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What’s on in Northumberland - to Thursday, November 15

Stage/Theatre

Tonight and Tomorrow

The Crucible – Duchess’s Community High School Senior Drama Group. Arthur Miller’s parable of mass hysteria draws a parable between the Salem witch hunt of 1692 and the McCarthyism which gripped America in the 1950s. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Tickets, standard £8, conc £7, child/student £6. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Tonight and Tomorrow

Berwick Academy / BACstage Productions – Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. Blood Brothers is a play based loosely on the 1844 novella The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas. At The Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Tickets £6.50, £5.50 conc. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

The Fitzrovia Radio Hour – Seabright Productions and Fitzrovia Productions. Performed with cut-glass theatricality blending homage and satire, Fitzrovia mixes the chauvinist attitudes of 1940s Britain with sharp contemporary humour to produce a heady comic cocktail. The audience is encourage to come dressed in glamorous 1940s and 50s eveningwear. Suitable for age 14+ (no strong language). At The Maltings, Berwick. £12, £10 stalls, £13 circle, £15 boxes. 7.30pm. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Saturday, November 10

A Night of Musicals starring Michael Courtney. This electric production of musical showstoppers will transport you on a whistle stop tour to the heart of London’s theatre-land, visiting over 20 beloved musicals from composers such as Lloyd Webber, Boublil and Schonberg. With dancing, glitzy costumes and a lighting show. Suitable for age 6+. At the Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £15.50, £14.50 conc. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Wednesday, November 14, and Thursday, November 15

Just So – Alnwick Playhouse Junior Youth Theatre. Staying close to Rudyard Kipling’s original tales but with thought-provoking lessons for the children of today, this musical, with catchy simple tunes, has something for all ages. At Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £7, conc £6, child/student £5. Information/booking, call 01665 510785.

Thursday, November 15

Calendar Girls – Opening Night Productions in association with The Maltings Theatre. Based on the true story of eleven ordinary Women’s Institute members who did something extraordinary for a sick friend, and inadvertently sparked a global phenomenon in the process. Suitable for age 12+. At the Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £10, £8 conc. Also on November 16 and 17. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Live Music

Tomorrow

Organ Recital. Peter Waugh, organist at Trinity Church, Gosforth, performs a selection of popular classics. At St James’s Church Centre, Pottergate, Alnwick. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start. Admission £5 payable on the door to include refreshments. In aid of church funds.

Saturday, November 10

Oil City Connection. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm.

Sunday, November 11

Aly Bain, Ale Möller and Bruce Molsky. A melodically and rhythmically exciting collaboration by three of the world’s leading folk musicians. At The Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. Stalls £15, £14 conc, circle £17.50, box seat £19. Information/booking, call 01289 330999.

Sunday, November 11

Concert for Remembrance Day. Alnwick and District Choral Society present this concert in aid of Help for Heroes. It features new compositions by conductor Peter Brown, poems from the First World War, readings remembering the dead of the two World Wars and a version of the number one bestseller Wherever You Are. With Alan Gidney as organist and Glen Hogg on the trumpet. At St Paul’s Church, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Admission – £9, conc £8 – by programme at the door.

Monday, November 12

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. At the Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. More information, call Jack or Pam on 01665 722835.

Wednesday, November 14

The 38th African Children’s Choir. The internationally acclaimed, Grammy–nominated African Children’s Choir performing at the Duchess’s Community High School, in Alnwick. 7pm. A free-will offering will follow the concert. Free, but numbers are limited. Tickets available from the main school reception.

EVENTS

Today

Action on Hearing Loss Drop-in. Session to help people maintain and use their NHS hearing aids, including providing and refitting batteries. At Alnwick Library. 9.30am–10.30am. Free. More information, call 01665 602689.

Tonight to Thursday, November 15

Teacups, Zebras and Dancing Kaisers: Unfolding Wallington. Join November Club for a promenade performance and journey through the house at Wallington in a way that’s never done before. This is not a seated performance. 7.30pm–9.30pm. Runs until November 18. £25, including refreshments. Booking essential, call 01665 833751. On Sunday, November 11, there will be a special event (with welcome drink and meet the cast) for National Trust members only, from 5pm–8pm.

Tomorrow

Family Stargazing at Kielder Observatory. Family-friendly astronomy session. Ages 5+. 5pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Tomorrow

Shilbottle-Héry Amicale Exchange Get Together. A warm welcome to everyone who has been involved with the exchange at any time over the last 50 years or anyone who is interested in joining. There will be a pooled supper and an opportunity to share memories of the past and ideas for the future, as preparations begin for the 50th anniversary exchange in 2013. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about the exchange, as new members are always very welcome. In the Community Hall, Shilbottle. 7pm. More information, call 07768 304259.

Tomorrow

North Northumberland Bird Club AGM followed by film night. At Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. More information, call Richard on 01668 214759.

Tomorrow

Stargazing Night at Kielder Observatory. Learn about Northumberland’s dark skies, the constellations and beyond. Use the observatory’s telescopes to explore the universe. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 10

Coffee Morning. With cake stall and a RNLI stall selling RNLI merchandise. In aid of the RNLI in Amble. At Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am–noon.

Saturday, November 10

4x4 Safari. A day of guided trail blazing in the heart of the forest at Kielder Water and Forest Park. 10am–4pm. £50. For information and to book, visit www.gton.co.uk

Saturday, November 10

Felton Patchers Annual Christmas Sale. With raffle and refreshments. Proceeds to HospiceCare North Northumberland. In Felton Village Hall. 11am-2pm. Free entry.

Saturday, November 10

Alnwick Pipers’ Society Northumbrian Gathering. At the Jubilee Hall, Newton on the Moor. Starts 1.30pm with a series of workshops – pipes and music and dance – and a music session. From 7.30pm, there will be an evening concert, with Pauline Cato, Nick Leeming and the Alnwick Pipers’ Society Band, followed by refreshments. All-day ticket (workshops/concert/refreshments) £10. Tickets for concert only, £5. Information/booking, call Susan on 01665 575232.

Saturday, November 10

Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Learn about Northumberland’s dark skies, the constellations and beyond. Use the observatory’s telescopes to explore the universe. Age 5+. 5pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 10

Grand Cascade Charity Ball. Organised by students of King Edward VI School, to raise funds to support children with disabilities and their families, by providing family activities at The Alnwick Garden and specialist equipment through the Sunshine Fund. In The Alnwick Garden’s Pavilion. £40 per ticket, includes welcome drink, three-course dinner and live music. 7.30pm. To book tickets, call 01665 511350 or email susan.broster@alnwickgarden.com

Saturday, November 10

Comet Night at Kielder Observatory. Nick Howes, a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, science writer for the European Space Agency, STEM ambassador and Faulkes Telescope project manager takes us on a journey through two comets, asteroids and their discovery. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, November 10, to Sunday, November 11

Public workshops in green wood craft, set up by Jon Purkins. Introduction to Coppicing and Willow Work. £40 each, inc materials. At Rock Hall School. 10am–4pm. Call 01665 571071 or visit small-axe-woodcraft.com

Sunday, November 11

In Focus. Opportunity to try out a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. At Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am-4pm. More information, call Jim on 01665 711578.

Sunday, November 11

Sunday Morning Budding Chefs. Aimed at children from 5-13 years, teaching basic cookery skills while learning about healthy foods in a fun environment. At The Alnwick Garden. 10.15am-12.15pm. £10. Garden admission ticket is not required. More information, call 01665 511350.

Sunday, November 11

Capture Worskop. The Capture workshop is offering a unique opportunity to work alongside and learn from experimental architects in a stunning environment. The workshop is held outdoors, suitable outdoor clothing and a packed lunch is required. At Kielder Castle Visitor Centre. Suitable for 17 years +. 10am-4pm. £10. To book, call 01434 652220.

Tuesday, November 13

New Moon Eclipse Party at Kielder Observatory. For those lucky enough to be in eastern Australia and New Zealand, they will be treated to a stunning show as a total solar eclipse will be visible to them. Celebrate from afar, by watching live NASA footage, learning about eclipses. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, November 14

Qigong Session. Exercise helping to improve posture, flexibility and strength, as well as helping relaxation and balance. At The Alnwick Garden. 2pm. £2. Call 01665 511350.

Wednesday, November 14

Amble Art Group. At Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Amble. 7pm. Contact Pauline on 01665 798978.

Wednesday, November 14

Appalachian Clogging. Foot-tapping, high-stepping clogging to catchy hillbilly-type music. At the URC Church Hall, The Butts, Warkworth. 7.30pm-9pm. Call Pat on 01665 711635/Gwyn on 01665 577298.

Wednesday, November 14

Talk. A representative from Boulmer gives a talk to the Aln and Breamish Local History Society about the Search and Rescue Service. At Whittingham Memorial Institute. 7.30pm. Non-members welcome, £3. Refreshments served. More information, call Helen on 01665 574319.

Wednesday, November 14

New Moon Observing at Kielder Observatory. Guest speaker and popular science writer Nick Howes comes to Kielder Observatory to tell tales of comets. The talk will be followed by a tour of Kielder Observatory, stargazing and use of the facility’s telescopes. Suitable for ages 10+. 8pm–11pm. £10, conc £8, family £27. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Thursday, November 15

Presentation. John Irving gives a presentation to the Aln Valley Railway Society entitled Chapel-en-le-Frith, Soham and three George Crosses. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments available from 7pm. More information, call Roger on 01665 606168.

Thursday, November 15

Bingo. At The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. Eyes down 7.30pm.

Thursday, November 15

Talk. Freda Thompson gives a talk to East Coquet Local History Society entitled History, Mystery and Artistry. At St Mark’s URC Hall, Wellwood Street, Amble. 7.30pm.

WALKS

Today

Boulmer Coastal Walk. Join Alnwick and District Natural History Society to observe winter migrants. Meet in Boulmer car park. At 1.30pm. Call Coral on 01665 602614.

Exhibitions

Alnwick Playhouse

Bondgate Without, Alnwick, 01665 510785. Members’ Selection. A display of work by Alnwick and District Camera Club. Runs until December 1. Open box office hours.

 

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