What’s on in Northumberland – week ending December 18

Visitors enjoying Christmas at Wallington, Northumberland.
Visitors enjoying Christmas at Wallington, Northumberland.

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight: 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.

Saturday, December 13: MET Opera - Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg - Richard Wagner. Live broadcast. Alnwick Playhouse. 5pm. Premier £21, standard £20, conc £19, child/student £10, Friends £18. 01665 510785.

Saturday, December 13: Opera Dudes. A unique blend of style, swing, opera show songs and slapstick humour. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association. At Rennington Village Hall. Guests to be seated for 6.30pm for serving of cold buffet to table. Raffle/bar from 6pm. Show starts 7.30pm. £20. To book, 01665 577535.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: The Snow Bear. Told and performed by Storyteller Chris Bostock with Musician Ken Patterson. The Alnwick Garden. Shows at 10.30am and 4.30pm on Saturday, 10.30am on Sunday. £7 children, £3 adults. Maximum of two adults per child. Booking essential, call 01665 511350 option 3.

Sunday, December 14: It’s A Wonderful Life - Farnham Maltings. Howick Village Hall. 7pm. £8, children £4, family £20. 01665 577384.

Tuesday, December 16: Royal Opera House - Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Live streaming. Alnwick Playhouse: 7pm, Premier £16, standard £15, conc £14, child/student £10, 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick: 7.15pm, £16, £15 conc, child £8, schools - student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students), 01289 330999.

Thursday, December 18: Here Come The Girls Christmas Special. Celebrating songs from some of the best-loved female artists and characters in popular music and musical theatre history. Maltings, Berwick. £10, £8.50 conc. Pre-booking essential, 01289 330999.

FILMS

Today: 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.

Tomorrow to Sun, Dec 14, and Thurs, Dec 18: Penguins of Madagascar (U). Alnwick Playhouse. Varying times. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, December 16: Get Santa (U). Seahouses Hub. 5pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Wednesday, December 17: Interstellar (12a). Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

Thursday, December 18: Mr Turner (12a). Seahouses Hub. 6pm. £7, conc £6.50, child £4, family £19. 01665 721868.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight and Thursday, December 18: Open Mic. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm.

Tomorrow: Fund-raising Concert. The Bailiffgate Singers will be performing a fund-raising concert for Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.30pm. £4, including refreshments. Accompanied U12s free. 01665 605847.

Tomorrow: A Choral Christmas with Voices of Hope. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £12, £10 conc, child £8. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: Glen Roughead. Swing music. Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick. £40, including a three-course festive dinner and entertainment. Bed and breakfast also available for an extra £35. 01665 606576 or the website.

Saturday, December 13: Designer Strings Orchestra. The Alnwick Garden. 12.30pm and 2.15pm in the Market Marquee at The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 13: Voices of Hope Choir. Market marquee at The Alnwick Garden. 1.30pm, 3pm and 4pm. 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 13: Gareth Davies-Jones. House concert with a Christmas theme. In aid of The Ark, a day centre supporting disabled children in Uganda. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. Doors and bar, 7pm, music 7.30pm. £10. To book, 01665 720456.

Saturday, December 13: King For A Day. Classic rock from past to present. Market Tavern, Alnwick. 9pm. Free. 07525 342523.

Sunday, December 14: Ellington Colliery Band. 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Market Marquee at The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Monday, December 15: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway Inn, Acklington. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Monday, December 15: Prince Bishops Brass Ensemble. 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Market marquee at The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Wednesday, December 17: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm.

Thursday, December 18: Rothbury Roots. Rod Clements and Friends. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. To book, 01669 620470.

Thursday, December 18: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Marian Anderson Scottish Dance Band. Musicians/listeners welcome. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. £5 members, £6.50 non-members. 01668 216437.

EVENTS

Today, Tomorrow, and Mon, Dec 15, to Thurs, Dec 18: Father Christmas at The Alnwick Garden Meet Father Christmas and his busy troupe of elves in his magical grotto, where each child receives a traditional gift. £10 per child (including admission). Normal admission applies for adults. 3pm-6pm. To book, call 01665 511354.

Today and Thursday, December 18: 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: 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.

Tonight and Tomorrow: Light up a Life 2014. Run by HospiceCare North Northumberland. An opportunity to dedicate a light to someone special. There will be a choir singing carols and a short time for reflection and prayer. After lighting the candles we would like you to join us for a glass of mulled wine and mince pies. Tonight: St Cuthbert’s Parish Hall, Amble, 6pm. Tomorrow: Cheviot Centre, Wooler, 6.30pm. 01665 606515.

Tomorrow: Christmas by Twilight. See Wallington in a different light – visit after dark and see the house beautifully decorated for Christmas and illuminated by candle lights. 6pm–8pm. £8, children £4. To book, 01670 773606.

Tomorrow: Christmas Bingo. Fantastic prizes for each line and full house. Lesbury Village Hall. Doors 7pm, start 7.30pm. In aid of the village hall refurbishment fund.

Saturday, December 13: Community Carol Service. Celebrate Christmas through carol, song and readings. Plus refreshments. Shilbottle Community Hall. 5pm. Organised by St James’ Church and Gateway Church.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: 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.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Budding Artist - Willow Lantern Making. The Alnwick Garden. 11.30am, 1.30pm, 3pm and 4.30pm. Lanterns £3.50 each. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day in admissions. Keep your ticket and lanterns, and join our lantern parade on December 21. Call 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Cribs in Church Weekend. St John the Devine, Acklington. Sat: 11am-4pm. Sun: Noon-4.30pm. Carol service on the Sunday at 4.30pm. With refreshments.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Santa Visit. Circa, Amble. Book tickets for 11am, noon, 1pm or 2.30pm. £10 per child, includes a gift. 01665 711735.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Christmas Crafts. Woodhorn. Noon-3pm. Suggested donation applies. 01670 624455.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Budding Artists - Reindeer Food. Visit the reindeer food bar and mix a magic bag of morsels. The Alnwick Garden. Noon-4pm. Normal admission applies. 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Christmas Market in The Alnwick Garden. Noon-6pm. 01665 511350.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Christmas Carols. Choirs singing festive carols and popular tunes travel from across the region to perform at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. Seasonal gifts on sale in the shop. Dress warmly, as the hall is unheated. Performances 2pm and 3pm. Normal admission applies, English Heritage members. 01661 881636.

Saturday, December 13, and Sunday, December 14: Stargazing Weekend. Christmas hospitality with colourful astronomy talks for novices and telescope observing guided by experts. Also, look out for the Geminid Meteor shower. Redesdale Arms, Otterburn. To book and more details, 01830 520668 or visit the website

Thursday, December 18

Afternoon Bingo. Enjoy tea and biscuits with your games. Shilbottle Community Hall. 1.30pm. £1pp.