What's on in north Northumberland - February 25 - March 3

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, 25th February 2016, 8:00 am



National Theatre Live: As You Like It. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. William Shakespeare’s comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in more than 30 years, with Rosalie Craig in the role of Rosalind. Tickets: premier £16.50, standard £15.50, concessions £14.50, child/student £10.

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Confirmation by Chris Thorpe. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Confirmation is a show about the gulfs we can’t talk across and about the way we choose to see only the evidence that proves we’re right. Working with research into the phenomenon of Confirmation Bias, Confirmation attempts to have an honourable dialogue, real and imagined, with political extremism. Tickets: £12.50 (£10 concs for disability, student, unemployed, £11 concs for over 60s).


Box of Tricks Theatre Company – Chip Shop Chips. Felton Village Hall, Morpeth, 7.30pm. Telling the funny and nostalgic tale of two interwoven love stories and celebrating the nation’s favourite food, Chip Shop Chips is a new and immersive love story set in a chippy. Tickets £13 (including fish and chip supper). Bookings: 07710 497088 or 01670 787169.

Wednesday and Thursday

Rock of Ages. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Duchess’s Commuinty High School Rock of Ages. Join the talented students for their annual musical. Taking you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! Tickets: premier £8.50, standard £7.50, child/student £6.50.

Wednesday and Thursday

Wind in the Willows. Ponteland Memorial Hall, 7pm. A diverse team of performers and stage geniuses to bring this classic to the Ponteland Repertory stage. Tickets on sale online if you log onto the Ponteland Rep website and follow ‘This Season’.


Hangmen (live broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Following a sell-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre, Olivier and Academy Award® winner Martin McDonagh (The Pillowman, The Cripple of Inishmaan, In Bruges) returns to the West End with Matthew Dunster’s award-winning production of his deeply funny new play Hangmen, broadcast live to cinemas by National Theatre Live. Tickets: £16.75 / £15.75 concs, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).



The Hateful Eight. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Western set in post-Civil War Wyoming. Bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Will they survive? Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (18).

Tomorrow and Saturday

Sunset Song. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Sunset Song is a coming of age story about the daughter of a Scottish farmer and a family struggling to survive and torn apart by tragedy in the early 1900s. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (ages 15 and 16 only). Certificate (15).


The Lady in the Van. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. Maggie Smith stars in this hilarious and heartwarming film based on real events. A colourfully complex character, Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) ‘temporarily’ parked her campervan in the driveway of writer Alan Bennett’s (played by Alex Jennings) home – and stayed there for 15 years! Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75. Certificate (12A).


The Big Short. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Predicting the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, four outsiders in the world of high-finance decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (15).


The Revenant. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Western capturing one man’s epic adventure of survival and the power of the human spirit. Frontiersman Hugh Glass sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50. Certificate (15).

Tuesday and Wednesday

Room. The Maltings, Berwick, 1pm (Tues), 7.30pm (Tues and Weds). Room tells the extraordinary story of Jack, a spirited five-year-old who is looked after by his loving and devoted mother. Tickets: £7.75 / £6.75 concs, child £4.75 (ages 15 & 16 only). Certificate (15).

Live Music/Dance


Rothbury Roots presents Yvonne Lyon. The Queen’s Head, Rothbury. Doors 7.30pm, starts 8pm. Singer-songwriter Yvonne Lyon is among the best at doing what she does. Her songs are beautiful and her voice is beautiful too. Admission £10.


Glendale Accordion and Fiddle Club. Guest artist: Neil Hardie SDB at the Glendale Hall, Wooler. 7.30pm to 11pm. Members £5, visitors £6.50, including buffet. Contact 01668 216 437.


Thank Folk It’s Friday. QEII Country Park, Ashington, 2pm-3pm. Thank Folk it’s Friday is a free programme of folk music held in the Woodhorn Cafe on the final Friday of each month from 2pm. Friday, February 26, features John Campbell and Jim Wigfield. Free admission.


Blue Edge. Ship Inn, Low Newton, 4pm. Acoustic duo based in North Northumberland who play jazz – and blues – tinged acoustic music. Featuring Geoff on guitar and Paula on vocals – beautiful voice!


Singing Session. The Tanners, Alnwick. Tel: 01665 602553 for futher details.

Thursday, March 3

Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club. Alan Small and Gemma Donald at the Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Annual membership £8. Members admission £4, non-members £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. Contact 01668 281307.

Friday, March 11

Sonrisa – A Taste of Latin. Howick Village Hall, 7pm. An evening of Latin music blending original and traditional songs. Tickets: adults £9, children £4. Box office: 01665 577384.


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 new class for absolute beginners. Every Thursday at Marshall Meadows Country House Hotel at 7pm. The cost is £2.50 per person. For further details call 01289 307953


The Holy Liturgy of the Orthodox Church. St. Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, at 11am. The service will be in English but in the Byzantine style. All welcome, shared lunch afterwards.


Pilates. Keep fit for the over-60s at Lesbury Village Hall, 11am, for one hour. Mats and equipment provided. Contact 01665 830531, 07906 146163, email [email protected] or sign up at Lesbury Post Office.

Every Friday

Coffee morning. Enjoy a coffee and biscuits and do your bit for the lifeboats every Friday morning at Alnwick Playhouse. From 10am in the upstairs bar.


Drawing for beginners. Gallery 45, Felton, 10.30am-3.30pm. Taught by Fiona Carvell. Lunch, coffees, cake and all materials are included for £35. Booking essential.

Until Sunday

Finding Your Place. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. This exclusive exhibition features photographs, videos and audio recordings from several successful community projects run in the Alnwick area, exploring how people’s lives and locations have changed over the last century.


An evening of wine and song. Gallery 45, Felton, 7pm. Please join us for a special viewing of our current exhibition with music by saxophonist Andy Taylor. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP [email protected]


The Amazing Percys. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick, 7.15pm for 7.30pm. Come and learn the lesser-known secrets of our leading family. Speaker Daniel Watkins. Presented by Alnwick Branch, Northumberland and Durham Family History Society. Entry is free to their members. Non-members will be invited to make a voluntary contribution of £2.50. Refreshments are provided.


Wild Tots. Northumberlandia, Blagdon, 10am-11.30am. Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Wild Tots. These sessions allow you to enjoy natural outdoor activities with your toddler in a safe and fun environment. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets for under-5s £4.50, parent/guardian free but please register your details. Please book places online.

Tuesday till May 8

Do I Look Good in This? Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. A celebration of women’s fashion from Tudor times to the Swinging Sixties. This exclusive display paints a picture of the changing nature of women’s clothing for all occasions. Visitors of all ages will have the opportunity to dress up in costumes from different periods and ask the question ... Do I Look Good in This?

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 April 14

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

Until April 17

Eric Ennion: Ripples from the House on the Shore. The Granary Gallery, Berwick, (Wed-Sun 11am-4pm). Ripples from the House on the Shore’ celebrates the work of Eric Ennion (1900–81) and features more than 30 watercolours and preparatory sketches. Free admission.


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, Woodhorn: Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Northumberland Archives: Open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm.