What’s on

The hall was closed due to the Corona virus situation but will hopefully open in a limited way as permitted on April 12 then further relaxations should enable full opening in the summer.

Scarth Hall hosts a wide range of events, open to everyone, and organised by Scarth Hall volunteers or other organisations. Just add your name to our mailing list (via contact us) to keep up-to-date with all upcoming events.

See also Scarth Hall Film Shows and our Facebook page Staindrop Scarth Hall Live for reviews and photos!

See Regular events for weekly and monthly classes and activities.

And if there is anything you would like to see happen at Scarth Hall then get in touch and get involved.


Couch to 5K –   This is an NHS-backed initiative to get us doing some gentle exercise each week.  New members are always welcome whether a regular runner or a never runner, there’s a group to join at a time to suit.

Do get in touch if you are interested in any of these activities – scarthhall@gmail.com

And if running is not for you, there’s lots more on offer to benefit your well being – why not try arts and crafts on Thursday mornings? contact Janeyoungart@me.com

or gentle yoga Wednesday afternoon and Thursday evening? dancing, playing a ukulele orc guitar, cinema etc etc – there’s something for you for sure!

Thursday 6 May – local elections from 0700 – 2200.

Note regular events will not be held that day with Arts and Crafts on Zoom for the morning.

Friday 18 June – Highlights production of ‘ Dinosaur Detectives’. Doors at 3:30 for performance at 4pm.

The show, which is part of the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme, uses puppetry combined with projection, shadow theatre and original music to create a fascinating prehistoric world. 

As the Dinosaur Detectives search for clues about the past, they find a secret doorway and a number of suitcases containing the stories of those who discovered dinosaur bones in Victorian England. 

They learn that people once believed that the earth was only 10,000 years old and that the finds of a small group of people changed the face of history, helping the world to understand that enormous creatures had once walked the planet, creatures that became known in Victorian times as dinosaurs.

Adults £9, under 16’s £4, and special ‘2 for 1’ offer for 16 – 25 year olds

Friday 25 June – Highlights production of ‘ Old Herbaceous’ Doors open 7pm for 7:30 performance

Fans of Gardener’s World and Downtown Abbey are in for a theatrical treat as the head gardener of a country house retells his life story in a poignant one-man play about a bygone era.

Set in his ramshackle greenhouse in the grounds of a country house, gardener Herbert Pinnegar will share memories, gardening tips and an unexpected love story with his audience in Old Herbaceous

The performance, which is part of the Rural Highlights Touring Scheme, finds Pinnegar pottering amongst the seeds and cuttings at the back of his greenhouse. Now in his twilight years he is looking back over his life and reflecting on an English rural society that no longer exists.

Beautifully portrayed by veteran actor and writer Peter MacQueen, Pinnegar recounts his journey from orphan boy to legendary head gardener ‘Old Herbaceous’ and tells of his relationship with the lady of the house, Mrs Charteris. Between potting plants and drinking tea, he shares his life and gardening wisdom in a charming, humorous and touching portrayal of a single-minded man with a passion for plants.

Adults £10, under 16’s £5, and special ‘2 for 1’ offer for 16 – 25 year olds

Friday 27 August – Back by very popular demand, Hot Club du Nord. Playing fast paced gypsy influenced numbers by Stephane Grapelli etc. You will not be disappointed.

Saturday 18 September – the ever popular FABS will take you back to the ‘fab’ music of the Cavern Club and beyond. Not to be missed and an unforgettable energised evening guaranteed.

Saturday 16 October – First Ceilidh of 2021 with the wonderful Fiadh Band. Doors at 7pm.

Tuesday 19 October – Norman Cornish MBE the most famous ‘pitman painter’ from Spennymoor will be the subject of an illuminating talk by his son in law Mike Thornton. Doors at 7pm.