The Witham's new Food Fridays is launching with a healthy dollop of Archer's Ice-cream on Friday 27 January at 10am.
Once a month, we invite a local supplier to the Dispensary Café to ‘meet the maker’, promote their delicious wares and give you the chance to taste the best of our area’s food and drink.
Come and say hello and enjoy some tasty produce! Take a look below for dates and producer details:
Archer’s Ice Cream 27 January
Teesdale Cheesemakers 17 February
Just William Hedgerow Products 24 March
With a wide selection of arts and well-being activities for all levels ages, it's a great time to join our growing community and come to stretch both the mind and body, explore your creativity and meet like-minded folks. Check out the following and please do help us by spreading the word!
You can now enjoy poetry classes (Poetry for the Petrified, Tues 1.30 - 3.30pm), be part of a reading group (Royal Literary Society Read...ing round, Thurs 10.30 - 12), be part of the new Barnard Castle Art and Crafts group (Fri, 10-12pm), join our new MusiKality Services community choir with live band (Tues, 6-7pm) or the new Ukelule Band (Tues, 6-7pm).
If you need to relax, join Mediation (Thurs, 7.30 - 9pm) and embrace Yolo Pilates for both mental and physical benefits (Weds, 9.15 - 10.15, 10.30 - 11.30, Fri 9.30 - 10.30am).
For children and young people, we have KanDo Arts Youth Theatre group (Thurs, 4 - 5.30pm), Turrets Youth Theatre (Weds, 4 - 5.30 juniors, 5.30 - 7pm seniors) and the new Musical theatre group, Capella Performers (Sat, 11 - 12.30pm juniors, 12.30 - 2pm seniors). There are also Ballet and Tap lessons (Tues, 4 -7pm with 45 min lessons) for different ages
If you have small children, enjoy very creative sessions with Suitcase Studio Inquisitive Infants (Tuesdays 10.30 - 12pm) and have a sing and dance with Wiggles and Wobbles (Thursday, 10.45 - 12pm).
It's wonderful to offer a wealth of weekly workshops here at The Witham... come and join our growing community and make 2017 your year of creative explorations.
Pop in, call 01833 631107 or head to our workshop pages for more information. Bring on the arts adventures in 2017!
Jim Moray presents Upcetera at The Witham
On Friday 20 January, The Witham welcome Jim Moray for his first tour date, presenting his album Upcetera, described “Jim Moray’s masterpiece… very much an album of our times” by Mojo.
Multi-award winning folk musician Jim Moray presents a live performance of his acclaimed album Upcetera at The Witham in Barnard Castle on Friday 20 January. Accompanied by a 9 piece ensemble including strings, woodwind, piano, double bass and drums, he reimagines traditional ballads as dramatically orchestrated torch songs or a sort of English Fado.
For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way.
Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin-off show Class, and launched his own Low Culture Podcast.
Reviews for Upcetera include:
★★★★★ fRoots ★★★★★ R2 ★★★★★ Mojo ★★★★ The Observer
★★★★ Songlines★★★ The Guardian ★★★ Record Collector
As Sarah Gent , Marketing Manager at The Witham comments, ‘Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. We are delighted to be welcoming this fantastic musician to kickstart our 2017 Music Season.’
Tickets are available at www.thewitham.org,uk or by phone on 01833 631107 (10 – 4pm, Tues – Sat). You can also call into the Box Office at 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle during these hours.
On Wednesday 14 December at 7.30pm, Musicality, Richmond Ladies’ Choir will be performing at The Witham Arts Centre to celebrate the month of December with feast of festive music.
Bringing their superb harmonies and energising performance, the popular ladies choir, under the direction of professional musician and composer Gillian Ash will promise an evening of entertain Christmas favourites for all to enjoy.
Musicality are well known to be highly skilled having received the accolade of ‘Best Choir’ in the 2015 Tournament of Song and walked away with the highest marks awarded to a choir in the last 50 years.
The audience on the evening will be treated to a perfect mix of traditional carols and contemporary Christmas tunes that will celebrate everything that makes December the season to be jolly.
Tickets are £8 adults and £6 for students and under 16s. To book tickets and find out more information, visit The Witham between 10am and 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday, book online: www.thewitham.org.uk or call 01833 631107.
The Witham is looking forward to a varied cinema and live screening season this winter to include the World Live Premier of I AM BOLT, The Royal Opera House’s production of The Nutcracker and an old favourite, White Christmas. DOWNLOAD YOUR FILM SEASON FLYER HERE
On Thursday 3rd November, 7.30pm, Film Thursdays return with The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell. Described as a witty and absurd retelling of the mid-2000’s U.S housing mortgage crisis, the film has been celebrated as ‘an improbably triumph!’ Following this on Thursday 24th November is Hail, Caesar! – an all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age with George Clooney and Scarlet Johansson.
A highlight for autumn is I AM BOLT on Monday 28th November, 7.30pm. A documentary film unveiling the real sporting icon and shot on location during the athletes exploits of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Olympic Games, the Germany World Championships as well as the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Christmas comes early to the art centre with the annual festive film – a very special occasion which for last year saw a sold-out viewing of It’s A Wonderful Life. This year, the Witham team welcomes everybody to come and see White Christmas on Thursday 1st December at 7.30pm with mulled wine and mince pies for a particular heart-warming celebration.
The Christmas theme continues with the Royal Ballet’s Live Screening of The Nutcracker on Thursday 8th December at 7.15pm - a perfect festive production of a classic tale for the whole family to enjoy. With Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, a Christmas tree that magically grows, a battle between toy soldiers and an Army of Mice led by The Mouse King, this event presented by Darcey Bussell is not to be missed.
Finally, a must-see before the year is out is the National Theatre Live’s West End Production starring Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, No Man’s Land on Thursday 15th December, 7pm. With five star reviews, the duo are unmissable in one of the greatest plays ever written.
To book tickets and find out more information, please do pop into The Witham during opening hours (10am – 4pm, Tuesday to Saturday), head to the cinema page on the website: www.thewitham.org.uk or call 01833 631107.
The Witham are delighted to announce Darlington Building Society is sponsoring the Family and Children’s programme from September 2016 to August 2017.
A vibrant and growing Arts Centre in Barnard Castle with an increase in uptake for family theatre, workshops and films following the Summer of Stories, The Witham is in a strong position to create a wider arts offering and is seeking to push beyond arts events and into more sustained and in-depth activity.
Working with Darlington Building Society will enable The Witham to offer more meaningful and enjoyable experiences for the community, schools and visitors, building strong partnerships with local organisations to support and encourage growth across commercial and cultural platforms.
This Partnership package will enable The Witham to support arts workshops connected to The Witham’s Arts programme for schools in Teesdale, as well as supporting children’s theatre performances with transport, providing subsidised tickets for school visits over the year.
Darlington Building Society and The Witham will also be running an Enterprise competition for local secondary schools, hosted at The Witham to support students in developing business skills and awareness.
As Sarah Gent, Communications and Marketing Manager of The Witham comments ‘It’s fantastic to work with Darlington Building Society to help families and schools experience and enjoy the arts here in Barnard Castle. We’re looking forward to enabling more children to share creative experiences here at The Witham, thanks to Darlington Building Society.’
The Witham’s reach extends to corporate and business engagement, with a host of rooms and studios for hire as well as an exclusive business membership package, Creative Professionals, which Darlington Building Society have joined as part of the sponsorship package.
As Ruth Murray, Customer Service Consultant from Darlington Building Society’s Barnard Castle branch says ‘We are very proud to be supporting the Family and Children’s programme at the Witham. It’s a great opportunity for local families and children to enjoy the arts on offer in Barnard Castle.’
For more information about the partnership and the work of The Witham, call 01833 631107 or pop into 3 Horsemarket, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY.
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