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Funny Way To Be Comedy's fourth full Edinburgh Preview Day.

Date: Saturday 14 July
Time: Doors open: 4.30pm Start: 5:00pm until 10pm
Early Bird booking price: £20* 


‘A hugely enjoyable mix of brutal putdowns and richly funny stories, Lyons has what it takes to delight any crowd’...Guardian 

Date: Thursday 15 November
Time: 8:00 pm
Price: £15 


Sarah Gent, Marketing Manager explains why The Witham team are celebrating...

We are delighted with this front page splash in the Darlington and Stockton Times today (read the article here) and the one in the Teesdale Mercury this week too (link to come shortly!

The Witham team are working hard not only to deliver excellent events and happenings, continue to improve our lovely cafe, entice people into the shop and the gallery but also work to raise awareness and ultimately funds for this small arts centre on Barnard Castle high street. This will enable us to do more and more with our local community and with the many visitors who come to events and explore our wonderful area.

As a registered charity, we have exciting plans to fundraise to support our work, building on the strong reputation we have established over the last four years. We've delivered so much of excellent quality, engaged with lots of exciting partners and increased footfall and ticket sales significantly since the refurb was complete in 2013.

And we plan to continue this growth with your help and a strong strategic approach led by the board of trustees and staff team.

So watch this space for future activities and thank you all for your ongoing support! 

Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella is a thrilling and evocative love story set in London during the Second World War.

Date: Sunday 3 June
Time: 3:00pm
Price: £12 | £10 for 16 years and under


Saturday, 05 May 2018 00:00

Day of Dance

Youth Longsword

Date: Saturday 5 May
Time: 4 pm - 5.30 pm
Price: Please inquire for ticket prices


Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Northern Shores

Celebrating coastal scenery in the North East and Cumbria

Date: Thursday 22 March  - Saturday 21 April
Time: 10 am - 4 pm
Price: Free admission

From the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

Date: Tuesday 20 March
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: £12 | £10 for 16 years and under


The Witham are delighted to announce their successful application for a Catalyst Small Grant from Arts Council England. These funds will ignite the campaign to fundraise for Barnard Castle’s vibrant arts centre, ensuring its viability and long-term future.

The Catalyst Small Grants programme supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. Having secured the Catalyst grant of £30,000, The Witham will invest this in systems and training to support and develop staff, volunteers and the board to increase sustainability of the arts centre.

With over 12,500 tickets sold and a footfall of over twenty-two thousand in 2017 alone, The Witham has developed a strong reputation for a high quality artistic programme, with networking and partnerships in the sector, fulfilling an important civic role in Barnard Castle. 

As Katy Taylor, The Witham’s CEO states:

‘We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for a Catalyst grant and thank Arts Council England for their support.
This funding will enable us to build on this reputation and to raise the funds required to continue to provide both visitors and our local community access to the arts centre into the future.

Over the coming months, we will be calling on individuals, groups and organisations to support The Witham with donations, sponsorship and patronage – we know The Witham attracts people to Barnard Castle, whilst providing enriching experiences for our local community as well. We are now at the stage where we can think more strategically in terms of long-term funding, to ensure that Barnard Castle has a vibrant arts centre for many years to come.’

The Witham board of Trustees are working closely with the staff team to reduce the arts centre’s financial risk and enable The Witham to become increasingly resilient.

Jane Tarr, Director North, Arts Council England said ‘The Witham’s artistic programme has been attracting visitors and local audiences for some years now. Our Catalyst funding will enable the Witham to develop its fundraising activity and encourage local private giving support to help the organisation plan for the future and to continue bringing people to Barnard Castle.’

The Witham is a registered charity dedicated to enabling cultural, community and commercial events and activities to take place in Barnard Castle for the benefit of residents and visitors.  

This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’.

Date: Friday 22 June
Time: 7:30 pm
Price: £12 | £10 for 16 years and under


Seeking space for your business? Head to The Witham!

There is currently space available at The Witham studios in Hall Street for hire at reasonable rates. With convenient access to the high street, The Witham's hall street studios are the perfect location to running your business.

The Witham currently have two studios available so for more information, please contact for a tour, rates and to explore possibilities.

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