What’s on in Northumberland – week ending December 11

Rumpelstiltskin by the Northumberland Theatre Company
Rumpelstiltskin by the Northumberland Theatre Company
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STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight: Nancy Steele’s Christmas Belles 2014. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £8.50, £7.50 conc. 01289 330999.

Tonight: Shoo Shoo Baby’s Christmas Cabaret. Wingates Village Institute, 7.30pm. 01669 621954.

Tonight, Tues, Dec 9, and Wed, Dec 10: Rumpelstiltskin – Northumberland Theatre Company. Tonight: Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm, £10, conc £9, child/student £6.50, 01665 510785. Tues: Kielder Community Centre, 7pm, 01434 250257. Wed: Etal Village Hall, 7pm, 01890 820777.

Tomorrow and Sun, Dec 7: Red, The Wolf and the Three Little Pigs - Belford Young Players. Tomorrow, 6.30pm. Sun, 2.30pm. Ferguson Hall, Belford. Tickets at the door, £2, £1 conc.

Saturday, December 6: The Snow Bear. Told and performed by Chris Bostock, with musician Ken Patterson. The Alnwick Garden. 10.30am and 4.30pm. £7 per child, £3 per adult. Booking essential, 01665 511350 option 3.

Sunday, December 7: Cinderella. Seahouses Social Club in association with Seahouses Junior Football Club. 4pm. Tickets, £8 adults, £6 children, £25 family, from Cubby’s Newsagents or 07803 006593.

Sunday, December 7: Gervase Phinn – Yuletide Evening. Maltings, Berwick. 6pm. £14, £12.50 conc, circle £16, box seat £18. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, December 9: National Theatre Live Streaming - John (18). Combines movement and spoken word to create an intense and moving theatrical experience. Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Thursday, December 11: Chris Mullin - Tony Benn An Appreciation. Former Labour MP and fellow diarist, Chris Mullin, offers a sympathetic, but not uncritical assessment of Tony Benn. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £11, standard £10. 01665 510785.

FILMS

Today: Afternoon Film Showing. Shilbottle Community Hall. 2pm showing of a recent screening. Details at the hall. Free entrance, donations welcome.

Tomorrow: Interstellar. (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow to Sun, Dec 7: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (PG). Maltings, Berwick. Tomorrow, 5pm. Sat, 2.30pm. Sun, noon. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, December 6: Young Peoples’ Film Club presents an animated seasonal film. Cheviot Centre, Wooler. Call 01668 283488 for details.

Saturday, December 6: The Hundred-Foot Journey (PG). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Saturday, December 6: Paddington (PG). Seahouses Hub. 3pm. Adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Saturday, December 6: Love Rosie (15). Seahouses Hub. 6pm. Adult £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Saturday, December 6: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Saturday, December 6: Gone Girl (18). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, December 10: Fury (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Thursday, December 11: Tony Benn - Will & Testament (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. £1 discount for Berwick Film Society members. 01289 330999.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight and Thursday, December 11: Open Mic. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm.

Tomorrow: Werca’s Folk. Traditional carols and Northumbrian folk compositions. Warkworth Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. £6, £5 conc. 01665 711602.

Tomorrow: Billy Mitchell and Tom Mitchell Live in Concert. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £12.50, standard £11.50, conc 10.50. 01665 510785.

Saturday, December 6: Durham Scratch Choir. The Alnwick Garden. 12.30pm & 1.30pm. 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 6: Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble. The Alnwick Garden. 2.30pm & 3.30pm. 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 6: Christmas Concert. United Reformed Church, Wooler. 7pm. With refreshments/raffle in the Glendale Hall. In aid of a Community Sound System.

Saturday, December 6: A Christmas Wassail. Christmas concert by the Mid Northumberland Chorus. St James’ URC, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Tickets £6 from 07771 610574 or on the door.

Sunday, December 7: Heaton Voices. The Alnwick Garden 12.30pm & 1.30pm. 01665 511350.

Sunday, December 7: Werca’s Folk. The Alnwick Garden. 2.30pm & 3.30pm. 01665 511350.

Sunday, December 7: Ellington Colliery Band. The Alnwick Garden. 4pm & 5pm. 01665 511350.

Monday, December 8: Lunchtime Concert. The Alnwick Garden. 1pm. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Monday, December 8: Buddy Holly and the Cricketers - Holly at Christmas. Tribute band. Alnwick Playhouse. 8pm. Premier £19.50, standard £18.50. 01665 510785.

Monday, December 8: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm.

Tuesday, December 9: Buskers’ Night. Craster Arms, Beadnell. 8pm.

EVENTS

Today: Christmas Fair and Santa Visit. With stalls, raffle and tombola. Seahouses Methodist Church. 2pm-4pm.

Today, Tomorrow and Mon, Dec 8, to Thurs, Dec 11: Father Christmas at The Alnwick Garden. Meet Santa and his elves in his magical grotto. Each child receives a traditional gift. £10 per child, including admission. Normal admission applies for adults. Booking essential, 01665 511354.

Today and Thursday, December 11: 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.

Tonight: Poetry @ the B. Sheree Mack performs live. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Entry £3, including mulled wine and mince pies. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: Wooler Christmas Lights Switch-on. Alnwick Lions will bring Santa and his sleigh to Wooler Market Place at 5.30pm. From 5.15pm there will be some music and singing and the Christmas tree lights in the Market Place will be switched on. In the event of wet weather, Santa’s sleigh will be outside the Glendale Hall.

Tomorrow: Stargazing. Bamburgh Pavilion. 6pm. Free but booking essential via www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org

Tomorrow: Beadnell Christmas Lights Switch-on. Short service at St Ebba’s Church, 6pm, before a procession to the Bullring for the 6.30pm switch-on, followed by refreshments in the WI hut, where lights will also be switched on.

Tomorrow: Christmas Shopping Night. In aid of St Oswald’s Hospice. A range of items from local shops and a grand raffle. Lesbury Village Hall. 7pm-9pm. £2.50, including a glass of sparkle, on the door. U12s go free. 0191 246 9123.

Tomorrow: The Open Stage. Open mic session. Black Bull, Wooler. 8pm. 01668 281309.

Saturday, December 6: Christmas Market. In Alnwick Market Place. 9am-4pm. With music, as well as a Barnacre Alpacas-led street procession at around noon, followed by carol singing. Christians Together in Alnwick will be hosting nativity-themed children’s activities in the Market Place, 9am-1.30pm.

Saturday, December 6: Christmas Shopping Day. Includes live music, floristry demos and complimentary gift wrap. Refreshments available. Gallery 45, Felton. 9am-5pm. 01670 783424.

Saturday, December 6: Meet Santa. Circa, Mark’s Bridge, Amble. £10 per child. Bookable slots at 11am, noon, 1pm and 2.30pm. 01665 711735.

Saturday, December 6: Children’s Christmas Party. At The Alnwick Garden. More information, call 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 6: St John the Baptist Church Christmas Coffee Morning. Stalls, grand raffle and a special Scottish Dancing Performance. At the Hindmarsh Hall, Alnmouth. 10am-noon. Admission by donation.

Saturday, December 6: Hans’s Cancer Charity Coffee Morning. With stalls, raffle and tombola. 10.30am-noon. 95 Main Street, Seahouses. In aid of the Bright Red Charity.

Saturday, December 6: Belford Christmas Lights Switch-on. In the Market Place, 4pm. Followed by Blessing of the Crib. Then procession to Ferguson Hall for presentation of village awards and a concert given by Belford Community Orchestra, singers and soloists.

Sat, Dec 6, and Sun, Dec 7: Christmas Market in The Alnwick Garden

. Noon-6pm. 01665 511350.

Sat, Dec 6, and Sun, Dec 7: Budding Artists - Reindeer Food. The Alnwick Garden. Noon-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Sat, Dec 6, and Sun, Dec 7: Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making. At The Alnwick Garden. 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. Lanterns cost £3.50 each. Keep your ticket and lanterns and join our lantern parade on Sunday, December 21, at 5pm. 01665 511350.

Sat, Dec 6, and Sun, Dec 7: Christmas at Wallington. Admire the beautiful decorations and soak up the special Christmas atmosphere. Make festive things, follow the Christmas trail and hear stories with Mrs Santa. 10.30am-3.30pm. Free, normal admission applies. 01670 773600.

Sat, Dec 6, and Sun, Dec 7: Mrs Beeton’s Victorian Christmas. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sat, Dec 6, and Sun, Dec 7: Christmas Crafts. Woodhorn. Noon-3pm. Suggested donation. 01670 624455.

Sunday, December 7: Santa Specials. Heatherslaw Light Railway. 12.30pm. £9pp, includes return ride on the railway, refreshments, children meet Santa and receive a gift. Booking essential, 01890 820317.

Monday, December 8: Museum Tots. Free play group for youngsters. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 9.30am-11am. To book, 01665 605847.

Monday, December 8: Wreath-making Workshop. Make two special festive wreaths using materials from the woods and gardens at Wallington. 10am–4pm. £42 including coffee and lunch. Booking essential, 01670 773600.

Monday, December 8: Talk. Alan Fearon gives a talk on Schubert: the Unknown Genius. Barter Books, Alnwick. 7pm for 7.30pm. Entry £5. To book, 01665 604888.

Wednesday, December 10: Contemporary Wreath-making Workshop. Wallington. 12.30pm–3.30pm. £30 inc lunch. Booking essential, 01670 773600.

Wednesday, December 10: Alnwick Wildlife Group. Talk by Chris Metherell on Why Do All Ferns Look The Same. Followed by Christmas quiz. St Michael’s Church Hall, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non Members £2. 01668 217004.

Thursday, December 11: Aln Valley Railway. The Members Entertain. Buffet, raffle and short presentations from members and guests. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Refreshments from 7pm. Visitors, members and guests welcome for small donation. 01665 606168.

WALKS

Sunday, December 7: Alnwick Ramblers. 7.5-mile Amble-Warkworth circular. 10.30am. 01665 575633.