What's on in north Northumberland - August 4 - August 11

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.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 4th August 2016, 8:00 am
Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy.  With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday. See below for more details.
Out of the gate and off for a walk, went Hairy Maclary from Donaldsons Dairy. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family at Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday. See below for more details.



Hairy Maclary and Friends. Alnwick Playhouse, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Hairy Maclary and his friends are back in the UK, springing off the page this summer. With music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. Tickets: standard £8.50.

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Kids’ Theatre workshop: Play-in-4-Days with Wendy Payn. The Maltings, Berwick, August 8-11, 10am. Join Wendy and Ross on another fun-packed four days as together you create a play. Watch the story develop before your eyes, creating characters, devising stories, rehearsing and performing, all in the space of four days. Tickets: £50 for four days.


Beatrice et Benedict (Live Broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 6.30pm. Closing its 2016 cinema season is a rarely performed sparkling gem. Inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Béatrice Et Bénédict is an impassioned love letter to the Bard. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).

Thursday, August 11

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.


Today until August 11

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).

Today and tomorrow

The Legend of Tarzan. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Just as Tarzan has begun to get used to his new life in London, he is called back to his old jungle to investigate suspicious activities at a mining encampment. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Independence Day: Resurgence. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. We always knew they were coming back. After Independence Day redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers a global spectacle on an unimaginable scale. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).

Tomorrow and Saturday

Money Monster. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In the real-time, high-stakes thriller Money Monster, George Clooney and Julia Roberts star as financial TV host Lee Gates and his producer Patty, who are put in an extreme situation when an irate investor who has lost everything forcefully takes over their studio. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Eddie and Patsy are still living the high life. It follows a disastrous appearance at a party where Eddie may or may not have accidently killed supermodel Kate Moss. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (15).

Wednesday and Thursday

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).

Live Music/Dance


Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. With Susan and Shona MacFadyen Duo. Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Members £4, non-members £5. Musicians and listeners welcome. 01668 281307.


Celtic Night: Alnwick International Music Festival. Alnwick Playouse, 7.30pm. Drawn from the history and folklore of our Celtic neighbours, this show will offer a stunning musical journey through Ireland and Scotland. Tickets: premier £13, standard £12, concs £10.


Before the Mast. Dance to the band, 8pm for 8.30pm at Seahouses Social Club. Fund-raising for Seahouses Outdoor Bowling Club. Tickets £5 on the door or in advance. Tables for four or more can be reserved. Enquiries: Colin Dobson 01665 721337 or John Robson 01665 721989.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Fisher Arms, Horncliffe. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for further details.


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]



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. 4pm to 7.30pm. Guided Paddling Tours of the Coquet Estuary from Coquet Shorebase, The Braid, Amble. £25 per person.

Tomorrow till Monday

Charlie and Pauline’s Open Studio. Allanbank Mill Steading, 11am to 6pm. We are delighted to welcome this year’s guest artist, the distinguished photographer Graham Murrell. We wait with excited anticipation to see Graham’s photographic studies of our Steading, at the confluence of the Whiteadder and Blackadder, and other images of our Borders’ region.

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.

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.


North East of England and Scottish Borders Begonia Society. Meet in Dinnington Village Annex (by Newcastle Airport), 2pm. The aim is to pass on any information regarding the growing of these beautiful plants, which will flower for four months at least. All are welcome, from novice through to professional.

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 25

Berwick Visual Arts: LS Lowry: On the Sands, Berwick. Granary Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed. Rare artwork shown alongside the Space Craft exhibition, running till 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.


Today, Tuesday and Thursday

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.


Alnwick Ramblers. Alnmouth and River Aln. Meet outside the Hope and Anchor pub, on the left, at top of main street coming into Alnmouth. 4.5 miles. All walks start at 10am unless otherwise stated, often finishing with optional lunch in café/pub. If weather is inclement, check with leader Daphne Kelly on 0191 258 6834.


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 till 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.