What’s on in Northumberland – week ending May 7

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Picture by Evolutions Photo
The Picture of Dorian Gray. Picture by Evolutions Photo

Films, theatre, live music, walks and other events coming up in Northumberland this week.

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight: National Theatre Live – The Hard Problem. Encore screening. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Tonight: Royal Exchange Theatre – Hamlet. Encore broadcast. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16.75, £15.75 conc, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

Tomorrow: The Picture of Dorian Gray. A thrilling adaptation of Wilde’s only novel. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £12, standard £11, child/student £8. 01665 510785.

Saturday, May 2: Supersonic 70s Show. Maltings, Berwick. 8pm. Stalls £16, conc £14.50, Circle £18, box seat £20, child £8. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, May 5: Royal Opera House Live – La Fille Mal Gardee. Live Streaming. Alnwick Playhouse: 7.15pm. Premier £16, standard £15, child/student £10. 01665 510785. Maltings, Berwick: 7.15pm. £16.75, £15.75 conc, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

FILMS

Today: Still Alice (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 2pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow and Sunday, May 3: Cinderella (U). Maltings, Berwick. Tomorrow, 6pm. Sunday, 2.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, May 6: The Gunman (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

Wed, May 6, and Thurs, May 7: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7.75, £6.75 conc, child £4.75, babies free. 01289 330999.

Thursday, May 7: Suite Franchise (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50, Friends £6.30. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight: Rothbury Roots. Folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts, with support from Plumhall. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. Tickets £10, 01669 620470.

Tonight and Thursday, May 7: Buskers’ Night. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight. Free.

Saturday, May 2: Courtney Pine Live. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £20.50, standard £19.50, conc £18.50. 01665 510785.

Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Thursday, May 7: Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Bon Accords Band. Musicians/listeners welcome. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury. 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members £3, non-members £5. 01668 281307.

EVENTS

Today: Untold Stories. A walk and talk around parts of Cragside House highlighting the stories you don’t usually hear. Cragside. 11am–12.30pm. £5, plus normal admission. Booking essential, 0844 249 1895.

Today and Thursday, May 7: Gateway Drop-in. Free drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall. 9am–4pm.

Today and Thursday, May 7: Alnwick Writing Group. At the Northumberland Gazette office, Bondgate Without, Alnwick. 10.30am–12.30pm. Email kemp_m@mail.com

Tomorrow to Sunday, May 3: Medieval Weekend. Medieval life recreated. Warkworth Castle. 11am–5pm. Normal admission. 01665 711423.

Tomorrow to Bank Holiday Monday, April 4: Beer and Food Festival. 12 real ales, plus name the ale competition. Food from local suppliers. Live music on Saturday and Monday. At Percy Arms Hotel, Chatton. Visit the Percy Arms Facebook page or call 01668 215244.

Saturday, May 2: Car Boot Sale. Castle Green, Bamburgh, 9am–2pm. £5.

Saturday, May 2: Budding Artists – Enchanted Flowers. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Saturday, May 2: Felton Coffee Morning. Variety of stalls. Felton Village Hall. 10am–noon. £1.

Saturday, May 2: Hatmaking @ the B. Make your own fascinator with talented milliner Margaret Woodliff Wright. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am–4pm. £35, includes refreshments, but bring lunch. 01665 605847.

Saturday, May 2: Quilt Festival. Meet the quilters. Gallery 45, Felton. 11am–1pm. Also, visit some of the gallery’s artists during the day as they work. 01670 783424.

Saturday, May 2: Family Astronomy. Kielder Observatory. 5pm–7pm. £20, conc £18, family £45.04. Visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, May 2: Late Night Deep Sky Observing. Kielder Observatory. 11.55pm. £20, conc £18. Visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3: Brick Figure Masks. Create a LEGO mini-figure mask in a free family craft session. At Woodhorn Museum. Noon–3pm. 01670 624455.

Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3: National Pet Weekend. Part of National Pet Month, this weekend event is designed to help promote responsible pet ownership. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am to 4pm. Visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk

Saturday, May 2, to Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Longbow Demonstrations. Demonstrations at intervals. Alnwick Castle. Free with admission. 01665 511100.

Saturday, May 2, to Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Fighting Knights/Knight’s School. Alnwick Castle. Check location/times on arrival. Normal admission. 01665 511100.

Saturday, May 2, to Monday, May 4

Craster Art Club Exhibition. Postcard-sized originals on sale in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance. Tea and cakes. Howick Village Hall. 10am–4.30pm.

Saturday, May 2, to Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: 1940s Weekend. Sample the atmosphere of an authentic 40s fete. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am–5pm. £9, child £5.50, conc £8. 01661 881636.

Sunday, May 3: Budding Artist – Crafty Crowns. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Sunday, May 3 and Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Medieval Archery. Join Rusty Bodkins as he explains the life of a medieval archer, his weapons and training, then have a go yourself. Bamburgh Castle. Small charge for have-a-go sessions. Normal admission applies. 01668 214208.

Sunday, May 3, and Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: May Day Celebration. Join in traditional games, dance round the maypole and lots more. Small charge for some activities. Wallington. 11am–4pm. Normal admission applies. 01670 773600.

Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Star Wars Day – May the 4th Be With You. With the North East Brass Ensemble. Dress up, as well as make a Star Wars finger puppet. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Rotary Club of Seahouses District Annual Car Boot Sale. Seahouses Sports Community Centre, Stone Close. 9am. With teas, tombola, cakes, bric-a-brac, books and grand raffle. Car boots – £8 large, £5 small, internal stalls £8. Admission £1, conc 50p, U14s free.

Bank Holiday Monday, May 4, and Wednesday, May 6: Aurora Night. Kielder Observatory. 9pm. £20, conc £18. For details/booking, visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Tuesday, April 5: Webinar. Online introduction for SatMap Active 12. 6.30pm. £19.99. Information/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Tuesday, May 5: Alnwick and District Flower Club. Demonstration by Marjorie Moore. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick. 7pm.

Tuesday, May 5: A Relative in the Forces. Open discussion by Alnwick Family History Society. All welcome. Refreshments. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7.15pm. £2.50 for non-members.

Tuesday, May 5: Public Observing. Kielder Observatory. 9pm. £20, conc £18. For details/booking, visit www.kielderobservatory.org

Wednesday, May 6: Victorian Baking Days. Costumed volunteer cooks recreate authentic Victorian recipes. Subject to volunteer availability. Cragside. 1pm–5pm. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Wednesday, May 6: Appalachian Clogging. Warkworth URC Church Hall, The Butts. 7.30pm–9pm. 01665 711635.

Wednesday, May 6: Swing Dance Lessons. Eglingham Village Hall. 8pm–9.30pm. £2. More details from the Facebook page entitled Village Of Swing.

Wednesday, May 6, to Thursday, May 7: Portraits of the North East. Touring exhibition which documents activities and people in the North East. The Alnwick Garden. Normal admission. 01665 511350.

Thursday, May 7: A Universe Full Of Stars. Kielder Observatory. 9pm. £20, conc £18. Visit www.kielderobservatory.org

WALKS

Saturday, May 2: Ranger walks. A rugged hike to explore parts of Cragside that are off the beaten track. 1.30pm–3.30pm. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Sunday, May 3: South Middleton to Wooler. Eight miles. After meeting at Wooler at 10am, there will be a short transfer to the start of the walk at South Middleton. £16. Information/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Sunday, May 3: Alnwick Ramblers. Chatton Park Hill. Seven miles. Meet parking area on road corner east of Chatton bridge (NU060285). 10.30am. Details/if weather inclement, 01670 788278.

Bank Holiday Monday, May 4: Northumberland Coastal Challenge. A 26.2-mile linear walk covering the Northumberland Coastal line from Bamburgh to Alnmouth. Meet at Alnmouth at 8am, before being transported to Bamburgh. In aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland. £27.50. Information/booking, visit www.shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Tuesday, May 5, and Wednesday, May 6: Garden walks. A guided walk through the formal gardens at Cragside. Noon–1pm. Normal admission. 01669 620333.

Thursday, May 7: Coastal Flowers and Breeding Birds. Walk along the coast with Alnwick and District Natural History Society in search of flora and breeding birds. Meet Craster Tourist Information Centre. 2pm. Contact 01665 602614.