What's on in north Northumberland - February 11 - February 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. If you have an entry email the address above.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 11th February 2016, 8:00 am
Here Come The Girls: Valentines Music Special at The Maltings, Berwick tomorrow (February 12) and Saturday (February 13). More details below.
Here Come The Girls: Valentines Music Special at The Maltings, Berwick tomorrow (February 12) and Saturday (February 13). More details below.



Jugé Productions presents Muse. The Cheviot Centre, Wooler, 7.30pm. This cabaret evening seeks to recreate the nightlife of 1930s Berlin. It tells the story of Jean Ross, said to be the inspiration for Christopher Isherwood’s Sally Bowles character in Cabaret. Tickets: £10, £9 for concessions, including a first drink. Table nibbles can be bought too. For details, call the centre on 01668 282406 or go to www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

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National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Following its broadcasts of the William Shakespeare plays Coriolanus and King Lear, National Theatre Live brings the Donmar Warehouse’s acclaimed new production of Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of the 1782 Pierre Choderlos de Laclos novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses to cinemas nationwide. Its cast includes Elaine Cassidy, Janet McTee and Dominic West Tickets cost £16.50 or £15.50, concessions £14.50, child or student £10. Certificate (15).

Thursday, February 18

Out of Chaos – Macbeth. Wingates Village Hall, Wingates, near Longhorsley, 7.30pm. This new show from multi award-winning company Out of Chaos is a fast and furious two-man take on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, full of drama, intrigue and madness packed into 80 high-octane minutes, with 30 characters being brought to life by a cast of just two. Tickets: £8.50/ £7 conc/ £5 child £20 family. Bookings: 01669 620512 or online www.highlightsnorth.co.uk



Joy. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. The true story of Joy Mangano, played by Jennifer Lawrence, and her Italian-American family across four generations and her rise to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child or student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. The Maltings, Berwick, 4.30pm. Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami – and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (16 & under), babies free. Certificate (PG).

Tomorrow and Tuesday

The Lady in the Van. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Adaptation of Alan Bennet’s memoir telling the story of the relationship between Alan Bennett and Mary Shepherd, a woman who supposedly temporarily parked her van in his London driveway but then lived there for 15 years. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child or student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Animation. Charlie Brown embarks upon an epic quest, while his best pal Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child or student £5.50. Certificate (U).


The Danish Girl. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Biographical drama about the love lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener and Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander star. Tickets: £7.80 or £7.50, concessions £7, child or student £5.50. Certificate (15).

Thursday, February 18

The Great Performing Rope – Where do we go from here? Film, cake and conversation. The Maltings, Berwick, 4.30pm. In October, the Great Performing Rope occupied the streets of Berwick, creating a 900-metre-long route through the town centre, carrying 900 personal stories, memories and hopes of the people of Berwick and visitors. Join November Club, the creative organisation behind the event, for a film screening documenting the event, some tea and cake and a conversation about what could happen next to these 900 stories for Berwick. See panel for further details. Free admission.

Thursday, February 18

Sisters. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are the chalk-and-cheese Ellis sisters, brought together by their parents’ unilateral decision to sell the old family home and move into a more manageable retirement condo. Ordered to clear out their childhood bedrooms, the overgrown kids resolve to stage one final party, reuniting the 1980s gang and rekindling their lost youth. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, Child £4.75 (ages 15 & 16 only). Certificate (15).

live music/dance

Tomorrow and Saturday

Here Come the Girls: Valentine’s special featuring Gary and the Love Gods. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. In a Valentine’s special, love is in the air and the girls are brewing up a potion filled with musical magic from the top of the charts to the silver screen, from Broadway to Nashville and everything in between! Tickets: £12.50 (£10 concs for disability, students, unemployed, over 60s).


Echo Chamber Ensemble: Heartstrings classics for Valentine’s Day. The Maltings, Berwick, 3pm. Savour the delicacy and lightness of touch of exquisite chamber music this Valentine’s Day afternoon - and allow the delectably romantic sounds of Debussy, Ibert and Ravel to capture your heart, as well as the premiere of a new work by our own artistic director, Matthew Rooke. Tickets: £12.50 (£10 concs for disability, students, unemployed, £11 concs for over 60s) children go FREE.


Northumberland traditional music session. The Railway, Acklington. Free-for-all for budding musicians to sharpen up their strings, whistles or vocal chords. Contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835 for further details.


Northumberland traditional music session. The Fleece, Alnwick. 8pm. All are welcome to come and play.


Every Thursday

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


World Wide Wrestling League. Jubilee Centre, Berwick. 6.30pm, bell 7pm. Line-up includes former Total Nonstop Action Wrestling star Grado, alias Ayrshire’s Graeme Stevely. W3L tag team champions the Contingency Plan will be pitting themselves against the team of Nathan Reynolds and Mike Musso in some hard-hitting tag-team action. Wrestling fans won’t want to miss the W3L women’s champion, Leah Owens, in action. Tickets: £10, family of four £35, available online at www.W3Lwrestling.com, the Jubilee Centre and Grieve’s Stationers.


Pilates. Keep fit for the over-60s at Lesbury Village Hall. 11am, for one hour. Further sessions on Fridays, February 19 and 26. £16 per person for four sessions. Mats and equipment provided. Contact 830531, 07906 146163 or [email protected] or sign up at Lesbury Post Office.

Tomorrow until April 14

Nordic Art exhibitition. St Mary’s Inn, St Mary’s Park, Morpeth. 8am-11pm. Nordic art is in the spotlight as Brita Granstrom exhibits at St Mary’s Inn. An acute observer of moments of endearing intimacy, Brita’s exuberant paintings provide visual delights in abundance. Free admission.

Every Friday

Coffee morning. You can enjoy a cup of rich coffee and tasty biscuits and do your bit for the lifeboats every Friday morning at Alnwick Playhouse. Coffee is served from 10am, upstairs in the bar.


Pop-up food, drink and gift market. Corbridge Parish Hall, Corbridge. 10am-2pm. A pop-up market with food, alcohol and gift stalls. Entry is free, and refreshments will be available, as will raffle tickets. Proceeds go to Tynedale Rugby Football Club’s flood appeal.


Alnwick Lions coffee morning. Alnwick Town Hall, 10am-12pm. Entry £1, with as much tea and coffee as you can drink. There will be a cake and tombola stall, plus a raffle. Everyone welcome. All money raised will go to flood victims.


Crick Crack Club – Fairy Tales for Grown-ups: The Grateful and the Dead. Holy Cross Church, Haltwhistle, 7.30pm. Storyteller Ben Haggarty performs a set of short stories followed by a single long fairytale. Tickets: £7.50/£6.50 child/£18 family. Bookings: 01434 320 260 or online www.

Saturday until April 10

Snake Encounter. Woodhorn Museum, Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, Ashington. 10am-4pm. Discover the secret world of snakes. Encounter amazing snakes from around the globe and find out fascinating facts about these mysterious creatures. Admission includes live snake encounters in sessions hosted by Guy Tansley from bugsnstuff.com Tel: 01670 624455 for ticket prices.

Until March 3

Winter 2016 mixed open exhibition. Gallery 45, Felton. A range of subjects and media from artists, including Sarah O’Dowd, Nick Potter, Malcolm Coils, Angela White, Jina Gelder and Emily Ward will be on display.

Until March 6

The Ashington District Star. Woodhorn Museum and Northumberland Archives, Ashington. Inspired by the Ashington artists’ group known as the Pitmen Painters, photographic artist Julian Germain has embarked on a two-year collaboration with local people to produce a newspaper, the Ashington District Star. The exhibition incorporates the original paintings and maps the process involved in developing a new collection of photographs of contemporary Ashington. Free. Parking charge of £3.50 applies.

Until June 29

Cragend Grange course in dining. Cragend Grange, Cragend Farm, Rothbury. £45. Sit back, relax and enjoy a demonstration of cooking using seasonal and local ingredients. Includes three courses and a glass of wine. Gift vouchers and special date group bookings available. For details, go to www.cragendfarm.co.uk

Until October 31

Stick Man trail. Kielder Castle. Free admission. The Stickman trail is based on the much-loved book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, and it follows the success of the attraction’s Gruffalo trail, based on another book by the pair. It starts at Kielder Castle, where families can pick up an activity pack. Actvity packs are available for £3 from the on-site cafe, open from 10am to 4pm. Parking £4.50 all day or £1.50 for one hour.


All attraction opening times may vary during the winter season.

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

Alnwick Castle: 01665 511100. Alnwick Castle is now closed until March. For further information, visit the website www.alnwickcastle.com

Alnwick Garden: 01665 511350. Go to www.alnwickgarden.com for winter opening hours. Prices are £7.70 for adults, £5.83 concessions, £4.40 children, £21.50 for a family.

Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick: 01665 605847. Open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 4pm but closed on Mondays. Admission is £4, £3 concessions, £1 child, under-fives free.

Bamburgh Castle: 01668 214515. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, last admission 4pm. Call for winter opening hours. Admission £10.50, £5 child, £10 senior, £25 family.

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

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

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

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 concessions, £3 child, £16 family.

Cragside House, Gardens and Estate: Open again this Saturday after being closed over part of the winter.

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

Edlingham Castle: 0870 333 1181. Open during daylight hours. Free admission.

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

Heatherslaw Cornmill: 01890 820488. Open daily, from 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.80, £3.20 concessions, £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, £6 seniors, £4.50 child, £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, over-60s £6.60, children free. Closed until February.

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

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

Lindisfarne Centre: 01289 389004. Call for opening times. Admission £4, £3.50 concessions, £2 child, £10 family, under-fives free.

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

Longframlington Gardens, Swarland Road: 01665 570382. Winter season at the gardens and arboretum. For details, including opening times, visit www.longframlingtongardens.co.uk

Preston Tower, Chathill: 01665 589227. Open daily, from 10am to 6pm, or dusk, whichever is earlier. Admission £2.50 child, £1.50 concessions 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, child £6.30, family £31.50.

Warkworth Castle and Hermitage: 01665 711423. Castle: Open daily, from 10am to 6pm (times may vary through the winter). Gift aid entry: £6, £5.40 concessions, £3.60 child, £15.60 family. Hermitage: Open on Sunday and Monday only, from 11am to 4pm. Admission £4, £3.60 concessions, £2.40 child, £10.40 family.

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