MAKE A DATE: Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, will take to the stage at The Witham in July
MAKE A DATE: Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, will take to the stage at The Witham in July

RURAL life will come under the spotlight with two high profile events in Barnard Castle later this year.

Officials at The Witham have lined up talks with Yorkshire Vet Julian Norton in May and Amanda Owen, the Yorkshire Shepherdess, in July.

Mr Norton is the star of the popular Channel 5 TV series The Yorkshire Vet, the hit fly-on-the-wall documentary series that follows his work in and around the moors and dales.

He is also a best-selling author of three titles – A Yorkshire Vet Through the Seasons; Horses, Heifers and Hairy Pigs: The Life of a Yorkshire Vet and his latest book The Diary of Yorkshire Vet, which was published last September

In his show at The Witham he will share amusing anecdotes from his veterinary work in North Yorkshire.

The Witham’s Sarah Gent said: “These true stories bring to life the drama and humour in the daily routine of a rural vet.

“Join Julian for a fun and fascinating evening, sometimes sad, often funny, yet always warm and compassionate.

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“This show is an inspiration for anyone who loves animals, with Julian’s passion and commitment always at the fore.”

Poet, writer and performer Kate Fox will compere the show, which takes place on Wednesday, May 8.

Then in July, Amanda Owen will take to the stage.

Most recently the subject to a Channel 5 documentary which followed a year in the life of the Owens on their remote farm at Ravenseat, in Swaledale, mum-of-nine Mrs Owen has become an accomplished writer, photographer and speaker.

After being featured in the popular ITV Series The Dales, she began documenting the fascinating story of her farming life before publishing two bestselling books The Yorkshire Shepherdess, in 2014, and A Year in the Life of The Yorkshire Shepherdess, in 2016.

This show takes place on Wednesday, July 24.

Tickets for both shows went on general release this week. Contact The Witham box office on 01833 631107 for details or go online to www.the witham.org.uk.