.
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On Wednesday the 17th of February 2016
13:30 Film : Big Hero 6 (PG)
Big Hero 6 is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred.
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£6 adult, £5 child, £16 family www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 18th of February 2016
13:30 Superheroes of Samba Workshop
The Witham's very own Musical Superhero, Maddy Sutton will be running this marvellous music workshop - come along to learn how to write your own song using percussion, rhythm and the power of Superheroes. Aimed at kids aged 6 - 11
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£6 for one, £10 for two www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 18th of February 2016
19:00 to 22:00 Teesdale Business Awards
The Witham is happy to host this exciting event which recognises local business and enterprise. With an awards ceremony and the opprtunity to network, this will be a fantastic evening for all involved. You will be amongst the first to discover which business has won each award. The awards are organised by Enterprise House and Radio Teesdale. Hosted by Radio Tessdale Business Programme presenters John Atkinson and Emma Hignett. Buy your tickets now as we can't guarantee how long they will last!! The event schedule is as follows: 6pm - Bar open for business networking 6.30pm - Ceremony doors open 7pm - Ceremony starts The theatre-style awards ceremony will commence promptly at 7pm.
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£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 19th of February 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Master Musicians : Jim Coles (piano)
Eclectic Classical Repertoire Date: Friday 19 Feb Time: 7:30 pm Price: £8 | £6 concessions BUY TICKETS Professor James Giles, a native of North Carolina, studied at the Manhattan School of Music and at the Julliard School. He regularly performs in America and Europe, and completed a tour of China in 2011. With an eclectic repertoire encompassing the solo and chamber music literature, Giles is equally at home in the standard repertoire as in the music of our time.
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On Saturday the 20th of February 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Charity Rocks for Staindrop Scouts
An evening of rock music with two local bands, Oily Bum Print and The Rockroses with Bill Oxbrough. Oily Bum Print, a five-piece band playing classic rock from The Who, Thin Lizzy, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and many more. Formed almost three years ago with local lads, OBP have recently notched up their fiftieth gig, gaining popularity every time they play. Their biggest gig to date was supporting the magnificent Urban Voodoo Machine at Mickleton R'n'B club. The Rockroses, named after a flower indigenous to Teesdale, are a recently formed band featuring local musicians. A band created primarily for local events. Playing iconic popular music from Chris Farlow's 'Out of Time' to 'Nights in White Satin' by the Moody Blues, they are truly a professional-sounding band who you will want to listen to time and again.
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£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 24th of February 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra of Sage Gateshead is the UK's only full-time chamber orchestra and the leading professional orchestra in the North East. The programme will include Strauss (Prelude to Capriccio, Op. 85), Mozart (The 'Spring' Quartet, No. 14 in G major, K387), and Brahms' (Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36).
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£13.00, £11.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 25th of February 2016
19:00 to 22:00 NTL : As You Like It
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind. With her father the Duke banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.
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£14.00, £12.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 01st of March 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Omid Djalili presented by Funny Way to Be Comedy Club
Omid Djalili is an award-winning stand-up and an acclaimed actor. Intelligent, sometimes provocative, always entertaining, his stand-up is an energetic and captivating comedy masterclass. “One of the most joyfully smart, stimulating and entertaining comedians this country has” The Telegraph “Belly laughs with a subtle blend of mainstream gags and subversive twinkle” Sunday Times “Confident, engaging, thoughtful show... did someone say National Treasure?” Metro
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£22.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 03rd of March 2016
20:00 to 22:00 The Phil Beer Band
The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby), Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog McCree) and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues once again this year. ‘Where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide’ The Guardian
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£18.00 in advance, £20.00 on the door
On Wednesday the 09th of March 2016
19:30 to 21:30 The Tailor of Inverness
The Tailor of Inverness is, without doubt, Dogstar's most successful show to date. It opened in 2008 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has been in demand ever since. In April 2015, it ran for 3 weeks at 59E59 Theaters, Manhattan, New York as part of the venue's Brits Off Broadway season. The run was sold out after 3 days and two additional shows sold out in 2 hours. In June 2014 it completed its 200th performance at the end of its second tour of Ireland. It has also toured Scotland four times, ran twice at the Edinburgh Festival, toured Ukraine twice and has played at festivals, theatres and universities in Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Wales, Australia and the USA. Matthew Zajac's book of the same name was published in 2013 by Sandstone Press and a documentary film about the play and our touring with it in Eastern Europe by director Brian Ross and Hopscotch Films will be completed later in 2015. The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness. His life spanned most of the 20th century. His story is not straightforward. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This is the story he told.
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On Thursday the 10th of March 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Film : 45 Years (15)
Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling give performances that make you feel every moment of their love and their pain. Superbly nuanced performances and exquisite direction turns an apparently everyday story of a marriage in quiet crisis into something rather extraordinary. THE EVENING STANDARD *****
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On Saturday the 12th of March 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Jamie Smiths Mabon
Jamie Smith's MABON(JSM), the international, multi-award winning finest performers of original InterCeltic music, travelling beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions and work them anew. Now veterans of stages across the world JSM are acclaimed as one of the top ‘must see’ bands to catch live. Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade full! Winners of the 2014 ‘Best Group’ Award with Spiralearth. Exhilarating, just exhilarating – a band that perform with such enjoyment, excitement, style and wit – no histrionics, just a show of originality, energy and integrity...” Jun Lin Yeoh, Artistic Director,RWMF, Borneo. WWW.JAMIESMITHSMABON.COM “If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis” Songlines “An ebullient outfit famed for brilliant live shows...” Colin Irwin, MOJO “Jamie Smith’s Mabon are a class act. Both fur coatand knickers. Uplifting, energetic and cerebral in equal measure backed up by deft musicianship, tight arrangements, organic and shifting dynamics, tempos, grooves and textures – a journey into interceltic time, space, dimension and soundscape.” Froots
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£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 17th of March 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party
A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. Fay’s first two solo albums, Looking Glass (2010) and Orfeo (2012), were released by prestigious folk label Topic Records. They won Fay many accolades as well as a nomination for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Fay’s choice of material and the delivery of it, reflect a rare sensitivity and appreciation of the tradition whilst remaining naturalistic and highly distinctive. ‘Unadorned and quite exquisite’ * * * * ~ Uncut Magazine ‘Powerful Material’ * * * * * ~ Songlines ‘Hats off, thoroughly conquered, vibrant and impresses.’ * * * * ~ The Telegraph Where Looking Glass showcased her rich and unadorned voice, Orfeo saw Fay confidently fronting a stellar supporting cast: The Hurricane Party. Consisting of some of the finest folk musicians working today; Andy Cutting (button accordions, melodeon), Rob Harbron (English Concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals) and Roger Wilson (fiddle, guitar, mandolin and vocals). Plus special guests Jon Boden and Martin Simpson. As well as her burgeoning performance career, Fay is also an academic, lecturing in Music at the University of Sheffield, specializing in the role folk music plays in the construction of communities. With her unique combination of performance and academic talents, it was perhaps inevitable that she would take the initiative with The Full English, a groundbreaking project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society. For the first time many of the finest early 20th century folksong collections can be found in the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world. To mark the launch of the project, Fay assembled The Full English Band, pulling together half a dozen of the top talents on the English folk music circuit for an evening of songs and tunes drawn from these unique collections. They include legendary players Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and double bassist Ben Nicholls. This super group toured for 2 years including many major festivals and released a self-titled album, again on Topic Records in 2013, winning Best Group and Best Album at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and earning Fay a nomination for Folk Singer of the Year. ‘The great folk collectors honoured in The Full English would be singing rather than spinning in their graves at this fine album.’ * * * * ~The Telegraph ‘Foot-stomping, spirit-lifting warmth ensue….All human life is here.’ * * * * ~ The Daily Mirror Following the success of The Full English, Fay moves forward as a leading proponent of traditional songs as she prepares to release a new solo album, “Old Adam”. This fresh and original exploration of how we use songs, stories and music to understand what it means to be human combines vision, inspiration, dedication and outstanding musicianship to draw an act of tender poignancy. Her longstanding band, The Hurricane Party, expands to include members of The Full English, including fiddle, concertina, banjo, guitar, percussion and bass. At times sparse and contemplative, at times with a festival stomp, the music is captivating and engaging with plenty of choruses and vibrant interaction with the audience. Bringing new arrangements to old songs, Fay continues in her exploration of the incredible repertoire that is the English tradition pushing at the boundaries of our engagement with music.
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£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 18th of March 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Master Musicians : Graham Scott (piano)
Graham Scott, former Head of Keyboard at the Central Music of Chicago, now teaches at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music. Hailed by the Gramophone magazine as ‘an exceptional talent’ he has performed extensively throughout the world most notably in New York (92nd St. Y), Washington DC (Kennedy Center), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Beijing (Beijing Concert Hall), Paris (Bagatelle) as well as all the major London venues (Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Barbican Centre.) He has performed with leading orchestras, notably the London Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Belgium National Symphony, Staatsphilharmonie Rheinlandpfalz (standing in for Martha Argerich), Cape Town Symphony, Singapore Symphony, St Louis Symphony and the New York Chamber Symphony under such conductors as Sir Charles Groves, Bernhard Klee, Marin Alsop, Paul Daniel, Barry Wordsworth and Alexander Lazarev. Graham’s discography includes CDs of works by Scriabin, Gershwin, Macmillan and a live recital CD from Los Angeles. He has broadcast on BBC Radio and National Public Radio in the USA.
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On Tuesday the 22nd of March 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Yves Lambert Trio
Yves Lambert, well known for his charisma on stage, is considered a reference point when it comes to Quebecois folk music. Through his long-time association with the band La Bottine Souriante, Yves Lambert was a founding member and frontman of the group from 1976 to 2002. For the past 30 years M. Lambert has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place that it deserves beyond the Quebec and Canadian borders, and now continues to pursue the adventure with his TRIO with Olivier Rondeau and Tommy Gauthier. Together they present a new sound that offers unusual brilliance and a distinctive personality - presenting traditional local music in the modern context, making it more accessible to the wider public who may be reluctant to embrace traditional music—they take the musical road less travelled. “We play as a trio, but sound like a big orchestra,” says Yves Lambert (vocals, accordions, harmonica, jaw harp, and percussion). “The challenge of playing on stage as a trio is to complement each other rhythmically and harmonically,” says Tommy Gauthier (violin, mandolin, guitar, vocals, and feet). For Olivier Rondeau (acoustic and electric guitars, banjo, and vocals), “Forming a trio opened up our creativity; playing different roles influenced our arrangements, and not having a bass meant I had to experiment and find new sounds with my guitars.”
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£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 24th of March 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Film : The Legend of Barney Thomson (15)
A directorial debut for Robert Carlyle, Barney Thomson lives a life of desperate mediocrity until he enters the grotesque and comically absurd world of the serial killer. Playing alongside Ray Winstone, Emma Thompson gives an uproariously against-type performance. Deliciously macabre. THE TELEGRAPH ****
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On Friday the 25th of March 2016 until 26 March 2016
10:00 to 16:00 Designer Maker Market
Unique hand crafted goods, direct from the maker. Unique hand crafted good, direct from the maker Date: Friday 25 March - Saturday 26 March Time: 10 am - 4 pm Price: Free admission BUY TICKETS The emphasis will be on original and contemporary work, with a strong 'up-cycled' theme. There will be an opportunity to meet the designer-makers in person and buy unique handcrafted goods of gallery quality. As well as talented craftspeople selling their work, some will be demonstrating their skills and throughout the weekend there will also be ‘have a go’ sessions where people of all ages can try their hand at learning a new craft. The Designer Makers Market is open from 10am-4pm, both days. Entry is free. For more information go to: www.designermakersmarket.co.uk
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On Thursday the 31st of March 2016
13:30 to 15:00 Film : Song of the Sea (PG)
Beautiful family animation film. Song of The Sea is a 2014 Irish animated fantasy film by Cartoon Saloon directed by Tomm Moore. An Irish youth (David Rawle) discovers that his mute sister is a selkie and can turn into a seal. She must find her voice and free supernatural creatures from the spell of a Celtic goddess. A gorgeous, almost painterly tale of two siblings trying to reach home, but waylaid by witches, owls and faeries. THE GUARDIAN *****
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£5 individual, £4 concessions, £16.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 31st of March 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Film : Everest (12A)
Based on a true story, Everest is a movie that strands you near the top of the world’s tallest mountain and dares you to imagine what it must be like to be part of an expedition that goes horribly wrong. TIME OUT ****
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On Saturday the 02nd of April 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar/Luke Jackson
Two time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. “The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine). In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Following the award win, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and, after completing school and University Exams in May, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The second album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”. The duo capped off a wonderful 4 years by picking up a nomination for Best Duo at the 2015 Radio 2 Folk Awards and will release their third album in early 2016. Luke Jackson Luke is a young Roots Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014”. Over the past few years he has steadily been developing a reputation for himself in the Folk & Roots circuits either through his solo shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and Lucy Ward. He has recenty undertaken his first tour of Europe taking in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. This was followed by a prestigious support slot on the Marillion tour to end 2014 and he has started 2015 with a series of joint headline shows with Amy Wadge. His debut album ‘More Than Boys’ produced by the acclaimed Welsh Singer-Songwriter Martyn Joseph was released in 2012 to great reviews, as was the follow up ‘Fumes and Faith’ in early 2014. This record was co-produced by Luke with Cardiff based American producer Mason Neely and further reflects his development as both a writer and performer. Luke is an ever present in the live music scene, gigging relentlessly all over the country and he remains a prolific songwriter having released a 7 track EP independently in Spring 2015, with a further full length album due in 2016.
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£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 06th of April 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Flying Solo
This heart-warming and heart-rending one-woman show from acclaimed writer-performer Manjeet Mann asks the question of how easy it really is to leave home. Today is Marathon Day and Amber is racing against the clock, herself and a man with a fridge on his back. The past is slippery - no matter how fast you run, your memories are always lying in wait. An urgent and exhilarating semi-autobiographical story about family, survival, guilt and self-delusion. Flying Solo features a ferociously honest script and a dynamic performance.
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£14.00, £12.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 15th of April 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Master Musicians : Jens Hagen Wegner (piano)
A highly talented German pianist, Jens Hagen is currently studying at the Freiburg University of Music and will be playing a delightful programme of solo works including Liszt (Libestraum No. 2 in E major and 4 pieces from Harmonies Poetiques et Religieuses) and Chopin (Sonata No. 2 in B minor, Op. 35) as well as repertoire by contemporary Hungarian composer, Dohnanyi.
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£8.00, £6.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 16th of April 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Funny Way to Be Comedy Club presents Mark Thomas : Trespass (16+)
Trespass carries on from where Mark's previous show 100 Acts of Minor Dissent left off. It is his usual odd mix of theatre, stand up, activism, a dash of journalism, activism and dollop of mayhem. Mark asks the question: If the ramblers of the 1930's were here now what would they do to open up the cities? How do we turn the skyscrapers and corporate squares into our playgrounds? He sets out to try and carve a small space in the urban world where mischief and random chance can lurk. No one knows where this show is going to end up. Minimum Age 16+
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£15.00, £13.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 21st of April 2016
20:00 to 22:00 John McCusker, 25th Anniversary Tour
“One of the UK’s most gifted and versatile musicians in any genre, John McCusker is equally in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer”. The Guardian While emerging via the folk scene,John has long been renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries. As a live and studio guest he has shared stages with Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Paolo Nutini and Jools Holland, and featured on recordings by Mark Knopfler, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene and Teenage Fanclub. Film and TV work includes soundtracks for the movie Heartlands & 16 Years of Alcohol, Billy Connolly’s World Tour of New Zealand, Jennifer Saunders BBC sitcom Jam and Jerusalem & Starlings sitcom for Sky TV. John won Radio 2 Musician of the Year in 2003 and also The Sprit of Scotland Award for music in 1999 and again in 2009. John has been a member of Mark Knopfler's band since 2008, playing arenas around the world including a double bill with Bob Dylan at The Hollywood Bowl & 21 nights at The Royal Albert Hall. His expanding portfolio as a producer includes debut albums by Kris Drever and Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble. He’s also manned the controls for top folk chanteuses Eddi Reader, Heidi Talbot, Eliza Carthy & Linda Thompson. In 2013 John performed as a soloist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Proms in the Park, playing his own compositions live on BBC TV. 2016 will see John Celebrate 25 years as a professional musician, publishing a book of his compositions, releasing a new solo record & embarking on an extensive UK & European tour. The John McCusker band features some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the UK : Andy Cutting, Adam Holmes, Innes White & Toby Shaer.
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£16.00 in advance, £18.00 on door. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 28th of April 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Anna Massie and Mairearad Green
Mairearad (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna (guitar, banjo and fiddle) are an instantly captivating duo with a warm and friendly stage presence who offer a highly energetic performance. Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level , creating “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman). Now based in Glasgow, Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.
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£10.00 in advance, £12.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 14th of May 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 14th of May 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Cara Dillon
Born in Dungiven in 1975, surrounded and infused with the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry, Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has succesfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim. Recent years have seen her return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots creating fresh interpretations of traditional standards with stunning results. Her reach is truly global with fans to be found all over the world with her clear, Northern Irish voice even seducing giants such as Disney who, in 2010, asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigeous concert halls and at festivals the world over. Always looking to introduce her voice and music to new listeners, Cara’s topped the charts with dance remixes, guest appearances and, more recently, presented her songs with full orchestral backing bringing her music to an entirely new audience. Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she'll remain there for a very long time.
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£16.00 in advance, £18.00 on door. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 21st of May 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Funny Way to be Comedy - Rhys James and Lloyd Griffith
A chance to see two of the best rising talents try out material ahead of their Edinburgh Festival show. As well as performing on stage and in front of the camera Rhys James is a regular contributor to a variety of TV shows. Lloyd has quickly established himself as one of the most natural, brightest and original comedians. Rhys James - "Destined for great things...charismatic, clever and self-aware" The Guardian Lloyd Griffiths - "Inherently funny...very neat lines in his comic repertoire" Steve Bennett, Chortle.
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£8.00 in advance, £10.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 24th of May 2016
19:30 to 21:30 Rura
“Barnstorming instrumentals and songs of exceptional quality. The Scottish music scene has never been stronger and these guys are right out in front!” - BBC Radio Scotland
. “Barnstorming instrumentals and songs of exceptional quality. The Scottish music scene has never been stronger and these guys are right out in front!” - BBC Radio Scotland

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£12.00 in advance, £14.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 27th of May 2016
19:00 to 21:00 Dance : Fertile Ground
The North East's First Professional Graduate Dance Company. Fertile Ground nurtures, inspires and challenges dance artists, audiences and participants developing and presenting inspirational and accessible dance opportunities across North East England and beyond. Working with The Bowes Museum, we are looking forward to a powerful dance performance. More details will follow closer to the date of the performance. 'The best live dance performance I have ever seen. It was funny, dark, the costumes are marvellous and the music spot on - fantastic! AUDIENCE MEMBER
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£14.00, £12.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 08th of June 2016
19:00 to 22:00 Royal Shakespeare Company live screening : Hamlet (12A)
Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home he finds his world is utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality. Simon Godwin (The Two Gentlemen of Verona 2014) directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
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£14.00, £12.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 11th of June 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Fairport Convention
Fairport Convention are coming to The Witham! Often credited as being the first English folk rock band, this is your opportunity to enjoy Fairport Convention live playing their melded rock music with traditional English folk. After 48 years, they are not just the grand old men of folk rock but something of a national institution. THE GUARDIAN. And if the music wasn’t enough, Fairport did for real ale what the Grateful Dead did for LSD as quoted on their website
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£18.00 in advance, £20.00 on the door
On Saturday the 18th of June 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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On Saturday the 18th of June 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Martyn Joseph
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He's a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”. Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits. Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.” There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. “Songs For The Coming Home”, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. “At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day.” Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer. In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer. 2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations He has won the love of audiences from USA and Canada to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It’s a road he’s been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, ‘you keep turning up and so will I.’ PRESS QUOTES “Stunning, heartfelt music” Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013
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£16.00 in advance, £18.00 on door. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 02nd of July 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Funny Way to Be Comedy Club presents Gyles Brandreth : Word Power
‘No matter how eloquently a dog may bark, he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest'. Only words can do that. Language is power. Words are magic. Join Edinburgh Fringe award winner Gyles Brandreth – wit and word-meister, former MP and Government Whip, Just A Minute regular, One Show reporter, QI, Have I Got News For You, Room 101, IT Crowd, Pointless and Countdown survivor - on an uproarious and unexpected magic carpet ride around the awesome world of words. Whether it’s global domination you’re after – or getting some nookie on a Friday night – you need the right words to get the right results. Discover them right here. Book early. Brandreth’s last two Edinburgh shows were Five Star sell-outs. The press describe Gyles Brandreth saying: ‘"Wildly funny, incredibly indiscreet’" Daily Mail "Very funny" Sunday Times "A master raconteur" Sunday Telegraph "Absolute joy" Scotsman
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£19.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 07th of July 2016
19:15 to 22:00 Branagh Theatre Live : Romeo & Juliet (12A)
The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season continues with a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict. Reuniting the stars of his celebrated film of Cinderella, Kenneth Branagh directs Richard Madden and Lily James as Romeo and Juliet and Sir Derek Jacobi as Mercutio.
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£14.00, £12.00 concessions www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 09th of July 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 09th of July 2016
20:00 to 22:00 Barb Jungr : The Songs of Bob Dylan &Leonard Cohen
“Arguably the finest cabaret singer in recent times, Barb Jungr’s album Chanson The Space In Between (Linn) shows real soul: it’s quirky, intelligent cabaret music of the highest order” (The Rough Guide To Cult Pop, 2003).With rave international reviews and two prestigious New York awards (2008 Nightlife Award for Outstanding Cabaret Vocalist and Best International Artist 2003 Backstage Award), Barb Jungr is renowned for her unique vocal style, interpretation of song and radical approach to arrangements. Her acclaimed releases on Linn Records and Naim Label and "revelatory" live performances have brought her to audiences all around the world. In 2015 she won the Broadway World Best CD award for Hard Rain - The Songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Born and raised in Rochdale and Stockport, Barb has worked with many of the finest musicians and composers in the UK (including Mark Anthony Turnage who wrote ‘About Water’ for her to sing at the re-opening of The South Bank with the London Symphonietta), has toured all over the world with the British Council in the 1990s (Malawi, Cameroon, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Cote D'Ivoire, Sudan), appeared in Australia (2006, 2007 and a sellout tour in 2010), toured across Norway and Holland and performs regularly in New York and across the United States (several seasons at The Cafe Carlyle and Metropolitan Room and Joe’s Pub, New York, Catalina’s in LA, Rrazz Room in San Francisco, and in Indianapolis and for Austin Cabaret). As a writer and lyricist, Barb’s credits include The Jungle Book (Birmingham Stage Company); The Fabulous Flutterbys (The Little Angel Theatre); and Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and Dick Whittington for The Newbury Corn Exchange. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt, based on Michael Rosen’s bestselling book, was produced by The Little Angel Theatre Company which toured in autumn and winter 2013 tours again in autumn and winter 2014. Barb was the songwriter and co-adapted the book for the stage with director Peter Glanville. The Ballad of Norah's Ark, written with Russell Churney and Andy Goldberg, is in development. It's a masterclass in the value of interpretive liberty, with songs transform in almost revelatory manner. As with the album generally, its a subtle balance of hot and cold, a work of fiery cool.” The Independent
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£14.00 in advance, £16.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 13th of August 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 17th of September 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 15th of October 2016
10:00 to 15:30 Hand Crafted Boutique
Handcrafted Boutique Fair with a quality selection of handmade products from around the North East.
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01833 631107
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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.