What’s on in north Northumberland - October 20 - October 27

Mavis Sparkle at Shilbottle
Mavis Sparkle at Shilbottle

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

Berwick Literary Festival: Wilson’s Tales - The Poor Scholar. Guildhall, Berwick. “The Poor Scholar” - Robert Wilkinson’s dramatization of Wilson’s autobiographical tale. Tickets £8.

Tonight

Frankenstein. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A brand new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Gothic horror masterpiece fusing ensemble storytelling, live music and stunning theatricality. Tickets: premier £13, standard £12, conc £11, child/student £8.

Saturday

Mavis Sparkle. Shilbottle Community Centre, 11am & 2pm. Mavis Sparkle is a cosmic, sparkly show for half-term that mixes magic, illusion, animation and laughter to inspire us all to follow our dreams and reach for the stars! Tickets: £7.50, £4 child, £19 family.

Saturday

Chicago: The Great Teachers Strike. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Chicago: The Great Teachers’ Strike tells the inspiring story of the Chicago Teachers’ Union’s strike of 2012, which successfully stalled a ruthless corporate onslaught on public sector education. Tickets: £10.

Tuesday

Jeremy Hardy: LIVE 2016. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Jeremy Hardy is in his 4th decade as a stand-up this year. That’s a more dramatic way of saying he started 32 years ago and, without a lottery win, probably has at least another 32 years to go. Tickets: £14 (+£1 refcon), unwaged, over 60s, students £5 (+£1 refcon).

Tuesday

The Teddy Bears Picnic. Alnwick Playhouse, 11am & 1pm. Today is the day of the Teddy Bears Picnic but one invitation has gone missing! Bring your favorite teddy and bags of enthusiasm to see if you can help solve the mystery of the missing invitation. Tickets: standard £8.50.

Thursday

Branagh Theatre: The Entertainer (Live Broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7.15pm. John Osborne’s modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment. Tickets: £16.75 / £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students).

FILMS

Tonight

Bad Moms. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm (7.30pm Thurs). Amy joins forces with two other overstressed mums on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities. Tickets: £7.45 / £6.45 concs, Child £4.45 (16 & under), baby FREE (2 & under). Certificate (15).

Tomorrow

Storks. The Maltings, Berwick, 6pm. Junior, Cornerstore.com’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable and wholly unauthorized baby girl. Tickets: £7.45 / £6.45 concs, Child £4.45 (16 & under), baby FREE (2 & under)

Tuesday

Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle, who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Wednesday

Café Society. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In the 1930s, a young Bronx native moves to Hollywood, where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars. Tickets: £7.45 / £6.45 concs, child £4.45 (16 & under), baby free (2 & under). Certificate (12A).

Wednesday

Swallows and Amazons. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Mrs Walker spirits her four children - John, Susan, Tatty and Roger - away for the summer to stay with farmer Mr Jackson. After a close encounter en route with Mr Turner, the children persuade their mother to allow them to sail over to an island and camp under the stars. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).

Wednesday

The Infiltrator. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A U.S. Customs official uncovers a money laundering scheme involving Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).

Thursday

Kubo and the Two Strings. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Animation. Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shore side village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, conc £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).

Live Music/Dance

Tomorrow

Kathryn Tickell & The Side. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Kathryn Tickell and The Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Tickets: Stalls £15 - £17.50, circle £19 (concessions available).

Tomorrow

The Lindisfarne Story. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw tell the Lindisfarne Story through words, music and a fantastic selection of archive songs and pictures. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50.

Saturday

The Andy May Trio. Creighton Hall, Embleton, 7.30pm. These three award-winning musicians come together to play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East. Tickets: £8 (accompanied children under 12 free). Pay on the door.

Saturday

Whiteadder Burns Club: A Homecoming to Allanton. Allanton Community Hall, 5pm-7.30pm. An evening of songs, poetry, storles and comedy. Tickets £1.50 and free refreshments. Tickets available from John Gardiner at jcgardiner@hotmail.co.uk or on 01289 306770.

Saturday

Royal Opera: Cosi fan tutte. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Semyon Bychkov conducts a cast of young and up-and-coming talent in a new production of Mozart and Da Ponte’s opera on the nature of love. Tickets: £16.75 (£15.75 concs), child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students).

Saturday

Metropolitan Opera: Don Giovanni. Alnwick Playhouse, 5.55pm. An eponymous hero goes to hell in a dazzling coup de théâtre. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, conc £19, child/student £10, friends £18.

Monday

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Ship Inn, Low Newtown. For more details, call Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.

Wednesday

Voicemale. Coquetdale Music Trust, Thropton, 7.30pm. Tickets: Adults £10, under 14s free. Tickets are available from Tully’s Rothbury.

EVENTS

Today till Sunday

Berwick Literary Festival. Further information about the Festival is available on www.berwickliteraryfestival.com and the reasonably priced tickets and weekend passes are now available from the Maltings Theatre and Cinema www.maltingsberwick.co.uk

Tonight

Warkworth and District Flower Club. Memorial Hall, 7.30pm. A demonstration by Heather Curry entitled “A Basket Case”. Entry £5.

Tonight

Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Joy of Jive classes of modern jive are continuing in full swing, and they will continue to teach in the hall every other Thursday evening. Beginners are welcome and partners are not necessary.

Every Thursday

Berwick Arts Choir. Reformed Church, Spittal, 7.30pm. A varied programme of choral music has been planned for 2016/2017. Singers in all sections of the choir will be made welcome – no audition is necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, from 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. A class for beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7.30pm. £2.50 per person. For further details, call 01289 307953.

Saturday

Coffee Morning. Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, 10am. On behalf of Alnwick Lions.

Saturday

Charity Ball. The Northumberland Hall, Alnwick, 7.30pm till late. To raise funds for Alexa’s Animals Dog Rescue. Dress code: black tie & ball gowns (smart). Tickets £10 each, including hot sit down buffet provided by Turnbulls, fabulous live singer & disco. Contact 01665 606939.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 8pm to 11pm. Entry is £3, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Sunday

Car Boot Sale. Rothbury Mart. Fundraiser for Harbottle School. In addition to the car boot itself there will be face painting, refreshments etc. A good morning for all.

Tuesday

Annual Soup and Cream Tea Event. St Ebbas Church, Beadnell, 11.30am-3.30pm. Delicious homemade soup and scones, plus raffle, cakes and Fairtrade. Come for soup and stay for tea, and support Christian Aid.

Wednesday

The Big Draw – Music and Singing. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am. This October half term, we’re part of The Big Draw for first time! Join us to help create a giant game inspired by Helen Stephen’s picture book ‘How to Hide a Lion’.

Wednesday

Alnwick Wildlife Group. St Michael’s Church Hall, Cannongate. Alnwick, 7.30pm. Kevin Redgrave will give a talk on the “National Trust Coast” followed by free refreshments and our usual time to chat. Visitors welcome at £2 each.

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: 01665 511100. Go to www.alnwickcastle.com for opening hours and further details.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for opening hours. Prices are £12.10 adults, £10.45 concs, £4.40 children, £29.70 family.

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

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, £5 children, £10 senior, £25 family.

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

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

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, £8.30 concs, £5.50 children, £23.90 family.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open 10am to 4pm, seven days a week until end of October. Closed during winter. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 children (under five’s free), £23 family. www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, £6 concs, £3 children, £16 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, gardens and woodland 10am to 6pm. Admission £10.20, £5.10 child, £25.50 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 children, £12.70 family.

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

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily from March to the end of October. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs, under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org for more information

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, under fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50 adult, £6 seniors, £4.50 children, £2.50 under fives, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

House of Hardy fishing tackle museum. Willowburn, Alnwick. Telephone 01665 510027. Open Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm. Free entry.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry £7.70, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

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

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, £3.90 child, £19.40 family.

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

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 children, £16.10 family.

Longframlington Gardens: Autumn Foliage Fruits & Flowers. Open all year. Autumn Winter opening ‘By Request’ - Welcome all days and times. Just phone or email to pre-book. We will return to ‘Open gate’ opening in the Spring – check on website or contact us if need further information. Telephone 01665 570382 or 07858 757339. Email: info@longframlingtongardens.co.uk See website for diary of events www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday on the Chillingham Road, off the A1. All proceeds go to charity.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2.50 children, £1.50 concs or groups.

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

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home near Cambo: Open Thursday to Monday, and Wednesday, from noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Open daily, from 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Open daily, from 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, £6.30 child, £31.50 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concs, £2.40 children, £10.40 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.