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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

Coming Up Contact Notes
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 Friday the 13th of January 2017 until 30 June 2017
10:00 to 12:00 Arts and Crafts Class for All
This class is for people who want to create art work or crafts in their own style. Therefore, you should bring your own materials and Jane will give ideas and suggestions as to how you can improve your endeavours. Or, for anyone new to arts & crafts and with an itch for a new hobby, Jane will give ideas and inspiration. If you want to meet new people with common interests, this group is for you, you never know what you might achieve! Further information is available from Jane directly at janeyart@me.com This term runs for 12 classes. The last date being Friday 7 April. (There is a break for half term on Friday 24 February). A 10% discount is available for a block booking for 6 classes (each half term). 6 classes from Friday 13 January - Friday 17 February 6 classes from Friday 3 March - Friday 7 April 8 classes from Friday 5 May - Friday 30 June
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01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 22nd of June 2017 until 15 July 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Cumbrian Printmakers
The Cumbrian Printmakers are a group of 30 enormously talented, professional artists who make prints using a variety of printmaking techniques, from collagraph, lino, cyanotype, screen printing and etching to printing onto textiles and into ceramics. In order to help visitors better understand the range of methods involved in the various styles of printmaking the Cumbrian Printmakers bring clearly explained written information, photographs of work in progress, and display tools and materials used in the printmaking process in their exhibitions. All work on display will be for sale with prices ranging from £350 to £2 for cards, with all price points between. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 22nd of June 2017 until 12 August 2017
10:00 to 16:00 We Learn at Leisure and Study for Pleasure
We Learn at Leisure and Study for Pleasure!” is an exhibition in the Dispensary Gallery that celebrates the ten year anniversary of Teesdale U3A (University of the Third Age). Taking an holistic view of learning and studying, members of Teesdale U3A enjoy an enormous array of activities from fell walking to Scrabble, astronomy to wine tasting. This photographic exhibition illustrates some of the thirty plus activities that members of Teesdale U3A have participated in since the branch was founded. Teesdale U3A started with just 20 members and now has over 360. U3A branches are 'learning cooperatives' consisting of special interest groups led by members, not external tutors. In the words of Peter Laslett, one of the founders of the U3A movement, “Those who teach shall also learn and those who learn shall also teach”. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 27th of June 2017
19:30 Wainwrights in Colour
Join local artist Andy Beck for an evening talk about Wainwrights in Colour, his book of watercolour sketches of every illustration drawn by Alfred Wainwright in his seven Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. With a short film with Q & A. Every single location of the illustrations has been meticulously researched so that Andy’s references are taken from the exact location where A.W. stood to take his own black and white photographs. As a keen hill-walker the fells of the Lake district is one of Andy’s favourite places and being so close to hand he is able to visit the area even on short day trips. These trips have been used to gather the required photographs for the project as well as ideas for other Lake District paintings. Due to the number of illustrations, more than one route on each of the 214 fells has to be undertaken and of course the weather conditions have to be favourable to allow the scene that A.W. depicted in his sketches to be viewed by Andy.
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£7.50 www.thewitham.org.uk
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 Thursday the 29th of June 2017
19:30 Film : A Mindful Choice (12)
A stunning piece of cinematography and full feature documentary by two Ishaya monks that plants the seed of possibility that humanity could live in peace. Inner peace and self-fulfilment are possible for each of us. All that's required is to make a choice. Two modern day monks meet a diverse range of people making the choice for a better life through meditation. Ballet dancers and writers, stressed business people, a cancer patient, foster children and maximum-security prisoners; their stories show that peace is possible. Stunning cinematography combined with the power of people sharing from a place of profound peace delivers a palpable and moving experience. Greg Hopkinson and Sally Lewis, two Ishaya monks from New Zealand, were inspired to make this film to show that anyone can move towards a greater experience of life. A Mindful Choice plants the seed of possibility that humanity could live in peace. A shift in consciousness is required; a shift that starts with each of us choosing for our own inner peace and happiness.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 30th of June 2017
19:30 The Joy of Musicals
Barnard Castle School Choral Society, Chapel Choir and Barney Singers present Solo, Ensemble and Chorus selections from West Side Story, Wicked, Jesus Christ Superstar by Sondheim. Conductor: Simon Dearsley
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£10.00, www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 01st of July 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.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 04th of July 2017 until 08 July 2017
19:30 Castle Players present Twelfth Night
Performed in the beautiful grounds of the Bowes Musuem. The Castle Players’ outdoor summer production this year is ‘Twelfth Night’ – one of Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies. A tale of mistaken identity, cross-dressing and identical twins, ‘Twelfth Night’ is a multi-layered exploration of love and longing. The action takes place in the mythical land of Illyria, where Viola has been shipwrecked after a storm at sea. The production will be given the usual Castle Players’ inimitable twist, with the theme this year being ‘Victorian Steampunk’ – goggles, time-pieces, cogs and eccentric machinery abound, with some sumptuous multilayered Victorian costume and one or two unexpected surprises along the way. Highly suitable for all the family, the production takes place on the back lawn of The Bowes Museum, with covered raked seating in our fully equipped temporary outdoor theatre auditorium. We are very excited to announce Wednesday’s production will be an integrated BSL signed performance. Ticket prices (no boxes this season): Preview night Tue 4 July: Covered: £10; Uncovered £8; Ground mats: £1 Nights Wed 5 to Sat 8 July: Covered seats: £ 19; Uncovered seats (front 3 rows): £17; Ground mats: £6 You can pay for a reduced price programme when ordering tickets. You will receive a voucher to exchange for the programme at the performance. The grounds of The Bowes Museum are always open to the public, so we do hope you’ll come early, picnic in the delightful surroundings and enjoy our themed pre-show ‘experience’. On site catering is provided by the award-winning Oldfields Events, with a fully-stocked bar as well as hot drinks and hot pies on sale. Alternatively why not consider a full 3-course pre-show dinner served in our marquee? Pre-show dining | £16.50 pp | A three-course meal served in our marquee (Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat) To begin: Hot onion souffle & dipping bread Main course: 3-day Beef/Vegetable Wellington with mushroom duxelle and roasted vegetables Pudding: Lime curd pavlova with summer berries. There will be a 30-minute interval at every performance. Please note no refunds are available and performances continue whatever the weather. You are advised to bring warm outdoor clothing– no umbrellas in uncovered seating area. On site Box Office: open 6.00 pm on performance nights – though please note our shows are very popular and often sell out in advance.
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www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 05th of July 2017
19:30 Somme 100 film
Somme 100 In partnership with the Bowes Museum. 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme sees digitally remastered screening of one of the most popular films in British Cinema. With an evocative new musical score composed by Laura Rossi. Throughout the autumn of 1916, 20 million people flocked to see a silent film, The Battle of the Somme. This was nearly half the population of Britain at the time. The film remains one of the most watched in British cinema history, even bigger than Star Wars. While cinema audiences had been shown newsreel footage for many years, it was never a major attraction – they were drawn in by the comedies of Charlie Chaplin, serials such as The Perils of Pauline or sweeping dramas from Hollywood like Intolerance. The Battle of the Somme was different. It took real life footage and turned it into a main feature with mass appeal. The film showed images of the first week of the ‘Big Push’, the joint offensive which began in July 1916 where British and French armies hoped to break through the German lines and achieve victory on the Western Front. Running time: 74 mins Please note this is Wednesday 5th July and not Friday 7th July as printed in our programme.
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£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 11th of July 2017
19:30 Theatre in the time of Jane Austen
Join author, novelist and social historian, Rebecca Jenkins, on a journey to the theatre in the early 1800s. Drawing on her research of the Kemble family, the celebrated late Georgian acting clan, for her 2005 biography of Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), Rebecca Jenkins takes you to the theatre in the early 1800s. Combining extracts from early 19th century acting manuals, eyewitness accounts of performances and contemporary illustrations, come see the theatre as Jane Austen would have known it.
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01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 12th of July 2017
19:00 Sofia Coppola's La Traviata (encore)
Haute Couture meets Hollywood as acclaimed director Sofia Coppola and designer Valentino combine their talents to bring you one the most ambitious productions of La Traviata to date. Coppola brings new life into Verdi’s 1853 classic opera that tells the story of tempestuous love and heartbreak. Coppola’s La Traviata has already become one of the most successful productions in its history immediately selling out its 15-performance run in Rome. Now, this elegant spectacle is being brought directly to the big screen captured in glorious 4K with over 100 microphones live from Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. Bringing on board a host of critically acclaimed talent including British production designer, Nathan Crowley whose works include; Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Interstellar to create a beautiful, daring minimalist style. Oscar nominated cinematographer Philipe Le Sourde brings his skills behind the camera to help bring the production to life on the screen.
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01833 631107
£8.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 13th of July 2017
19:30 Film : Lion (PG)
Directed by Garth Davis and written by Luke Davies, based on the non-fiction book, A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. In 1986, Saroo was a five-year-old child in India of a poor but happy rural family. On a trip with his brother, Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1500 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. Only when he has an epiphany does he realize not only the answers he needs, but also the steadfast love that he has always had with all his loved ones in both worlds.
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01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 14th of July 2017
19:30 Pass it On Tour : Alistair Anderson & Norlands plus Folkstra
The Pass it On tour is bringing top traditional musicians to audiences across the North East - the project explores regional archives and collections, bringing them to life through performance. The Pass it On tour is bringing top traditional musicians to audiences across the North East. From internationally acclaimed Northumbrian master Alistair Anderson, to the exciting up and coming talent of Folkestra – tunes and songs from the collections and living memories of North East tradition will being brought to life! Folkworks: Pass it On – The Tradition in Your Hands is an exciting new project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund. This project explores regional archives and collections, bringing them to life through performance, learning, festivals, talks and exhibitions for participants and audiences across the North East.
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01833 631107
£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 15th of July 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Cumbrian print-makers workshop - Screen-printing with Kevin O'Connor
During the day you will learn about the process of screen printing and how to screen print using stencils. You will develop a layered print using textile printing inks onto fabric. An additional print can be made onto a t shirt, tea towel or fabric remnant you bring along.
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01833 631107
£50.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Sunday the 16th of July 2017
15:00 Grandmother's Footsteps presented by Turrets Youth Theatre
The Turrets (Juniors) present 'Grandmother's Footsteps'. The two inquisitive grandchildren of Little Red Riding Hood get more than they bargain for when they investigate Granny's old chest, dust off a little red cloak and find Granny's diaries, which tell what really happened in the well known fairy tale. Meet Switch and Twitch the Witches, the Woodland Folk and a lost Pigeon as they all join forces to rescue Little Red Riding Hood's best friend George, who has been trapped in the woods ever since that fateful day on a visit to a previous grandmother...
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01833 631107
£5.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 19th of July 2017
19:30 Samling Academy presents When I was One and Twenty
Young love takes many forms. Journey through the hopeful innocence of first love to the heartbreak of unrequited love and the wisdom gained through experience in a concert featuring some of the most beautiful music ever written. Directed by Samling Artists Miranda Wright and Ian Tindale, this semi-staged performance features some of the North East’s most talented young singers. To include music by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Fauré and Britten, accompanied by Samling Artist pianist Ian Tindale. Samling Academy is developing the next generation of classical singers in the North East of England. Young people aged 14-21 who are growing up in this region and those who have chosen to come here to study are benefiting from unique training and performance opportunities.
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01833 631107
£12.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 20th of July 2017 until 12 August 2017
10:00 to 16:00 The Magic of Illustration
This exhibition, The Magic of Illustration, will bring to life books, music, characters and drawings by local and nationally celebrated artists and illustrators, who through their displays will open up their sketchbooks and notepads to reveal the process behind the finished product, be that a book sleeve or an album cover. This bright and beautiful exhibition describes the creative process, marking-up, and re-working of design and illustration showing all of the hard work and imagination that is required to bring characters to life, and proving that Rome wasn't build in a day!
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 20th of July 2017
19:00 NTL : Angels in 'america part 1 : Millennium Approaches (15)
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part Two: Perestroika, will also be broadcast live on 27 July 2017.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Friday the 21st of July 2017
19:30 Blue Rose Code
A stunning live performance fusing jazz and folk into a unique song-writing experience '...AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING' is the new album from the acclaimed Scottish songwriter, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson). Previewed to a sold out theatre at 2016’s Celtic Connections and released on 4th March, supported by a UK and European tour. Recorded at Gran's House Studio in the Scottish Borders and written between the Shetland Isles and rural Dorset, '...AND LO! THE BIRD IS ON THE WING' features the finest Scottish Jazz and Folk musicians, Nashville Gospel singers, The McCrary Sisters, British music legend Danny Thompson and Hollywood A-lister, none other than Ewan McGregor. Of the new record, Wilson says, "It's an album for music fans and musicians, a challenging record. "I'm passionate about that fusion of folk and jazz and where it intersects with songwriting. Working with these musicians has been a game-changer. I may have cut my throat because there's not really a single on here but, this is the album that I've written and it's just as I wished it to be." In the space of only a short few years and two stellar albums, Blue Rose Code, Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”. Performing live he is stunning, and this reputation led Edith Bowman to personally ask Ross to perform on the launch show of BBC At The Quay with Texas and Stornoway. Edith described Ross’ performance with a nine-piece band, including guest Karine Polwart, as “truly special and beautiful”.
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01833 631107
£14.00 in advance, £16.00 on the door www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 22nd of July 2017
10:30 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 Sunday the 23rd of July 2017
15:00 Andre Rieu's Maastricht Concert (U)
A stunning live performance fusing jazz and folk into a unique song-writing experience. Known to millions as ‘The King of Waltz’, André Rieu is one of the world’s most popular music artists. His legendary annual Maastricht concert is the most eagerly anticipated cinema event of the year, last year setting new box office records in several countries. Set against the stunning medieval backdrop of the town square in André’s Dutch hometown, the spectacular Maastricht concert features the maestro in his element, along with his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and very special guests. André delivers an unforgettable musical experience full of humor, fun and emotion for all ages. This presentation of André Rieu’s 2017 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas features host Charlotte Hawkins, who conducts an interview with André Rieu the moment he steps off stage, exclusively for cinema audiences. This year is a very special year because it is exactly 30 years ago that André Rieu started his Johann Strauss Orchestra in his home town of Maastricht. From a small group of musicians rehearsing in the classroom of André’s son’s primary school to stadiums and concert halls around the world - what a journey it has been! Take a front row seat and experience this spectacular musical event on the big screen. Enjoy backstage access, interviews with André and his special guests, musical favourites and much, much more, exclusive to cinema. For a truly unforgettable cinematic experience, please join André and his Orchestra in their hometown of Maastricht on Sunday 23rd July at the ‘2017 Maastricht Concert’ to ‘Celebrate 30 years of André and his Johann Strauss Orchestra’.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Tuesday the 25th of July 2017 until 29 August 2017
10:30 to 12:00 Storytelling Busking
Every Tuesday morning from 25 July until 29 August, and every Friday morning from 28 July until 25 August (except 11 August). Be sure to look out for a beautiful stroytelling chair in various locations around Barnard Castle this summer. You never know when you might stumble across an enchanting chair, made out of the most creative and beautiful textile fabrics, crafted with passion, care and the greatest imagination. Pause, enjoy and revel in the storytelling delights from our magnificent chair - with various habitats and wondrous animal kingdoms to explore and a multitude of stories to enjoy from wizards, ogres, fairies, knights, goblins and more! Thanks to the brilliant staff and story readers at Barnard Castle Library as well as Hotch Potch House Upholstery for creating this very special chair.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 26th of July 2017
13:30 Creative Crafts : Suitcase STudios presents Moving Monsters
Build yourself a mythical monster, dragon, fairy or anything you can invent, then bring it to life with a pneumatic movement. Suitcase Studio is a portable artists’ workshop, able to provide visual art opportunities and creates a rich environment for people to be able to comfortably experiment with materials. Their ethos is based on a core belief that everyone has the potential to be creative given the opportunity and that this in turn develops skills in problem solving, promotes wellbeing and nurtures confidence.
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£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 27th of July 2017
13:30 Film : Moana (PG)
In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain's daughter's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds. Magical Maps Make your own adventure map to retell your favourite stories. Wonderful Wednesday workshops will continue in August with local artists. Alice through the Looking Glass After slipping through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is in a funk over the loss of his family. Hoping to save his loved ones, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to travel into the past. While there, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£6.00 individual, £15 family
On Thursday the 27th of July 2017
19:00 NTL : Angels in America part 2 : Perestroika (15)
America in the mid-1980s. In the midst of the AIDS crisis and a conservative Reagan administration, New Yorkers grapple with life and death, love and sex, heaven and hell. Andrew Garfield (Silence, Hacksaw Ridge) plays Prior Walter along with a cast including Denise Gough (People, Places and Things), Nathan Lane (The Producers), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Russell Tovey (The Pass). This new staging of Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play is directed by Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and War Horse). Part One: Millennium Approaches was first performed at the National Theatre in 1992 and was followed by Part Two: Perestroika the following year. Part One: Millennium Approaches will be broadcast live on 20 July 2017.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Wednesday the 02nd of August 2017
13:30 Creative Crafts : Magical Maps
Make your own adventure map to retell your favourite stories. Wonderful Wednesday workshops will continue in August with local artists.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 03rd of August 2017
13:30 Film : Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG)
After slipping through a mirror, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Her friends tell her that the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is in a funk over the loss of his family. Hoping to save his loved ones, Alice steals the Chronosphere from Time (Sacha Baron Cohen) to travel into the past. While there, she encounters the younger Hatter and the evil Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter).Handcrafted Wedding
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01833 631107
£5 individual, £15.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 05th of August 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.
Centre manager info@thewitham.org.uk
01833 631107
FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
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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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 10th of August 2017
19:30 Peatbog Faeries
Taking traditional Scottish music and bringing it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. "Welcome to the weird but undoubtedly wonderful world of The Peatbog Faeries, Skye's finest, where you should always expect the unexpected. Gloriously unpredictable, a band to treasure." fRoots Following the release of their latest album Blackhouse this legendary band will once more be back on the road in 2017 to delight audiences countrywide. Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums). They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before. Be prepared to dance!
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£16.00 in advance, £18.00 on door. www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 12th of August 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.
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On Monday the 14th of August 2017 until 18 August 2017
09:30 to 16:30 Jukebox Musical Summer School
Bring your creativity and imagination to create a fantastical show in this intensive musical theatre workshop week. A jam packed week full of dancing and singing based on the traditions of childhood stories and myths whether that be journeying across forbidden lands with big, bellowing ogres, playing tricks on the evil step-mother or flying on a magic carpet to a far away land! Join professional theatre makers in workshops dance and singing classes as you embark on five days of intensive musical theatre training. Bring your creativity and imagination to create a fantastical show, performed on Friday in celebration of the week's achievements. Produced by Capella Performers in partnership with The Witham
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£180.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 17th of August 2017 until 09 September 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Nature Abstracted
Presenting bright and beautiful representations of flora and fauna, Nature Abstracted is a thrilling exhibition of large-scale abstract painting by local artist Anne Mason displayed in the Dispensary Gallery. Representations of emotions, social encounters and memories, this exciting body of work presented in Nature Abstracted is in stark contrast to the realist painting and printmaking, which comes from a more Romantic, earthy place, that Anne Mason has become known for. However, it is this flux between practices and disciplines that gives Anne Mason the greatest platform for exploring all of her creative thinking. The works in Nature Abstracted have been created as a platform from which to explore the power of colour and form, in the largest format available to her within the confines of the artist's Teesdale studio space. "Our memory, our image building mechanism does not always recall experiences as ‘photographic reality’. Similarly, my ‘abstract’ work is not abstract in a pure intellectual and austere way. It is representational, it represents the curving, circular, harsh, shrill sounds of our native birds, often, but not always, set in a landscape context. Other works are purely filled with landscape associations, mine shafts, water race, grit, heather, tracks, spaces, hushes, rocks etc." Anne Mason. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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On Thursday the 17th of August 2017 until 09 September 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Myths, Legends and Fairy Tales
Myths, Legends and Fairytales is visual feast of an interactive exhibition designed to inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old alike. Timed to coincide with school summer holidays, Myths, Legends and Fairytales is an exhibition that aims to inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old alike. This exhibition presents a fascinating insight into the work of artists from across the region whose work is inspired by local, national, and internationally celebrated myths, legends and fairytales. The exhibition has been designed to have an imaginative, interactive element that will entertain visitors of all ages at The Witham over the summer holidays encouraging reading, listening, and drawing. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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On Friday the 18th of August 2017
17:00 Jukebox Musical : The Show
A celebration in dance and song by young performing art lovers. Join the cast of the Jukebox Musical Summer School to revel in the delights (or terrors) of the magical worlds of ogres, witches, beanstalks, magical keys and mysterious treasure boxes! A celebration in dance and song by young performing art lovers! Produced by Capella Performers in partnership with The Witham
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£3.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 19th of August 2017
10:30 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 Wednesday the 23rd of August 2017
13:30 Suitcase Studio : Supersize Structures
Calling engineers and architects! Could you construct a Castle fit for a King, with dragon proof defenses? Are you able to create a maze to capture a Minotaur? Or perhaps you could build the tallest tower Rapunzel has ever had to escape? Join us for an afternoon making supersized structures. No age restrictions - the more the merrier! Who doesn't love a cardboard box?! Suitcase Studio is a portable artists’ workshop, able to provide visual art opportunities and creates a rich environment for people to be able to comfortably experiment with materials. Their ethos is based on a core belief that everyone has the potential to be creative given the opportunity and that this in turn develops skills in problem solving, promotes wellbeing and nurtures confidence.
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£6.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 24th of August 2017
13:30 Film : Cinderella (PG)
After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella (Lily James) finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger (Richard Madden) she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things. 'Kenneth Branagh's remake has eye-popping visuals and a perfectly evil Cate Blanchett' THE TELEGRAPH
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£5 individual, £15.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 31st of August 2017
13:30 Film : Pan (PG)
Living a bleak existence at a London orphanage, 12-year-old Peter (Levi Miller) finds himself whisked away to the fantastical world of Neverland. Adventure awaits as he meets new friend James Hook (Garrett Hedlund) and the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara). They must band together to save Neverland from the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman). Along the way, the rebellious and mischievous boy discovers his true destiny, becoming the hero forever known as Peter Pan.
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£5 individual, £15.00 family wwwthewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 31st of August 2017
19:00 NTL : Yerma (15)
The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at the Young Vic and critics call it ‘an extraordinary theatrical triumph’ (The Times) and ‘stunning, searing, unmissable’ (Mail on Sunday). Billie Piper’s lead performance is described as ‘spellbinding’ (The Evening Standard), ‘astonishing’ (iNews) and ‘devastatingly powerful’ (The Daily Telegraph). Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Please note that this broadcast does not have an interval.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 14th of September 2017 until 07 October 2017
10:00 to 16:00 The Earth's Layers
The Earth's Layers is an exciting exhibition of fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation by a group of artists from across the north of England. Spanning fine art painting, printmaking, ceramics, paper-cut, and mixed-media installation much of the work in The Earth's Layers exhibition is conceptual, yet all of it is entirely accessible due to physical, tactile nature of the work selected for display. The artists comprise a mix of established and early career artists living and working across the north of England and exhibiting together for the first time in this exhibition. Many of the works are inspired by maps, paths, and topography, whilst others are inspired by naturally occurring geological formations, and other works are inspired by the greater forces of nature, and their related way-finding systems.
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On Thursday the 14th of September 2017 until 07 October 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Lie of the Land
The Lie of the Land is an exhibition of paintings by Hazel Smith and Jill Eagle. These charming paintings of familiar vistas will be on display in the Dispensary Gallery. The Lie of the Land is an exhibition of sensitively depicted sites that will lead visitors around the Dispensary Gallery, taking them on a journey through the local countryside. Exhibiting artists Hazel Smith and Jill Eagle both live in, and are inspired by, The Yorkshire Dale. Employing contrasting styles and use of media that complement each other culminating in an exciting exhibition of landscape paintings. "Throughout my life I have been drawn to the rugged landscapes that can be found in the more remote regions of Britain. My love of these wild, beautiful places has provided the inspiration for my paintings, which are an emotional response to the landscape and the ever changing light and weather. I use colour and often texture to encapsulate my experiences and feelings." Jill Eagle. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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On Sunday the 17th of September 2017
11:00 to 16:00 Handcrafted Wedding Boutique
Handmade inspiration for all occasions, bespoke gifts, demonstrations and have a go experiences. The Witham and Designer Makers Market and Vintage Essence offer a creative exploration of wedding possibilities.
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On Wednesday the 11th of October 2017
19:00 RSC Live : Corialanus (12A)
A full-throttle war play that revels in the sweat of the battlefield, Coriolanus transports us back to the emergence of the republic of Rome. Caius Martius Coriolanus is a fearless soldier but a reluctant leader. His ambitious mother attempts to carve him a path to political power, but he struggles to change his nature and do what is required to achieve greatness. In this new city state struggling to find its feet, where the gap between rich and poor is widening every day, Coriolanus must decide who he really is and where his allegiances lie. Rome Season Director, Angus Jackson, completes the Royal Shakespeare Company’s collection of Shakespeare’s Roman plays with a visceral production which sees Sope Dirisu (One Night in Miami, Donmar Warehouse, 2016) take on the title role.
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£14.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
On Saturday the 14th of October 2017 until 04 November 2017
10:00 to 16:00 Luminosity : Highlights Rural Touring Scheme
Luminosity is name given to the 2017 touring craft exhibition curated by the Highlights Rural Touring, based in Appleby, Cumbria. The exhibition comprises works by artists and makers who create work inspired by light. Touring around the region, the exhibition has been organised in association with Lumiere (Durham Festival of Light). This exciting exhibition and associated education and outreach programme of activities aims to delight, challenge, inspire and amaze audiences. Funding for the tour and outreach programme come from Arts Council England and other charitable trusts and foundations. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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FREE www.thewitham.org.uk
On Thursday the 09th of November 2017 until 06 January 2018
10:00 to 16:00 Teesdale Christmas Arts Fair
Following the success of the inaugural Teesdale Christmas Art Fair in 2016 we are delighted to announce dates for the second Teesdale Christmas Art Fair that will take place for an extended period of time giving visitors more of an opportunity to visit the exhibition and purchase unique gifts. Teesdale Christmas Art Fair is a large, group exhibition of carefully selected art work by artists from across the region whose work will be displayed in exhibition spaces throughout The Witham. The exhibition comprises original works of art spanning fine art painting, drawing, sculpture, textile art, and limited edition prints in addition to applied art that will be on display and available to buy in the Shop at The Witham. The Teesdale Christmas Art Fair will also form part of The Witham's vibrant programme of Christmas activity that sees visitors of all ages flock to the arts centre for activities and entertainment. Gallery closed Sundays and Mondays.
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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
The Witham
01833 631107
DIFFERENT EACH WEEK – PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR FULL DETAILS
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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£3 www.thewitham.org.uk
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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£3.00 www.thewitham.org.uk
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.