What's on in north Northumberland - August 11 - August 18

See what's on in north Northumberland for the next seven days. Covering theatre, films, live music, walks and other events taking place in Northumberland this week.

Thursday, 11th August 2016, 8:00 am
The Ghostbusters are back, over 30 years since the original. See below for more details.



National Theatre Live: The Audience. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. The Audience, featuring Helen Mirren’s multi-award winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, returns to cinemas in celebration of the monarch’s 90th birthday. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concs £14.50, child/student £10.

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The Taming of the Shrew. Whalton Manor, Morpeth, 6pm for 6.30pm. Shakespearian cycle troupe The Handlebards are back this summer with their all-male troupe and a new all-female troupe performing four Shakespeare plays to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Find out more and book tickets at www.handlebards.com


Tideline Runners: 72Hrs in Moscow. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. A new musical from the team behind 2014’s smash hit Sam & Isla Forever, set over three days in the Russian capital during the August Putsch of 1991. Tickets: Stalls £10-£12, circle £14, box (double occupancy) £36.



Finding Dory. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. Disney Pixar welcomes back to the big screen everyone’s favourite forgetful blue tang Dory, who’s living happily in the reef with Nemo and Marlin. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under), Baby free (two and under). Certificate (U).


The Nice Guys. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Shane Black (Iron Man 3) directs this police drama set in Los Angeles during the 1970s, centring on a pair of detectives who stumble into a sprawling conspiracy while investigating the alleged suicide of a once-prominent female porn star. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).

Tomorrow and Saturday

Ghostbusters. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Director Paul Feig reboots this 30-year-old classic with an all-female ghostbusting team accompanied by their somewhat useless new assistant (Chris Hemsworth). Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).

Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday

Ice Age 5: Collision Course. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Scrat’s endless pursuit of his acorn threatens the entire planet this time when he accidently sets off a series of cosmic events that could change everything. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (TBC).

Live Music/Dance


Music at Mellerstain. Mellerstain House, Kelso, 7.30pm. Husband and wife Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin) and Christina Lawrie (piano) will be playing music by Kreisler, the Beethoven Kreutzer Sonata, Grieg and Frank. Tickets: Non-members: Adults £17.50, under 18s £8.75. Members: Adults £13.50, under 18s £6.75. Enquiries and ticket sales: Isobel Laferty on 01835 864153 or email [email protected]


Scocha. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Scocha are passionately Scottish. They don’t just play Scottish music, they don’t just sing Scottish songs, they live and breathe Scotland in every performance. You’ll be taken on a journey through tear-wrenching ballads, goosebumping anthems and folk n roll. Tickets: Stalls £16-£19, circle £20, box seat (double occupancy) £52.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. The Railway, Acklington. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for more details.



Coquet Shorebase - Summer Activities 2. Sailing 10am to 12.30pm, and 1pm to 3.30pm. Age eight to 16. Cost: half day: £25, full day: £40. Telephone 01665 710367 or email [email protected]


Joy of Jive. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. Joy of Jive classes of modern jive are continuing in full swing, and they will continue to teach in the hall every other Thursday evening. Beginners are welcome and partners are not necessary.

Every Thursday

Gateway drop-in. Shilbottle Community Hall, from 10am to 4pm. A free drop-in to meet friends over refreshments, play cards, read newspapers, watch television or use the internet, and in the afternoon join the craft group.

Every Thursday

Learn to dance ballroom and Latin. A class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel, at 7pm. £2.50 per person. For further details call 01289 307953.

Every Thursday

Tea Dance Group. Hadston Community Centre, 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Admission of £1.50 includes a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Dance tuition is free.


Coquet Shorebase - Summer Activities 2. 9.30am to 1pm. Guided Paddling Tours of the Coquet Estuary from Coquet Shorebase, The Braid, Amble. £25 per person.

Every Saturday

Modern and sequence dancing. St Aidan’s Hall, Church Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 8pm to 11pm. Entry is £3, which includes tea or coffee and biscuits.

Saturday and Sunday

Wheels Weekend. Aln Valley Railway. During this weekend the owners of interesting or unusual machines will have the opportunity of displaying them against the background of the railway. Whether big or small, old, new or ageless, any machine will be welcome provided that it runs on, or is driven by, wheels. If you, or someone you know, would like to bring along something that fits this description then please contact the railway via its website alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Every Sunday

Car Boot Sale. Castlegate Car Park, Berwick, Sunday morning. The event is run by the Greenses Residents’ Committee in aid of local charities.


Car Boot Sale. Seahouses Sports and Community Centre. 9am to noon. Raffle. Refreshments available. Fund-raising for Seahouses Outdoor Bowling Club. Admission 50p, under 16’s free. Tables/Cars/Vans £6. To book ring Stephen Keay on 01665 721374.


Church Fete. St Peter the Fisherman Church, Craster, 10.30am to 4pm. Cakes, tombola, kippers, bric-a-brac, produce stall, art and crafts.


Summer School for Songwriting and Music Production. The Maltings, Berwick. Our four-day intensive course will take you through the music making process from initial inspiration to developing a style, structuring your work, choosing sounds, instrumentation and finally recording your masterpiece. Tickets £50. To book a place go to www.northumberland.ac.uk Courses are open to anyone aged 14 to 18 and run Monday, August 15 to Thursday, August 18, 10am to 2.30pm.


Creative Cocoon: Sock Puppets with Puppetship. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am. Have you ever wondered what happens to all those missing socks? Find out with artist and puppeteer Alison McGowan and musician Alex Finnegan from Puppetship. We invite families with their little ones under six to come and join us for creative events and workshops during the summer holidays. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance.

Every Wednesday

Making and Moving. Scout Hall, Palace Green. Berwick, 10am to noon, and 1pm to 3pm. Art and dance workshops for ages six to 12. Dancing, drawing, mask making, comics, painting, jumping about, fun stuff. Cost £6, £10 for the whole day (bring a packed lunch). Bookings: [email protected]

Until September 11

Berwick Visual Arts and Generation Tour: The Tree, The Caterpillar and The Butterfly by Aether and Hemera. Gymansium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Enter an enchanting interactive garden inspired by nature and state-of-the art technology. Using Xbox Kinect technology, see how your movements affect a multi-coloured field of butterflies and listen for the melodic sounds of the birdhouses as they respond to your presence. Free entry.

Until September 8

Northumberland. Gallery 45, Felton. An exhibition showcasing the work of artists such as Sarah O’Dowd, Katherine Renton, Kate Stenhouse, Lee Kershaw, Malcolm Coils and Linda Mumba.

Until September 25

Berwick Visual Arts: LS Lowry: On the Sands, Berwick. Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Rare artwork shown alongside the Space Craft exhibition, running until September 25. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Free entry.

Until September 25

Berwick Visual Arts: Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making. Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making explores the relationship between making and our built environment. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Free entry.



Guided Photography Walks. Join local professional photographer Andy Craig for one to two-hour PhotoWalks on the Northumberland Coast. Learn how to find the wow factor in your photographs. Prices and meeting points vary. Contact 01665 576012 for more details.


Shepherds Walks. St Cuthbert’s Way Challenge. Starts 8am. This 19.5 mile cross border challenge takes in the best section of St Cuthbert’s Way as you start walking in Scotland and finish in England. Guided and self-guided options. Price £27.50/£32.50. More details at www.shepherdswalks.co.uk


All attraction opening times may vary from season to season.

Aln Valley Railway, Alnwick: 0300 030 3311. For opening times and details visit www.alnvalleyrailway.co.uk

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Go to www.alnwickcastle.com for opening hours and further details.

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for opening hours. Prices are £12.10 adults, £10.45 concs, £4.40 children, £29.70 family.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open every day until the beginning of September, from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £4, £3 concs, £1 children, under fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Admission £10.50, £5 children, £10 senior, £25 family.

Barter Books, Alnwick Station: 01665 604888. Open daily, from 9am to 5pm.

Belford Hidden History Museum. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm. Free admission.

Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens: 01661 881636. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Admission £9.20, £8.30 concs, £5.50 children, £23.90 family.

Berwick Barracks: 01289 304493. Open Monday to Friday, from 10am to 6pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Chillingham Castle: 01668 215359. Open every afternoon, except Saturday, until the end of October. Adults £9.50, £8.50 concs, £5.50 children (under five’s free), £23 family. www.chillingham-castle.com

Chillingham Wild Cattle Park: 01668 215250. Open Monday to Friday: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. Sundays: Tours at 10am, 11am, noon. Closed Saturday. Admission £8, £6 concs, £3 children, £16 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: 01669 620333. Closed Monday. Open Tuesday to Sunday, house 11am to 5pm, gardens and woodland 10am to 6pm. Admission £10.20, £5.10 child, £25.50 family.

Dunstanburgh Castle: 01665 576231. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.90, £4.40 concs, £2.90 children, £12.70 family.

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Admission is free.

Etal Castle: 01890 820332. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £4.80, £4.30 concs, £2.90 children, £12.50 family.

Eyemouth Museum: 01890 751701. Open daily from March to the end of October 2016. Admission: £3.50 adult, £3 concs. Under 16s free. See www.eyemouthmuseum.org for more information

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concs, £10 family, under-fives free.

Heatherslaw Light Railway: 01890 820244. Open daily, from 10am to 4pm, first train at 11am. Return journey prices: £6.50 adult, £6 seniors, £4.50 children, £2.50 under-fives, babies free.

Heatherslaw Visitor Centre: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm.

Howick Hall Gardens: 01665 577285. Open daily, from 10.30am to 6pm, last entry 5pm. Gift aid entry £7.70, £6.60 over 60s, children free.

Lady Waterford Hall, Ford: 01890 820338. Open daily, from 11am to 5pm. Admission £3, £2.70 concs, £8 family, under-fives free.

Lindisfarne Castle: 01289 389244. Call for opening times. Gift aid admission: £7.80, £3.90 child, £19.40 family.

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, £3.50 concs, £2 children, £10 family, under-five’s free.

Lindisfarne Priory: 01289 389200. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid admission: £6.20, £5.60 concs, £3.70 children, £16.10 family.

Longframlington Gardens: 01665 570382. Open all year. Open gate until September 30, 10am to 4.30pm, Wednesday to Saturday, plus bank holidays. Welcome other days and times, including evenings by request. Just call or email. Telephone 01665 570382, or 07858 757339. Email: [email protected] See website for diary of events www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

North Charlton Armstrong Household and Farming Museum. 01665 579443. Open every Friday on the Chillingham Road, off the A1. All proceeds go to charity.

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission: £2.50 children, £1.50 concs or groups.

RNLI Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh: 01668 214910. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm. Free admission.

Wallington: 01670 773600. Stately home near Cambo: Open Thursday to Monday, and Wednesday, from noon to 5pm. Closed Tuesday. Walled garden: Open daily, from 10am to 7pm. Garden and estate: Open daily, from 10am to dusk. Gift aid entry: £12.60, £6.30 child, £31.50 family.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm. Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concs, £3.60 children, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concs, £2.40 children, £10.40 family.

Woodhorn Museum and Archives, Ashington: 01670 624455, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Woodhorn, Ashington: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm.