Hallowe’en (and beyond) – events for north Northumberland – week ending October 30

It's Hallowe'en on Friday, October 31.
It's Hallowe'en on Friday, October 31.


Today: Andy and Mike’s Tick Tock Time Machine. Maltings, Berwick. 1pm. £12, £10 conc, family £40. 01289 330999.

Tonight: Frankenstein. National Theatre, encore broadcast. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8, student £5 & teacher free (min 10 students). 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: Tales from the Shadows - The Gothic Horror Stories of Edgar Allan Poe. Ages 14+. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £14, £12.50 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow and Saturday, November 1: Haunting Julia by Alan Ayckbourn. A twisted study of grief, obsession and the supernatural that will have you jumping out of your seat. Alnwick Playhouse. Tomorrow, 7.30pm. Saturday, 1pm. Premier £12, standard £11, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Saturday, November 1: Carmen. Live broadcast from the MET Opera. Alnwick Playhouse. 4.55pm. Premier £21, standard £20, conc £19, child/student £10, Friends £18. 01665 510785.

Saturday, November 1: The Jane Keenan School of Ballet presents La Fille mal Gardeé. Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm and 5pm. Stalls £10, £8 conc, circle £12, box seat £14, child £6, family £30. 01289 330999.

Wed, Nov 5, and Thurs, Nov 6: Cyrano de Bergerac. Students from Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School perform this classic tale. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8, conc £7, child/student £6. 01665 510785.


Sunday, November 2: The Book of Life (U). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, November 4: What We Did On Our Holiday (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50. 01289 330999.

Thursday, November 6: Berwick Film Society - Maps to the Stars (18). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, BFS members £1 discount. 01289 330999.


Tonight: The Coal Porters. Alt-bluegrass act. Support from Antic Hay. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. Admission £10. For tickets, call 01669 620470.

Tonight: Bridie Jackson and The Arbour. Eclectic folk. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. £12, £10.50 conc, child £8. 01289 330999.

Tonight: Think Lloyd Live In Concert. Pink Floyd tribute. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £19.50, standard £18.50. 01665 510785.

Tonight and Thursday, November 6: Buskers’ Night. Equipment provided or bring yours. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm.

Tomorrow: Open Mic Night. Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8pm. Free.

Tomorrow: The Carl Cape Band. Fancy-dress music special. Prizes for the best-dressed. Masons Arms, Warkworth. 8.30pm. Free.

Saturday, November 1: Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts. Folk act, with support from Rita Payne. Etal Village Hall. Doors 7.30pm, music 8pm. £10, to book, 01890 820566.

Sunday, November 2: Music Night. Informal session, led by Anne Browne of Rothbury and compered by Jack Wilkinson, organiser of Netherton Folk Club. The Three Wheatheads, Thropton. 7.30pm. Free entry.

Monday, November 3: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Wednesday, November 5: Lunchtime Concert. Folk pop group The Larks. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, November 5: Nathan Carter Show. Nathan’s genres range from country, pop, and ballads and he is an expert accordion player. With special guest Lisa Stanley. Maltings, Berwick. 8yrs+. £18. 01289 330999.

Thursday, November 6: Live Music. The Coquetvale, Rothbury. 7pm. For details, call 01669 622900.

Thursday, November 6: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. AGM & the Robert Whitehead Band. Musicians and listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Members £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.


Today: Budding Artists - Spell Books. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today: Create a Spooky Tile. Suitable for adults and children. Bamburgh Castle. Normal admission applies. 01668 214515.

Today: Spirit of Wallington. Meet some of the artists who have created the Spirit of Wallington exhibition and see how they create their work using traditional and contemporary techniques. Wallington. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773606.

Today and Tomorrow: Hallowe’en at Ford and Etal. The estates hosts a variety of Hallowe’en-themed events, including a ceilidh tomorrow evening. Visit ford-and-etal.co.uk for more details.

Today and Tomorrow: Seal Tours of the Farnes. Get up close and personal with Atlantic Grey Seals on England’s largest seal colony. 10am-2pm. Adult £10, child £5, plus boat charges. Booking essential 01289 389244.

Today and Tomorrow: Make a Paper Bag Lantern. Woodhorn. Noon-3pm, suggested donation applies. 01670 624455.

Today and Tomorrow: Pumpkin Carving. The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. £3.50 per pumpkin. When you carve one of the Garden’s pumpkins you will receive a free ticket into The Garden for the pumpkin parade tomorrow. 01665 511350.

Today to Sunday, November 2: Pumpkin Trail. Find the hidden pumpkins around Woodhorn and complete the special trail to receive a spooky treat. Suggested donation 50p per trail sheet. 01670 624455.

Today to Sunday, November 2: Science Quest. A one-mile trail for inquisitive families. Cragside. 10am-5pm. Normal admission, plus £1.

01669 620333.

Today to Sunday, November 2: 50 things to do before you’re scared to death. Hallowe’en activities. Wallington. Noon-3pm. 01670 773600.

Tomorrow and Sunday, November 2: Budding Artists - Wand Making. The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Today and Thursday, November 6: Gateway Drop In. Play cards, read newspapers, watch TV, use the internet or join the craft group in the afternoon. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am-4pm.

Tomorrow: Hallowe’en Coffee Morning. Raffle, tombola and stalls, plus best pumpkin competition and a fancy-dress competition. There will be prizes for two age groups, U9s and over 9s. Creighton Hall, Embleton. 10am–noon. 01665 576791.

Tomorrow: Beadnell WI Coffee Morning. Raffle and a variety of stalls and crafts. Beadnell WI Hall. 10am-noon. £1.50, inc coffee and biscuits.

Tomorrow: Swing and Climb Day. King-swing and indoor climbing wall. Indoor wall includes Velcro Olympics). Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. King Swing (10am-12.30pm), climbing wall (1pm-3pm). £10 per activity. 01434 250232.

Tomorrow: Family Fridays. Activities specifically designed for families. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 11am-2pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Pumpkin Parade and Danza Antigua by Scarabeus. The Alnwick Garden. The evening starts with the pumpkin parade at 6pm (free for people who have attended pumpkin-carving sessions. Alternatively, normal admission applies) and is followed by Danza Antigua, (6.40pm approx) which is based on the Mexican day of the dead festival and is a spectacular stilts performance. 01665 511350.

Tomorrow: Hallowe’en and Fireworks. At Chillingham Castle. Activities include children’s ghost stories, fancy-dress competition, best pumpkin competition, pumpkin trail, apple bobbing, children’s Hallowe’en tablecloth colouring and music, plus delicious hot and cold food available. 6pm-8pm, gates open 5.30pm. £5 children, £10 adult, £25 family (two adults and 3 children 12years or under). Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the night, but number are restricted. 01668 215359.

Tomorrow: A Party to Die For. Murder mystery evening including an arrival drink & three course dinner. Coquetvale, Rothbury. To book, 01669 622900.

Saturday, November 1: St James’s Autumn Coffee Morning. Variety of stalls. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 9.30am. £1, including refreshments.

Saturday, November 1: Art Workshop. Changing the Shape with Roger Gadd, for watercolours. Coquetdale Arts Centre, Rothbury. 10am-4pm. Materials can be provided. £20. To book, 01669 621557.

Saturday, November 1: Budding Artists - Potion Making. The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, November 1: Wool Craft Fair. Local hand-made items, fibres and yarns, felting, knitting, spinning and weaving demonstrations plus a sheep tales exhibition. Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am-4pm. Free entry. Refreshments available. Visit www.sheeptales.org.uk.

Saturday, November 1: Daytime Solar Fun. Elsdon Village Hall. 12.30pm-5pm. Details and booking, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk

Saturday, November 1: Alnwick Embroiderers’ Guild. Talk by Pat Ashton Smith about embroidered postcards sent during the First World War. St Michael’s Church Hall, Alnwick. 2pm-4pm. Visitors welcome £4.

Saturday, November 1: Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Ages 5+. 5pm–6.30pm. £15, conc £13, family £45. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org.

Saturday, November 1: Universe Full of Stars at. Kielder Observatory. Includes a tour of the facility and use of the powerful telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Sat, Nov 1, and Sun, Nov 2: Everlasting Sparkler Craft. Drop in family activity. Woodhorn. Noon-3pm. Suggested donation apples. 01670 624455.

Sunday, November 2: Sharp Shooters Day. Laser clay shooting and archery. Age 5+. Calvert Trust Kielder. Drop in, 10am-3pm. £10 per activity (30 clays or 15 arrows). 01434 250232.

Tuesday, November 4: Blood-donor Session. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick. 2pm-4pm and 4.45pm-7pm. Call 0300 123 2323 to make an appointment.

Tuesday, November 4: Max Adams - The Wisdom of Trees. Bestselling author Max Adams explores the biology of trees. The Alnwick Garden. 3pm-5pm. Tickets, including tea and cake, £8, £6 conc from 01665 511350 (option 3).

Tuesday, November 4: Alnwick and District Flower Club. AGM. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm.

Tuesday, November 4: Alnwick Family History Society. Talk by Andy Griffin on Border Reiver Families. Refreshments available. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.15pm. £2.50 donation requested for non-members.

Wednesday, November 5: Bonfire Night. The Coquetvale, Rothbury. For details, call 01669 622900.

Thursday, November 6: The Facebook of the Dead. Poet and crime author Valerie Laws will be performing and talking about her new book of funny and moving poetry from Red Squirrel Press. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7pm. £3, including a glass of wine. 01665 605847.


Saturday, November 1: Guided Nordic Walk. 10 miles, Warkworth to Alnmouth. 10am. £8. To book, 01669 621044 or visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk

Sunday, November 2: Anwick Ramblers. Six-mile walk from Ford to Roughtin Linn. Meet near layby near Ford village on B6353. To book and if the weather is inclement, call 0191 2893438.