An evening with Pennyless


Eliza Carthy at the Old Town Hall

Legendary member of the Carthy/Waterson folk dynasty, Eliza was twice nominated for a Mercury Music Prize and has been awarded an MBE.

About this Event

This is a ‘not to be missed’ concert featuring one of the country’s leading folk singer/musicians.

Eliza has made several appearances on BBC TV’s ‘Later… With Jools Holland’, as well as various TV shows across the World. She has presented a series on the history of English folk music on BBC R2, and has been the subject of two hour-long TV documentaries (ITV’s ‘Heaven and Earth’ and Channel 5’s, ‘My Music’). Eliza was the only folk musician to feature in the ‘God Only Knows’ video for BBC Children in Need (2014).


Rhubarb Theatre

6th August, The Shambles at the Old Town Hall 2:30 – 4:00pm

Get into the summer holiday mood with two fun shows from children’s touring theatre ‘Rhubarb’ featuring:

3 SUITCASES A fantastical and funny short family show about 3 quirky characters that meet by chance at a train station. Where is the train? Will it arrive?  As time tick-tocks onwards the 3 accidental companions become more and more playful, passing the time in adventurous and exciting ways – who knows what might happen next?

THE BIG DIPPERS Sand, seagulls and a magical beach hut? This is no ordinary day at the seaside…

Our vivacious Victorian paddlers are all at sea for some slapstick adventure and summertime fun. See Rhubarb’s bathing buddies take the plunge, sort their swimwear, practice some strokes and try to avoid the sharks! Making a big splash, they’ll surf the waves of adventure and dive deep into hi-jinks and hilarity.

Grab your bucket and spade and hold onto your swim-hats as The Big Dippers set off on their splendid seaside adventures!

Suitable for all ages,  live performances with character interaction, mime, physical theatre, music and laughter we connect to a broad audience.


Funhouse Comedy

13th September, The Shambles at the Old Town Hall

Doors open 7:00pm, show starts 8:15pm

Enjoy an evening of comedy in the Shambles Bar at the Old Town Hall featuring:

MANDY MUDEN – Unique comedy magician that wowed the audience in the semi finals of BGT last year.

JOHN RYAN  – Award-winning comedian, highly-likeable and charming he puts an amusing spin on any subject matter going – gags

HOWARD READ – A regular on the stand-up circuit, having appeared  on a Royal Variety Performance.

Anna Mudeka
Kure Kure Faraway


An evening with archaeologist and broadcaster Professor Francis Pryor MBE

Saturday 23rd November – Doors open 7:00pm – Presentation 7:30pm

Best selling author and archaeologist Professor Francis Pryor will join us to talk about his latest book The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths. This is a personal, historical journey across one of the most mysterious regions of England. Francis is known as the discoverer of the Flag Fen Bronze Age Settlement in Peterborough and as a regular contributor to the extremely popular and long running Channel 4 TV programme “Time Team”.

Francis will present an entertaining and illustrative talk based on his wide experiences as a Fenland Archaeologist, followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of his book, The Fens: Discovering England’s Ancient Depths for £20 (RRP £25). 

This is a Bourne Bookshop Author Event in conjunction with The Old Town Hall.

Tickets £10 via the link below.

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Roving Crows in Concert

Creative Writing Workshop with Author Ros Rendle

Saturday 15th February 2020 – 1.30 – 3.00 p.m. (Doors open 1.00 p.m.) 20 places available

Write A Great Story – Creative Writing Workshop

The workshop will cover aspects relating to:

  • Characters and dialogue
  • Plot and conflict
  • A sense of place
  • Show not tell
  • Rich language

The session will be full of information and practical activities.

Ros Rendle was a Head Teacher previously but is now a local award-winning author of contemporary and early 20th century fiction. She has six published novels and her inspiration comes from living in France as well as a myriad of ideas from time spent with family and friends.

Tickets £7.50 Age 16+

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

"Read Dating" - Meet & Chat with Local Authors

Saturday 15th February 2020 4.00-5.30 p.m. (Doors open 3.45 p.m.)

Read all of your favourite authors? Wondering what to read next and want to find a new book to enjoy?

This is a unique opportunity to find new writers and books to love.
Based on the popular speed dating format, the session features a get together of approximately ten local authors. You are invited to spend ten minutes with each author, finding out about their books, their writing, their latest works and their inspirations.
There will be the opportunity to buy your favourite books during the session. Come back soon for an update on authors attending this event.

Tickets £2.50 to include a cup of tea/coffee

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Sunjay in Concert (Live and Local)

Saturday 22nd February 2020 7.30 p.m. (Doors open 6.30 p.m.)

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee 2012 and British Blues Awards nominee 2014.

With talents way beyond his years, Derby-born blues-folk troubadour Sunjay has been hailed for his exquisite and seemingly effortless guitar mastery and graceful bass voice, with a mature stage presence and captivating anecdotes. Superb twenty-first century ‘new generation’ blues music.

Reminiscent of Ralph McTell, John Martyn and early Tim Buckley and well known on the UK folk scene, Sunjay is an artist with a rare mix of youth combined with a superb, experienced and intricate acoustic guitar style.

Tickets £12.00 (Adults/Older Children 10+)

All proceeds help towards the Town Hall Restoration Project.

Super Spies

We are excited to re-open The Old Town Hall again from the end of June and are delighted to be able to offer a free online, family event, supported by Live and Local, in the May half term. Check out our Events link on our Facebook page! Only 1 ticket is needed per family and there are 20 tickets available.
‘Super-Spies Online’ is an interactive adventure for 5-11 year olds and their families. Participate from the comfort of your own home with two 30 minute interactive Zoom shows bookending a week of fun offline games, activities and challenges with a spy training theme!


We are very excited to launch our first Live Event of 2021 and are so delighted to welcome back Pennyless to The Old Town Hall!
Friday 25th June 7 p.m. (doors open from 6.30 p.m.)
With Penny Stevens on violin and Les Woods playing guitar, Pennyless form a distinctive and powerful sound as they range through the world of roots folk music and wander into blues and jazz.
After 12 years, and with 6 albums released as a four piece band, Penny and Les are heading back out into the world as a duo.
Expect a varied mix of up tempo instrumentals and fanciful songs – high energy and lots of fun!!
Book now to avoid disappointment – Limited ticket availability!
Tickets: £10.00 per ticket (plus booking fee)

Volunteer Event – by Invitation Only

Monday 21st June 7 p.m. (doors open from 6.30 p.m.)

Scratchy Beard in Concert

Saturday 31st July 5 p.m. (doors open from 4.15 p.m.)

We are thrilled that this great band has been able to squeeze in an extra gig (earlier start time than usual) so that they can play at The Old Town Hall for us!

Intoxicating swing, heartfelt rhythms and flowing melodies. The storytelling spirit of Anglo-Celtic folk and the sophisticated charm of a Parisian street cafe, on a summer’s afternoon.

Journey through this fun, intoxicating and sincere montage of trans-European roots music with upbeat guitar, finessed cello, dixie-esque clarinet, stomping drums, soaring violin, heartfelt tin whistle, a vintage 1960s electric reed organ, blues melodica, 3-part harmonies, jazz maracas and more…

” an upbeat, sincere and delectable collage of trans-European roots music”
Book now to avoid disappointment – Limited ticket availability!
 Tickets: £14.00 per ticket (plus booking fee)

Harbottle and Jonas In Concert
 Friday 27th August 7 p.m. (doors open from 6.15 p.m.)
 ‘Damn Fine.’ Mike Harding (BBC Radio 2 ‘Folk Show’)
‘Stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements.’ Americana UK

‘Phenomenal’ – BBC Introducing

Harbottle and Jonas are a husband and wife duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their entwined vocals have received plaudits from folk icons including Jon Boden (Bellowhead), Rod Clements (Lindisfarne), with Seth Lakeman saying they have a ‘unique sound’.

Well-travelled across the UK and abroad Harbottle & Jonas have managed to establish themselves original in song and one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit. Their album ‘Sea is My Brother’ was released in February 2019 with rave reviews and Tom Robinson calling it ‘fine contemporary folk music’ on his 6 music show.


“Disarmingly honest and spine-tingling moments – R2”

Book now to avoid disappointment – Limited ticket availability!


 Tickets: £14.00 per ticket (plus booking fee)

Introducing New Music At The Old Town Hall

Saturday 11th September 7.30 p.m. (doors open from 6.45 p.m.)
Having recently played at Latitude, and with Wildpaths Festival and Sound City Ipswich lined up, Archy Tomás is part of the very exciting new wave of live music.
Combining hard hitting walls of sound with riff driven anthems, Archy and his band play a fusion of alt rock styles, reminiscent of Muse, Royal Blood and Foo Fighters.
BBC Music Introducing Lincolnshire have featured Archy’s fantastic new single, Tectonic, which is to be released early September. Be amongst the first to hear it played live! 
With support from Who Shot Frank?, an indie/alt rock band from Spalding, playing live covers of your favourite artists such as Kings of Leon and The Killers plus their own original music.

Tickets: £10.00 per ticket (plus booking fee)

Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Friday 17th September 7.30 p.m. (doors open from 6.45 p.m.)
“Jez has the type of voice that impels you to listen. Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up.” Folk Radio UK 

 Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, teller of gripping tales, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player who has spent the past 20 years travelling the world performing, often in unlikely places. 

His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and rebel ballads to tango, rhumba, reggae and pretty much anything in between. In the past decade they’ve played well over a thousand gigs; from Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, New York to Taipei, Union Chapel to Extinction Rebellion. 

Saturday 18th September 7.00 p.m. (doors open from 6.15 p.m.)

Claimed as being one of of the best pictures of 2021 by The Hollywood Reporter “The Father” isn’t just an exceptional film, it is one of the most memorable and affecting dramas about the toll of aging and memory loss ever made. Anthony Hopkins’s Oscar Winning Performance is outstanding, heralded as his best career performance.

Beautifully directed by Florian Zeller with intimate and composed cinematography courtesy of Ben Smithard (Downton Abbey, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) , every frame of “The Father” benefits from the broad canvas a cinema screen offers.

Licensed bar open, card payment only. Drinks can be taken upstairs for the film performance.

An Evening with Francis Pryor MBE

Professor Francis Pryor is one of Britain’s most distinguished archaeologists, the excavator of Flag Fen and a sheep farmer. He is the author of seventeen books including The Fens (a Radio Four Book of The Week)

Scenes from Prehistoric Life is a journey through the evolution of Britain’s prehistoric landscapes in fifteen ‘scenes’ shedding revelatory light on the lives of their inhabitants.

Professor Francis will present a talk based on his wide experiences as a Fenland Archaeologist.

(Bourne Bookshop will be selling Scenes From Prehistoric Life at the event which you can purchase for signing and we kindly request that you wear a mask for the book signing – card payment only)

All proceeds go towards Bourne Town Hall Trust renovation project

Beer Tasting Evening

Join us at The Old Town Hall for a tasting of 10 local beers & ales and an evening you might never remember!

Paul from ThirstBourne will give you some top tasting tips, a little info on each of the beers you are trying as well as the local breweries they are from and will even be teaching the art of pouring the perfect pint at home. Paul has been professionally tasting food and drink for over 20 years and is a passionate beer lover and an amateur brewer. During lockdown when he was no longer able to able to share a quality pint of locally brewed ale in the pub, he created ThirstBourne to provide easy access to the wealth of quality beer, cider and snack producers on our doorstep. To make access even easier, orders are made online via the website and are then personally delivered to your doorstep.

All proceeds go towards the Bourne Town Hall Trust renovation project