What's on in north Northumberland - June 23 - June 30

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, 23rd June 2016, 8:00 am
The Charlie Chaplin Story comes to Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday, 29 June. More details below.



Maltings Junior Youth Theatre: Bugsy Malone. The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Written especially for a younger cast, this fast paced, action-packed story centres around Fat Sam’s Grand Slam, a notorious nightclub where “anybody who’s anybody could walk right through that door”, and we’re hoping this means you. Tickets: £10, concs £8, family ticket £30.


Preggers. Alnwick Playhouse, 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Amy Golding is an award-winning theatre-maker whose work has been seen across the UK and in South Africa. As artistic director of Curious Monkey, Amy makes shows from real stories, told to her by real people. Now she’s making her own story. It’s about what happened before, what’s happening now and what might be. Book your seats for free and then pay what you decide at the end of the performance.


Chaplin – The Charlie Chaplin Story. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. A heart-warming and powerful story told through the eyes of a young boy on his journey through the dark streets of Victorian Vaudeville London to the glitz of early Hollywood. Tickets: premier £22.50, standard £21.50, child/student £17.50.



Alice Through the Looking Glass. Seahouses Hub, 3pm. After slipping through a mirror, Alice finds herself back in Underland with the White Queen, the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Tickets: adult £7.00, conc £6.50, child £4.00, family (4) £19. Certificate (PG).


Love & Friendship. Seahouses Hub, 6pm. In the 18th century, the seductive and manipulative Lady Susan uses devious tactics to win the heart of the eligible Reginald De Courcy. A lavish, engaging period drama that raises the bar. Based on a Jane Austen novella. Tickets: adult £7.00, conc £6.50, child £4.00, family (4) £19. Certificate (PG).

Wednesday and Thursday

Florence Foster Jenkins. The Maltings, Berwick, 7.30pm. The true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Tickets: £7.45 / £6.45 concs, child £4.45 (16 & under), baby FREE (2 & under). Certificate (PG).

Live Music/Dance


Border Music and Arts Society – Music at Mellerstain. Mellerstain, 7pm. Midsummer concert by the Zelkova String Quartet playing Mozart, Debussy and Beethoven. Tickets £20.50 from Isobel Lafferty on 01835 864153.


Glyndebourne – Il barbiere di Siviglia. Alnwick Playhouse, 6.30pm. Encore screening. Mischief and mayhem run riot in Rossini’s most popular comedy Figaro. The renowned Barber of Seville uses every trick he can muster to outwit Dr Bartolo and ensure his master wins his chosen bride. Tickets: premier £18, standard £17, concs £16, child/student £10.


The Kennedy Detail. Foxtons Bar, Berwick. 8pm-midnight. Free admission.


Bottle Bank Band. Gallery 45, Felton. 7.30pm. Tickets £10.


The Story of Guitar Heroes. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. This mind blowing live concert style ‘rockumentary’, pays homeage to some of the greatest guitar heroes of all time. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin, Brian May and Slash are just some of the outstanding guitar heroes you will have chance to experience in one amazing show. Tickets: premier £21, standard £20, conc £19.


Horace Silverman and The White Gardenias. Felton Village Hall, 7.30pm. A six-piece band performing the music of the swing era of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Tickets £7.50. Available from Gallery 45.


Swingin’ in Slippers. Alnwick Playhouse, 7.30pm. Brand new Swing Show for 2015 bringing you the sensational songs of Andy Williams, Doris Day, Perry Como and friends. Relive the magic of the golden era of music with hits such as Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and more. Tickets: premier £19.50, standard £18.50.


The Northumbrian Ranters. Doxford Hall Hotel, Chathill. The 10th anniversary of one of Northumberland’s youngest, most highly acclaimed groups. Concert to take place between 6pm and 7.30pm.


Yetholm choir, accompanied by Yetholm Sinfonia. Norham Church, 7.30pm.


Northumberland Traditional Music Session. Ship Inn, Low Newton. For more details contact Jack or Pam Daws on 01665 722835.


Royal Opera: Werther (live broadcast). The Maltings, Berwick, 7pm. Massenet’s opera tells the story of the poet Werther’s hopeless love for Charlotte, who is committed to another man. Tickets: £16.75 / £15.75 concs, Child £8.75. Schools: student £5 & teacher free (min. 10 students).


Andrew and Margaret Watchorn - summer concerts 2016. St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh. 7.30pm. Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, guitar, voice and more. Admission: pay on the door £7.50, accompanied children under 12 free.


Rothbury Roots Presents: Red Dirt Skinners. The Queens Head, Rothbury. 8pm. A band whose music is pure roots, with country harmonies and melodic tunes. Admission £10. Tickets From The Queens Head.



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.


Seahouses Cineforum Film Festival. Seahouses Hub. 8pm. A series of talks and film presentations. Spaghetti Western: An icon of cinema history, a must see that everybody should enjoy. A memorable example of Sergio Leone and part of the ‘Dollar Trilogy’. Suggested donation £5.


Knitting Group. Bailiffgate Museum, 2pm-4pm. Come and join our friendly group – all ages and experience welcome.

Until Sunday

Watermarks. Bailiffgate Museum, Alnwick. An exhibition inspired by immersion, by locally-renowned artist Frances Anderson. Exploring water movement and traces of movement through photo etching and solar plate intaglio printing methods.

Until July 3

Musical Chairs by Hellicar and Lewis. Gymansium Gallery, Berwick. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. Enjoy an extraordinary game of musical chairs unlike any other you have played before. In this game you are inventor, musician, conductor and game changer. Free admission.

Until September 25

Space Craft: Architecture meets making. Granary Gallery, Berwick. Every Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm. This exhibition explores the relationship between making and our built environment. It presents work by makers who are inspired by architecture and by architects that are deeply connected to making. Free admission.

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.

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.


Car Boot Sale. East Ord Village Hall & Green. 1pm-4pm. Cars £7 and Vans £10. Entry free to buyers. Home-made Baking, Teas & Coffees, Raffle, Tombola. A great day out. All proceeds go to the upkeep of East Ord Village Hall.


Seahouses Cineforum Film Festival. Seahouses Hub. 8pm. A series of talks and film presentations. Fact and Fiction: Nature and documentary, fiction and poetry. Cinema, a complex medium. Showing Viggo Mortensen lost in a surreal Patagonia. (2014).


Coquet Estuary Tours. Start from Coquet Shorebase Trust, The Braid Amble. 10am-2pm. £25 per head. Bring a packed lunch. Bookings and enquiries: 01665 710367.



Holy Island. Guided walk with Holy Island Hikes, 11am to 1pm. “The Harbour: Landscape and Life” part of The Holy Island Festival. Free event but booking required. Details holyislandhikes.co.uk


Shepherds Walks. Coquet Valley Challenge – Self Guided or Guided. Starts 9.30am. A superb 13.5 mile challenge walk takes in some of the best landscape Northumberland has to offer. Price £25. Book online at www.shepherdswalks.co.uk


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, 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. 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.