What’s on in Northumberland – week ending September 25

Thropton Show 2013.
Thropton Show 2013.

A list of the events taking place around the county this week.

STAGE/THEATRE

Tonight and Tomorrow: Choir. A modern, musical look at what makes a community in 21st Century Britain. Age guidance 16+. Tonight: 7.30pm. Tomorrow: 1pm. Alnwick Playhouse. Premier £9, standard £8, child/student £6. 01665 510785.

Saturday, September 20: Big Daddy v Giant Haystacks. Critically-acclaimed new play about this pair. Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £11, standard £10, conc £9, child/student £8. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, September 24: Medea (12a). National Theatre Live Streaming. Alnwick Playhouse. 7pm. Premier £15.50, standard £14.50, conc £13.50, child/student £10. 01665 510785.

Wednesday, September 24: Selina Thompson - Chewing the Fat. 12yrs+. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £12, £10.50 conc, child £7. 01289 330999.

Thursday, September 25: A Streetcar Named Desire. National Theatre live presents Young Vic. Maltings, Berwick. 7pm. £16, £15 conc, child £8. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students). 01289 330999.

FILMS

Tomorrow: Monuments Men. Lesbury Village Hall. 7pm. Tickets on sale at Lesbury Post Office. The Coach Inn, Lesbury, will give 10 per cent discount to ticket holders who buy a meal there on film night. Food will be available from 5pm onwards.

Tomorrow: Chef (15). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

Tuesday, September 23: Seve the Movie (PG). Maltings, Berwick. 1pm and 7.30pm. £7.50, £6.50 conc, child £4.50, babies free. 01289 330999.

Thursday, September 25: The Rover (12a). Alnwick Playhouse. 7.30pm. Premier £7.50, standard £7, conc £6.50, child/student £5.50. 01665 510785.

LIVE MUSIC

Tonight and Thursday, September 25: Buskers’ Night. Hosted by Lee Brown. Players and listeners welcome. Microphones, acoustic guitar, bass and percussion provided or bring your own instrument. Black Swan, Alnwick. 9pm–midnight.

Tomorrow: Lunchtime Organ Recital. Francesca Massey, sub organist at Durham Cathedral, performs. Morpeth Methodist Church. 1.30pm-2.30pm. Free. Contact 01670 511078.

Saturday, September 20: House Concert. Singer/songwriter Yvonne Lyon performs. St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses. 7.30pm. £10. To book, 01665 720456.

Saturday, September 20: Lush Acoustic. Carl will be playing a ‘solo’ folk-blues set, along with singer-songwriter David Ainsworth and the Lush collective, and maybe a couple of extra surprise guests tbc. At The Tanners Arms, Alnwick. 8.30pm. Free admission. 8.30pm till 11.30pm.

Monday, September 22: Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. 8pm. 01665 722835.

Thursday, September 25: Rothbury Roots. Folk and acoustic from Hicks & Goulbourn. With support from Burke & Homer and Andy Craig. At The Queen’s Head, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. £10. To book, call 01669 620470.

Thursday, September 25: Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Andy Kain Trio. Musicians and listeners welcome. Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm. Membership £8. Members admission £5, non-members £6.50. 01668 216437.

EVENTS

Today to Sunday, September 21: Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival. The 10th anniversary Festival turning Berwick-upon-Tweed into one big screen through film premieres, site-specific installations and live events in locations across Berwick and along the town walls. Visit the website or the Maltings, Berwick website for their events.

Tonight: Talk. Cliff Pettit talks about the Alnwick Camp (1914-1919). There will also be the chance to see a watch presented to a holder of the Military Medal. Private James Fairburn, who was given his award for extreme bravery in October 1918. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 7pm. Admission £5 includes complimentary glass of wine.

Tonight: Aln Valley Railway. David Dunn and North Eastern photos from the Malcolm Dunnett collection. In the Old Waiting Room, Alnwick Station. 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Visitors, members and their guests welcome for a small donation towards meeting costs. Refreshments will be available from about 7pm. Contact 01665 606168.

Tonight and Tuesday, September 23: Amazing Comets at Kielder Observatory. Join the team of astronomers learning all about these celestial wanderers and observe some through the telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tomorrow: North Northumberland Bird Club. Talk by Mike Watson – India Wildlife Spectacular. Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion. 7.30pm. Visitors/non-members £2 donation. 01668 281310.

Saturday, September 20: Family History Drop-In Sessions. Assistance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. 10am-1pm. Normal admission applies, plus small donation for non-Alnwick Family History Society members. 01665 605847.

Saturday, September 20: Budding Artists – Finger Puppet Friends. The Alnwick Garden. 11am-4pm. Free with admission.

Saturday, September 20: Ebor Morris. Traditional dancers from York. At Seafield Road, Seahouses. 10.45am-11.15am, noon-12.30pm, 4pm-4.30pm. Also at The Ship Inn, Low Newton. 1.10pm-1.40pm and 2.50pm-3.20pm.

Saturday, September 20: Thropton Show. Annual show, including horticultural and industrial classes and Simonside Fell Race. At Thropton. Noon. More details online.

Saturday, September 20: Art Workshop. From Here to Eternity and Back Again with Jules Cadie. Any medium. Coquetdale Arts Centre, Front Street, Rothbury. 10am-4pm. Materials can be provided. Cost £20 per class. To book, call 01669 621557.

Saturday, September 20: Family Astronomy at Kielder Observatory. Family event including an interactive multimedia presentation, talks with astronomers and a tour of the Observatories. Ages 5+. 5pm–6.30pm. Adults £15, conc £13, family £45. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 20: An Evening with Mervyn Stutter. Mervyn Stutter is an actor, comedian, scriptwriter and satirical songwriter. The Cheviot Centre, Wooler. 7.30pm. £7, conc £6. To book, call 01668 282406.

Saturday, September 20: Late Night Astro Photography at Kielder Observatory. 11.30pm–2.30am. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21: Baby BioBlitz Weekend. Help keepers and experts search the Kirkley Hall estate for flora and fauna. At Kirkley Hall Zoo. 10am-4pm. Contact 01670 841235.

Saturday, September 20, to Sunday, September 21: St Oswald’s Ultra Run. Follow the route of St Oswald’s Way 100 miles from Holy Island to Chollerford. 100k and 50k routes also available. Start Lindisfarne Priory. 7am. £85, £60, £35. More details on the website.

Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21: Alnwick Food Festival and Alnwick Beer Festival. The tenth anniversary of the food festival, featuring local produce, cookery demonstrations and stalls. Alnwick Beer Festival, organised by Alnwick Round Table, takes place in the Town Hall. Contact and

Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21: Splash! Family-friendly water-pistol fun. A water pistol is provided but it is advised you bring a change of clothes with you. Subject to weather conditions. The Alnwick Garden. 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 21: North East Skinny Dip. In aid of The National Trust and MIND - The Mental Health Charity. At Druridge Bay at sunrise. Registration £10. Sponsorship encourgaed. Visit the website

Sunday, September 21: Budding Artists – Flower Pot People. Design and create a Flower Pot Man. The Alnwick Garden. Eight sessions from 10.30am to 3.40pm. Normal admission applies. Contact 01665 511350.

Sunday, September 21: Garden Tours, Film Screening & Music. At Crookham Peace Centre 6pm to 8.30pm. Marking the International Day of Peace, an evening of garden tours, screening of Peace One Day and music. Free admission.

Sunday, September 21: Public Observing Night at Kielder Observatory. Experts guide you around the sky and help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 8pm–11pm. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

Tuesday, September 23: At Home With The Trevelyans. Go behind the scenes to learn about objects used by the family or discover rooms not normally open. At Wallington Hall. 2pm-4pm. Booking recommended, £15, including afternoon tea. Normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Tuesday, September 23: Alnwick and District Local History Society. Illustrated talk by Peter Carter on Eustace Fitz John - First Lord of Alnwick. Also an appearance from Pipers’ Fancy. At Bailiffgate Museum, 7.30pm. Annual subscription £8, visitors £2.

Tuesday, September 23: Art Classes. The sessions run weekly up to December, At The Trinity Methodist Church, Amble. 7pm-8.30pm. Call Pauline on 07539 128272.

Wednesday, September 24: Victorian Baking Day. Costumed cooks recreate Victorian recipes in the kitchen. At Cragside. 1pm-5pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.

Wednesday, September 24: Alnwick Wildlife Group. A talk on Bats of the North East by Hazel Makepeace. Followed by tea and biscuits. St Michael’s Church Hall, Canongate, Alnwick. 7.30pm. Non-members £2. 01668 214403.

Wednesday, September 24: NS Seahouses Gardening Association AGM. All welcome. Stone Close Sheltered Housing Centre. 7.30pm.

Thursday, September 25: Any Questions. Topical local issues to be discussed with a distinguished panel. Organised in association with Alnwick Civic Society. At Bailiffgate Museum. 7.30pm. 01665 605847.

Thursday, September 25: Pubic Observing Night at Kielder Observatory. Experts on hand to guide you around the sky and to help you use instrumentation or bring your own telescopes. Age 10+. 7.45pm–10.45pm. Adults £15, conc £13. Book via www.kielderobservatory.org

WALKS

Saturday, September 20: Map and Compass Training. Learn how to use a map and compass with Shepherds Walks. Starts Rothbury. 9.30am. £42.50. Contact 01669 621044.

Sunday, September 21: Ranger Walks. Explore off the beaten track. At Cragside. 1.30pm-3.30pm. Free, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.

Sunday, September 21: Valley Walk. Join Shepherds Walks for a nine-mile walk through the Upper Breamish Valley. Starts Harbottle. 9.30am. £11. Contact 01669 621044.

Sunday, September 21: Alnwick Ramblers. Wannie Line from Scots Gap. Seven miles. Meet at National Trust headquarters car park. 10.30am. For details/if weather is inclement, call 0191 2364549.

Monday, September 22: Ranger Ramble. Join a ranger on a countryside walk. At Wallington Hall. 2pm, meet under the clocktower. Normal admission applies. Contact 01670 773600.

Wednesday, September 24: Nordic Walking for Beginners. Guided two-mile walk. Free pole hire.Starts 10am at Rothbury. £4. To book, visit shepherdswalks.co.uk or call 01669 621044.

Wednesday, September 24: Untold Stories. A guided walk to find out about the unexpected stories of the ‘other’ Lord Armstrongs and their impact on Cragside. At Cragside. 11am-12.30pm. Booking essential, £5, normal admission applies. Contact 0844 2491895.