What’s on in north Northumberland - May 11 - May 18

Classic Clapton the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to The Maltings in Berwick tomorrow night. More details below.
Classic Clapton the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to The Maltings in Berwick tomorrow night. More details below.

See what’s on in north Northumberland for the next seven days. Covering theatre, films, live music, walks and other events taking place in Northumberland this week.

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight

National Theatre Live: Obsession Live Broadcast. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Gino, a drifter, encounters husband and wife Giuseppe and Giovanna. Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband, but the crime tears them apart. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).

Tonight

National Theatre Live: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Against the backdrop of Hamlet, minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern take centre stage. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.

Wednesday and Thursday

Kiss Me Like You Mean It (Alnwick Theatre Club). Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Tony and Ruth meet at a party. Don and Edie, married 50 years, are having a party, only gradually does its purpose become apparent in this cross between bittersweet romance and sexy black comedy. Tickets: premier £11, standard £10, concs £9, child/student £6.

Thursday

Royal Shakespeare Company: Julius Caesar (broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy. Tickets: £16.75, £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).

FILMS

Tomorrow and Saturday

Beauty and the Beast. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm Friday, 2.30pm Saturday. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast can be freed only by true love. Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £8, concs £7.50, child/student £5.50, friends £7.20. Certificate (PG).

Saturday

La La Land. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. Aspiting actress Mia and jazz musician Sebastian struggle to make ends meet while pursuing their dreams. Tickets: £8.50, £6.95 concs, child £5. Certificate (12A).

Saturday and Tuesday

20th Century Women. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm Saturday, 7.30pm Tuesday. Dorothea Fields is a single mother raising her adolescent son. She enlists the help of two younger women to help with his upbringing. Tickets: £8.50, £6.95 concs, child £5. Certificate (15).

Sunday

Smurfs: The Lost Village. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest to find a lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel. Tickets: £8.50, £6.95 concs, child £5, baby free. Certificate (U).

LIVE MUSIC/DANCE

Tomorrow

Classic Clapton. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Front-man Mike Hall not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too. The whole of Claptons’s illustrious career is covered. Tickets £16.

Saturday

Stewart Hardy and Frank McLaughlin. The Hearth Cafe, Horsley, 7.30pm. Traditional fiddle and guitar. Tickets £10, under 19s £5, from eventbrite.co.uk or on 01661 853563.

Saturday

Royal British Legion Social Evening. Etal Village Hall, 7.30pm to 11pm. Swing Street, a borders-based band, will be playing favourite jazz standards. A light supper will be provided, bring your own drinks. There will also be a raffle. Tickets £8, from Rob Porteous on 07813 930504 or robertporteous1968@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. Coquetdatale Music Trust, Thropton, 7.30pm. Tickets: adults £10, under 14s free.

Saturday

Border Tarts. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. In aid of The Project Trust, a gap year charity, which sends about 300 school-leavers annually to volunteer in Africa, Asia and the Americas. Tickets £8 on the door, £6 in advance, on 01890 750939.

Saturday

Metropolitan Opera: Der Rosenkavalier. Alnwick Playhouse, 5.30pm. Director Robert Carsen places the action at the end of the Habsburg Empire, underscoring the subtext of class and conflict against a rich backdrop of gilt, starring Günther Groissböck. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, concs £19, child/student £10, friends £18.

Saturday

Athos String Quartet: Bartok, Mendelssohn and Haydn. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. The quartet perform Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in F minor, Bartok’s Romanian Dances, and Haydn’s String Quartet in C major Emperor. Tickets: £10, accompanied under 16s free (two free tickets per adult).

Sunday

Music at Paxton Plus with Marco Ramelli. Paxton House, Berwick, 2pm. A free concert from virtuoso guitarist, composer and teacher Marco Ramelli, from Milan.

Sunday

Lost Dog Dance – Paradise Lost. Amble Parish Hall, 7.30pm. Inspired by Milton’s epic poem, this one-man staging combines theatre, comedy and movement. Tickets: £8, £7 conc, £5 child, on 01665 710 289.

Wednesday

Northumbrian Music Evening. The Fleece, Alnwick, 8pm. All welcome to come and play.

Wednesday

The Fureys In Concert. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The legends of Irish music return for another night of music and stories. Tickets: £20-£22, concs £19-£20.50, box £25.

WALKS

Thursday

Goswick to Beal. Patrick Norris leads a free, guided walk of about five miles along the beach on May 18. To book email david.suggett@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01668 213086.

EVENTS

Today

Berwick Art Group meeting. United Reformed Church Hall, Spittal, 2pm to 4pm. A workshop by Gill Walton called Into Abstraction, Landscapes. Bring your own materials and landscapes you have done previously and don’t mind cutting up. Non-members welcome for £4.

Tonight

Berwick Branch of Cancer Research UK AGM. The Castle Hotel, Berwick, 6.30pm. All welcome.

Today and tomorrow

Fusion. Gallery 45, Felton. Textile artists are exhibiting their work.

Every Thursday

Hadston Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1pm. A two-hour session, with tea and a biscuit, £1.50. Dance tuition free.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. Singers in all sections welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, 10am to 4pm. Free drop-in to meet friends, play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet, and in the afternoon there is a craft group.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, 7.30pm. £2.50. Call 01289 307953.

Tomorrow

Reston Pub Quiz. Reston Village Hall, 7.30pm. In aid of Reston Village Summer Fete. £10 for a team of up to four, includes a pie and pea supper.

Tomorrow

Northumberland College Showcase. The Maltings, Berwick, 5pm. Find out about courses in performing arts and the creative industries, as well as other courses in Berwick. Free admission.

Saturday

Wildlife After Dark. Hauxley Nature Reserve, 8pm to 10pm. A walk after dark to see amphibians and other animals, including bats and moths. Please wear appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear. Bring a torch. Recommended for ages five and up. £3.

Saturday

World Migratory Bird Day. Window on Wild Lindisfarne, 10.30am to 1pm. Drop in for crafts, games and to learn about Lindisfarne migratory birds.

Saturday

Around Embleton What the Papers Say. Creighton Hall, Embleton, 10am to 1pm. Historian John Yearnshire is launching his third book on North Northumberland villages. He will display old photographs and share a complimentary cup of coffee with visitors.

Saturday

Acting Craft 2. Alnwick Playhouse, 10,30am. Learn about characterisation, pitching a scene, subtext, the dynamics of acting, and more. No previous experience required. £25 per session.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick, 8pm to 11pm. Entry £3, includes refreshments.

Saturday and Sunday

River Aln Boat Club. Alnmouth, 3pm. Free sailing or rowing taster sessions on the estuary, plus a bring your own barbecue in the park. For full details and to book a slot see www.eventbrite.co.uk

Sunday

Broomhouse Murder Mystery. Broomhouse Farmhouse, Cheswick, 1pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8.30pm. Major Winfield Nevins and Lady Lillie Nevins would be delighted if you could join them for a traditional English gala day, but rumour has it a murder is set to take place. £20 afternoon, £30 evening, on 07729 195559.

Every Sunday

Car Boot Sale. Castlegate Car Park, Berwick. Run by the Greenses Residents’ Committee for charity.

Tuesday

Youth Dance (nine to 13) Free Taster Sessions. The Maltings, Berwick, 4pm. Within the professional environment of a real theatre and studio, gain the opportunity to develop your choreographic skills and technique. Tickets free, but must be booked.

Wednesday

Aln and Breamish Local History Society. Whittingham Memorial Institute, 7.30pm. Dr Dan Jackson will speak on The Military Traditions of North East England. There will be a short AGM. Non-members welcome, £3.

Every Wednesday

Berwick Male Voice Choir. Longridge Towers School, 6.45pm to 9pm, for rehearsals. New members welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Wednesday

Qi Gong for Health. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, 2pm. Improve posture, flexibility and strength. Cost £3.

Until June 2

Border Artists 2017. The Watchtower Gallery, Tweedmouth, noon to 4pm. Works by national and international artists from across the borders will be brought together. Free admission.

Until June 4

Brick Dinos. Woodhorn Museum, Ashington. This exhibition combines dinosaurs and LEGO. Open Wednesday to Sunday, plus Monday and Tuesday during school holidays, 10am to 4pm.

Until June 7

Alan Stones Lithograph Exhibition. Gallery 45, Felton. Meet the artist on Saturday, at 11am.

Until June 9

Gillian Lee Smith and Paul West. The Old School Gallery, Alnmouth, 10am to 5pm. Both painters are new to Northumberland and their works celebrate our local landscape and coast.

ATTRACTIONS

All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: Call 0300 030 3311. For information visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Open daily, 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: £15.50 adult, £12.75 concs, £7.20 child, free under fives.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £12.10 adult, £10.45 concs, £4.40 child, free under fives, £29.70 family.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £4 adult, £3 concs, £1 child, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, state rooms from 11am. Admission: £10.85 adult, £5 child, free under fives, £26 family.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, 9am to 7pm.

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Admission free.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £9.30 adult, £8.40 concs, £5.60 child, £24.20 family.

Berwick Barracks. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £4.90 adult, £4.40 concs, £2.90 child, £12.70 family.

Chillingham Castle. Open daily, noon to 5pm. Admission: £9.50 adult, £8.50 concs, £5.50 child, £23 family. Call 01668 215359.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: Open Monday to Friday, tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Sunday tours at 10am, 11am and noon. Admission: £16 adult, £13 concs, £6 child, £35 family. Call 01668 215250.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Open daily, house 11am to 5pm, garden and woodland 10am to 6pm. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5 adult, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight. Admission free.

Etal Castle. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £5 adult, £4.50 concs, £3 child, £13 family.

Eyemouth Museum: Open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.

Heatherslaw Corn Mill. Open 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80 adult, £3.20 concs, £10 family, free under fives, £3.80/free disabled/carer.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Trains run daily. Call 01890 820317 for information.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Open daily, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £3.80 adult, £3.20 concs, free under fives, £10 family.

House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: Open daily, 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Admission: £7.70 adult, £6.60 over 60s, free for children.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, 11am to 5pm. Admission: £3 adult, £2.70 concs, free under fives, £8 family.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Castle closed for restoration. The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop remain open daily.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission: £4 adult, £3.50 concs, £2 child, £10 family, free under fives.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Admission: £6.50 adult, £5.90 concs, £3.90 child, £16.90 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Open Gate spring and summer, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays, 10am to 4.30pm. See www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk or call 01665 570382.

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Open Friday, 10am to 5pm. Admission: £4 adult, £1 child, all proceeds to charities.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2 adult, 50p children, £1.50 concs or groups.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm. Free entry.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Open daily, house noon to 5pm, walled garden 10am to 7pm, garden and estate 10am to dusk. Admission: £12.40 adult, £6.20 child, £31 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, 10am to 6pm. Hermitage: Open Monday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. Admission: £6.20 adult, £5.60 concs, £3.70 child, £16.10 family.