What’s on in Northumberland - week ending September 12

stage/theatre

Tomorrow

Soddin’ Flodden. Recounts the life of James IV and charts the events leading up to the calamitous defeat at Flodden. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £9, £7 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 7

Innerroom Theatre Company presents The Misunderstood Dr Beeching. Using real-life accounts, uncovered anecdotes and seemingly unconnected facts actor Shane Morgan and director Andy Burden celebrate the 50th anniversary of Beeching’s reshaping of British Railways. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. £8. 01665 510785.

Thursday, September 12

London Classic Theatre presents Betrayal. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £13, standard £12, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Thursday, September 12

Roy Chubby Brown. Suitable for ages 18 & over. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Also September 13. Both shows being professionally filmed for a DVD being released later this year. If you do not want to be filmed, do not attend. £22, box seat £25. 01289 330999.

FILMS

Tonight

The Lone Ranger (12a). Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, baby free. 01289 330999.

Tomorrow

Now You See Me (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 7

Percy Jackson – Sea of Monsters (PG). Maltings, Berwick. 2.30pm and 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4, baby free. 01289 330999.

Tuesday, September 10

The Bling Ring (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, September 10

Berwick Food & Beer Festival presents Food on Film – The Angels’ Share. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. £7, £6 conc, child £4. There is a discount of £1 available for Berwick Film Society members. 01289 330999.

Wednesday, September 11

Red 2 (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight

An evening with Roddy Matthews and Friends. To celebrate the formation of The Coquetdale Music Trust Charity. With fiddle player Roddy Matthews and including Lynn Tocker, Gary Forrest, John Caskie, The Bon Accords and other more renowned musicians. Ernie Coe will compere. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £12.50, standard £11.50, conc £10.50. 01665 510785.

Tomorrow

Michael King’s On Tour with Elvis Show – From Viva Las Vegas to Memphis Tennessee. Maltings, Berwick. 7.30pm. Stalls £16.50, £15.50 conc, circle £17.50, box seat £19.50. 01289 330999.

Saturday, September 7

Pierrot Productions. Chamber musical of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, as well as a brand new piece entitled Hidden Priory. Brinkburn Priory. 2pm. Free but Priory admission applies. www.the heritageconsultant.co.uk/events.php

Saturday, September 7

Elvis Tribute. Seahouses Social Club. £2.

Saturday, September 7

House Concert. Edwina Hayes performs. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. Tickets £10. 01665 720456.

Saturday, September 7

Los Twangeros. The Cottage Inn, Dunstan. 9pm. 01665 576658.

Monday, September 9

Flyting (world premiere) composed by Matthew Duncan Kassa-Mapsi Rooke. A new work drawing on the traditions and forms of opera, contemporary, classical, Scottish and traditional music. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £10, £8 conc, child £5. 01289 330999.

Monday, September 9

Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fishers Arms, Horncliffe. 8pm. Free. 01665 722835.

Thursday, September 12

Commemorative Concert. Pianist Martin Roscoe performs a special concert to celebrate the life of Myra Armistead. Guest Hall, Alnwick Castle. 7.30pm. Free, but donations to Alnwick Music Society’s Piano Fund.

EVENTS

Today and Tomorrow

New Moon Observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about Kielder’s dark skies. Age 10+. 8pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 7

Survival and Bushcraft Courses. Learn the basics of outdoor survival. Age 15+. Kielder. 9am. £65 (eight hours) or £125 (24 hours). Booking essential, 07712 172768 or james@survivaltraininguk.co.uk

Saturday, September 7

Community Market. Market Square, Belford. 10am-1pm.

Saturday, September 7

Harbottle Show. See Page 22.

Saturday, September 7

Ford Community Market. Outside Ford Village Shop. 11am-4pm. 01890 820230.

Saturday, September 7

The Lion & The Arrow, The Longbow at Flodden. Weapon demonstration and have-a-go archery (7yrs+) with Rusty Bodkins. £2 for four arrows. Heatherslaw Corn Mill. 10am-4pm.

Saturday, September 7

Experience Day at Hardy & Greys. The renowned fishing firm opens the doors at its Alnwick headquarters. See behind the scenes in factory tours, meet the team behind the brands and discover more about the 140-year history in the Hardy Museum. There will also be fishing advice, fly-tying and casting demonstrations and more. 9am–5pm. Free. Booking in advance for a factory tour (10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm) is advised. Visit www.hardyfishing.com

Saturday, September 7

Big Universe at Kielder Observatory. From the Big Bang to the cold, dark, empty end of everything. Age 10+. 8pm. £11, conc £8, family £30. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8

Exhibition of Flowers, Photographs and Crafts. Showcasing the talents of the residents, clubs and organisations in South Charlton and surrounding areas. St James’ Church, South Charlton. 10am-4pm. Refreshments available. Brownieside and South Charlton Leek Club’s annual leek show takes place in the village hall on Saturday. The weekend will close with a songs of praise in the church at 4.30pm on Sunday, featuring the Glendale Choir.

Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8

Berwick Food Festival. Staged in Berwick’s historic Barracks. This year, in addition to 40 local food stalls, cookery demonstrations and an ever popular animal farm, there will be a local Beer Festival and exploration of Berwick’s malting history. £2, U12s free. Beer festival opens tomorrow. Visit www.visitberwick.com/food-event/berwick-food-beer-festival

Sunday, September 8

In Focus. Try a range of binoculars, telescopes and other optical equipment. Hauxley Nature Reserve. 10am–4pm. 01665 711578.

Sunday, September 8

Fungal Foray. Kielder Castle. 10.30am-12.30pm or 2pm-4pm. £6, conc £5, family £16. Booking essential, 01434 220242.

Sunday, September 8

Vintage Car Show and Ellington Colliery Band. Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens. 11am-4.30pm, performance starts 2.30pm. Normal admission applies. 01661 881636.

Sunday, September 8

North Northumberland Wildlife Watch Group. Bird ringing. Low Newton-by-the-Sea. 2pm–4.30pm. £2.50 per child. 01289 388867.

Monday, September 9

Museum Tots. Chance for pre-school children to experience history through play. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 9.30am-11am. Free, donation for refreshments. Booking essential, 01665 605847.

Monday, September 9

Alnwick Playhouse Community Choir. New term starts September 9, with rehearsals every Monday. 7.30pm. The emphasis is on fun and informality as the choir is deliberately designed for singers of all ages and experience. Alnwick Playhouse. Subscription prices, £25, conc £20.

Tuesday, September 10

Fish and Chip Lunch. Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. Noon. £5.50 for fish and chips, tea, bread and butter. Also a raffle.

Tuesday, September 10

Show Meeting. Find out more about Alnwick Stage Musical Society’s latest show, Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Also open to anyone wanting to help backstage or with costumes. Alnwick South School. 7.30pm.

Tuesday, September 10

Quiz Night. With Fraser Suffield. With prizes. Every Tuesday night. Sun Hotel, Warkworth. 9pm. For teams of one to five players. £1pp.

Wednesday, September 11

Glendale Local History Society. Talk by John Nolan on Barmoor Castle and Estate. First talk of the season. Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. Tea/coffee from 7pm. Membership is £8 for the season (eight talks), or visitors welcome for £2 per talk.

Wednesday, September 11

Aln & Breamish Local History Society. Talk by Thomas Tokely on Musings of a County Joiner and Undertaker. First talk of the season. Whittingham Memorial Hall. 7.30pm. Refreshments served. Non-members £3. 01665 574319.

Wednesday, September 11

Public Observing at Kielder Observatory. Learn about Kielder’s dark skies. Age 10+. 8pm. £12, conc £10, family £35. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Thursday, September 12

Heritage Open Days. Runs until Sunday, September 15. For details and venues, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Thursday, September 12

Poetry and Music. With poet and performer Degna Stone, as well as other locally-based poets Tony Williams, Ann Porro and Peter Edge to present a night of poetry and music. Contributions from the floor welcome. Musicians welcome. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 8pm. £3, includes glass of wine. 01665 605847.

WALKS

Today

Alnwick & District Natural History Society. A valley walk in the Cheviots looking for autumnal changes in flora and fauna. Meet Ingram Bridge car park. 2pm. 01665 602614.

Saturday, September 7

Kielder Challenge. A 25.3-mile walk. 8am. £27.50. Visit shepherdswalks.co.uk

Monday, September 9

Walking For Health. Wandylaw and Brockdam (four miles). Meet Bell View, Belford. 2pm.

Tuesday, September 10

Nordic Walkers for Beginners. Two-mile walk. Starts Rothbury, 10am. £4. Poles loaned at no cost. Visit shepherdswalks.co.uk

Wednesday, September 11

Guided Photography Walk. Join professional photographer Andy Craig for a two-hour miniPhotoTrail on the Northumberland Coast. Meet Dunstanburgh Golf Club, 9am. £45. To reserve place, 01665 576012 or @nland360.

Wednesday, September 11

St Cuthbert - Lindisfarne’s First Nature Warden? Join local historian and volunteer warden John Woodhurst for a three-hour walk on Holy Island, including a visit to St Cuthbert’s Island. Meet 1pm at Window on the Wild Lindisfarne Building on the Harbour Road between the village and the castle. Free, but booking essential, 01289 381470.

Thursday, September 12

Nordic Walking. Commencing on Sept 12, Nordic Walking over 10 weeks with qualified tutor. 2pm-3.30pm, leaving Seahouses Resource Centre on Main Street. Poles provided. £2 per session. To show interest, 01665 721868 or 01668 219220.

Thursday, September 12

Borrowed Light. Guided walk through Cragside House led by artist Jo Coupe whose work and thinking is deeply rooted in science and transformation. 7pm. £6. 01669 620333.

ATTRACTIONS

Alnwick Castle

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am–6pm. State rooms, 11pm–5pm. www.alnwick castle.com

Alnwick Garden

01665 511350. Open daily, 10am-6pm. www.alnwickgarden.com

Armstrong Household & Farming Museum, North Charlton Farm, Chathill

01665 579443. Open every Friday, 10am-5pm. Admission £4 for charity.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick

01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, and Bank Holidays, 10am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, children free.

Bamburgh Castle

01668 214515. Open daily, 10am-5pm. State rooms open at 11am. £9.75, child £4.25, senior £8.75, family £24, U5s free.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station

01665 604888. Open daily, 9am-7pm.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens

01661 881636. Daily, 10am-6pm. £7.90, child £4.70, conc £7.10, family £20.50.

Berwick Barracks

01289 304493. Open Mondays-Fridays, 10am-5pm. Closed Saturdays & Sundays. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60. The Berwick Food Festival takes place at the Barracks this weekend.

Chillingham Castle

01668 215359. Open Sundays-Fridays, noon-5pm. Closed Saturdays. £9, conc £8, child £5, U5s free, family £22.

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park

01668 215250. Open Monday-Fridays. Tours on the hour, 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm; Sundays, 10am-noon. Closed Saturdays. £7, conc £5, children £3, family £15.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estates

01669 620333. House open today and tomorrow, as well as Tuesday, September 10, to Thursday, September 12, 1pm–5pm, and Saturday, September 7, and Sunday, September 8, 11am–5pm. Garden/woodlands open 10am-7pm, Tuesdays–Sundays. Cragside closed Mondays. Gift Aid – whole property: £15.20, child £7.60, family £37.90. Gardens only: £9.80, child £5, family £23.70.

Dunstanburgh Castle

01665 576231. Open daily, 10am–6pm. £4.20, child £2.50, conc £3.80.

Edlingham Castle

0870 333 1181. Daylight hours. Free.

Etal Castle

01890 820332. Open daily, 10am-5pm. £4, child £2.40, conc £3.60, family £10.40.

Heatherslaw Cornmill

01890 820488. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £3.75, conc £2.75, family £10, U5s free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway

01890 820244. Open daily. Trains from Heatherslaw on the hour, 11am-3pm; return from Etal on the half-hour, 11.30am-3.30pm. Ticket office opens 10am. Returns £6.50, seniors £5.50, child £4, under fives £2, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre

01890 820338. Daily, 10am-5pm. Free.

Howick Hall Gardens

01665 577285. Daily, noon–6pm. Gift Aid – £7.70, over 60s £6.60, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford

07790 457580. Open daily, 11am-4pm. £2.50, conc £2, family £7.50, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Castle

01289 389244. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. Gift Aid – £7.20, child £3.60, family £18.

Lindisfarne Centre

01289 389004. Call for opening times. Check crossing times on page two. £3, child £1, family £8, U5s free.

Lindisfarne Priory

01289 389200. Open daily 10am-6pm. Check crossing times on page two. £5.20, child £3.10, conc £4.70.

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road, Longframlington

01665 570382. Open daily, 8.30am-5pm. Gardens admission is £4.25, accompanied U16s free. Nursery/cafe admission, free.

Preston Tower, Chathill

01665 589227. Open 10am-6pm. £2, child 50p, conc/groups £1.50

RNLI Grace Darling Museum

01668 214910. Open daily 10am-5pm. Free.

Wallington Hall & Gardens

01670 773600. House open Wed-Mon, noon–5pm, but closed Tues. Walled garden open daily, 10am-7pm. Gift Aid – Garden/grounds only: £8, child £4, family £20. Whole property: £11.50, child £5.75, family £28.75. £8, child £4, family £20.

Warkworth Castle

01665 711423. Castle open daily, 10am-6pm. £5, £3, £4.50, family £13. Warkworth Hermitage will remain closed until end of the summer season due to operational difficulties.