What's on in north Northumberland - July 28 - August 4

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, 28th July 2016, 8:00 am
Absolutely Fabulous - the beloved BBC sitcom that ran for 20 years - gets the big screen treatment in 2016. The movie comes to Alnwick Playhouse tomorrow. More details below.



Marty MacDonald’s Toy Machine. Alnwick Playhouse, 1pm. A new show featuring the voices of CBeebies’ Justin Fletcher and Nicole Davis as Pongo the Pig and Molly-Moo the Cow, from the team who brought you Marty MacDonald’s Farm. Tickets: £8.50.


Wuthering Heights. Warkworth Castle, 7.30pm. This year marks Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s 17th year of touring the UK and Ireland, bringing to life some of literature’s best loved classics in magical outdoor performances that are great fun for all the family. Tickets and information from English Heritage Booking Line 0370 333 1181, Warkworth Castle 01665 711423, See Tickets 0871 220 0260, or www.seetickets.com


Richard III from Almeida. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. The Almeida Theatre makes its live screening debut with an explosive new adaptation of Richard III, directed by Almeida artistic director Rupert Goold, with Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret. Tickets: £16.75, concs £15.75, child £8.75. Schools: student £5 and teacher free (min. 10 students).



The Angry Birds Movie. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm. In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we’ll finally find out why the birds are so angry. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under), baby free (two and under). Certificate (U).


Independence Day: Resurgence. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Twenty years on from US President Whitmore’s call to repel the invading alien hordes the United Nations has developed a new early warning system to avoid similar events in future. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (12A).


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello return to clean up the streets of New York City. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).

Tomorrow and Saturday

The Secret Life of Pets. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. Favourite pet Max is distressed when his owner brings home a straggly unwanted mongrel named Duke. They soon have to put their differences aside when they discover that lovely white bunny Snowball is actually raising an army of unwanted pets to rise up against those who have a happy home. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (U).


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

Tomorrow until August 11

Finding Dory. The Maltings, Berwick, 2pm (noon July 30). 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).


Love & Friendship. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Beautiful young widow Lady Susan Vernon visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under), Baby free (two and under). Certificate (U).

Tuesday and Thursday

The Legend of Tarzan. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm Tuesday, 2pm Thursday. 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).


St Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Discover Arts is a season of unmissable cinema events giving audiences full access to some of the world’s most captivating galleries, theatres and works of art. Tickets: premier £12.50, standard £11.50, child/student £10.

Live Music/Dance


Open Mic Night. The Tanners Arms, Alnwick, 8.30pm.


Double Dutch. Norham Church, 7pm. A Concert by Inter Scaldis Pipes and Drums Band from Holland, with a special tribute to Piper Daniel Laidlaw VC. Tickets £7, Under 16s free, on the door or from www.wegottickets.com/event/363679 Proceeds will go to Kings Own Scottish Borderers (Berwick Branch).


Queen: A Night in Bohemia. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Filmed live on Christmas Eve 1975 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, and bringing to a climax the most eventful and exciting year up to that time in the band’s career. Tickets: premier £11.50, standard £10.50, child/student £8.50.


Music Day Ship Inn, Low Newton, noon to 7pm. Featuring Antic Hay, Celia Bryce, Blue Edge, Andy Craig and more.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Blue Bell, Belford. For more information contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


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.



Wild Atlantic Odyssey. Bamburgh Pavilion, 7pm. Tales of travels from Antarctica to the Arctic with Northumberland based expedition guide Ali Liddle. Raising funds for Hospice Care North Northumberland. ‘Polar’ refreshments available. Hand-made crafts for sale. Raffle and book stall.


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.


Friday5. Berwick Methodist Churh, Walkergate, 7.30pm. This month we are doing a cafe-style worship looking at the theme ‘Seeing and how we see others’. How good are you at optical illusions? Come and find out. All are most welcome.


Alnwick Model Railway Society Exhibition. Rock Village Hall, 10am to 4pm. Model Railway enthusiasts and their families won’t want to miss a rare opportunity on July 30 to see Alnwick Model Railway Society’s DCC ‘00’ gauge layout, currently under construction and normally only on view on club evenings. Free entry and parking.

Saturday till Monday

Church’s Art and Flower Festival. St Mary’s Church, Newton-by-the-Sea, 11am to 5pm. Refreshments available. All money raised to help with church modernisation, including a toilet.

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.


Creative Cocoon: Movement and Mirrors. Alnwick Playhouse, 10am. Join dancer Lynn Campbell and musician Keith Mills to move, dance and explore in our specially created glittery disco ball environment. Bring something silver and dress to dance. Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance.


St Paul’s RC Church Memories Flower Festival Preview Night. 6pm. Tickets £5 from Mary Frater 01665 605004 or Eileen Turnbull 01665 602859.

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

The Tree, The Caterpillar & The Butterfly by Aether and Hemera. Gynasium Gallery, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 6pm. 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. 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.

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.


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. Now on late season opening times. See website for information, including 2016 open times and diary of events, at 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.