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.