What’s on in north Northumberland - November 17 - November 24

Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno. Showing at Alnwick Playhouse tomorrow night. More details below.
Ron Howard returns to direct the latest bestseller in Dan Brown's (Da Vinci Code) billion-dollar Robert Langdon series, Inferno. Showing at Alnwick Playhouse 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

Today

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show. The Maltings, Berwick, 4.15pm. This timeless classic makes its way off the page and onto the stage in this critically acclaimed production featuring a menagerie of 75 puppets, adapting four Eric Carle stories. Tickets: £8, on 01289 330999.

Tonight

Hinterland – A Memoir, by Chris Mullin. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Author, journalist and former Labour minister Chris Mullin discusses his new book. Tickets: premier £11, standard £10, on 01665 510785.

Saturday

Longridge Towers School: Medea. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. An adaptation of Euripides’ Greek tragedy, with physical theatre, dance and film in an exploration of love, passion and vengeance. Tickets: £4, on 01289 330999.

Saturday

The Collector: Kathryn Barker in association with London Classic Theatre. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Mazrat Prison, Iraq. Nassir translates for the American interrogators. He’s local, pro-Western, determined to bring liberal values to his country, and is about to get married. Tickets: premier £14, standard £13, concs £12, child/student £10.

Tuesday and Wednesday

Jim Davidson: 40 Years On. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The comedian celebrates 40 years in showbusiness. Jim brings to the stage a revealing look at his life. Tickets: Stalls £19-£23, circle £25, box (double occupancy) £61.50.

Thursday

Fish Eye. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A dark comedy about nosiness gone wild. Pam’s already got a low opinion of her neighbours so when someone pinches her Elizabethan sideboard, it’s all-out war. Book seats free, then pay what you decide at the end. Call 01665 510785.

FILMS

Tomorrow

Inferno. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Academy Award winner Ron Howard directs the latest in Dan Brown’s billion-dollar Robert Langdon series. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Saturday

The Trolls. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Poppy, the optimistic leader of the trolls, and Branch (Justin Timberlake), her polar opposite, embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they’ve ever known. Tickets: adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family £19. Certificate (U).

Saturday

I, Daniel Blake. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. When an ill carpenter finds himself in need of state welfare, he meets a desperate single mother who needs the same thing. Together, they discover that negotiating through the red tape is a challenge. Tickets: adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family £19. Certificate (15).

Tuesday

Jack Reacher – Never Go Back. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Jack Reacher must uncover the truth behind a government conspiracy in order to clear his name. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).

Live Music/Dance

Tonight

Sarah McQuaid concert. Gallery 45, Felton, 7.30pm. Tickets: £10, concs £9, on 01670 783424.

Tomorrow

Blazin’ Fiddles. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Blazin’ Fiddles are a prolific fiddle group. Over 17 years they’ve captured the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music. Tickets: £15-£22.

Saturday

André Rieu: Christmas with André. The Maltings, Berwick, 5pm. An 80-minute recorded concert, packed with Christmas favourites including Hallelujah, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and more. Tickets: £16.95, concs £15.95, child £8.95.

Monday

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Tuesday

Buskers’ Night. The Craster Arms, Beadnell, 8pm. An acoustic session of modern and traditional folk, original singer-songwriters and group sing-a-long. All abilities and styles welcome and entry is free. Open fire and sandwiches.

Thursday

Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club with guest artists Jimmy and Sandy Lindsay Trio. Glendale Hall, Wooler, 7.30pm to 11pm. Members £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet.

EVENTS

Tonight

Christmas Shopping Evening. The Jubilee Club, Highcliffe, 7pm. Held by Cliffetops Residents’ Association.

Tonight

Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Classes of modern jive continue every other Thursday. Beginners welcome and partners not necessary.

Every Thursday

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

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. United Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. A programme of choral music has been planned. Singers in all sections welcome, no audition necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, 10am to 4pm. A free drop-in to meet friends over refreshments, play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.

Every Thursday

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

Tomorrow

Alnwick Christmas Lights. Market Place, 6pm. The lights will be switched on by the Duchess of Northumberland. Entertainment starts at 6pm. Santa Claus will be in the Market Place after the switch-on.

Tomorrow till Sunday.

Christmas Fair. Old Post Office, Alnwick, 5pm to 9pm. £15 for the night. Tombola, bric-a-brac and food stalls welcome.

Tomorrow

Quiz Night. Old School Cafe, Ebba Centre, St Abbs. Maximum six per team, £5 per person, includes supper. Call 01890 771413.

Every Saturday

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

Saturday

Lesbury Art Group Third Christmas Exhibition. Lesbury Village Hall, 10am to 1pm. Original paintings, drawings and more for purchase. Tea, coffee and homemade cakes available. Free entry.

Saturday

St Michael’s Winter Market. Parish Hall, Walkergate, Berwick, 10am. Grand draw, tombola, home bakes, jewellery and more. Admission free.

Saturday

Coffee Morning. St Cuthbert’s Hall, Walkergate, Berwick, 10am to 2pm. Organised by Berwick and District Cancer Support Group.

Saturday and Sunday

Christmas Market. Alnwick Garden, 10.30am to 5pm. Seasonal singing and live music in the warmth of the marquee.

Sunday

Torchlight procession and Amble Lights switch-on. 5pm. Santa will be in his grotto in the Seafood Centre from 5.30pm to 7pm, £2.

Sunday

Tea Dance with duet from Revival. St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Walkergate, Berwick, 2.30pm to 5pm. In aid of the Berwick and District Cancer Support Group. Tickets £5 from The Cobbled Yard Hotel.

Monday

Northstar Christmas Fair. St Mary’s, Castlegate, Berwick, 10am to 2pm. Cakes, gifts, jewellery, photography, candles and more, plus a raffle and refreshments.

Wednesday

Mark Hamblin – Wild Adventure of the Cairngorms. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Alnwick and District Camera Club continues its tradition of hosting the country’s finest photographic talent. Tickets: premier £11.50, standard £10.50.

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 your posture, flexibility and strength. Cost £3.

Until November 30

Footsteps of St Aidan Exhibition. Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh. Fine art and spiritual photography exhibition, retracing the steps of the Celtic saint. Free admission.

Attractions

All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For opening times and details visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle. Closed for winter.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. See www.alnwickgarden.com. Admission £7.70 adults, £5.83 concs, £4.40 children, £21.50 family.

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open weekends, 11am to 4.30pm, last admission 3.30pm. Admission £10.75 adults, £10.50 senior, £5 children, £25 family.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, 9am to 5pm.

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission £8.80 adult, £7.90 concs, £5.20 children, £22.80 family.

Berwick Barracks. Closed for winter.

Chillingham Castle. Closed for winter.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. It is possible to visit the wild cattle by prior arrangement during the winter. See www.chillinghamwildcattle.com

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. For details of opening times and charges visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cragside

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £4.70 adult, £4.20 concs, £2.80 children, £12.20 family.

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

Etal Castle. Closed for winter.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs, under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org

Heatherslaw Cornmill. Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Light Railway. Closed for winter.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre. Closed for winter.

House of Hardy Fishing Tackle Museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Telephone 01665 510027. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: Closed until February.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Winter visits by arrangement. See www.ford-and-etal.co.uk/lady-waterford-hall

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. The castle is closed for restoration. The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lime Kilns and shop remain open daily. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lindisfarne-castle

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4 adult, £3.50 concs, £2 children, £10 family, under fives free. See www.lindisfarne-centre.com

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission: £6 adult, £5.30 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Autumn/winter opening by request. Welcome all days and times, just phone or email to pre-book. 01665 570382 or 07858 757339. Email: info@longframlingtongardens.co.uk or see www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. Closed for winter.

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 Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm. Free admission.

Wallington: 01670 773600. House closed for winter. Walled garden open daily, 10am to 4pm. Garden and estate open daily, 10am to dusk. Admission £9.50 adult, £4.80 child, £23 family. See www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wallington for more information.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open weekends, 10am to 4pm. Admission £5.80 adult, £5.20 concs, £3.40 children, £15 family. Hermitage: Closed for winter. See www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/warkworth-castle-and-hermitage for more information.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. See www.experiencewoodhorn.com for more information.