AN arts venue in Bishops Castle is looking forward to 2014 after its best ever end to a year.

A bright blue leaflet with details of the winter programme at the SpArC Theatre in Bishop's Castle has been produced.

This follows news that attendances for November 2013 were the best ever – more than double the same month in 2012.

SpArC manager Cait Leach is looking forward to 2014 with confidence.

The first presentation of the year is a film called ‘About Time’, showing today (Thursday January 9) at 7pm. Directed by Richard Curtis, writer of ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Notting Hill’, it is a comedy about love, with a more than a hint of time travel.

Live satellite broadcasts from the National Theatre and the Royal Ballet, films, entertainment for young people and live music also feature on the programme.

Castle Players present their panto Dick Whittington in February and there are two films showing as part of the Borderlines Film Festival, ‘Le Week-End’ and ‘Philomena’.

The prestigious Birmingham Contemporary Music Group plays at SpArC for the first time in March, with a BCMG family music workshop a few days later.

Cait Leach promises that more events will be added to the season during the winter months and booking for the most popular events, such as the NT Live showing of ‘War Horse’ is already going well.

Leaflets with more information are available from shops in Bishop's Castle, Enterprise House or at the Tourist information centre.

The SpArC booking numbers are 01588 630321 or 638038 and tickets can be booked online.