What's on in north Northumberland - June 2 - June 9

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, 2nd June 2016, 8:00 am
Ian Sherwood's mix of catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with intricate guitar loops, saxophones and pop, rock and jazz grooves comes to the Wingates Village Institute this Sunday. More details below.



Don’t Dribble on The Dragon. Alnwick Playhouse, 2.30pm. The People’s Theatre Company. A mesmerising new musical from the creators of the hit shows Santa In Love and How The Koala Learnt To Hug. Tickets: standard £10.50, child/student £8.50.


Damp Knight Improv: Turtle Recall. The Maltings, Berwick, 8pm. Following on from their super popular previous shows, Knightmare on Elk Street and President Rhino, The Damp Knights promise more mayhem and madcap games. All tickets £5.


Made Up. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Made Up is a heart-warming play about friendship and the faces we show the world. Using a sequence of dynamic live make-up applications, this is exactly the kind of playfully inventive theatre audiences have come to expect from Birmingham’s internationally acclaimed Stan’s Cafe. Tickets: pay what you decide. Book your seats for free and then pay what you decide at the end of the performance.


RSC OnScreen: Hamlet. Alnwick Playhouse, 7pm. Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world. Tickets: premier £15.50, standard £14.50, concs £13.50, child/student £10.



Zootropolis. The Maltings, Berwick, 2.30pm. From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under), baby free (two and under). Certificate (PG).


The Huntsman: Winter’s War. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. As a war between rival queen sisters Ravenna and Freya escalates, Eric and fellow warrior Sara, members of the Huntsmen army raised to protect Freya, try to conceal their forbidden love as they combat Ravenna’s wicked intentions. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).


The Jungle Book. Alnwick Playhouse, 2pm. A remake of the classic adventure about a young boy raised by animals in the jungle. Tickets: premier £7.80, standard £7.50, concs £7, child/student £5.50, friends £6.75. Certificate (PG).


Miles Ahead. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Miles Ahead is not just about the music, it’s about what we all face at one time or another in our lives – questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so? Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (15).


Angry Birds: The Movie. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red, who just can’t get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck and Bomb. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family (four) £19. Certificate (PG).


Florence Foster Jenkins. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. The story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Tickets: Adult £7, concs £6.50, child £4, family (four) £19. Certificate (PG).

Tuesday and Wednesday

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. Still working in her parents’ Greek restaurant, Toula Portokalos’s daughter Paris is growing up. She is getting ready to graduate high school and Toula and Ian are experiencing marital issues. Tickets: £7.45, concs £6.45, child £4.45 (16 and under). Certificate (12A).

Live Music/Dance


Rothbury Accordion and Fiddle Club with Deidre Adamson. The Queen’s Head Hotel, Rothbury, 7.30pm. Members admission £4, non-members £5. Musicians and visitors welcome. Contact 01668 281307.


Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A sensational new dance event for cinemas from the internationally acclaimed choreographer Matthew Bourne and his Dance Company New Adventures. Tickets: premier £11, standard £10, child/student £8.


Shielfield Rocks! Shielfield Park, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2pm to 11pm. Featuring Scocha, Peter and The Test Tube Babies, The Ska-Toons, The Middens, Point Blank, The Joe Mangels and Hardly Original. Tickets: £20, under 16’s free accompanied by an adult, available from www.shielfieldrocks.co.uk and Borderline Tattoo, Berwick.


Pop Factor: The Concert! 2016. The Maltings, Berwick, 6.30pm. Dubbed the Number 1 Pop Show touring the UK right now, Pop Factor, The Concert is a celebration of the biggest pop stars and current chart hits. Tickets: £13.50, concs £12, Box (double occupancy) £40.


Blake in Harmony. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. For fans of IL Divo, Collabro and G4, don’t miss out on the original Brit-Award-winning vocal group Blake, back on tour in the UK with a highly anticipated new show. Tickets: premier £21.50, standard £20.50, concs £19.50.


Ian Sherwood. Wingates Village Institute, 7.30pm. Hailing from Nova Scotia, Ian Sherwood mixes catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories with intricate guitar loops, saxophones and pop, rock and jazz grooves. Tickets: adults £8, concs £7, children £5, family ticket £20. Box office 01669 620512.


Folk Sessions. Blue Bell Hotel, Belford, 8pm. All welcome. Call 01668 213543 for more details.


All Folk’d Up. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Introducing one of the most exciting young Irish bands to appear in a generation. With their sound rooted deep in Irish Folk and Celtic rock. Tickets: premier £17.50, standard £16.50.


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.


Coffee Morning. King James Court, West Street, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 10am to noon. St Aidan’s Hall Dancing Club is holding a coffee morning with raffle, home baking and tombola. All welcome.


Acklington’s Right Royal Tea Party. Acklington Village Hall and garden, 2pm to 5pm. Come and join us as our usual late spring sale, with plants, books, cakes, crafts and much more, is being combined with a celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday.

Every Saturday

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


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


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


Gardens Open Day. Hedgely Hall, Powburn, 2pm to 6pm. Tea and cakes, plant stall, woodland walk with rhododendrons, dogs welcome on leads. In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Entrance £5, children free.


A Family Treasure. Bailiffgate Museum, 7.15pm. Alnwick Branch N&D Family History Society. Come along and share a photo, artefact or even a memory. All welcome. Refreshments. Members free. Non-Members, a donation will be requested.


Alnwick and District Flower Club. Costello Centre, Bailiffgate, Alnwick, at 7pm. Once a Showgirl with Rita Braithwaite.


A Brush with Brown. Alnwick Castle, doors open at 7pm. Talk starts at 7.30pm. Author Tim Scott Bolton talks about the work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and the landscapes he created. Tickets available on the evening (£8), or in advance (£7.50) from alnwickcastle.com or the Admission Hall at Alnwick Castle.


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.



Alnwick Ramblers. Carey Burn to Cold Law via Broadstruther and Harthope Valley. Meet Carey Burn Bridge. All walks start at 10.30am unless otherwise stated. If weather is inclement, check with leader Paul Wright on 01665 799403.


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 Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 4pm, but closed on Mondays. 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 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-five’s 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-five’s, 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-five’s 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. 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.